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Did You Know – 05/09/2011

In 1943 actress Greer Garson took five and a half minutes to say “thank-you” for winning the Oscar for best actress in the movie “Mrs Miniver”. Since that time the academy set a time limit for all acceptance speeches.

Elephants can not jump. It is physiologically impossible for them to do so, because of their weight. Circus tricks are not natural activities for elephants in the wild, and that they will step down from a platform, but will not jump.

Facts about the Ocean

The oceans occupy nearly 71% of our planet’s surface. The oceans provide 99 percent of the Earth’s living space- the largest space in our universe known to be inhabited by living organisms.

More oil reaches the oceans each year as a result of leaking automobiles and other non-point sources than was spilled in Prince William Sound by the Exxon Valdez

Water pressure at the deepest point in the ocean is more than 8 tons per square inch, the equivalent of one person trying to hold 50 jumbo jets.

The worlds oceans contain nearly 20 million tons of gold

A swallow of seawater may contain millions of bacterial cells, hundreds of thousands of phytoplankton and tens of thousands of zooplankton

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Did You Know… 7/12/2010

Interesting Animal Facts

1. When a dolphin is sick or injured, its cries of distress summon immediate aid from other dolphins, who try to support it to the surface so that it can breathe.

2. Sea Otters use so much energy that they need to eat as much as one-third of their weight each day.

3. According to hospital figures, dogs bite an average of 1 million Americans a year.

4. Certain Chinese and American alligators can survive the winter by freezing their heads in ice, leaving their nose out to breath for months on end.

5. Honeybees have hair on their eyes.

6. The only continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.

7. Cats prefer to eat their food at 86º F, which is why they don’t immediately gulp down the half-eaten can of food from the refrigerator.

8. The study of ants is called Myrmecology.

9. Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain at a time, and one eye closed

10. At the end of the Beatles’ song ‘A Day in the Life,’ an ultrasonic whistle, only audible to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his Shetland sheepdog.

11. Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.

12. Giraffes have no vocal cords.

13. Butterflies taste with their hind feet.


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