Quite Interesting Facts 2
Here is a list of little known facts from the BBC show “Q.i.” These are much more interesting than your typical “factoid” lists.
–Zeppo Marx contributed to the design of release clamps used to hold the Hiroshima bomb inside the Enola Gay. Zeppo joined the Marx Brothers after Gummo Marx left. He appeared in 5 films, the last one was Duck Soup. He then left to become an agent for an engineering and design company.
- For the seven months that they hibernate, bears do not defecate anywhere in the winter. They recycle the urea as protein, so they don’t need to urinate and they mix the hair and faeces to make a sort of plug that blocks the anus during winter. She-bears give birth during hibernation. They can also give birth to 4 cubs from 4 different fathers.
- Toothpaste makes bears go crazy with desire. You’d be safer carrying a butchered elk leg. Dogs also go crazy from toothpaste, but there are dog toothpastes available in flavours such as peanut butter and beef.
- The animal with huge teeth and only one facial expression is the Giant Panda. It has the biggest teeth of any mammal and is a bear, but until 1996, it was thought to be a member of the raccoon family. The odd thing was that it was designated as a carnivore, but everyone knows it only eats bamboo and they’re also the only bear that doesn’t hibernate, because it has to eat bamboo for 12 hours a day to get enough nutrients.
– Thomas Edison believed that 15 tiny people lived within the human mind. He also believed that when you die, they moved to another person (I haven’t been able to verify this factoid). He did not invent the light bulb, but he used bamboo as a filament for his prototype, although one of his letters contains the first written reference of the word “hello“. He had 1,093 patents in his name. The original word, “Hullo”, was intended as an act of surprise, rather than a form of greeting. –Floccinaucinihilipilification means the act of assessing something as worthless, its the longest single non-technical english word-Mike the Headless Chicken lived for two years without a head. He was fed with an eye dropper. There is even a song about him.
–Butterflies are an evolution from moths – they came out during the daytime to avoid being eaten by bats. There are two theories on why butterflies are so called; one is that it is derived from the Dutch word “to excrete butter” and the other is that the most common butterfly when the Anglo-Saxons invaded Britain were yellow. (See also Differences between butterflies and moths)