The most remarkable part of the duck-billed platypus is its nose, which resembles a duck's bill. However, it isn't hard like a duck's bill, but soft and leathery. The bill is quite sensitive to touch and helps the platyp... More » Pets & Animals Mammals

Some weird, but true, facts include that Maine is the closest U.S. state to Africa, the name Jessica was actually created by Shakespeare in his play "Merchant of Venice" and Russia has a larger surface area than Pluto. A... More » Hobbies & Games Jokes

Weird facts about William Shakespeare include the fact that he wrote a curse for his own epitaph, his father was once a professional drinker and that he spelled his own name wrong. He also either coined or popularized se... More »

Skunk skulls are relatively long and narrow, with large openings for the eyes and nose. This is important because skunks have a very good sense of smell and rely on it to locate their food. This ability to find hidden fo... More » Pets & Animals Mammals

One unusual fact about armadillos is that bony plates that cover the top part of their bodies, including the heads and tails are called scutes. These are modified scales and are covered with a leathery skin. The scutes o... More » Pets & Animals Mammals

One raccoon fact to tell kids is that they are mammals that are 24 to 38 inches long and weigh 14 to 40 pounds. They have grayish-brown fur with a black "mask" around their eyes and five to eight light and dark alternati... More » Pets & Animals Mammals

A porcupine is a rodent that is closely related to both mice and beavers. It is medium sized, weighing between 10 and 28 pounds and growing up to 20 inches long. More » Pets & Animals Mammals