• The biggest animal in the world is the blue whale. It has a heart the size of a car and tongue as long as an elephant. The Blue Whales whistle is the loudest noise made by any animal.
• Some turtles and tortoises, including the Eastern box turtle, can live for more than a century.
• No two zebras have stripes that are exactly alike. Zebra’s enemies include hyenas, wild dogs and lions. Male zebras are called stallions. Zebras usually travel in herds.
• There are more than 50 different kinds of Kangaroos. Kangaroos are native of Australia. A group of kangaroos is called a mob. Young kangaroos are called joeys.
• The hippopotamus gives birth under water and nurses its young in the river as well, though the young hippos do come up periodically for air.
• Tortoises and turtles do not have teeth. Adult tortoises may survive a year or more without access to water.
• The lion’s scientific name is Panthera leo. When lions walk, their heels don’t touch the ground.
• A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.
• Helium Balloon Gas makes balloons float. Helium is lighter than air and just as the heaviest things will tend to fall to the bottom, the lightest things will rise to the top.
• Snakes have no external ears. Therefore, they do not hear the music of a “snake charmer”. Instead, they are probably responding to the movements of the snake charmer and the flute. However, sound waves may travel through bones in their heads to the middle ear.
• The tongue of snakes has no taste buds. Instead, the tongue is used to bring smells and tastes into the mouth. Smells and tastes are then detected in two pits, called “Jacobson’s organs”, on the roof of their mouths. Receptors in the pits then transmit smell and taste information to the brain.
• Every dolphin has its own signature whistle to distinguish it from other dolphins, much like a human fingerprint.
• Sound is sent from the radio station through the air to your radio by means of electromagnetic waves. News, music, Bible teaching, football games, advertisements- these sounds are all converted into electromagnetic waves (radio waves) before they reach your radio and your ears.
• At the radio station, the announcer speaks into a microphone. The microphone changes the sound of his voice into an electrical signal. This signal is weak and can’t travel very far, so it’s sent to a transmitter. The transmitter mixes the signal with some strong radio signals called carrier waves. These waves are then sent out through a special antenna at the speed of light! They reach the antenna of your radio. Your antenna “catches” the signal, and the radio’s amplifier strengthens the signal and sends it to the speakers. The speakers vibrate, and your ears pick up the vibrations and your brain translates them into the voice of the radio announcer back at the station. When you consider all the places the announcer’s voice travels, it’s amazing!
The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past. You can’t go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.