In zoo’s most people will go to see the most exotic animals they can find, everyone knows about the Giraffe and seem to only be impressed by its height. Which is impressive but there is more to the Giraffe than its height. Here are a few facts about this interesting mammal.
- Giraffe’s necks are real long but even with the longest neck in the world; they can’t touch the ground when standing up. They have to spread out their legs in a weird angle to be able to drink water or eat something off the ground.
- The age of the giraffe can be calculated from its spots, the color of the spots indicates their age, the darker the spots the older they are. Also the giraffe’s spots are a bit like human’s fingers or tigers stripes, none have the same markings.
- Baby giraffes are impressive to say the least, they can stand 10 minutes after they’ve been born and after 10 hours they can start running. For most other mammals this is impossible during that time.
- The giraffe may seem awkward and slow but they can run up to 30km/h at short bursts.
- Obviously enough the giraffe is the tallest land mammal.
- Researchers have never found a Giraffe taking a body bath.
- Giraffe’s also have communities and rules, one of them being that one Mother giraffe will stay among the young of others to take care of them while the parents are away looking for food and such.
- Everything about the Giraffe seems to long; this is also the case of their tongues which are 18 inches long.
- Giraffe’s don’t have tear ducts, so they are not ones to cry.
Those were a few facts about Giraffes.
Fun Facts about Archery
One of the most interesting weaponry in human history is the bow and arrow. A weapon that is not only effectively removing the solider from harm but also light on resources unlike swords which use important resources like steel and iron. Here are some interesting facts about this weapon.
- After fists, rocks and spears, the bow & arrow is the oldest weapon made by humans, this was somewhere in the Mesozoic era which is now 10 000 years ago. This also highlights how effective archery was; it was one of the main weapons used until the rise of firearms.
- The oldest bow & arrow to be found were somewhere in modern Germany and further north into Sweden.
- The physics behind the bow & arrow are very simple but amazingly smart and effective. The theory is very similar to someone throwing a rock. The impact of the rock is determined by the energy exerted by the muscles and the throw movement. One of the key part here is the arm and how back it can go during the throw movement. This all applies to the bow but the elastic plays the part of the muscle. Pulling back determines the potential energy thrown into the shot but also how quickly the bowstring will shoot the arrow once you let go, no human arm could match that speed thus why the impact is much larger than manual throw.
- The use of bow & arrow was considered barbaric by some factions, mainly because the nomad factions had much better ability with it. Nomads for one had better practice because their hunting lifestyle, hunting for animal with a sword was much harder than killing it from a distance with a bow.
- Although bows are less devastating than firearm, they generally require a lot more skill to use. There are up to 6 different ways of aiming and a few others depending on the material of the bow & arrow. There are hundreds of variation of these weapons depending of the time and place. A bow for hunting was different, an arrow for armoured soldier was different, and one for long range shooting is different. All these had different ways they would work but they kept the same science of the kinetic energy stored in the bowstring and then releasing it in a quick burst.
- There is not only technique for aiming but for body positioning when shooting, they are many different schools of thought but for shooting at something at medium range on the same elevation as yourself, it is considered good practice to keep both hands level with the eye.
There are many more facts about archery and we will get to more of them again.
Fun Facts, Sport Facts
Many people have a negative view of the Hyena, it certainly doesn’t have a friendly face and its scavenging lifestyles don’t make it popular either. But people tend to forgot how these guys manage to not only survive but strive among other predators such as the tigers, lions and other big cats. Here are a few interesting facts about them.
- The most well known Hyena is the spotted species; these tend to have little fur and circular spots all over their body.
- Hyenas were domesticated in the days of the Egyptian Pharaohs for food; also in fact Muslim countries they believe Hyenas to be halal, which basically means they can eat it. Also in the ancient times of the Roman and Greek, they were consumed because they were believed to ward off evil.
- Unfortunately the other way is also true, Hyenas have eaten men all throughout history, in the age of cave men, they were a bigger creature and could more easily challenge the humans and even forced massive immigration because of their attacks. In the modern era, Hyenas have feasted upon the corpses of men people because of the civil wars in Africa. Scientist say Hyenas who are man eaters develop strange habits and boldness. Although straight out attacks to consume humans are rarer, they have been reported in Africa, especially the targets being children at night.
- Hyenas are the closest thing to a mix of the feline line and canine line, which means if you could fusion a tiger and a wolf you would get something very similar to the Hyena.
- If a Hyena finds himself against a stronger predator they will often try to fake death and catch the predator off guard.
- One of the ancient lines of species of the Hyenas is the bone crushing Hyenas; these were believed to be huge in size and extraordinary strong. So strong that they would fight mammoths and even saber cats.
- The striped Hyenas are very silent but their cousins the spotted ones are very vocal. Their most famous sound is their mocking laughter.
- In the spotted hyenas, female dominate over the male and also are much bigger.
- Hyenas will almost eat anything while scavenging and can go over a week without any water.
- Because of its scavenging nature (although it also hunts), Hyenas are often considered a cowardly animal, despite not being true. In a pack the Hyena will pretty much take on anything unless it’s a pride of lions or a parade of elephant.
- Only the Lion out of the big cat is known to hunt for Hyenas but hunting dogs will also give it a ago if they feel advantageous. Also packs of hyenas will take on each other for food.