May 14, 2020

Random Thursday

Looks like we're learning about different animals in today's segment of Weird But True by Leslie Gilbert Elman! This ought to be interesting!

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A wild female cottontail rabbit may give birth to six litters of four or more bunnies in one mating season. That's about 30+ bunnies for one female for one season. Sadly, the life expectancy for a rabbit in the wild is one year.

I always loved rabbits as a kid, this makes me sad to know that about wild ones! 

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In the 1962 The Manchurian Candidate, Angela Lansbury played Laurence Harvey's mother. At that time, Angela was only 3 years older than him.

FUN FACT: In the 1963 film, Bye Bye Birdie, Maureen Stapleton played Dick Van Dyke's mother and she was only 6 months older than him!

You know...I kind of wondered why Dick Van Dyke's mom looked around the same age as him in that movie as a kid. I mean, if anything I thought they looked just a few years apart, but SIX months?!

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The male midwife toad will carry the female's eggs after mating, for about a month or so before depositing them in shallow water where they eventually hatched into tadpoles.

I feel like I remember learning this back in grade school. But then I can't remember, do the tadpoles raise themselves?

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The "devil frog" or beelzebufo ampinga, is the largest frog that ever existed. It measures at 16 inches long and weighs about 10lbs. As you can see, he had a big mouth and largely made him a predator in the animal kingdom. Thankfully, it became extinct about 65 million years ago.

Dude, he's friggin creepy! Which makes you wonder, why didn't Jurassic Park include this guy with all their other dinosaurs?

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The world's smallest seahorse is the Satomi's pygmy, which is only about half an inch big.

FUN FACT: The smallest snake in science is the Leptotyphlops carlae, or the Barbados threadsnake. Fully grown snakes are only about 4 inches long.

Sooo when I was reading these factoids, they were actually reversed. But I had no intentions of looking for a picture of the latter, so seahorse it is! LOL!


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