Fairy rings, i.e. mushrooms growing in a circle, are an actual natural occurrence, caused by mushroom mycelia growing out from the center and exhausting nutrients on the inside of the circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
Today I learned of Bridget Cleary, a woman who was killed by her husband in 1895. He believed that she was a changeling; that fairies had kidnapped his original wife and left a copy behind. Evidence shows that he either burned her alive or killed her and then burned her body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Today I learned about Fairy Rings. Once thought to be gathering places for fairies and elves, they're caused by a cluster of mushrooms spreading in an expanding ring after depleting the nutrients inside the circle. mushroom-appreciation.com…
Today I learned about the Cottingley Fairies: two girls who convinced the world in the 1920s that Fairies existed with staged photographs. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - creator of the least-foolable detective Sherlock Holmes - was convinced they were real and promoted the findings for years. historic-uk.com/CultureUK…
Today I learned about the Cottingley Fairies. Between 1917 and 1920, two young cousins took photos of themselves with fairies and gnomes. Millions of people, including Arthur Conan Doyle, believed that they were real. Years later, the girls admitted that they faked the pictures with paper cut-outs from a book. culturacolectiva.com/phot…
The Black Sabbath hit "Fairies wear boots" is not in fact about Fairies, but about Skinheads guitarworld.com/features/…
In Spanish speaking countries they don't have the Tooth Fairy. They have "Ratoncito PΓ©rez", or PΓ©rez the Little Mouse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
Today I learned of the Fairy Rings of Namibia, and that there is currently no conclusive explanation for their formation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
Fairy dust was later added to Peter Pan after several reports of kids hurting themselves after attempting to fly from their beds theguardian.com/childrens…
There is an unusual instrument called the celeste/celesta which looks like a piano, but has metal plates like a xylophone, instead of strings, inside. This instrument is what gives the Nutcracker's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, and the Harry Potter theme, their distinct sound. youtu.be/Aw7HAyq54rw
As far back as the 1920's Australia serves buttered white bread with sprinkles ( or 100s and 1000s an Australian candy) and call it Fairy Bread thespruceeats.com/fairy-b…
Today I learned about RatΓ³n PΓ©rez. The Spanish mouse equivalent of the Tooth Fairy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
Today I learned about the Florida fairy shrimp, which was discovered in 1952 to be a unique species of fairy shrimp specific to a single pond in Gainesville, Florida. When researchers returned to that pond in 2011, they realized it had been filled in for development, thereby causing the species to go extinct. biologicaldiversity.org/n…
Cotton Candy is called Fairy Floss in Australia grunge.com/54701/untold-t…
The first narrative film (The Fairy of the Cabbage) was made by Alice Guy-BlachΓ©, the first female director ever in 1896. She was also the first director to use an all African-American cast (different movie) independent.co.uk/life-st…
For millennia Autism and other sudden disabilities was explained by the Changeling folklore. A fairy or demon would steal a normal baby and replace them with their own child in disguise. The Changeling would cry, scream, not display social behavior, or just become completely unresponsive. pitt.edu/~dash/changeling…
The white noddy or fairy tern, native to tropical Pacific islands, is notable for laying its egg on a bare branch in a small depression without a nest. It is also considered one of the most useful of land-finding birds to mariners since these seabirds generally roam within 45 km of their island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
In 2019 scientists discovered a new species of wrasse they called the 'Vibranium Fairy Wrasse' who's Latin name is 'Cirrhilabrus wakanda' - named after the mythical nation of Wakanda and the metal in the Marvel universe. sydney.edu.au/news-opinio…
According to Welsh legends fairies used to ride corgis into battle akc.org/expert-advice/lif…
: The fairy tale of "Little Red Riding Hood" has been interpreted as a puberty rite, stemming from a prehistoric origin. The girl, leaving home, enters a liminal state and by going through the acts of the tale, is transformed into an adult woman by the act of coming out of the wolf's stomach. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
When foxes discovered fairy penguins on a small Australian island, they nearly wiped the colony out. Swampy Marsh, a chicken farmer, began sending Maremma dogs to protect the birds. Over the next 10 years not a single penguin was killed by a fox. bbc.com/news/magazine-350…
In Season 8 Episode 2 of 'The Fairly OddParents', Timmy Turner is on fairy trial for keeping his first ever wish a secret. It's revealed that the wish was for everyone to stop aging so he could have his fairies forever. When asked how long ago the wish was made, he guesses around 50 years. fairlyoddparents.wikia.co…
The purpose of the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast" was to help young girls accept arranged marriages. theatlantic.com/entertain…
Fairy Chess Pieces are alternate chess pieces used for variants of chess, with different movements and rules. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
