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  1. In 1971 Juliane Koepcke’s plane was struck by a lightning and broke up over the rainforest. She fell 3.2km (10000 feet) and survived. Despite having a broken collar bone and being extremely short sighted because she lost her glasses, the 17 years old girl survived for 11 days alone until rescued

  2. Robin Williams protested 'It's my voice! You can't stop me.' against Disney when they tried to prevent him from voice acting in Ferngully: The Last Rainforest

  3. Robin Williams provided 14 hours of improvised lines for his first animated voice work in 'Ferngully: The Last Rainforest'. Originally given an 8-minute part, after impressing the director, Williams' screen time was tripled.

  4. An explorer once found a compound, calanolide A, in certain trees in the Malaysian rainforest. Researchers found out that it has anti-HIV properties, but they couldn’t find another sample for nine years as almost all the tree of that species had been cut down for firewood and building material.

  5. Archeologists are using LiDAR to survey the South American rainforests. The results have helped reveal over 60000 previously undiscovered ruins, part of a much greater civilization than previously thought.

  6. Henry Ford bought an area of Brazilian rainforest the size of Connecticut to build 'Fordlandia', the greatest rubber plantation known to man, where alcohol, women and football were banned. It produced almost no rubber, immediately descended into rioting and disease, and was abandoned

  7. Sebastião Ribeiro Salgado and his wife Lélia Deluiz Wanick Salgado in 20 years planted 2.7 million trees to afforest part of The Atlantic Forest & resulted in 1,500 acres of rainforest being recovered with 293 of plants, 15 reptiles, 172 bird, 15 amphibian & 33 mammal species have returned.

  8. Deep in the Amazon rainforest there exists a rare breed of dog that has two noses. When Col. Percy Fawcett described it after returning from a 1913 expedition to the area, he was teased and ridiculed by his peers.

  9. There is a man wandering through the Amazon rainforest thought to be the last member of his tribe. No one knows his language or what tribe he belonged to.

  10. Rainforests are responsible for roughly one-third (28%) of the Earth’s oxygen but most (70%) of the oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by marine plants.

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Extension of the smoke caused by fires in the Amazon rainforest - Deforestation increased by 66% this year

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Venus flytraps are native to North and South Carolina, not tropical rainforests.

Rainforest canopies have their own soil that is completely distinct from the soil on the ground. This "canopy soil" forms on the tops of branches from the death of mosses and plants, and sustains a high richness of fungal species that regulate nitrogen and nutrients in the forest.

There is a fungus that digests waste products and produces diesel-like chemicals when provoked. It was found in the Patagonian rainforest by a scientist who believes this could become a renewable source of energy and change our understanding on what oil really is.

The Amazon Rainforest area originally had terrible farming soil, until indigenous people invented a "superdirt" which remains fertile for thousands of years, renews and propagates by itself, and may currently cover as much as 10% of the Amazon basin.

A Plastic-Eating Mushroom was Discovered in the Amazon Rainforest

A US born nun was killed in Brazil for speaking out about the effect agriculture was having on deforestation of rainforests.

Not all bats live in caves. These thumb-sized Honduran White Bats sleep in leaves in the rainforest. They are polygamous. Each leaf-tent houses a single male and his harem of up to six females.

There's a temperate rainforest in Russia that's home to Leopards, Tigers, and Brown bears.

The Rainforest Trust, which buys acres of forest using donations and permanently protects them. They have already protected 11,500,000 acres.

Manaus, a Brazilian city of 2 million people deep in the Amazon Rainforest. It was once a notoriously extravagant rubber boom town in the 1800s. An opera house was built with European marble & crystal. One visiting opera troupe had half of its performers die from yellow fever in one season.

A "Devil's Garden" occurs in the Amazon Rainforest when certain ants remove competing flora and fauna and protect one specific tree and the tree in turn provides the ants with specialized hollow stems for nest sites which can host up to 3 million ants for 800 years - fact check

Most rainforest soils are extremely poor in minerals and nutrients and the key to the luxuriant vegetation of these forests lies in the rapid nutrient cycling.

....There is a 3.4 acre indoor Biosphere in Oracle, Arizona that researchers lived in for 2 years and 20 months to see what living on Mars would be like. There are 5 biome areas; a rainforest, ocean, wetlands, savannah grassland, fog desert, and agricultural system. As well as a human habitat.

A 17 yr old girl was the sole survivor of an airplane that was struck by lightning. While still strapped to her seat, she fell 2 miles (3km) from the aircraft and landed down into the Amazon rainforest, where she trekked through the jungle for 10 days until she was rescued by local lumbermen.

The English Moors used to be a Temperate Rainforest, now a barren and desolate "wet desert" due to deforestation & fires caused by humans thousands of years ago

There are rainforests in Wales as a result of high humidity and stable temperatures. The EU is funding an effort to maintain them by ridding them of invasive species.

The actor who played the gungan chief, Boss Nass, in Star Wars Ep I (Brian Blessed) survived a plane crash in the rainforest of Venezuela, boxed w/ the Dalai Lama, climbed Everest 3 times, and is a 3rd degree black belt

Alaska has a rainforest, and its the largest one in the United States. - fact check

The Amazon Rainforest loses about 22,000 tons of the phosphorus in its soil due to floods every year. The Amazon remains so fertile because the dust of a dried up lake in the Sahara Desert traveling through the atmsophere feeds the Amazon's plants the phosphorus it lost.

There is a species of sting-less bee in the Amazon Rainforest known as the "Barber Bee" that will cut your hair as a means of defense.

Dust from the Sahara Desert travels across the Atlantic Ocean helping fertilize soil in the Amazon rainforest. - fact check

The Man of the Hole, also known as the Loneliest Man on Earth. He lives completely alone in the Amazon rainforest and is believed to be the last of his tribe. It is unknown what language he speaks or what his tribe was called.

There are Penguins that live in rainforests - fact check

Swedish millionaire Johan Eliasch, who purchased 400,000 acres of the Amazon Rainforest, was fined £137 million for cutting down 237,000 trees in the Rainforest.

In the early days of cola, the beverage was flavored using the Kola nut, which was naturally caffeinated and harvested from trees in African rainforests. Today the flavor is replicated using a combination of cinnamon, vanilla, and citrus flavorings.