Figs are basically inverted flowers and they have the pollen inside the fruit. In order for the tree to pollinate the female fruits, they have developed a symbiotic relationship with a type of wasp that buries their eggs inside them.
When these baby wasps hatch, they mate immediately and the wingless males bite holes through the fig so that the winged females can escape. The females fly away and the males stay back and die.
Then, when it’s time for the females to give birth, they will crawl into other figs to lay the eggs. In the process, the females get their wings ripped off and she dies in there, the plant later digests it!
Because of the way traditional maps are drawn you might not have noticed visually, but Africa is huge. How big is it? Well, you could fit the lower-48 United States, China, India, Europe and Japan and they'd all fit.
In fact, the lower 48 United States could comfortably fit inside Africa 3 times. When you look at a map however, it doesn't look as big as we just described. The reason for this is that the traditional maps that we usually see have a skewed perspective due to the fact that the Earth isn't flat like the maps are.
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The Jurassic Park Ride begun development a few years before the movie was even released, in November of 1990. Development of the ride took 6 years, as it opened on June 15, 1996. The ride cost $110 million, almost twice as much as the movie it was based on!
The ride first opened at Universal Studios Hollywood. The ride actually is considered part of the movie plot. John Hammond was contracted to rebuild the part inside a theme park. Universal would later build a whole mini-theme park dedicated to Jurassic Park in their Islands of Adventure property in Orlando.
A German prince will open the gates of an enclosure on his 30,000 acre property and let loose a small herd of European bison, marking the first time that the animal will roam free in Europe for about 300 years.
The bison, called wisents are similar to their American counterpart. Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg will work with a group of scientists to track the herd and try to make sure they don’t cause damage to farms or local cows.
The small herd consists of a bull, five cows and two claves. Their hope is that the herd will expand and split in two.
About a year go, we told you that the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos had funded a mission that had located the 5 Apollo 11 engines at the bottom of the ocean floor. At the time, it wasn’t known what the condition of the engines was and whether they’d be able to successfully retrieve them.
Well, a year later, Bezos announced on his website that they had been able to recover 2 of the engines and they’re in the process of being restored for display. Bezos wrote: We’ve seen an underwater wonderland—an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines that tells the story of a fiery and violent end, one that serves testament to the Apollo program.”
The engines are still the property of NASA. Beezos hopes that one of them will go to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space museum and that the other go to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, which is near Amazon’s headquarters.