Caves are often thought of as little more than empty holes in the ground, but this is only half right; they’re holes with things in them. Far from being just a hollow space, caves are full of curiosities – unusual rock formations, prehistoric artwork and, frequently, hard-hatted men who need rescuing.
Everyone loves a theme park. Except me, of course. Maybe I’m a bit of a grump, but if I’m going to spend £40 on something that makes me nauseated, I’d rather queue up at the sweet shop than Alton Towers.
Last year, we wrote about five of the world’s smelliest places. Well, our planet has become no less pungent since then, so here are five more whiffy wonders.
Bridges connects things. It’s the most important thing about them. Literal bridges connect one piece of land to another. Metaphorical bridges connect one person (or thought, or idea, or thing) to another. If a bridge doesn’t link something (or someone) to something (or someone) else, can it really be called a bridge? If it can’t, what’s it called? And if it can, what effect would this have on the word’s use as a metaphor? Would we have to start using “tunnel” instead?
On a planet that’s 70% water, it’s perhaps no surprise that there are some interesting objects under the sea. Here we take a look at just 403 of them. Some of these things occurred naturally; some were put there deliberately. One of them may have been made deliberately but nobody can remember.
When I first saw the Italian town of Alberobello, I was convinced I was actually looking at the setting for a children’s TV programme. I imagined it to be inhabited by little white, fluffy things with adorably cute but artistically very simple faces (much like Moomins or something). But Alberobello is a real place, inhabited by real people (or so the internet would have me believe…)
The Caspian Sea is often classed as the world’s largest lake, even though it’s called a sea and is technically a small ocean. There’s no exact definition of where the lines between sea, lake and pond may be, but people generally have an intuitive idea of which is which – for example, lots of people have a pond in their back garden, but far fewer have a lake (and nobody has a small ocean).
It’s story time! Every country has their own folk tales – stories that have been passed down through generations, usually involving some kind magic or sorcery, and representing a moral code or a life lesson. I assume each story says something about the psyche of the nation it comes from, so make of these what you will! I’ve given my verdict at the end of each story. Please let us know what you think though!
Not so long ago, we brought you to a lovely little blog post about an orchid that looks like a bee. It turns out that this is not the only animal the orchid likes to impersonate. Here are some other tricks they have up their pretty, creative sleeves:
Pizza was invented in Italy, popularised in America, and Norwegians now eat more of it than anyone else. Since its origins in Naples, the food has become a global favourite with each region coming up with toppings to suit their particular taste. The standard pizza, for those who don’t know, is round and flat with cheese and tomato baked on top of a bread base (at least, the base is usually bread – vegetarians should avoid Googling “porco pizza”).