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…
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…
The Bearded Vulture's diet is 70-90% bones and often swallows them whole en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
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…
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…
Some animals swallow a stone known as a "gastrolith" to aid in grinding their food for digestion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas…
A frog cannot keep its eyes open when eating, because it uses them to help swallow its prey sciencenetlinks.com/daily…
Astronauts swallow their toothpaste after brushing, as spitting is not possible because of its weightlessness. youtu.be/3bCoGC532p8
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
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-…
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…
Frogs use their eyes to help them swallow food. youtube.com/watch?v=TUbx1…
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
Whales blow bubbles in a circle to trap fish, and then swim up through the vortex to swallow them! youtube.com/watch?v=JNhld…
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…
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…
Alligators swallow rocks to stay under water longer. sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
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…
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…
Turtles do not produce saliva and must go underwater to swallow their food scienceabc.com/nature/ani…
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…
Frogs can't vomit so they have to eject their entire stomach and later swallow it animals.howstuffworks.com…
The chance of dying if you swallow a toothpick is nearly 1 in 10. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
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…
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…
Despite being the largest animal on Earth, the Blue Whale cannot swallow anything larger than a beach ball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
Today I learned about the Striated (or Hairy) frogfish. One of the fastest eaters in the animal kingdom, the Hairy Frogfish can swallow its prey in 6 thousands of a second. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
There's a sensor you can swallow that tracks if you've taken your schizophrenia meds. abilifymycite.com/
To graze, cows pull the grass with their raspy tongue, because they lack teeth! They lack upper incisors. These incisors present in all ruminants are replaced by a hard horn rim, which allows to pinch the grass with the lower incisors, grass that they sometimes swallow without chewing. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Despite being able to take water into their mouths equal to their body weight (100 metric tons) a blue whale cannot swallow anything larger than a basketball. whalefacts.org/do-blue-wh…
Babies can breath and swallow, eat, or drink at the same time. livestrong.com/article/27…
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…
There's not really such a thing as an "African swallow" (though there are many African birds in the swallow family) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afr…
Frogs can’t swallow with their mouth, instead, they blink and push their eyes inside their mouth, pushing their food towards their throat. youtu.be/TUbx1tBnpG0
Camels chew and swallow cacti whole youtube.com/watch?v=f-6Re…
A single cell can swallow an animal whole. youtube.com/watch?v=LDIOR…
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…
Frogs use their eyeballs to swallow. Frogs eat their prey whole and their eyeballs actually sink down into their mouth and push the food down into their throat. burkemuseum.org/blog/all-…
In 18th century England, gambling dens hired people whose jobs was to swallow the dice in the event of a police raid blog.caesars.com/las-vega…
All snakes possess venom producing glands, even ones that aren't clinically venomous. Snakes that kill preys through constriction, in particular, use these glands to secrete a lubricant, which helps them swallow the prey. qi.com/infocloud/snakes
Kittens will swallow their milk teeth! petful.com/pet-health/kit…
There is a species of fish called a hogchoker. They were considered β€œtrash fish” and fed to pigs, but their bony bodies are difficult for pigs to swallow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hog…
TIL Stephen King wrote a story about a house maid that swallows a writer's semen so her child will have his talent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ded…
Remarkably, frogs actually use their eyes to help them swallow food. When the frog blinks, its eyeballs are pushed downwards creating a bulge in the roof of its mouth. This bulge squeezes the food inside the frog's mouth down the back of its throat. sciencekids.co.nz/science…
The Giant Squid has a doughnut shaped brain with their esophagus running through the hole in the center. If it swallows anything too big, it could damage its brain. ocean.si.edu/giant-squid
"muskeg", very damp soil, is why northern Ontario is almost uninhabited. Sometimes 100 feet deep or more, unless completely cleared it freezes and buckles construction in winter, and swallows anything left (locomotives, construction equipment, moose, etc.) when it thaws in the spring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
There's a giant hole called the Devil’s Kettle that swallows half a river and no one has any idea where it goes. Over the years, researchers and the curious have poured dye, pingpong balls, & logs into the kettle, then searched for any sign of their reappearance. So far none has ever been found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Spiders can't chew or swallow, so they inject poison into their prey which turns the insides of insect to a watery goop and spider just suck it up. kidzone.ws/lw/spiders/fac…
The airspeed velocity of an unladen (European) Swallow is 24 mph or 11m per second. saratoga.com/how-should-i…
Whales can't swallow food that is larger than basketball. skylum.com/blog/facts-abo…
John Glenn was the first person to eat in space aboard Friendship 7 in 1962. At that time it was unknown if ingestion and absorption of nutrients were possible in zero gravity. Glenn ate applesauce, demonstrating that people could eat, swallow, and digest food in a weightless environment. airandspace.si.edu/exhibi…
Spiders can't chew or swallow. So they inject their prey with poison using their fangs. The poison turns the insides of insect to watery goop and the spider just sucks it up. animals.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned of the Capsule Endoscope: A method of endoscopy where a patient swallows a pill-sized camera to photograph or film the entire gastrointestinal tract, which is way less invasive than a colonoscopy emedicine.medscape.com/ar…
