Sunday, July 27, 2008

Polar Bears

“Ursus maritimus” is the scientific name of polar bears. Polar Bear is the world’s largest predator found on land. Though polar bears are closely related to brown bears, it has many body characteristics adapted for cold temperature like moving across snow, ice and open water and for hunting the seals. A polar bear spends in the frozen sea much of the year though most polar bears are born on land, that’s why they are called marine mammal.

Polar bears are excellent swimmers and have been seen in open Arctic waters as far as 97 km from land. The common hunting method of polar bears is called still-hunting because they use their excellent sense of smell to locate a seal-breathing hole.

As many years passed, the polar bears has been a key figure in the material, spiritual, and cultural life of Arctic indigenous peoples, and the hunting of polar bears remains important in their cultures.

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower of the world. Rafflesia only reveals itself once a year. It is a parasitic plant, with no visible leaves, roots, or stem. It only lives five to seven days. When Rafflesia blooms, the insects got attracted on it because of its repulsive odor, similar to that of rotting meat.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

What is a Goblin?

The term Goblin simply refers to the uglier members of the mythical fairy race. Fairies are small supernatural creatures of human form. According to some traditions, goblin comes from Gob or Ghob, the king of the gnomes, whose inferiors were called Ghob-lings. They are small, beautiful, airy, and nearly transparent in body and can devour in any shape. They are known to play pranks (a trick of an amusing, playful, or sometimes malicious nature) and it is best to treat them with respect. Goblins are particularly unkind to humans, break things, causing mischief and other such activities. It is said that Goblins are the most active at Halloween.

**Fact: In Germany, if you met a man with green teeth he was a nix, or a water spirit. When nixes ventured on land, some part of their clothing was always wet. Sometimes, Goblins were human-sized fairies, and they were hard to tell from mortals.

Monday, May 5, 2008

What is UNLUCKY 13 all about?

The perception of the number 13 is only a superstition. Superstition is a belief, not based on knowledge. For one reason or another, many of us believed that the number 13 is unlucky. An example is a hotel that does not have 13th floor yet there is no such justification that is accepted about the UNLUCKY 13. Experts articulate that 13 were unpopular from the time when man learned on how to count. By counting his fingers and feet, he will come up with a total of 12 and beyond that 13 were unknown and scary.

**Fact: There are also other events that seemed to be unlucky. Opening an umbrella indoors may bring misfortune or never to walk under a ladder.

What does Venus look like?

Venus is referred to as Earth’s sister. Venus is parallel to the size of our planet, but the likeness ends here. Venus temperature on the surface of the planet is nearly 500 degree Celsius. Its air is heavy enough to crush a human in seconds. Its atmosphere consists partly of an acid. Venus is always brighter than the brightest stars. This is bright enough to be seen even in the middle of the day.

We can see that Venus is a planet once ruled by volcanoes if we look past the clouds. However, there is no evidence that these volcanoes still active today.

**Fact: Because Venus was the Roman goddess of love, astronomers have named many of the planet's features after the famous women.