George Lucas wanted the final trilogy to take place in a microbiotic world. It would be shown that creatures called Whills are actually what use the Force and that Jedi only communicate with Whills via their midi-chlorians. His vision for Star Wars was to teach appreciation for ecosystems. indiewire.com/2018/06/geo…
The famous horror film "The nightmare on elm street" is actually based on a true story. The director claimed of a young boy who saw a mysterious creature trying to kill him in his dreams. Days after trying to stay awake, the boy screamed, then died in his sleep cinemablend.com/new/Night…
The Mediterranean Sea evaporated after plate tectonics sealed the Strait of Gibraltar. The new inland oceans became too salty to support sealife, and today almost no sea creature is native to the Mediterranean. The waters dramatically returned in an event known as the Zanclean flood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
L. Frank Baum, the author of the famous children's book, "the Wizard of Oz," called for the genocide of American Indians, writing in 1890 and 1891 that "in order to protect our civilization . . . wipe these untamed and untamable creatures from the face of the earth" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._…
Dolphins have learned to use rudimentary tools. For example, mother dolphins teach their young to cover their snouts with sponges while foraging on the ocean floor. This prevents them from being stung by venomous creatures. nbcnews.com/id/8121399/ns…
The Brontosaurus was thought to be a mistake, the creature had never existed. The animal was actually an Apatosaurus, a previously discovered dinosaur, and it should have had that name. Now it's been discovered that they actually are two separate animals, and the Brontosaurus exists again. scientificamerican.com/ar…
In 36 BCE, Roman statesman Marcus Varro wrote about germs, describing β€œminute creatures which cannot be seen by the eyes, which…enter the body through the mouth and nose and there cause serious diseases.” The germ theory of disease would not be accepted widely for another 1,900 years. rcpe.ac.uk/heritage/histo…
Gremlins were invented by the RAF as mythical creatures who break airplanes, as way to explain random mechanical failures in reports; an "investigation" was even conducted to make sure Gremlins didn't have nazi sympathies historynet.com/gremlins.h…
: Brine Pool - the mystical lake of death at the bottom of the sea. A brine pool is a large area of brine on the ocean basin with salinity three to eight times greater than the surrounding ocean acting as a death-trap to any unfortunate creature that strays into its toxic waters youtube.com/watch?v=xuJiU…
Sea turtles basically cry salt (without the emotion). The sea turtles' tear gland evolved into a "salt gland" so that it could expel salt from its body, which is very important for reptilian sea creatures. The substance released is salty brine. cancunturtles.com/info/be…
There are creatures called Tardigrades that can survive the end of humanity and live in outer space for over a week with no oxygen, and also these things can survive in temperatures of over -350 degrees Fahrenheit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
The Water Boatman insect uses its penis to make a 99.2 decibel mating call, making it, pound for pound, the loudest creature on Earth. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Today I learned about the Pakasuchus Kapilimai, a crocodile-like creature from the Cretaceous period that had long legs and mammal-like teeth. Also referred to as the Cat Crocodile. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Today I learned of the lowland streaked tenrec, a black hedgehog-like creature with yellow-striped quills native to Madagascar. Despite its similar physiology, it is unrelated to hedgehogs, instead acting as an example of convergent evolution. It is sometimes referred to as a "fake hedgehog" wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowlan…
In Mongolia, scientists discovered a fossil of a prehistoric creature known as a "Murder Swan," which had a bill with teeth, claws on its feet and additional claws on flipper-like arms. theverge.com/2017/12/8/16…
When whales die and sink, their carcasses, known as "Whale falls", provide a bounty of nutrients for deepwater creatures nature.com/articles/43356…
Sand dollars are actually live creatures. The white sand dollars we often see on beaches are actually dead. When they're alive they are black and have fine bristles on their underside to catch food. youtu.be/3uwOURjneWQ
European dragons are mostly featured as evil creatures, greedily hoarding gold, breathing fire on innocents, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Asian dragons, however, are benevolent creatures, bringing good luck and prosperity wherever it goes. museumcenter.org/the-curi…
