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The pointless fact thread

Post by Jules » Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:47 pm

Between 20 percent and 50 percent of all pet gerbils suffer from epilepsy.
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Post by Jules » Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:49 pm

The artificial strawberry flavour in a Burger King shake contains 46 chemicals.

None of which is strawberry,
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Post by anotherone » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:08 pm

The male platypus is the only venomous mammal.
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Post by kb892 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:10 pm

anotherone wrote:The male platypus is the only venomous mammal.
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Post by stella_blues » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:27 pm

A polar bear's fur is actually clear and not white.
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Post by pothole » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:38 pm

The Bat is the only mammal that can fly.

Flying squirrels don't count..

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Post by devnulljp » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:04 pm

anotherone wrote:The male platypus is the only venomous mammal.
Not quite true. The Almiqui (Solenodon cubanus), the Cuban Solenodon, in Cuba has a venomous bite. Although it was thought to have gone extinct in the 70s, they found some alive a few years ago.

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The European Mole (Talpa europaea) uses venom to paralyse worms.

There are a few shrews with venomous bites, like the Eurasian Water Shrew (Neomys fodiens), Northern Short-tailed Shrew (Blarina brevicauda), and bot the Southern Short-tailed Shrew (Blarina carolinensis) and Elliot's Short-tailed Shrew (Blarina hylophaga) make venom.

Not that the platytpus isn't unusual and cool and weird and all :hihi:
It's interesting that other monotremes like the Echidna have the calcaneus spur that is loaded with venom in the platypus, but they don't make the venom. (So I guess the male platypus is the only venomous monotreme ... )
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Post by anotherone » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:21 pm

Damn,I thought that was a good one. Thanks for setting me straight though,I love my zoological trivia. Funny that some of the oldest mammals would have reptilian features like venom...poor creationists :banger:
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Post by AGuitarPlayer » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:23 pm

42.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
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Post by squarewave » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:40 pm

The world's oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old.
A jellyfish is 95 percent water.
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Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
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