DID YOU KNOW. . .
That ostriches don’t bury their heads in the sand? Apparently, it’s a myth that was created by Pliny the Elder some time between 23-79 A.D.
I had a thought today that it would be nice to be like an ostrich and bury my head in the sand. But after doing some internet research, I realized that my ostrich knowledge was terribly incorrect. I had believed this “head in the sand” myth my entire life!
(It wasn’t quite as heartbreaking as finding out that the tooth fairy and Santa Claus were mythical too. My sister broke the news to me in a fit of anger when I was about 7. I suppose I’m better for it.)
So here are some interesting facts about ostriches:
- Their brains are smaller than their eyes, but they’re not stupid
- They are polygamous (though there is no information stating that they originated in UTAH)
- They can reach a speed of 45 mph
- They can cause serious injury or death with a swift kick of their legs
I forgot what my point was. At least I learned something new today.