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Spring-heeled Jack
2014-01-20 08:58:32

Spring-heeled Jack comes from the Victorian era of Great Britain and is part of the English folklore. Sightings were reported all over Great Britain, but most frequently in London, the Midlands, and Scotland. His name was derived from his ability to make astounding leaps and was very popular as an urban legend. He was described as being tall and thin with clawed hands, and glowing red eyes....

Storsjoodjuret Lake monster
2014-01-20 08:23:29

The Storsjoodjuret is a legendary lake monster said to inhabit the 300 foot deep lake Storsjon in Jamtland, Sweden. In 1986, Storsjoodjuret, its offspring, and nest was put under a protection law for being an endangered species, but the law was withdrawn in 2005. Storsjoodjuret’s name was derived in 1899 as a combination of other Swedish words. The translation of these words, stor (great),...

Santa Cruz Water Lily Victoria cruziana
2014-01-14 17:40:04

Victoria cruziana is a tropical water lily species. The species may also be referred to as the Santa Cruz water lily, the Water platter or the Yrupe. V. cruziana is a member of the Nymphaeaceae family. The plant is found in South America, specifically Argentina and Paraguay. The very first known V. cruziana species was discovered in Bolivia. Specimens were collected and sent to France where...

Star Lotus Nymphaea nouchali
2014-01-14 15:58:53

The Nymphaea nouchali species is a flowering water lily. The species may also commonly be referred to as the Star lotus, the Red and blue water lily or the Blue star water lily. The plant belongs to the Nymphaeaceae family. Nymphaea nouchali can be found from the Indian subcontinent to Australia. It has been cultivated in Thailand for decorative purposes and both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh...

Himalayan Mayapple Podophyllum hexandrum
2014-01-12 07:44:48

Podophyllum hexandrum is a plant species belonging to the Berberidaceae family. The species may also be referred to as the Himalayan mayapple or the Indian mayapple. Podophyllum hexandrum are native to the Himalayan mountain range in Asia. This particular plant species flourishes at lower elevations. Podophyllum hexandrum is a low growing plant. Its leaves may be described as drooping and...

Dumerils Boa Boa dumerili
2014-01-10 15:32:04

The Boa dumerili or Acrantophis dumerili is a non-venomous species of snake found on the western coast and in the southwestern regions of Madagascar and Reunion Island. These areas are semi-arid, getting low amounts of precipitation. The common name for this species is Dumeril's boa. The boa feeds on small animals like birds, lizards, and rodents; it will also feed on other snakes if need...

Poormans Weatherglass Anagallis foemina
2014-01-06 14:55:05

Anagallis foemina is an herbaceous plant from the Myrsinaceae family. It is commonly referred to as Poor man’s weatherglass. A. foemina is a low-growing plant. It contains weak, sprawling stems that grow about 2 to 7 inches long. The stems bear bright green opposite or alternating leaves. These leaves are lance shaped and grow approximately .28 to .43 inches wide and .47 to .62 inches...

Elfin Sports Cars
2014-01-06 10:19:17

Elfin Sports Cars Pty Ltd, is an Australian automobile manufacturer that was founded in 1957 by Garrie Cooper. The company produces sports cars and race cars. It is the oldest and one of the most successful sports car makers in Australia, with 29 championships and major Grand Prix titles. Previously owned by Bill Hemming and Nick Kovatch, Elfin is now owned by the estate of former British...

Nissan GT-R
2013-12-02 09:48:19

The Nissan GT-R was first released in Japan in 2007. It is a sports car manufactured by Nissan and features all-wheel-drive. There were two concept vehicles unveiled before the GT-R was produced. One in 2001 and a redesigned concept in 2005 called the GT-R Proto. The 2007 GT-R model was based 80-90 percent on the Proto concept vehicle. The first United States GT-R was delivered on July 7,...

Bugatti Veyron 164 Super Sport
2013-12-02 09:38:06

The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is the fastest road legal production vehicle in the world as of 2013. It is manufactured by Bugatti with the first model being shown to the public in August 2010 as a 2011 model and it is still being produced today. It was initially powered by an 8.0-litre W-12 Quad-turbocharged engine that produces 1,200 hp at 6,400 RPM and 1,106 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 RPM....

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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