South America

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Gem stones: What are they, where do they come from and how are they made?

Gem stones: What are they, where do they come from and how are they made?

I could be considered part magpie. I love shiny things and… Actually, that’s the only thing I have in common with a magpie. I probably won’t enter your nest and steal your eggs while you’re not looking.

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about pineapples

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about pineapples

Not only are pineapples delicious and absolutely suitable as a pizza topping, they’re also a rather fascinating little spiky fruit.

Hand gestures from around the world

Hand gestures from around the world

It turns out that hand gestures aren’t quite as universal as you may initially think. Let’s take a look at just how these gestures can have different meanings around the globe.

Pancakes from around the world

Pancakes from around the world

Well, well, well, who’d have thought it? Another Christian tradition that was influenced by Pagan traditions.

Penitentes: Incredible blades of ice that point towards the sun

Penitentes: Incredible blades of ice that point towards the sun

Penitentes or nieves penitente (which is Spanish for “penitent-shaped snows”) are pointy blades of hardened snow or ice.

Llamas: A fluffy cross between and sheep and a giraffe

Llamas: A fluffy cross between a sheep and a giraffe

They may well look like a sheep had an intimate liaison with a giraffe, and have an undeserved reputation for bad manners (possibly thanks to a habit of spitting). But let’s take a look at these interesting animals from South America.

Manchineel tree: The most dangerous tree in the world

Manchineel tree: The most dangerous tree in the world

Are you going to the Caribbean this winter? If so, sit down – we need to have a chat. A chat about the most dangerous tree in the world. This is no joke. It’s worse than that big plant from the Little Shop of Horrors.