Friday, September 2, 2011

Did You Know...

Towser, a tortoise-shell tabby whose job was to kill mice in a distillery in Scotland, was a world-record mouser. She killed 28,899 mice in her 21 years. She died in 1987.

In the movie "The Wild Ones", Lee Marvin refers to the women in the gang as "beetles". Some Liverpool musicians saw the movie and decided to call themselves beetles - although they changed it to "The Beatles" so it was like the musical term "beat".

Historians think that the precursor of skiing was the snowshoeing done by Northern Europeans and Asians centuries ago. The oldest skis were discovered in France and Switzerland and they date back to about 5,000 years ago.

Fennec foxes, small nocturnal foxes found in the Sahara of North Africa, have extremely large ears. That's so they can hear their prey, including termites chewing beneath the ground.

Predictions are that within 40 years there will be no more rainforests. They used to cover 14% of the earth's surface; but,now cover only 6%.

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