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Freaky facts

Freaky facts
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You’ll be amazed by how many of these weird facts you never knew!

Flamingos bend their legs at the ankle, not the knee

Flamingos bend their legs at the ankle, not the knee
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They essentially stand on tip-toe. Their knees are closer to the body and are covered by feathers. This is just the first of many weird facts to blow our minds!

Roller coasters were invented to distract Americans from sin

Roller coasters were invented to distract Americans from sin
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In the 1880s, hosiery businessman LaMarcus Thompson hated that Americans were tempted by hedonistic places like saloons and brothels. So he set out to straighten up one of the most immoral places he could think of: Coney Island in New York. There, he built America’s first roller coaster to give New Yorkers some good, clean fun – away from seedier pastimes.

Ice blocks were invented by an 11-year-old by accident

Ice blocks were invented by an 11-year-old by accident
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In 1905, an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson left soda powder and water outside overnight with its wooden stirrer still in the cup. The mixture had frozen in the chilly nighttime weather, and so the Epsicle was born. He sold the treat around his neighbourhood and a nearby amusement park and even patented the recipe. Years later, he changed the name to Popsicle because that’s what his kids called their pop’s concoction.

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Sloths can hold their breath longer than dolphins can

Sloths can hold their breath longer than dolphins can

By slowing their heart rates, sloths can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes. Dolphins need to come up for air after about ten minutes.

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Froot Loops loops are all the same flavour

Froot Loops loops are all the same flavour
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No point in eating around the purple ones – all Froot Loops taste like, um, froot. Other than the Wild Berry Froot Loops, of course.

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Supermarket apples can be a year old

Supermarket apples can be a year old
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These weird facts might have you changing the way you eat. Those fresh apples aren’t all that fresh, per say. They’re often picked, covered in wax, hot-air dried, and sent into cold storage. After six to twelve months, they finally land on your grocery store shelves.

Here are 20 more food facts that will change how you eat. 

It’s impossible to hum while holding your nose

It’s impossible to hum while holding your nose
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You just tested it, didn’t you? Normally, when you hum, the air is able to escape through your nose to create the sound, and of course, it can’t do that when you’re holding it shut. This is one of the weird facts you can test out for yourself. Go ahead, try it.

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Octopuses have three hearts

Octopuses have three hearts
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Squids do too. One pumps blood to their whole systems, and two are dedicated just to the gills.

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Most wasabi paste isn’t real wasabi

Most wasabi paste isn’t real wasabi
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Wasabi is expensive, so most companies use horseradish instead. Real wasabi is actually milder than what you’ve been getting with your sushi.

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