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20 Surprising Facts About The Animal Kingdom

20 Surprising Facts About The Animal Kingdom
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The complexities of the animal kingdom never cease to amaze and, after millions of years of evolution, many species have adapted in ways which belittle human endeavors. Whether it’s effortlessly flying, breathing under water, or simply being alien in appearance, these 20 animal facts will remind you of the amazing world beyond human society.

1. Dolphins use biological sonar

    Dolphins have remarkable eyesight and can hear frequencies ten times over what an average adult human can. Its sensory abilities are so evolved that it can monitor its environment to an incredible degree. Senses such as echolocation (biological sonar), and what is believed to be an ability to navigate by the Earth’s magnetic field, are so powerful a dolphin could, literally, “see” through you if you were swimming with one.

    2. Orcas are highly cultural

      Orcas have the second heaviest brain in the oceans. In 2010, neuroscientists examined the brain of a dead killer whale. Following MRI scans, and observation in the wild, this much is clear: they have the ability to learn local dialects, each pod has its own language, they teach and learn complex hunting methods, and pass on individualistic behaviors. Biology professor Hal Whitehead, in 2001, stated he believes orcas to be the most cultural species other than humans.

      3. Cats can rehydrate by drinking seawater

        A cat’s kidneys are so efficient it’s possible for them to exist on a diet of meat, and they can rehydrate by drinking seawater. Their carnivorous ways, however, are mandatory. It is a struggle for them to digest plants, although they can often be observed chewing on grass.

        4. Snake charming secrets

          The ancient practice of snake “charming” is famous in India, but the music has nothing to do with the apparent hypnoses. The highly venomous Indian cobra is used for the performance. Cobras can’t hear music – the snake is actually in a defensive stance. They view the charmer and the pungi (instrument) as a threat, and move their head in time with the charmer’s motions.

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          5. Hamsters aren’t nocturnal

            Chronobiology examines how creatures react to solar/lunar rhythms. Hamsters rise at anti-social human hours, and it is common belief they are nocturnal. However, it is now widely considered they are crepuscular (active between twilight) as their peak activity can be observed during dawn and dusk.

            6. Coconut Crabs aren’t from another planet

              Startling images of these large creatures have been appearing across the Internet. Rest assured, the Coconut Crab is a hermit crab of sorts which, due to its imposing size, makes it alien in appearance.

              6. Jurassic Park isn’t possible

                If you enjoyed Michael Crichton’s novel, or the film adaptation, the sad news is the science in Jurassic Park can’t happen. A recent study titled The Absence of DNA in Sub-Fossil Insect Inclusions Preserved In ‘Anthropocene’ Colombian Copal highlights the disappointing fact that insects preserved in amber are simply too old to have any DNA present. Still, at least Jeff Goldblum exists.

                7. Blobfish aren’t ugly

                  Blobfish recently won the inauspicious “World’s Ugliest Animal” competition. The deep sea fish are often brought to the surface by fishing trawlers, but it’s worth noting they look markedly different in their environment (artist’s impression above), which can be 3,900ft under the ocean.

                  8. Great White Sharks are highly enigmatic

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                    Despite modern research methods, these remarkable sharks remain puzzling. They lead solitary lives and swim enormous distances, making it difficult for scientists to observe them. Due to this it is still largely unknown how the species reproduces. Despite the fear they provoke, great whites are vital to the ocean’s ecosystem, but over-fishing could be pushing them towards extinction.

                    9. Panda Ants have a secret

                      These small insects are wasps. Ants evolved from wasps, and panda ants are part of the family of Mutillidae, which is made up of around 3,000 different species of wasps. The different species are often referred to as Velvet Ants, presumably as the wingless females resemble large ants. They also pack a nasty sting and are regarded as “cow killers.”

                      10. Adélie penguins once outraged the British

                        Adélie penguins appalled Robert Falcon Scott’s 1910 British Antarctic Expedition. Scott dismissed them as “fatuous” in his diary, whilst George Murray Levick’s notes on the their aggressive procreation methods were considered too indecent for publication. The behaviour was described as “astonishing depravity” by Levick, who cited “hooligan males” as the worst offenders. His findings were only officially released in 2012.

