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How Big was Secretariat’s Heart?

With his Triple Crown achievement, Secretariat set a record no racing horse could beat. Even as a 2-year old horse, many recognized the vastness of his potential. Acknowledged by Time, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and many more, nobody could ignore the powerful speed generated by Big Red.  During Secretariat’s necropsy, Dr. Swerczek was shocked to see …

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How Did Two Friends Use Their Buddy’s Ashes to Catch a 180-Pound Carp?

There are many ways we can pay tribute to our loved ones after they pass. But what can be better than having their ashes used for something they truly love? When Ron “Ronnie” Hopper succumbed to cancer, his two friends, Paul Fairbrass and Cliff Dale decided to revisit Thailand and use his ashes as bait. …

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Icelandic horses are not allowed to leave the country. If they do, they are banned from returning. This is because Iceland is an island so they have limited diseases, and this is another measure to prevent it.

Icelandic horse The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse developed in Iceland. Although the horses are small, at times pony-sized, most registries for the Icelandic refer to it as a horse. Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy. In their native country they have few diseases; Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the …

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The skeletons of medieval English archers were deformed from years of archery. The high poundage of war bows, coupled with years of training in their use from a young age, led to skeletons having over-developed shoulder and arm bones to compensate for the growth of muscle around those areas.

English bowmen Come rain or shine this weekend (and it’s looking like a mix of both) you can join in with our Indoor Archery event and take aim to see how many points you can score. As it’s all about archery this weekend we asked Joe from our Visitor Services team to look back on …

The skeletons of medieval English archers were deformed from years of archery. The high poundage of war bows, coupled with years of training in their use from a young age, led to skeletons having over-developed shoulder and arm bones to compensate for the growth of muscle around those areas. Read More »

European bison herds move by majority rule: each bison “votes” by facing the direction it wants to go, and the herd goes in the direction chosen by the largest number.

Bison “Vote” on the Direction They’d Like the Herd to Move Every few years Americans in major cities elect a mayor. The process is relatively straightforward: we vote, and the candidate who carries the majority wins. The same goes for certain bovines. Ecologist Amandine Ramos of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) spent …

European bison herds move by majority rule: each bison “votes” by facing the direction it wants to go, and the herd goes in the direction chosen by the largest number. Read More »

Getting a boner when climbing Everest is common thanks to the change in pressure

Fun Fact: Climbing Mt. Everest Gives People Boners Climbing the Mt Everest is reserved for the elite, it requires months of preparation and a lot of money, but once you’ve succeeded you would have the satisfaction of being at highest point on Earth… with an extra bonus. It might sound like a dirty joke, but …

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Soviet Cosmonauts take shotguns to space to protect themselves from Siberian wilderness upon re-entry back to earth.

TP-82 Cosmonaut survival pistol The TP-82 (Russian: ТП-82) was a triple-barrelled Soviet pistol that was carried by cosmonauts on space missions. It was intended as a survival aid to be used after landings and before recovery in the Siberian wilderness. The TP-82 was the result of cosmonaut Alexei Leonov’s concerns after being stranded in the …

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