Saturday, 20 May 2017

Mummy's Coming

When the female Emperor penguin lays its egg, the egg is put on the father penguin's feet. 

The female penguin then leaves him to look after the egg for nearly four months.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Something To Reflect On

Viganella, Italy, builds giant mirror for sunlight
A small town called "Viganella" in Italy received no sunlight for about 84 days each winter because it was surrounded by mountains. 

 In 2006, after 800 years of this, the village found a solution - they installed giant mirrors to reflect the sun on their town.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Monday, 15 May 2017

Bikini Beginnings

The bikini was named after bomb tests at Bikini Atoll

The modern bikini was introduced and named by a French engineer called "Louis RĂ©ard" in 1946

He named it after the atomic bomb tests that were happening at Bikini Atoll - People were shocked and horrified by the atomic bomb, he wanted them to feel shocked and horrified about his swimsuit, too.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Mummy Loves (To Eat) You

Some Long Tailed Skink mothers eat their own eggs

There is a group of long tailed skinks where the mother eats her own eggs!

Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Mr Moon, You Are Terminated

The lunar terminator
There is a very distinct line between the light side and the dark side of the moon.

This divide is called the "Lunar Terminator". (DUN DUN DUUUUN!!!)

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Super Size

The world's largest pair of jeans was made in Tunisia
The largest pair of jeans ever made was in Tunisia in 2009.

They were 50.10 meters (164 ft 4 in) tall, 36 meters (118 ft 1 in) wide and weighed 1 tonne.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Having A Blast

Gun powder was invented by the Chinese while trying to find the secret to immortality
Gunpowder was invented by the Chinese in the 9th century.

They discovered it while trying to find the secret to immortality.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Fussy Feces Eater

Dung beetles only eat certain types of dung

Most dung beetles eat poo, but to a dung beetle, not all poo is equal. Some dung beetles only eat certain types of poo.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Coming Dead First

Dead jockey wins race, Frank Hayes

On June 4th, 1923 a horse called "Sweet Kiss" won a steeplechase horse racing event at Belmont Park on Long Island, New York......and that horse was being ridden by a dead man!

The jockey, Frank Hayes, died during the race, but incredibly stayed on the saddle. To this day he is the only dead jockey to ever win a race!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Eye Ball

Colossal squid has the biggest eye in the world

The colossal squid has the largest eyes ever studied, they are about the same size as a soccer ball!

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Get A Grip Baby!

Babies are very strong, Palmar grasp reflex

Although babies need help with nearly everything, one thing they don't need help with is holding onto stuff.

Babies naturally grasp objects due to a a reflex called the "Palmar grasp reflex". And don't let those chubby little arms fool you, a baby can hold up their own weight.

Friday, 5 May 2017

How Do You Like Them Apples?

In Ancient Greece, men threw apples to show their love
In Ancient Greece, men would throw apples at a woman to declare their love for her.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Star Wars - Call Of The Wild

In the Star Wars movies, the hairy alien "Chewbacca" has one of the most interesting sounding "voices".

(You can listen here)

His wild sound is actually recordings of four bears, a badger, a lion, a seal and a walrus combined together.

May The Fourth, Star Wars Day, The animals used to create Chewbacca's voice

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The Imposter Vegetable

Tomatoes are a fruit, not a vegetable!

If a tomato tells you it is a vegetable, it's lying!

Tomatoes are a fruit, not a vegetable

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

(Not-Very) Super Computer

Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to the moon, and the astronauts took their first steps on the moon on July 20, 1969.

But did you know the computer system they used to navigate and control the spaceship was less powerful than a pocket calculator!

Apolo 11 had a computer less powerful than a pocket calculator

Monday, 1 May 2017

Jumbo Present

In 1514, a white Elephant was given as a present to Pope Leo X from the King of Portugal.

The elephant was named "Hanno" and became the Pope's favorite animal.

The Pope was given an elephant

Sunday, 30 April 2017

In The Swing Of It

In Ecuador there is a treehouse that is a seismic monitoring station. (It is called "Casa del Arbol")

While the treehouse is interesting, next to the tree house, is a simple swing that lets people swing out into the empty space above a canyon. This swing is known as "The swing at the end of the world".

The swing at the end of the world

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Put Your Foot In It

Butterflies eat using a long skinny body part called a "proboscis", but the proboscis can't taste the food. 

Instead, butterflies taste their food using their feet.

Friday, 28 April 2017

There's No "P" In "Sea"

In Portugal, it is illegal to pee in the sea!

If you do pee in the ocean, you could end up in hot water! (or at least slightly warm water...)

It's illegal to pee in the sea in Portugal

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Scum Of The Earth

There are more germs and bacteria living on your skin than there are people living on the Earth.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Monkeying Round In The Snow

The Japanese Maqacau (also known as the "Snow Monkey") can survive constant cold snowy conditions of -14°C (~7°F).

The young snow monkeys have been observed making and playing with snowballs, though they've never been seen throwing snowballs.

The Japanese Maqacau, the snow monkey

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Can You Dig Me (Up)?

Nobody wants to be buried in their coffin while still alive, so in the 18th and 19th century "safety coffins" were created.

These coffins included devices so that the buried person could signal they were still alive.

Safety Coffin

Monday, 24 April 2017

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Balloon Animals

In 1783 in France, the first hot air balloon with passengers took flight.

The three passengers were not people though. Riding in the balloon was a sheep, a duck and a roster.

The first hot air balloon passengers

Saturday, 22 April 2017

My Cheese Is Wriggling

Sardinia is an island in the Mediterranean Sea. This island has a specialty cheese which is quite unique called "Casu marzu". It is made from sheep milk - and it also includes live maggots!

