Japan is the largest exporter of frog legs.
Permanent residents of the Tower of London include six ravens. They have been seen in and around the tower since being built in 1078. They have been officially-sanctioned since the days of Charles II (r. 1660-1685), who had been told that if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will... Continue Reading →
Joao Maria de Souza of Caratinga, Brazil, died in 2013 after a cow fell through his roof and landed on him as he lay in bed. The cow escaped from a nearby farm and climbed onto the roof of the house, which backs onto a steep hill. The corrugated roof immediately gave way and the... Continue Reading →
The average rat can: wriggle through a hole no larger than the diameter of a quarter scale a brick wall as if it had rungs gnaw through lead pipes and cinder blocks with chisel teeth that exert 24,000 pounds per square inch survive being flushed down a toilet and enter buildings by the same route multiply... Continue Reading →
Everyone knows a group of cattle is known as a herd and a bunch of fish is called a school, but how well do you know the collective names for these animals? Apes = a shrewdness Badgers = cete Bears = a sloth, sleuth Cats = a clowder, a pounce; for kittens...a kindle, litter, an intrigue... Continue Reading →
The swift spends almost all of its life in the air, touching down only to reproduce. They will cling to a wall or rock-face to check a potential nest hole, and they will spend the night in such a hole to establish it as their nest site. When incubating their eggs and feeding their young... Continue Reading →
Jean de La Fontaine was a 17th century French author who wrote simple animal stories that contained elements of satire and social criticism. He was famous for his absentmindedness. He once called at the house of a friend whom he hadn't seen in some time. When reminded that his friend had died six months earlier,... Continue Reading →
Shortly before the start of the Marvel Era of comic books, Journey Into Mystery #73 published “Where will you be, when… The Spider Strikes!” In it, a common household spider was doused with radioactive rays. Instead of biting an unsuspecting high school student named Peter Parker, the spider instead began to develop the intelligence of a human being... Continue Reading →
Dalmatian puppies are born pure white, without spots. The spots begin to appear after birth.
Derek Jarman was an artist, writer, and filmmaker. His last words: “I want the world to be filled with white fluffy duckies.”
New York hotel magnate Leona Helmsley left $12 million for the upkeep of her Maltese terrier, Trouble. However, after the will was contested, the dog was left with only $2 million. That’s still more than two of her four grandchildren, who were left with nothing.
Confederate General Richard Ewell believed himself to be a bird, eating grains of wheat and sunflower seeds for meals. There were persistent stories from soldiers on guard duty claiming that the General would spend many hours in his tent quietly chirping to himself. Also known as "Old Baldy," one can't help but wonder if he... Continue Reading →
While filming the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark the filmmakers discovered to their chagrin that the snakes used for the Well of Souls sequence weren’t afraid of fire at all. In fact, they would always try to get closer to the fire to warm themselves. At one point director Steven Spielberg was caught on... Continue Reading →
The original manuscript of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men was eaten by his dog. Steinbeck wrote of the incident to his agent and said, “I was pretty mad, but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically.”