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Can you find kangaroos anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere?

Only in zoos. Kangaroos are not only confined to the Southern Hemisphere as their natural habitat, but they are also limited to Australia itself! The theory is that kangaroos, a group of mammals known as Marsupials, evolved after Australia became isolated by sea, approximately 60 million years ago. Any kangaroos you see any where else in the world are certainly imported!

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    In cooking, how exactly should I "macerate" something?

    This term means "to soften," and the method for doing so involves soaking something in a liquid. You are soaking it either to soften it or to flavor the liquid. Dried fruit, for instance, can be soaked in wine. The wine will soften the fruit, but it also will be flavored by the fruit.

    What is the smallest mammal in the world?

    It's Kitti's hog-nosed bat (also called bumblebee bat) from Thailand. It's only 1.2 inches long and weighs 0.07 ounces.

    Is there a special system used by professional sports teams to assign the numbers on players' jerseys?

    Yes, and it's very simple: "Jordan, what number would you like? How about you, Rodman?" Get the idea? Obviously, a player can't choose a number that is already taken by a teammate or that has been "retired" in honor of a former player.

    Can I eliminate the poison oak at the back edge of my wooded lawn without using chemicals or going in there and cutting?

    Try combining 3 pounds salt and 1 gallon soapy water. Spray this solution on the plant's leaves and stems.

    Why do the leaves on trees seem to turn upside down before a storm?

    Before a cold front arrives with its clouds and rains, the wind is often from the southwest. With the wind in this direction, the plant or tree orients itself to get optimum sunlight, and the leaves are in an unstable position with respect to the wind moving past them. This instability makes the leaves flip over. The unstable leaves then foretell the approach of a cold front which is likely to bring rain.

    What year did a hurricane form in both the Hatteras and Oregon inlets in North Carolina, and what were the highest sustained winds?

    We found no data indicating that any hurricane has formed in either of these areas. A hurricane is a product of a tropical ocean and atmosphere. Powered by heat from the sea, it is steered by the easterly trade winds and the temperate westerlies, as well as by its own ferocious energy. Being a coastal state, North Carolina has had its share of landfall hurricanes for generations, with 11 major hurricanes making landfall just between 1990 and 1996. As for high winds, Hurricane Fran, a major Category 3 hurricane, hit the North Carolina coastal areas of Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, and Carteret counties on September 6, 1996, with sustained surface winds of almost 130 mph.

    What is the temperature on the Moon?

    Daytime temperature is about 235 degrees F. Nighttime temperatures can drop to -275 degrees F.

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