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Did you know Fact of the Day looks at the most shocking, interesting and funny facts across the world. Photo: Pixabay

Fact of the Day: Did you know turkeys were once worshipped as Gods? – 14 March 2024

Impress your family and friends with these random – yet fascinating – facts in The South African’s ‘Did you know?’ feature!

Did you know?

Did you know Fact of the Day looks at the most shocking, interesting and funny facts across the world. Photo: Pixabay

Share South African – and worldwide – facts that you find fascinating with The South African, and we’ll feature them in our “Fact of the Day” section!

Did you know this about turkeys?

Turkeys were once revered as sacred by indigenous cultures in the Americas, such as the Aztecs and the Ancestral Puebloans. They symbolized abundance and fertility and were associated with various deities.

Turkeys were used in religious rituals and ceremonies, and their feathers had ceremonial significance. However, this worship was limited to specific indigenous practices, and today turkeys are primarily seen as farm animals or associated with Thanksgiving.

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Your sharpest memories are from early adulthood. Early adulthood is often associated with the formation of sharp and vivid memories. Novel experiences, heightened emotions, and cognitive development characterize this period.

The combination of newness, emotional intensity, and improved mental abilities contribute to forming distinct and long-lasting memories.

The shortest war in history was the Anglo-Zanzibar War in 1896. It lasted only 38 minutes. The conflict occurred when the Sultan of Zanzibar refused to step down after the death of the pro-British sultan.

The British launched an attack, and within 38 minutes, the Sultan’s forces surrendered due to the overwhelming military superiority of the British. This war is notable for its brief duration and the clear power imbalance between the two sides.

The skin is the body’s largest organ and serves multiple important functions.

It acts as a protective barrier, senses touch and temperature regulates body temperature, excretes waste products, absorbs certain substances, and helps synthesize vitamin D.

The skin comprises three layers: the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue.

Taking care of the skin through hygiene, moisturising, sun protection, and a healthy lifestyle is crucial for maintaining its health and functionality.

While adult cats primarily use meowing to communicate with humans, they can also meow at other cats in certain situations. This includes territorial disputes, confrontations, and female cats trying to attract male cats in the heat.

Meowing is not exclusive to human interactions and can occur between cats.


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