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.