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Calendar of Cool: The Pied Piper Lures Children out of Hamelin

Calendar of Cool: The Pied Piper Lures Children out of Hamelin

  June 26, 1284 is the day when, according to legend, the Pied Piper led all of the children out of the prosperous German town of Hamelin. The Pied Piper has been the subject of much speculation and literature. There is no solid proof that he ever existed – some believe that the children of the


Fun Fact Friday: One Adorable Octopus

(Photo: MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM RESEARCH INSTITUTE) Did you know that scientists have recently discovered what they believe to be a new species of octopus, and it’s so cute that they’re seriously considering naming it Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis? It’s true! This adorable little lady, whose webbed tentacles make it appear almost as if she’s wearing a skirt,


Fun Fact Friday: Random Fun Fact Roundup!

While writing Fun Fact Friday, I encounter lots of fun facts that are interesting, but don’t necessarily require an entire article. With that in mind, here are more random, interesting, strange, and fun facts I’ve collected! Alien hand syndrome (AHS) is a rare neurological disorder that causes hand movement without the person being aware of

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Calendar of Cool: Titan Arum Blooms in the N.Y. Botanical Garden

On June 8, 1937 a Sumatran Titan Arum bloomed in the U.S. The world’s largest flower, the Titan Arum is also known as the “corpse flower” because it gives off a putrid rotting-corpse fragrance. Fascinated by its strange appearance, massive size, and bizarre odor, people have lined up to see and sniff this unusual plant! Since it’s so


Calendar of Cool: Mark Twain Responds to Rumors of his Death

Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens but better known by his pen name, Mark Twain was a popular American humorist, writer, and lecturer. After apprenticing to a printer, working on Mississippi steamboat, travelling with a militia unit, and mining silver, Twain finally turned to journalism and began his career as a writer. Perhaps his most famous book