Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater (May 21, 1736 – March 8, 1803), is remembered as the "father of British inland navigation." He is credited for the Bridgewater Canal, commonly identified as the said to be the first true canal the modern world. History also remembers him as one of its biggest eccentrics. Egerton loved... Continue Reading →
Imagine a creature that can extend its bones through its hands as deadly claws. No, it's not a rip-off of Marvel Comic's superhero Wolverine. We are talking about a true-to-life marvel of nature known as the horror frog. Found in Central Africa, the horror frog (Trichobatrachus robustus) is also known as the hairy frog or... Continue Reading →
English fairy tales traditionally start with the words "Once upon a time," but Korean stories start with, "Back when tigers used to smoke." source
The Siamese cat originated in Siam -- modern day Thailand. In the Thai language, that most-easily recognizable breed is known by another name: Wichien Maat. It translates as "Moon Diamond."
Scientists were long baffled by the appearance of beautiful, intricate underwater artwork that resembled crop circles. These phenomena appeared up to 80 feet below sea level and can be up to six feet in diameter. The mystery was solved in 2012 when an underwater photographer captured the images of the puffer fish carefully carving the... Continue Reading →
Have you ever been at a loss to describe your feelings when you see an utterly adorable kitten or a supremely-cuddly puppy? If you lived in the Philippines, you wouldn't struggle. In the Tagalog language gigil describes a trembling or gritting of the teeth in response to a situation that overwhelms your self-control. It’s been... Continue Reading →
Regicide is the term used to describe to killing of a monarch. History records kings and queens who have been poisoned, stabbed, shot, beheaded, and blown up. The animal kingdom boasts a kinder way to remove the sovereign: death by cuddling. When the queen of a bee colony becomes too old or unproductive, the worker... Continue Reading →
As improbable as it may sound, a gathering of puffins is known as an “improbability.” Check out this article by our friends at Science Alcove for more improbable-but-true fun facts about this amazing bird. For interesting classifications of other animals, click here.
President Ronald Reagan shared Queen Elizabeth II's love of horses. During a state visit to the United Kingdom, the President accepted the Queen's invitation to go horseback riding together. As the two leaders rode along, the Queen's horse suddenly began expelling gas loudly, in sync with each step. The Queen was mortified and said, "Oh, I am... Continue Reading →
Under the law of the United Kingdom, the monarch owns all sturgeon and whales as part of the royal prerogative. The law was enacted in the 13th century under Edward II. It was decreed that the king owns the head and the queen owns the tail of every such sea creature. The Receiver of Wreck... Continue Reading →
Some people like to keep tarantulas as pets. Others might prefer to keep frogs. What would you say about a tarantula that keeps a frog as its pet? As strange as that may seem, it is actually quite common. Many varieties of tarantula have developed a special relationship with a tiny species of frog known... Continue Reading →
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) knew the value of a faithful friend. Maybe that's why he acquired a yellow mixed-breed dog in 1855 when he lived in Springfield, Illinois. The future President named the dog Fido, and they quickly became inseparable. Their connection would unite them in life -- and in death. Fido accompanied Lincoln everywhere in... Continue Reading →
Cats may not be particularly fond of water, but they are not intimidated by it -- not even salt water. While a person will become more thirsty as a result of drinking seawater, a cat can lap up as much of it as it wants, and its super-efficient kidneys will filter out all of the... Continue Reading →