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Wonder Facts

1999 Fall/Winter Newsletter

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  • A thousand tons of meteor dust falls on the earth every day.
  • When viewed from above, rainbows are doughnut shaped.
  • The petunia and the potato are related to each other.
  • A woodchuck breathes ten times per hour while hibernating, while an active woodchuck breathes 2,100 times an hour.
  • Orchids have the smallest seeds. It takes more than 1.25 million seeds to weigh 1 gram.
  • It is estimated that a single toad may catch and eat as many as 10,000 insects in the course of a summer.
  • A cumulonimbus cloud can be enormous: six miles across and eleven miles high, twice as high as Mount Everest.