Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Fun: Five Gross and Goofy Body Facts

  • Horses and deer walk on their tippy toes. Because these animals can really reach out during each stride, they move very fast.
  • Why can a jacana walk on floating plants? Because its long, thin toes spread out the bird’s body weight.
  • A turkey uses its large toes and sharp toenails to scratch the ground in search of insects and other tasty treats.
  • The sticky pads on a gecko’s toes help it dart up tree trunks and scamper along branches.
  • Ever noticed stinky globs of caking, crumbling gunk between your toes? It’s toe cheese—a mangled mash of dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria, and sock lint. Yuck!

  • Looking for more Gross & Goofy Body facts? Check out my book Give Me a Hand: The Secrets of Hands, Feet, Arms, and Legs. It’s full of weird, wacky, strange, and surprising information about your body and the bodies of other animals.

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