Everything about it is black: plumage, beak, tongue, legs, toe nails, even its meat, bones, and organs! The only thing that is black is its blood – though it comes in a very dark shade.
They get their black coloring from a generic trait known as ‘fibromelanosis’. I don’t know why you’d want to eat something that’s as black as a black hole, but don’t ever make the mistake of slaughtering it for a quick snack, because one chicken costs around $2,500!
A three-month exhibit dubbed “Toilet!? Human Waste & Earth’s Future” debuted this past month at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (also known as Miraikan) in Japan.
According to the official website, the purpose of the exhibition is to have people “talk freely and openly about toilets.” For this purpose, the exhibition features eight areas –- each dedicated to different aspects of feces and toilet functionality.
One of the areas — titled “Where Do Feces Go?” — features a giant toilet that children can slide down on. This part of the exhibit is intended to explain the process of purifying sewage.
Besides space toilets and giant toilet slides, the exhibition has a panel titled “If Toilets Could Talk…” that features a ranting toilet who vents his frustration at being unappreciated for his doo-doo-processing efforts. Hey, it seems fair to provide a space for the star of the show to express himself, considering all the crap he must deal with!
The “Toilet!? Human Waste & Earth’s Future” exhibit will be featured at the Miraikan until October 5th, 2014 — so there’s still time to drop by!
No worries, you aren’t the only one planning to party the night away without a clue as to what exactly it’s all about.
Hopefully, the following facts will forever clear up your misunderstandings:
1. Cinco de Mayo is not tied to Mexico’s Independence Day. If you truly want to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day, you will have store your fireworks and margarita mix until September 16, the actual day Mexico became its own nation.
2. Cinco de mayo was popularized by Chicano activists in the 1960s and 1970s. The celebration is one of 365 festivals celebrated by people of Mexican descent and focuses on the Battle of Puebla. The 1862 battle saw Mexico’s Army defeat France during the Franco-Mexican War that raged between 1861 and 1867.
3. Cinco de mayo is all about underdogs. In the Battle of Puebla, Mexico was the definite underdog. The Army didn’t have any formal training and very little equipment, and was greatly outnumbered by well-funded France — yet still had the power to outwit and outmaneuver its forces.
Remember as you’re doing the Mexican hat dance you’re honoring the gallantry and imagination of the underdog!
4. Cinco de Mayo isn’t a big deal in Mexico. While some in Mexico celebrate the day at home with family and friends, the government doesn’t treat it with the same importance as Independence Day.
5. Cinco de Mayo is becoming more popular throughout the world each year. The celebration continues to spread throughout the globe as the years progress. Countries such as Australia, Canada, and Malta reportedly have a blast on the fifth of May. Rumors are that a growing number of European citizens are planning their own Cinco de Mayo gatherings in 2014.
A man who has lived with a thick horn growing from his neck for over 30 years said his greatest wish is to know what caused it, the Chutian Metropolis Daily reported.
Li Zhibing, 62-year-old resident of Shiyan, Hubei Province, explained friends use a saw to help him cut the horn to a nub twice a year, or else his neck becomes swollen and runs a fever if it grows too long.
Li said he discovered the beginnings of the unusual growth in 1980. After attempting to treating it with herbs from the mountains near his home, the horn grew an astonishing 15 centimeters perpendicularly from the nape of his neck.
For the past 35 years, Li has suspected it was the home remedy he used that caused the horn to grow.
Li said the horn is not an inconvenience – except for when he washes his hair and gets dressed. And his shocking appearance.
Although it is unclear what is causing Li’s growth, it resembles a cutaneous horn.
These horn-shaped protrusions are in fact concentrated deposits of keratin, or the protein that promotes hair and nail growth. Though they usually develop in adults over 55 years old, large protrusions such as Li’s are rare.
Cutaneous horns can be surgically removed.
We always wondered how rabbits, eggs and hot cross buns come to represent the spring holiday we call Easter. So with a little bit of Google magic we did some digging and found out some pretty interesting things.
For example, a majority of Easter associations did not actually originate with Christian practices, but rather from Persian, Greek and Babylonian traditions that Christians adopted.
Here’s more of what we found:
1. Why do we do what we do? Ancient Babylonians, who lived 2,000 years before Christ, would annually commemorate the resurrection of their food and vegetation god Tammuz, who was brought back from the underworld by his mother, Ishtar. Funny thing is, their festivities are exactly how Christians all over the world celebrate today — egg dyeing, hot cross buns and formal Sunday morning worship.
2. Why is it called “Easter”? Not only can we thank the ancient Babylonians for the Easter activities, but we can also thank them for the name. Ishtar is actually pronounced “Easter,” according to many Semitic dialects. Perhaps this is when the name “Easter” became associated with the resurrection of a culture’s special god.
3. Or… Did we get the name “Easter” from the ancient goddess Eostre — better known as Goddess of the Growing Light of Spring? She was known to represent the bright and vibrant first half of the year, loved by many and known for the innocence and beauty associated with springtime.
4. So, what’s the deal with the rabbit? You might be sitting there thinking, “Wait, but rabbits don’t even lay eggs.” So here’s why the rabbit is associated with Easter: Not only do rabbits multiply at an alarming rate, they also have spiritual symbolism. It is said that rabbits are actually the “spiritual twin” or totemic representation of Eostre, the goddess mentioned above. So with this combination of grand fertility and spiritual bondage, the rabbit carries the heavy weight of being Easter’s mascot.
5. Thought that dyeing eggs was just for fun? Think again! Ages ago, Egyptians logically used an egg to symbolize fertility, new life and resurrection. They used to think that eggs fell from the sky, which meant that the gods were sending them a message — a new life had arrived! Red dye, gathered from plant pigments, was used to color eggs and symbolized the blossoming colors of springtime.
6. Why does Easter fall on a different day every year? Christianity’s one exception to adopting certain Pagan practices is the date which we celebrate Easter. Based on our solar system, every year Easter is scheduled to fall on the first Sunday after the first full Moon of the Vernal Equinox.
These facts about Easter raise a bigger question: Why did early Christians adopt pagan holidays and rituals for themselves?
It’s complicated and there were a lot of variables and historical points involved, but here’s the quick version from Answers.com:
By adopting pagan feasts, the Christians could provide an alternative for converts who were unwilling to give up ancient festivities. As Christianity became the majority religion, they could also demand that all people attend church or other Christian observances on that day, thus ensuring that the people did not spend time in observance of pagan celebrations.