Pen Caps have holes in them so that you won't suffocate if you swallow one mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned about the Darwin's frog. The males of this small Chilean frog swallow the embryos to finish the tadpoles development inside their vocal sac. The "pregnant dad" does not eat for around six weeks until the froglets move to the mouth and get out en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Sometimes premature babies and people that aren’t able to swallow are fed through their nose healthline.com/health/nas…
In 1774, Franz Mesmer produced an "artificial tide" in a patient, who suffered from hysteria, by having her swallow a preparation containing iron and then attaching magnets to various parts of her body. She reported feeling streams of a mysterious fluid running through her body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Michael Pa-lin played: Sir Galahad; soldier arguing about swallows; repressed peasant; mud villager; Camelot knight; Three-Headed Knight head; Swamp Castle King; Swamp Castle guest; Brother Maynard's assistant; Knight who says "Ni"; French knight; and narrator mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Snakes do not "dislocate their jaws" to swallow prey. Instead, they have a specialized skull that can stretch. daily.jstor.org/how-snake…
Humpback Whales, which are filter feeding animals, will occasionally(and accidentally) swallow small sea birds that get way too close during a feeding frenzy. The whales' bodies can't properly digest the birds, which end up pooped out whole in what some researchers call ''bird bricks''. marineornithology.org/PDF…
The average airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow is estimated to be 24mph (39.6 km/h) style.org/unladenswallow/
What causes the β€œlump” in your throat when you cry. The autonomic nervous system responds to all types of crying as stress. In turn, this opens the glottis to allow more oxygen into the lungs. When we swallow, the glottis must close, creating the β€œlump”. indianapublicmedia.org/am…
The word Geek was originally an early 20th-century term for a carnival worker who was so unskilled that the only thing they could do at a carnival to attract a crowd was to bite off the heads of live animals such as chickens, snakes and rats and swallow them britannica.com/story/wher…
Tarchia, meaning "brainy one" was so named for it's large brain. A herbivore, it could chew and swallow large quantities of plants while breathing at the same time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
The Cave of Swallows in Mexico is the largest cave shaft in the world, being almost 1,000 feet wide at the bottom and 1,100 feet deep, and it's home of many birds, but despite its name, almost no swallows en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cav…
Rabies Disease produces Hydrophobia ("fear of water"), since the ability to transmit the virus would decrease significantly if the infected individual could swallow saliva and water. Thus, attempts to drink or even suggestion of drinking can cause painful spasms in the throat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
The average person swallows plastic equivalent to a credit card every week, due to micro plastics in our everyday lives telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
The Bearded Vulture's diet is 70-90% bones and often swallows them whole en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Some animals swallow a stone known as a "gastrolith" to aid in grinding their food for digestion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas…
Astronauts swallow their toothpaste after brushing, as spitting is not possible because of its weightlessness. youtu.be/3bCoGC532p8
A frog cannot keep its eyes open when eating, because it uses them to help swallow its prey sciencenetlinks.com/daily…
Camels eat cactus no problem. Using hardened protrusions called papillae to guide their chew. They guide their bites and swallow the thorns vertically to avoid being poked. This isn't to say it still doesn't cause discomfort, camels just tank it. cactusway.com/can-camels-…
A man was snorkeling off the coast of South Africa when an enormous Bryde's whale scooped him up in his mouth headfirst. The man felt pressure on his body but soon realized he was too big for the whale to swallow him whole which was "kind of an instant relief." The whale spat him out unharmed. foxnews.com/world/diver-s…
There are about 25 calories in a half cup of snot. On a typical day, we swallow about 4 cups or 200 calories in boogers a day. coolefitness.com/number-o…
Sea snails are the most venomous creatures on earth, and can swallow fish whole. youtu.be/S_LjnwVxGL0
There is a cocktail called the β€œSourtoe” that uses a mummified human toe as it’s signature ingredient. It’s been served at a hotel in Dawson City, Canada since 1973. As of 2017, over 71,000 people have tried it. But if you swallow it you must pay a fine of $2,500– toes are hard to come by. npr.org/2017/06/24/534207…
Farmers have cows swallow a big magnet, so when cows eat things like loose nails, it doesn’t travel through their digestive tract and rip it open. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Birds swallow sharp stones to hold in their gizzard which they then use to grind up the food they swallow whole - basically they eat rocks cause they don't have teeth ucmp.berkeley.edu/taxa/ve…
Betelgeuse has a radius of approximately 887 Suns, but its mass is only 11 Suns. And if you swapped out the sun and replaced it with Betelgeuse, the red star would swallow Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and the asteroid belt. youtu.be/8UaXvEI-mDg
