I Solemnly Swear That I am Up To No Good

Fact: Invisibility cloaks really exist. As my mother always told me, amazing things come in small packages. And so it is with the little bobtail squid, which has the power to become invisible. Bobtail squids have a dedicated ‘light organ’, which is inhabited by a specific species of bacteria (Aliivibrio fischeri, if you must know)….

Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Shrimp

Fact: The mantis shrimp has the most powerful punch in the animal kingdom. The humble mantis shrimp is the boxer of the seas, with a single punch carrying about the same force as a 22-calibre bullet. These shrimp have club-like appendages, which are enriched with minerals to make them extremely hard, which they can fling at…

Copper is the New Iron

Fact: Shellfish have blue blood. Cut a lobster’s main artery and it won’t bleed like you and me – their blood turns a deep blue on contact with air. The secret behind this colourful mystery comes from one of biology’s most important proteins – hemaglobin. Hemaglobin is the protein in our red blood cells that is…

Skinned Alive

Fact: Your skin will replace itself around 900 times over your lifetime. Stop worrying about that spot on your forehead. In about a month’s time all the skin on your body will have been completely replaced with new, flawless perfection – even if you don’t use that new cream enriched with platapus beak. Skin cells are vitally important…

Pigs in Blankets

Fact: A pig’s orgasm can last for up to 30 minutes. But I’m not talking about female pigs. It’s the men that get this particular perk. The data for this particular fact comes from dedicated breeders using the “gloved hand method” to collect semen from prize boars. I am not going to spend valuable blog…