Today I learned about the Tanuki, a Japanese folklore creature that is referred to as the Raccoon Dog. Its most distinguishing characteristic is their large, magical pair of testicles that it used as a hat, umbrella, boat or drum. They are known as tricksters or bringers of good luck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…
Hercules Beetles, also known as a rhinoceros beetle, the Hercules beetle is the longest beetle and is the strongest creature on Earth for its size β€” it can carry 850 times its weight! That’s like a person carrying seven elephants! entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatu…
Bees and many other pollinating creatures can detect nectar in flowers by seeing UV colors that aren't visible to the human eye. Many flowers have UV patterns, or "landing zones", which bees use to direct them to the nectar in the flower. news.ncsu.edu/2011/07/wms…
There are 400-million-year-old fossils of sea creatures and shells in the yellow band of Mount Everest (which is over 25,000 above sea level), which means this area was once underwater. liveabout.com/geology-of-…
Today I learned of A PREHISTORIC SPERM WHALE, The creature had a far more powerful bite with a nightmarish set of teeth, Twelve to 13 million years ago, it likely dined on smaller whales. It WAS DUBBED LIVYATAN MELVILLEI, giving Moby-Dick’s creator a posthumous shout-out. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
There are giant amoebas living in the deepest ocean trenches that grow up to 8 inches (20cm) across. That’s pretty big for a single-celled creature! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xen…
A roman scholar predicted microbiology over 2000 years ago, writing "there are bred certain minute creatures which cannot be seen by the eyes, but which float in the air and enter the body through the mouth and nose and cause serious diseases." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Although Benjamin Franklin never tried to get the turkey as the national bird, he did think eagles were bad moral creatures and that turkeys were much more respectable. history.com/news/did-benj…
Plastic and petroleum were originally environmental saviours, because they eliminated the need to kill whales, elephants, turtles, and many other creatures for their materials. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The sailfish is considered by scientists to be the fastest swimming marine creature in the world, though not all experts agree. This fish has been clocked travelling in excess of 68 mph. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
Today I learned of Parakaryon myojinensis. A creature found only once near a hydrothermal vent south of japan, and is so unique that scientist can't agree if it's a prokaryote (bacteria, etc), an eukaryote (animals, plants, fungi, etc) or a new domain entirely. abc.net.au/science/articl…
There's a fearsome creature in North American mythology that's basically a little puppy in the shape of an axe, and it hops about from camp to camp to eat the axehandles belonging inattentive lumberjacks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axe…
The first creatures ever to ride in a hot air balloon were a sheep, a duck, and a chicken time.com/3583782/hot-air-…
Radioacive carbon-14, residue left from nuclear detonations in the 50s and 60s has been detected in deep-ocean creatures scientificamerican.com/ar…
Sea snails are the most venomous creatures on earth, and can swallow fish whole. youtu.be/S_LjnwVxGL0
Today I learned about Octopolis and Octlantis of the coast of Australia. Octopuses are usually solitary creatures, but in these places they have been observed meeting up, living together, communicating with each other, chasing unwelcome octopuses away, and even evicting each other from dens. theguardian.com/environme…
Frankenstein's monster calls himself "the Adam of your labors", and is referred to as "the creature", "the fiend", "the daemon", and "the wretch" at different points in the book. enotes.com/homework-help/…
Fossils of sea creatures called Ammonites are considered holy symbols in the folk Hindu beliefs of India and Nepal. They and other marine fossils are found in the Himalayas, which were raised from the now-drained Tethys Sea. Climbers to Mt Everest have brought back fossils of Sea Lilies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Soldiers during the Vietnan War reported seeing bigfoot like creatures, which they named "Rock Apes". warhistoryonline.com/inst…
Despite apparent aloofness, cats are social creatures capable of relationships with people. In an experiment commonly used to measure bonds that dogs and primates form with caretakers, about two-thirds of cats displayed secure attachments which equal those found for infants and dogs. nytimes.com/2019/09/24/sc…
Today I learned about the Squonk, a mythological creature from Pennsylvania that is so ugly that it cries constantly from loneliness and shame, dissolving in a puddle of its own tears when cornered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
