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The Top Ten Most Surprising Facts About Sharks

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Sharks are one of the most interesting animals in the world.

They're insanely interesting, as long as they are admired from a distance!

And we definitely mean more than an arm's length away!

Here is a top ten list of the most surprising facts about sharks:

"1. Sharks generally have about 45 to 50 teeth – but that’s just the “front row” teeth. They also have, on average, as many as seven replacement rows of teeth behind the front row, ready to move into place if a tooth is damaged or falls out. With all the action a shark’s mouth sees throughout its lifetime, an individual might go through as many as 30,000 teeth.

2. Even though we associate sharks with big, sharp chompers, some species barely need their teeth. Whale sharks and basking sharks, two of the largest species, are both filter feeders and have numerous, tiny teeth – a whale shark might have up to 300 rows of teeth .

3. While sharks don’t use sounds to communicate, they do rely on body language. If you’re snorkeling or diving, it’s good to be aware of the body language sharks use to communicate that they’re uneasy. Hunched backs, lowered pectoral fins, sharp movements (in zig-zag or back-and-forth patterns), and diving down to touch the bottom are all good indicators that a shark is feeling uncomfortable.

4. Some large sharks have dramatically longer lifespans than small sharks. For instance, whale sharks (which generally range from 18 to 32 feet/5.5 to 10 meters in length) can live up to 100 years, while the smooth dogfish (with an average length between 2 and 4 feet/0.6 and 1.2 meters) might only live for 16 years."

Want more sharktastic facts?

Of course you do!

Check out the rest of the list here… AFTER THE JUMP!!!

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Tarsiers Are Tiny Balls Of Cutie Fluff!

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For those of you who like memes, you might be aware of tarsiers' love of sticks!

But what other nuggets of truth surround the tiny tarsier?

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Critics Of Paul Ryan's Speech Point Out Numerous Factual Errors It Contained

Filed under: PolitikBarack Obama

People are praising Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention last night. We've got to admit, he's pretty to look at and has no problem speaking clearly in front of millions.

The only problem is that another portion of the people watching noticed that his speech may have been built off of a few "seven or eight points…the fact checkers will have some opportunities to dispute."

CNN's Wolf Blitzer was quick to point that out, although didn't go in to specifics because "as far as Mitt Romney's campaign is concerned, Paul Ryan on this night delivered."

Let's talk about a few examples of some of the exaggerations and less-than-honest attacks that the Republican Vice Presidential candidate made against Barack Obama.

For starters, he blames the current president for

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Alyson Hannigan Accidentally Reveals Baby's Sex On Live TV!!

OOPS!!

Poor Alyson Hannigan made a boo-boo during a taping of the Rachael Ray Show.

The pregnant actress was talking about being pregnant and said:

"The other night, she — this, you know."

"This" meaning the baby in her belly!!

The actress went on to talk about how her baby likes to move around — but we weren't listening cause we got distracted by the facts that it's a SHEEE!

We are SO excited that Alyson, her hubby, Alexis Denisof and their ADORABLE daughter Satyana are gonna have a new girl in the fam!!

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8 Surprising Health Facts To Brighten Your Holidays

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Since we're assuming most of us have been more than a little lax on our exercise regimens as the holidays loom and have substituted our weekend workouts for nondenominational gift shopping, here are 8 health facts that will make you feel a little better about yourself!

1. A little bit of fat is good for your bones! One expert explains:

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The Results Of U.S.A.'s Child Sex Trafficking Repot Card

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We're gonna be sick.

Most of America's states got their child sex trafficking report card in, and no one got an A.

Most are failing in their ability to protect children being trafficked for sex, according to a report released Thursday.

Only four states — Texas, Illinois, Washington, and Missouri — got Bs, and 26 stats got Fs!! 26!! Guys, that's not right.

Watch (above) to see how your state fairs.

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Why Cigarettes Kill

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We're SHOCKED anyone needs to be reminded of these facts, but a FitPerez reader named Billy isn't convinced smoking cigarettes can lead to an early death. To get some answers, he wrote smoking counselor Craig Nabat, asking:

Mr. Nabat,

Convince me that if I dont quit smoking Im going to die - I just don't think I am!

According to Craig:

Hi Billy,

I can’t promise smoking will kill you. Smoking only kills approximately 50% of those who smoke for long durations of time. The United States average is about 443,000 deaths per year. Cigarette smoking causes 1 out of every 5 deaths in America per year related to smoking. Now just imagine how many smokers are living and struggling from a tobacco related illness which can linger on for many years. In reality, this is just a slow death. Believe me most smokers never envisioned getting sick from smoking prior to it happening to them. It is not worth the risk.

Every pack of cigarette has a Surgeon General’s Warning on them: Smoking causes Lung Cancer, heart disease, Emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy. This warning is on every pack of cigarettes, because it is a scientifically proven fact. This product can indiscriminately kill its users.

My advice to you is view your life in 1 year, 5 year, and 10 year increments. Think if you continue smoking what will your life be like. Will it cause you premature aging and diminish your overall energy to accomplish life goals? Smoking slows you down physically and also does by the actual act of doing it, there is no denying that. Smoking makes your life harder than it needs to be.

For smokers under 35 years of age, the fear of premature dying isn’t usually enough to keep them off smoking, unless they have witnessed a loved one dying from smoking. Try to think more about your life goals and how smoking will hinder you from obtaining them.

For more tips to quit smoking, feel free to tweet Craig questions @freedomlaser or write to tips@fitperez.com!

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