1. The ice bucket challenge actually helped fund the discovery of a gene linked to ALS.
2. Humans and dogs that trust each other secrete oxytocin in each other’s presences, much like how a mother and child would do so, or any other two people that love each other deeply.
3. JM Barrie donated all copywriter royalties of Peter Pan to a children’s hospital (GOSH) to fund healthcare and research for sick children. (UK law protections on a written work would typically expire a specific period of time after the writer’s death. There is an exception: for Peter Pan, so long as it benefits Great Ormond street hospital.)
4. Otters have a little pouch that they store food or their favorite rock in.
5. You just beat your personal best for being alive.
6. Smiling is universal in human body language. It means the same thing, across cultures and continents. Even blind people smile. One of those few universal constants of our species is telling the people around us that we’re happy, and that they should be happy too.
7. There’s an island covered in land mines that is used as a penguin wildlife preserve, because the birds are too small to set off the mines, and has a 100% success rate in keeping poachers out
8. The Mars lander Curiosity, sings happy birthday to itself every year.
9. Skin-to-skin contact encourages the body to produce oxytocin, a hormone largely responsible for emotions such as trust, romance and contentment, as well as helping injuries heal faster. You can literally hug your way to health and happiness.
10. The world’s oldest cat is 31!
11. Mr. Rodgers mom knitted all his sweaters.
12. Every year hundreds of new tress grow because of squirrels forgetting where they buried their nuts.
13. When you look into the night sky, you are looking back in time