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  • 5 Fascinating Facts About Mythical Creatures That Will Blow Your Mind

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    Mythical creatures are evidently an interesting part of human existence, found in stories, movies, and even sung about. They have been introduced to us in so many ways, however, there are deeper and more complex traditions around these myths than what we see on our screens.

    From mermaids to dragons, these 5 mythological creatures have long captured our imagination — but did you know these facts about them?

    Mermaids

    Mermaids in recent times have been painted as beautiful species that are kind-hearted, however, this has not always been the case.

    As far back as 2,000 years ago, the story began with the Syrian legend of Atargatis, who was worshipped as a goddess. Mermaids were said to have spelled bad luck and lure sailors to their deaths.

    Fairies

    Fairies hail originally from Northern Europe and they do not grant wishes or have magic wands as we have been made to believe. The word “fairy” is used to connote mischievous sprites.

    They usually encompass a range of myths- from angelic spirits to demons, as representatives of the natural world or supernatural creatures.

    The Phoenix

    The phoenix is said to have a 500- year lifespan and only one exists on Earth at any given time. There are numerous versions of this mythical creature that comes from ancient Persian and Greco-Roman to Egyptian and Chinese.

    A mind-blowing fact about this creature is that after its life span it then builds a nest of fragrant wood that serves as its pyre.

    Dragons

    Dragons are one of those mythical creatures that are known all over. With their popularity is both eastern and western worlds, it can be noted they are diverse creatures.

    Even though some are described as small, while others as huge, fire breathing beasts, there are also subspecies. The Wyverns are an example as they are dragons with only two feet.

    On the other hand, dragons can be slain but it seems they are great swimmers as they can never be drowned.

    The Sphinx

    One fact about the sphinx that may surprise you is that there are two different sphinx traditions. The Grecian sphinx has the head of a woman which is also known for being malicious.

    The creature asks a riddle and devours any who gets it wrong. Tragic hero, Oedipus was the first to defeat her. However, the Egyptian sphinx, though similarly hybrid, differs in that it has the head of a man and is generally protective and benevolent.

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  • 5 Amazing Dinosaur Discoveries in Asia You Should Know About

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    Dinosaurs are one of the wonders of the world that have gone extinct but still leaves man in awe when the bones are discovered. Over the years there have been discoveries in different parts of the world with Asia being one of the top sites of discoveries.

    In this short article, we would look at the various dinosaur discoveries that have been found around Asia.

    Abrosaurus (Delicate Lizard)

    This dinosaur is stated to have lived during the Middle Jurassic Period and was found at the Dashanpu Quarry in the Sichuan Province of China.

    It was referred to as delicate Lizard because of the nature of its skull which possessed large openings separated by thin bony struts and it was herbivorous in nature.

    Achillobator (Achilles Hero)

    This dinosaur is from the family of Large dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaurs. These species lived in Asia during the Late Cretaceous period. With heavily built bodies, this carnivore would have been an active predator. It is recorded that since its discovery no more specimens have been found.

    According to records, this dinosaur was estimated to be 5 to 6 m (16 to 20 ft) long with an enlarged, sickle-shaped claw on the second toe.

    Agilisaurus (Agile Lizard)

    This is from a family of ornithischian dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic Period of what is now eastern Asia. It was about 3.5–4 ft (1.2–1.7 m) long, 2 ft (0.6 m) in height, and 40 kg in weight. It had leaf-shaped teeth well-adapted to their abrasive, plant-based diets.

    Albinykus (Albin claw)

    From a family of alvarezsaurid dinosaur. Its fossils were found from Late Cretaceous-age with deposits in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia.

    It is estimated to weigh under 1 kilogram in weight, as it was one of the smallest alvarezsaurs and among the smallest non-avian dinosaurs. It is also recorded that their body size decreased throughout evolutionary history.

    Alectrosaurus (Alone Lizard)

    The alone lizard comes from a family of tyrannosaur theropod dinosaur that lived in Asia during the Late Cretaceous period, what is now called the Iren Dabasu Formation that is now the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China.

    With a moderately built body, this dinosaur was estimated at 5 to 6m (16 to 20 ft). It was a very fast running tyrannosaur as indicated by its elongated hind limbs.

    Even though they are all extinct we are still fascinated by these creatures, we hope you enjoyed your read as much as we loved writing it…

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  • 5 Fearsome Facts About Gargoyles and Dragons

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    Gargoyles are quite terrifying, to say the least, always perched above the cities and villages of the world. They always look like they might break from their stones and take flight while frightening the entire city. Dragons are said to be mythical creatures, mostly found in movies and fictional stories breathing fire and brimstone while having hard scaled wings and strong feet.

    These two creatures are exciting but have similar features of bringing fear to those who see them for the first time, however, they are quite fascinating to watch and show how beautiful nature can be.

    In this article, we would look at 5 facts about gargoyles and dragons.

    Gargoyles are STONES

    Gargoyles are stone-carved creatures usually placed at high top buildings. They started appearing on churches in Europe in the 13th Century. While Dragons come from Africa, South Africa precisely. They can also be found in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and even India.

     

    Dragons Actually originated from Africa

    These South African dragons were first described in 1844 by a Scottish naturalist, Dr. Sir Alan Smith, the species are known by different names such as Sungazer, Giant Girdled Lizard, Zonure, Lord Derby’s Lizard or Ouvolk. Sungazers are prevalent in South Africa and are synonymous with gently sloping.

    Gargoyles are Decorative Statues

    Gargoyles serve as decorative waterspouts; they were set up to preserve stone walls by diverting water from rooftops. Although these days gargoyles are used to describe decorative creature carvings, they are differentiated because of this function.

