Fact: Turkeys can blush.
When turkeys are scared or excited—like when the males see a female they’re interested in—the pale skin on their head and neck turns bright red, blue, or white. The flap of skin over their beaks, called a “snood,” also reddens.
Fact: Blue whales eat half a million calories in one mouthful.
Those 457,000 calories are more than 240 times the energy the whale uses to scoop those krill into its mouth.Fact: Kleenex tissues were originally intended for gas masks
When there was a cotton shortage during World War I, Kimberly-Clark developed a thin, flat cotton substitute that the army tried to use as a filter in gas masks. The war ended before scientists perfected the material for gas masks, so the company redeveloped it to be smoother and softer, then marketed Kleenex as facial tissue instead.
Fact: That tiny pocket in jeans was designed to store pocket watches.
The original jeans only had four pockets: that tiny one, plus two more on the front and just one in the back.
Fact: Cats have fewer toes on their back paws.
Like most four-legged mammals, they have five toes on the front, but their back paws only have four toes. Scientists think the four-toe back paws might help them run faster.
Fact: The letter “Q” is the only letter that doesn’t appear in any U.S. state name.
Fact: Johnny Appleseed’s fruits weren’t for eatingYes, there was a real John Chapman who planted thousands of apple trees on U.S. soil. But the apples on those trees were much more bitter than the ones you’d find in the supermarket today. “Johnny Appleseed” didn’t expect his fruits to be eaten whole, but rather made into hard apple cider.
Fact: Scotland has 421 words for “snow”
Sneesl (to start raining or snowing); feefle (to swirl); flinkdrinkin (a light snow) are some examples.
Fact: A cow-bison hybrid is called a “beefalo”Fact:
Samsung tests phone durability with a butt-shaped robot.
Fact: Peanuts aren’t technically nutsFact:
Armadillo shells are bulletproofFact:
The longest English word is 189,819 letters long.
It is the full name for the protein nicknamed titin and would take three and a half hours to say out loud.
Fact: Firefighters use wetting agents to make water wetter.
The chemicals reduce the surface tension of plain water so it’s easier to spread and soak into objects, which is why it’s known as “wet water.”
Octopuses lay 56,000 eggs at a time.
The mother spends six months so devoted to protecting the eggs that she doesn’t eat. The babies are the size of a grain of rice when they’re born.