Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II owns the mute swans (Cygnus olor) in England? The Crown claimed ownership of all the mute swans in England (and Wales) way back in the 12th century to stop commoners from depriving the royals of one of their favorite meals. (And you thought it was for altruistic reasons.) […]
Birds build amazing nests and engage in elaborate mating dances, but did you know, so do fish? Take the betta splendens. You’ve seen them in the pet store, spectacular colors, grandiose fins, displayed one to a jar, away from other fish. […]
Have you heard that sea otters hold hands when asleep? Well, it is true. Often a mother and pup will hold on to each other to keep from drifting apart. But that isn’t the only thing they do—they often use kelp. Sea otters wrap themselves in strands of kelp which grow from the sea bottom all […]
You may think you know all you need to know about the dandelion, but what you may not know is quite interesting…
You may know that oceans are affected by tides. But HOW are tides measured? You would be tempted to just measure the tidal change within calm inlets and extrapolate the information to other areas. Unfortunately, the tide doesn’t affect beaches the same way at all.
New research indicates that it is possible that the legends of fire-breathing dragons were inspired by humans truthfully reporting on actual experiences.
How could this be?
You’ve seen those little black specks in the typical grocery store banana. I was taught that those are the seeds. Actually those are the immature seeds. Most of the bananas that Americans can buy in the grocery never develop fully functional seeds. Which leads to a question.
Did you know that scientists have been keeping watch on a cyclone that has been continuously blowing since 1878? Recent data indicates wind speeds of 250 miles per hour. And the size of this storm is enormous! Can you imagine?!!!
There are some great summer holidays — like National Friendship Day on July 30, and August 6 has the distinction of being both National Root Beer Float Day and National Fresh Breath Day. Did you know there’s a holiday in honor of zucchini?
Have you heard the story about NASA spending a million dollars to design an anti-gravity pen that could write in space. According to the story, the Russians simply used a pencil.
It’s a great punch line, but is the story true?