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Medium-sized cats from around the world

Medium-sized cats from around the world

Cats come in two kinds, right? Big huge things that roam the wilds of Africa and Asia, hunting prey and roaring everywhere. And the humble domestic cat, leaving you half-dead birds and lounging in the most inconvenient places.

Everything you've always wanted to know about coconuts

Coconuts: What are they and what do they do?

Over 62 million tonnes of coconuts are grown worldwide every year and, if you think that sounds like an awful lot of Malibu and Bountys, it just shows how little you must know about them.

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about turtles, tortoises and terrapins

They’re the world’s most fearsome fighting team. They’re heroes in a half shell, and they’re green. They love pizza, nunchucks and garbage trucks… Sorry about that – I had a brief flashback to my childhood then.

6 healthy eating habits from around the world

I did that post-Christmas double-take earlier when I looked in the mirror and realised that one just cannot breathe in that many mince pies. I know that we’re a couple of weeks in now but there are still toffee pennies left and it feels like it would be unfair to leave them out, you know?

Naga fireballs: The Mekong river’s strange glowing balls

Every October, Asia’s Mekong River is particularly unpeaceful – not because of hydroelectric dams or floating markets (although it does have those things), but because the river appears to be spontaneously releasing balls of fire up into the sky.

Things you might want to touch on holiday, but shouldn't

Things you might want to touch on holiday, but shouldn’t

Anyway, touch is an underrated sense. I don’t feel (that was actually unintentional) we give it enough importance; it’s only when we’re denied the opportunity to touch something that we realise how much we want to touch said thing. So read on and then consider how much you want to touch Juliet’s breast and an orang-utan, amongst other things.

Weird food combinations from around the world

Weird food combinations from around the world

I have a Spanish friend who balks when he sees me liberally applying vinegar to my chips. Apparently, in Spain NO ONE puts vinegar on their chips – it’s weird. They do, however, put it on their strawberries. And that’s not weird. This got me thinking about flavour combinations that are considered perfectly acceptable in some places, but have the potential to give British taste buds a panic attack.