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A velvet ant is a type of wasp. Bees are vegetarian wasps. Bees turn nectar into honey by regurgitating it into the mouths of other bees. The extinct gastric brooding frog used her stomach as a womb and gave birth by vomiting. Woodchucks can’t ‘chuck-up’. A tick is ten times larger after dinner than before. Japanese yellow swallowtail butterflies can see with their bottoms. The potoo bird can see with its eyes shut. Chickens can see daylight 45 minutes before humans can. Astronauts at the International Space Station witness 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours.

There is only one recorded case of ‘walking the plank’. There is no historical evidence for any pirate having ever owned a pet parrot. Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management contains recipes for parrot pie, roast wallaby and curried kangaroo. Colonel Sanders’ secret recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken is written in pencil on a scrap of paper and kept in a high-security vault in Lexington, Kentucky. The ingredient that makes Brussels sprouts bitter is cyanide. 15 apricot kernels contain enough cyanide to kill a child.

Russian, Spanish and Persian use the same words for ‘fingers’ as for ‘toes’. The fleshy bulb at the base of your thumb is called the thenar. Elephants suck their trunks as children suck their thumbs. Rubik’s cubers can suffer from cubist’s thumb and Rubik’s wrist. The ‘tiny arms’ of Tyrannosaurus rex could each lift the equivalent of two adult humans. After losing his right arm in battle, Horatio Nelson developed a phantom limb in its place. He considered it ‘direct proof for the existence of the soul’.

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