The formal clothing of the Roman Citizen was the Toga. During Roman elections, those running for political office would rub their Toga with a dazzling white chalk to stand out. Called Toga Candida (pure-white) this clothing was the origin of the word "candidate".โ€ฆ
Wild orangutans use medicinal plants to sooth joint and muscle inflammation. The apes chew leaves of the Dracaena cantleyi plant to create a white lather, which they then rub onto their bodies. Local indigenous people also use the plant for the same purpose.โ€ฆ
To get wild dogs to adjust to one another, biologists stick their fingers in their rectums and rub the fecal matter on their faces.
Wild giant pandas wallow in horse faeces and rub it all over their bodies to increase tolerance to cold temperatures.โ€ฆ
Tree resin (Elastomer or Rubber) was actually used around 1736 to make bouncing balls or to make waterproof shoes. It was then that it was discovered that it could โ€œRUBโ€ out pencil marks, hence the name โ€œRubberโ€.โ€ฆ
Ben Stiller removed the WTC from his movie zoolander because it came out on 9/28 and he didn't want to rub salt in the woundโ€ฆ
If you rub a piece of garlic on your foot, you will taste it in your mouth about an hour later.โ€ฆ
Lemurs chew on, then rub, cyanide-secreting millepedes onto their fur to get high. And to protect against mosquitos.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Gee-haw whammy diddle, a deceptively simple wooden toy. You rub one notched stick with another to make a propeller spin.โ€ฆ
When you rub your finger on a clean plate and it squeaks, the sound isn't made by the plate vibrating, but your finger. (fixed the link)โ€ฆ
Hurricanes do not generally have thunder nor lightning - thunder and lightning are formed by vertical winds that cause water and ice to rub together, and most hurricane winds are horizontalโ€ฆ
Hedgehogs will rub a saliva-substance mixture (such as feces) on themselves in a process called Self Anointing. It's commonly thought this is to either absorb toxins for immunity or to deter predators through scent camouflage.โ€ฆ
The term "rubber match" comes from 16th century lawn bowling, where a team can be eliminated if they "rub" against the white target ballโ€ฆ
Ornithologists believe birds rub ants on their wings as the formic acid that the ants release may kill feather liceโ€ฆ
In Iranian Cuisine (Chabahar, Balochi style BBQ), they use pomegranate rub to preserve meat up to 2 years in the sun before consuming it.
Manatees are very social animals, to the point where it is quite common for them to come up to divers and swimmers for a quick belly rub!!! swimmingwiththemanatees.cโ€ฆ
Many bird species engage in "anting", where they actively rub ants onto themselves to excrete their body's chemicals. As to why, hypotheses include using the chemicals to ward off pests, preparing them to eat, for grooming their feathers, and for stimulating themselves.โ€ฆ
The origins for the nursery rhyme "Rub a dub dub" was actually about shaming otherwise resectable people for going to peep shows.โ€ฆ
Black lemurs rub millipedes on themselves as an insect repellent. Also, it gets them really high.โ€ฆ
The crazy colors and patterns you see when you rub your eyes are called "PHOSPHENES." Researchers believe that this "biophotonic light" actually comes from inside of our eyes in the same way that fireflies emit light.โ€ฆ
"Trout tickling" is a technique for catching trout and other fish using only your hands. While the fish is resting, the poacher will carefully rub his finger against the trout's belly, which causes the trout to fall in a trance from which it is easy to grab and throw it on the ground.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about 'phosphenes': the lights and patterns you see when you rub your eyesโ€ฆ
Bang breakouts are fairly common. Oil that accumulates on the hair itself can rub against the skin and block pores. Also, hair over the forehead may trap oil produced in the skin, along with dirt and sweat, increasing your risk for breakoutsโ€ฆ
Centuries ago fairs had something similar to peepshows. And the nursery rhyme that now starts "Rub-a-dub-dub, 3 men in a tub" was about them.โ€ฆ
