Monday, July 8, 2013

Misleading Mythological National Animal?

So a little birdie told me to look up what Scotland's national animal was and I couldn't believe what I found....

It's a UNICORN!!!


Actually, that title is slightly misleading. The unicorn is one of the two national animals, along with the Red Lion. The unicorn, despite being fictional, was already being shown as a symbol of the Scottish royal family in the 1400s.

Examples of early royal connections are a shield carved into Rothesay Castle and some coins dating back to as early as 1466. Scottish mythology, as well as having magical tales of unicorns, is full of mysterious and fascinating creatures.

One you may have heard of is the Loch Ness monster. Since the 5th century the story of a giant ‘water beast’ that has dragged many a fisherman to their death.

Lesser known folklore includes the tale of Tam O'Shanter, which was immortalised by poet Robert Burns in the 1800s.

The story tells of witches and ghosts and perfectly captures the essence of being curled up around the fire on a windy night in the highlands, listening to a scary story.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Weird Weird World

So a little birdie has been telling me a lot of stuff lately and I checked every one of these.....maybe all of them. I don't know....yeah most of them are completely correct. OK so I didn't have time to check ALL of them.....but, hey! I'm in class. It's OK, I trust this little birdie to be telling me the truth. I'll check ALL of them at a later date.

1. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

2. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

3. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

4. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

5. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

6. There are more chickens than people in the world.

7. Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

8. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

9. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.

10. All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.

11. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

12. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

13. All 50 States are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

14. Almonds are a member of the peach family.

15. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

16. Maine is the only State whose name is just one syllable.

17. There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

18. The characters "Bert" and "Ernie" on Sesame Street were named after "Bert the cop" and "Ernie the taxi driver" in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life."

19. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

20. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

21. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

22. In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

23. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

24. Los Angeles' full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula."

25. A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

26. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

27. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

28. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

29. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

30. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

31. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

32. Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.

33. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

34. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

35. "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

It's so funny it's going to make me pea

So a little birdie told me that if you inhale a pea into your lungs it can actually sprout into a pea plant!

I was like "yeah right. that's gotta be fake!.....right?"

Then I found these case:

It happened to 75-year-old Ron Sveden, who had a half-inch-long sprout removed from his lung, which was first reported by a 20-year-old news intern at the Cape Cod Times on August 8.“I was told that I had a pea seed in my lung that had split and had sprouted.”

and I was like "WHAT?!"

because the information isn't just on some random website that took ages to find. instead it was really easy to find because it was all over BBC news .com and CNN . com and crap like that.

So what happened to Sveden?

Ron Sveden had been battling emphysema for months when his condition deteriorated.

He was steeling himself for a cancer diagnosis when X-rays revealed the growth in his lung.

Doctors believe that Mr Sveden ate the pea at some point, but it "went down the wrong way" and sprouted.

"One of the first meals I had in the hospital after the surgery had peas for the vegetable. I laughed to myself and ate them," Mr Sveden told a local Boston TV reporter.

Mr Sveden said the plant was about half an inch (1.25cm) in size.

"Whether this would have gone full-term and I'd be working for the Jolly Green Giant, I don't know. I think the thing that finally dawned on me is that it wasn't the cancer," Mr Sveden said.


in this case Sveden took the saying "you are what you eat" and turned it into "you are what you inhale"