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11/23/2013 12:53 pm ET | Updated Nov 24, 2013

13 Awe-Inspiring Facts About The Environment

You already know the basics: Climate change is a real and imminent threat, fracking has more to it than meets the eye and mother nature will never cease to amaze us. But if you really want to impress everyone over Thanksgiving dinner, here are 13 exceptional facts about all that surrounds us, thanks to the cleverly titled book "1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Knock Your Socks Off."

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    The amount of water on Earth is constant, and continually recycled over time: some of the water you drink will have passed through a dinosaur.
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    40 percent of all bottled water sold in the world is bottled tap water.
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    27,000 trees are felled each day for toilet paper.
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    Paper can be recycled only six times. After that, the fibers are too weak to hold together.
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    There is no known scientific way of predicting earthquakes. The most reliable method is to count the number of missing cats in the local paper: if it trebles, an earthquake is imminent.
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    Cat originally means 'dog.' The word comes from the Latin catulus, a small dog or puppy.
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    Humans and elephants are the only animals with chins.
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    Beavers have transparent eyelids so they can see underwater with their eyes shut.
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    Octopuses have three hearts.
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    The 100,000 trillion ants in the world weigh about the same as all human beings.
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    As soon as tiger shark embryos develop teeth they attack and eat each other in the womb.
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    There are more than 1,200 species of bat in the world and not one of them is blind.
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    Dolphins shed the top layer of their skin every two hours.

CORRECTION: Previously, this list showed a photo of a nutria, not a beaver. The photo has been replaced.

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