We love a weird and wonderful fact here at RPS and CICO Books towers. Rarely a day goes by when someone (ok, often me) says “Did you know…?” So, we were thrilled when one of our new Dog’n’Bone books, OMG! Can You Believe It?, landed on our desks last week. Chock-full of facts ranging from the hilarious to the bizarre to the downright grim, this book is very entertaining! Never again will you be stuck for something to say!
Because it’s Tuesday and it’s sunny and that’s put us in a sharing kind of a mood, we thought we’d let you in on some of our favourite facts from the book…prepare to be amazed!
- In Alaska, a local law makes it illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they are hunting moose.
- Your nose can remember one trillion different smells
- Weirdly, nine-banded armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus) nearly always give birth to a set of identical quadruplets – of the same sex. Strangely, armadillos are also the only animals apart from humans that can get leprosy.
- Cats are either right- or left-pawed – just like us!
- Between 1725 and 1765 a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 69 children – her family included 16 sets of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets. OMG!
- In 1899, the weather was so cold that the Mississippi River froze over completely – for its entire length.
- Russia has a larger surface area than Pluto.
- Unlucky Roy C. Sullivan, a US park ranger, was struck by lightning seven times in his lifetime. The odds of this happening are 22 septillion to 1! Roy even got hit when he was inside a ranger station.
- Charles VI of France (1368-1422) believed he was made of glass. So, he refused to travel by coach – just in case he shattered into pieces. He wasn’t called “Charles the Mad” for nothing.
- A Roman method of execution involved the unfortunate victim being sewn into a sack containing a live dog, monkey, cockerel and snake.
If you enjoyed this Top Ten, there’s plenty more to be discovered in OMG! Can You Believe It? by Caroline West & Mark Latter, available for pre-order here! And if you can't wait for some weird and wonderful facts, Caroline and Mark's last book, Last Suppers is available here, and should keep you going until September!