Facts Fantasy on Animals

Fact Fantasy

1.Just one cow gives off enough harmful methane gas in a single day to fill around 400 liter bottles.

2. Cows can have regional accents.

3.A domestic cat can frighten a black bear to climb a tree.

4. In a fight between a polar bear and a lion, the polar bear would win


5. US Secret Service sniffer dogs are put up in five-star hotels during overseas presidential visits.

6. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

7. Bulls are color blind.

8. A cow's only sweat glands are in its nose.

9.Mosquitoes have 47 teeth.

10. The Poison Arrow frog has enough poison to kill 2,200 people.

11. Emus can't walk backwards.

12.A group of unicorns is called a blessing.

13. A group of kangaroos is called a mob.

14.A group of owls is called a parliament.

15.A group of ravens is called a murder.

16. A group of bears is called a sleuth.

17.Twelve or more cows is called a flink.

18.A baby oyster is called a spat.

19.An elephant can be pregnant for up to 2 years

20.Chickens can't swallow while they are upside down.

21. The average garden-variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.

22.A goldfish has a memory span of 3 seconds.

23.A mule won't sink in quicksand but a donkey will.

24.India has 50 million monkeys.

25.By some unknown means, an iguana can end its own life.

26.Americans spend around $3 billion for cat and dog food a year.

27.Pigs can cover a mile in 7.5 minutes when running at top speed.

28.The shell constitutes 12 percent of an egg's weight.

29. A squid has 10 tentacles.

30. A snail's reproductive organs are in its head.

31. When a horned toad is angry, it squirts blood from its eyes.

32. The typical hen lays 19 dozen eggs a year.

33. The ostrich has a 46-foot long small intestine.

34.A scallop has 35 blue eyes.

35. The left leg of a chicken in more tender than the right one.

36. The only dog that doesn't have a pink tongue is the chow.

37. Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.

38. The giraffe has the highest blood pressure of any animal.

39. Zebras can't see the color orange.

40. There are more insects in ten square feet of a rain forest than there are people in Manhattan.

41. It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.

42. A rat can go without water longer than a camel can.

43. a tiger can spend up to eighteen hours sleeping.

44. tigers have that eyes that brightest of any other animal in the world.

45.pug marks can help to judge a tiger`s gender and even its weight and mood.

46. the bengali tiger`s roar can be heard up to 3 kilometers away.

47. tigers can run with three legs in the air simultaneously!

48. most fish are color blind, but they do notice shades of light and dark ,and movements.

49. the oldest amphibian was a Japanese giant salamander. it died at the age of 55 in the Netherlands in 1881.

50.mammals…biggest mammal-the whale

51. smallest mammal- pygmy shrew which measures less than two inches…

52. slowest moving mammal- the sloth of south america..

53. flying mammal- bats

54. swimming mammals- dolphins and porpoises, seals..

55. tallest mammal- giraffe

56. biggest land mammal- African elephant which grows up to 11 feet high and weight 17,000 pounds

57. highest jumper- the puma can leap straight up to 20 feet (6m) from standing

58. mammal with the longest hair- human if they will not cut there hairs it may go down till the floor.this goes for the breads and mustache, too.after hairy humans, musks oxen run a close second.

59. an adult giant anteater can consume 30,000 termites in a day.

60. an average bat can devour 4,000 flying insects in a night.

61. the common mole eats nearly its own weight in insects in a night.

62. the elephant eats up to 50 tons of grassy environment each year.

63. a platypus can eat 1,400 earthworms, 50 fresh water crayfish ,and 40 tadpoles in one night.

64. turtles have been around for 200 million years.

65. turtles can`t leave there shells.

66. turtles live long lives (some up to 100 years), but you cant tell a turtle`s age by the "growth rings" found on some turtles shells.

67. reptiles…largest reptile- adult male komodo dragon found in Indonesia.

68. largest poisonous snake-king cobra the poisonous snake found in southern asia.

69. smallest reptile-its the rare virgin islands gecko.

