7 Bizarre Alaskan Laws

Guest post submitted by Tim Meyers, http://www.disabledthoughts.com/

Alaska sure loves their moose! It is illegal to push one out of a moving airplane throughout the state, while Fairbanks considers you to criminally liable if you allow a thirsty moose to partake of your alcoholic beverage within the city limits.

You also aren’t allowed to whisper in someone’s ear while they’re moose hunting. Oh, and no viewing moose from an airplane.

In Fairbanks, you can kill a polar bear while it is hibernating , but don’t you dare wake it up to take its picture!

Apparently, their legal shenanigans don’t stop with wildlife. Your dog is not allowed to ride in the back of your pickup truck in Anchorage without being in a cage or tied down either!

 


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8 Random Fascinating Facts About Fruit

Well, lookee here! It’s my first guest post!

How much do you know about fruits? They are an important food group. Read this list of fun facts to be smart at the next dinner party when you know the origins of apples. Enjoy!

 

1. China is the #1 producer of apples. China produces 7 times more than the second highest producer, the United States.

2. Speaking of apples: Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan means “Father of Apple” or “Full of Apples” and the area is considered the original home of apples.

3. Grapes, olives, pomegranates, and figs are believed to be the first fruits to be cultivated. This is because these fruits are the easiest to be propagated by plant cuttings.

4. Tomatoes are considered vegetables in the US. In the 1883 Tariff Act, veggies had a 10% tariff but fruits didn’t. When tomatoes were shipped to the US they didn’t have to pay the tariff. Since tomatoes are technically  fruits, the case was brought to the Supreme Court and the Court ruled that while tomatoes were botanically a fruit they were used as a vegetable. So, the importers had to pay the tariff.

5. Pears were the first fruit tree in the US. They were planted in Salem, MA.

6. Massachusetts might have been the first state to get fruits but Washington state is the largest apple producer in the US. Most of the state is in a rain shadow, meaning it gets less rain, and this leads to crisper apples.

7. Quince was a source of pectin for canning. Some farmers use the timing of flowering quince as an indicator of when to plant crops.

8. Nectarines are just peaches without fuzz. The two fruits are different by one gene.

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10 Unusual Horse Facts

Saddle up and ride along with me through these 10 completely random horse facts.

1. Horses can’t vomit.

2. A group of horses will not go to sleep at the same time. At least one of them will stay awake to look out for the others.

3. A real horse head was used in the movie “Godfather”, not a prop. John Marley was not informed beforehand, so his scream was authentic.

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4. A horse’s brain only weighs around 22 ounces, making it just half the weight of a human brain.

5. Zebras and horses can breed with each other. Their offspring is called a  ‘zebroid’.

6. In certain countries, including France, horse meat is considered a delicacy. Although it’s illegal in several other countries, the French enjoy eating horse heart and horse brains. Tatsy.

7. Horses can run within hours after birth.

8. The “Guide Horse Foundation” provides blind people with specially trained miniature horses in place of guide-dogs.

9. Horses produce approximately 10 gallons of saliva a day.

10. If a horse has a red ribbon on its tail, stay back! It kicks!


SOURCES:

https://www.doubledtrailers.com/45-random-amazing-bizarre-horse-facts/

The Most Expensive Liquid in the World is…

The most expensive liquid in the word is…

Drumroll, please…

Scorpion venom at around $39 million dollars per gallon. That’s about $2.4 million per cup.

So why is scorpion venom so darn expensive anyway?

When electrical stimulation is used to “milk” the venom glands of scorpions, an average yield of anywhere from 0.006 mg to about 2.0 mg of venom can be obtained from a single scorpion. [1]

With one scorpion only able to produce such a teeny tiny amount of venom at one time, filling

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up even one cup can take ages! It’s a very time consuming process that requires the use of A LOT of scorpions.

Now on to an even better question. What on earth do you do with scorpion venom? Scorpion venom is used for medical research, most recently to see if it could possibly be used as a cancer treatment and so far, things are looking pretty optimistic. Check out this article, On The Horizon: Scorpion venom as cancer treatment for more info.

So if you’re ready to get rich, grab a few friends, find some scorpions, say your prayers and milk away!


SOURCES:

[1] http://wrbu.org/scID/sc_sting.html

https://www.quora.com/Why-is-scorpion-venom-so-expensive

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150527091547.htm

Are Flamingo Egg Yolks Pink?

Often thrown into the mix of “fun fact” posts on social media, the “fact” that Flamingos lay eggs with pink yolks is not a fact. How did a rumor like that even get started? No one is really sure. One likely theory, though,  is that it could have been inspired by a photoshopped stock image of a cracked egg revealing a pink yolk that has been circulating the internet for some years.

Flamingo egg yolks range from golden yellow to reddish yellow but not pink. That would be pretty cool though.

BONUS FACT: Adult flamingos are four to five feet tall, but only weigh between four and eight pounds. Let that soak in. Weird, no?


SOURCES:

http://www.snopes.com/flamingo-egg-yolks-are-pink/

http://mentalfloss.com/article/61853/15-fascinating-flamingo-facts

Why are Elephant Tusks So Valuable?

Elephant tusk, also known as Ivory, is durable, aesthetically pleasing and can be carved rather easily. In the past, ivory has been used to make false teeth, home decor, dominoes, cutlery handles, musical instruments, billiard balls, and piano keys.

Elephants are hunted and killed for their tusks and this has diminished their population greatly. There are laws to try to stop poachers from hunting elephants but this has made ivory rare and therefore has increased its value.

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Although buying and selling ivory has been banned since 1975, elephant tusks are still used all over the world but most commonly in China. There, ivory is used to make figurines, pipes, daggers, chopsticks, jewelry, ornaments, souvenirs and hair accessories.

BONUS FACT: It is popular belief that the first US president, George Washington’s false teeth were made out of wood, when in fact they were made from metal, ivory, human teeth, and animal teeth. You can see Washington’s false teeth with your own peepers at Mount Vernon, Washington’s preserved estate in Virginia.


SOURCES:

https://www.reference.com/hobbies-games/ivory-valuable-8b10a781d2d763ad#

https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/elephant-tusks-used-64b1b6203e36183

http://www.snopes.com/george-washington-wooden-teeth/