Maybe it’s because we live in Australia and everything seems so far away that often you hear “if only we could drill through the center of the Earth and just go through there”. So I wondered what would actually happen if we would… And I found:
“… That the farthest you can travel from home (and still remain on Earth) is about 7,900 miles (12,700 kilometers) straight down, but you’ll have to journey the long way round to get there: 12,450 miles (20,036 kilometers) over land and sea.
… That one of my first presentations I did in school was about the Bermuda Triangle? I know, I know… who cares and why is this worthy of one of my “Did You Know” posts? Maybe I just want to let you know how much the Bermuda Triangle and all the myths around it has fascinated me over years. It still does. So I thought I might list some “facts” about the Bermuda Triangle.
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid “Red Centre” and probably one of the must sees if you visit Australia.
The stargazers are a family of perciform fish that have eyes on top of their heads (hence the name). The family includes about 51 species (one extinct) and are found worldwide in shallow and deep salt waters.
In addition to the top-mounted eyes, a stargazer also has a large, upward-facing mouth in a large head. Their usual habit is to bury themselves in sand, and leap upwards to ambush prey that pass overhead. Some species have a worm-shaped lure growing out of the floors of their mouths, which they can wiggle to attract prey’s attention. Both the dorsal and anal fins are relatively long; some lack dorsal spines. Lengths range from 18 up to 90 cm (giant stargazer).
Stargazers are venomous; they have two large venomous spines situated behind their opercles and above their pectoral fins. Some species can also cause electric shocks and have a single electric organ consisting of modified eye muscles, while other species have theirs derived from sonic muscles. They are some of the few marine bioelectrogenic bony fishes, the other being the striped catfish.
Stargazers are a delicacy in some cultures (the venom is not poisonous when eaten), and they can be found for sale in some fish markets with the electric organ removed. Because stargazers are ambush predators which camouflage themselves and some can deliver both venom and electric shocks, they have been called “the meanest things in creation”…
Now, originally I didn’t want to write about stargazer fish. I wanted to touch base on star gazer babies. I’m not even sure if it is a thing in English but when my son was born or better during birth of my son, he sort of got stuck on my pelvic bone while on his way out. He was what they called a star gazer baby and lifted his head up in a way that is not part of the normal movement a baby goes through during birth. This then led to his head getting stuck and in the process we needed a little bit of help to get him out. I loved the description they gave it as it made things so clear but also gave it kind of a nice touch.
“A Posterior baby (Occiput Posterior, or OP) means that the baby is also head down BUT the back of its head is towards mom’s back and baby is facing towards mom’s front. Other names for the OP position include “stargazer” or “sunny side up” because the baby seems to be looking “up” at the sky when mom is lying down.”
So while I was trying to find the right way of describing it on Google I also found the stargazer fish and it’s pictures made me share it as a Did You Know post…
Some people wonder if it’s safe to eat a double yolk egg. Not sure why to be honest. Maybe because it’s just not normal… but if you wondered:
The answer is that it’s not only perfectly safe to eat, but is said to bring good luck when you find them.
What causes the double yolk? A double yolk occurs in an egg when a chicken releases two yolks into the same shell. Double yolks are usually produced by young chickens. Since their reproductive systems have not fully matured, they periodically release two yolks instead of one. Double yolks can also come from older chickens nearing the end of their egg producing period.
I haven’t seen a double yolk egg in a while. I can tell you one thing though: When I get the next one it will definitely be mine to eat 😉
… That a Kiwi can be multiple things? First of all there is Kiwi as in the fruit. Nice and sweet and simply yummy. Then New Zealanders are also called Kiwis and last but not least there is Kiwi the bird. So today let’s talk about the bird and not the fruit or the person…
… That there are more than 2,000 species of fireflies, a type of beetle? Despite their name, only some species produce adults that glow. Fireflies in the western United States, for example, lack the ability to produce light.
I have not often seen fireflies in action. Actually I’m really not sure if the memory I think to have is a real time memory or if it was something I saw in a movie. I do think though, that it’s something incredibly beautiful and I wish I could show my children fireflies in action. One day, one day…
Here are some more cool facts about fireflies I found on the Smithsonian website:
… What a lowland streaked tenrec is? I wouldn’t have a clue until I stumbled across a picture of one. There are some truly interesting animals out there and this little fellow actually reminds me in a way of a a cross between a hedgehog and an echidna. And who knows how close they are related?
Geographically they are a bit far away from each other. While you find hedgehogs on the Northern Hemisphere across Europe and North America and the echidna only in Australia, the lowland streaked tenrecis found in tropical lowland rain forest, in the northern and eastern parts of Madagascar.