Looking at how modern celebrities call their children, it would seem that there is little to surprise us. Elon Musk and the singer Grimes called their baby X Æ A-12, or Gwyneth Paltrow who named her daughter Apple. However, in some countries it is believed that there should be certain restrictions on the names of newborns and not all creative ideas of parents should be encouraged.
We found out how our editors could not name their children if they suddenly moved to live in another country.
A modern person is surrounded by many things that make their life easier. It would seem that they all appeared in our age of high technologies, and earlier poor people were deprived of such amenities. But, as studies of historians show, the desire for comfort is in our blood, and even distant ancestors spent time and energy not only on survival, but also on the invention of new objects that would improve life.
We decided to find out what history of modern devices and phenomena is actually more interesting than we thought.
Who among us does not know how pleasant it is to go to a coffee shop, order a large cup of hot cappuccino, sit by the window and just relax. It is clear that Starbucks has chosen its mission to become a third home, which is always a pleasure to return to and stay for an hour. And the popularity of these coffee houses is a clear sign that they are doing well. But even regular customers, who have been visiting them for years and know all the baristas by sight, are unaware of the burning secrets of the company.
We were surprised at how thoughtful and unexpected features Starbucks turned out to have and decided to tell you about them.
“Lost”, consisting of 6 seasons and 121 episodes, is one of the most popular TV series of the second half of the 2000s. There is everything you need for a successful project: bright characters and an impressive cast, in which everyone will find a favorite, branched storylines, mysticism, and intrigue.
We watched the life of the characters on the island and the secrets of this place, and decided to be nostalgic by digging up facts about the series.
Brands are an integral part of our lives. They surround us everywhere: no matter what we do and wherever we go, everywhere we come across advertisements and familiar logos. But what do we know about the companies that define what we eat and wear? It turns out that there are amazing facts in the history of each of them. For example, you hardly knew that the Korean giant Samsung not only produces electronics but also builds ships.
We have studied the history of famous brands and unearthed some really amazing facts that will be a discovery for many.
Keanu Reeves turns 56 on September 2. Many consider him to be one of the most amazing and moving actors in Hollywood. His kind and generous deeds are legendary, and many films with his participation have become truly iconic for several generations. In a Time magazine article, the actor was called “the absolute introvert of Hollywood” and also described him as a charming and “painfully shy” workaholic.
We dug deeply into the biography of one of our favorite actors and came to the conclusion that if any of the stars is worthy of universal love, it is definitely Keanu Reeves.
Don’t even try to say you’re not interested in dinosaurs.
We will never believe it.
You’ve definitely seen movies and cartoons. Amazing giants from the past are overgrown with myths and legends and this is quite normal, given how difficult it is to reconstruct the events that took place 250-200 million years ago.
However, some myths have been refuted by science and it is worth learning.
Myth 1: They are extinct.
You don’t have to go to the movies or turn on YouTube to see dinosaurs. Just look out the window.
Dinosaurs fly directly over our heads, sit on windowsills, and dirty cars.
Birds are one of the groups of dinosaurs. They have successfully evolved and taken their place on the planet.
How did they do it?
The Museum of Natural History of Great Britain names three main reasons:
The first. They were small, no larger than a duck. Smaller species reproduce faster, and therefore adapt to new situations.
In addition, small dinosaurs do not need as much food as large ones.
The second. Birds ate everything — seeds, fish, ants and more.
The third. They could fly. Flying requires less energy than running or walking when you have to travel long distances.
So it was easier for them to escape the bad conditions and find new sources of food.
An example of the ancestral form of the bird dinosaur is Archeopteryx, which lived in the Jurassic period in a tropical climate and was approximately equal in size to the modern crow.
The discovery of Archeopteryx was a brilliant confirmation of the evolutionary doctrine, evidence of the presence of peculiar transitional forms between reptiles and birds.
Myth 2: Dinosaurs were stupid
Well, who hasn’t heard of a small dinosaur brain compared to its large bodyweight.
Of course, it is impossible to accurately determine the IQ of a dinosaur. However, some factors indicate that these reptiles were not such stupid creatures.
There is a rule of phylogenetic parentheses. Dinosaurs are creatures between crocodiles and birds. They are somewhere in the middle. Crocodiles lay eggs, birds lay eggs, logically, as dinosaurs lay eggs. Similarly, with intelligence — crocodiles — are quite intelligent creatures. They even use tools, for example, put the branches on their head, as for the nest, during the breeding season of some birds, then they literally fly into their mouths.
The same with birds — take, for example, the same crows — these are very intelligent creatures. According to this rule, dinosaurs are difficult to call stupid animals.
Confirmation of the intellect of dinosaurs is quite complex reproductive strategies of certain species.
The National Museum of Natural History says that in 2019 in the Gobi Desert, scientists got a real dinosaur incubator — 15 nests, and in them — 50 eggs. The finding indicates that dinosaurs formed colonies, had complex reproductive behavior and group nesting. And the “stupid” creatures are not capable of this.
This myth went through the small size of the brain. That it is incorrect to compare the brain of a reptile and the brain of a mammal. The brain of a reptile has a different structure, neurons connect there differently, so we can’t talk about the ‘stupidity’ of dinosaurs based on size alone.
Myth 3: Dinosaurs were cold-blooded
Some scientists believe that this applies to all species, some — to the most, but they can say for sure: dinosaurs were warm-blooded. One of the classic examples of a warm-blooded dinosaur is a tyrannosaurus.
There is an isotope analysis that helps to determine this. There is a certain number of isotopes (a set of atoms that have the same charge of the nucleus — UE), which accumulate in the body only if the body has a constant temperature. And according to the ratio of these isotopes, scientists can say exactly whether this body temperature has changed or not.
In the tyrannosaurus it was stable — about 37 °C. Some dinosaurs had higher temperatures, some had lower temperatures.
It can’t be called the warm-bloodedness that modern birds have, but in their mass, dinosaurs were not cold-blooded creatures.
Myth 4: The little paws of a tyrannosaurus were completely atrophied
Well, who hasn’t laughed at the tyrannosaurus’ paws, which look barely noticeable against the background of the animal’s massive body.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, jokes even began that tyrannosaurs became extinct because they could not wash their feet.
But, according to the scientist, in the process of evolution, a group of predators stood out, in which the forelimbs lost their function, but were not atrophied.
Most of these predators in the city of the forelimbs found a place to attach powerful muscles. And, probably, these muscles were needed to hold something — either the victim or… partner. Or to get up from a rest position.
The world of primates is fraught with many mysteries that humans are trying to solve. They are mammals that arouse genuine interest among naturalists because they are considered the closest relatives of humans. It is worth noting that scientists discover up to 10 new species of primates every year, so we still have a lot to learn about these amazing animals.
We have collected for you a selection of facts, discoveries, and opinions from scientists who slightly opened the secret curtain that protects humans from the animal world.
Did you know that cholesterol helps the brain to learn and remember new information? Or that the adult brain is still capable of creating new neurons? So let’s help it and feed on new cool information. A nice bonus for humanity is that our memory capacity is considered almost unlimited.
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