Strange, but true:
Four is the only number that has the same number of letters as its numerical value.
A man stole diamonds worth millions of dollars, bypassing a 100 million dollar combination lock, infra-red sensors, seismic sensor, and private security fence, but was convicted by DNA he’d left on a partially eaten sandwich near the scene.
The reason why old books have such a distinct smell is because hundreds of organic compounds in the pages break down over time and release chemicals that smell like almond, vanilla, and grass.
Coke makes so many different beverages that if you drink one per day, it would take you over nine years to try them all (Sources: wtffunfact.com; People Magazine, 10 October 2014).
Intuition is the art of knowing something without knowing how you came to know it.
Empathy is the ability to be in someone else’s shoes, to experience their feelings.
(Vrouekeur, 9 May 2014).
Acatalepsy (noun.) – the impossibility of comprehending the universe.
A group of rhinos is called a crash of rhinos.
February 2017: This year, February will have four of each day (Monday to Sunday). This happens only once every 823 years! (Anonymous source).
Rabbits vs hares: Many people don’t know the difference between rabbits and hares. So, is your pet a rabbit or a hare? The difference between rabbits and hares appears the moment they are born. Baby rabbits are called kittens, while baby hares are called leverets. Rabbits are born completely helpless, naked and blind. Hares are born fully furred, able to see and capable of independent movement. They are bigger and swifter than rabbits, and have longer ears and hind legs. Rabbits usually live in burrows or tunnels in the ground, where they prefer to stay during daylight hours. Hares always stay on the surface among plants und usually try to escape enemies by running. Rabbits’ fur coats remain the same colour year round, while hares’ fur colour changes during the year. Rabbits and hares have different diets. Rabbits prefer soft stems, grass or vegetables, while hares eat ‘harder’ food, such as bark and rind, buds, small twigs and shoots. A hare is a wild animal, while rabbits are domesticated and are grown as pets. So, there you have it – your pet is a rabbit! (Gauteng Smallholder Dec 2016/Jan 2017).
Singing in the shower: 86% of all people sing in the shower. So says cosmetic house, Veet. And 48% of these singing nightingales believe that this not only makes them more cheerful; it also makes them look forward to the day ahead (Finesse, May 2010).
Some Latin phrases you should know (from italki)
De facto – from the fact
Ergo – therefore
Et cetera – and the others
In flagrante delicto – in the act of committing a crime
Ipso facto – by the very fact
Mea culpa – my fault
Per se – through itself
Pro bono – done without charge
Status quo – existing state of affairs
Terra incognita – unknown land/territory
Vox populi – the voice of the people
How does a rain guage work? Few people know how a rain guage works.
1mm rain equals 1 litre of water on 1 square metre. If you get 25mm rain on your 1 000 square metre stand, it equals 25 tons of water, and on 1 hectare, this will be 250 tons of water. If you have a 1 000 hectare farm and you get 80mm of rain, this equals 800 ton x 1 000 hectares. This is 800 000 tons of water. If you now take a 10 ton water truck and you transport 10 loads every day of the year, it will be 800 000/10/10/365 days. It will take 21.9 years to transport all that water! (Anonymous source).
Animals’ water consumption: One elephant’s daily intake of food and water equals that of 30 head of cattle (Piet Gouws, Namibia Livestock Producers’ Organisation). Water consumption of livestock per head - litres per day: Cattle (70), horses (55), sheep (4), pigs (25), poultry per 100 birds (20). Household use per person is 200 litres per day (Gauteng Smallholder, November 2016).
South Africa, Namibia, Kenya en Zimbabwe are some of the countries that are going to work together in future to protect their rhinos according to the rhino conservation plan. Together, these countries have about 25 000 rhinos. South Africa has 20 306, Namibia 2 768, Kenya 1 122, Zimbabwe 802, and seven other countries have 630 in total. There are only about 5 250 black rhinos left on the continent. According to the conservation plan, these countries want their rhino populations to have grown with at least 5% by 2010. Dr Michael Knight, chair of the Africa Rhino Conservation Group, says it costs about $12 500 per rhino to protect it during its life time (Elise Tempelhoff, Beeld, 26 September 2016).