The warty comb jelly or sea walnut has a 'transient anus'. It forms a new anus (that immediately closes) every time it defecates. This has never been seen before and was observed only recently with this creature earthtouchnews.com/discov…
The scientists who first discovered the platypus thought it was fake. Although indigenous Aboriginal people already knew of the creature, European scientists assumed an egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed, venomous mammal had to be an elaborate hoax. daily.jstor.org/the-platy…
In 36 BCE, Roman statesman Marcus Varro wrote about germs, describing "minute creatures which cannot be seen by the eyes, which...enter the body through the mouth and nose and there cause serious diseases." The germ theory of disease would not be accepted widely for another 1,900 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
The Arachne, a creature from Greek mythology, (whose name was later used for words like β€œarachnid” and β€œarachnophobia”) comes from the tale of Arachne, a very famous and talented weaver who was so proud of her skills that she challenged the goddess ATHENA to a contest to see who was best. greekgodsandgoddesses.net…
The song "Dirty Creature" by New Zealand new wave rockers Split Enz makes (metaphorical) reference to Taniwha, powerful beings believed by the Maori to inhabit treacherous waters. Tim Finn had been suffering panic attacks, and co-wrote this song to try to contend with his suffering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
A French writer had a pet lobster he would take for walks in Paris. He used a blue silk ribbon as a leash. He called them β€œpeaceful, serious creatures” and that they didn’t β€œbark” or β€œgnaw upon one's monadic privacy” like dogs did. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GΓ©r…
Today I learned about the Squonk. A mythical creature reputed to live in the hemlock forests of Pennsylvania. It spends most of its time weeping because it is ashamed of its appearance, and when cornered dissolves into a puddle of tears cryptidz.fandom.com/wiki/…
The silver-backed chevrotain is a tiny deer-like creature about the size of a small rabbit native to southern Vietnam. Feared nearly extinct, it was photographed for the first time in over 30 years in 2018, making it the first mammal rediscovered under the Global Wildlife Conversation program. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vie…
Faith No More singer Mike Patton did all the creature and monster sound effects in the Will Smith movie "I am Legend" movieweb.com/mike-patton-…
There are several real species and genera which were named after characters or creatures of the Harry Potter universe, including several spiders, two genera of stink bugs and even a dinosaur. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The small cookie-cutter shark have disabled the most dangerous ocean creature of allβ€”the nuclear submarine. The attacks happened in the 1970s, the sharks did enough damage to the vessel's sonar equipment that the oils inside that transmit sound would leak out of the ship and break the equipment. businessinsider.com/this-…
Koopa Troopas from the Super Mario series were based on mythical water creatures from Japanese folklore that hid in toilets and fondled women adventuresinpoortaste.com…
Until 1902 the Okapi was thought to be a mythical creature, even being called the "African unicorn". mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Nick Park's first Wallace and Gromit short, 'A Grand Day Out', lost the 1990 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film to 'Creature Comforts', also directed by Nick Park en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_G…
The long-eared jerboa (Euchoreutes naso) is an extremely rare nocturnal rodent with a long tail, long hind legs for jumping, and exceptionally large ears. Endemic to southern Mongolia and northwestern China, it wasn't until 2007 that this creature was recorded on film for the first time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
The spotted white porcelain anemone crab has highly unusual seafan-shaped claws which it uses to filter the water while sitting on top of an anemone by first collecting mucus from its host anemone's tentacles and then using that to attract and gather small sea creatures and plankton for food. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyb…
In Arthurian legend, the Questing Beast was a creature with the head of a serpent, body of a leopard, haunches of a lion, and feet of a deer. It may have inspired by third-hand descriptions of giraffes from merchants arthurlegends.com/the-que…
Today I learned of the Stubby Squid. In 2016, Researchers from the Nautilus exploration vessel were cruising along the deep sea floor off California's coast when they came upon the bright purple creature with giant, googly eyes. The Scientists Couldn't contain their laughter. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The tail of a feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar. The one-of-a-kind discovery helps put flesh on the bones of these extinct creatures, opening a new window on the biology of a group that dominated Earth for more than 160 million years. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
