Best Facts of the Month - Page 10

In some parts of the world ants are used to close up wounds!

In both Africa and South America, large army ants are used as surgical sutures.

The wound is pulled together, and the ant grabs the edge of the wound with its mandible and locks it in place. Then, the body is cut off from the head of the ant. The head stays attached to the wound as a suture until the wound is healed.  


How did Harriet Tubman trick a former slave owner?

Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave who fled to the North in 1849.

After this, she started helping her family escape the South, and eventually other people too. She ended up saving over 70 people in 13 trips.

She was sometimes called Moses because she was freeing her people.

In all her trips, she had a few really close encounters with people who were after her. She tricked him by reading a newspaper! More specifically, she pretended to read a newspaper!

Harriet Tubman, like many slaves at the time, was illiterate due to a lack of education. When she was on a train, Tubman noticed that a former owner (who was looking for her) was in the same car as her!

In a panicked state, she picked up a newspaper to cover her face and the slave owner ignored her because he knew that Tubman could not read!

Later, Harriet Tubman recalled the story and thanked God that she held up the newspaper the right way!


Mozart had his own version of “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star”.

Mozart had his own version of “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star”.

Before the nursery rhyme and other similar children’s songs like the “Alphabet Song” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep” appeared in English popular culture, the song was known as “Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman”. The French song was far from a children’s nursery rhyme. It’s a song about a daughter telling her mother that she was seduced.

Legend has it that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was the original composer of the piece, when he was only 5 years old! Sadly, this is not the case. It’s true that the original melody first appeared in 1761, when Mozart was around 5 years old, but Mozart was in Salzburg, and the song was from France. However, he came up with his own version 20 years later in 1781: Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman". While he’s not the original composer, it’s still worth noting that “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (which was first published in 1806) was a composition from Mozart 25 years before it became an English nursery rhyme.

Here’s Mozart’s Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman" for your enjoyment. It actually gets pretty complicated, but the video has the music so you can play along.

Some awesome lists!

This man ran 135 miles through Death Valley along with a bunch of other crazy running accomplishments

Running in the desert should be reserved for times of panic and intense weight loss, but some people just like to do it for fun, out of passion.

Dean Karnazes is one such man, too crazy to enjoy a relaxing jog in the park but fit enough to complete the most death-defying runs—including running 135 miles through the blazing Death Valley.

Dean Karnazes is known as an “ultramarathon runner.”

He happily competed in, and won, the Badwater Ultramarathon—a marathon that should have been created for death row inmates. It consists of running 135 miles through the notorious Death Valley, which reached temperatures around 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Not only did he just run it, he did it many years in a row. He won in 2004, but competed from 2000 to 2008 with an impressive record, including five top 10 finishes.

It seems that 2004 was just an interesting year for Karnazes—he managed to run 148 miles in 24 hours on a treadmill. He probably saves so much gas money by just running everywhere!


Bill Gates just became the richest man in the world. Again!

Although he had lost the title to Mexican magnate Carlos Slim for over six years, a recent surge in Microsoft's stock price has let Bill Gates reclaim the title of the world's richest man.

Gates' fortune now stands at $72.7 billion, while Slim's is $72.1 billion. Slim's fortunes also fell because Mexico passed a bill that will tighten the reins of his enormous telecom company, America Movil.

Next in line? Warren Buffet at $59.7 billion, then Spaniar Amancio Ortega at $57 and finally, IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad at $55.6 billion. What's remarkable is that both Gates and Buffet have already given so much of their money away, and yet they're still at the top of the list!



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