The scientific name for Giant Anteater is Myrmecophaga Tridactyla. This means “ant eating with three fingers”.
In 1923, a jockey suffered a fatal heart attack but his horse finished and won the race, making him the first and only jockey to win a race after death.
Iceland does not have a railway system.
Sunflowers can help clean radioactive soil. Japan is using this to rehabilitate Fukashima. Almost 10,000 packets of sunflower seeds have been sold to the people of the city.
A single strand of Spaghetti is called a “Spaghetto”.
If you cut down a cactus in Arizona, you be penalized up to 25 years in jail. It is similar to cutting down a protected tree species.
The Great Pyramid of Giza was the tallest building in the world for more than 3,800 years.
The Hoover Dam is constructed from 3,250,000 cubic yards of concrete. This is enough material to build a two-and highway between San Fransisco and New York City, covering almost 3,000 miles.
During peak construction periods, there were more than 12,000 people working on the Burj Khalifa every day. The building is the tallest man-made thing the world.
Orcas are considered the largest species of the dolphin family. They weigh up to 6 tons (5,443 kilograms) and grow to 23 to 32 feet (7 to 9.7 meters).
Orcas are very social and live in groups called pods, which usually have up to 40 members.
Orcas are black and white for a reason; their coloring helps to camouflage them by obscuring their outline in the water.
After his tour of the Galapagos Islands, Charles Darwin brought back a five-year-old tortoise he named Harriet. She outlived her adopter by 124 years, ultimately making it to a whopping 176 years old.
A group of tortoises is called a creep.
They can’t swim, but tortoises can hold their breath for a long time.
George Washington Carver reputedly discovered three hundred uses for peanuts and hundreds more for soybeans, pecans and sweet potatoes.
Besides being an amazing addition to your cookies, macadamia nuts contain the largest amount of monounsaturated fatty acids of any nuts.
Brazil nuts have a delicate and creamy flavor that provides an amazing source of fiber and magnesium. Not only that, but it only takes one ounce of Brazil nuts to obtain more than 700% of your daily value of selenium!
Ostriches do NOT bury their heads in the sand. This tale originates from the fact that the male ostrich will dig a large hole (up to 6 to 8 feet wide and 2-3 feet deep) in the sand for the nest / eggs. Predators cannot see the eggs across the countryside which gives the nest a bit of protection.
In flight, the fastest bird is the spine-tailed swift of Siberia which can reach speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, but the fastest bird in the water is the Gentoo penguin, which swims at about 22 mph.
Calling “shotgun” when riding in a car comes from the term “shotgun messenger” which was used to refer to the guard who sat next to the Stagecoach driver. The guards would use a shotgun to keep robbers and criminals away. It made its way into society due to Hollywood’s love of Western flicks.
The only letters that don’t appear on the periodic table are J & Q.
Canadians say “sorry” so much that a law was passed in 2009 declaring that an apology can’t be used as evidence of admission to guilt.
Contrary to its portrayal in Jurassic Park, the Tyrannosaurus rex probably didn’t roar. Instead, scientists believe it either hissed or rattled, like a rattlesnake.
The microwave was invented by accident when engineer Percy Spencer walked by a radar set and the candy bar in his pocket melted. The first food cooked by a microwave on purpose was popcorn.
Due to a genetic defect, cats can’t taste sweet things.
Honey is a better cough suppressant than over-the-counter cough suppressants.
The average person will spend a total of 3,680 hours, or 153 days searching for misplaced items. Keys, cellphones, sunglasses and paperwork top the list of commonly lost items.
The American Film Institute cited “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” from 1939’s Gone With the Wind the best movie quote of all time.