World’s Strangest

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World’s oldest hippo dies aged 62

Donna the Nile hippopotamus lived at Mesker Park Zoo in Indiana for over five decades. Normally hippos live for only 40 years in the wild and up to 50…

Ancient Astronomers

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into the Universe. Astronomy wasn’t invented a couple of hundred years ago. The study of stars is almost as old as humanity itself. (Image credit: Wikipedia member Prof saxx) The oldest and most famous cave paintings (16,000 to 20,000 years old) are in Lascaux, France. [...]

Why Engagement Rings Are Made With Diamonds

The holiday season seems like prime time for new engagements, but have you ever wondered why brides-to-be receive diamond engagement rings? Let’s dig around for some answers. The idea of giving a ring as a sign of betrothal isn’t a particularly new one. The Romans were known to swap modest betrothal rings or iron; in [...]

Crocodile vs. Mother Elephant

A couple of weeks ago, we posted a story about a crocodile attacking a baby elephant. That news article said that crocodiles don’t normally attack elephants. Maybe something has changed, because it’s happened again -this time in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Swiss tourist Martin Nyfeler caught several photographs of the encounter between a mother [...]

10 Songs That Sample “Good Times”

Written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, it was first recorded by their band Chic for their 1979 album Risqué. It quickly became #1 on a couple different Billboard charts and eventually Rolling Stone ranked it #224 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. But how did it become such an, excuse [...]

How 13 More Great American Cities Got Their Names

A few weeks ago we took a look at how 17 great American cities got their names. Since we could never cram every city’s story into a single post, let’s take a look at a second round of city name origins today. 1. Albany New York’s first capital first went by the name Beverwyck when it was [...]

The Spear Masters Of The Dinka Tribe

Whether myth or a historical fact, the spear masters evolved from  one man’s secret to make things happen. The Spear Masters of the Dinka Tribe of the upper Nile are a hereditary priesthood, and according to mythology, their presence is reinforced by political and religious ideals. There are several legends of the origins of these spear using [...]