Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Did You Know That...

The cute, cuddly-looking creature of Australia is often referred to as a koala bear. However, a koala is not a bear at all; but, a marsupial. Marsupials are a class of mammals that give birth to young that are not fully developed. Perhaps the most famous marsupial is the kangaroo who gives birth to a joey no larger than a worm.

The boxer crab employs a less primitive approach to defense than most ocean floor-dwelling creatures. Instead of using its tiny claws to pinch, it picks up poisonous anemones. When threatened, the crab swings the anemones around like a boxer to scare off the intruder.

The famous "ascending" Nokia phone ringtone is the musical version of the bops and beeps of Morse code. They translate to Nokia's slogan: Connecting People.

It takes the work of about 60,000 bees to make a pound of honey. Collectively, the bees fly about 55,000 miles as they search for the flowers needed for the collection of nectar, which they bring back to their hive.

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