Feb 13 at 6:06pm by Aileen
Part 3: Items 21-30
Getting us past the halfway point in this series of things odd and quite possibly unknown, I’m going to go with some odd and interesting plant and animal facts, including an in-development “designer” breed of cat that just might steal my heart away from Maine Coons…
21. Did Tom Sawyer know these were under the raft?
These 7-foot, 220-pound Mississippi paddlefish are among the world’s biggest freshwater animals. Kin to sturgeon, they’re popular sources of meat and roe for caviar.
22. Designer Way to Help Endangered Tigers
Meet the Toyger! Breeding programs began in the 1980s to develop a breed of house cat that strongly resembles the mightiest of big cats. In 1993 Toygers were first registered with the International Cat Association [TICA], and now boasts grand champions. Must. Have. One…
23. Gorillas Do It People-Style
This pair of wild western lowland gorillas (nicknamed George and Leah) have the distinction of providing the proof that “people-style” is an alternative to “doggie-style” among our nearest animal relatives. Other than bonobos, whose notorious sexual procilivities may have served as inspiration for the Kama Sutra.
24. How Long Can a Germ Live?
The current championship crown belongs to an 8 million year old bacterium that was taken from the oldest known ice on planet Earth, and is now happily reproducing again in a laboratory petrie dish.
25. Where’d You Get Those Peepers?
An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain. The emu has even less intellectual gear. According to Tim Nielsen, bird supervisor of the Royal Adelaide Zoo, emus are a serious contender for world’s dumbest bird.
26. Those Notorious Killer Coconuts
It’s a fact. More humans are killed every year by falling coconuts than by shark attacks. When is Hollywood going to produce THAT blockbuster horror film?
27. Attack of the Zombie Roaches
Here’s another cool plot idea for Hollywood’s gaggle of horror movie producers – the tropical jewel wasp injects a venom into cockroaches that disables their insect version of free will, turning them into roach-zombies!
28. Mining for Golden Mushrooms
An Italian father and son – aided by their truffle-sniffing dog – unearthed a 3.3 pound truffle in Tuscany in 2007. Truffles are actually MORE valuable than gold, going for thousands of dollars an ounce. The Italian recordholder was expected to go for more than $200,000.
29. A Spice So Hot It Will Make a Ghost of You
The name of this chile pepper translates to “Ghost Chile” and it’s the world’s hottest chile thus discovered on the planet. The hottest jalapeno peppers rate 10,000 SHUs (Scoville Heat Units), and those bright orange habaneros can hit 100,000 SHU. The second hottest Red Savina is only half as hot as the ghosts – which weigh in at more than a million SHUs! Children, don’t try to eat these at home…
30. Accident as the Mother of Invention
The kitchen appliance staple known as the Microwave Oven was invented after a researcher happened to walk by a high-powered radar tube one day and a chocolate bar in his pocket melted.
The Entire Series:
1-10 of 50 Weird Science Tidbits & Oddities
11-20 of 50 Weird Science Tidbits & Oddities
21-30 of 50 Weird Science Tidbits & Oddities
31-40 of 50 Weird Science Tidbits & Oddities
41-50 of 50 Weird Science Tidbits & Oddities