• Snakes can help predict earthquakes. They can sense a coming earthquake from 75 miles away, up to five days before it happens.
• Pure cocoa can help prevent tooth decay.
• According to Roger Highfield, author of “The Physics of Christmas: From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey,” Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.
• The original game of Clue, patented in 1947 by a British man who invented it to pass time during World War II air-raid blackouts, included a lead pipe token made of real lead (it was eventually replaced by steel, then pewter). The original version also included slightly more exotic weapons like a hypodermic syringe and an Irish walking stick.
• There are no muscles in your fingers. Their function is controlled by the muscles in your palms and arms.
• No one ever called “The Lion King” a documentary, but one hyena researcher was so incensed by the film’s inaccuracies that he sued Disney for defamation on behalf of hyenas everywhere.
• There’s a town called “Big Ugly” in West Virginia.
• It’s illegal in New Zealand to name your child Sex Fruit, Fat Boy, 4Real, Cinderella Beauty Blossom, or Fish and Chips.
• Your tonsils can grow back if there was tissue left behind during the removal process.
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