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Singapore – Lion City

Singapore - Lion City

Singapore – Lion City


Singapore is a small island nation in Southeast Asia and it is also the name of the country’s main island and of its capital city. The official name is the Republic of Singapore. Its area is 692.7 square kilometers and it consists of a main island and sixty-three islets just south of the tip of the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Singapore Island is shaped like a diamond. It is one of the most well-to-do Asian nations because it has been a busy world shipping port. A narrow body of water separates Singapore and Malaysia.
Singapore is sometimes known as the Lion City and its symbol is a merlion, fish with the head of a lion. A holiday dedicated to this mythical animal is celebrated every September.
Most people speak the Malay language, but Mandarin Chinese, Tamil (an Indian language), and English are also official languages.
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Swordfish – live torpedo

Swordfish – live torpedo

Swordfish – live torpedo


The fantastic speed of a swordfish is still a mystery to scientists.
At the very end of World War II, the British tanker Barbara sailed on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The weather was calm. And suddenly the sailor on duty noticed that a long torpedo was flying at a huge speed right toward the tanker, leaving a foamy mark on the surface of the ocean. The sailor raised the alarm, but after a few moments the torpedo had already reached its target, hit the tanker, but … there was no explosion. And the “torpedo” quickly turned around and again rushed at the ship. It turned out that it was a swordfish. At the second attempt to ram the ship, the fish broke its weapon – a sword, and was stuck in a hole. When the aggressive fish was pulled out onto the deck, it turned out that the length of the sword exceeded one and a half meters, the body was five meters, and the weight of the live torpedo was 660 kilograms.
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Real wooden boy Pinocchio

Real wooden boy Pinocchio

Real wooden boy Pinocchio

In 2001, a group of American archaeologists from Boston conducted excavations in Florence. Once the Americans decided to go for a walk. Passing through a shady churchyard, they discovered the burial of certain Lorenzini (1826-1890). On the tombstone, it was indicated that he was known under the pseudonym Carlo Collodi and that he was the author of the fabulous story “The Adventures of Pinocchio”, famous all over the world.
Having stood in sorrow at the grave of the famous writer, archaeologists continued their journey. They took a dozen steps, and one of the scientists exclaimed: “Look, what a ridiculous coincidence, right next to the ashes of Collodi Pinocchio rests!”
On the tombstone of Pinocchio Sanchez, it was written that he was born in 1790 and died in 1834. Hence, adult Pinocchio Sanchez could theoretically communicate with little Lorenzini.
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Awesome mink

Awesome mink

Awesome mink


Mink are cute mammals with wonderful fur. There are two species of mink: European and North American. You know, they are related to weasels.
This amazing animal has a slim and very long body, and short legs. The body of the North American mink is 30 to 50 centimeters long. Its tail is 13 to 23 centimeters long. Adults may weigh up to 1.6 kilograms. The European mink is smaller. By the way, mink fur is normally brown, but cultivated varieties are available in white, black, silver-blue, and blue pelages.
These animals live near water, so they swim and dive well. They are active mostly at night. The animal is carnivore and hunts fishes, birds, insects, and small mammals. Coyotes, foxes, wolves, and owls eat mink. To tell the truth, when this animal feels threatened, it gives off a bad smell.
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Wonderful Bumblebee

Wonderful Bumblebee

Wonderful Bumblebee


The bumblebee family, as well as the wasp family, exists only one summer. In spring, the queen begins to look for a place for a nest. An abandoned mouse mink, a moss bump, a hollow, a squirrel’s nest, a birdhouse, are all suitable for this purpose. Having covered the nest with dry grass or moss on the outside, the queen makes the first round wax cell inside. In the cell, she places a small supply of food — a mixture of flower pollen and honey — and makes several eggs. Then she builds the others. Meanwhile, in the first cell, the larvae hatch. When they eat the food supply, the female gnaws a hole in the cell through which she feeds them.
After a week and a half or two weeks, the larvae begin to weave silk cocoons and turn into pupae. Then small working bumblebees are born and they begin working immediately – build cells and feed the larvae.
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Rose inspired festivals

Rose inspired festivals

Rose inspired festivals. Portland Floral Carnival


The queen of flowers, Rose is celebrated in many countries, it is the subject of worship and fervent love. Rose inspired festivals are held in Moldova, Mordovia, Estonia, Spain, Venice, etc. Since ancient times, the rose has been the object of worship and admiration. The earliest information about the rose can be found in ancient legends: it was enjoyed in ancient India at such high level that even existed a law according to which everyone who brought a rose to the king, could ask him for anything he desired. In Bulgaria rose is given in special honor, and it is one of the main symbols of the country.
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Green River traditions

Green River traditions

Green River traditions. Green River of Wyoming. Painting by Thomas Moran (February 12, 1837 – August 25, 1926)


The River of green color begins its flow in the western Wyoming going south to Utah, where it turns east to make a loop through the northwestern corner of Colorado. Turning south in Utah, it enters the Colorado river in Canyonlands National Park after a course of 730 mi (1,175 km). Originally known as the Spanish River, it was renamed in 1824, probably for its distinctive color. There are several Holidays and traditions connected with the Green river, among them – Green River Rendezvous and Flaming Gorge Days.
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