70. flying reptile-Draco lizards.

71. crocodiles eat rocks. eating rocks may help their digestion ,or add weight to help them stay under water. about 20% of a crocodile`s weight might be rocks.

72. a venous snake`s forked tongue can`t sting, although its saliva can be slightly toxic.

73. it only takes 2 drops of venom from the black mamba snake to kills a human being.

74. crocodiles have the biggest brains, which are about the size of a cigar.

75. crocodiles grow all there lives.

76. the name alligator comes from a Spanish word largatto means "lizard".

77. all lady birds have either two,nine or fifteen spots.

78. scientists estimate that there are at least 200 million times more insects than people.

79. some hummingbirds weight less than a us penny.

80. one spices of earthworm in Australia can grow up to 10 feet in length.

81. sharks can live up to 100 years.

82. humans and cats both have identical religions in the brain responsible for emotion.

83. a cat`s brain is much more similar to man`s brain than a dog

84. snails can have 100s to 1000s teeth.

85. they could have 100s of teeth and several different tooth types in one snail.

86. slugs have four noses

87. a group of jelly fish is called "smuck"

89. a domestic cat can sprint at about 31 miles per hour.

90.A hippo can open it's mouth wide enough to fit a 4foot tall child inside.

91.A snail can have about 25,000 teeth.

92.A rat can last longer without water than a camel can.

93.Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food.

94.Birds donot swaet.

95.A cockroach will live nine days without it's head,before it starves to death .

96.One pound of lemons contain more sugar than one pound of strawberries.

97.Like fingerprints every ones tongue print is different.

98.A person can live without food for about a month,but only about a week without water.

99.The dot over the letter i is called a title.

100.The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is un copyrightable.

101.The monkey has two brains one to control its body,the other to control its tail.

102.The world best selling book is the holy bible.

103.The trumpets used by the lamas in Bhutan in certain religious services are made from human thigh bones.

104. If just 25% of U.S. families used 10 fewer plastic bags a month, we would save over 2.5 BILLION bags a year.

105.On the average, the 140 million cars in America are estimated to travel almost 4 billion miles in a day, and according to the Department of Transportation, they use over 200 million gallons of gasoline doing it.

106. Every year we throw away 24 million tons of leaves and grass. Leaves alone account for 75% of our solid waste in the fall.

107. Over 100 pesticide ingredients are suspected to cause birth defects, cancer, and gene mutations.

108. Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.

109.About 1% of U.S. landfill space is full of disposable diapers, which take 500 years to decompose.

110. Energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a TV set for 3 hours, and is the equivalent to half a can of gasoline.

111.Glass produced from recycled glass instead of raw materials reduces related air pollution by 20%, and water pollution by 50%.

112. Americans use 50 million tons of paper annually — consuming more than 850 million trees.

113. Homeowners use up to 10 times more toxic chemicals per acre than farmers.

114.By turning down your central heating thermostat one degree, fuel consumption is cut by as much as 10%.

115. Insulating your attic reduces the amount of energy loss in most houses by up to 20%.

116. Enough glass was thrown away in 1990 to fill the Twin Towers (1,350 feet high) of New York's World Trade Center every two weeks.

117.One ton of carbon dioxide that is released in the air can be prevented by replacing every 75 watt light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.

118. Many banks lent large sums of money to developing nations. In order to pay those debts plus interest many nations have turned to the mining of their natural resources as a source of financial aid.

119.Every day 40,000 children die from preventable diseases.

120. The public transportation that we have is a wreck. The U.S. continues to promote and invest in private car travel rather than public transportation.

121.The human population of the world is expected to be nearly tripled by the year 2100.

122. A three percent annual growth rate will result in the doubling of consumption and production of food and other products in 25 short years. The amount of motor vehicles that are expected to be operated will increase 15 million a year until at least 2010.

123.The world's per capita grain production has been on the downfall since 1985 despite the use of fertilizers and pesticides.

