March 9, 2007
Intrepid readers of the Gullible.info: I am here today with a bevy of fine factoids about sleep, produced by our resplendent Fact Checkers. Special thanks this week goes to Udoboy, Trance, No_Truth, Fact Totum, and Taed.
• Birds must be asleep to begin the process of laying an egg. Once that process starts, the hen awakens.
• Officially, a "nap" becomes a "sleep" after the sleeper has slept for 53 minutes.
• Contrary to popular belief, cats don't actually sleep: their muscles relax and their breathing slows while the brain stays completely alert.
• Up until the late 1500s the preferred past tense of 'sleep' was 'slope'.
• The African sloth is the only mammal that sleeps more than 23 hours per day, whereas the naked mole rat is the only one that sleeps less than 1.