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8 surprising facts from around the world

8 surprising facts from around the world

Did you know we had a mobile app? Well, you should do because we wrote a post about it in June. If you haven’t downloaded it already, it does lots of nifty little things – like helping you find hospitals and embassies while you’re abroad – but the feature we’re most excited about is the one that’s probably the least useful…

Murderous mushrooms from around the world

Murderous mushrooms from around the world

To most of us, mushrooms are just a type of food – a spongy plate-filler to be either gobbled up or brushed aside, according to our personal tastes. However, there are roughly 14,000 species and only a very small number of these are ever chopped up and covered in garlic. Around the world, mushrooms come in a variety of forms, some of which display a shocking disregard for the lives of other species.

5 plants you probably wouldn’t want in your garden

5 plants you probably wouldn’t want in your garden

Gardening is seen as a therapeutic hobby – and rightly so too. There’s nothing quite like watching something you put into the ground and watered grow to its full beauty. We tend to buy and pot plants that make our gardens and parks look prettier, but there are some odd plants from different parts of the world that need some, erm, attention too…

7 teeny weeny animals from around the world

7 teeny weeny animals from around the world

If you like tiny animals, read on. I’ve specified where the tiny animals live so, should you want to, you can try to see them for real. I’ve said “try” because they might be right in front of your face and you still wouldn’t see them, such is their teeny weenyness.

Nudibranchs: Delightful little slugs that live underwater

Nudibranchs: Delightful little slugs that live underwater

What does the word ‘nudibranch’ suggest to you? Perhaps it sounds like somewhere to sit on a special kind of beach? Or maybe it could be the name of a small sub-group within a larger organisation (the nudibranch of the EDL, for example)? Well, as nice as that sounds, neither of these explanations are correct – nudibranchs are delightful little slugs that live underwater.