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    Octopuses have 3 hearts and can regrow limbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Punderstorm View Post
    Octopuses have 3 hearts and can regrow limbs.

    Octopuses are only (correct me if wrong) animals whoo can camouflage not only by colours but also by shape (because of special structure of their skin) .

    And mimic octopuses can even freeze in position to remind different animal like snake and imitate how they move.
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    There a boy who doesn't know english (looks about 7) that always try to sell blue berrys to my INTJ friend. He would say "blue berrys, comprar blueberrys?". After asking him what blueberrys is in spanish today. We learn to him the translation for blue berrys= blue berrys para gringos. So what I learn today? the berry's my INTJ friend bought from him might not actually be blue berry's lol.

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    I read up on the history of pineapples.

    When they were first brought to Europe they were considered an absolute luxury item and as soon as the first functioning hothouses (pineries) were constructed it became extremely fashionable emong the nobility and upper class to grow pineapples. They were first grown in the Netherlands and it was en vogue to have a Dutch gardener - it took 3 gardeners to continuously care for yoir pineapples! Their value was approximately that of a carriage. They were used for decoration at dinner parties but not eaten but rather reused several times until they started to rot.

    They later did eat them of course, but it was still very much a prestige food.

    As they became easier to grow more people could affford them but they remained too expensive for the hoipoloi. As late as the early 20th century the price of one pineapple equaled that of 20 loafs of bread. Only the introduction of canned fruit made them affordable.

    The Earl of Dunmore even had a pineapple-shaped roof constructed for his hothouse:



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    @Red Herring I have a lot of friends who went to The College of William and Mary, and who therefore know a lot about Colonial Williamsburg -- apparently they're obsessed with the "hospitality pineapple" over there! Had no idea that was a thing until last year.

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    Art Garfunkel thinks the reason why Paul Simon broke up the duo was because Art was 9 inches taller.

    We split up because Simon was too short, admits Garfunkel

    However, Garfunkel himself believes that the 9in difference between himself and his fellow singer may have been critical in their split in 1970 as well as their friendship at school.

    Asked whether he believed Simon might have had a “Napoleon complex” that drove him to try to outdo his taller partner, Garfunkel told TheSunday Telegraph: “I think you’re on to something. I would say so, yes.”
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    Esperanto has a propaedeutic function.

    That means it is not only considerably faster to learn than natural languages but studying Esperanto for one year and then French for three years will leave you with better French than studying French for four years. It significantly accelarates the acquisition of other languages to the point where you safe time if you first learn Esperanto.
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    3 mammals having more nerve cells than we do are elephants, whales and dauphins.
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