Reindeer are most frequently found up north, where it’s snowy and cold, but there’s another element of living in the arctic circle – there are long months of nothing but sunlight, followed by the same of constant darkness. Instead of a neurological trick, which is what researchers surmised, reindeer actually change the color of their eyes to block light during bright summer months and collect more during dark winters.
The reason why this happens is complicated, but it’s likely due to long collagen fibers called tapetum lucidum, which relax or contract. The blue eyes are thought to be a thousand times more sensitive to light than the golden summer ones.
The Original Panty Raid
Thomas (or maybe Edward, history isn't sure) Jones was the son of a tailor in Westminster, and he became famous – notorious – for breaking into Buckingham Palace numerous times. The first time was at fourteen, disguised as a chimney sweep, and after he was discovered he fled into the streets with Queen Victoria's knickers in his possession.
A number of other excursions helped Jones gain some notoriety in and around London. After a life of ups and downs, Jones was taken to Australia, where he became the town crier of Perth. His work in breaking into Buckingham led to increased security.
Delicious and Numerous
Thanks to being able to easily detach limbs, all of the legs and claws of the Florida stone crab can easily be harvested. While the catch amount varies from year to year, there are anywhere between two million and four million crab claws collected during the six months they are free game. The highest number of claws go to Joe's Stone Crab in Miami, one of the most famous restaurants in the world.
Other crab shacks watch how many claws this restaurant buys, and often follow suit. Claws are sold in four general sizes: medium, large, jumbo, and colossal. The next year, the crabs might very well be harvested again and lose their claws again.
Let's Call It a Meet Cute and Move On
Sometimes you just really want to eat a rum cake. If it's made well, that's some good stuff. Actor Alan Alda (you might know him from “MASH” or “Scientific American Frontiers”) was fine eating that dirty floor cake, but so was Arlene Weiss, a professional clarinet player. The two met over the rum cake, then began a relationship which quickly led to marriage.
The two got wed in 1957 and are still together. Alda continued acting, while Arlene went on to photography and writing children's books. She is the author of more than a dozen books, and her own photography frequently gets used as illustrations.
They Made It Work
If you're a fan of bitters, you're probably aware of this bottle of flavor, which has one of the most distinctive labels on the market. Mostly because it's so big. Somehow the two brothers in charge of redesigning the elements didn't think to talk to each other about whether or not things were working.
It ended up being in their favor, however, since the label caught the eye and got people talking. It didn't hurt that the bitters were well-made, eventually winning a medal at the Weltausstellung 1873 Wien, which is almost certainly a good thing. The bitters are now a part of numerous cocktails.