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A beaver’s lips are located behind its teeth!

The beaver is the largest North American rodent. It spends a whole lot of its time acquiring and cutting wood. Some would say that it has been perfectly adapted to its function and aquatic environment. For one thing, its nose and ear valves shut as the animal submerges and nictitating membranes serve as goggles to protect the eyes from irritation.

Additionally, its lips are located behind its teeth so that it can carry branches around without drowning. With their strong jaws and teeth, beavers can chew through a six-inch tree in 15 minutes. A single beaver can chew down hundreds of trees each year.


The Mall of America, one of the biggest in the world, doesn’t have a heating system!

The Mall of America is a 2.5 million square foot shopping center in Bloomington, Minnesota and opened in 1992. It consists of 520 stores, two seven-story parking garages, a giant aquarium, and an amusement park!

You’d assume a structure like this had an extensive heating system but in fact, there is no heating at all! Instead, they incorporated solar skylights, which allow heat in, lighting fixtures which give off some heat. However, the key to this is the massive crowds that go to the mall, which all together bring more heat to the building than a normal mall! People even say that during the coldest winter months, the mall is so hot air conditioning units need to be turned on!


In the original tale, Pinocchio kills the cricket and gets Geppetto in jail!

It isn't uncommon for fairy tales to have much darker original stories. Cinderella, Snow White and many other beloved fairy tales started out much scarier than their Disney versions. Pinocchio is no different it turns out. Italian author Carlo Collodi wrote the novel The Adventures of Pinocchio in Florence in the 1880s.

Today, it's a classic of children's literature. In the original story, Pinocchio is far meaner than his Disney counterpart. Not only does he kill the friendly cricket that tries to guide him (best known as Jiminy Cricket), he also has his father, Geppetto wrongfully imprisoned.

Pinocchio doesn't stop there. He goes on to ignore the advice of the ghost of the cricket to right his wrongs and steals money from Geppetto, bites off the hand of a cat and causes a snake to die from laughter.

The tale is obviously more complicated than the story that most of us know. Pinocchio continues to wreak havoc on his surroundings as the novel unfolds. It makes you wonder if this novel was really safe for children in the first place. Seems the Disney version is more appropriate.


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Super Glue can be used to close wounds!

Before we relate this awesome fact to you, we must advise you: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! So, with that being said, did you know that Super Glue can be used to close wounds?

It was first used for this purpose back in the Vietnam War when medics would use it to close soldiers’ wounds quickly to get them back to the battlefield. It was so useful for stemming bleeding that it was credited for saving many lives back then!

Today, many use the glue for this purpose including veterinarians and professional athletes. Sealing a small wound (like a paper cut) with Super Glue can reduce pain, quickly stop bleeding, and even reduce scarring!

Although possibly useful in emergencies, experts say not to use the glue for wounds as it can cause irritation, kill skin skills, and lead to other not-so-good side effects.

Dermabond is a safer alternative to Super Glue and has been given the okay by the FDA for the purpose of wound closure.


If ivory trade was legal, there could be MORE elephants alive than there are now!

Ivory is one of the most sought after goods in the world, demanding prices that rival or even exceed gold. While elephants have always been hunted for the ivory in their tusks, once colonization and globalization erupted over the past 150 years, their populations have sharply declined from an increase demand.

The problem was so bad that in 1989 there was a meeting in Switzerland that discussed possible solutions on how to ensure the elephant population doesn’t disappear.

Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, and South Africa answered calls to stop the ivory trade to ensure the survival of elephants, yet Zimbabwe took the complete opposite stance with increased success!

Officials in Zimbabwe spoke against banning the ivory trade because they believed the black market would continue to poach elephants and private businesses will no longer be able to ensure their survival to meet market demands.

Instead of working, the bans encouraged the ivory trade, and inside of Zimbabwe the elephant population has since grown!



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