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Fact or Fiction? 8.

No two snowflakes are the


1. Lightning never strikes in same.
the same place twice.
This could be true. No one has yet
This is completely untrue. Lightning found two identical snowflakes but
often strikes in the same place over out all the zillions that fall it is likely
and over again – high trees, tall that two may be the same.
building, mountain tops. In fact the
purpose of lightning conductors is to 9. Bats are blind.
be struck time and time again. Not true. Bats have excellent
2. Hurricanes always have eyesight. People think they must be
ladies’ names. blind because they have a sound
radar, which means they can hunt
This used to be true. From 1953 insect at night. But it doesn’t mean
1979 only female names were used they can’t see.
but now both men’s and women’s
names are used. One name for each Fact or Fiction?
letter of the alphabet. The same 1. Lightning never strikes in
lists are reused every six years. the same place twice.
These are the first six names for This is completely untrue. Lightning
2012: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, often strikes in the same place over
Ernesto, Florence. and over again – high trees, tall
5. A penny dropped from a building, mountain tops. In fact the
skyscraper can kill a person. purpose of lightning conductors is to
be struck time and time again.
Not true. It might give you a cut or
a bruise but it’s not likely to kill you. 2. Hurricanes always have
ladies’ names.
6. Hair and nails continue to
grow after death. This used to be true. From 1953
1979 only female names were used
Not true. This is an optical illusion. but now both men’s and women’s
After death the body quickly names are used. One name for each
dehydrates and the skin shrinks, letter of the alphabet. The same
which gives the illusion that both lists are reused every six years.
nails and hair are still growing. These are the first six names for
2012: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby,
7. Birds are stupid. Ernesto, Florence.
Not true. Some birds are the 5. A penny dropped from a
cleverest animals known to science. skyscraper can kill a person.
For example crows are smarter than
chimpanzees and some parrots Not true. It might give you a cut or
don’t just mimic but understand a bruise but it’s not likely to kill you.
human speech.
6. Hair and nails continue to 8. No two snowflakes are the
grow after death. same.

Not true. This is an optical illusion. This could be true. No one has yet
After death the body quickly found two identical snowflakes but
dehydrates and the skin shrinks, out all the zillions that fall it is likely
which gives the illusion that both that two may be the same.
nails and hair are still growing.
9. Bats are blind.
7. Birds are stupid.
Not true. Bats have excellent
Not true. Some birds are the eyesight. People think they must be
cleverest animals known to science. blind because they have a sound
For example crows are smarter than radar, which means they can hunt
chimpanzees and some parrots insect at night. But it doesn’t mean
don’t just mimic but understand they can’t see.
human speech.

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