Last one out of the Kinjaverse, turn out the lights.
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I....I thought a centipede was something only done to humans....

Turtles are funny. And when I say funny, I don't mean they tell good jokes. I mean, they are funny-weird.


Like, did you know a turtles shell isn't really a shell? It's actually the fused ribs and vertebre of the turtle. It's bones have migrated outside it's body to protect it.

Then again, anyone who has ever helped a deranged relative clean a turtle so they could make turtle soup knows exactly what the inside of a turtle smells like. I think I'd want to exit the body too, if I were the bones.


Turtles, as we all know, are helpless when flipped over on their backs. Well, not exactly. Some turtles have mastered the trick to flipping themselves back over. And it's been observed in the wild that other turtles will flip over an upside down turtle.

So, there you have some funny facts about turtles.

Oh. Those facts aren't weird enough for you? You want extra-special-super-duper weird?


Ok. One super-duper funny-weird fact coming up.

Turtles can breathe through their ass.

Unlike most creatures that breathe, a turtle doesn't have the benefit of an elastic response to exhale, meaning a turtle has to work both inhaling and exhaling. That's a lot of work.


Well, partly to compensate for the extra work, and partly to facilitate breathing while hibernating under water, turtles have developed special sacs that open off the rectum that are heavily threaded with veins. This allows a turtle to take in oxygenated water into it's butt and absorb the oxygen through the special sacs, not unlike a fish does through it's gills. It then expels the water, and using it's magical butt, repeats the process to continue breathing. Through it's butt.

So, the next time someone tells you to "Go blow it out your ass!", remember, the lowly turtle does.

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