Wiki: Art. Wiki: Diseases & Disorders. Wiki: Historical Events. Wiki: Mysteries. Wiki: People. Wiki: Philosophy & Psychology. Wiki: Stories & Poems. The Turk. Chess-playing automaton hoax A 1980s Turk reconstruction.
Tromelin Island. Tromelin has facilities for scientific expeditions and a weather station. It is a nesting site for birds and green sea turtles.
Description Landscape of Tromelin Island. As Tromelin is only 7 metres (23 ft) high studies could not determine if it is the summit of a volcano or an atoll.  Tromelin is about 1,700 metres (1.1 mi) long and 700 metres (0.43 mi) wide, with an area of 80 ha (200 acres), covered in scrub dominated by octopus bush and surrounded by coral reefs. Important Bird Area The island has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because of its significance as a seabird breeding site. Hope Diamond. The Hope Diamond is one of the most legendary jewels of history, with ownership records dating back almost four centuries.
Its much-admired rare blue colour is due to trace amounts of boron atoms. Weighing 45.52 carats, its exceptional size has revealed new findings about the formation of gemstones. The Hope Diamond has long been rumored to carry a curse, possibly due to agents trying to arouse interest in the stone. It was last reported to be insured for $250 million. Effect of spaceflight on the human body. Astronaut Marsha Ivins demonstrates the effects of zero-G on her hair in space Venturing into the environment of space can have negative effects on the human body. Significant adverse effects of long-term weightlessness include muscle atrophy and deterioration of the skeleton (spaceflight osteopenia). Other significant effects include a slowing of cardiovascular system functions, decreased production of red blood cells, balance disorders, eyesight disorders and changes in the immune system. Additional symptoms include fluid redistribution (causing the "moon-face" appearance typical in pictures of astronauts experiencing weightlessness), loss of body mass, nasal congestion, sleep disturbance, and excess flatulence.
The engineering problems associated with leaving Earth and developing space propulsion systems have been examined for over a century, and millions of hours of research have been spent on them. Death during consensual sex. Death can occur during consensual sex for a number of reasons, generally because of the physical strain of the activity, or because of unusual extenuating circumstances.
There are various euphemisms for death during sex, including "dying in the saddle" or the French "la mort d'amour". Health and physiology Sexual intimacy, as well as orgasms, increases levels of the hormone oxytocin, also known as "the love hormone", which helps people bond and build trust. Sexual activity is also known as one of many mood repair strategies, which means it can be used to help dissipate feelings of sadness or depression. Notable cases Pope John XII (d.964), who may have died during consensual sex with a mistress.
Pitcairn Islands. British overseas territory in the South Pacific British Overseas Territory in United Kingdom Pitcairn is the least populous national jurisdiction in the world. The Pitcairn Islanders are a biracial ethnic group descended mostly from nine Bounty mutineers and a handful of Tahitian captives, an event that has been retold in many books and films.
Foster's rule. Foster's rule, also known as the island rule or the island effect, is an ecogeographical rule in evolutionary biology stating that members of a species get smaller or bigger depending on the resources available in the environment.
For example, it is known that pygmy mammoths evolved from normal mammoths on small islands. Similar evolutionary paths have been observed in elephants, hippopotamuses, boas, sloths (such as Pygmy three-toed sloth), deer (such as Key deer) and humans. The rule was first stated by the mammologist J. Bristol Foster in 1964. In it, he compared 116 island species to their mainland varieties. He proposed that certain island creatures evolved into larger versions of themselves (insular gigantism) while others became smaller versions of themselves (insular dwarfism). List of extreme points of the United States. List of geographical locations in the United States that extend farther in one direction than any other location in the country This is a list of points in the United States that are farther north, south, east, or west than any other location in the country.
Also included are extreme points in elevation, extreme distances, and other points of peculiar geographic interest. Extreme points in the 50 states: Point Barrow, Ka Lae, Sail Rock, Peaked Island Extreme points in the contiguous 48 states: Northwest Angle, Ballast Key, Sail Rock, Bodelteh Islands. Geology of Mars. The geology of Mars is the scientific study of the surface, crust, and interior of the planet Mars.
