Baby animals who look like nothing like their parents

Baby animals who look like nothing like their parents

It’s said newborn human babies closely resemble their fathers. This is so that the father feels obliged to stick around and care for his unbelievably handsome/beautiful baby. I’m not really sure about this theory because most babies, to me, look a bit like Winston Churchill no matter who the father is. Anyway, it seems that this isn’t always the case when it comes to animal babies. These animal mums are obviously a lot more independent than us humans because their sprogs don’t look like their dads or, in fact, their mums…

Eggs from around the world

Eggs from around the world

With Easter almost here, what better time could there be to brush up on your egg knowledge? Here we’ll take a look at some world record eggs, some unusual ways of eating eggs and some other eggy facts that you can use to amaze your friends in between mouthfuls of chocolate…

Spring cleaning: A worldwide tradition

Spring cleaning: A worldwide tradition

The long, cold winter nights are over, and thanks to the natural light, we can finally see the filth that’s been hidden in our homes for months. It’s a tradition in many households to have a good clear-out during springtime, but who do we have to blame (or thank) for the spring clean?

Bizarre ice cream flavours from around the world

Bizarre ice cream flavours from around the world

The meaning of the phrase “ice cream” varies from one country to another, with terms such as gelato, frozen yoghurt and sorbet being used to describe the variations and styles. There is some speculation over where and when ice cream was invented. Some historians consider it was created in the Persian Empire when people would pour fruit juices over snow, whilst others believe it has origins in China in 200 BC. Vanilla may be the most popular ice cream flavour of all time, but if you fancy something a little more adventurous why not try one of these unusual flavours whilst on your travels.

Hanami: Japan's springtime cherry blossom festival

Hanami: Japan’s springtime cherry blossom festival

In the UK, cherry blossom is just a lovely leaf accompaniment created by the cherry tree at spring time. But in Japan, cherry blossom, known as sakura, is an altogether more important business.

The Coso artefact | Out-of-place artefacts

The Coso artefact | Out-of-place artefacts

The Coso artefact is a small, metal and porcelain object that was found in California in 1961. There’s nothing unusual about that (I’m sure there are lots of small, metal and porcelain objects in California), but this one was found inside a geode, which would’ve taken around 500,000 years to form.

Alternative marathons from around the world

Alternative marathons from around the world

If, for some reason, running 26 miles through London’s rainy streets doesn’t appeal to you (or if you’ve applied to take part but haven’t won a spot in the inexplicably popular race) then maybe you’ll need to travel a bit further to find the right competition.

Non-aqueous rain: Strange things that have fallen from the sky

Non-aqueous rain: Strange things that have fallen from the sky

When people say, “Oh, it’s raining cats and dogs,” you know it’s metaphorical. But having done some research, I’ve found some truly peculiar occasions where things other than rain have fallen from the sky. Here’s a list of my favourites:

Quimbaya airplanes | Out-of-place artefacts

Quimbaya aeroplanes | Out-of-place artefacts

According to “conventional” history, powered aircraft have only been around since the beginning of the twentieth century. So, if this is true, why were the Quimbaya civilisation making little model aeroplanes a thousand years ago?

Baghdad batteries | Out-of-place artefacts

Baghdad batteries | Out-of-place artefacts

The word “electricity” wasn’t even thought of until the 17th century, but that didn’t stop the ancient Parthians from creating (what some people think are) batteries capable of delivering a small electrical charge.