Raven crowing at Tower of London

New Ravens Born in Tower of London, Continuing Building’s History

June 13, 2019

New ravens have hatched in the Tower of London for the first time in 30 years, the tower’s official website said. A superstition-based royal decree dating back to Charles II mandates that at least six ravens bred by a ravenmaster must live on the grounds at all times, lest England fall to calamity. The Tower of London is steeped in history. […]

Norbertine Father Karel with Grimbergen beer

Belgian Monks to Return to Brewing Beer after 200-Year Hiatus

June 2, 2019

A recent article in Reuters said that Belgian monks will soon reopen a brewery destroyed by French troops in 1795. The Grimbergen Abbey, north of Brussels, will rebuild its brewery, which was initially constructed in the 13th century. Beer history is surprisingly linked to human history the world over. […]

50 Australian currency bills stacked on top of one another

Australia’s Central Bank Issues Millions of Bills with Typos

May 25, 2019

Australia has accidentally released millions of A$50 notes with a misspelled word, as reported by Reuters. Ironically, the word “responsibility” is the culprit, missing its final “i” and appearing as “responsibilty” three times on each bill. However, making mistakes is ingrained into human nature. […]

beluga whale with russian tracking device on its neck

Whale Found Wearing Russian Harness Sparks Concerns of Naval Ops

May 7, 2019

A beluga whale spotted in Norway wearing a Russian harness sparked heightened concern over Russian special ops, “The Washington Post” reported. The creature’s harness read “Equipment of St. Petersburg,” raising concerns that it may be part of a top secret Russian intelligence program. Are marine mammals smart enough to spy on us? […]

callao cave in the Philippines

New Human Species Discovered in the Philippines

April 17, 2019

A small relative to our species (“Homo sapiens”) has been discovered in a cave in the Philippines, “USA Today” reports. Newly excavated bones and teeth provide evidence of a previously unknown humanoid species. The discovery changes our knowledge of evolution and early ancestry for the second time in a decade. […]

Julian Assange co-founder of Wikileaks, headshot

WikiLeaks Co-Founder Julian Assange Arrested in London

April 16, 2019

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange has been arrested in London, according to BBC News. The Australian co-founder of the information leaking site faces charges of federal conspiracy in the United States. The website has a complicated history with free speech and the release of classified information. […]

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