50 Facts About Chickens That Will Ruffle Your Feathers!

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Which came first, the chicken or the egg? And why did the chicken cross the road? Maybe they just want to live their lives without their motives being questioned! Whether you prefer them as pets on a farm or on your dinner plate for a meal, here are 50 facts about one of the most classic farm animals!

  1. There are more chickens on earth than people – 25 billion. There are also more chickens than any other bird species.
  2. Chickens can remember over 100 different faces of people or animals.
  3. A mother hen turns her eggs about 50 times per day, and can lay more than 300 eggs per year.
  4. The record number of eggs laid by a chicken in one day is 7. The record number for eggs laid by a chicken in one year is 371.
  5. An egg develops at 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and is laid at 105 degrees.
  6. Chickens were domesticated in Southern China around 8,000 years ago in 6000 B.C.
  7. The color of the egg depends on the chickens earlobes. Red ear lobed chickens lay brown eggs, while white ear lobed chickens lay white eggs.
  8. As chickens grow older, they lay larger eggs, but fewer than when they’re younger.
  9. Chickens can taste saltiness, but not sweetness.
  10. In Gainesville, Florida, you have to eat fried chicken with your bare hands. Eating it by any other method is illegal.
  11. A hen has to eat about four pounds of feed to make one dozen eggs.
  12. The earliest known printing of “Why did the chicken cross the road?” was in 1847 in a New York Magazine.
  13. On average, 97 chickens are killed every 0.05 seconds worldwide.
  14. By vaccinating chickens, the United Kingdom virtually eliminated salmonella.
  15. There’s a rare breed of chicken from Indonesia that is completely black including the feathers, beak, and organs, due to hyperpigmentation. They can be sold for $2,500.
  16. There is an invention called a “chicken gun” which is used to test the resistance of airplane windows and engines by blasting dead chickens at the aircraft.
  17. There’s a wild mushroom called a Laetiporus that tastes nearly the same as chicken. It is sometimes called the “fried chicken mushroom.”
  18. In South Korea, there are more fried chicken restaurants than there are McDonald’s restaurants worldwide.
  19. Chicken wings used to be considered undesirable and sometimes thrown out, until 1964 when a restaurant owner barbecued and served them in 1964 and called them Buffalo wings. They were named after the city they were first made in, Buffalo, New York.
  20. The record for most egg yolks in one egg is 9 yolks.
  21. The largest chicken egg ever recorded weighed 12 ounces and contained two yolks.
  22. Americans consume 8 billion chickens per year which is more chicken than beef; at 80 pounds of chicken per capita compared to 63 pounds of beef per capita.
  23. When a chicken gets its head cut off, it can run the length of a football field before dropping dead.
  24. The longest recorded flight by a chicken lasted for 13 seconds at a total distance of 301 feet.
  25. Chickens have prehistoric roots and are the closest living relative of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
  26. Chickens bodies contain 15% more water than humans.
  27. The fear of chickens is called Alektorophobia.
  28. If the white of an egg is cloudy, it means the egg is fresh.
  29. Chickens can see and dream in full color.
  30. When chickens feel stressed, they start to lose their feathers.
  31. It only takes about 26 hours for a hen to produce an egg, and 21 days for the egg to incubate and hatch.
  32. The longest recorded chicken to live was named Matilda, who lived to be 16 years old, which is over twice as long as an average chicken lifespan.
  33. Chickens have their own unique language with over 30 different sounds used to communicate.
  34. Baby chicks can develop object permanence as soon as 2 days old, while it takes human babies around 7 months.
  35. Chickens are omnivores, and a hen will eat their own raw eggs if they are not satisfied with their diet.
  36. In order to clean themselves, chickens take dust baths. They dig a small pit in the ground and use the dirt to help with the oil in their feathers.
  37. If chickens listen to classical music, they can lay bigger and heavier eggs.
  38. Chickens can run up to 9 miles per hour!
  39. A chicken’s heart beats from 220 to 360 times per second.
  40. Chicken beaks can bleed.
  41. Mother hens talk to their chicks while they’re still in the eggs, and the chicks can chirp back while in the shell.
  42. In order to attract hens, roosters will do a dance called “tidbitting” involving moving their head up and down, waddling, and making certain sounds.
  43. In 2004, the chicken was the first bird to have its genome sequenced – which is finding out the order of their DNA. Doing this helped determine that the chicken is the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
  44. Chickens have three eyelids.
  45. Mother hens teach their chicks what to eat and what to avoid.
  46. Chicken eggs nutrition value is the same, regardless of the egg color.
  47. Most eggs are typically laid in the morning between 7am and 11am.
  48. Hens generally choose their mates based on the size and brightness of a roosters comb on top of his head. Sometimes they will mate with multiple roosters at once.
  49. Originally, chickens were domesticated for the use of cockfighting.
  50. If you trick a hen into thinking a day is 28 hours by using certain lighting, she will lay bigger and stronger eggs.

