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Stupid Facts

  • There are more than 15,000 different varieties of rice.

  • When lightning strikes, it immediately heats the air around the bolt to 30,000 degrees. The surface of the sun is 10,000 degrees.

  • The most-grown crop in the world, in terms of output by weight, is bananas.
    (see Fruits and Vegetables)

  • The average weight of a bunch of bananas is about 25 pounds.

  • The male seahorse carries the developing young and gives birth.
    (see Animal Groups and Young)

  • The word "stat" used in hospitals is short for "statim", the Latin word for immediately.

  • A cord of wood is a rectangular pile of wood measuring 4 ft. wide, 4 ft. high and 8 ft. long.

  • The Dromedary camel has one hump, and the Bactrian camel has two.

  • The age of a horse can be determined by examining its teeth.

  • The rhinoceros is most closely related to the horse.

  • Sea scallops are hermaphroditic.

  • The part of the scallop eaten as food is the adductor muscle used to open and close their shell.

  • The name Hippopotamus comes from Greek for "River Horse".

  • The Great Lakes can be remembered using the acronym HOMES: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.
    (see United States)

  • An easy way to remember the Great Lakes in order of biggest to smallest is the mnemonic: Super Man Hates Eating Oreos (Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario)