Did You Know?

Naomi Shimunov, Reporter

1. Alpacas can die of loneliness. When bought, they always need to be bought in pairs.
2. A stinging tree called the Gympie Gympie secretes a toxin that is so painful that is has driven humans and animals to suicide. It feels like being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted simultaneously. A man shot himself after using a leaf as toilet paper.
3. There’s a rare neurological condition called Witzelsucht that causes a person to make dirty jokes, tell puns, make rude comments, or tell pointless stories at inappropriate times without knowing that it’s socially unacceptable.
4. If Britain was a U.S. state, it would be the second-poorest behind Alabama and before Mississippi.
5. If a foreigner gives birth on a plane while flying over the Unites States, the baby is automatically a U.S. citizen.
6. President Garfield’s assassin chose an ivory-handled gun over a similar wooden handled model, because he knew it would look better in a museum.
7. Samuel L. Jackson was an usher at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Funeral.
8. Hugh Jackman didn’t know that wolverines were real animals until he started acting in his first X-men film.
9. 40 million people in China live in caves.
10. It is illegal in many countries to perform surgical procedures on an octopus without anesthesia due to their intelligence.
11. A skeleton only 6-8 inches long was discovered in Chile. It was declared to be human, and to have lived to be as old as 8. A definite explanation for its size, mutations, and origin has not been found.
12. 4% of the sand on Normandy beaches is still made up of metal particles from the D-Day landings.
13. If you find a hair in your food and send it back to the kitchen, heavily salt it to make sure you get a new order.
14. Daryl Davis, a black musician, is credited with dismantling the entire KKK network in Maryland. He did this by befriending many members, even going as far as to serve as a pallbearer at a Klansman’s funeral.
15. Koko, a female gorilla trained in sign language, once tore a steel sing out of its moorings. When her handlers confronted her, Koko signed ‘cat did it’ and pointed at her innocent pet kitten.