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91.The stinking corpse plant, or rafflesia, is a huge parasitic flower that smells like rotting meat.The flower is up to a metre (about 3 feet) across and is the largest flower in the world. It grows directly out of a creeping vine, from which it gains all its nourishment without ever growing leaves of its own.
92.The Venus flytrap is a plant with fleshy traps that look rather like a clam, edged with spikes. If an insect lands on the trap, the halves snap shut, trapping it, and then juices from the plant dissolve the insect for the plant to absorb.
93.There are ‘banks' where the umbilical cords of new babies can be stored in case future medical developments make it possible to grow new organs or tissues from cells in them.
94.There are 100 million times more insects than people on earth and their total weight is 12 times the total weight of people.
95.There are over 20,000 road crashes involving kangaroos in Australia every year, so a robo-roo robotic test crash dummy like a kangaroo is used to test how badly cars will be damaged.
96.There have been several recorded cases of spontaneous human combustion (people who apparently burst into flames for no good reason). Sometimes, all that is left is a burnt patch and perhaps a foot or some singed clothing.
97.There is a cockroach museum in Plano,Texas.
98.To catch the leeches for medical use, volunteers stand in rivers until the leeches attach themselves to their skin.
99.To investigate what owls eat, scientists take apart owl pellets (owl faeces) and piece together the bones and fur from different creatures the owl has eaten.
100.Urine contains chemicals that we use in cleaning fluids and used to be used for cleaning things.
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