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Did You Know: Cats have Over 100 Vocal Chords?

Cats seem to possess at least 10 times as many vocal sounds as their canine rivals — more than 100, as compared to the paltry 10 of man’s best friend. It’s unclear who’s doing the counting or how they are doing it — those figures sound a little too precise — but it is definitely true that cats communicate more vocally than dogs do. You see, dogs have mastered the noble art of Marcel Marceau — the art of the ...

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Did You Know: Lobsters Blood are Colorless but when Exposed to Oxygen it Turns Blue?

What color is a lobster's blood? Colorless. When exposed to oxygen, it develops a bluish color. What is "tomalley"? Tomalley is the lobster's liver. It turns green when cooked and is considered a delicacy. What is the coral colored material often seen in a cooked lobster? Coral is the egg mass of a female lobster. Cooking colors the tiny eggs a deep coral or red. Lobsters grow by molting. This is the proces ...

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Did You Know: Armadillos have 4 Babies at a Time and are all the Same Sex?

According to William B. Davis in his book The Mammals of Texas, breeding takes place from September to December, with the older females breeding first and the younger ones later. The young are born in March and April. The female has four mammary glands – two on the upper chest and two on the lower abdomen – just the right number for the quadruplets that are born each time. ...

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Did You Know: Ralph Lauren’s Original Name was Ralph Lifshitz?

Ralph Lauren (born Ralph Lifshitz; October 14, 1939) is an American fashion designer and business executive, best known for his Polo Ralph Lauren clothing brand. He heads a highly successful, international corporation producing billions in revenues. He has became well-known for his collection of rare automobiles, some of which have been displayed in museum exhibits. Ralph Lauren (pronounced loren) was born ...

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Did You Know: Unless Food is Mixed With Saliva you Can’t Taste it

A person cannot taste food unless it is mixed with saliva. For example, if strong-tasting substance like salt is placed on a dry tongue, the taste buds will not be able to taste it. As soon as a drop of saliva is added and the salt is dissolved, however, a definite taste sensation results. This is true for all foods. Try it! Chemoreceptors in the taste buds of your tongue require a liquid medium in order fo ...

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Did You Know: An Ostrich’s Eye is Bigger than it’s Brain?

An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. Despite the tiny brains, ostriches are big birds. They can weigh between 140 to 290 lbs and their eggs range from 3 to 5 lbs. Ostriches are closely related to dinosaurs, and have similar tissue to a T-Rex. One thing that's not true about ostriches is that they don't bury their heads in the sand when they're scared. Male o ...

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Did You Know: The Hawaiian Alphabet has 12 Letters?

There are 13 letters of the Hawaiian Alphabet, ā,ē,ī,ō,ū,he,ke,la,mu,nu,pi,we, and ʻ which is called ʻOkina. Officially the written form of Hawaiian has 13 letters (a,e,i,o,u,h,k,l,m,n,p,w, and (') the 'okina). The 'okina is a glottal stop and is considered a consonant; without it the meaning of a word is changed (ie "ko'u", meaning "my" and "kou" meaning yours) ...

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Did You Know: Most Lipsticks Contain Fish scales

Llipstick contains fish scales. Some lipstick, anyway. The ingredient under discussion is called pearl essence. (Some sources give this as "pearlescence.") It's the silvery stuff found in fish scales that's used in some lipsticks, nail polishes, ceramic glazes, etc., to make them shimmery. Pearl essence is obtained primarily from herring and is one of many by-products of large-scale commercial fish processi ...

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Did You Know: August has the Highest Percentage of Births?

The summer has been the top season for births in the United States, according to records kept by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and August often wins the title as the month during which the most babies are born. In 2006, the most recent year for which statistics are available, August had the most U.S. births, just as it did in 10 of the previous 16 years, with the CDC estimating that 9 perc ...

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