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Halloween special - zombie ants :o
The tropical fungus Ophiocordyceps infects ants’ central nervous systems. By the time the fungi been in the insect bodies for nine days, they have complete control over the host’s movements.


That's the zombie ant, isn't it? The fungus makes the ant crawl out on a limb and starve to death, then it sprouts a pillar out of the ant's neck and releases spores into the wind! :D  

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Cactus trivia! In honor of the many people in my immediate environment who have no idea how to take care of a cactus and may end up killing the 4 or 5 cactuses that we have.
The Latin plural of cactus is cacti. The English plural of cactus is cactuses. The dictionary says that you can use either one.
Cactus water is denser than tap water but it is still safe for drinking.
There was an old Aztec prohecy that said their nomadic peoples would settle down in a place where they saw an eagle standing on a cactus and eating a rattlesnake.
Cactus stems do all the photosynthesis since it has no leaves.
Cacti are not generally poisonous although some cactuses like peyote ocntain psychoactive alkaloids that can get you super high.



Thanks for sharing this. People always told me that "cacti" is the only true spelling and I knew that was wrong...now I have proof. Ha! :D


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Phillip.Laplana wrote:

That's the zombie ant, isn't it? The fungus makes the ant crawl out on a limb and starve to death, then it sprouts a pillar out of the ant's neck and releases spores into the wind! :D


Yessss

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  • Some Eskimos have been known to use refrigerators to keep their food from freezing.
  • Google regularly rents goats to mow the lawns of their corporate headquarters.
  • Coke in a glass bottle really does taste better than Coke from a can or from a plastic bottle. Polymers from a plastic bottle and from the inside coating of an aluminium can can absorb part of the taste and smell. But glass is chemically inert. It has no taste or smell.
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  • Armadillo shells are bulletproof. One Texas man was hospitalized when a bullet he shot at an armadillo ricocheted off the animal and hit him in the jaw.
  • There were active volcanoes on the moon when dinosaurs were alive. Most of the volcanoes probably stopped one billion years ago, but new NASA findings suggest there might still have been active lava flow 100 million years ago, when dinosaurs were still roaming.
  • 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.
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I never knew any of thesethe. This trend is so amazing

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Ancient Egyptians used dead mice to ease toothaches: In Ancient Egypt, people put a dead mouse in their mouth if they had a toothache, according to Nathan Belofsky’s book Strange Medicine: A Shocking History of Real Medical Practices Through the Age. Mice were also used as a warts remedy during Elizabethan England.


Sloths have more neck bones than giraffes: Despite physical length, there are more bones in the neck of a sloth than a giraffe. There are seven vertebrae in the neck of giraffes, and in most mammals, but there are t in a sloth. Still, giraffes are among 23 of the world’s biggest living animals.


Pigeon poop is the property of the British Crown: In the 18th century, pigeon poop was used to make gunpowder, so King George I confirmed the droppings to be property of the crown.

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  • Google's founders were willing to sell to Excite for under $1 million in 1999—but Excite turned them down.
  • There was a third Apple founder. Ronald Wayne sold his 10% stake for $800 in 1976.
  • In a 2008 survey, 58% of British teens thought Sherlock Holmes was a real guy, while 20% thought Winston Churchill was not.
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  • Remember when Coca Cola came out with that green version that was colored and flavored with stevia leaf extract? It turns out they didn't need to do that. Without the normally added food coloring, Coca Cola's real color *is* green!
  • The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for Most Frequently Stolen Library Book.
  • The Code of Hammurabi, one of the world's oldest and most complete legal codes stated that the punishment for a bartender who watered down beer was execution.

We're baaaaack! ^__^

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Phillip.Laplana wrote:
Remember when Coca Cola came out with that green version that was colored and flavored with stevia leaf extract? It turns out they didn't need to do that. Without the normally added food coloring, Coca Cola's real color *is* green!
The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for Most Frequently Stolen Library Book.
The Code of Hammurabi, one of the world's oldest and most complete legal codes stated that the punishment for a bartender who watered down beer was execution.
We're baaaaack! ^__^


Had no idea about the first one...and hell yeah, I agree about the last one! :D :D 

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Wow, I just read this thread and most of these are new information for me! (and they're really interesting to know!) Thanks for sharing guys, I'm trying read back all of them. Haha I wish I had something to share.

Everyday is a learning journey. Keep going!


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Very Interesting! Different looks of beautiful women around the world.  

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HIPPOPOTOMONSTROSESQUIPPEDALIOPHOBIA is the fear of long word xD

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Jess.PWinkler wrote:
HIPPOPOTOMONSTROSESQUIPPEDALIOPHOBIA is the fear of long word xD
No way! I call b--... oh wait, the internet says it is so. It must be true. :D

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Today's trivia is in pictures!


1. The world is a cat. Playing with Australia.


2. You can fit a bucketload of Switzerlands inside of Brazil.


3. and finally, here is a map of ALL PUBS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM


You know... just in case you're a mite thirsty for a pint or two.

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Using "Femto Photography," scientists at MIT have developed a camera that can record one trillion exposures per second. That's so very near the speed of light that you can actually *watch* a burst of light travelling in slow motion through a Coke bottle filled with water. Holy crap. I always wondered what that would look like.




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- Cocoa beans aren't really beans, but seeds.


- Before a process called fermentation is finished, they haven't got their typical cocoa aroma yet.


- The vanilla spice is sort of a fruit. It is the fruit of a tropical orchid. And it also is fermented.

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