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An armadillo can hold its breath for up to six minutes.

This makes armadillos very capable swimmers. Though they can float on the surface of the water by inflating their stomachs with air, they can also travel underwater for up to 6 minutes without breathing.

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A type of tadpole can scream.

Tadpoles of the Argentine horned frog produce noise when in distress. These tadpoles have been known to eat the offspring of other frog species, so the 'screams' are thought to prevent them from devouring their own! This is the first time that scientists have observed any vertebrate larvae using sound to communicate underwater.

The world consumes over a million tons of chocolate each year.

The average American ALONE consumes 12 pounds of chocolate annually! This was undoubtedly aided by the fact that the first chocolate factory in the United States was established just three years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence!
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The average human heart beats 100,000 times each day.

All this expanding and contracting pushes around 2,000 gallons of blood through the human body! Over a 70-year lifetime, the average human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times. If all our blood vessels were laid end-to-end, they would stretch for about 60,000 miles - circling the planet more than two times!

A rabbit's teeth never stop growing.

This is why rabbits are so renowned for their nibbling skills. If a rabbit wasn't constantly chewing on something, its teeth would overgrow! This is also true for other animals such as horses. If you have ever heard someone use the expression "long in the tooth" to describe someone who is old, you now know where that phrase came from!


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