• You probably know that the king cobra is one of the deadliest snakes: It can grow up to 18 feet long and is very aggressive, often attacking with little or no provocation. When it rears up to attack, the head can be 4 or 5 feet off the ground, and king cobra’s venom is so deadly that a single bite can kill an elephant. You might not realize, though, that these snakes are protective parents. Both the female and the male stay close to the nest, guarding the eggs from any danger.
• Those who study such things can tell your age, race and gender just by examining one of your hairs.
• Did you ever wonder how the lollipop got its name? A man named George Smith first put the hard treat on the end of a stick, but candy-making wasn’t his only interest. It seems that Smith also had a keen interest in horse racing, and he named the candy after a popular racehorse of the time, Lolly Pop.
• If you took the entire surface area of the dwarf planet Pluto and laid it flat, it would fit inside Russia.
• The next time you get caught outside in a hard rain, you can reflect on the fact that each drop that hits you is traveling at about 20 mph.
Thought for the Day: “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” — Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)