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BINGWA loves to collect and share interesting facts with you. Here are some of them:

  • A donkey's eyes are positioned in such a way that it can see all its four legs at a time.
  • Only found in the African island nation of Madagascar, scientists believe they rafted across the ocean (from the African continent) on large clumps of vegetation. Today, most Lemur species are critically endangered or threatened.
  • The Sitatunga (Africa's only truly amphibious Antelope), spends most of its time in thick deep muddy swamps y occassionally moving to dry land at night.
  • Sharks are covered with tiny little teeth called dermal denticles, whcih is why their skin feels like sandpaper. 
  • Female peafowls are called peahens while male peafowls are called peacocks.
  • Trees receive an estimated 90% of their nutrition from the atmosphere and only 10% from the soil.
  • Pluto is the only planet to ever be named by a child.11 year-old Venetia Burney from England suggested that the dwarf planet be named after the Roman god of the underworld.
  • They might be cute, but dolphins have been known to attack people.  
  • In Africa, some of the most endangered species are the Ethiopian Wolf, the Mountain Gorilla, the African Wild Dog, the Black Rhino,the Lion and the Elephant.
  • No matter its size or thickness, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than seven times.
  • It is said that comedian Bill Cosby gave his children names beginning with 'E' to remind them of their excellence.
  • The sentence 'the quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog' uses every letter of the alphabet!
  • Most lipstick contains fish scales.
  • Some octopuses have been known to eat their arms off when they are exposed to stressful situations.
  • Giraffes were called 'Cameleopards'.They were thought to be cross-breeds of leopards and camels.
  • Toads have to close their eyes to swallow.
  • The way a person writes numbers can reveal how they feel about money. Carefully written numbers show that the person is careful about money
  • Vampire bats do feed on blood but they won't attack a human and suck blood from the neck.
  • One of the most dangerous insects in the world is the common housefly. They carry and transmit more diseases than any other animal in the world.
  • The Great Pyramids used to be as white as snow because they were encassed in bright limestone that has worn-off over the years.
  • Australia has the world’s largest wild camel population.
  • Forest fires move faster uphill than downhill.
  • It is estimated that millions of trees in the world are accidentally planted by squirrels who bury their nuts and forget where they hid them.
  • The Hinde's Babbler is a bird species endemic to Central Kenya. Owing to the reduction of the thickets they so love, their population is dwindling and·they are now listed among other vulnerable species.
  • An eagle can stay aloft for hours, rarely moving its wings and riding wind currents.
  • Many  albino’s in East Africa have been killed over the last few years because their body parts are believed to bring wealth and good-luck. This is a myth.
  • Deserts occupy between 15-20% of the earth’s land. Sahara Desert in North Africa is the largest desert in Africa.
  • It is estimated that one out of a thousand hatchlings (baby sea turtles) will survive to adulthood under natural conditions.
  •  Several caterpillars are master disguise artists. When danger is near, they keep absolutely still and pretend to be twigs.
  • The Namib Desert in Southern Africa is the world’s oldest desert
  • Physical activity (or exercise) improves brain function allowing you to concentrate better and remember more.
  •  A shrimp’s heart is in it’s head.
  • When alarmed, the pancake tortoise flattens itself and fits into the narrowest of rock cracks thanks to its thin flexible shell.
  • In Mpumalaga-South Africa, someone actually built their home in the shape of a shoe.
  • Two-headed snakes in existence are merely conjoined twins-Submitted by Rubangakane Brian, Kiwafu Primary School, Entebbe-Uganda.
  • Some beetles are much stronger than we are. They can lift more than 300 times their own weight or the same as a man lifting 20 cars.
  • The spotted handfish has fins that look like hands which it prefers using to 'walk' on the sea floor instead of swimming.
  • Many people thought that the famous Snowflake was a white Gorilla. he is infact the only known albino gorilla so far.
  • Hummingbirds can fly backwards.
  • A duck’s quack does not echo, and no one knows why 
  • The Basenji, also known as the African  Barkless Dog,  is a dog that doesn’t bark 
  • It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open
  • An Ostrich’s eye is bigger that its brain
  • The Japanese Spider crab, the biggest crab in the world, can for a century (100 years) or more
  • A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to hold a child standing up
  • A snail can sleep for as  three years continuously
  • Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump
  • Galileo Galilei discovered the four brightest moons about 400 years ago
  • A person once hiccupped for 68 years
  • It may take up to four hours for a pride of lions to finish eating
  • Frogs can see forwards, sideways and upwards all at the same time. They never close their eyes,even when they sleep.
  • The youngest male author ever published was Dennis Vollmer who wrote the story ‘Joshua Disobeys’ in 1987 at the tender age of 6
  • All porcupines float in water

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