In World War II the military developed something called a "Bat Bomb" that would drop and release bats with incendiary devices attached to them. The bats were expected to fly up into eaves of buildings (the most vulnerable part of buildings to fires) before exploding.

The Toxoplasma Gondii parasite messes with the brains of mice, making them crave cat urine. Then they start hanging out around cats, who catch and eat them, delivering the parasite to the brain it likes to live in.

A regular sheet of paper will only fold about 7 times. To make a piece of paper fold 42 times it would need to be 0.1 millimeter thick and stretch from Earth to the moon!

Cats' bodies act like parachutes. They rarely die after falling from ANY height if they have time to react (put legs down and wide).

We have better maps of the surface of the moon than our own ocean floor!

John F. Kennedy, Aldus Huxley and C.S. Lewis all died on the same day (Nov. 22, 1963).

Mammoths were alive when the Great Pyramid was built.

Because of where the International Dateline lies, Alaska is the most northern state, the most western state AND the most eastern state!

The last time the Chicago Cubs won a World Series the Ottoman Empire still existed and an emperor reigned over China.

Crocodiles have more genetics in common with birds than lizards.

The idea that you need to drink 8 glasses of water a day is a myth and has been scientifically debunked in some of the world's best medical journals, but nutrition experts still say it.

There is also a Tri-Cities in Virginia, Michigan, Tennesse and British Columbia.

Burbank is in another county entirely from Richland, Pasco and Kennewick.

In the Ice Age, the Tri-Cities was completely underwater (with the exception of Badger Mountain and Rattlesnake Mountain).

A strange geologic formation prevents the Yakima River from flowing into the Columbia River near Horn Rapids, forcing it to flow back to the southeast.

West Richland was founded by people who didn't want to rent alphabet housing from the government.

The average number of days with sunshine is actually only 225, not 300!

The aurora borealis can occasionally be seen from the Tri-Cities.

Author Orson Scott Card was born in Richland.

Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club) was born in Pasco.

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