Common Knowledge and General Knowledge Series #46

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  • 13% of Americans actually believe that some parts of the moon are made of cheese.
  • The world’s youngest parents were eight and nine and lived in China in 1910.
  • Fish that live more than 800 meters below the ocean surface do not have eyes.
  • Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches.
  • Some Case Moth caterpillars (Psychidae) build a case around themselves that they always carry with them. It is made of silk and pieces of plants or soil.
  • Most household dust is made of dead skin cells.
  • One in eight million people has progeria, a disease that causes people to grow faster than they age.
  • The male seahorse carries the eggs until they hatch instead of the female.
  • Negative emotions such as anxiety and depression can weaken your immune system.
  • Stephen Hawking was born exactly 300 years after Galileo died.
  • Mercury is the only planet whose orbit is coplanar with its equator.
  • The Morgan’s Sphinx Moth from Madagascar has a proboscis (tube mouth) that is 12 to 14 inches long to get the nectar from the bottom of a 12-inch deep orchid discovered by Charles Darwin.
  • Some moths never eat anything as adults because they do not have mouths. They must live on the energy they stored as caterpillars.
  • In 1958, Entomologist W.G. Bruce published a list of Arthropod references in the Bible. The most frequently named bugs from the Bible are Locust: 24, Moth: 11, Grasshopper: 10, Scorpion: 10, Caterpillar: Nine and Bee: 4.
  • People eat insects – called “Entomophagy”(people eating bugs) – it has been practised for centuries throughout Africa, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and North, Central and South America. Why? Because many bugs are both protein-rich and good sources of vitamins, minerals and fats.
  • Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  • The average chocolate bar has eight insects’ legs in it.
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