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Fun Facts


If you enjoyed our stories, here are some

that are just as wild!

 "Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations."1
- Ralph Charell

 In Thailand, it is illegal to leave your house without wearing underwear.2

 Frogs can change sex if there are too few of one sex in their mating area.3 

 "If you feel the urge, don't be afraid to go on a wild goose chase.

What do you think wild geese are for anyway?"4
-Will Rogers

 The male platypus has venom strong enough to kill a small dog, or cause excruciating pain among humans.5 

In Switzerland, it is illegal to flush the toilet after 10 PM.6

 There are 556 species of birds in Cambodia.7

 "Did I ever tell you how I shot a wild elephant in my pajamas?

How he got into my pajamas I'll never know."8
-Groucho Marx

 In Alabama, putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death and keeping an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time is a crime.9

 The longest straight railway line in the world stretches the Nullarbor Plain from Watson in South Australia to Nurina in Western Australia and doesn't make a bend for 478 kilometers.10

Snow leopards have an enlarged nasal cavity that is used to circulate the cold air and warm it before it enters their lungs, and are not considered actual large cats because they can purr but not roar. They can also jump straight up to a ledge 20 feet above their head!11

 In Alaska, you may hunt a bear safely, but it is illegal to wake a bear and take a picture for photo opportunities.12

 "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"13
-Mary Oliver

Most people think of Lipizzaner horses as being snowy white.  Actually, they are born dark and slowly change to gray and finally white over 6 to 10 years.14

 Rainforests in Cambodia grow as high as 150 feet.15

 A liger is a hybrid "big cat" created in captivity when a lion is mated with a tigress.  Similarly, tigons are created when a tiger is mated with a lioness.  The males are usually sterile.16

 "Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself."17
-Oscar Wilde

The box jellyfish is responsible for more deaths in Australia than snakes, sharks and salt water crocodiles.18

 Ostriches do not need to drink - they can make their own water internally and get the rest from vegetation. Their lifespan is 40 years, and they swallow stones to help break down the tough plant food in their gizzard, sometimes even diamonds!19

 "All good things are wild, and free."20
-Henry David Thoreau

 Sharks need to swim, or they will sink!21

 In Palermo Italy, a two-year old girl who died of pneumonia in 1920 was so perfectly preserved that she is referred to as a modern day "Sleeping Beauty."22

 The only cats that are capable of roaring (which makes them true large cats) are those of the genus Panthera, the tiger, lion, jaguar and leopard. Part of the hyoid apparatus in their throats is made of cartilage rather than bone, which allows them to roar. They are sometimes described as 'the roaring cats' for this reason.23

"These are but wild and whirling words."24
-William Shakespeare

Cambodia was covered by 70% rainforests in 1970.  In 2006, it was covered by only 3.1 % rainforest. This loss amounts to 2,500,000 hectares (or about 6,177,000 acres) of forest.25

The Emu is the world's third largest bird. The Ostrich and the Cassowary take the top positions.26

 "A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages."27
-Tennessee Williams

In the Philippines, cars whose license plates end with a 1 or 2 are not allowed on the roads on Monday, 3 or 4 on Tuesday, 5 or 6 on Wednesday, 7 or 8 on Thursday, and 9 or 0 on Friday from 7:00 AM onwards to keep roads free of traffic jams.28

In Arizona, donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs and you may be imprisoned for 25 years for cutting down a cactus.29

Red Kangaroos are the largest marsupial, but the Eastern Grey Kangaroo can jump 9 meters in a single bound! The mother can control the quality of the milk she produces from each teat to ensure that the new youngster and the one she is weaning each get the nutrients they need.30 

"Born to be wild - live to outgrow it."31

-Lao Tzu

Did you know Australia is the Sheep capital of the world? There are over 140 million sheep, that's about 20 per person. Mostly fluffy merinos, which produce more than 70 percent of the world's wool - that's nothing to baaaaa about!32

"If I lived back in the wild west days, instead of carrying a six-gun in my holster, I'd carry a soldering iron. That way, if some smart-aleck cowboy said something like 'Hey, look. He's carrying a soldering iron!' and started laughing, and everybody else started laughing, I could just say, 'That's right, it's a soldering iron. The soldering iron of justice.' Then everybody would get real quiet and ashamed, because they had made fun of the soldering iron of justice, and I could probably hit them up for a free drink."33

-Jack Handy



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3.  Cowen, R. (March 3, 1990). Jumping gender: frogs change from she to he. Science News. Retrieved April 3, 2009 from

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14. Physical Characteristics. (2009). The History and Origins of the Lipizzan Horse.  Lipizzan Association of North America. Retrieved April 5, 2009 from http://www.lipizzan.org/aboutlipizzans.html.

15. Brittanica Online Encyclopedia. Cambodia.  http://www.library.eb.com/eb/article-52453

16. Liger. (2009). In Encyclopędia Britannica Online. Retrieved April 5, 2009, from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/340433/liger.

17. http://thinkexist.com/quotes/

18. http://www.australianfauna.com/amazinganimalfacts.php

19. The BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildfacts/factfiles/477.shtml
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21. http://www.australianfauna.com/amazinganimalfacts.php

22. Lange, K. (January 26, 2009). Lost "Sleeping Beauty" Mummy Formula Found. National Geographic. Retrieved April 5, 2009 from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/01/090126-sicily-mummy.html.

23. http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081106101913AA9qzj9

24. http://thinkexist.com/quotes/

25. Butler, Rhett. Mongabay.com.  Cambodia. 1996-2009. San Francisco. http://rainforests.mongabay.com/20cambodia.htm

26. http://www.australianfauna.com/amazinganimalfacts.php

27. http://thinkexist.com/quotes/

28. http://www.thefoolsday.com/silly-laws.html

29. http://www.thefoolsday.com/silly-laws.html

30. The BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildfacts/factfiles/643.shtml

31. http://thinkexist.com/quotes/

32. http://www.withincooee.com/facts/amazing-facts.htm

33. http://thinkexist.com/quotes/


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