The maggots are put in the cheese on purpose to help with the flavor and texture. Some people remove the maggots before they eat it...but some people eat the maggots too!

Casu Marzu, the cheese with maggots

Friday, 21 April 2017

Thursday, 20 April 2017

No Such Thing As A "Dragonwalk"

Even though dragonflies have 6 legs (like all insects), they can't walk!

Dragonflies can't walk

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

Bones and muscle in your body stop growing as you get older, but your ears and nose will continue to grow for your whole life!

Fact - Your ears and nose never stop growing

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Paying The Lion's Share

In the 18th century the ticket price to an English zoo was three half-pence (About $6 dollars)

BUT ... you could also bring a cat or dog and use it to pay for your admission, the unfortunate animals would be used to feed the lions!

Pay for zoo admission with a cat or a dog

Monday, 17 April 2017

Escalating Concerns

The first working escalator was created in 1896 by a man called Jesse W.Reno.

When the first escalator was installed in the London Underground system in 1911, the public had never seen anything like it and didn't trust it. To show them it was safe, a one-legged man called "Bumber Harris" was paid to ride up and down the escalator to prove it was safe.

Escalator Invention, Bumper Harris

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter Bunny Hunt

Lots of children enjoy Easter Egg hunts during Easter, but in New Zealand, in an area called Central Otago, every year they have an Easter Bunny hunt.

It's not children looking for chocolate rabbits though, it's teams of hunters trying shoot as many rabbits as possible!

While rabbits are cute, for farming areas in New Zealand, they are viewed as a major pest due to the damage they cause to the environment. The Easter Bunny hunt is one way to bring down their numbers.

Easter bunny hunt in New Zealand

Saturday, 15 April 2017

A Shark-Eat-Shark World

Female sand tiger sharks can have about 12 baby sharks growing inside them during pregnancy, but they only give birth to 2 - so what happens to the others?

Something bad happens! The first baby shark that gets big enough to break out of its egg capsule eats it's smaller brothers and sisters while still in the uterus! (This is called "embryonic cannibalism")

Embryonic Cannibalism - Baby shark eats siblings

Friday, 14 April 2017

One Big Stinky Flower

The biggest single flower in the world is the Rafflesia Flower, which grows in the rainforests of Southeast Asia.

Unlike most other plants, it has no stem, leaves, or roots, leaving some scientists to consider that it may be a related to fungi.

Another interesting fact about this plant is that it smells like rotten meat!

Rafflesia Flower - The biggest flower in the world

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Don't Forget To Flush!

No one likes to find poop floating in the toilet they're about to use... in Singapore it's illegal not to flush the toilet!

If you get caught not flushing the toilet, you could be fined over $150 dollars!

Singapore - Illegal to not flush toilet

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Small Green Monster

You might not like to eat vegetables, but did you know some people are actually scared of vegetables?

The fear of vegetables is called "Lachanophobia"

Lachanophobia - The Fear Of Vegetables

Monday, 10 April 2017

I Come From A Large Family

Rats can multiply very quickly!

In good conditions, 2 rats could create more than 1 million relatives in 18 months!

Rats Breed Really Fast

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Lies And Love

John Augustus Larson is famous for inventing the modern polygraph machine (Or lie detector) in 1921.

He was a policeman at the time he invented it.

Interestingly, John Larson married the first person he ever interrogated on the lie detector!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Free Fall Thrills

One of the most dangerous sports in the world is Banzai Skydiving.

This sport requires someone to throw a parachute out of the airplane, wait a number of seconds, then jump out of the plane, catch up to the parachute and put it on.

It is a sport with little room for mistakes.

Banzai Skydiving

Friday, 7 April 2017

The Start Of Art

Humans have been creating art for thousands of years. One of the best examples of prehistoric cave art is found in Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave in France.

The walls of the cave have been painted with hundreds of animals including cave lions, panthers, bears and rhinoceroses.

Although these paintings are about 32,000 years old, they are not the oldest cave paintings found. In Indonesia cave paintings that are about 40,000 years old have been found.

Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave Cartoon

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Dogs Get Ahead!

Vladimir Demikhov was a Russian surgeon who conducted some bizarre experiments.

In 1959 he successfully managed to surgically transplant the head of one dog onto another dog, effectively creating a two-headed dog!

He created about 20 two-headed dogs in 15 years. Sadly the dogs didn't live for long after this, the longest one of these two-headed dogs lived for was about 1 month.

While this may sound like a crazy thing to do, his experiments helped pave the way for human organ transplants.

Demikhov’s Two-Headed Dogs

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

A Pool Of Drool

Most people will produce nearly 24,000 litres of saliva during their life!

This is enough to fill 2 swimming pools!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Get A Clue!

The word "clue" can be traced back to the Middle English word "clewe", meaning "a ball of yarn".

Its meaning stems from an ancient Greek story where a hero called Theseus was able to solve the riddle of a giant maze (the labyrinth) using a ball of yarn.

Clue means ball of yarn

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Whale Of A Snail

The largest snail in the world is the Australian Trumpet Snail.

It lives in the sea in Northern and Western Australia.

It can grow to 90 cm long and can weigh 18 kilograms! (Wow!)

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Poo Coffee Brew

One of the most expensive types of coffee in the world is "Kopi luwak".

It has reached prices of $700 US dollars per kilogram.

The thing that sets this coffee apart is it made using coffee seeds that have been pooed out by an animal called a civet!

Kopi Luwak, coffee poo