124.Already a train system has been developed (back in 1987) which is based on magnetic levitation and causes minimal pollution. These versions of a train are already in use in several countries.

125. Fibre optics, made of glass, are being used to replace copper cables throughout the world.

126.The uncontrolled fishing that is allowed has reduced the amount of commercial species. Some species, up to one-tenth of their original population.

127. Every day 50 to 100 species of plants and animals become extinct as their habitat and human influences destroy them.

128.There are more than 2,700 species of snakes in the world.

129.Sharks have been around for about 400 million years.

130.A shark may grow and use over 20,000 teeth in its lifetime.

131.Penguins spend as much as 75% of their time underwater, searching for food in the ocean.

132.Frog eggs floating in a pond: these clusters of floating eggs are called "egg masses".

133.Frogs lay up to 4,000 eggs at one time.

134.Most species of bears live to around 25 years of age.

135.Bears have terrific eyesight, too. It helps them to identify ripe fruit and nuts.

136.Bulls are known to be colorblind. It’s a black-and-white life for them!

137.The memory span of goldfish is just about 3 seconds.

138.According to records there are 50 million monkeys. That is quite an over population.

139.A scallop has 35 eyes that are blue in color.

140.A crocodile can never stick its tongue out of its mouth.

141.A standing 4-foot child can fit into the open of a hippopotamus.

142.The longest slumber ever! A snail can sleep for three years, at a stretch.

143.A housefly regurgitates the food it eats and then eats it again!

144.The taste buds of a butterfly are in its feet.

145.The butterfly was originally known as the ‘flutterby’.

146.The donkey’s eye placement helps it see all its four feet at a time.

147.A chicken can fly for more than 13 seconds at a stretch.


The Disappearing Rainforests

1. We are losing Earth's greatest biological treasures just as we are beginning to appreciate their true value. Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth's land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.

2. One and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second with tragic consequences for both developing and industrial countries.

3. Rainforests are being destroyed because the value of rainforest land is perceived as only the value of its timber by short-sighted governments, multi-national logging companies, and land owners.

4. Nearly half of the world's species of plants, animals and microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next quarter century due to rainforest deforestation.

5. Experts estimates that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year. As the rainforest species disappear, so do many possible cures for life-threatening diseases. Currently, 121 prescription drugs sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. While 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, less that 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists.

6. Most rainforests are cleared by chainsaws, bulldozers and fires for its timber value and then are followed by farming and ranching operations, even by world giants like Mitsubishi Corporation, Georgia Pacific, Texaco and Unocal.

7. There were an estimated ten million Indians living in the Amazonian Rainforest five centuries ago. Today there are less than 200,000.

8. In Brazil alone, European colonists have destroyed more than 90 indigenous tribes since the 1900's. With them have gone centuries of accumulated knowledge of the medicinal value of rainforest species. As their homelands continue to be destroyed by deforestation, rainforest peoples are also disappearing.

9. Most medicine men and shamans remaining in the Rainforests today are 70 years old or more. Each time a rainforest medicine man dies, it is as if a library has burned down.

10. When a medicine man dies without passing his arts on to the next generation, the tribe and the world loses thousands of years of irreplaceable knowledge about medicinal plants.

The Wealth of the Rainforests
1. The Amazon Rainforest covers over a billion acres, encompassing areas in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and the Eastern Andean region of Ecuador and Peru. If Amazonia were a country, it would be the ninth largest in the world.

2. The Amazon Rainforest has been described as the "Lungs of our Planet" because it provides the essential environmental world service of continuously recycling carbon dioxide into oxygen. More than 20 percent of the world oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.

3. More than half of the world's estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests. One-fifth of the world's fresh water is in the Amazon Basin.

4. One hectare (2.47 acres) may contain over 750 types of trees and 1500 species of higher plants.

5. At least 80% of the developed world's diet originated in the tropical rainforest. Its bountiful gifts to the world include fruits like avocados, coconuts, figs, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, bananas, guavas, pineapples, mangos and tomatoes; vegetables including corn, potatoes, rice, winter squash and yams; spices like black pepper, cayenne, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, sugar cane, tumeric, coffee and vanilla and nuts including Brazil nuts and cashews.

