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    Hmm, we have a Hell's Canyon in Canada too!
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    Oh goody. I have a grapefruit tree in the back yard!
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    Goldfish can distinguish the music of one composer from another.
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    Great! Do you have a guestroom? :D
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    The average adult human brain demands 20 % of the energy our body expends in a day without activity, although it's only 2 % of total body weight.
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    Now and then, pets learn to fake being sick in order to get special attention, e.g. if they feel lonely because their owner doesn't have enough time for them.
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    The Death Valley in the Mojave Desert, Eastern California, is the lowest, driest and hottest place in North America.

    In the Racetrack Playa region, the rocks travel 'uphill' and no one knows why, even though some scientists are very close to the deciphering of this mysterious situation.

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    You can donate your voice to help people with speech impairments communicate using a natural voice similiar to their own.
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    When lightning strikes the ground, it will sometimes fuse the soil into a hollow, glass-lined tubes called a "fulgurite." This is especially common if lightning strikes a sandy area such as a beach.
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    Scientists in Bonn, Germany, found out that plants feel pain and could possibly talk to each other. To hear anything, super-sensitive microphones were used. As long as a plant is healthy, a "bubbling" sound can be heard. Under threat, it's a piercing screech. A cucumber which is starting to go off produces a squealing sound.
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    No one knows for sure why tennis points go 15 - 30 - 40 - 50, or why 0 is called "love".
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    When a piece of a plant has been cut off, and there is a heat photo taken, the full plant shows up! The part that was cut off is hazy but still viewable! It is like a phantom limb for plants too! Of course, as you said, they used very super sensitive equipment!
    They have also heard plants emitting a high screeching sound when they feel pain!
    Love this fact, Johanna! Thanks for reminding me!


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    The North Magnetic Pole, once located over Canada, is now in the Arctic Ocean and is slowly moving towards Russia.
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    North and South Magnetic Pole are not antipodal. They are also known as Magnetic Dip Poles.
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    Our current northernmost star is the brightest star in Ursa Minor (Cynosura), now known as Polaris. In about 14 000 years, it will be Vega in the constellation Lyra.
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    Astronomers have found a cloud of alcohol, almost 300 billion miles across, surrounding a stellar nursery. It consists of methanol, so even if it's possible to reach it, you wouldn't want to drink it.
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    Since Ireland became an independent republic in 1944, only one person has been killed by armed police. Usually, policemen don't carry weapons, because violent crime almost is non-existent.
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    During sleep, fluid in the body tends to pool in low-lying areas, which is why most of us wake up with noticeable bags under our eyes.
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    In French, there are 13 ways to spell the sound "o".
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    There's an (unofficial) Big Ben Twitter account that posted BONG every hour (and adds a BONG every hour) until August last year.
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