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…
J.M. Barrie added the requirement of fairy dust for flying, because so many children injured themselves trying to fly after seeing the first production of β€œPeter Pan” theguardian.com/childrens…
"Changeling" stories of human babies stolen from their parents and replaced with Fairy children may have been an explanation for children with autism abc.net.au/science/articl…
That, in the original Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother is in fact a cynical device to show that while you may have intelligence, grace and charm, you will never succeed without the right connections en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cin…
Today I learned of the Fairy Investigation Society, dedicated to proving and documenting the existence of fairies, whose members included, among others, Walt Disney en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
The modern fairy tale version of 'Beauty and the Beast' can be traced back almost 300 years to French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneu in 1740, but research seems to indicate that the story of Beauty And The Beast is about 4,000 years old (as is Rumpelstiltskin). bbc.co.uk/news/uk-3535848…
Today I learned of Fairy bread. It is sliced white bread spread with margarine or butter and covered with sprinkles. It's mainly eaten by children during parties in Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
There is a species of giant fairy shrimp which can reach lengths as long as 3.1 inches. arizonafairyshrimp.com/gi…
The inspiration of the song Fairies Wear Boots by Black Sabbath is disputed. Geezer Butler states it is about Skinheads, but the guitarist Tony Iommi believes it originated with a hallucination. The original lyricist Ozzy Osbourne does not even remember personally writing the lyrics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
Today I learned of the pacifier tree in Denmark. This is a kid’s first rite of passage, which is on the same level as the Tooth Fairy and Santa Clause. joshuasofaer.com/2018/02/…
Today I learned about Bridget Cleary, an Irish woman killed in 1895 because her husband, father, and others claimed she had been stolen by Fairies and replaced with a Changeling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
One of the reasons why the girls that took the Cottingley Fairies photos did not originally state they were fake was because Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believed them to be real, and they did not wish to embarrass him. To the day they died, both girls insisted they had really seen fairies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 by dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton, and first introduced to a wide audience at the 1904 World's Fair as "Fairy Floss" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
Today I learned of the origin of touching wood for luck. Some theorise that it comes from pagan folklore where tapping on a tree would release fairies and spirits to watch over you. touchwoodforluck.com.au/h…
Corgis are stallions to fairies according to Welsh folklore. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
According to folklorists, all myths, fairy tales and nursery rhymes that are about some dude named Jack are talking about the same guy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The melody of the Fairy Fountain song from the Legend of Zelda series comes from a lovely Japanese love song from the 80's. youtu.be/Q7M9958enRk
In 1895 an Irish man killed his wife because he thought she was a Changeling whom fairies had swapped with his real wife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The Tinkerbell effect is an American English expression describing things that are thought to exist only because people believe in them. The effect is named after Tinker Bell, the fairy in the play Peter Pan, who is revived from near death by the belief of the audience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
Today I learned about cluricaune, a solitary household sprite that likes to drink wine and ride on dogback; it is one of three solitary fairy creatures in Irish fairy tales, with the most popular being the leprechaun. oxfordreference.com/view/…
Invader Zim and The Fairy Odd Parents premiered on the same day, and were part of the same Nick announcement youtu.be/x_RVedLJaEc
King Ludwig the Mad built many weird impractical castles all over Bavaria which later inspired the fairy tale castles at Walt Disney parks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
Today I learned of a Vietnamese fairy tale similar to 'Cinderella' called 'TαΊ₯m CΓ‘m'. The protagonist TαΊ₯m in this grim tale boils the stepsister into fish sauce and gives it to the stepmother to eat as revenge for the physical and emotional abuse that they put her through. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There's a 2015 adaptation of Peter Pan where Captain Hook makes the children of Neverland mine fairy dust and sing Nirvana songs youtube.com/watch?v=0fZVA…
"Cotton Candy" is called "Fairy Floss" in Australia, "Grandma's Hair" in Hebrew, "Father's Beard" in French, "Ghost's Breath" in Afrikaans, and "Girl's Hair" in Arabic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
In 2009 the Australian government deployed snipers to Quarantine beach to protect the endangered fairy penguins from predators theguardian.com/environme…

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