Breathe Deep

Fact: Oxygen is a poison. The air we breathe, the very thing keeping us alive… it turns out oxygen is actually poisonous to most life on Earth, including humans. Oxygen is a critical reagent in the reaction we use to release energy from our food (‘respiration’). We do this by passing electrons from sugar molecules…

Part 2: Death by Sex

Fact: Anacondas spend months mating: it can go on so long that they die from it. Green anacondas are the worlds largest snakes, but lasting up to a month in the sack they’re also the world finest endurance sex athletes. Such a marathon requires organisation and planning. A keen female lays down a trail of…

Part 1: Sex or Death

Fact: Ferrets die if they don’t get enough sex. “I’m dying for it”. “It’s killing me.” They might be phrases you’ve said in the past, but we shouldn’t be so dramatic: for female ferrets, sex really is a matter of life and death. Sex is so important to female ferrets because of the nature of…

Part 2: A Watery Grave

Fact: It’s better to drown in salt water than in fresh water. Drowning is bad no matter which way you spin it, but you’re less likely to end up in Davy Jones’ locker if you get into trouble in the sea rather than in a freshwater source like a pool or river. We always think…

Part 1: Bananas in Pyjamas

Fact: Bananas can kill you. Bananas are great for your health – they’re packed with essential ions, full of fibre and they come with their own handy natural wrapping. They can now even be a way of getting vaccinations to the poorest areas of the world. But where pineapples and then apples were out to…