Monday Facts

March 26, 2007 — Leave a comment

Last week, it was all about word origins. In this week’s edition of Monday Facts, we’re going to look at the wonderful world of insects.

Drosophilia Bifurca, a species of fruit fly, produces sperm that is nearly 6 centimeters long when fully uncoiled. That’s roughly 1,000 times londer that human sperm and 20 times longer than the fruit fly itself.

There are roughly 144,000 mosquitoes for every person on earth.

Malaria mosquitoes are attracted to ripe Limburger cheese and smelly feet. The odor-protein given off by the cheese was found to be structurally similar to human sweat.

Mosquito repellent doesn’t repel mosquitoes; it blocks their sensors so hat they don’t know you are there.

And now you know.

From “That’s a Fact, Jack” by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser.

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