One per cent of Developing World
In the developing world, only one per cent of the population owns a car, compared to 40 per cent in the industrialised countries.
Orchestra with the largest number of Musicians
Can you believe that the orchestra with the largest number of musicians came from Norway, with a total of 20,000 members?
Ostrichesare the biggest birds
Ostrichesare the biggest birds. They grow up to 2.5m (8ft) tall. They can’t fly, but they can run fast-up to 50 kph (31 mph).
Overland by Night
Eels live in rivers but they migrate to Sargaso Sea off the east coast of the USA to breed. Then they die. On their way downstream baby eels take 3 years to drift back across the Atlantic from the Sargasso Sea. The young eels swim up rivers, where they live for 20 years. Eels sometimes leave the water and travel across the river bank.
When danger threatens, it makes itself look as large and firece as possible, by fluffing out its feathers, spreading its wings and opening its eyes wide.
Owl see color blue
Owls are the only birds who can see the colour blue.
Pairs of Hearts
Earthworms have five pairs of hearts, close to the front of their bodies.
Pebbles on the beach
Plovers lay their eggs on sand or shingle. They do not build a nest because this would attract attention to the eggs. Very often, each egg has different marking to blend with the pebbles. When the chicks hatch, they too are well camouflaged on the seashore.
Pen with special nibs for left-handed people
Did you know that left-handed people can by pens with special nibs, which are cut a certain way to make writing easier?
Penguins Do it Differently
When an emperor penguin lays an egg she immediately and carefully passes it to her mate who tucks it under a fold of skin between his belly and his feet. The female then goes off to find food, leaving the male with the eggs for 63 days. Emperor penguins live in the Antarctic so the poor male has to withstand freezing cold blizzards, standing in one spot.