And on a lighter note, we once again present fun facts that you will probably never have reason to use. From our prospective, we might have already used these facts in our last newsletter and you’ve already forgotten them. They have a high recycling value. Let us know if you catch us out. Anyway, it’s fun to read about them, so go ahead – but only when you are really, really desperate for something to read.
- Flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down.
- The opposite sides of a die will always add up to seven.
- No number from 1 to 999 includes the letter “a” in its word form.
- Playing dance music can help ward off mosquitoes. (Try it, but tell the mosquitos first.)
- If you open your eyes in a pitch-black room, the color you’ll see is called “eigengrau.”
- A group of hippos is called a “bloat.”
- Pogonophobia is the fear of beards.
- Alaska is the only state whose name is on one row on a keyboard.
- A “jiffy” is about one trillionth of a second.
- The little dot above a lowercase “i” and “j” has a name. It’s called a “tittle.” It’s likely a combination of the words “tiny” and “little” since it is an itty-bitty dot.
Goofy MEDICAL ALERT!
Apple seeds contain cyanide. The deadly compound is released when you chew the seeds so you should definitely not chew them – and be sure to spit those seeds out. Do the same for apricot, peach, and cherry seeds, which also contain the compound that is released when the seed is chewed. (Have you ever had an inclination to chew a peach seed?)