In June of last year, a swan living in Manchester, England died of a broken heart when teenagers threw bricks at her nest and killed all but one of her unborn cygnets and drove off her mate due to stressโ€ฆ
After all the local swans were eaten by Alligators a Florida woman wrote to Queen Elizabeth for assistance. The Queen provided two royal Swans. The Swans alive in Lakeland today are their direct descendants.โ€ฆ
Napoleon had a healthy obsession with Australia his whole life. Had he won at Waterloo he intended to name part of Australia โ€œTerre Napolรฉonโ€ (Napoleon Land) and brought back 200+ species of Australian flora and fauna to France, making Josephinรฉ the first person in history to breed black swans.โ€ฆ
The New York City Ballet has an annual shoe budget of $780,000; on average, their dancers go through 500-800 pointe shows for "The Nutcracker" over six weeks, and even more pairs for two weeks of "Swan Lake"โ€ฆ
Thomas the blind, bisexual goose, died at 40 years old, and had been in a relationship with two swans, raising 68 cygnets with them over a period of 6 years.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Petra, a black swan from Germany that has fell in love with a pedalo that looks like a swan.โ€ฆ
The New York City Ballet has a shoe budget of $780,000: the dancers go through 500 to 800 pairs of pointe shoes performing The Nutcracker over 6 weeks, and use up even more pairs in 2 weeks performing Swan Lake.โ€ฆ
Throughout the 16th and 17th century, a Goose or Capon (castrated/neutered cockerel) was commonly served for Christmas dinner in England. The rich sometimes dined on Peacock or Swan. Popular history tells of Henry VIII being the first English monarch to have a Turkey for Christmas.โ€ฆ
The Queen technically owns all unmarked mute swans on open water in the U.K., a right dating back to the medieval ages, when swans were prized as a delicacy and symbol of nobility.โ€ฆ
An estimated one-quarter of Black Swan matings are homosexual.โ€ฆ
The Nobel Prize in Physics wasn't originally awarded to astronomers, which is why folks like Eddington, Hubble, Lemaรฎtre, Saha, and Swan Leavitt didn't win.โ€ฆ
Thomas Alva Edison did not invent the light bulb; electric light sources were being experimented since early 1800s and an English Physicist Sir Joseph Swan had a working prototype of electric incandescent light bulb more than a decade earlier than Edison.โ€ฆ
Swan Lake was played prior to the announcement of the passing of several leaders: Leonid Brezhnev (1982), Yury Andropov (1984), and Konstantin Chernenko (1985). During the 1991 attempted takeover involving Mikhail Gorbachev, Swan Lake was once again played, causing many to believe he had passed.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
There was a blind bisexual goose who fell in love with two swans and helped raise 60+ of their babiesโ€ฆ
Fellows of St John's College, Cambridge University are the only people other than the Queen who are legally allowed to eat unmarked mute swans in Englandโ€ฆ
A man was milled by a mute swan. After getting too close to a nest, the male swan knocked the man out of a kayak and actively blocked the man from swimming to shore.โ€ฆ
Queen Elizabeth II owns all the swans in open waters in the United Kingdom and is the first monarch to attend Swan Upping ceremony.โ€ฆ
The expression 'Paint the town red' has actual historical origins. In 1837, the Marquis of Waterford led a group of friends on a night of drinking through the English town of Melton Mowbray. The mob literally painted a tollgate, the doors of several homes a swan statue with red paint.โ€ฆ
Until they were discovered in Australia, black swans were known in Europe as a metaphor for that which could not exist.โ€ฆ
There are 7 main types of non-standard door designs for cars: Butterfly (f. ex. on McLaren Senna), Gullwing (i.e. DeLorean doors), Scissors ("Lambo doors"), Sliding (for vans), Suicide doors, Canopy (rare), and Swan doors, and that there are hundreds of cars (many hi-ends) using them.โ€ฆ
As early as the 12th Century the Royal Family of Great Britain has claimed ownership of all Swans in the Empire and Commonwealth due to their being a delicacyโ€ฆ
Wuhan Zoo is a large semi-natural island for animals. It has the biggest swan lake in China with three hundred rare black swans, and about two hundred white swans and other rare birds. Two giant pandas were sent to Wuhan as their hometown was destroyed by Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008โ€ฆ
A single Chilean Flamingo named "Pink Floyd" escaped a Utah aviary and lived a solitary life at the Great Salt Lake for 18 years, eating brine shrimp and socializing with gulls and swans. Locals unsuccessfully petitioned to have other flamingos released in the area to keep Floyd company.โ€ฆ
