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Tasting Pain 1 – 4 On The Schmidt Pain Index….

November 10, 2017

Getting stung by a fire ant hurts. Getting stung by a tarantula hawk hurts much, much more. But how much more does it hurt, exactly? And where does something like a honey bee rank on the pain scale? For decades, answers to questions like these have been found by referencing the Schmidt pain index, a […]


Lemur ….. Get High With A Little Help From A Friend

November 9, 2017

Lemurs are totally addicted to millipede juice. They snatch up every millipede they can find, bite into them, chew ‘em up for a while so they will secrete toxins (including cyanide…lemur can consume twelve times the typically lethal dose for most mammals on a daily basis; the physiological mechanisms that protect it from cyanide poisoning […]


Veteran’s Day…A Few Facts…Remember, Thank A Veteran

November 8, 2017

Veterans Day observance is always on November 11 with speeches and parades all across the United States. Veterans Day honors American veterans…whether they are alive or deceased…but is especially about thanking living veterans who served during war or peacetime. The holiday began as Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World […]


Coral Reefs…Teeming With Life

November 7, 2017

Hidden beneath the ocean waters, coral reefs teem with life. Coral reefs support more species than any other marine environment and rival rainforests in their biodiversity. Countless numbers of creatures rely on coral reefs for their survival. Corals are animals, even though they may exhibit some of the characteristics of plants and are often mistaken […]


Horn Of Plenty…Or Just A Goat Horn

November 6, 2017

We have all come to recognize the cornucopia as a symbol of Thanksgiving or the fall harvest and many of us use one to decorate our Cornucopia dining room tables as the centerpiece to our traditional feast. There is more, however, to this horn-shaped figure than meets the eye. Its name, entered into the English […]


Don’t Stand Under The Apple Tree

November 5, 2017

The manchineel, known sometimes as the beach apple, or more accurately in Spanish-speaking countries as la manzanilla de la muerte, which translates to “the little apple of death,” or as arbol de la muerte, “tree of death.” The manchineel tree can be found on coastal beaches and in brackish swamps where it grows among mangroves. […]


Can You Name All Of The Full Moons?

November 4, 2017

Many human cultures have given names to the full moon throughout the year. Different full moon names can be found among the Chinese, Celtic, Old English, and New Guinea cultures, to name a few. Although many Native American Tribes gave distinct names to the full moon, the most well known names of the full moon […]


November…Did You Know

November 3, 2017

November is not just the month before December and the celebration of Christmas. November is a month of colorful leaves, a time for Thanksgiving.  The month we in the United States have set aside for our presidential election …every four years…another reason for Thanksgiving if I say so myself. But did you know…. In Old English […]


Jellyfish Beautiful And Dangerous

November 2, 2017

If you have ever been swimming and noticed a jellyfish floating toward you, odds are you scrambled to get away as quickly as you possibly could. It is tough to spot jellyfish. Being translucent, they can often blend right into the ocean currents. Thankfully they tend to catch the light, which helps them to stand […]


To Breathe Or Not To Breathe..Now That Is The Question

November 1, 2017

Some of your more pretentious wine-loving friends may have waxed poetic to you before about always letting red wine breathe before you drink it…but is this good advice? Red wine was first invented in Armenia, in the Stone Age.  As far as we can tell, people weren’t worried about letting their wine breathe back then. […]


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