In late-1600s Puritan society, a child over 16 convicted of cursing at a parent was sentenced to death. Being a stubborn or rebellious child also earned you a death sentence.
If you are locked in a sealed room, you will die of carbon dioxide poisoning before your brain starves from oxygen deprivation.
All scorpions glow. A scorpion’s exoskeleton contains a thin transparent film called the hyaline layer, which fluoresces under black (ultraviolet) light. Even after hundreds of millions of years, the hyaline layers of fossilized scorpions still glow.
A cockroach’s brain spread throughout its body. If you chop off its head, it can still live for up to a week. It finally dies because it can’t eat.
Monkeys don’t have feet. Since they have opposable thumbs instead of big toes, they are classified as being four-handed.
Crocodiles do in fact produce tears. They have lacrimal glands, just like humans.
Tigers have striped skin under their hair, but zebras don’t.
Throughout its lifetime, an elephant goes through six sets of teeth. The elephant starves to death once the sixth set of teeth falls out.
The Spanish exclamation Ole!, commonly heard at bullfights and flamenco dances, comes from Allah, meaning “praise be to God”.
Winston Churchill had a heart attack in the White House while straining to open a bedroom window.