‘Interesting facts I learned’ redux

Rather than bumping a lumbering behemoth, I thought I’d start a new thread. It’s time, right?

Watching Jeopardy tonight I learned that the tuxedo was so named because it was initially worn at the exclusive Tuxedo Club located in the ritzy village of Tuxedo Park located in Orange County, New York.

Checking further I discovered that the name is derived from a Native American word (of the Lenape language) p’tuxseepu, which means “crooked water” (river).

How can you tell male and female monarch butterflies apart? Males have spots around their wings; females do not.

I always thought turtles were amphibians. They aren’t; they are reptiles.

I recently found out that the Boston Red Sox were the last major league baseball to break the color barrier and integrate. I am so ashamed. The Boston Bruins hockey team integrated before the Red Sox.

Horses don’t get diabetes.

I only just learned that between 1959 and 1984, the lovely city I live in, London, Ontario, Canada, was actually the serial killer capital of the world!


And I’ll bet most of the people I know here, also have no idea.

Not only that. Those spots have a very bitter taste, and birds have learned not to eat monarch butterflies. There’s also a “viceroy” butterfly that looks like a small monarch. Birds assume they also have a bad taste, and don’t eat them.

Do you mean the actual spots contain the bitter-tasting chemicals? Or that the spots serve as a warning to predators that it’s a bitter-tasting butterfly?

I recently learned that Abraham Lincoln is the only President to have a patent.

A Device for Buoying Vessels Over Shoals

Humans and armadillos are the only creatures that can get leprosy.

The biggest thing the gigantic blue whale can swallow is the size of a grapefruit.

Someone here recently linked to a map of the U.S. that showed various zones and their time periods of average hottest temperatures. For the areas I’ve lived in all my life (coastal or near coastal California), the hottest time of the year is typically about mid-September. We’re the U.S.'s latest zone in the whole year to have its hottest average temperature.

Huh. When I was a kid, it always felt like I was going back to school right at the hottest point of the year, but I always thought it was just me feeling steamed and resentful.

Conversely, an anaconda can swallow a whole adult deer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM_X_ej9h8I

And in just a couple of seconds!

I read that , but am not convinced, seems like a lot of conjecture to sell books to me.

I could be wrong though.

I just learned that the classes to learn Spanish 21 at the casino I work at are not, in fact, classes teaching you just enough Spanish to be able to deal/play blackjack in Spanish. ¡Veintiuno!