France sent the one and only cat into space to gauge the effects of spaceflight on living creatures in the hopes that humans could follow en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C…
Today I learned of formicophilia, the sexual kink of being crawled upon or bitten by insects, specifically ants, or other small creatures (formica = ant, philia = love). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Even animals like jellyfish that lack brains need to snooze. Biologists have discovered that like people, jellyfish hit the hay & have the same trouble we do waking up. Because these creatures are very low on the animal family tree, the work suggests that the ability to sleep evolved quite early sciencemag.org/news/2017/…
The earliest sexually reproducing creature is a red alga named Bangiomorpha pubescens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…
After H. P. Lovecraft's grandmother died when he was five years old, his mother and aunts began wearing black dresses around the house to mourn her. These "terrified" Lovecraft, and he began to have nightmares about them, which also involved some of the creatures he would later write about. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._…
On 08/21/1955 five adults and seven children arrived at the Hopkinsville, KY police station claiming that small alien creatures from a spaceship were attacking their farmhouse and they had been holding them off with gunfire "for nearly four hours." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kel…
Today I learned about Slime Molds, single-cell organisms that can group together in tough times and form a slug-like creature which can crawl to sunlight and transform further into a plant nytimes.com/2011/10/04/sc…
O’Reilly books have artwork of creatures on the covers because their original graphic artist thought that Unix program names sounded like β€œweird animals” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O%2…
An asteroid named Ida is the first asteroid found to have a natural satellite orbiting it. The satellite is named Dactyle after the creatures that inhabit Mount Ida in Greek mythology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/243…
There's a spider-like creature with a dog head called the bunny harvestman popsci.com/megapixels-har…
"Minotaur" means the "bull of Minos," the creature's actual name was Asterion ancient.eu/Minotaur/
When Magic: The Gathering first started, there were several Demon cards, but due to fears of a moral panic like with D&D, in 1995 they stopped printing Demon cards, and any demonic-looking creature was now called "Horror". They eventually brought Demons back in 2002. magic.wizards.com/en/arti…
In Japanese mythology, the Unicorn is a fierce creature able to root out criminals, instantly punishing them by piercing them through the heart with its horn content.time.com/time/hea…
Mango pits contain cyanide. A toxic chemical harmful to most living creatures. purina.com/articles/dog/n…
Sirens (the bird-like creatures that sang to lure sailors to their deaths) were originally depicted as both male and female. The ones in the Odyssey were female, and became the status quo from then on. classicalwisdom.com/mytho…
"Transient Anus" = A butt that only appears when it's needed. Discovered on a jellyfish like creature alive today. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
Today I learned of the Hodag, a creature of folklore from Rhinelander, Wisconsin in 1893. Town prankster Eugene Shepard orchestrated a group of locals to help capture and kill the creature using dynamite. After the Smithsonian got involved, Shepard admitted it was a hoax. The Hodag is now the town mascot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hod…
Today I learned of the "Kappa". A Japanese mythical creature that will assault humans and steal a mythical organ from the victim's anus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kap…
Saint Francis of Assisi believed that nature itself was the mirror of God. He called all creatures his "brothers" and "sisters", and even preached to the birds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Tens of thousands of Burmese pythons have decimated the wildlife of the Everglades, the number of native mammals – raccoons, mice, rats, deer, wildcats – fell by between 87% and 99% (depending on the creature) in areas known to be infested with pythons between 2003 and 2011. 1843magazine.com/features…
Cobalt was named after Kobolds, the goblin like creatures said to inhabit mines. sciencefriday.com/article…
The chocolate midge – no bigger than the size of a pinhead – is the only creatures that can pollinate cacao trees, and that the production of chocolate is threatened by the collapse of the insect ecosystem. nps.gov/articles/chocolat…
