20 July 2013

Did you know?

I have a friend in office who posts some amazing facts on his white board. I have always marveled at some of the crazy facts he knows. Here is one:

1. A rye plant’s root is around 400 miles (650km) long. That is just unbelievable!!!

Here are a couple that somebody else had told me.

2. A crocodile’s digestive juices are so strong that they can digest a nail !! That is why it does not matter that they cannot chew – or for that matter even move their tongue!!!

3. That thing we call “paper money”? – it is not made of paper. Most currency bills in this world are made from – get this – cotton!!! (sometimes a mix of linen and cotton)

Here is one for you to guess and then perhaps Google.

There is only one mammal in this world that cannot jump. Can you guess which one? (BTW, regardless of what that movie title would have you believe, “white men” is NOT the answer 🙂 )

Posted July 20, 2013 by Rajib Roy in category "Puzzles


  1. By Rich Huffman on

    Define jump. I ‘jump’ every time my wife reminds me FOR THE THIRD TIME that I was supposed to do something. I betcha all male mammals do this to some degree or another at some point in their lives. 🙂

  2. By Rajib Roy on

    Elephant, indeed is the mammal that I had read of as the only one that cannot jump. But quite a few responses came that there are others that cannot jump. So I tried looking up on Internet. There are lots of sites suggesting the answer is true. There are lots of sites suggesting the answer is false. Unfortunately, not sure if any of them are authoritative. All these sites seem to be answers given by other people. Not sure which one of them is an actual expert. One thing did emerge – animals like rhino, hippo can have all their legs in the air at the same time. An elephant simply cannot do that. Whales, dolphins etc can get over a barrier (of course a low barrier). An elephant simply has to find a way to walk around it (more likely it will just destroy it by kicking it if it has to).


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