I taught in a second grade classroom today and the teacher had a book on her desk called 1001 Horrible Facts. I love it! Lots of little nuggets of wisdom in there. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. A pregnant scorpion sometimes reabsorbs its babies instead of giving birth.
2. An octopus tentacle will keep wriggling for some time after being cut off. but I still wonder how long "some time" is. Three seconds?(so what) Two hours? (THAT I would like to see.)
3. Land leeches in Asia can drop from trees onto people and suck out so much blood, the person DIES. Weren't those the leeches in Rambo 3 (or was it 4)? He was covered with them. Just some more evidence to show how incredibly tough John Rambo really is. Sly Stallone, you rock.
Hey, that's not Rambo!
4. A full grown python can swallow a pig whole. when I read that to Mitch he said, "A pig hole? I saw that on Fear Factor once."
I thought stuffing 33 cheeseballs in my mouth was impressive (and chokey. Don't take on this challenge when you're alone. Have someone with Heimlich Maneuver practice as your witness. Just take my word for it.)
5. A ribbon worm can eat 95% of its own body and still survive.
6. Turkey vultures poop on their legs to keep themselves cool. What a charming bird!
7. The female praying mantis begins to eat the male during mating. He keeps going, but she eventually eats all of him.
8. The Japanese beetle, found in Canada and the U.S., can eat through a human ear drum. What?
9. A flea can jump 30,000 times in a row. Come on, who counted that.
10. Occasionally, human babies are born with a full set of teeth. That is a horrible fact. One of the creepiest thing about children is that they lose their teeth, and the whole tooth fairy thing is crazy if you think about it. What is she doing with all those teeth? Her house must look like the ultimate serial-killer-treasure-hoard. Millions and millions of children's teeth. Beat that Jeffrey Dahmer!
11. Head lice can change color to match the hair they are hiding in.
12. You will produce 8700 gallons of urine in your lifetime. I'm way ahead of schedule on that one.
13. A rat can fall from a 5 story building and walk away unharmed. How did they find that out? Did the rat finally break his leg and require crutches when they dropped him from the sixth floor? I wonder.
14. Early colonists in America used to clean their windows with rags dipped in urine. Mitch just got me some Sham WOW! s. I have an idea....
15. If you are ever trapped in an avalanche and can't tell which way is up, pee and see which way the stain goes. Gravity will pull it down. Handy little tip. Mitch thinks it would be easier and less disgusting just to see which way the spit in your mouth goes.
I recommend this book. I gave the kids a lot of "free reading" time so I could have some peace and quiet in order to read it. I sub in there next week too. I can't wait!