Cats sometimes refuse to eat because their sensitive whiskers rub on the bowl too muchโ€ฆ
Hard hats were first invented by workers in the ship building industry. They would rub tar on their hats and leave them out in the sun all day, hardening them.โ€ฆ
Touching stainless steel will remove the odor of garlic and onion from your hands. They even sell bars of stainless steel "soap", which is just a bar of stainless steel to rub on your hands.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of a Cayman Islands dolphin who likes to rub himself off scuba divers, "sexually assaulting" them, his name is Stinky the Loner Dolphin.โ€ฆ
Dogs have a branch of nerves in their ears and when you rub them it releases endorphins, making them extremely relaxed with a type of natural high.โ€ฆ
The reason we see stars/shapes when we rub our eyes is because our brain doesnt know the difference between light and pressure when either stimulates the cells in our eyesโ€ฆ
The flashes of color you see in your eye after you rub them are called phosphenes.โ€ฆ
Charles Darwin became interested in how vegetables crossed the oceans. In one experiment, Darwin fed seeds to a bird, shot it, and then placed the carcass in a bath rub to float. After a month, Darwin retrieved the seeds from the floating carcass and planted them. The seeds germinated.โ€ฆ
Female bonobos rub their clitorises together every 2 hours on averageโ€ฆ
The hooded pitohui of New Guinea is a song bird who's skin contains a neurotoxin powerful enough to numb the hands if not handled with gloves. Some scientists believe the birds may rub the toxin on their eggs to protect them, but its true purpose is still up for debate.โ€ฆ
Cats have scent glands on their face that release a pheromone when they rub onto us to say that they are ours, and we are theirs.โ€ฆ
The flashes of color you see in your eye after you rub them are called phosphenes.โ€ฆ
Some millipedes will sing and give back rubs to relax a female while matingโ€ฆ
Fans of Liam Gallagher, known for being a member of Oasis, spotted cocaine in his hair and proceeded to sniff it and rub it on their gums. It was actually dandruff.โ€ฆ
As part of their mating ritual, giraffes perform the 'Flehmen Sequence', whereby the male rubs the female's posterior until she urinates so he can taste if she is ovulating and ready to mate. africa-wildlife-detectiveโ€ฆ
Today I learned of "Anting" a behaviour in which birds rub insects (usually ants) on their feathers and skin. The insects secrete liquids containing chemicals such as formic acid, which can act as an insecticide, miticide, fungicide, or bactericide.โ€ฆ
Members of Motley Crue used to rub egg burritos on their penises to hide the smell of having sex with groupies from their wives.โ€ฆ
That, in his book Natural History, roman philosopher Pliny the Elder adviced to "rub the teeth with ashes of burnt mouse-dung and honey" for the bad breath.โ€ฆ
Kangaroos don't sweat, so they lick their paws and then rub them to their chest for cooling
Today I learned of the Swiss Cheese Pervert, a Philadelphia man who would drive up women, ask if they'd like to get paid to watch him rub cheese on his genitals, then place cheese on his exposed crotch. He was sentenced to eight years probation.โ€ฆ
Some Kimpton Hotels have a dog on staff as "Director of Pet Relations." They greet guests and their pets, are paid in treats and belly rubs, and are among the most praised employees in guest comment cards.โ€ฆ
Black lemurs rub millipede secretions on themselves as insect repellent. Some apply too much and enter a drug induced state.โ€ฆ
The Japanese word for male masturbation (senzuri) translates to "a thousand rubs" while the word for female masturbation (shiko shiko manzuri) translates to "ten thousand rubs".โ€ฆ
Rubber, despite its many uses now, was called "rubber" because it rubs out pencil marks.โ€ฆ
Those stars and colours you see when you rub your eyes are called phosphenes.โ€ฆ
In Japan it is rude to rub wooden chopsticks together after breaking them apart, as this communicates to the host that the user thinks the chopsticks are cheap. This is however not the case for other Asian countries.โ€ฆ

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