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Fun Fact n°164: We have three different types of tears: basal, reflex, and emotional. Basal tears keep the eyes lubricated and protect them from dirt, air current, and floating debris. Reflex tears, which contain antibodies, are produced when the eyes are irritated by external particles and are also meant to be protective. Finally, emotional tears are secreted during intense emotional states and contain a high level of stress hormones as a way to get rid of them.

Fun Fact n°163: When plants are attacked by caterpillars, they can release chemicals that act as a defence mechanism. In a study, tomato plants were stimulated to release those compounds, causing caterpillars to become cannibals and feed on themselves rather than the leaves.

Fun Fact n°162: Contrary to popular belief, the humps of a camel are not reservoirs of water but actually storage sites for fatty tissue. One hump can weigh up to 35 kg and allows the camel to survive in the desert without food for a few weeks.

Fun Fact n°161: American Gothic is Grant Wood's most famous painting and also one of the most parodied American artworks in popular culture. It depicts the rural American Midwest with a woman dressed in colonial print standing next to a man holding a pitchfork. The figures were actually modeled by Wood's sister Nan Wood Graham and their dentist Dr. Byron McKeeby.

Fun Fact n°160: The first hook and loop fastener, or generally known as Velcro, was invented in 1941 by George de Mestral, a Swiss engineer. On a hunting trip with his dog, he noticed that the burrs/seeds of burdock kept sticking to his clothes and his dog's fur. He decided to take a few home and examine them under his microscope, which later inspired him to develop the first Velcro.

Fun Fact n°159: In Greek mythology, Hedone, daughter of Eros and Psyche, was the goddess of sensual pleasure, enjoyment, and delight. Her name is also the root of the word 'hedonism'. The corresponding Roman goddess was Voluptas, daughter of Cupid and Psyche, and serves as the origin of the word 'voluptuous'.

Fun Fact n°158: Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American engineer who is most famous for his development of the alternating-current electrical system that we still use today. He had extreme sleeping habits, claiming that he would never sleep more than two hours per night. He once worked for 84 hours straight without rest in his laboratory. He even said "I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success... Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything."

Fun Fact n°157: In psychology, the endowment effect describes how people tend to value items more highly just as soon as they own them. In a famous experiment, participants were given the choice of a chocolate bar or a mug. Half chose the mug and half chose the chocolate, showing that they value the two items similarly. However, when given the chocolate or the mug first, most participants preferred to keep their first item rather than exchange it for the other.

Fun Fact n°156: Sea otters are the smallest marine mammals, but the heaviest of the mustelid family. With up to 150,000 strands of hair per square centimeter, they have the densest fur of any mammal. Their fur coat is also very thick, consisting of two layers that trap air bubbles to allow them to float and remain warm in cold water.

Fun Fact n°155: Barry Marshall is an Australian physician who hypothesized in the 1980s that stomach ulcers may be caused by bacterial infections, challenging the misconception of stress or diet as the culprits. Many of his patients with ulcers complained of abdominal pain and few effective treatments existed at the time. Therefore, Dr. Marshall took a risk by swallowing a broth containing cultured H. pylori from the stomach of one of his patients. Within days, he became sick and developed gastritis, the precursor of ulcers. His hypothesis was then considered crazy but in 2005, he was awarded the Nobel prize in Medicine for his discovery.

Fun Fact n°154: In the 5th century, an ancient Germanic tribe called The Vandals swept through Rome and damaged statues and other pieces of art. In 1794, Henri Grégoire coined the term vandalism, inspired by the tribe, to describe the destruction of artwork after the French Revolution.

Fun Fact n°153: Giuseppe Piazzi, a Catholic priest in Palermo, Italy was mapping the stars in the sky on the night of January 1st, 1801. Over the next nights, he measured the relative positions of the stars and noticed that one star had moved. He deduced it could be not be a star and decided to name it Ceres, which was the first asteroid to be discovered.

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