Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Truffle Treasue

Truffles are a fungus that grow underground. They can be hard to find, so people use pigs or trained dogs to find them.

Some people pay large sums of money to be able to eat them.

The most expensive Truffles are White Truffles from Alba, in Italy.

The most expensive truffle ever sold weighed 1.5 kilograms and cost $330,000! (You'd have to really love mushrooms to buy that!)

Gold prospector finds white truffle

Monday, 27 February 2017

What A Headache

One of the oldest medical surgeries in the world is having a hole drilled into your head!

This is called "Trepanning", and there is evidence it was done as far back as the Stone Age (roughly 6500 years ago)

People believed it could cure many problems including headaches and evil spirits.

Trepanation Cartoon

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Olympic (not really) Gold

Since 1912, the Olympic gold medal is really mostly made of silver and only a tiny portion is made using real gold ( a little over 1% is real gold ).

Olympic Medal Boxing Cartoon

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Fishing For Bombs

In 1966, the USA lost a hydrogen bomb in the Mediterranean Sea.

A Spanish fisherman helped them find it.

The bomb was said to be worth $2 billion dollars so the fisherman asked for $20 million dollars as payment!

Fisherman catches hydrogen bomb

Friday, 24 February 2017

Sit Still

It took Leonardo da Vinci about 4 years to paint his famous painting the "Mona Lisa".

Even then, there are reports that he continued to work on it for another 12 years!

da Vinci is angry! Sit still Mona

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Poos And Booze

The same man invented the modern flushing toilet and the beer tap used at bars.

His name was Joseph Bramah and he was an inventor who lived in England.

toilet and beer cartoon

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Mummy Makes A Meal

Most creatures provide food for their offspring.

The crab spider takes this to the next level by encouraging her children to eat her!
(Which they happily do!)

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Bean A Long Time

Although they are small, jelly beans take between 6 to 21 days to make!

Sloths at work in the jelly bean factory

Monday, 20 February 2017

Eggcellent Construction

About 400 years ago (around 1610) in Lima, Peru, a bridge called "Puente de Piedra" was constructed.

Over 10,000 eggs were used to help the stone in the bridge stick together.

This bridge's nickname is "The Bridge of Eggs".

Bridge of Eggs

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Clam Centenarian

The oldest living creature ever found was 507 years old!

This ancient creature was a deep-sea clam, and was accidentally killed when it was frozen by scientists :(

Man and Clam

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Fart Medicine

The Plague (or Black Death) killed millions of people in medieval Europe.

Some doctors recommended people with the disease fart into jars and sniff it as a cure!

Plague Fart Fact

Friday, 17 February 2017

Doggy-Doo-Doo Compass

Dogs prefer to poo facing North or South, and don't like to poo while facing East or West!

Dog Fact

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Scary Skin

Your heart or brain is not the largest organ on your body, your skin is.

Your skin has several layers and the outer most layer(the layer we see) is completely made up of dead skin!

That means when you look at someone, you are looking at dead body parts!

Fact Dead Skin

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Diamond Deductions

Diamond is the hardest naturally occurring substance in the world, the only thing that can scratch a diamond is......another diamond!

Diamond is made when the element carbon is put under intense heat and pressure.

Carbon is the same element coal and graphite are made from. Graphite is used in pencils and isn't very tough at all ~ isn't it strange how carbon can form one of the weakest and one of the strongest substances!

Diamond Fact

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Unhappy Valentine's Day!

While usually people give cards to express their love on Valentine's Day, there was a type of card designed to be given on Valentine's day to someone you wanted to insult.

These insulting cards were called "Vinegar valentines".

Vinegar valentines were popular between 1840 to 1940. They insulted everything including looks, intelligence and manners. These cards would sometimes cause arguments and fistfights.

Valentine Fact

Monday, 13 February 2017

Feeling Bananas

Eating bananas can make you feel happy!

Bananas contain a chemical called "tryptophan". Your body changes this to a chemical called "Serotonin". Serotonin puts people in a good mood and makes them feel happy.

So if you're feeling a bit blue try eating some bananas!

Banana Fact

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Dirty Horse Power

At the start of the 20th century the newly invented car was seen as the solution to the pollution problems caused by horses in large cities.

Horse poo in large cities really was a big problem - it was the main topic of discussion at the first international urban planning conference in 1898.

Bad Dirty Horse

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Wife-Carrying Race

Every year in Finland a special sports event is held - the Wolrd Wife Carrying Championship!

Husbands and wives from around the world come together and race through an obstacle course while the husband carries his wife on his back.

Wife Race

Friday, 10 February 2017

Criminal Creatures

In medieval Europe, sometimes animals were put on trial for crimes.

One example of this is a case from 1474 in Switzerland, when a rooster was put on trial for apparently laying an egg!

Crook Chook

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Cockroach Decapitation

A cockroach can survive without its head for about a week!

One of the reasons it is able to survive like this is because it breathes through tiny holes (called spiracles) in the different segments of its body.

In these cases the cockroach usually dies of thirst because it is unable to drink water.

Cockroach Decapitation

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Medical Maggots

Maggots are sometimes used by doctors to help heal infected wounds.

The maggots eat the dead infected tissue, but don't eat the healthy tissue.
The maggots even produce a natural chemical that helps reduce inflammation.

Pretty Maggot Face Girl

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Telescopic Topic

The telescope was invented in 1608 by a lens maker called "Hans Lippershey".

The telescopes that were used on ships were called a "spyglass".

Telescope Prank

Monday, 6 February 2017

Lightning Tattoo

People who get hit by lightning can end up with a tattoo-like mark on their skin.

This is called a "Lichtenberg figure".

Lightning Tattoo

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Panda Pee

Male pandas do handstands and pee on things to attract female pandas. (This does not work for humans)

Panda Pee

Friday, 3 February 2017

Candy Floss

The candy-floss (cotton-candy) machine was invented by a dentist!

Bad dentist, bad teeth

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Yummy Jelly

Gelatin is used as the main ingredient in jelly and some sweets.

Gelatin is about 50% boiled pig skin and 25% cow bones!

Boy spewing jelly

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Lazy Bee

A honey bee doesn't even make one teaspoon of honey during its entire life! 

They only make about 1/12th of a teaspoon!

bee fact

Heart Beats

Your heart beats over 37 million times a year!

(You sure do take a beating!)

It's not a heart attack!