Found in the Mississippi River, and "distinguished by a recognizable, soft luster which is not seen in saltwater pearls." Via Minerals, Minerals, Minerals!
[From 2011] It's the sort of event one would expect to read about in Fortean Times (which is online, BTW, but hasn't found the story yet). I read about it at a Scottish TV station's website (via Arbroath, of course): Pupils at a Scots school had to run for cover when it started raining worms during their PE lesson.
This gravestone-encircled tree is located in the churchyard of London's St Pancras Old Church, and named because of the involvement of novelist Thomas Hardy in its creation. Details at Kuriositas.
YouTube link. "Pilot Jim Ray, flying the Pitcairn PCA-2 autogyro plane, is first aviator to descent in front of White House.
"A young bull elephant killed professional hunter Ian Gibson early on Wednesday as he tracked a lion for an American client in a rugged part of north-east Zimbabwe.
Radiologists viewing this photo will wonder whether Cooper is exhibiting a positive or a negative Throckmorton sign (or John Thomas sign).
Guttation is the exudation of drops of xylem sap on the tips or edges of leaves of some vascular plants, such as grasses.
From an only-slightly-tongue-in-cheek op-ed piece in the StarTribune: We defied danger on a daily basis.
It's so seldom that we get to post anything cheerful about a rhinoceros... Found at Big Binho (a reader's blog).
YouTube link. It's more complicated (and more elegant, and more interesting) than you may realize.
"Geometric whirlpools" are discussed in a Nature article: Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby have created similar geometric shapes (holes in the form of stars, squares, pentagons and hexagons) in whirlpools of water in a cylindrical bucket.
It shouldn't be this way - From Saturday until the video surfaced Tuesday, Scott’s killing was being portrayed by city officials as simply what Slager said it was: a case of an officer facing down a violent black man, afraid for his life.
It's clearly the head, spine, and forelimb of a lizard. But what's the white part that looks like a spiderweb?
About five years ago when I blogged an explanation of Paul McCartney's phrase "Mother Mary comes to me", reader Binho suggested that I write about Don McLean's "American Pie," and offered a link to an extensive analysis of those lyrics.
People in the US are accidentally drowning baby tortoises by mistaking them for turtle hatchlings and "releasing" them into the water.
A WaPo op-ed piece offers reminders that government handouts are not limited to poor people. Consider, for example, the yacht tax deduction: If you’ve got a boat and you’re paying interest on it, that interest is tax-deductible – provided your boat is really, really big.
From Collector's Weekly: Seaweed collecting embodied a cross-section of Victorian-era pursuits, allowing people to explore nature, improve their scientific knowledge, and create an attractive memento to decorate their homes.