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Socompa
2014-08-19 10:02:27

Socompa is a complex stratovolcano that can be found at the border of Chile and Argentina, reaching an elevation of 19,852 feet. This volcano is best known for its avalanche debris deposit, which have formed the Monturaqui Basin on its west side, the most noted example of this type of deposit in the world. It is a difficult volcano to visit, taking at least a day by vehicle traveling from the...

Danish Protest Pig
2014-08-15 10:46:38

The Danish protest pig is a breed of domestic pig that that was developed in the North Frisia region of Southern Schleswig during the early twentieth century. During this period, Danish people residing in the area were not permitted to raise their country’s flag, so they bred pigs that held a striking resemblance to their flag as a protest. It is thought that this breed was developed by...

Duroc Pig
2014-08-15 10:10:23

The Duroc pig is a breed of domestic pig that originated in the United States during the 1800s in New England. It was one of several red strains and is thought to have been developed by crossbreeding New York’s strain of Duroc, which was older, and the Jersey red. The modern breed was first used as a show hog in the 1950’s and is primarily used as a breeding hog today. The original Duroc...

Cavefish Amblyopsidae
2014-08-06 09:52:18

Amblyopsidae is a family that holds six species of cavefish, also known as blindfish or swampfish, that reside in swampy and dark waters in eastern areas of the United States. Although there are over 170 species of cavefish, only six of these are classified in the Amblyopsidae family, some of which reside in swamps, while others reside in the water systems of caves like those in the Mammoth...

Ricefish Adrianichthyidae
2014-08-06 09:41:10

Adrianichthyidae is a family that holds about thirty-two species of ray-finned fish, commonly known as ricefish, which can be found in murky and freshwaters from Japan to India, and in some Areas of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. The common name of this species is derived from the Japanese rice paddies where they are often found. Many of the ricefish species are endangered and it is thought...

Leaf Insects Phylliidae
2014-08-05 10:01:39

Phylliidae is a family of insects most commonly known as leaf insects or walking leaves, which can be found in Southeast Asia and South Asia to Australia. Although it is classified as a family, there is no general agreement on its classification, as many suggest that the family is actually a large taxon that should contain separate families of leaf insects. It is thought that this family has...

Colugos Cynocephalidae
2014-08-05 09:51:41

Cynocephalidae is a family that holds three species of gliding, tree dwelling mammals known as culugos or flying lemurs, only two of which are living. These species, known as the Philippine flying lemur and the Sunda flying lemur, can be found in tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia. Culugos range in size between fourteen and sixteen inches and they have a slender body with long legs and a...

Hairy Frog Trichobatrachus Robustus
2014-07-31 10:55:59

The Hairy Frog, Trichobatrachus robustus, is a Central African species of frog belonging to the Arthroleptidae family. It is a monotypic species within the genus Trichobatrachus. The common name refers to the somewhat hair-like structures found on the body and the thighs of the breeding male. This species is around 11 centimeters long. The head is large and is more broad than long, with a...

Brahman Cattle
2014-07-12 10:51:49

The Brahman or Brahma is a breed of cattle that originated in America during the early 1900s. It was developed from imported breeds during the years of 1854 to 1926 from India, the breeds included the Kankrej, Gujarat, Ongole and Gir. Approximately 266 different bulls and 22 different cows were used in the development of the Brahman. The American Brahman Breeders Association was established...

Boran Cattle
2014-07-12 10:36:21

The Boran is a breed of beef cattle that has been in eastern Africa for over 1,000 years. The Kenyan Boran was developed from native shorthorn Zebu cattle in southern Ethiopia. The Boran Cattle Breeders Society has managed and bred the cattle since 1951. There were 454 ranches in the country that raised the Boran as of 2008. These ranches are part of five different types; group ranches,...

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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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