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Did you know that Gorillas can't swim?

Giraffes have only 7 vertibrae in their necks (the same as us)?

Glass is a liquid?

(I really hope these are right!)


 

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« Reply #1 on: 04/06/2007 08:36:28 »
I believe from my anthropology studies that you are correct with the gorilla's. I also seem to remember something about the glass, That is probably true also..but coming from sand it is hard to understand, I really don't know.... Interesting giraffe fact considering the length of their neck! I wonder how big the vertebrae are in comparison to ours. Must be quite large you would think!
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« Reply #2 on: 04/06/2007 08:45:10 »
Yup! So do you know what this is?



It's one passing a window!

So do you have some facts?
 

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« Reply #3 on: 04/06/2007 09:04:48 »
LOL good drawing ! Is that the leg of said Giraffe passing a window! LOL
 

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« Reply #4 on: 04/06/2007 09:05:23 »
Perhaps a portion of the neck?
 

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« Reply #5 on: 04/06/2007 09:09:01 »
It's the neck! Can't think of anything else that might look like that ;-) ! I also did art when I was at school, though drawing anatomically correct giraffes was never part of the sylabus! Plus it was...jeez....20 years ago!
 

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« Reply #6 on: 04/06/2007 09:15:03 »
 LOL, not to mention we were speaking of the neck and the vertebrae's LOL!!I don't have any facts tonight as my back is killing me.. I don't have the concentration for a search tonight!
 

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« Reply #7 on: 04/06/2007 09:19:54 »
So you're having trouble with your vertibrae?
 

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« Reply #8 on: 04/06/2007 09:22:21 »
Yes I am scared to put me feet down and try to find me bed as I can't hardly get on my feet.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 04/06/2007 09:25:17 »
I think I pulled a muscle this morning..Had feet elevated above heart as instructed and put feet down and twisted slightly the wrong way and wham! BOOM!! One messed up vertebrae or at least muscle surrounding said vertebraes! LOL..
 

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« Reply #10 on: 04/06/2007 09:26:24 »
I would like to trade with that passing giraffe for the night PLEASE! LOL
 

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« Reply #11 on: 04/06/2007 09:30:27 »
That sounds highly very painful! Out with the ibuprofen!
 

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« Reply #12 on: 04/06/2007 09:34:33 »
I just took two vicodin
 I gave up on the other it wasn't helping! Highly very painful is an understatement! LOL

Although giraffes are relatively prevalent in most parts of Africa, some populations are threatened by poachers.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 04/06/2007 09:35:39 »
I've never managed to poach anything bigger than an egg...........
 

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« Reply #14 on: 04/06/2007 09:37:26 »
LOL LOL Me neither!

male giraffes will often neck wrestle to establish dominance in their herds
 

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« Reply #15 on: 04/06/2007 09:39:06 »
Similar to some human males arm-wrestling then...
 

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« Reply #16 on: 04/06/2007 09:40:23 »
Yes indeedy so!

A giraffe's tongue is 18 inches long
 

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« Reply #17 on: 04/06/2007 09:44:24 »
The similarities just go on and on!

I remember seeing them when they eat the acacia which has those enormous thorns. Did not look like a comfortable meal!
 

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« Reply #18 on: 04/06/2007 09:47:32 »
 Doesn't seem comfortable to me!

The giraffe's heart weighs 24 pounds

( And I thought mine was heavy!! LOL )
 

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« Reply #19 on: 04/06/2007 09:51:14 »
A blue whales heart weighs as much as a small car, and (if you wanted to) you could swim down some of its arteries, they are so big!
 

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« Reply #20 on: 04/06/2007 09:56:27 »
   
They are incredible animals.. I am afraid I don't swim!

 The Blue Whale is the largest animal ever to live on earth. It is even bigger than the largest dinosaur. The Blue Whale can grow to weigh as much as twenty-one African elephants. Most Blue whales travel or migrate. Blue whales have two blow holes. Blue whales can speak to each other over hundreds of miles away.

Taken directly from:

http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/brooklyn/whales/bluewhale/moreblue.htm
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« Reply #21 on: 04/06/2007 17:37:45 »
Glass is a liquid?

No it isn't.  This is a common misconception arising from various observations that didn't hold up. 

One observation was that the glass at the bottom of older windows is thicker than the glass at the top.  Thus, the glass must flow down over time.  The real issue is that older windows weren't made as uniformly as newer windows, and it's easier to hang a window with the heavier part on the bottom, so it' bottom-heavy, not top-heavy.

Another is that glass rods bend over time, since if you have a stack of glass rods supported at the ends, by the time you get to the end of the stack, the rods are bent.  Actually, there's selection going on as people take the glass rods - they prefer the straight ones, leaving the bent ones behind.

In general, you have to be careful with these little tidbits of information that often circulate around the internet.  They are often wrong.  Another is example is the supposed color-blindness of dogs.  Everybody knows that dogs are color-blind, right?  Well, everybody is wrong.  I remember hearing a vision expert on some podcast in the last year discussing this matter (I think it was NPR's "Science Friday", but I'm not sure).

Dick
 

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« Reply #22 on: 04/06/2007 18:25:57 »
Glass is a liquid?

Well That is interesting.. I don't recall ever paying attention to the dog and color blindness thing! Thanks Dr. Dick!

No it isn't.  This is a common misconception arising from various observations that didn't hold up. 

One observation was that the glass at the bottom of older windows is thicker than the glass at the top.  Thus, the glass must flow down over time.  The real issue is that older windows weren't made as uniformly as newer windows, and it's easier to hang a window with the heavier part on the bottom, so it' bottom-heavy, not top-heavy.

Another is that glass rods bend over time, since if you have a stack of glass rods supported at the ends, by the time you get to the end of the stack, the rods are bent.  Actually, there's selection going on as people take the glass rods - they prefer the straight ones, leaving the bent ones behind.

In general, you have to be careful with these little tidbits of information that often circulate around the internet.  They are often wrong.  Another is example is the supposed color-blindness of dogs.  Everybody knows that dogs are color-blind, right?  Well, everybody is wrong.  I remember hearing a vision expert on some podcast in the last year discussing this matter (I think it was NPR's "Science Friday", but I'm not sure).

Dick
 

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« Reply #23 on: 04/06/2007 20:32:57 »
There are 2 types of giraffe - the Masai & the Reticulated - which can be differentiated by their markings.


Reticulated giraffe


Masai giraffe

As you can see, it's easy to spot the difference.

It's very easy to tell if the animal you are looking at is a giraffe, as shown by the following diagram...



Here is a list of what giraffes are called in foreign languages:-

French - giraffe
German - giraffe
Italian - giraffe
Portugese - giraffe
Spanish - giraffe
Dutch - giraf
Chinese - 长颈鹿
Japanese - キリン
Korean - 지라프
Swahili - twiga


« Last Edit: 05/06/2007 08:44:28 by DoctorBeaver »
 

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« Reply #24 on: 04/06/2007 22:35:02 »
Hum...Science realated...Sorry I probably do, but I don't know them right now.
 

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