It emphasizes the composition, structure, history, and physical processes that shape the planet. It is fully analogous to the field of terrestrial geology. In planetary science, the term geology is used in its broadest sense to mean the study of the solid parts of planets and moons. Hanged, drawn and quartered. Seventeenth century print of the execution, by hanging, drawing, and quartering of the members of the Gunpowder plot To be hanged, drawn and quartered was a punishment in England used for men found guilty of high treason.
The full punishment was made up of the following - the victim was: Dragged, usually by a horse, on a wooden frame to the place where he was to be publicly put to death. Breast-shaped hill. Overview The name Mamucium that gave origin to the name of the city of Manchester is thought to derive from the Celtic language meaning "breast-shaped hill", referring to the sandstone bluff on which the fort stood; this later evolved into the name Manchester. Mostly breast-shaped hills are connected with local ancestral veneration of the breast as a symbol of fertility and well-being. It is not uncommon for very old archaeological sites to be located in or below such hills, as on Samson, Isles of Scilly, where there are large ancient burial grounds both on the North Hill and South Hill, or Burrén and Burrena, Aragon, Spain, where two Iron Age Urnfield culture archaeological sites lie beneath the hills.
Scaphism. Ancient Persian form of execution Scaphism, also known as the boats, or mistakenly as cyphonism, is an alleged ancient Persian method of execution. The word comes from the Greek σκάφη, skáphe, meaning "anything scooped (or hollowed) out". It entailed trapping the victim between two boats, feeding and covering them with milk and honey, and allowing them to fester and be devoured by insects and other vermin over time.
Bubbly Creek. Bubbly Creek originates near 38th Street, at the Racine Avenue Pump Station of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. It flows in a generally northward direction for approximately 6,600 feet (2,000 m), and joins with the South Branch of the Chicago River. History A man standing on slaughterhouse-derived waste in Bubbly Creek in Chicago in 1911. The area surrounding Bubbly Creek was originally a wetland; during the 19th century, channels were dredged to increase the rate of flow into the Chicago River and dry out the area to increase the amount of habitable land in the fast-growing city. The South Fork became an open sewer for the local stockyards, especially the Union Stock Yards. Phobos monolith. The location of the monolith (HiRISE image PIA10368) The general vicinity of the monolith is a proposed landing site for a Canadian Space Agency vehicle, funded by Optech and the Mars Institute, for an unmanned mission to Phobos known as PRIME (Phobos Reconnaissance and International Mars Exploration). The PRIME mission would be composed of an orbiter and lander, and each would carry four instruments designed to study various aspects of Phobos' geology. At present, PRIME has not been funded and does not have a projected launch date.
The object appears in Mars Global Surveyor images SPS252603 and SPS255103, dated 1998. The object is unrelated to another monolith located on the surface of Mars, which NASA noted as an example of a common surface feature in that region. See also References Fasciation. Wyethia helianthoides or Mule's Ear Wildflower (on right) showing fasciation A "crested" Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea), resulting from fasciation, located at Saguaro National Park (West), Arizona, U.S. Fasciation (pronounced /ˌfæʃiˈeɪʃən/, from the Latin root meaning "band" or "stripe"), also known as cresting, is a relatively rare condition of abnormal growth in vascular plants in which the apical meristem (growing tip), which normally is concentrated around a single point and produces approximately cylindrical tissue, instead becomes elongated perpendicularly to the direction of growth, thus, producing flattened, ribbon-like, crested, or elaborately contorted tissue. Fasciation may also cause plant parts to increase in weight and volume in some instances. The phenomenon may occur in the stem, root, fruit, or flower head.
Causation Occurrence Wall Drug. Bubbly Creek. Closed-eye hallucination. List of Nestlé brands. St. Elmo's fire. Wahhabism. Pseudanthium. Semantic satiation. Final girl. Facilitated communication. Pareidolia. A satellite photo of a mesa in Cydonia, often called the Face on Mars. Later imagery from other angles did not contain the illusion. Examples Projective tests The Rorschach inkblot test uses pareidolia in an attempt to gain insight into a person's mental state. Proprioception. Foo fighter. Santuario de Las Lajas. EURion constellation.