today i learned – tues 6th june 2017

not going to lie, today’s fact has actually ruined my life a little bit 😭 of course meaning that we’re heading back into the world of dinosaurs. 

unlike last time, where we discussed the fact that velociraptors are actually really small and quite boring (find that –>here<–), this one isn’t the fault of everyone’s favourite dinosaur film franchise πŸ‘πŸ».

#tdil that a new study into dinosaurs has found that big scary dinosaurs didn’t actually roar 🐯 … instead they probably favoured a nice bit of ‘cooing’ 😳 um, what?  Continue reading “today i learned – tues 6th june 2017”

today i learned – sun 4th june 2017

currently, we’re sat on the m42 in the rain, driving along at 50mph #souldestroying. but, we are on the way to see one our lovely family members in a show … so, you know, it all balances out 😁😁 (well, i was at the time of writing … this just didn’t go live πŸ™ƒ)

as boring as that first paragraph may have been, it’s actually relevant; today’s fact is the product of one of our family conversations πŸ¦….

#tdil the reason why a group of crows is called a ‘murder of crows’ ☠️ … (i imagine that suicide squad is also considered a ‘murder’ rather than a gang 😏 just because it’s so much cooler). Continue reading “today i learned – sun 4th june 2017”

today i learned – sun 7th may 2017

you know, considering the fact that it’s sunday, you’d imagine that i’d be organised enough to get a post up before 11pm πŸ™ˆ

anyway, today we’re delving back into the land of the animals 😬 … these are always the best facts! 

#tdil the reason why people who handle birds of prey always wear their glove on the left arm.  Continue reading “today i learned – sun 7th may 2017”

today i learned – weds 26th apr 2017

on my arrival to work this morn, i decided to take a moment to appreciate the rather lovely lake (large pond) that we have outside of our office 🌊. 

i must have stared at the lake for about five minutes in total, with two or three of those minutes spent wondering if one of the swans on the lake had drowned 😳 (it hadn’t). long story short … this all led to today’s thing that i learned 😬 

#tdil that swans can see underwater, they eat many many things and that the internet is obsessed with swans mating πŸ¦† (i’m aware that’s a duck … how is there not a swan emoji!?).

so, lets start with the last bit πŸ˜’. i originally wanted to learn how long swans could hold their breath for but when you search for anything swan related, 90% of the results are to do with swans mating!? internetweb, why are you obsessed with this? what is wrong with you? i need to know how long swans can go without oxygen for! 😭

anyway, slight rant over … now for some actual facts. if you ever spend some time by a lake, like i did today, you’ll probably notice that the swans spend a lot of their time plunging their heads below the water. 

as you can probably guess, they’re doing this because they’re after food … but what is it that swans actually eat?! well, the different species of swans across the world tend to eat slightly different things. in britain, our most common species of swan is the ‘mute swan’ and they mainly eat aquatic vegetation, roots, aquatic insects, small fish 🐟 and tadpoles🐸!? i found the last items in that list very surprising! 

despite this long list of different food sources, swans remain all prim and proper by not being greedy and never over-filling themselves 🀴🏻. rather than gorge on all of something in one sitting, they have been known to return to a food source several times in a day!? it seems rather fitting that the queen’s bird is all proper like that πŸ‘ΈπŸ». 

as mentioned, swans eat by delving their head underwater. they do this so that they can grab all of the goodness from the bed of the lake/pond/etc. due to their long neck, swans can forage in the deeper parts that other ducks can’t … this means that they don’t have to fight any of their other duck mates for food πŸ‘πŸ» #ideal. 

and fini! if i’m totally honest, not the best #tdil that i’ve done πŸ˜• but i’m proper tired and the internetweb has let me down 😭 … maybe we’ll revisit swans again in the future sometime πŸ€”.

goodbye y’all πŸ’€ #tdil

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(once again, i found today’s image on the reusable section of google πŸ™ŒπŸ». it belongs to a dude named yerpo and, as you can see, it’s a picture of a swan πŸ˜…)

today i learned – tues 25th apr 2017

not gonna lie, today’s little fact has genuinely blown my mind 😱 … blown my mind to the point that i had to watch multiple videos to make sure that it was actually legit! 

this little brain explosion comes courtesy of the animal kingdom πŸ‘πŸ» it feels like a while since we had an animal fact πŸ₯.

#tdil that there is a bird that can mimic pretty much any sound that it hears 😳. Continue reading “today i learned – tues 25th apr 2017”