Whales blow bubbles in a circle to trap fish, and then swim up through the vortex to swallow them! youtube.com/watch?v=JNhld…
Giant squids have a donut shaped brain so their esophagus can run through the middle. If they try to swallow too large of a bite of food they can receive serious brain damage. ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/i…
Today I learned about Tarrare born in 18th-century France. Tarrare was known for his extensive appetite, he could eat enough to feed 15 people and swallow cats whole-but his stomach was never satisfied. Things Tarrare ate consisted of Raw Eel, Cats, Trash and even a 14-month-old Baby en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Frogs use their eyes to help them swallow food. youtube.com/watch?v=TUbx1…
In 1998 a 23 year old man in Ohio choked to death on a live goldfish he tried to swallow on a dare. In response to if anyone would be charged for the man's death, a police officer stated "If I dare you to jump off a bridge and you do it and you're 23 years of age, you're stupid." articles.chicagotribune.c…
A man born premature with cerebral palsy, was unable to swallow on his own until the age of 1, is blind, was unable to speak or walk until the age of 16, began playing Tchaikovsky's Concerto No.1 on piano in the middle of the night at age 16. He now can play any song after hearing it only once. youtube.com/watch?v=ZWtZA…
Everyone swallows air when they eat or drink but some people swallow more than others. Burping and flatulence are two ways swallowed air leaves the body. Delayed emptying of the stomach (slow gas transport) in addition to gas accumulation can also cause bloating and abdominal distension healthline.com/health/abd…
Hoover was a "talking" harbor seal who mimicked human speech. After being orphaned as a pup, Hoover was rescued by George Swallow, who raised the seal in his backyard. Over time, Hoover taught himself phrases like "Hello there" and "Come over here!" in a thick New England accent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
Alligators swallow rocks to stay under water longer. sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
The blue glaucus (aka blue dragon, sea swallow or blue angel) is a species of brightly colored sea slug (nudibranch) found throughout the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans in temperate and tropical waters. The blue glaucus is armed with extremely toxic stinging nematocysts for protection. oceana.org/marine-life/co…
Turtles do not produce saliva and must go underwater to swallow their food scienceabc.com/nature/ani…
Your body produces 1-1.5 L of mucus every day. Most of which you swallow. webmd.com/allergies/featu…
The bearded vulture is the only known animal whose diet is almost exclusively (70-90%) bone. They can swallow whole or bite through bones up to the size of a lamb's femur. They can carry bones up to their body weight (8.8 lbs) and they have learned to crack bones by dropping them on rocks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Despite being the largest animal on Earth, the Blue Whale cannot swallow anything larger than a beach ball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
The chance of dying if you swallow a toothpick is nearly 1 in 10. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
The New Zealand badminton team were called the "Black Cocks" however The International Badminton Federation (IBF) found the name hard to swallow and made them change it. nzherald.co.nz/sport/news…
Frogs can't vomit so they have to eject their entire stomach and later swallow it animals.howstuffworks.com…
The Komodo Dragon uses lubricating saliva to help swallow prey whole. To speed up this process they ram the carcass against a tree, sometimes so hard the tree falls down. Then they drag themselves into the sun to speed up digestion, taking to long could cause the food to rot and poison it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kom…
Elephants risk their lives to mine a cave in an extinct volcano in Kenya. The rock has 100 times more sodium than what they normally eat, as well as being rich in potassium and calcium. They dig with their tusks, grind it and swallow it. The bones of those who didn't make it line the trail. primates.com/misc/index.h…
Ellen Swallow Richards was the first woman in America to be accepted by a scientific school when she became a special student at MIT. Richards was very concerned about applying scientific principles to domestic topics so women would have time for pursuits other than cooking and cleaning sciencehistory.org/histor…
Today I learned of cow magnets, magnets farmers feed cows to prevent health problems from metal objects they often accidentally swallow apexmagnets.com/news-how-…
If a star gets big enough to swallow a planet, the planet doesn't get destroyed. Instead it keeps orbiting inside the star inside of it and gives the star's eventual planetary nebula a spiral shape. youtube.com/watch?v=Mj06h…
Rabies causes hydrophobia because the virus multiplies and assimilates in the salivary glands of the infected animal for the purpose of further transmission through biting. Its transmission abilities would decrease if the infected individual could swallow saliva and water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
Rabies causes hydrophobia, where just the thought of drinking water or seeing water, causes intense clench throat spasms, so the victim cannot swallow the frothy saliva forming in their mouth. The foam is infected heavily with the live virus which increases disease transmission through biting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyd…

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