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Until the 1920s, there was a profession called 'knocker-up', which involved going from client to client and tapping on their windows (or banging on their doors) with long sticks until they woke up.
The raccoon dog is a wild animal in East Asia which looks like a raccoon but is actually a dog.
Clever City Birds
Some birds in cities have learned to line their nests with cigarette butts in order to ward off parasites, as burnt nicotine works as an insecticide to ward off mites, lice, and fleas.
In 2003, the skeletal remains of a human that measured 6 inches in length were found in a Chilean ghost town. A definite explanation for its size, mutations, and origin has yet to be found.
There is a genetic disease called Laron syndrome that results in short stature, longer life expectancy, and near immunity to cancer and diabetes - amongst other things.
There's a neurological condition called Witzelsucht, which causes the affected person to constantly make puns, jokes, and sexual comments in inappropriate situations.
The Real Stifmeister
Seann William Scott, who played Stifler in the American Pie films, was extremely shy and nervous around women and did not have a girlfriend until he was 30 years old.
The Mexican state of Yucatán was named so after a misunderstanding when the Spaniards arrived and asked the locals what they called the place. The locals replied "Yucatan" which means "I don’t understand you" in their native tongue.