Monthly Archive: December 2013

The Christmas Fighting Festival Of Peru

Every Christmas, the Andean citizens of the Chumbivilcas province settle their grudges during the fighting festival of Takanakuy. All legal disputes and personal issues are solved when these people go toe-to-toe in bloody MMA-style matches. In addition to these Christmastime brawls, revelers wear wild costumes, sing, dance, and consume copious quantities of alcohol.

The Difference Between Bactrian And Dromedary Camels

A dromedary is a subspecies of camel, native to deserts across India, Africa, and the Middle East. So what’s with the animals that have one hump and the ones that have two? That’s where the difference comes in; the dromedary has one hump, while the other subspecies of camel, the Bactrian, has two. And also unlike their more popular cousins, the Bactrian lives in the searingly hot (and freezing cold) rocky deserts of Central and East Asia.

The Kidnapped Texas Settler Who Forgot English

In 1836, the Parkers, a family of pioneers in the American West, were attacked by a force of mounted Comanches in Central Texas. The Parkers fled for their lives—some escaped, some were killed, and some were kidnapped. Among the abducted was nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker. She assimilated to Comanche life extremely well; when she was found over 20 years later, she had even forgotten English.

The Difference Between Legends, Myths, And Fairy Tales

Legends, myths, and fairy tales are all various types of folklore, most of which have been passed down through generations. Legends are usually based on some sort of historical fact and have had their characters or events embellished over the tellings and retellings. Fairy tales generally have some sort of fantastic element, and might feature magic, imaginary creatures, and often a conflict between sides that are clearly good and evil. A myth has its basis in religion, often telling stories of supernatural beings or creators, and usually explaining some sort of natural phenomenon.

Mysterious Tiles Keep Popping Up Across The Western Hemisphere

Since 1985, mysterious tiles have been showing up imbedded in streets across the United States and deep into South America. Made from linoleum, asphalt crack filler, tar paper, and glue, these tiles all bear a similar message—most read something along the lines of “TOYNBEE IDEA / IN MOVIE 2001 / RESSURECT DEAD / ON PLANET JUPITER.” Tiles are still appearing almost 30 years later, and still no one knows who’s laying them or what their cryptic messages mean.

The Difference Between Nuts, Legumes, And Drupes

A legume is typically a pod with multiple seeds that will start to open on its own as it becomes ready for harvesting. A nut is typified by a hard outer shell protecting a single seed that we would call the “nut,” and does not open on its own. A drupe is basically a nut with a pulpy fruit around it. An example of a drupe whose nut seed you wouldn’t eat is a peach; one whose seed we would eat is an almond.