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The Origins of Scotland's National Animal
The fact that Scotland’s national animal is a Unicorn has become a quirky little slice of uncommon knowledge that people like to share and laugh together about. However, why this mythical creature was chosen to represent the Scots is far less talked about.
Why do Dogs Look at You While Pooping
Have you ever had your dog look at you while pooping? When we're doing our 'business' as adults, we don't often have someone try to initiate eye contact with us. This is why it can be alarming when a dog tries to do this to us after they poop. It may even make some people uneasy because we don't understand why a dog would want to share such a private moment with us. Making eye contact while defecating is a natural canine activity that should not be interpreted negatively. It's more than likely an example of the great attachment you have with your pet. Let's look further.
The $1.4 Million Pigeon
Animal racing continues to split society in two. The ethics of betting on animals is questioned, especially in horse racing events in the UK and bullfighting in Spain. For this post, I would like to dig deep into the unusual world of pigeon racing and how a racing pigeon called Armando managed to fetch a hefty price tag at an auction. How much, do you ask? How about $1.4 million!
The Disappearance of Sandy Island
Back in the 1770s, famed explorer Captain James Cook charted the east coast of Australia for the British Empire. While on this expedition around the giant landmass, he mapped the discovery of a “Sandy I.” off the tip of New Caledonia within the Coral Sea. His charted map titled “Chart of Discoveries made in the South Pacific Ocean” was later published in 1776. And despite Cook’s use of dead reckoning, the area’s coordinates were roughly accurate to within 20 miles.
The Highest Mountain in the Solar System
Mount Everest is the tallest point on our planet. Many have challenged this titanic mountain, and few get to say they have won the battle. It is hard to imagine anything bigger than Everest, but we are just a small floating rock in the Solar System. So, I asked myself a question; Is Mount Everest the tallest mountain in the Solar System? Here's what I found.
The History of 'Keep Calm and Carry On'
I will be the first to admit that I am not fully in tune with the meme culture of the 21st century. Jokes and mottos come and go as I try and grasp the lingo of society. I remember when the first memes began flooding the internet; meme cats, early YouTube videos, and cartoons made way for the invasion of the 'Meme-Lords.' Some are created from thin air while others have deep historical roots that we can trace. 'Keep Calm and Carry On' is one of these memes.
The Only Country In The World Named After A Woman
I am continuously fascinated by countries worldwide, especially ones that are easily missed when scouting the earth. I find that these locations offer the most fruitful history, and the nation of Saint Lucia stands unique amongst all others with its unique name. Around the world, the United Nations recognises 195 sovereign states - 193 member states and 2 non-member observer states. Out of all 195, only one of them, Saint Lucia, is named after a woman. The country, sometimes known as Saint Lucie, is one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean. French settlers were the first Europeans to discover the small island country and called it after them. Although certain regions, such as the Virgin Islands, are named after a woman or group of women, such as Saint Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins, Saint Lucia is the only sovereign state named after a woman.
The Only Way A Jellyfish Will Die is if it's Killed
The natural world is mind-boggling. Every animal on the planet must die at some point. Nothing in this universe is immortal; some creatures live for centuries, while others only survive for a few years or even a couple of days. It's the natural law that hasn't been broken in any case. Unless the jellyfish's biological death in the sea is identified, there is a being on this planet that simply won't die of natural causes; the Turritopsis Dorhnii.
In Belgium, Cats Used to Delivery Your Mail
We are all used to seeing the postman every couple of days with our deliveries. We say our hello's; our dogs hate them, and they do their job. It seems like that has been the case forever, but what if I told you that you could have had your mail delivered by cats in a town in Belgium? If you're an avid cat lover, this post is for you.
For many years, female gladiators, or Gladiatrix, were merely legends. However, decades of research have finally established their presence and significance in the Ancient Roman gladiator society. The Amazons were the name given to female gladiators. People in Rome enjoyed seeing their fights in arenas such as the Colosseum, believing them to represent the legendary Amazons from the east. Female gladiators were dressed and equipped similarly to male gladiators in ancient reliefs, but there were several notable variances.
Point Nemo: A Graveyard for Spacecrafts
Every human invention has an expiration date after which it is referred to as garbage, and the trashcan becomes their burial. Have you ever wondered what happens to the satellites in orbit that are launched from Earth after the fuel runs out? Our scientists were nice enough to create a spacecraft cemetery for them as well so that when they run out of fuel, they can return to Earth and rest in peace. The enormous Pacific Ocean is home to the celestial satellites' cemetery. Welcome, to Point Nemo.