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Hedgehogs’ resistance to snake venom is 35-45 times higher than that of a Guinea pig the same size. A hedgehog can also tolerate doses of arsenic that may kill 25 persons.

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Bonus facts It’s hard to imagine that such a weak animal like a hedgehog can kill a viper. A viper attack is a blind attack and a retreat. But against this attack, the hedgehog opposes an armor of spines. The hedgehog irritates the viper continuously and each attack on the armor of spines further wounds…

“Vanilla” comes from the latin word “Vagina”

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“Vanilla” comes from the latin word “Vagina”. During Hernando Cortes’ conquest of the Aztec empire, his men discovered the vanilla plant and dubbed it vainilla, literally “little pod” or “little sheath,” from the Latin vagina, “sheath.” The conquistadors drew the name from the shape of the plants’ bodies, which need to be split open in…

1816 – The year that had no summer

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Bonus facts Eighteen Hundred and Froze To Death. 1816 – The year that had no summer. On April 5, 1815, just before sunset, the Mt. Tambora volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa erupted. The massive load of sulphate gases and debris the mountain shot 43 km into the stratosphere blocked sunlight and distorted weather…

Consumption of watermelon juice increases plasma concentrations of lycopene and beta-carotene in humans

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Bonus facts Watermelon is an excellent source of lycopene, with upwards of 6,500 micrograms (6.5 mg). Consumption of watermelon juice increases plasma concentrations of lycopene and beta-carotene in humans. Also noteworthy, the lycopene in watermelon appears to be quite stable, with little deterioration occurring even after it’s been cut and stored in the refrigerator for…

Tiny mites are having sex in your eyelashes

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Hmmmm There are mites living in your eyelashes. Mites are relatives of ticks, spiders, scorpions and other arachnids. Over 48,000 species have been described. Around 65 of them belong to the genus Demodex, and two of those live on your face. And they have sex! On your face! Their favourite hook-up spots are the rims…

Octopuses have three hearts

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Bonus facts: Octopuses use tools such as using coconut shells to hide from potential predators. They use rocks and jets of water in a way that could be classified as tool use.