Monday, August 29, 2005

A sweet ride

The cheapest car ever made was the Red Bug Buckboard, made by Briggs & Stratton in the 1920s. It sold for $125 (about $1300 today) and weighed about 250 pounds.
The most interesting part: it was electric.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Ant Farmers

Leafcutter ants are the only species on the planet, apart from humans, to cultivate their own food. The ants, usually found in the rainforests and other tropical areas of America, grow a special fungus in their nests.
They get their name because they cut pieces of leaves which they harvest in the fungus gardens. The fungus is then used for food.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

The secret life of Roosevelt(s)

You might already know about Eleanor Roosevelt's affair with another woman (or, you might not), but what you probably hadn't heard was that Eleanor was FDR's first cousin (which is convenient with respect to names and all).
Read all about it.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Nevermind how...

Armadillos can contract syphilis. In fact, they are the only animal (apart from humans) that can.