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Birds, bees and the facts of life


Birds, bees and the facts of life

Sami Muirhead has learnt a lot about the world over the past week – especially from an unlikely source in hunky action film star Jason Statham.

Bees have four wings, six legs and five eyes. A bee can flap its wings up to 200 times per second. Who said action star Jason Statham cannot teach us incredible facts?

I went to see his new movie The Beekeeper and loved every corny minute of it.

It is fast-and-furious action and the storyline is a little lame.

But I did walk away with some new bee trivia ensconced in my brain – such as the fact that a honey bee will produce half a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.

Bees need better union representation.

And the fun facts I am sharing this week don’t stop with bees.

You know that little hole at the end of the saucepan handle?

Many of us ignorant folk presume this is to hang the saucepan from fancy hooks.

I admit I have daydreamed of having a rustic farm kitchen in Tuscany with rows of those woke saucepans hanging from the ceiling on hooks in my little cooking space.

Well, those handle holes are there for you to slot in your spatula or wooden cooking spoon.

I know. It is a game changer.

My niece gifted me this fun fact No.2 in my life this week.

Another crazy fact to impress your family and wow your work colleagues is that margins were not designed for note taking.

Remember back in high school when using paper with properly-sized margins was a huge deal?

Well, margins were not created for us to be creative with words or feedback but in fact they had a dark ulterior motive: to attract rats to chew on the side of the paper rather than the author’s brilliant words.

Did you know that one-in-18 people have a third nipple.

Most ginger cats are male.

Animals can be allergic to humans.

A rainbow on Venus is called a glory.

Wombats are the only animal to have cube-shaped poop.

And it is impossible to hum while holding your nose.

I may not be leaving you with a higher IQ this week but I bet some of these fun facts make people in your family laugh.


Sami Muirhead is a radio announcer, blogger and commentator. For more from Sami tune into Mix FM.

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