Author Archives: Brad

Interesting Facts Makeover

To any readers out there, I am in the process of giving this site a makeover. No, not a new layout or nifty color scheme, but a makeover to the nature of the content. The site will move away from … Continue reading

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Raining Animals

When the rain is especially heavy, an English person might remark that it’s “raining cats and dogs.” Although the etymology of the expression is unknown, there are documented occasions where animals have literally fallen from the sky during rainfall. Over … Continue reading

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Ultimate Omnivore

Most of us quickly grow out of the habit of putting strange objects into our mouths, but Michel Lotito made a career out of it. His stage name was “Monsieur Mangetout (literally translated as “Mr Eat All The Things”) and … Continue reading

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World Population is Not Growing…as Fast

Thanks to a decrease in infant mortality, an increase in medical advances, and a huge increase in agricultural productivity, the 20th century saw the largest increase in human population in history. It took over 120 years for the world’s population … Continue reading

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Largest Life Form

If you walk through a forest in Oregon, you are likely to see the Honey Mushroom, Armillaria. From the sight of it, you might judge this organism to be around half a foot long. In reality, it is likely over … Continue reading

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Singing Animals

Other than a bird, can you name an animal that sings? How about a mouse? A singing mouse might evoke memories of animated childhood films, but singing also occurs among real mice, producing complex songs to attract a mate. The … Continue reading

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Medicinal Leeches

Leeches are freshwater worms that feed on the blood of other animals. They were used medicinally for thousands of years when bloodletting was mainstream practice. In Ancient Greece, bloodletting (which is simply the removal of blood) was used to balance … Continue reading

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High Jump Champion: The Froghopper

The froghopper (also known as the spittlebug due to its habit of living in frothy plant sap during the nymph stage of development) has overtaken the flea as high-jumping champion. Although the height of its jump – up to 70 … Continue reading

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Strongest Creature on Earth

Pound for pound – or more accurately, ounce for ounce – the Rhinoceros Beetle is the strongest known creature in the world, capable of lifting 850 times its body weight. A human being with the same relative strength would be … Continue reading

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Best Selling Video Game

It seems that the best way to ensure record-breaking sales of a videogame is to have it included as part of a console package. Tetris was bundled with Game Boy purchases and reached 35 million sales. Super Mario Bros was … Continue reading

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