                        11. Honey Badgers are remarkably tenacious

                          Despite their diminutive appearance honey badgers have been observed fending off a pride of lions, invading bees’ nests, attacking poisonous snakes, defeating monitor lizards, and battling with hyenas. They’re equipped with tough skin, endless energy, and since they’re so aggressive, few predators hunt them. As a consequence honey badgers are classed as “Least Concern” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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                          12. A Rattlesnake’s rattle is interlocked keratin

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                            The legendary “rattle” is made up of hollow segments which are interlocked by keratin. A rattlesnake can contract its muscles in its tail to make the segments vibrate against each other, which makes the sound. This process of muscle contractions shakes at 50 times per second, and can go on for three hours.

                            13. Hibernating animals aren’t sleeping

                              Hibernating creatures should be distinguished from merely sleeping. The process is known as torpor and is a state of decreased physiological activity; this is achieved by lowering body temperature and metabolic rates. Many animals enter long bouts of hibernation for seasonal reasons, whilst others have bouts of daily torpor.

                              14. Cats could help astronauts

                                During exhalation and inhalation cats purr between the frequency of 25 and 150 Hertz. This is considered the sound range which can promote healing in damaged muscles and bones. Scientists at the University of California have consequently postulated purring could alleviate muscle atrophy and bone density loss. Dr. Leslie Lyons suggested this could be useful for astronauts who have spent long periods of time in zero gravity, where muscle atrophy is a serious problem.

                                15. The nimble moth

                                  This picture by Jerry Strzelecki displays the very unique Hummingbird Hawk-moth. It’s a species of Sphingidae, which are a family of the moth kingdom. It’s earned its name, unsurprisingly, due to its similarity to the hummingbird. It can hover, and hums as it does, making this moth one nifty little creature.

                                  16. Courtship displays can be flamboyant

                                    The Superb Bird of Paradise of New Guinea has an exceptional courtship display. As seen in the BBC’s Planet Earth, the male makes a clearing for its “dancefloor”. It then proceeds to dance around a female in a flirtatious pursuit similar to many Friday nights in cities across the world.

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                                    17. The Shoebill is “Statue-like”

                                      The distinct looking Shoebill can be seen in human culture as far back as Ancient Egyptian artwork. Due to their stoic habit of remaining silent and standing still for prolonged amounts of time, they have earned a reputation in Africa for being statuesque.

                                      18. Some scorpions can live for 25 years

                                        The lifespan of these predatory anthropods varies for each species, but some have been known to live for 25 years. Surprisingly, despite there being 1,300 known species, less than 30 have venom powerful enough to kill a human.

                                        19. There is a sting pain index

                                          The Schmidt Sting Pain Index was developed by entomologist Justin O. Schmidt. Following incidents whilst researching he developed an index noting the respective agonies of insect stings, releasing a paper in 1990 titled  “Hymenoptera Venoms: Striving Toward the Ultimate Defense Against Vertebrates”. He cites the Bullet Ant (pictured) and pepsis wasp as the worst stings he suffered.

                                          20. Jellyfish have 24 eyes

                                            Jellyfish have been part of the world’s oceans for over 500 million years. As noted by Current Biology, they also have 24 eyes “of four different types, including eyes structurally similar to those of vertebrates.” Despite this, their visual ability is restricted to basic object avoidance, meaning it is unclear why they have so many eyes.

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                                            Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                                            100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                            100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                                            Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                            By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                            Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                            83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                              84 write random letter

                                                85 use a rubberband

                                                  86 dorm smell bad

                                                    87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                                      89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                                        90 take a picture of the name card

                                                          91 iron inside out

                                                            92 old newspaper

                                                              93 tumble try shoes

                                                                keep a card like this

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                                                                    94 soap bar

                                                                      95 make a hole

                                                                        96 drop the battery

                                                                          97 use a coozie

                                                                            98 when taking a picture

                                                                              use a clean dust pan

                                                                                try a pants hanger

                                                                                  use your cellphone light

                                                                                    use a spring from an old pen

                                                                                      quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                                        user binder clips

                                                                                          wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                            put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                              clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                                use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                                  doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                                    use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                                      use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                                        freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                          use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                            almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                              sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                                unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                                  cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                                    remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                                      turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                                        for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                          how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                            tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                              place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                                ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                                  use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                                    take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                                      how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                                        put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                          How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                            user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                              good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                                turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                                  50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                                    the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                                      add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                          hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                            stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                              the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                                how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                                  the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                                    use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                                      to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                                        user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                          a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                            rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                              use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                                50

                                                                                                                                                                                  51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                                    52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                                      rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                        kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                          use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

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                                                                                                                                                                                              59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                                60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                                  hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                                      hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                                        use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                          if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                            keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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