1. Fly in Reverse. Hummingbirds are among the world’s smallest birds. They can hover by rapidly flapping their wings 12 to 90 times per second, and are unique in the bird world for their ability to fly backwards.
2. Nap Times. Most humans tend to sleep for about seven to nine hours each night. Bats, however, need their beauty rest – they nap for almost 20 hours a day. Deer, on the other hand, only rest up for about three hours.
3. Perfection at the game. A perfect baseball game requires that only one pitcher is used, and that pitcher must not let any batter reach first base.
4. First calculator. You could say the first calculator was the abacus, which was documented in Mesopotamia almost 6,000 years ago. Today’s version, with sliding beads on rods, goes back to at least the 15th Century in China and is still used in some parts of the world where calculators are not available or simply not trusted.
5. Michigan State, USA. It has the longest freshwater shoreline of any political subdivision in the world, being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. In 2005, Michigan ranked third among US states for the number of registered recreational boats, behind California and Florida. Michigan has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds.
6. There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs six times: Indivisibility
7. New Zealand kiwis lay the largest eggs with respect to their body size of any bird.
8. The smallest mountain range in the world is named the Sutter Buttes. The Buttes are located just outside of Yuba City, California in the Sacramento Valley, the northern part of the Central Valley. They are named for John Sutter, who received a large land grant from the Mexican government.