Sounds like a whale of a tale, but ...
... there are some whales alive today that were born before 'Moby Dick' was written in 1851. Found in the icy waters off Alaska, some of these so-called 'bowhead' whales are over 200 years old.
There's a monkey island near South Carolina
Oh, How We've Grown!
You probably don't remember this, but you and every other human being on Earth once spent roughly 30 minutes as a single cell.
Ostriches don't hide their head in sand
After realizing that no one has actually witnessed an ostrich partaking in its most famous act, researchers studied over 200,000 of them over 80 years and never witnessed a single bird burying its head once.
Ever read 'palindromes' backward?
Everyone knows that a palindrome is a word that is the same backwards as it is forward, but few know this: 'palindromes' spelled backwards is 'semordnilap,' which is a word itself.
What's a semordnilap? It's a word that, when spelled backwards, forms a completely different word.
Japan has one of the largest adoption rates in the world ...
... but here's the kicker — the majority of the adoptees are adult males!
Napoleon was not that short
Napoleon Bonaparte's actual height was 5 foot 6 inches which, in those days, was a completely average height for men. So where did all the confusion come from? The difference between English and French measurements. The English thought the French pre-Revolution unit known as the "pouce" was equivalent to their inch, but it was actually slightly longer. So everyone thought the dictator was only 5'2".
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22 Academy Award winners reveal what they've done with the coveted statuette
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