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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday, November 28, 2005
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Things you've always never wanted to know

  • The horned lizard of the American Southwest may squirt a thin stream of blood from the corners of its eyes when frightened.

  • When cows graze in their natural head-down position, their saliva production increases by 17 percent.

  • William Claude Dukenfield was better known as W. C. Fields.

  • Poet and writer Edgar Allan Poe was expelled from West Point, the U.S. Military Academy, because he showed up for a parade naked.

  • Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were not permitted to dance together in public, according to their movie contracts.

  • Thin-skinned lemons are the juiciest.

  • For his "The X-Files" audition, David Duchovny showed up in a tie with pink pigs all over it.

  • Bats are voracious insect eaters, devouring as many as 600 bugs per hour for four to six hours a night. They can eat from one- half to three-fourths of their weight per evening.

  • Employees of Ben & Jerry's get three pints of free ice cream a day. Every year the company holds a free cone day, giving away 1 million ice cream cones.

  • People in Sweden, Japan and Canada are more likely to know the population of the U.S. than Americans.

  • Per the company, the product's full name is WD-40 "Water Displacer," which was perfected on the 40th attempt. Some have erroneously stated the "WD" is an abbreviation for "Water Displacement."

  • Aristotle, Sir Isaac Newton, Moses and Charles Darwin stuttered.

  • The Roman historian Pliny was so impressed by garlic and its perceived powers, he listed no less than 61 medicinal uses for the pungent bulb. Among them was that of warding off vampires, restoring hair loss and preventing warts.

  • Beavers mate for life.

  • The average life expectancy of a queen bee is six years; a worker bee, six months; and a drone, eight weeks.



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