Amazing And True

Friday, August 01, 2008
# A quarter of the horses in the US died of a vast virus epidemic in 1872.
# The fastest bird is the Spine-tailed swift, clocked at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour.
# There is no single cat called the panther. The name is commonly applied to the leopard, but it is also used to refer to the puma and the jaguar. A black panther is really a black leopard. A capon is a castrated rooster.
# The world's largest rodent is the Capybara. An Amazon water hog that looks like a guinea pig, it can weigh more than 100 pounds.
# The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people.
# The hummingbird, the loon, the swift, the kingfisher, and the grebe are all birds that cannot walk.
# The poisonous copperhead snake smells like fresh cut cucumbers.
# A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.
# Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
# The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.
# Cheetahs make a chirping sound that is much like a bird's chirp or a dog's yelp. The sound is so an intense, it can be heard a mile away.
# The underside of a horse's hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.


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