Port Royal,visited in "Pirates of the Caribbean", was a real pirate city. An earthquake, resulting tsunami and soil liquefaction partially sank and completely destroyed the Jamaican town in 1692. The HMS Swan was washed from the harbor on to a roof top and was a haven for survivors.โ€ฆ
An estimated one-quarter of all black swans pairings are of two males, and they are known to steal nests from females in order to obtain eggs to hatch.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about The Man in the Moone, a 1638 novel that is considered by some to be one of the first works of science fiction. In it, a Spaniard ends up on the moon after fleeing Spain and harnessing some wild swans who fly him up to it. He then meets the โ€œLunarsโ€-a people who inhabit the moon.โ€ฆ
The actor who says the infamous "ass to ass" line in the film Requiem for a Dream is a recurring character in director Darren Aronofskys cinematic universe. He also appears in Black Swan credited as the same name, Uncle Hank.โ€ฆ
Black Swan Theory is when an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. World War I, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the September 11, 2001 attacks are examples of black swan events.โ€ฆ
The Queen of England owns all the unmarked swans in the country... and that there are marked and unmarked swans in England.โ€ฆ
The Queen owns all of the U.K.'s swans. Every year there is an annual census of all the swans in the River Thames, a centuries-old tradition known as the Swan Upping that takes place the third week in July. This years Swan Upping started today.โ€ฆ
The Queen of Britain technically owns all whales and dolphins in UK waters, due to a law dating from 1324, and all swans in the Thames.โ€ฆ
Homosexual black swans form temporary threesomes with females to obtain eggs, then driving away the female after she lays the egg.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Henrietta Swan Leavitt, whose discovery enabled astronomers to measure the distance to faraway galaxies well beyond reach of the direct measurement tools such as Parallax.โ€ฆ
Tchaikovsky said he never would've written "Swan Lake" (his first ballet and arguably the greatest ballet ever composed) if he'd heard Lรฉo Delibes' ballet "Sylvia" first, because Tchaikovsky felt "Sylvia" was so much better than he could've ever achieved.โ€ฆ
In 1879 7 ft 11 in(2.41 m) Anna Swan and 7 ft 9 in(2.36 m) Martin Bates are not only the tallest couple ever but also gave birth to the largest baby ever. At 23 pounds 9 ounces(10.7 kg) and nearly 30 inches tall(75 cm) and each of his feet were six inches(152 mm) long but he only lived 11 hours.โ€ฆ
Adventurer Robert Swan's eye color altered permanently from dark to light blue after walking through a hole in the ozone layer during his trek to the South Pole.โ€ฆ
A Chilean flamingo escaped an aviary and lived the next 18 years in the wild by the Great Salt Lake. It was nicknamed Pink Floyd, and socialized with local gulls and swans.โ€ฆ
Homosexual Black Swans form temporary threesomes with females to obtain eggs, then drives the female away after she lays the egg.โ€ฆ
In 1264 in Hamburg it was made illegal to insult, hurt and eat swans.โ€ฆ
In April 2012, a 37-year-old man was killed by a swan.โ€ฆ
Zeus often seduced mortal women by taking on different forms one of whom was Leda, who Zeus wooed while taking the form of a Swan.โ€ฆ
Approximately 25% of all black swan pairings are between homosexual males. Some couples are so eager for cygnets that "They steal nests, or form temporary threesomes with females to obtain eggs, driving away the female after she lays the eggs".โ€ฆ
Black swans are an actual type of swan, not just a rare color variantโ€ฆ
'Black Swan Theory' is the idea that rare catastrophic events which are beyond the realm of normal expectation or predictability (but later inappropriately rationalized by hindsight) play a vastly larger role in the course of history than any predictable or foreseeable occurrence.โ€ฆ
The island of Malta was once inhabited by ~2m tall Giant Swans and ~1m tall Dwarf Elephantsโ€ฆ
In 2006, Petra, a female black swan made headlines in Germany after falling in love with a swan-shaped pedalboat, following it around and sheltering next to it for two years. Petra then disappeared, causing a nationwide search, and was spotted several years after with a real swan this time.โ€ฆ
Homosexual swans will have temporary threesomes with a female swan to obtain an egg, then they drive her away.โ€ฆ
Only the Queen can eat swans in England.โ€ฆ
Feeding wild waterfowl (like geese, swans, ducks etc) is actually detrimental to their health and causes many environmental problemsโ€ฆ

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