It’s good to know things like this. Perhaps this will heighten our appreciation for these bugs!
Q. How did the ladybug get its name?
A. In Europe, during the Middle Ages, insects were destroying the crops, so the Catholic farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon the Ladybugs came, ate the plant-destroying pests and saved the crops! The farmers began calling the ladybugs “The Beetles of Our Lady”, and they eventually became known as “Lady Beetles”! The red wings represented the Virgin’s cloak and the black spots represented her joys and sorrows. They didn’t differentiate between males and females.
Thanks to Teresa’s blog for alerting me of this important information.
From NPR: “A biologist says that his preliminary findings support the idea that sperm whales introduce themselves using a unique set of clicks.”
Leave it to nature to fascinate.
Don’t know if we’re ready for this!
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Some cool links, all but the first found on the First Thoughts blog, v25 of “33 things”:
- The rabbi at the Chabad House, the IU Jewish Student Center, says that a rock thrown threw the window of the center’s sanctuary in an act of vandalism will become the foundation of a menorah base to be used come Hanukkah.
- There’s a way to check and see if an email address is real or not.
- A neat list of “shocking historical beliefs and practices” is here.
- Check this list of the ten most insane roller coasters.
- Ten rules for writers
- April 11, 1954 has been dubbed the most boring day in the 20th century
- Oxygen has been found on Saturn’s moon Rhea
- Study: Internet Turns Kids Into Terrible Spellers
The world’s earliest decipherable writing, on a tablet in Mesopotamia, is a complaint about lawyers.
Not sure it’s true, but it’s been suggested.