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Feb


 6 things most people don’t know about Groundhog Day 



Feb. 2 is fast approaching. Are you ready to amaze your friends with some Groundhog Day trivia?
Feb. 2 is fast approaching. Are you ready to amaze your friends with some Groundhog Day trivia?

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Mar

If seagulls hadn’t evolved to drink sea water, they would have died out or moved back to lake living long ago. Thankfully, evolution provided a special supraorbital gland that scrubs the salt from the seagull’s blood and expels it as an ultra-salty liquid from the nostrils. Given a choice, seagulls will drink fresh water over salt water because processing the salt is an energy-intensive process. But in a pinch, and when they’re far out at sea, they can lower their beaks to the sea to quench their thirst.7 interesting bits of environmental trivia

If seagulls hadn’t evolved to drink sea water, they would have died out or moved back to lake living long ago. Thankfully, evolution provided a special supraorbital gland that scrubs the salt from the seagull’s blood and expels it as an ultra-salty liquid from the nostrils. Given a choice, seagulls will drink fresh water over salt water because processing the salt is an energy-intensive process. But in a pinch, and when they’re far out at sea, they can lower their beaks to the sea to quench their thirst.
7 interesting bits of environmental trivia

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Feb

Birds, dolphins and other aquatic mammals perform unihemispheric slow-wave sleep, which puts one half of their brains to sleep while the other half stays alert. They don’t always split their brains’ sleep time, but when they need to stay in motion or are on high alert for predators, they can downshift and go to sleep, one half of their brain at a time.7 interesting bits of environmental trivia

Birds, dolphins and other aquatic mammals perform unihemispheric slow-wave sleep, which puts one half of their brains to sleep while the other half stays alert. They don’t always split their brains’ sleep time, but when they need to stay in motion or are on high alert for predators, they can downshift and go to sleep, one half of their brain at a time.
7 interesting bits of environmental trivia

02

Feb

6 things most people don’t know about Groundhog DayDid you know that Germans started asking the groundhog about spring as an excuse to drink, eat and be merry?

6 things most people don’t know about Groundhog Day
Did you know that Germans started asking the groundhog about spring as an excuse to drink, eat and be merry?

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Jan

Give your brain a boost and check out these seven offbeat but interesting bits of environmental trivia.

Give your brain a boost and check out these seven offbeat but interesting bits of environmental trivia.

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Apr

Hurricane season is approaching, and Accuweather says we can expect an above-average season with 15 named tropical storms.
Here are 10 things you (probably) didn’t know about hurricanes.

Hurricane season is approaching, and Accuweather says we can expect an above-average season with 15 named tropical storms.

Here are 10 things you (probably) didn’t know about hurricanes.