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A Parasitic Wasp that Injects Its Venom Into a Cockroach’s Brain in Order to Control It

A Parasitic Wasp that Injects Its Venom Into a Cockroach’s Brain in Order to Control It

Daven Hiskey July 11, 2011 11

Today I Found Out that the Jewel Wasp, also known as the “Emerald Cockroach Wasp”, is a parasitic wasp that injects various mind controlling toxins into a cockroach’s brain then leads the roach back

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New Mexico Whiptail Lizards are All Females

New Mexico Whiptail Lizards are All Females

Daven Hiskey May 31, 2011 1

Today I Found Out New Mexico Whiptail lizards are all females. While this isn’t completely unheard of among various life forms on Earth, such as with certain plants, insects, and sea life, among others,

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There is a Protozoa that has Seven Sexes

There is a Protozoa that has Seven Sexes

Julia May 10, 2011 2

Today I Found Out that there is a protozoa that has seven sexes. This organism is known as Tetrahymena thermophila.  They are species of ciliate protozoa, common in fresh-water. They are also known for

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Killer Whales Are Actually Dolphins

Killer Whales Are Actually Dolphins

Daven Hiskey April 26, 2011 9

Today I Found Out “Killer Whales”, or Orcas, are actually dolphins.  In fact, they are the largest member of the dolphin family, Delphinidae. Now strictly speaking, whales are marine animals of the order of

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What Happens if a Cat’s Whiskers Are Damaged or Clipped

What Happens if a Cat’s Whiskers Are Damaged or Clipped

Julia April 21, 2011 20

Today I Found Out what happens if a cat’s whiskers are damaged or clipped. It turns out, cat’s whiskers are an essential sensory mechanism. Damage a cat’s whiskers and it will cause them not

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Where the Word “Mouse” Comes From

Where the Word “Mouse” Comes From

Daven Hiskey March 21, 2011 5

This post brought to you by Victor Pest. All opinions are 100% mine. Today I Found Out where the word “mouse” comes from. “Mouse” comes from the Sanskrit word for mouse, “musuka”, which in

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How Flies Land on the Ceiling

How Flies Land on the Ceiling

Daven Hiskey March 7, 2011 8

Today I Found Out how flies land on the ceiling. A popular notion of how they accomplished this used to be that the flies would do a half barrel roll sideways just before landing

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South African Earthworms Can Grow as Large as 22 Feet Long

South African Earthworms Can Grow as Large as 22 Feet Long

Daven Hiskey March 4, 2011 2

Today I Found Out South African earthworms can grow as large as 22 feet long, with the average length being about 6 feet long.  The largest one ever found so far, being 22 feet

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Why Chocolate is Bad for Dogs

Why Chocolate is Bad for Dogs

Daven Hiskey February 15, 2011 57

Today I Found Out why chocolate is bad for dogs. Chocolate contains an alkaloid called “theobromine”.  Theobromine is in the same family as caffeine and is a type of stimulant (they both are mythylxanines). 

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A Cockroach Can Live Without Its Head

A Cockroach Can Live Without Its Head

Julia January 14, 2011 3

Today I Found Out that a cockroach can live without its head for up to a week. While many have commonly heard cockroaches are the species most likely to survive a nuclear war, which

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Dragonflies Can Fly Up to 60 mph (97 km/h)

Dragonflies Can Fly Up to 60 mph (97 km/h)

Jon January 3, 2011 1

Note: This is a guest article contributed by frequent TIFO visitor and owner of DumpADay, Jon. Today I Found Out that the dragonfly can fly up to 60 miles per hour, which makes it

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Domestic Cats Can Fall From Any Height With a Remarkable Survival Rate

Domestic Cats Can Fall From Any Height With a Remarkable Survival Rate

Daven Hiskey November 11, 2010 16

Today I Found Out domestic cats fall from any height with a remarkable survival rate.  This is, of course, assuming they don’t suffocate- say, if you dropped them from 40,000 feet- and that they

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Why Turkeys Are Called Turkeys

Why Turkeys Are Called Turkeys

Daven Hiskey November 4, 2010 10

Today I Found Out why turkeys are called turkeys. In the 16th century, when North American turkeys were first introduced en masse to Europe, there was another bird that was popularly imported throughout Europe

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Why Lobsters and Crabs Turn Red When Cooked

Why Lobsters and Crabs Turn Red When Cooked

Jon October 8, 2010 0

Today I Found Out why crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, and some other crustaceans turn red/orange when cooked. Typically, the exoskeleton of most crustaceans has a blue-green to grayish color and sometimes they appear a

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A Red-Bellied Woopecker’s Tongue is Almost Three Times the Length of Its Beak and Wraps Around Its Skull When Retracted

A Red-Bellied Woopecker’s Tongue is Almost Three Times the Length of Its Beak and Wraps Around Its Skull When Retracted

Noreen October 4, 2010 2

Today I Found Out that the tongue on a Red-Bellied woodpecker, along with some other species of woodpecker, is so long that it can extend at least three times the bill length and, when

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A Shrimp Is One Of The Loudest Animals On The Planet

A Shrimp Is One Of The Loudest Animals On The Planet

Noreen September 24, 2010 7

Today I Found Out that a tiny shrimp known as the Snapping Shrimp or Pistol Shrimp, is on one of the loudest creatures in the World. This tiny shrimp species (Alpheus heterochaelis) belonging to

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Female Ferrets Will Die If They Don’t Mate

Female Ferrets Will Die If They Don’t Mate

Jon September 15, 2010 4

Note: This is a guest article contributed by a frequent TIFO visitor and owner of DumpADay.com, Jon. If you’re interested in contributing to TIFO click here to read our article submission guidelines. Today I

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Why Black Cats Are Considered Bad Luck

Why Black Cats Are Considered Bad Luck

Noreen September 10, 2010 18

Today I Found Out the origin of superstitions surrounding black cats including why a black cat crossing your path is considered bad luck. Black Cats weren’t always the butt of superstitions, feared, or even

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