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32,000-Year-Old Plant Brought Back to Life—Oldest Yet

March 24, 2017

Here’s one to ponder… It’s in National Geographic. A Russian team discovered a seed cache of Silene stenophylla, a flowering plant native to Siberia, that had been buried by an Ice Age squirrel near the banks of the Kolyma River (map). Radiocarbon dating confirmed that the seeds were 32,000 years old. The mature and immature […]

The First Duel Fought in Hot Air Balloons – Paris, 1808

March 23, 2017

Throughout history men have participated in duels to settle just about everything you could think of, and while they are usually performed standing across from each other, there have been some strange ones. Perhaps none is stranger than the duel that occurred in Paris in two hot air balloons! The story goes that two men […]

Actually, they had never been to a ball game…

March 22, 2017

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was written in 1908 by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer, which has basically become the second national anthem for the United States of America. Despite the song’s incredibly popularity, neither writers of the song had attended a baseball game before they initially wrote the jingle. The idea […]

Until the 1770’s, the western world considered kangaroos mythical beasts: Interesting Facts!

March 21, 2017

Europeans have long regarded kangaroos as strange animals. Early explorers described them as creatures that had heads like deer (without antlers), stood upright like men, and hopped like frogs. Combined with the two-headed appearance of a mother kangaroo, this led many back home to dismiss them as travellers’ tales for quite some time. The first kangaroo […]

As a punishment for misbehavior, Thai cops have to wear pink Hello Kitty armbands

March 20, 2017

A police chief in Bangkok, Thailand instituted a new policy for Bangkok cops in 2007. They have to wear pink Hello Kitty armbands with hearts on them as punishment for misbehaving. This punishment could be for just about anything: breaking the law, littering, showing up late to work, parking in the wrong place. “This new […]

Drinking coffee makes you more open-minded

March 19, 2017

The coffee you drink as a pick-me-up in the morning could also make you more open to persuasion, researchers say. Evidence from a new study suggests that this happens because caffeine revs up the brain, not because it generally boosts mood. Previous studies have show that consuming caffeine can improve one’s attention and enhance cognitive […]

The Head of King Henry IV of France was found preserved in an attic in 2010

March 18, 2017

It might seem a little strange that the head of a king was in the attic of a tax collector, instead of located on his buried body. The explanation is no less strange. King Henry IV ruled France from 1589 to his death in 1610. Many attempts had been made on his life as king. […]

What do cats do for about 70% of their lives?

March 17, 2017

We all wish we could sleep our days away sometimes. Who doesn’t love the occasional long, lazy nap or sleeping in on the weekends? Cats, however, take this penchant for sleep to a whole new level. If you have a cat, you know they spend the majority of their time lounging about, basking in the […]

Proven? Time DOES seem to pass faster as you get older!

March 15, 2017

American biologist Robert B. Sothern has spent forty-five years seeing if he encounters a similar effect as he ages. Five times a day he records his temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and estimation of the passing of a minute. He never misses a day, even when he’s on holiday. His main research interest is in […]

An unmanned yacht was discovered drifting off the coast of Australia; the engine still running and a meal set to be eaten.

March 14, 2017

The 3-man crew was nowhere to be found though! The Kaz II left Airlie Beach, Australia on April 15, 2007. It was bound for Townsville and then on to Western Australia. On board was the yacht’s owner, Derek Batten, and his neighbors, Peter and James Tunstead. On April 18th, a helicopter spotted the boat floating […]

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