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Look Who’s Coming to Breakfast!

There are only a few hundred Rothschild giraffes alive today. Several of them live at Giraffe Manor, a resort in Kenya. There, guests can get a close look at them–and vice versa. The resident giraffes are comfortable sticking their heads through open windows to see what guests are doing. You can view more photos of [...]

The Blind Baby Rhino

Nicky is a four-month-old rhinoceros who was born blind. He lives with the family of Mike Watson, head of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, where he has round-the-clock supervision, a dog for a friend, and a padded pen to keep him safe. The folks at Lewa hope to bring in a specialist to remove [...]

Breed-Specific Architecture for Dogs

No ordinary dog house will do for your special pooch. Why, the Papillon is descended from the dogs of the Kings of France! That’s why Kenya Hara commissioned architects to create themes appropriate for individual breeds, including the Jack Russell Terrier, the Bichon Frisé, the Pug and others. You can view them all at the [...]

At the Libraries: The Wire’s Victorian-Literature Leanings

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! So, The Wire. Yes, we all love it, but anyone else notice its Victorian-literature leanings before? The drawings (okay, not Victorian) are the best part! [...]

The Nabuyatom Crater

In Kenya lies Lake Turkana, the world’s largest alkaline lake. This is the Nabuyatom Crater, a geological marvel of that lake. It’s a caldera–the remnants of a collapsed volcano. Link -via TYWKIWDBI | Photo: Christian Strebel

8 Underdog Nations and Their Memorable Olympic Performances

This week, the tiny Caribbean nation of Grenada won its first Olympic medal when 19-year-old Kirani James took the gold in the 400-meter dash. With a population of 104,000, Grenada is the 17th-smallest country in the world, and now the smallest nation to win a gold medal. Here’s a look back at eight other great Olympic [...]

11 Languages Spoken by 11 People or Fewer

Vladimir Korostyshevskiy / Shutterstock.com 1. Ho-Chunk is the language of the Hocák Nation, more commonly known as the Winnebago tribe of Wisconsin and Nebraska. In 2004, there were only 11 living fluent speakers of Ho-Chunk, all of whom also use English. 2. In the jungles of Suriname lives a nearly extinct population of people known as [...]

On Sticking Your Arm Into an Underwater Cavern and Hoping a Catfish Bites You

Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters/Landov Lincoln Sadler eyes one of his favorite fishing spots, Great Rock, from a distance but times his approach around an oncoming boat so as not to reveal the rock’s secret location. He has already hiked two-miles in the boiling heat of an August North Carolina day followed by two miles of swimming and wading [...]

Australian Toilets Don’t Flush Backwards Because of the Coriolis Effect

Toilet image via Shutterstock File under “News to Me”: you know that old story about how northern hemisphere toilets flush counter-clockwise, and southern hemisphere toilets (and buckets, drains, and such) flush clockwise, due to the Coriolis effect? It’s bogus! Today I learned that while the Coriolis effect is significant for hurricanes, it’s not [...]

Reddit Raises $70,000 for Kenyan Orphanage

When shocking pictures were released of Omari, a face-slashing victim who was working single-handedly to defend an orphanage from roving thugs in Kenya, Reddit users stepped up to help the children Omari nearly died protecting. The original post asking for help requested a meager $2,000 to build a security wall around the orphanage to protect [...]