Friday, 27 June 2014

Bossy Keeps Embarrassing Herself

Note:  Several weeks after the above cartoon was created, both Bossy and Selfish noticed a Poster of the President with his thumb raised.  Now they're not sure if their Ecuadorian friends were pulling their legs or if it depends exactly on how one's thumb is raised.  

Poppy, Poppy, Poppy 

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Honeybees have Hair on their Eyes

All Art by Juan Villafuerte


Almonds are a member of the peach family. #factoid   
When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily. #tips

Finches ~ A Charm of finches. #factoid  #collectivenouns

Some lions mate over 50 times a day. #factoid   

Heinz Catsup leaving the bottle travels at 25 miles per year. #factoid 
Most lipsticks contain fish scales #factoid   
There are 170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ways to play the ten opening moves in a game of chess. #factoid       
Camel's milk, which is widely drunk in Arab countries, has 10 times more iron than cow's milk. #factoid       
The dot over the letter “i” is called a “tittle”. #factoid   

A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours. #factoid   
Wolves ~ A Pack or Rout of wolves. #factoid  #collectivenouns
Research on pigs led to the development of CAT scans. #factoid     
Boeing 747's wing span is longer than the Wright brother's first flight. The Wright brother's invented the airplane. #factoid   
First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer. #factoid     

A Field, Herd, Remuda, Set or Stable of horses. #factoid   #collectivenouns                                    
Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes. #factoid                                       
In 1955 the richest woman in the world was Mrs Hetty Green Wilks, who left an estate of $95 million in a will that was found in a tin box with four pieces of soap. #factoid

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone. #factoid

Soda water does not contain soda. #factoid   
Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm. #factoid   
US America once issued a 5-cent bill. #factoid   

Red wine will spoil if exposed to light; hence tinted bottles #factoid                                       
You were born with 300 bones. When you get to be an adult, you have 206. #factoid  
When Albert Einstein died, his final words died with him. The nurse at his side didn't understand German. #factoid           

The katydid bug hears through holes in its hind legs. #factoid

Chocolate can ease a cough. It contains Theobromine which suppresses activity in the vagus nerve which causes coughing. #factoid   
Cleo and Caesar were the early stage names of Cher and Sonny Bono. #factoid   
Koalas and humans are the only animals that have finger prints. #factoid
To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets. #tips           

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid. #factoid   
The Pony Express only lasted 18 months, from April 1860 to October 1861. #factoid                                       
Honeybees have hair on their eyes. #factoid  
It took nearly six years to produce Walt Disney's "Cinderella". #factoid                                       
All insects have 6 legs #factoid       
Kermit the Frog is left-handed. #factoid       
The national flag of Italy was designed by Napoleon Bonaparte. #factoid    
Beauty - An expression used to refer to something done well.  #CanadianSlang                                       
March 14 is 'save a spider day' #factoid   
The shrimp's heart is in its head #factoid   
A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. #factoid                                       
A skunk can spray its stinky scent more than 10 feet. #factoid                                       
The dial tone of a normal telephone is in the key of "F". #factoid 
Superman was created by Toronto-born cartoonist, Joe Shuster.  Pure Canadian psyche, the "man of steel" hides his super-strengths under the meek guise of Clark Kent. #factoid  

Friday, 20 June 2014

The Crow God, as Depicted in all of the Reliable Crow Bibles, Looks Exactly Like a Crow

 Via:  Loose Parts

 Via: Speed Bump

 Via:  Brainless Tales

 Via:  Bizarro Comics

New Caledonian crows are well-known for their tool use but now a video reveals the ultra 3D vision that makes them so dextrous. As this bird fishes for a grub, it gazes down the shaft with both eyes, using stereo vision to manipulate a stick. The clip, captured by Jolyon Troscianko from the University of Birmingham, UK, and colleagues, demonstrates the crow's extensive field of view, which the researchers claim is wider than any other bird species studied to date. Its straight bill also helps keep tools in eyesight range. The team believes that it's the first evidence of body features tailored for tool use in an animal other than human-related primates.

Via:  Free Range

Saturday, 7 June 2014

A Parade of Elephants

Offered a new pen to write with, 97% of all people will write their own name. #factoid    
The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life". #factoid  
The authorities do not allow tourists to take pictures of Pygmies in Zambia. #factoid 
Buzzards ~ A Wake of buzzards. #factoid  #collectivenouns
A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana. #factoid          

The Matami Tribe of West Africa play a version of football, the only difference being that they use a human skull instead of a more normal ball. #factoid  
African elephants only have 4 teeth #factoid  
Helium is named after the Greek word for "sun". #factoid  
Turtles can breathe through their butts. #factoid   
The total combined weight of the worlds ant population is heavier than the weight of the human population. #factoid   

Rice paper does not have any rice in it! #factoid  
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. #factoid  
In 1995, Blue replaced Tan in the standard package of M&M candies. Blue was the overwhelming choice in a vote taken by MARS, Inc. The runner-up colors were purple and pink. #factoid

The Anglo-Saxons believed Friday to be such an unlucky day that they ritually slaughtered any child unfortunate enough to be born on that day. #factoid  
Why do ships and aircraft use 'mayday' as their call for help? ~ This comes from the French word m'aidez - meaning 'help me' - and is pronounced approximately, 'mayday.' #factoid

The Toltecs, Seventh-century native Mexicans, went into battle with wooden swords so as not to kill their enemies. #factoid
The tip of a bullwhip moves so fast that the sound it makes is actually a tiny sonic boom. #factoid

Kemo Sabe" means "soggy shrub" in Navajo. #factoid

Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day. #factoid

Smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory. #factoid  
A Pulchritude of peacocks. #factoid  #collectivenouns 

The British did not release the body of Napoleon Bonaparte to the French until twenty days after his death. #factoid      
More than ten people a year are killed by vending machines. #factoid  
The avocado has the most calories of any fruit. #factoid  
Bats always turn left when exiting a cave. #factoid
The sun is 330,330 times larger than the Earth #factoid

The average human produces a quart of saliva a day or 10,000 gallons in a lifetime. #factoid     
A cat's urine glows under a black light. #factoid  

Minus 40 degrees Celsius is exactly the same as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit #factoid

The word 'underground is the only word that begins and ends with the letters 'und' #factoid
The skin of the average woman weighs 3 kilograms, while that of the average man weighs 5 kilograms #factoid  
Elephants ~ A Herd or Parade of elephants; A Crash of elephants. #factoid  
Women have a better sense of smell than men. #factoid   

From the smallest microprocessor to the largest mainframes, an average American depends on more than 250 computers per day. #factoid  
For the 66% of American's who admit to reading in the bathroom, the preferred reading material is "Reader's Digest. #factoid"      
The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building. #factoid

Gorgias of Epirus was born during the preparation of  his mothers funeral. #factoid   
Deer/Roe Deer~ A herd, leash or Mob of deer; A Bevy of roe deer. #factoid  #collectivenouns

Soldiers from every country salute with their right hand. #factoid                                      
The cat brain weighs about 30 g. #factoid      
A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate. #factoid      

Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks. #factoid
Asses ~ A herd or pace of asses; A drove of asses. #factoid   #collectivenouns
The oldest known goldfish lived to 41 years of age. Its name was Fred. #factoid         
Canada became a country on July 1, 1867, when the British North America Act was passed by the British Parliament. #factoid      
Waterfowl ~ A Bunch, Knob, Trip or Plump  of waterfowl. #factoid #collectivenouns

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes. #factoid