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10 Facts About The Grinch That May Surprise You!

  1. Jim Carrey nearly wasn’t the Grinch!

During the audition process, two other famous actors were nearly given the part of the Grinch. These were Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson. While both actors have proven themselves to be highly comedic, lovable and great on the screen, it wouldn’t be quite like having Jim Carrey as the Grinch we know and love.

  1. “Fahoo Foraze” wasn’t real Latin

The nonsense song which is sang during the movie was created to imitate Latin words. When people watched the movie, they thought it was being sung in real Latin, and started looking around for a translation. Even when people involved in the movie were asked for translations, they were obviously unable to provide an answer and fans of the movie were forced to accept that it was fake Latin.

  1. Highly-trained professional acrobats were used in the making of the movie

For many of the stunts in the movies, the producers had to search far and wide to find trained professionals capable of pulling it off. As a result, they ended up hiring several acrobats and performers from world-famous travelling circus show Cirque du Soleil.

  1. The movie almost didn’t happen

Making a Christmas movie requires a certain level of sponsorship. When Chuck Jones got permission from Theodor Geisel (Dr Seuss) to make the movie using his story, he struggle to find businesses to support it. The Foundation for Commercial Banks was the organization which made the movie a reality in terms of finances, and endorsed it throughout the process.

  1. The budget for the animated version was huge

Considering it was a 26-minute animated movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas had a massive budget. In today’s money, it cost around $2.5 million, which was totally unheard of for a production so small.

20 Facts About Red Bull That Will Actually Give You Wings!

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  • The first sporting event put on by Red Bull was called the Dolomitenmann, which is billed as “the world’s toughest team relay race”. The event includes running, paragliding, whitewater kayaking, and mountain biking.
  • In spite of many health claims, Red Bull contains the same amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee, which is 80 mg. A 16-ounce Starbucks Grande has 330 mg!
  • Red Bull Cola, introduced in 2008, is made with all natural ingredients.
  • It wasn’t until 1997 that Red Bull was introduced in the United States. The first state it debuted in was California.
  • Red Bull was the first energy drink ever made, and they created the energy drink industry.
  • In 2014, Red Bull was sued for false advertising for their slogan, “Red Bull gives you wings”. A consumer said he had been drinking Red Bull for 10 years and never gained wings or enhanced athletic skills. It ended up being a $13 million lawsuit.
  • In 2012, Red Bull sent a professional skydiver into space in a helium balloon to then parachute to earth, 24 miles off the ground. The jumper became the first person to break the sound barrier without any engine power.
  • There is a version of Red Bull that is only available to Formula 1 VIPs.
  • Red Bull holds a yearly running competition called Wings for Life which raises money to donate to research for spinal cord injuries and parapalegia.
  • Red Bull employs almost 12,000 people around the world in 171 countries.
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    What Are Magnets? | The Fact Site

    The earliest magnets were of course found naturally just lying around. These were found in rocks and other types of earth known as magnetite or lodestone. The story goes, the founder discovered the mineral after finding the nails of his shoes stuck to a magnetite rock. Others says it was the Greeks or the Macedonians, or even our good friend, Pliny the Elder. One thing is for certain though – the first magnets were simply lying around for millennia before our discovery.

    And now, some fun facts about our magnetic friends! The biggest magnet in the world there is reference to, is actually found in Switzerland in the scientific wonder we all know as the Large Hadron Collider. The Hadron Collider has a reasonably weak strength of 40000 Gauss, which, to put it into perspective, is 400 times the strength of an average fridge magnet. This contraption is used to investigate subatomic particles and part of the hunt for the so-called, “god particle,” but this is a topic for another day.

