Category:
Natural Wonders

Cow Triplets




Cows are a definite WU theme. But in all these years, I do not believe we have ever commented on the rare instance of triplet calves. The odds of a successful gestation and delivery are "one in eight million."

Yet there was such a birth in April of 2016. And here was another from 1972.

Of course, with 1.5 billion cattle (half male? fewer than half male?) as of 2013, that could still be a lot of triplets per year.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 22, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Babies, Natural Wonders

Small But Mighty


Watch this little bee pull a long nail out of brick. Pretty impressive, I doubt I could have removed it with a claw hammer and pliers!

Posted By: patty - Fri Apr 29, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Insects, Natural Wonders

Turnip Rock, Lake Huron, USA

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More info here.

For a picture from 1900, visit here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 15, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: North America, Natural Wonders

Moroccan Goats


The goats in Morocco climb trees! Who knew?

Posted By: patty - Fri Sep 18, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Natural Wonders

From Hell It Came



This not taken from the Alan Moore graphic novel.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 14, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Horror, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, 1950s, Natural Wonders

Noisy Falls

No one disputes that the scenic waterfall near the Italian town of Bellano is very loud when its running (see video below). Sometimes the water is diverted to power a hydroelectric plant. But an unusually wet summer has made the falls even louder than normal, causing tensions to flare in the town. Some residents complain they can't easily hear their TVs over the sound. So they've taken their complaints to a regional environmental protection agency, which has now fined the town €650 for noise pollution. [Telegraph]

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 11, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Government, Natural Wonders

John Glenn’s Fireflies





Did pioneer astronaut John Glenn see aliens?

Not likely.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 05, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Aliens, Space Travel, 1960s, Natural Wonders

Japanese Schoolgirl Parkour



Already showing five million+ views--but maybe as new to you as it was to me?

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 31, 2014 - Comments (6)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Advertising, Teenagers, Asia, Natural Wonders

Speer’s Sambuci Wine

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What is this miraculous "sambuci wine?" I'm glad you asked.

Preparation.—Take of elder bark, parsley root, each, in coarse powder, 1 ounce; sherry wine, 1 pint, or a sufficient quantity. Form into a medicated wine by maceration or percolation, as explained under Vina Medicata, and make one pint of the preparation.

Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—Wine of elder is useful in dropsical diseases, especially ascites, and dropsy supervening upon scarlatina or other exanthematous diseases. Dose, 2 fluid ounces, 3 or 4 times a day.


Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 10, 2014 - Comments (23)
Category: Advertising, Natural Wonders, Nineteenth Century, Alcohol

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