Best Facts of the Month - Page 7

There's a lizard that can drink water by standing in it!

The thorny dragon is an Australian lizard and it's the only species of the genus Moloch. It can grow up to 8 inches in length and live for up to 20 years.

These animals are colored in similar shades to their desert habitats and are covered entirely with conical spines.

One of the most remarkable parts about this little critter is that it's ridged body structure allows it to collect water from any part of it's body. It can literally stand on water and transport it to it's mouth.

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A Woman Got Pregnant After Two Men Had Sex With Her. DNA Tests Say They're Both 99% Probable of Being The Father!

A Missouri Woman in 2004 gave birth to a little girl and claimed that Raymon Miller was the father.

However, she admitted to having sex with both Raymon and his brother Richard within hours of each other!

Raymon Miller brought his twin brother Richard Miller to court in order to process a paternity test. However, since they're identical twins, the test came back stating they both have 99% probability of being the father due to the identical DNA!

Neither men want to pay child support and this led to a battle between brothers and a little girl not knowing which is her real father. Richard Miller, the one who was brought to court by his brother, claims that Raymon just doesn't want to pay child support and caused a large mess.

Dr. Bob Giles, a paternity expert states that both of them "played" now both of them should pay, by splitting the child support down the middle.


Butterflies in your stomach are caused by a lack of blood!

You know that sensation you get in your stomach when the person you are completely in love with looks in your general direction or when there’s only one more muffin left and you’re afraid the person in front of you in line is going to ask for it (other than hunger) or when your being hunted by a lion in the African savanna? Those “butterflies in your stomach” are a response to stress.

When people are stressed, they experience a “fight-or-flight” response. Brain signals are transmitted to the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, which are parts of the brain responsible for controlling bodily functions. The pituitary gland instantly signals the adrenal glands which sit on top of each kidney. Those glands release adrenaline and other chemicals into your blood stream.

The adrenaline causes rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, and improved circulation of muscle so that you deal with or flee from the source of the stress (whether it be your beloved, the person in front of you in line, or a vicious lion in the African savanna).

Since blood is flowing to your lungs and muscles, less of it is reaching other organs including the stomach. This causes the light, nauseating sensation we all know and hate.


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What if I told you there were secret cities located in the world, their names and locations kept hidden by the government?

A closed city is a settlement with travel and residency restrictions. These cities don't show up on any maps, there are no road signs and bus routes only run to nearby villages.

Russia has got 44 acknowledged closed cities, with 15 more believed to exist, but nobody knows their locations or names apart from the Russian government.

These cities were established from the 1940's onwards. They were home to small communities with sensitive military, industrial and scientific facilities.

These cities were often situated on borders and close to rivers and lakes to provide large amounts of water needed for heavy industry and nuclear technology.

A closed city would often be guarded by barbed wire and prisons, although the residents could easily move in and out via the checkpoint. The existence of the city was often classified and residents were expected to uphold the secrecy of their residence.

Even after over 20 years since the end of the Soviet Union, Russia still officially keeps a number of its closed cities in the former Soviet republics.


There is a dinosaur named after Harry Potter!

Dracorex hogwartsia or just Dracorex is a dinosaur genus of the family Pachycephalosauridae. His name means “dragon king of Hogwarts” and it was named such as a tribute to dragons (which it resembles) and the world of Harry Potter!

These were discovered in the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota by three amateur paleontologists from Iowa. They described it as an herbivore, with a skull with spiky horns, bumps, and a long muzzle.Besides it's flat, nodal skull, the most prominent feature of Dracorex is the pair of huge unrestricted superior temporal openings!

The name itself however, was inspired not by the paleontologists, but by young visitors to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as a tribute to both dragons (Dracorex means “dragon king”), which the dinosaur resembles, as well as the Harry Potter series of books (Hogwartsia for the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the fictional school from the awesome series).

So yes, Harry Potter has contributed to science! How awesome is that?



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