Weird and Funny Facts

Nails grow faster in warm climate than they do in cold climate.

Nails grow faster in warm climate than they do in cold climateThere are quite number of factors that affect nail growth. Among these factors is climate. Nails grow faster in warm climate than they do in cold climate. This is because blood circulation is slow in the body in cold weather.

Nail growth is badly affected by cold and wet weather. Leaving your nails exposed to the cold during the winter will make them weak and brittle as the keratin that is used by your body to grow your nails is used to keep the rest of your body warm. Wearing gloves and hand moisturisers can help alleviate the effects of cold weather and make your nails stronger.

Nails are made of many layers dead keratin protein cells, which are similar to hair and skin cells. The hard part of the nail, called the nail plate, protects the sensitive skin underneath, called the nail bed.

The speed of nail growth changes throughout a person's lifetime. Infant nails grow more slowly than adult nails, but children's nails grow more quickly than those of adults. Nails tend to grow the fastest between the ages of 10 and 14. After that, growth begins to slow, and continues to slow with age.

Cutting your nails causes them to grow a little more quickly. Nail-biting also makes nails grow more quickly. Compulsive nail-biting, however, can lead to infection or permanently damage the nail and nail bed, which may cause a nail to stop growing.

For a butterfly to fly it must have a body temperature of no less than 86 degrees fahrenheit or 30 degrees celsius.

Butterfly Facts:Butterfly Facts:

1. Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.

2. There are about 24,000 species of butterflies. The moths are even more numerous: about 140,000 species of them were counted all over the world.

3. Many butterflies can taste with their feet to find out whether the leaf they sit on is good to lay eggs on to be their caterpillars' food or not.

4. Butterflies and insects have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, called the exoskeleton. This protects the insect and keeps water inside their bodies so they don’t dry out.

5. Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches.

6. Some people say that when the black bands on the Woolybear caterpillar are wide, a cold winter is coming.

7. Representations of butterflies are seen in Egyptian frescoes at Thebes, which are 3,500 years old.

8. The females of some moth species lack wings, all they can do to move is crawl.

9. Some moths never eat anything as adults because they don't have mouths. They must live on the energy they stored as caterpillars.

10. Many insects can carry 50 times their own body weight. This would be like an adult person lifting two heavy cars full of people.

The loudest land animal is the Howler monkey

Howler monkeyHowler monkeys are named and known for the loud, guttural howls that they routinely use at the beginning and end of the day. They are the loudest animal in the New World and while their howl is not a piercing sound, it can travel for three miles through dense forest.

Male howler monkeys use their big voices to defend their turf. Howls by one troop are answered by other males within earshot. Every-one starts and ends the day by checking out where their nearest competitors are. In this way, they protect the food in their territory.

These vocal primates are the biggest of all the New World monkeys. Unlike Old World monkeys, howlers and other New World species have wide, side-opening nostrils and no pads on their rumps. Howlers also boast a prehensile tail. They can use this tail as an extra arm to grip or even hang from branches—no Old World monkeys have such a tail. A gripping tail is particularly helpful to howler monkeys because they rarely descend to the ground. They prefer to stay aloft, munching on the leaves that make up most of their diet.

Despite the volume of their howl, it’s disorienting to try to find a troop of loud howler monkeys in the wild. They hang out in the treetops where younger, greener leaves are abundant. However, if you do find yourself in the rainforest and it seems that an unusually large amount of fruit is falling from above or a fine spray of urine rains down on your head, you will know you are close!

Howler monkeys have beards and long, thick hair which may be black, brown, or red. The red howler species is the most common, but it is often targeted by hunters eager for bushmeat. Other species of howler monkey may be critically endangered over sections of their ranges.

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- The only state in the U.S that grows coffee beans is Hawaii in what’s known locally as the Kona district. Hawaiians usually call coffee Kope and hawaiian coffee is some of the most expensive in the world.

- The Oilbird (oil bird) is the loudest bird with it’s high pitched clicking sounds.

- The very first food eaten by a U.S astronaut in outer space was applesauce. - Did you know that the very first lemon seeds were brought to the Americas by Christopher Columbus?

- The automatic popup bread toaster was patented before the bread slicing machine. 1919 and 1928. That’s right, people sliced their own bread for the toaster for almost a decade before sliced bread was sold.

- Meteorites were very important to ancient Egyptians, they created jewelry from meteorites by hammering it into shape making beads and other designs. The jewelry was often buried with loved ones.

- A Jet Blue flight was grounded and placed out of service after a woman spots a 4 inch scorpion between her legs. The scorpion reportedly crawled from between her legs to under the seat while the flight continued to it’s destination where it was then placed out of service.

- In 1938, Time Magazine chose Adolf Hitler for man of the year.

- Scientists voiced concern in 2012 about how radiation may be affecting humans after a recent finding of mutant butterflies in Japan with abnormal legs, eyes, wings and other mutations were discovered. The mutations were caused by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident which was triggered by a major tsunami in March 2011. The tsunami was a direct effect of an earthquake.

- Humans and giraffes both have seven vertebrae bones in the neck. It’s not unusual for a mammal to have 7 vertebra bones in the neck but it’s interesting that the long neck of a full grown giraffe has the same amount.