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Top WOW Facts from “Nat Geo Amazing!”
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The National Geographic Channel’s new 10-part weekly series “Nat Geo Amazing!” debuts tonight (July 9, 7 p.m. EST) and covers the most astonishing stories on Earth.
The show’s companion book, “Nat Geo Amazing! 100 People, Places and Things That Will Wow You,” (192 pages, $19.95) offers a look at some of the stories featured in the series through color photos and loads of information.
Here’s just a few fact nuggets plucked from the book, in no order of astonishment.
1. Babies yawn before they are born.
2. Fourteen billion pounds of trash wash up on the world’s shores each year.
3. Apes laugh when they are tickled.
4. There are more plastic flamingoes than real ones.
5. The spiritual devotion of India’s Urdhavabahu followers requires holding an arm in the air for 12 years.
6. Honeybees can be trained to detect explosives.
7. Roughly four people die from shark attacks every year while 130 die from falling out of bed.
8. In Minnesota, buying a U.S. flag not made in the U.S.A. is a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine or 90 days in jail.
9. Twenty million users visit online dating sites every month.
10. The brightest phase of a supernova’s explosion radiates as much energy in a single day as our sun has in the past 3 million years.
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