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Heavenly revenge for first fork usage in the West :)

Divine wrath and retribution for use of two-pronged fork instead of fingers brought comet apparition in 1005. that was foolowed by plague that took the offender — Byzantine Princess and Venetian Dogaressa Maria Argyre according to the Doctor of Church Peter Damian.

Men and women see colors different. and other curiosities

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2197888/Men-women-really-DO-things-differently-Our-brains-process-colours-different-ways.html#ixzz25UhIWzfT

О роли котов в истории

По  D. Abulafia's  The Great Sea: a human history of the Mediterranean. The Valencian consulate became particularly famous because its highly comprehensive law-code was printed in the city in 1494, and was widely diffused. The code addressed age-old problems in maritime law: If any property or merchandise is damaged by rats while aboard a vessel, […]

Resolutions made by Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) for ‘When I Come to be Old’, written some 300 years a

Not to marry a young Woman. Not to keep young Company unless they really desire it. Not to be peevish or morose, or suspicious. Not to scorn present Ways, or Wits, or Fashions, or Men, or War, etc.

Curious facts on etymology of British/American geographical objects

Most people never use the word lea. It’s a poetic word, meaning a grassy meadow. I remember it especially from Thomas Gray’s poem ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’: The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,The lowing herd winds slowly o’er the lea … I’ve never heard it used on its own outside of […]

Имя Суворова всплыло в старой английской считалке 18 века.

Alphabet games appealed to the adult reader too. The most famous one was written by a journalist, Alaric Watts, which first appeared in the Trifler magazine in 1817. It has been reprinted thousands of times, often with variations. An Austrian army, awfully arrayed,Boldly by battery besieged Belgrade.Cossack commanders cannonading come,Dealing destruction’s devastating doom.Every endeavour engineers […]

Жиру бесимся….

Today’s fast food chains may not be dogged by the hygiene issues that plague street food vendors, particularly in the developing world, but fast food – which fits so well with our hectic urban lifestyles – is now partly blamed for twenty-first-century medical conditions such as obesity and heart disease. The result of eating so […]

Journey to the Ants. Суперкнига!

You'll learn a lot from this extremely interesting book. But first — couple of quotes. — It can be said that while human societies send their young men to war, weaver-ant societies send their old ladies. — If ants had nuclear weapons, they would probably end the world in a week. In this book however […]

Images show cows tend to orient themselves like a compass needle.

In 2008, a team of German scientists studied Google images of more than eight thousand grazing cattle and three thousand wild deer in pastures all over the world. The vast majority, they were surprised to see, graze standing north to south, aligned to the Earth’s poles. It was the first evidence that large mammals can […]

uncanny homing abilities of Tunisian desert ants !

For many years, the uncanny homing abilities of Tunisian desert ants were one of the great navigational mysteries of the animal kingdom. Most ant species find their way home by following the scent trails left by other ants, but that doesn’t work well in the windy, sandy Sahara. A Swiss zoologist named Rüdiger Wehner spent […]