Today I learned about Muezza, the Islamic Prophet Muhammad's cat. It is said that sometimes Muhammad gave sermons with the cat in his lap, and that Muhammad cut a piece off his clothes as to not disturb the cat from his rest on said clothes. As such, Muslims hold cats as cherished and lovable creatures. religion.wikia.org/wiki/M…
Today I learned about the dhegheer, a boogeyman-like folk creature from Somalia with ears large enough to function as wings. wattpad.com/5090497-the-l…
The Wyoming Legislature has considered bills to make the jackalope the state's official mythological creature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The sun bear has the ability to mimic complex facial expressions as well as primates (which is odd because they are solitary creatures) earthbuddies.net/sun-bear…
Today I learned about genetic Chimeras. Named after the mythic creature, it’s when an organism contains 2 sets of DNA. This can happen if twins are recombined in the womb or after major organ/bone marrow transplants. In some rare cases the transplanted DNA can β€œtake over” the host DNA. insider.com/what-is-a-hum…
, that Gary Gygax (Co-founder of Dungeons and Dragons), also invented "DragonChess" a complex 3-dimensional chess game, using iconic creatures and classes from D&D. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon…
The millipede, illacme plenipes, is the leggiest creature in the world with 750 legs despite being only 1". It was lost for almost 80 years and believed to have gone extinct until being rediscovered in 2005. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
During screenings of the 1959 film The Tingler, - a film about a creature a creature that gets inside a person’s spine, causing them to feel a tingling which can only be stopped by screaming - buzzers were placed in random seats that caused the audience to feel tingling during the film. nerdist.com/schlock-awe-t…
In 89 BC Roman soldiers have reportedly captured a satyr (a mythical creature) while at war in Greece. They’ve brought it to their general Sulla for interrogation, but it only spoke in something like a cross between the neighing of a horse and the bleating of a goat. perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/…
The mantis is the only creature with one ear. Also known as an auditory cyclops thesmallermajority.com/20…
Today I learned about Ammolite. This opal-like gemstone can be found in an infinite array of colors, and is one of a few known biogenic gemstones. It is formed from the fossilized shells of Ammonites (A pre-historic squid-like creature). geologyin.com/2017/03/its…
Fairies in traditional folklore are considered malevolent creatures to be avoided and warded off, rather than the benevolent creatures modern culture suggests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
The grasshopper and locust are actually the same creature; the locust is the grasshopper high on serotonin. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The Odradek, a device that helps to detect creatures and other things in the Video Game β€œDeath Strandingβ€œ, originates from the short story β€œThe Cares of a Family Man" by Franz Kafka where it appears as a star-shaped, mystical being that makes no sense to the narrator. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A 'bugbear' (i.e. an annoyance/irritant) is a legendary creature, comparable to the bogeyman, said to eat naughty children and thought to be in the form of a bear en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bug…
There are actually 7 types of encounters with extraterrestrials. Encounters of the 3rd kind are β€˜UFO encounters in which an animated creature is present’. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
The people of Wuhan in the province of Hubei are given the nickname "Nine Headed Birds" by other Chinese, from a mythological creature that is said to be very aggressive and hard to kill. "In the sky live nine-headed birds. On the earth live cunning Hubei people." newworldencyclopedia.org/…
'Plankton' is not a single species, but is instead an umbrella term used to refer to any lifeform that drifts with the ocean currents, including microorganisms like bacteria and algae, as well as larger creatures like jellyfish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
On his travels through the Arctic, naturalist George Steller described a mysterious creature known as the Danish Sea Ape. While this has since perplexed scientists, evidence indicates that he was not describing an animal, but rather subtly mocking the ship's Danish captain, who he despised. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In 1970, a dead whale washed up on Florence Beach, Oregon. Instead of cremating or burying the creature, authorities decided to blow it up with dynamite. The explosion caused bits of whale and chunks of blubber to rain from the sky, injuring spectators and damaging cars. wweek.com/culture/2016/09…

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