Famed Skeptic James Randi will often swallow entire bottles of "Homeopathic Sleeping Pills" in front of live audiences to prove that they are nothing more than fake pills. randi.org/site/index.php/…
Rabbits re-swallow up to 80% of their faeces to use their food more efficiently in a process known as 'refection'. britishwildlifecentre.co.…
Crocodiles will intentionally swallow stones that will help them digest food by crushing and grating food. animals.mom.me/crocodiles…
There is a frog that swallows its eggs, and then gives birth to live frogs by vomiting them out of her stomach en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas…
People don't swallow 8 spiders a year, or likely any spiders ever. scientificamerican.com/ar…
If a woman doesn't swallow and secretly uses a man's "seed" to impregnate herself, he is still legally required to pay child support lasisblog.com/2011/02/26/…
The airspeed velocity of an unladen european swallow is 24 mph, or 40 km/h en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 2004 a dentist was charged after he made female patients unwittingly swallow his semen during visits to his clinic. He told them he was "going to put something in her mouth that would taste funny, but would stop the bleeding." thesmokinggun.com/documen…
The northern leopard frog swallows its prey using its eyes β€” it uses them to help push food down its throat by retracting them into its head. jeb.biologists.org/conten…
The average airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow is 11 meters per second or 24 miles per hour style.org/unladenswallow/…
In 1966 two men climbed up a hill in Brazil, placed lead masks over their faces, and apparently killed themselves for unexplained reasons. The only clue left behind was a note that read, "16:30 be at agreed place, 18:30 swallow capsules, after effect protect metals wait for mask signal." historicmysteries.com/the…
Most species of whales have throats that are far too small to be able to swallow an adult human. whalefacts.org/can-whales…
The diet of the Bearded Vulture is ~90% bones, allowing it to return to a carcass long after other scavengers have removed any soft tissues. Bones too large to swallow are dropped from great height to crack them into smaller pieces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
A Komodo Dragon can swallow live prey as large as a goat and sometimes speeds up the swallowing process by ramming the carcass into a tree occasionally with enough force to knock the tree over. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kom…
NASA cannot bring birds into space because birds need gravity to swallow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
Hydrophobia is a symptom of rabies likely because the infected animal's ability to transmit the virus would reduce significantly if it could swallow saliva and water en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
The airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow is 25 mph or 40 km/h. wolframalpha.com/input/?i…
Moray eels (along with many other species) have a second fully-functioning set of extendable jaws at the base of their throat. They alternate biting and pulling with these so that the meal is never released as they attempt to swallow live prey. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
The Etoro people of New Guinea believe that, in order to attain manhood, a boy must fellate a tribal elder and swallow his semen, daily, from the age of 12 to 17. The nearby Kaluli tribe considers the practice barbaric: they believe the semen of the elder must pass through the boy's anus. hci.ucsd.edu/102b/reading…
Nobody knows if frogs sleep. They also do not drink through their mouths, and swallow by pushing food down their throat using their eyeballs. burkemuseum.org/herpetolo…
On 4 Dec of the Year 292,277,026,596, 64-bit versions of the Unix time stamp will cease to work. This is not anticipated to pose a problem, however, as this is considerably longer than the time it would take the Sun to theoretically expand to a red giant and swallow the earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
There is a snail that is a snail whose poison is so complex that there is no anti venom for it. It also preys on fish and swallows them whole like a snake, also it has a biological harpoon. youtube.com/watch?v=JjHMG…
Pen lids have holes so that you don't choke if you swallow them. officesuppliesblog.co.uk/…
Having asthma in the 16th century was pretty tough! Tudor doctors prescribed asthmatics to swallow buttered live frogs or spiders to clear their throats.Alternative methods included crushed human skull powder or a blend of black cats' blood and cream. bbc.co.uk/history/british…
It is a myth that you swallow spiders in your sleep burkemuseum.org/blog/myth…
Hadji Ali, a performer in the 1920's, would swallow large quantities of water (upto 100 glasses), kerosene, smoke etc and regurgitate them later at will. He would swallow different nuts or differently coloured handkerchiefs and bring them out individually by audience's choice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Had…
The Roman Emperor Valerian was captured by the Persians under Shapur I. Some accounts claim that he was forced to swallow molten gold, after which he was skinned, with his skin being displayed as a trophy in the Persian main temple. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Val…
NASA scientist Nicholas M. Short was the 4^th scientist to swallow a Lunar sample (bottom right page 3) onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
Crocodiles will swallow stones and pebbles to dive deeper. maryvogas.com/blog/myth-o…
Today I learned of Ellen Swallow Richards: first woman admitted to MIT, first woman instructor there, founded the field of home economics, and first scientist to apply chemistry to the study of nutrition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell…
There is a species of deep sea fish that can swallow prey over twice its length and 10 times its mass whole. It sometimes swallows fish so large it can not digest them before they decompose, causing it to float to the surface. Its name is Black swallower. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
How frogs puke. The frog throws up its stomach first. Then with the stomach dangling out of its mouth the frog uses its legs to clear the stomach of any contents. Finally, the frog swallows the stomach back down again. youtube.com/watch?v=GRb4s…
It is impossible to swallow your tongue. This myth has led to many injuries from people trying to jam things in seizing peoples' mouths to "save" them from choking. nytimes.com/2008/04/22/he…
The average cruising airspeed velocity of an unladen European Swallow is roughly 11 meters per second style.org/unladenswallow/

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