    One of the strongest magnets in the world, is of course smaller than the Large Hadron Collider. This is often the case with strong magnets. One is actually found in Florida State University. It cost an insanely large sum of $2.5 million, but comes in at a staggering 25 Tesla. To put that in perspective, 1 Tesla = 10000 gauss, so this means it comes in at around 2,500 times stronger than a fridge magnet, or 25 times stronger than a magnet used in a scrapyard.

    Another interesting fact is that Scandinavia actually has the largest amount of magnetic material in the world. If you place a wooden plank in water with a magnet attached and allow it float, the magnet will point its northern pole to Earth’s North Pole.

    So there we have it, magnets, something we use every day of our lives and have benefited us in more ways that we could ever imagine. One thing is for sure though – there’s no escaping the magnet. Even the world is one big magnet if you think of it – it’s polarized with a magnetic north and south pole. Indeed, the very same ones the penguins and Santa live on!

    20 Facts About Red Robin’s You’ll Flock To!

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  • If a robin is fed during the winter, it will carry on returning to the area for the whole winter.
  • Around 3 quarters of all robins in Britain, either through being unable to fend or becoming prey, die before their first birthday.
  • Robin’s singing is often mistaken for that of a nightingales. This is supposedly due to street lights confusing the birds and making them believe it’s still daylight.
  • Robins actually have quite the sweet tooth, being known to steal fruit cake and uncooked sweetened pastries.
  • The Latin name for the robin is Erithacus rubecula.
  • The robin’s famous red breast is actually an orange coloring. This is due to the birds being named before English had developed the word orange.
  • It’s believed that robins are able to view the earth’s magnetic field via a special visual system known as magnetoreception.
  • A strange feature for the bird world is that the female and male species of robins are virtually identical. Some claim there is a slight difference in breast shape.
  • The robin that lands on Mary Poppins’ finger isn’t actually a European Red Robin, but actually an American variant.
  • Baby robins hatch after about 2 weeks, and in 3 they become independent.
  • So there we have it, 20 facts to amaze and delight anyone during those dull moments this Christmas.

    From the origin of the Christmassy-link of robins to their orange color, the humble robin is quite the creature with a lot more than simply chirping up its sleeve.

    I for one love the little, albeit noisy birds, and can’t wait to look out at Christmas to see one even with the tiny chance of a White Christmas.

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    30 Shocking Facts About Subway

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  • In August 2015, Subway revealed on their Twitter that they broke a real Guinness World Record by managing to make the most sub sandwiches simultaneously. All of the proceeds went to local charities.
  • In 1996, the first U.K. Subway store opened. Subway also launched their main website, subway.com.
  • In January 2013, Subway managed to accumulate 20 million fans of their Facebook Social Media page.
  • As it currently stands, U.S. Subways offer 16 alternative main sandwiches on their “All Sandwiches” section on their website, but the combination of D.I.Y. sandwiches and topping combinations is reportedly in the millions.
  • In 1981, the 200th store was opened in Washington. Shortly after, their 300th opened only a year later, and their 5,000th by 1990.
  • Subway was featured in the 90’s blockbuster hit Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • In Seattle, 32 customers were part of a huge Subway controversy after contracting Hepatitis A in 1999. This was due to poor enforcement and implementation of food preparation processes.
  • In 2013, Subway responded to challenges that their sandwiches were not 12 inches by saying the “footlong” is a descriptive name of the product and not an exact measurement.
  • Overall Subway, actually has more chains than the fast-food juggernaut, McDonald’s!
  • Subway has only offered the option of toasting your creation as of 2005, and even though this is the integral part of so many customers sandwiches, there is a ruling being disputed in the U.K. to charge the customer for the pleasure of having it toasted due to VAT changes.
  • Dick Pilchen is the longest employee of Subway. He first gained employment in 1968 and is currently working in their U.S. Headquarters after working his way through the ranks.
  • Project Subway was a fashion show created by the lunchtime heroes to create Subway-themed outfits and designs by rising stars of the fashion world. It took place in 2013 and 2014 asking designers to utilize everything from napkins and gift cards, to store-stocked veggies.
  • Subway is potentially introducing the new “subway” with touchscreen ordering options, USB-charging, and of course, Wi-Fi.
  • In 2016, Subway Ireland and U.K. had a whopping $680 million turnover, and are planning by 2020 to have 5,000 new jobs on offer.
  • If you will like to declare your love the old fashioned way, you can send a letter to 325 Sub Way in Milford, Connecticut. This is the address of the world headquarters of the sandwich giant.
  • So there we have it, from the worst choices to legal cases about sandwich measurements, Subway sure has its fair share of amazing and odd facts!

