When you think of the Mississippi River Delta, you might think of jazz, swamps, and gumbo, but probably not whales. It turns out that there are plenty of sperm whales in the Gulf of Mexico, and the opening to the river proper used to be large enough for the whales to forge all the way to the Great Lakes.
Nowadays this is either shockingly rare or simply untrue since the Mississippi Delta is too narrow and small for whales to fit. Still, there are plenty of people in Michigan that go out to do some “whale watching.” We’re pretty sure that they’re in on the joke.
It's Like a Real Version of That Spider-Man Pointing at Himself Meme
When it comes to spy work, one of the most exciting things in fiction is a double-agent who works for two different sides. In real life, however, these people betray two countries, usually for their own gain. One of the most famous of these is Robert Hanssen. His work for the Soviet Union – and then Russia – was described by the Department of Justice as “possibly the worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history.”
After he was finally caught in 2001, Hanssen was eventually sentenced to fifteen life terms in prison without the possibility of parole after collecting over a million dollars in cash and diamonds from the Soviet Union/Russia.
Free From the Fire
First off, why were there so many bees on the roof of Notre Dame? The only thing that should be up there is hunchbacks. These urban honey bees, called the Brother Adam Buckfast variety, were developed in the 1920s by a monk for their mild temperament in order to promote plant life and biodiversity in Paris.
While it's impossible to count all of them, it seems as if the majority of the little bumblers survived the famous, heart-breaking blaze. Bees can't die from smoke inhalation (no lungs), and it turns out the hives on the roof weren't damaged by the fires. Carbon monoxide is dangerous, but it turns out the fears were for naught.
Oranges Are Great for Everything
Sometime in the mid-nineties, a thousand truckloads of orange peels (and orange pulp) were very purposefully unloaded onto a barren pasture in a Costa Rican national park. Sixteen years after the delivery, a team of Princeton University researchers surveyed the land, finding a 176-percent increase in aboveground biomass – or plants – within the seven acres studied. We all know that oranges are healthy and tasty, but even the stuff that we don't eat can be a big boon to our lives.
After analysis, it was found that the area that had been fertilized by orange peels had richer soil, more tree biomass, a greater number of tree species, and a greater forest canopy enclosure. Which we assume are all good things for a forest.
Living With the Natives
In late autumn, this cow ran away from its farm into the wild and untamed Bialowieza Forest, only to be spotted months later, during the midst of winter, with a herd of wild bison. It was spotted mainly due to the fact that it had a light-brown shade, while the lightest the bison got was chestnut – easy to pick out against the rest of the animals.
While scientists expected the cow to wander back to the farm once things got cold, she has instead flourished with the bison, which likely kept her safe from wolves. However, the bison population is low, and interbreeding with a smaller animal might lead to lost offspring. Thus, the hope is the cow returns to the farm.