The monster swarms have gotten worse over the last year. The government doesn't even know about them, but I'm pretty sure they're coming from another dimension or something, because they're so big and fast.

There was one swarm that got into a town, and they were just eating people alive. I saw it on the news, and then the military started dropping bombs on it to stop them. But it wasn't enough. So we had to do it ourselves. We had to go out there and get eaten by these creatures, so that the military could come save us. We had to die for their freedom.

I've been trying to find a way to kill these monsters for months now, and I finally came across this book. My heart leapt when I saw it -- finally, something that could give us the edge we need in fighting the monster swarms. But, even though, the title said it was about fighting monsters, when I opened it, there was a list of fifteen facts repeated over and over. It went ...

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Ostriches have bigger eyes than brains.

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One bird stayed up in the air for 200 days straight.

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Clams can decide which mate will be the male and which will be the female.

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Woodpeckers peck nearly faster than a typical camera can record.

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Tuna can swim 100 miles in a day.

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Snails can hibernate for three years when the weather isn’t cooperating.

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The kangaroo rat can go 10 years without water.

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