    I for one, no matter what they say about the chain, will continue to love a good lunchtime 6-inch sub with all the trimmings.

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    The A-Z of Christmas Movie Facts

    One Magic Christmas is one of the few Christmas movies that was filmed in Canada. Although there is plenty of snow and it might seem like the perfect country for shooting winter scenes, a surprisingly small number of movies are actually shot here.

    Polar Express’ movie directors seemed keen to reference childhood homes and memories. Not only was “11344 Edbrooke” director Robert Zemeckis’ real childhood home, but the author Chris Van Allsburg also referenced his hometown by showing a picture taking in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    Queen Isadora in the movie A Royal Christmas was played by actress Jane Seymour. Apart from having a varied acting career and also publishing self-help books and materials, Seymour had also narrated another Christmas movie two years earlier in 2012 called Once Upon a Christmas.

    Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is one of the most classic Christmas stories! Following the journey of Rudolph, the entire movie is stop-animation and took 18 months complete. The work turned out to be worth it, because it is the longest running and highest rated special in television history.

    Scrooged was Bill Murray’s big comeback to the big screen, since in the last four years, he had only played a small cameo part in Little Shop of Horrors. He had chosen to take a break from filming, and although he was asking in 1986 to play the part of Scrooge, he just wasn’t ready until two years later in 1988.

    Twas the Night Before Christmas is a lesser known television animation, which is based on the famous poem that begins with the same line as the title. Interestingly enough, this special was animated in Japan, although it was created for the United States.

    Unlikely Angel is a Christmas movie which features country singer Dolly Parton as the main character Ruby Diamond. After not managing to earn enough points to enter Heaven, she returns to earth for a second time and is given another chance.

    Veggie Tales: The Star of Christmas was created under a tight schedule in efforts to get the movie done. While in production, most of the crew would even sleep in their offices just to get the film finished! When released, The Star of Christmas became the second VeggieTales Christmas special.

    White Christmas was initially meant to star Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire side by side for the two main characters – Bob Wallace and Phil Davis. While Crosby went on to play Bob Wallace and famously sing the title song at the piano, the role of Phil Davis was played by comedian and actor Danny Kaye.

    Xmas Without China diverges from the usual Christmas flick story by taking the form of a documentary. The film follows a family trying to purchase Christmas gifts that are not made in China in order to be more ethical. They end up spending $166 on Mexican Christmas tree lights, toasting their bread in the oven, and avoid gaming on their Xbox during the holidays.

    Year Without a Santa Claus was released in 1974 and was an animated film which was one of the first to show Santa Claus as being cranky and grumpy rather than always happy and jolly.

    Ziggy’s Gift is yet another animated television special, although this one is much lesser known. The movie is based on the comic strip, Ziggy, who’s character never says a word in the entire movie! Even so, the character remains honest and kind even while surrounded by thieves and bad Santa’s.

    Now that you know some of the quirkiest and most interesting facts about all your famous Christmas movies, you’ll be able to spot them and share them with your friends this year!

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    The Largest Postage Stamp in the World

    What’s the largest postage stamp in the world?

    If you want to find the largest postage stamp in the world (as of 2017), you’ll have to visit the United Arab Emirates. On March 21st 2013, a postage stamp was released to commemorate Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi, the widow of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder and previous ruler of the U.A.E.

    The stamp was released on March 21st because this is the day that Mother’s Day is celebrated in the U.A.E. It was considered a thank-you gift to Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi from the women of the U.A.E., in appreciation of her efforts to promote women’s rights across the country.

    What does the largest postage stamp look like?

    Largest Postage Stamp In the World

    Aptly named ‘The Mother of Emirates’, the postage stamp features the “Mother of the Nation” logo. This name has been given to Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi, and the logo is heavily associated with her personality, work and achievements. A solid pink color, the postage stamp is clearly reflective of women and women’s rights across the country and the world.

    What are the measurements of the “Mother of Emirates” postage stamp?

