1. Pigeons can tell the difference between impressionist paintings by Monet and cubist works by Picasso. They can even tell when the Monets are hung upside down.
2. Wombats have cubic feces.
Which explains why they’re so damn happy all the time.
3. Male fruitflies turn to drink when they don’t get enough sex.
Studies have found that male fruitflies rejected by females drink significantly more alcohol than those that have had a successful encounter.
4. Just like humans, British cows moo in accents specific to their region.
5. All polar bears are Irish: they’re descended from brown bears that lived in Ireland over 10,000 years ago.
6. The platypus and the echidna are the only mammals that could make their own custard: they both lay eggs and produce milk.
8. A hammerhead shark can be rendered completely immobile for 15 minutes by turning it over and tickling its tummy.
9. Lord Byron’s mail often contained locks of hair from adoring female fans. Some of the clippings he sent them in return actually came from his pet Newfoundland dog, Boatswain.
11. Most bees buzz in the key of A, unless they are tired, when they buzz in the key of E.
12. On August 20, 1949, time appeared to stand still for several minutes, when hundreds of starlings roosted on the long hand of Big Ben
13. Under the provisions of the 1912 Scottish Protection of Animals Act, the Loch Ness monster is a protected species.
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