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ᴍɪᴄʜᴇʟʟᴇ x LG  Saint Apollonia in MTL/YUL— Do you ever want to live in another era? Same. Oh, and I am a fond curator of fun facts. •vitruviXmichelle -20% @vitruvi

Fun Fact n°315: River dolphins are a unique group of dolphins that live exclusively in freshwater. Because the waters in which they feed are usually muddy, they have tiny eyes and are practically blind. Thus, these dolphins rely primarily on echolocation to survive.

Fun Fact n°314: Deus ex machina loosely means god from the machine and was a term that originated from Greek and Roman dramas where actors playing gods would be lowered onto the stage by a crane. The expression is also used today to describe a plot device whereby a complicated and seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly resolved.

Fun Fact n°313: Parrotfish are found mainly in the Indo-Pacific region. These fish have teeth arranged tightly to form a parrot-like beak that they use to grind corals and rocky surfaces in search of algae. Once the parrotfish have digested the rocks, they excrete it as sand and can produce 90 kg of sand in a single year.

Fun Fact n°312: Paul Newman was an American actor who was also an avid race car driver. He won many national championships in The Sports Car Club of America. In 2006, he voiced a retired car named Doc Hudson in the movie Cars before retiring from acting in 2007.

Fun Fact n°311: Bezitramide is an opioid painkiller that was marketed under the trade name Burgodin. In 1983, a Dutch paper was published on the case of a 5 year-old boy who died from taking 1 single tablet of Burgodin from his mother’s purse. The drug was withdrawn in the Netherlands in 2004 after reports of fatal overdoses.

Fun Fact n°310: Richard Pryor was an American stand-up comedian who was famous for his comments on racism and social issues. Throughout his lifetime, he married 7 times to 5 different women (he divorced and remarried twice). He also had 7 children with 6 different women.

Fun Fact n°309: The Christmas Island red crab is a species of land crab that is unique to the Christmas Island and Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean. The crabs are most famous for their annual mass migration to the sea where millions of them must find a mate and breed. The migration looks like a huge moving red carpet.

Fun Fact n°308: As a last request before his death, Franz Kafka asked his friend Max Brod to burn all his diaries, manuscripts, and letters. In fact, during his lifetime, Kafka burned around 90% of his work because of self-doubt. Max Brod did not follow Kafka’s wishes and instead published his works, which gained Kafka world-wide fame after his death.

Fun Fact n°307: Reverse zoonosis is when a disease that originally affected humans transfers to other animals either by air or by touch. One example is captive elephants in America that acquired tuberculosis because of humans, which has become a problem in circuses and zoos.

Fun Fact n°306: The sword-billed hummingbird has a beak that is longer than the length of its body. This allows it to drink nectar from specific flowers with long corollas. However, because of its long beak, it cannot preen like other hummingbirds and must instead use its feet to scratch and preen its feathers.

Fun Fact n°305: One of the biggest art thefts was the one on March 18, 1990 in Boston. Two thieves dressed as police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and stole 13 works of art from Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas, Manet, and Flinck. The theft remains unsolved and the frames of the missing pieces are still hanging in the museum waiting for their return.

Fun Fact n°304: Many species of reptiles, including lizards and snakes, have a forked tongue that is split at the tip. This is because reptiles use the tip of their tongue to smell and the two tines at the tip can help them determine the direction and thus the location of a smell.

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