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More than Meow! Cats Can Make Over 90 Different Sounds

April 25, 2018

Meow! Grrrr! Hisss! These are some of the noises we typically associate with cats. One of the most surprising cat facts is that cats can actually make almost 100 different sounds. From the peeps of kittens to the meows of adults, cats have a wide range of vocalizations. Kittens typically meow to their mother for […]


Bats…More Good Than Bad

April 24, 2018

Bats are not flying mice; they are not even remotely related to rodents. Bats are such unique animals that scientists have placed them in a group all their own, called ‘Chiroptera’, which means hand-wing. Bats are grouped with primates and lemurs in a grand order called Archonta. Bats do not try to become tangled in […]


Lipstick…Fish Scales…Really?

April 23, 2018

Lipstick contains fish scales. Some lipstick, anyway. The ingredient under discussion is called pearl essence. (Some sources give this as “pearlescence.”) It’s the silvery stuff found in fish scales that’s used in some lipsticks, nail polishes, ceramic glazes, etc., to make them shimmery. Pearl essence is obtained primarily from herring and is one of many […]


Olive Oil Can Be Used For Most Everything

April 21, 2018

Traditionally, olive oil, a yellow to greenish vegetable oil, was produced by crushing olives in mortars or beam presses. Modern processing involves mixing a ground olive paste with water, and extracting the oil using a centrifuge. The olive tree is native to the Mediterranean basin, where olive oil has been used for millennia as lighting […]


A Flight Landed Safely, But All Passengers Inside Were Dead

April 20, 2018

No, this isn’t a Stephen King novel you’re about to read. This actually happened. Saudia Flight 163 took off on August 19th, 1980 and shortly after takeoff, a fire broke out on the flight. The plane landed safely, however, all 301 people on board had unfortunately passed away. There were no visible flames upon touchdown […]


LSD Has A Holiday…Did You Know?

April 19, 2018

The psychedelic drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) was first synthesized on November 16, 1938 by the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann in the Sandoz laboratories in Basel, Switzerland. It was not until five years later on April 19, 1943, that the psychedelic properties were found. While re-synthesizing LSD, he accidentally absorbed a small amount of the drug […]


Wolf Spiders…Did You Know?

April 18, 2018

Wolf Spiders biologically known as Lycosa godeffroyi is the most common spider found easily in the gardens and homes. The wolf spiders got they from wolf because they catch the pray the same way. They do not make a web for themselves and live on the ground. The common characteristics of the wolf spider are […]


Income Tax ….Introduced To Finance The War Against The Confederacy…..Really?

April 17, 2018

Benjamin Franklin said that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. The Revenue Act of 1861 introduced income tax in the United States of America. It was first used to help finance the war against the Confederacy. On this day, August 5th in 1861, Lincoln imposes the first federal income tax by […]


Lizards..Sometimes They Don’t Look Like Lizards

April 16, 2018

Have you ever chased a lizard as a kid only to grab it and all that remained was the tip of a lizard tail?   Have you ever wondered just how many different lizards there are out there and just how Weird can they be?  We bring you here ten of the weirdest lizards around: […]


The Appendix…Good Or Evil?

April 15, 2018

The appendix gets a bad press.    It is usually treated as a body part that lost its function millions of years ago. All it seems to do is occasionally get infected and cause appendicitis. Far from being an organ of evil, it serves a very useful function – by acting as a safe house […]


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