Coral bleaching is the biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef. But it’s too early for obituaries.
South African leader and anit-aparthied hero Nelson Mandela died December 5 at the age of 95. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years for fighting against apartheid and upon his release in 1990, continued to strive for peace and reconciliation as president of ANC and South African president in 1994. The country and the world mourns his death and celebrates his life.
This giant tree is not the stoutest in the country. There are at least two baobabs with larger trunk diameters – Glencoe Baobab with the incredible diameter of 15.9 metres (unfortunately this tree split into two parts in November 2009) and Sunland Baobab with 10.64 m diameter. But the Sagole tree is the largest one in overall appearance and possibly – the largest one in trunk volume. Tree unites amazing trunk size with a circumference of approximately 32.8 meters (3.) with the significant height of 22 metres.
There have been about 514 Leap Years since Caesar created it in 45BC. Without the extra day every 4 years, today would be July 28, 2013. Also, the Mayan calendar did not account for leap year…so technically the world should have ended 7 months ago.
There is a bizarre form of therapy in Indonesia. People will lie down on railway tracks every day because they believe the electric surge from oncoming trains will cure them of illnesses as it flows through their bodies. It all stems from the tale about a Chinese man who once tried to commit suicide, but was miraculously cured of his illnesses by the electricity passing through the tracks.