A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death
A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out
A snail can sleep for three years
All polar bears are left-handed
An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain
Butterflies taste with their feet
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs have only about ten
Cat urine glows under a black light
Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn’t wear pants
Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump
If you keep a goldfish in a dark room it will eventually turn white
Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure
A pig’s orgasm lasts for thirty minutes
In the last 4000 years no new animals have been domesticated
More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed by plane crashes
Some lions mate over fifty times a day
Starfish have no brains
Ants always fall over on their right side when intoxicated
The average human eats eight spiders in their lifetime at night
The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds
You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider

From Val Williams and Greg Hobson, New Natural History, exh. cat., Bradford: National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, 1999, p. 7.

4 thoughts on “Facts?

  1. Yikes, a few of these are quite wrong :/ Reminds me of the questionable “Snapple Facts” you could get on bottle caps.

  2. Not true. Bonobos also have sex for pleasure. Also, I remember the factoid about being killed by donkeys or planes from a book of factoids I read more than 30 years ago. I suspect the statistical picture may have changed since then.

  3. No. 8 is definitely true – I have my own large black light after buying a cat hoarder’s house. And no. 1 strikes me as plausible. Years ago while living in a Boston apartment with more than a few cockroaches we bought the “Cockroach Combat Manual”. Turned out to be chock a block full of similarly disturbing facts about cockroaches – we felt much worse after reading the book. We moved.


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