Chickens have the egg-ceptional ability to restore their own hearing by naturally regrowing inner ear hair cells. Unfortunately for humans, we are unable to do this. Once the inner ear hair cells are damaged, they don’t regenerate and this leads to hearing loss. Other than mammals, most animals can regenerate these delicate cells and regain their hearing after the cells have been damaged by noise and age. This is the basis of the work that the Hearing Restoration Project is doing – they’re aiming to translate this remarkable capacity to humans!
With Easter just around the corner, we thought we’d share some fun facts about this holiday:
- As we all know, Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. But did you know that it’s the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year!
- Like rabbits and hares, eggs and chicks are often associate with Easter because, in pagan times, they were sign of fertility and new life.
- The biggest Easter egg in the world weighs 5000lbs (2.2 tonnes). It can be found in Alberta, Canada and took approximately 12,000 hour to make – that’s 1.3 years!
- Do you eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first? If you do, you’re part of the 59% of people who do!
- Scholars believe the Easter holiday was named after the Anglo-Saxon Goddess Eostre who is connected to springtime (in the Northern Hemisphere) and fertility.
- Over 90 million chocolate bunnies are sold for Easter every year.
- As you may have noticed, Easter doesn’t have a set date. Why? Because it falls on the first Sunday after the full moon (Paschal full moon) following the March Equinox.
- The world’s largest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy in April 2011. It measured 15.02 metres tall, 8.72 metres in length and weighed roughly 7.2 tonnes.
- 16 billion, yep that’s right billion, jelly beans are made specifically for Easter. That’s enough to fill a plastic egg the size of a nine-story building!
We hope some of these Easter facts cracked you up! If you’re having trouble hearing the family over the Easter long weekend, it may be time to give us a call on 8331 8047 to arrange your complimentary Hearing Test!