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The Yakuza may not be as scary as you think!

October 22, 2015

You may be thinking to yourself that the Yakuza are one of the most violent crime organizations to ever walk the face of the Earth, and you would be right. However, they aren’t all bad. Besides all of the drug smuggling they do and the mass amount of murders because of them, they find time […]


October 21, 2015

There are 1,100 species of bats worldwide, making up a quarter of the world’s mammals. There are 40 species of bats in the United States alone. Did you know….Bats can live more than 30 years and can fly at speeds of up to 60 mph. Bats can find their food in total darkness. They locate […]

Dinosaurs Live…..Really

October 20, 2015

A survivor from the age of dinosaurs (they were already around in the early Jurassic), the sturgeon is well known for being one of the main sources of caviar (which is made out of their roe or egg masses); due to overfishing, these magnificent, armored fish are sadly endangered nowadays. The largest sturgeon species can grow […]

Whooping Cranes….Making A Comeback

October 19, 2015

The whooping crane (Grus americana), the tallest North American bird, is an endangered crane species named for its whooping sound. In 2003, there were about 153 pairs of whooping cranes. Along with the sandhill crane, it is one of only two crane species found in North America. The whooping crane’s lifespan is estimated to be […]

Turkey….America’s Bird

October 18, 2015

This Thanksgiving holiday many of us will join with family and friends for a big meal and, for 50 million households, that will also mean having some roasted turkey.   The turkey we eat today is not the same as the turkey in the wild. Just a few Turkey Facts: The bird really is named […]

Creepy and Bloodthirsty Birds…Not Far Removed From Dinosaurs

October 17, 2015

The truly terrible birds that stalk the world’s continents and remote islands are among the creepiest and most disturbing creatures. We follow these feathered stalkers which inspired the unclean birds of ancient religious texts, folklore warnings, and the demons of many nature religions. Vampirism, impalement, ghoulishness are the hallmarks of these species. One may even […]

Fighter Pigeons…..Medals Won In WWII…Really

October 16, 2015

Pigeons have long played an important role in war. Due to their homing ability, speed, and altitude, they were often used as military messengers. Carrier pigeons of the Racing Homer breed were used to carry messages in World War I and World War II, and 32 such pigeons were presented with the Dickin Medal*.They ceased […]

Chicken Feed By Any Other Name Is Candy Corn

October 15, 2015

Every Halloween countless party-throwers, party-goers, and trick-or-treaters hit the streets to harvest candy corn. The little yellow, orange, and white treat is an icon among the holiday candies and has a legacy that goes back more than a century. Just a few “Sweet” tid bits about a Holloween favorite….Candy Corn: When the Goelitz Confectionery Company […]

Whales….Will They Be Here In The Future?

October 13, 2015

The vastness of the ocean and the wanderlust of whales prevent biologists from getting a clear idea of how many are out there, but they can guess well enough to at least know the following 10 whales are in dire straits. This list isn’t comprehensive, but the five baleen and five toothed whales included are […]

In 1492 Columbus Sailed The Ocean Blue….But Did You Know…

October 12, 2015

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus set foot on the fine white sands of an island in the Bahamas, unfurled the Spanish royal standard and claimed the territory for King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. You might know he thought he was in India but here are just a few things you may not know about […]

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