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Mohinur Bakaeva, Reporter

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Today’s Fun Facts are about Dr.Seuss and the dare, cows and their best friends, and ostriches with small brains!

  1. The phrase “to turn a blind eye” comes from British Vice Admiral Nelson, who was blind in one eye. In one battle, when he was signaled to stop attacking a fleet of Danish ships, he held up a telescope to his blind eye, saying, “I really do not see the signal,” and attacked anyway.
  2. Tin foil was used to fill cavities in teeth before the 20th century. If you have fillings today and have ever chewed a piece of aluminium foil, this fact should make you squirm!
  3. “Pied” means having two or more colors. The word comes from middle English and is taken from the word “magpie.” Thus, the pied piper was a man wearing clothing of many colors.
  4. In Switzerland, gedörrtes Hundefleisch is a dish of very thinly sliced pieces of dog and Hundeschinken is salted raw dog meat. (Now that’s gross)
  5. Crabs have blue blood, worms and leeches have green blood, and starfish have clear or yellow blood.
  6. There more lifeforms living on your skin than there are people on the planet.
  7. Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other, at the same time!
  8. There are over 200 corpses on Mount Everest, and they are used as way points for climbers. (creepy)
  9. Dr.Seuss wrote the “Green Eggs and Ham” to win a bet against his publisher, who thought that he could not complete a book with only 50 words.
  10. Two-thirds of the people on Earth have never seen snow.
  11. When Snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food.
  12. A jellyfish is 95% water.
  13. A group of pugs is called a grumble.
  14. Frozen lobsters can come back to life when thawed.
  15. Our eyes are the same size from birth, while our nose and ears are always growing.
  16. The Ottoman Empire lasted for 624 years, and it ended in 1923.
  17. Cows have best friends, and they experience stress, when they are separated from their friends.
  18. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain! Doesn’t that sound weird?
  19. In a statue dedicated to a person; If the horse has both front legs in the air, then person died in a battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, then the person died as a result of wounds received in a battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, then the person died of natural causes. I bet you’ll remember this one!
  20. Mice normally live to a maximum of three years of age, chickens to 10, cats to 21, horses to 40, goldfish to 49, elephants to 70, giant tortoises to 150 and whales to 200.