    Dragons Were of 4 Species

    The ancient Greeks believed that there were 4 different species of dragons, which were- the fire-breathing Chimera, a fearsome female monster named Dracaena, a marine being named Cetera, and a serpent called Dracones. Some other mythologists believe that dragons were far more intelligent than human beings.

    Gargoyle originated from a French Dragon

    The word gargoyle was derived from a French word Gargouille meaning “throat”. It is said to have come from the French Legend of “La Gargouille”, a dragon that terrorized the inhabitants of the town of Rouen.

    Gargoyles and dragons are an interesting discourse, unfortunately, we would have to end it here. We love the myths around dragons, we love our ferocious gargoyles sitting on their rooftops while helping us protect our walls. 

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  • Greece Vs Troy: 5 Truths surrounding the Trojan War

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    During Greece and the Roman eras, wars were a means to show might, power, revolt, or a new system. The Trojan war is another example of how then humans reacted to gestures not pleasing to them.

    The Trojan war is said to have been caused by the kidnap of a king’s wife, according to the history books. There are also undisputed varying accounts of this war and varying Trojan wars which were quite unpopular. The most written and heard one being the story of Greece waging war against the city of Troy due to the King’s wife.

    Let us delve into 5 truths that were recorded about this historic moment

    The Lady’s Kidnap caused the war

    The war was triggered by the fact that the wife of Menelaus, the then king of Persia was kidnapped by the prince of Troy named Paris. The story centers around a golden apple given to the goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite by the goddess of strife and discord, Eris. In the line Zeus sent the goddesses to Paris who judged Aphrodite to be the fairest of them all, thereby receiving the apple. This came with a price as Aphrodite made Helen, wife of Menelaus the most beautiful of all women to fall in love with Paris, who then took her to Troy. Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and the brother of Helen’s husband Menelaus, led a mission of Achaean troops to Troy and besieged the city for ten years because of Paris’ insult.

    The war was fought for a decade

    According to the famous story recorded in history, the popular Trojan horse was brought into the city of Troy after a 10 years siege by the Greeks. The barricade, marked by battles and tussles including the storied deaths of the Trojan prince Hector and the nearly-invincible Achilles, lasted more than 10 years until the morning the Greek armies retreated from their camp, leaving a large wooden horse outside the gates of Troy. After much debate, the Trojans pulled the mysterious gift into the city. When night fell, the horse opened and a group of Greek warriors, led by Odysseus, climbed out and sacked the Troy from within.

     

    The Greek heroes took almost 10 years to return home

    It is great to note that after the decade long war and the Trojan defeat, it took the Greek warriors another decade to return home. Odysseus took 10 years to make the difficult and often-interrupted journey home to Ithaca recounted in the “Odyssey.” Helen, whose two successive Trojan husbands were killed during the war, returned to Sparta to reign with Menelaus.

    Odysseus feigned madness to avoid the war

    In order to avoid the war, it is recorded Odysseus who was one of the suitors of Helen feigned madness and sowed his fields with salt. Palamedes outsmarted him by placing his infant son in front of the plow’s path, and Odysseus turned aside, unwilling to kill his son, so revealing his sanity and forcing him to join the war.

    The Achaeans did not know the way to the war front

    The Greeks were collectively described as the Achaeans. It is recorded that when they left for the war, they did not know the way, and accidentally landed in Mysia, ruled by King Telephus, son of Heracles. The Achaean fleet then set sail and was scattered by a storm. Achilles landed in Scyros and married Deidamia.

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  • 10 Fascinating Facts About The Human Brain

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    The human brain which is said to weigh just three-pound is one of the most fascinating organs of the body. It is quite remarkable that a three-pound organ controls the functions of the body that range from interpreting information, to smell, taste, emotions, etc.

    As the main organ of the human nervous system, the brain oversees managing most of the bodies’ activities as earlier stated which makes it one of the most interesting organs to study.

    The first indication of this organ was documented in an Ancient Egyptian medical treatise known as the “Edwin Smith surgical papyrus,” after the man who discovered this document in the 1800s.

    In this short article, we look at some amazing things about the brain:

    • It is recorded that the brain comprises about 2% of the body’s total weight but uses 20% of its total energy and oxygen intake.
    • Our brain is 73% water. A simple 2% dehydration can affect one’s attention, memory, and other cognitive skills.
    • Another amazing fact is that the brain can shrink due to Ninety minutes of sweating which is equal to the effects of one year of aging.
    • A singular piece of brain tissues as the size of a grain of sand contains 100,000 neurons and 1 billion synapses, all communicating effectively with each other.
    • Another astonishing thing you need to know about the brain is that all brain cells are not alike. There are as many as 10,000 specific types of neurons in the brain.
    • Every minute, 750–1,000 milliliters of blood flow through the brain which is ascertained to fill a bottle of wine.
    • Image processing by the brain is said to take just 13 milliseconds which is less time than the eyes take to blink.
    • There’s a reason the brain has been called a “random thought generator. “According to the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of Southern California, the average brain is generating 48.6 thoughts per minute.
    • Brain information travels up to an impressive 268 miles per hour. This is faster than Formula 1 race cars which top out at 240 mph.
    • Your brain needs a constant supply of oxygen. As little as five minutes without oxygen can cause some brain cells to die, leading to severe brain damage

    Conclusively, we can ascertain that the brain, though small is one mighty organ, which is highly important in the effective functioning of the body. Hopefully, you have learned one or two things from our 10 listed facts, and you would treat your brain better than you have been doing.

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