Friday, November 27, 2009

Inane Fact #34

Hammerhead sharks can see 360 degrees in the vertical plane, meaning that they can see both above and below themselves at all times. They also have anterior binocular vision, meaning that they can see straight ahead while swimming and can accurately judge distances.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Inane Fact #33

There are more possible images in a single kaleidoscope than can be seen within a human lifetime.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Inane Fact #32

Primitive pencils were first used by the Ancient Egyptians and the Romans.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Inane Fact #31

For something to burn literally means that it oxidizes. "Rust" is what we call oxidized metal. So when iron rusts, it is technically burning (although without a flame).

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Inane Fact #30

The head width of the winghead shark (Eusphyra blochii) is equal to almost half its body length.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Inane Fact #29

The earliest known hippopotamus fossils, which belong to the genus Kenyapotamus, (found in Kenya), date to roughly 16 million years ago.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Inane Fact #28

Limnonectes megastomias, a species of fanged frog from the Mekong region, eat not only insects; they eat birds, as well.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Inane Fact #26

Stationery mushroom coral have been observed eating moon jellyfish, although it is yet unknown how the coral catch their prey.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Inane Fact #25

Humpback whales have never been seen mating.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Inane Fact #24

Salmon are more likely to shy away from dark objects than light objects, so if you're fishing for salmon, try wearing white.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Inane Fact #23

Despite the fact that they dwell in the depths of the ocean, M. andamanica, a species of crab, live entirely off the nutrients provided by their ingestion of trees (and the occasional shipwreck) that have sunk to the ocean floor.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Inane Fact #22

The ancient Egyptians used honey as an embalming fluid.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Inane Fact #21

The first people to make glass windows were the Romans in Alexandria around 100 AD.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Inane Fact #20

Pipe smoking originated in the Americas.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Inane Fact #19

The earliest known seahorse fossils found to date were discovered in Slovenia and are 13,000,000 years old.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Inane Fact #18

When AIDS was first discovered in LA in 1981, it was found only in homosexuals, and so was named GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency) by the press.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Inane Fact #17

Beer was first prepared circa 9,000 BC. It is one of the oldest prepared drinks in the world.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Inane Fact #16

In 1625, the Dutch established a trading post in what is now the US; they named it Fort Amsterdam. Later, as Fort Amsterdam developed into larger town, it became known as New Amsterdam. Today, what was once New Amsterdam is now known as New York City.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Inane Fact #15

Hippos kill more humans per year than any other species of animal in Africa.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Inane Fact #14

Humans are born without wrist bones.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Inane Fact #13

Germany exports more goods than any other country, including China.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Inane Fact #12

While most primates avoid water, macaques in Japan bathe in hot springs throughout the year.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Inane Fact #11

Toilet paper was first invented in China in the sixth century AD.