Common Knowledge and General Knowledge Series #45

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  • Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.
  • Neurons multiply at a rate of 250,000 neurons per minute during early pregnancy.
  • Elephants have the longest pregnancy in the animal kingdom at 22 months.
  • The longest human pregnancy on record is 17 months, 11 days.
  • A female oyster produces 100 million young in her lifetime, the typical hen lays 19 dozen eggs a year, and it is possible for one female cat to be responsible for the birth of 20,736 kittens in four years.  Michelle Duggar holds the record for the largest human family, having given birth to 17 children.
  • 750ml of blood pumps through your brain every minute, which is 15-20% of
    blood, flow from the heart.
  • The human brain is about 75% water.
  • Dragonflies are capable of flying sixty miles per hour, making them one of the fastest insects.
  • Flies jump backwards during take-off.
  • A housefly will regurgitate its food and eat it again.
  • Termites outweigh humans by almost ten to one.
  • A spider’s web is not a home, but rather a trap for its food. They are as individual as snowflakes, with no two ever being the same. Some tropical spiders have built webs over eighteen feet across.
  • Your brain consumes 25 watts of power while you are awake. This amount of energy is enough to illuminate a lightbulb.
  • It is impossible to lick your elbow.
  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  • In every episode of Seinfeld, there is a Superman somewhere.
  • Possums have one of the shortest pregnancies at 16 days. The shortest human pregnancy to produce a healthy baby was 22 weeks, 6 days — the baby was the length of a ballpoint pen.
  • Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
  • The most poisonous spider is the black widow. Its venom is more potent than a rattlesnake’s.