6. At least 3000 fruits are found in the rainforests; of these only 200 are now in use in the Western World. The Indians of the rainforest use over 2,000.

7. Rainforest plants are rich in secondary metabolites, particularly alkaloids. Biochemists believe alkaloids protect plants from disease and insect attacks. Many alkaloids from higher plants have proven to be of medicinal value and benefit.

8. Currently, 121 prescription drugs currently sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. And while 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, less than 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists.

9. The U.S. National Cancer Institute has identified 3000 plants that are active against cancer cells. 70% of these plants are found in the rainforest. Twenty-five percent of the active ingredients in today's cancer-fighting drugs come from organisms found only in the rainforest.

10. Vincristine, extracted from the rainforest plant, periwinkle, is one of the world's most powerful anticancer drugs. It has dramatically increased the survival rate for acute childhood leukemia since its discovery.

11. In 1983, there were no U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers involved in research programs to discover new drugs or cures from plants. Today, over 100 pharmaceutical companies and several branches of the US government, including giants like Merck and The National Cancer Institute, are engaged in plant research projects for possible drugs and cures for viruses, infections, cancer, and even AIDS.

Rainforest Action
1. Experts agree that by leaving the rainforests intact and harvesting it's many nuts, fruits, oil-producing plants, and medicinal plants, the rainforest has more economic value than if they were cut down to make grazing land for cattle or for timber.

2. The latest statistics show that rainforest land converted to cattle operations yields the land owner $60 per acre and if timber is harvested, the land is worth $400 per acre. However, if these renewable and sustainable resources are harvested, the land will yield the land owner $2,400 per acre
3. if managed properly, the rainforest can provide the world's need for these natural resources on a perpetual basis.

4. Promoting the use of these sustainable and renewable sources could stop the destruction of the rainforests. By creating a new source of income harvesting the medicinal plants, fruits nuts, oil and other sustainable resources, the rainforests is be more valuable alive than cut and burned.

5. Sufficient demand of sustainable and ecologically harvested rainforest products is necessary for preservation efforts to succeed. Purchasing sustainable rainforest products can effect positive change by creating a market for these products while supporting the native people's economy and provides the economic solution and alternative to cutting the forest just for the value of its timber.

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new campaign to green Delhi NCR

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jairam ramesh: india's crusading green minister

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enviornmentalist hail rejection of vedanta mining project

New Delhi: Environmentalists have hailed the government's rejection of London-listed Vedanta's bauxite mining project in Orissa's Niyamgiri hills, saying the decision was in favour of the poor tribal communities residing there.

gaint rakhi to be tied yo tree for enviornment protection

Lucknow: A special 8 feet high rakhi, made of various discarded household materials, will be tied to an old tree in the Uttar Pradesh capital on Raksha Bandhan to sensitise the public on various environmental issues, an activist said Monday.

uttarakhand asked yo crub tourism in corbett:ramesh

New Delhi: The Uttarakhand government has been asked to curb tourism in the popular Corbett Tiger Reserve, parliament was informed Wednesday.

Maharashtra slaps green tax on old vehicles

mumbai:underline text The Maharashtra government Wednesday decided to impose an environment tax, ranging from Rs.750 to Rs.3,500 for five years, on old public and private vehicles and plough back the proceeds on various pollution control measures, an official said.

national solar mission's 1st project goes live

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court questions government on gujrat farmer's green concern

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delhi approves project to keep yamuna sewage- free

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one fourth of chhattisgarh's new capital will be green

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ahemdabad to take up record greening drive

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air quality monitoring system for commonwealth games by july-end

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enviornment hail rejection of vedanta mininig project

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a village with green code

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Washington: A newly discovered type of oil-eating microbe is suddenly flourishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

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London: Bees buzzing about cities produce tastier honey, even though they have been associated with wildflower meadows and landscapes.

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