Pandas are popular attractions at any zoo fortunate enough to have one. What you may not know is that every cuddly, adorable panda you have ever seen in a zoo is actually […]
Armadillos are among the most curious-looking creatures in the animal kingdom. Beyond appearance, they also have another unusual characteristic: they always give birth to identical quadruplets.
Fingerprints at the scene of a crime often reveal the identity of the guilty party. Law enforcement officers in Australia or near a zoo should be wary of jumping to any conclusions, […]
You already know snails are experts at being slow and slimy. Did you know they also excel in sleep? One of those little guys can slumber for as long as three years.
If you are looking for a place to fill your water bottle, look no further than Lake Superior. With 3,000,000,000,000,000 (3 quadrillion) gallons of water, the contents of Lake Superior could cover […]
Although the blue whale holds the record for the largest heart of any creature on the planet, its heart consists of a mere 0.12 percent of its entire body mass. Most animals […]
Before you gulp down that glass of strawberry-flavored milk, you’d better make sure that you haven’t grabbed a beverage intended for a baby hippopotamus. The two milks may look identical, but the […]
At the peak of the Empire State Building in New York City is a lightning rod that towers 1,454 feet above the ground. It certainly gets a workout. On average, lightning strikes […]
The next time you look around and begin to think that Planet Earth is getting a little crowded, you might want to look at the population explosion a lot closer to you. […]
The largest recorded snowflake was in Keogh, Montana in 1887. It was 15 inches wide. The phenomenon was witnessed by the personnel at Fort Keogh, and the reports are reliable enough that […]
When naturalist George-Louis Leclerc Buffon espoused his “theory of degeneracy,” he raised a few eyebrows and hurt the feelings of more than a few. His theory was that all species — including […]
Every schoolchild learns about the power of water, and how a simple stream has the ability, over time, to cut through stone and form deep chasms. How often do we consider the […]
What could be more relaxing and beneficial to your health than an hour’s stroll beside a lake? This might be the case just about anywhere in the world except for Lake Karachay. […]
Poet Joyce Kilmer famously opined that he would never see a poem as lovely as a tree. If one tree struck his fancy, one wonders what he would have said if he […]
Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick was published in 1851. The notorious white whale that compelled Captain Ahab to dedicate his life to finding it was famously described by Melville as being the […]