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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Things in Nature of the Beast

Here are some current headlines about the workings of life and nature; it can be a jungle out there:
  1. A swarm of bees can ground a Boeing 737.
  2. Captive elephants often don't know how to look after their young because they don't work on instinct – in the wild, calves are looked after by the herd and this is how young females learn mothering skills.
  3. Japanese whalers in the 17th Century buried the foetuses of the pregnant whales they caught in a special graveyard facing out to sea.
  4. Sharks can have virgin births.
  5. Humans' ancestors began walking upright while still living in trees.
  6. Many species, including humans, have natural "circadian rhythms" set to match the standard length day on Earth.
  7. It is possible to wake up from a 19-year coma.
  8. Obesity is so revered by Mauritania's white Moor Arab population that some girls are force fed.
  9. Intelligent children are more likely to become vegetarians later in life, a study says.
  10. The secret to happiness is accepting misery.

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