Today I learned of the flesh-eating penis worm, a phallus-like creature that emerged 500 million years ago. A vicious predator, its tooth-lined throat acted as a cheese grater, and could also turn inside-out to help it crawl. About 20 species still exist today, but luckily they're all under the ocean floor wired.co.uk/article/flesh…
The protrusions on a "winged spear" acted as a safety measure to prevent creatures such as boars during boar hunting from running up the shaft to get at you. Effectively, pinning them at the spear head. youtu.be/EVmmz8ypZyo?t=36…
Biblically accurate angels are very different from well-known description of the an angel - Old Testament depict one of them (Seraphim) as six-winged, flaming creature continuesly chanting "Holy, holy, holy" and the other (Ophanim) as pair of wheels with multiple eyes youtu.be/40KcrrfbJ6o
Today I learned a sea otter has the densest hair of any creature at more than one million per square inch. A human has on average 80,000-120,000 total. pbs.org/harriman/1899/sea…
Kamikiri, in Japanese folklore, is a mythical creature known for stealthily cutting peoples hair yokai.com/kamikiri/
The reason why the snowman is abominable, is because of a mistranslation by a journalist. The local name for the creature was "metoh-kangmi" which translates to "man-bear snow-man", but the metoh part was mistranslated as filthy which got later changed to abominable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yet…
A four-year-old girl discovered an extremely well preserved 220 million-year-old dinosaur footprint at a beach in Wales. According to a local paleontologist, the creature probably stood about 29.5 inches tall, was about 8 feet long and walked on its two hind feet. nbcnews.com/news/weird-ne…
Jean-Paul Sartre, Nobel prize winning philosopher, suffered a bad trip after using Mescaline, in which he thought he was menaced by sea creatures. For years following this, he consistently believed that he was being followed by lobsters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
The red dye used in the flag that flew over Fort McHenry and inspired the Star Spangled banner was originally discovered by squeezing tiny parasitic scale creatures known as cochineal, known for habiting prickly pear cacti. Cochineal are now bred and cultivated for color and quality. smithsonianmag.com/innova…
Lobsters don't age the way other living creatures doβ€”they don't lower their reproductive ability, slow their metabolism, or decrease in strength. Because of their molting process, it is difficult to determine their actual ages. They continue growing larger with each molt until they die. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Sphinxes are mythical creatures that were placed at the entrance of the temples to guard their mysteries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sph…
Classical "angels" are the lowest tier of God's servants in traditional Christian Angelology. There are actually nine angelic orders, each with distinct responsibilities. The highest orders appear as firey beings with six wings, four-faced creatures covered in eyes, and chariot wheels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
According to Buddhism, at the core of all human beings and living creatures, there is no "eternal, essential and absolute something called a soul, self or atman". Nirvana, or liberation, is defined as the blissful state when a person realizes that he or she has "no self, no soul". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
During his tenure, Theodore Roosevelt had a lion, a coyote, a hyena, a black bear and a zebra living on White House grounds at various times. Also, he shot 11397 creatures, including endangered animals. He also hired people, to find remains of a Mammoth, which he was successful in procuring. theguardian.com/books/202…
Today I learned about flicker fusion rate, which explains why time is perceived differently among different creatures. This is why it's so hard to kill flies; time is perceived 600% slower for them! bbc.com/news/science-envi…
The oldest known oil paintings were found inside caves in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. Dating from the 6th century AD, the paintings show scenes of Buddhas in vermilion robes and mythical creatures. Oil wasn’t added to paint in Europe until the 13th century. reuters.com/article/us-af…
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…
In the 1960s a boy smuggled in three giant African snails into Florida, and later released them. Within seven years there were an estimated 18,000 of the creatures in the wild, taking 10 years and over $1M to eradicate. thesprucepets.com/giant-a…
Chevrotain are small (up to 12" tall) "mouse-deer" creatures with tusks and tiny hooves britannica.com/animal/che…
There is a theory that claims all placental animals (most mammals) share a common ancestor called Protungulatum donnae, a rat-like creature that was reconstructed by a team of 22 scientists in 2013 sciencemag.org/news/2013/…
The 'Pine Barrens' episode of The Sopranos was based on a dream director Timothy Van Patten had where Paulie and Christopher were lost in the woods. This stemmed from Tim's childhood when his father would tell him about a creature that lived in the Barrens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Today I learned of the Palm Cockatoo, the "Ringo Starr" of the bird world, Like no other creature in the world, they fashion thick sticks from branches, grip them with their feet and drum on trunks and tree hollows australiangeographic.com.…
Today I learned about Belka and Strelka - two Russian dogs that became the first living creatures to make it to the orbit and back safely in 1960. They became very folk heroes, spawning cartoons, electronica/dance music, and even Russia's first 3D animated film. airspacemag.com/daily-pla…
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…
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…
Rumplestiltskin is not rumple-stilt-skin but rumple-stilts-kin from the German for "little rattler of posts/stilts," a linguistic relative to other creatures who mess with objects, like poltergeists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum…
Blue-ringed octopi bites are lethal to humans because of the creatures’ venom. The venom can kill more than 20 humans in just a few minutes. healthline.com/health/blu…
Today I learned about Monopods, mythical creatures with only one foot. Ancient Greeks and Romans thought Monopods inhabited India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Obake Kuruta i.e. Ghost cards or Monster cards are an old card game from the Edo period in Japan in which cards feature monsters and other creatures from Japanese mythology and the objective is the collect the most cards to beat your opponent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Whales originate from creatures that walked on earth and resembled a wolf. baleinesendirect.org/en/d…
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…
Today I learned about Environmental DNA. It's used, for example, to get DNA from large sea creatures. Sea water near them is gathered and filtered to get shed skin, excrement, etc. to their DNA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Env…
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…
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…
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…
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…
An African dung beetle, S. zambesianus, uses the polarization of a moonlit sky to orientate itself so that it can move along a straight line. Many creatures use the Sun's light-polarization pattern, but this is the first animal known to use the million-times dimmer polarization of moonlight. nationalgeographic.com/an…
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._…
: 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…
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…
When whales die and sink, their carcasses, known as "Whale falls", provide a bounty of nutrients for deepwater creatures nature.com/articles/43356…
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…
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
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…

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