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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Interesting facts about Camels

Here are some of the interesting facts about camels.
  • Camels are upto 7 feet tall measured upto the shoulder and weigh around 750 Kg.
  • The world camel population is about 19 millions.
  • A camel can drink up to 100 liters of water in just 10 minutes.
  • The weight of the hump of a camel can be upto 40 Kg.
  • Camel can run up to 60 Km/hour for a shorter duration and can run 40 Km/hour for a longer time.
  • Camels can go without water for weeks and for months without food.
  • A Camel is known as Ship of the desert.
  • A male camel is called a bull, a female camel is called as cow and a baby camel is called a calf.
  • Camel's ears are very small but their hearing power is very strong.
  • A camel can eat thorny twigs without hurting its mouth.
  • Camels can drink upto 40 gallons of water in one go.
  • The color of the camel's coat can vary from beige to darn brown.  They shed their heavy winter coat every year.
  • Camels do not store water in their humps, but they store fat in their humps.
  • Camel has a leathery pad on its foot which prevents it from sinking in the sand.  Camel has two toes on each foot.
  • Camel can carry about 1000 pounds.
  • Camel has bushy eye brows to protect from sun.
  • Baby camels are born without a hump.

Amazing Shoe Facts

Here are some of the amazing and interesting facts about shoes.
  • Until the year 1818, there was no distinction that left and right shoe.  People were wearing either shoe on either leg with equal discomfort!    The shoes were identical all over the world until 1818.   The left- and right-footed shoes were first made in Philadelphia.
  • Wooden shoes mounted on thin blocks of 3 to 4 inches high were worn for centuries in Japan.  Shoes were selected traditionally with an ear for the sound made by the wooden blocks when walking.
  • Shoes were indispensable like wedding rings of today in Anglo-Saxon ceremonies. Instead of exchanging wedding rings, the bride passed her shoes to the groom and the groom would tap her on the head with a shoe.
  • Your feet can swell upto one full shoe size when hot.
  • The heels on shoes were always colored red in Europe during 16th and 17th centuries.
  • In Europe, there was no difference between women's  shoes and men's shoes until 18th century.
  • The upper class people in Europe were wearing shoes of six inch high heels during 17th century. Two servants were needed to hold up the person wearing the high heels.
  • The first lady's boot was designed for Queen Victoria in 1840.
  • Heels were invented in the Middle East to help lift the foot from the burning sand

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Amazing Honey Bee Facts

The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by human beings.  The honey bee is a social insect that survives as a member of a community and not alone. 

We can see three different types of honey bees in any honey bee nest.  The first one is the queen (female),  the drone male) and the worker ( female).  Each type of honey bee has its own function to do.  The queen is the mother of all the types of honey bees.  The job of queen is to lay eggs and produce bees.  A queen honey bee can produce around 1,500 eggs per day.    Here are some of the interesting facts about honey bees.

  • Honey bees have 6 legs, 2 compound eyes made of thousands of tiny lenses, 3 simple eyes on top of the head and 2 pairs of wings.   They have a nectar pouch and a stomach.
  • A group of honey bees in a hive will travel about 90,000 miles to collect 1 Kg. of honey.  This distance is equal to three orbits around the earth.
  • A honey bee needs one ounce of honey to fuel its flight around the world.
  • A single honey bee hive has around 45,000 to 50,000 bees.
  • Honey bees visit around 20 lakhs of flowers to make honey of one pound.
  • The temperature inside the bee hive is around 93.5 degrees fahreinheit.
  • Honey bee flies at a speed of around 20 to 26 Kilometers per hour.
  • The honey bees communicate with each other by dancing.
  • Honey bees are not aggressive by nature,  they sting only when their hive is disturbed by others.
  • The worker bee does all the work in the hive and live only for 6 to 8 weeks.  The queen bee lives for around 4 to 5 years
  • Male honey bees do not have stinger, they do not have any work.
  • Only the worker bee stings and they sting only when they feel that their hive is being disturbed.  Once they sting, they die immediately. The queen bee also has a stinger, but it does not come out of the hive to sting or defend the hive.