Seagulls can drink both fresh and salt water. The salt they take in is absorbed and moves through their blood stream into a pair of salt glands above their eyes. The densely salty fluid is excreted from the nostrils and runs down grooves in the bill. http://birdnote.org/show/seabirds-drink-salt-waterRead more "Fun fact 6/30/2016"
Every four years in the Gregorian calendar, an extra day is added to the calendar (February 29th) in order to synchronize it with the solar year. The extra day is called a leap day, or an intercalary day. Have you noticed that, in the U.S., leap year coincides with presidential election years? http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/14/world/leap-year-fast-facts/Read more "Fun fact 06/29/2016"
CRACKERJACK – of striking ability or excellence. It’s an adjective introduced in the late 19th-century. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crackerjackRead more "Fun fact 06/27/2016"
Two-day old chicken embryos have what looks like a very reptilian tail with 16 vertebrae. Later in development, though, most of the vertebrae disappear until only five are left. Scientist Hans Larsson, a palaeontologist at McGill University in Canada, conducted an experiment in November 2007 to gain more information about the evolution from dinosaurs’ long tails […]Read more "Fun fact 06/24/2016"
If unraveled and stretched out, the DNA in the nucleus of a single human cell would be about 2 meters long, or 6 1/2 feet!! Taggart, Ralph, Christine Evers, and Lisa Starr. “4.6 The Nucleus.” Cell Biology and Genetics. By Cecie Starr. Vol. 1. N.p.: Cengage Learning, 2015. 62-63. Print.Read more "Fun fact 06/22/2015"
Contrary to other mammalian species, small dogs have a longer average life span than the larger breeds. This hasn’t been 100% explained yet, but many scientists believe that this is because large dogs age at an accelerated rate and may succumb to age-related illnesses sooner. Scientists have concluded that every 4.4 pounds of body mass […]Read more "Fun fact 6/21/2016"
The Giant Hummingbird beats its wings 10-15 times per second. The fastest recorded rate is about 80 beats per second on an Amethyst Woodstar Hummingbird. North American hummingbirds average around 53 beats per second in normal flight!!!!! https://www.nps.gov/cham/learn/nature/upload/Hummingbirds-of-Chamizal_english.pdfRead more "Fun fact 6/20/2016"