    The original postage stamp entered the Guinness World Records after being measured at 1.36 x 1.77 meters. Since it was so large, it was able to draw more attention to itself, thus promoting further the lifelong work of Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi.

    Whether you’re a philatelist or not, there’s no denying the beauty and significance of certain stamps from around the globe. Even if you don’t feel inspired to start collecting them yourself, maybe you’ll think twice when you next see a foreign (or local!) postage stamp.

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    30 Scotland Facts That Will Lift Your Kilt!

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  • The world’s first color photograph was taken of a Tartan Ribbon in Scotland.
  • The United Kingdom’s most remote bar is The Old Forge Pub in Scotland. To get there, you can either take a 7-mile ferry, or hike 1 miles over rough terrain.
  • In Gaelic, Scotland is called “Alba.”
  • The 17th deepest lake in the world is Loch Morar in Scotland, which reaches a depth of 1,077 feet.
  • The land area of Scotland is about the same as the Czech Republic, United Arab Emirates, and Panama.
  • Scotland had cave dwellers until 1915 when it was outlawed.
  • 432 people own half of the land in Scotland, however there outdoor access laws that allow privately owned land to be freely walked on and used as long as you leave no trace behind.
  • Scotland wanted to build a replica of the Parthenon, bigger and cheaper to be their National Monument. Construction started in 1826, but due to the lack of funds, was left unfinished in 1829. It has been nicknamed “Scotland’s Disgrace.”
  • Bagpipes were invented in Ancient Egypt, and was brought to Scotland by the Roman invaders.
  • Scotland only has 6 officially recognized cities – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee, and Stirling.
  • The oldest known tree in Europe is the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire, Scotland. It is between 2,000 and 3,000 years old.
  • The most famous Scottish dish is haggis. Haggis is typically made with the heart, liver, and lungs of sheep, and boiled with seasoning in the animal’s stomach.
  • Scottish people are more likely to have blue eyes than anyone else in the rest of the United Kingdom.
  • The coastline of Mainland Scotland is 6,160 miles long, which is 3 times longer than England’s.
  • Scotland has its own version of Stonehenge – the Callanish Stones. They were built around 3,000 B.C. on the Isle of Lewis, and no one knows why the stones were erected.

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    30 Astonishing Facts About Tattoos

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  • The record for the longest tattoo session is 56 hours and 30 minutes. The artist, Krzysztof Barnas, finished 11 tattoos, and he was only allowed 5 minutes after every hour to rest.
  • It only takes 3 days for inner lip tattoos to heal due to the rapid regeneration of the cells. Because of this, they will also fade and disappear in 1-5 years.
  • 23% of people regret their tattoos, with the biggest regret being a tattooed name.
  • When starting an apprenticeship, aspiring tattoo artist usually practice on fruit. Grapefruit, oranges, and lemons are the closest texture to human skin.
  • Unsanitary tattooing practices can transmit diseases such as syphilis, hepatitis B and HIV; however, there has yet to be an actual case of HIV being transmitted via a tattoo application.
  • Tattoo numbing cream helps with pain, however it may disturb the inking process on the skin and affect the visual result of the design because it can make the skin swell and deform.
  • Government jobs have the most tolerant tattoo and piercing policies, but only 8% of government employees have ink or piercings.
  • States with the highest percentage of tattoo discrimination are South Carolina, Oklahoma and Florida. States with the most tattoo friendly public opinion are Montana, Colorado and California.
  • The U.S. spends $1,650,500,000 annually on tattoos, with 14% of all Americans having at least one tattoo.
  • The part of the body tattooed the most among women, is the ankle area. Among men, the most common spot is the arm.
  • In the United States, Miami has the most tattoo shops with about 24 shops for every 100,000 people. The city with the least is Salina, Kansas at 2 shops for every 100,000 people.
  • The most expensive tattoo in the world costs $924,000. It is done with half a carat diamonds encrusted into the skin instead of ink. No one has ever had it done.
  • The average cost of a small tattoo is $45, while the average cost of a large tattoo is $150 per hour.
  • New Zealanders are the most tattooed people in the world. This is mostly due to the island’s Māori who still get traditional Polynesian tattoos.
  • In Soviet Russia, some prisoners would get tattoos of Lenin and Stalin. This was not a form of support, but in case they were sentenced to death, guards would not shoot them because it was illegal to shoot at images of their national leaders.
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