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Can Any Plants Move from Place to Place?

One of the major differences between an animal and a plant is that an animal can move from place to place, while a plant is rooted to the spot where it grows. But there are some plants that can actually move from place to place in search of water!

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Resurrection Plant

The multi-species resurrection plant, a desert plant found in parts of the American West and the Near East, grows just like any other plant when there’s enough water around, sending roots into the ground and sporting green, fernlike leaves.

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But when water is scarce, the resurrection plant pulls up its roots and dries up, becoming a ball of brown twigs that appear to be quite dead. This ball of twigs is carried along the ground by the wind, and may roam the desert for many months or years.

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But when the plant finds water, it sinks roots into the wet ground, turns green, and begins to grow again! It’s called the resurrection plant because it appears to come back from the dead.

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If the moisture in the soil dries up, the resurrection plant will pull up its roots and wander over and over again in search of water!

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Nature finds a way... 8)

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What Is The Biggest Threat To South America’s Forests?

Logging activites are the biggest destroyer of South American forests, but mining, energy exploration, and road building are also major threats.

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The main sources of deforestation in the Amazon are human settlement and development of the land.

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Many environmentalists are concerned about loss of biodiversity, and the release of the carbon contained within the vegetation, which could accelerate global warming. In 2005, parts of the Amazon basin experienced the worst drought in one hundred years.

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Scientists say that the forest is on the brink of being turned into savanna or desert, with catastrophic consequences for the world’s climate.

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What Was The Riddle Of The Sphinx In Greek Mythology?

On a road outside the city of Thebes, the Sphinx sat on a rock and watched for travelers, who she challenged with this riddle.

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The correct answer is: a person. A person crawls on all fours as a baby, walks on two feet as an adult, and needs a cane when old.

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If the traveler could not answer, the Sphinx pounced and devoured them.

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The word sphinx means “to strangle” in Greek.

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Where Does Most of the World’s Silver Come From?

Much more silver than gold has been mined, more than 1,740,000 metric tons from the earth.

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The amount of silver that has been mined would form a cube 180 feet (55 m) high on each side.

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Most of the world’s silver comes from Mexico and Peru.

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Silver mine in Mexico

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Silver mine in Peru

Silver has been used for thousands of years to make ornaments and utensils, for trade, and as a precious metal in many monetary systems.

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In its natural form, silver is commonly found as an alloy with gold, and in ores containing sulfur, arsenic, antimony or chlorine.

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Silver/Gold alloy

Silver, in the form of a gold-silver alloy, was used to produce money around 700 BC by the Lydians.

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Lydian alloy coin

Its use as an antibacterial agent was rediscovered in the Middle Ages, where it was used to disinfect food and water for storage, and also for the treatment of burns and wounds as wound dressing.

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Where Is The Loneliest Place On Earth?

The continent of Antarctica contains about 10 percent of all the land on earth.

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Yet Antarctica is the most remote, hard-to-get-to place on our planet. Its possible to visit every continent except Antarctica without ever crossing more than about 100 miles of sea. But Antarctica is everywhere at least 600 miles from the nearest continent!

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Antarctica is also the loneliest place on earth. In the Northern Hemisphere, large parts of Canada, Alaska, Russia, Greenland, and Scandinavia lie above the Arctic Circle. Even though it’s cold, thousands of people live in this polar region.

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Arctic Circle

In the Southern Hemisphere, Antarctica mostly lies within the Antarctic Circle.

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In this region, there are no trees, few plants, and not a single permanent inhabitant!

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Who Invented The Comic Strip?

Richard Felton Outcault is widely regarded to have invented the modern comic strip, and was born on January 14, 1863.

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Richard Felton Outcault

Outcault’s “Yellow Kid’ is considered the first comic strip character, and appeared in Hearst’s New York Journal in 1896.

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The Kid was a bald, floppy-eared, buck-toothed, grinning kid in a huge yellow shirt.

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Barefoot and pigeon-toed, he appeared center stage to the goings-on of the other characters in fictitious Hogan’s Alley.

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Outcault was later the creator of the famous cartoon character Buster Brown.

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Richard Outcault was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2008.

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If Girls Whistle, Will They Grow Beards?

This may sound silly to you, but there were many ancient taboos against whistling that have come down to us today as superstitions. These taboos probably began when early man heard strange, new sounds and gave each its own special meaning.

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Taboos against whistling have come down through the ages as: whistling in a house would invite the Devil in; whistling in a theater dressing room will cause bad luck for a show; whistling on a ship will bring on a storm; and girls whistling will cause them to grow beards!

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Even the common expression today, “you can whistle for it,” means that you have little or no chance of getting what you wish.

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However, on the other hand, whistling is also regarded as a sign of pleasure and satisfaction in your work, as a way to give yourself courage when you are alone or frightened, and also as a way for a boy to show his appreciation of a pretty girl.

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also as a way for a boy to show his appreciation of a pretty girl.
Well it used to be... Not now in our politically correct society.


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also as a way for a boy to show his appreciation of a pretty girl.
Well it used to be... Not now in our politically correct society.


Sad ... but true. :cry:

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Where Is The Longest Railroad Tunnel In The World?

Japan’s Seikan Tunnel is 33 miles (53 km) long and connects the main Japanese island of Honshtii with the northern island of Hokkaido.

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The tunnel extends for 14.5 miles (23 km) under water.

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The Seikan Tunnel is comparatively underused because air travel is faster and cheaper.

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The tunnel was opened on 13 March 1988, and cost a total of ¥538.4 billion (US$3.6 billion) to build.

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Typical tunnel cross section. (1) Main tunnel, (2) service tunnel,
(3) pilot tunnel, (4) connecting gallery


The Seikan Tunnel is also the deepest rail tunnel in the world, and is part of the Kaikyo Line of the Hokkaido Railway Company. The track level is about 100 meters (330 ft) below the seabed and 240 m (790 ft) below sea level.

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