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  1. Fun Fact Friday: Dairy Cows Prefer Relaxing Music

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    Did you know that researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered that dairy cows produce more milk when listening to relaxing music? It’s true! According to this article from the BBC, “Psychologists at the University of Leicester, UK, played music of different tempos to herds of Friesian cattle. Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Simon & Garfunkel’s […]

  2. Fun Fact Friday: Random Fun Facts!

    A goat's eye. (Jo Naylor/Wikimedia Commons)

    While writing Fun Fact Friday, I encounter lots of fun facts that are interesting, but don’t necessarily require an entire article. With that in mind, here are some of the random fun facts I’ve collected! Goats’ eyes have horizontal and somewhat rectangular pupils. In Britain, they call underwear “pants” and they call pants “trousers”. Crickets’ […]

  3. Fun Fact Friday: Snakes in New Zealand

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    Did you know that there are no snakes, either native or introduced, in New Zealand? It’s true! It should be said, more specifically, that there are no land snakes in New Zealand. Due to New Zealand being an island, the commonly held explanation is that there was no way for land snakes to get there. […]

  4. Fun Fact Friday: Chickens

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    Did you know that chickens actually store away gravel inside their bodies to aid in the digestive process? Chickens (and other birds) have a special organ called a gizzard. When chickens eat, they ingest bits of gravel and stones. These stones (called gastroliths) are stored away inside the gizzard, and help to grind the harder […]

  5. Fun Fact Friday: Grumpy Cat

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    You may have seen the internet’s ubiquitous frowning cat on Facebook, or on Reddit, or maybe even at South by Southwest (aka SXSW, the annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin) where Grumpy Cat recently made a special appearance, but did you know that Grumpy Cat isn’t actually grumpy? Grumpy Cat,  […]

  6. Fun Fact Friday: Quack Science

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    Did you know that research has been done to prove, once and for all, whether a duck’s quack produces an echo? It’s true! There’s an old wive’s tale that states that a duck’s quack doesn’t echo. Acoustics researcher Jonathan Hargreaves, at the University of Salford in England, conducted complex experiments to determine the truth of […]