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Did You Know {152} ~ Typhoons Saved Japan From Kublai Khan

Though the word “kamikaze” was later applied to Japanese suicide pilots during WWII, it literally means “divine wind” and is also used as a historical term to refer to two typhoons that swept through the island nation in 1274 and 1281. Both times, hordes of Mongols lead by Kublai Khan sailed from China in an attempt to conquer Japan, and both times, a massive storm swept them back. Japanese Buddhists of the time believed that the storms had been the gods’ way of preserving their empire, so they referred to the typhoons as “divine wind.”

The Silver Birch Book Of Questions & Answers {63} ~ Slow Progress In Animal Welfare

“PROGRESS is slow in some aspects and faster in others. It is man’s responsibility to ensure that he is at peace with all who share the earth with him. But whatever happens, there is compensation as part of the natural law. You have the responsibility of ensuring that animals should evolve according of their pain of evolution. If you abnegate your responsibilities then you must pay the price for it. Those who practice cruelty will have to pay the spiritual price for everything they do.” ~ The Silver Birch Book Of Questions & Answers, P. 229-230

Did You Know {142} ~ Humans Are Just One Of The Estimated 8.7 Million Species On Earth

Human beings may dominate the planet with our sprawling cities and far-reaching technology, but we are, in fact, just one species among some 8.7 million that live together on planet Earth. One 2011 study published in the journal PLoS Biology estimated that “the various forms of life on the planet included 7.8 million species of animals, 298,000 species of plants, 611,000 species of mushrooms, mold and other fungi, 36,400 species of protozoa, and 27,500 species of algae or chromists.” And it’s worth noting that the researchers did not venture to put an estimate on the number of bacteria.

Parapsychology {1} ~ What Is Parapsychology?

Parapsychology involves the study of a variety of proposed psychic phenomena by scientists and scholars, including the search for evidence of their existence. Among these phenomena are ~

~Precognition: perceiving information the future, such as in a vision or dream
~Clairvoyance: perceiving information about distant locations
~Telepathy: communicating mind-to-mind (without the use of normal senses)
~Extrasensory perception (ESP): perception that seems to transcend the five senses, encompassing the above terms
~Psychokinesis or telekinesis: manipulating objects with the power of the mind
~Out-of-body experiences (OBEs) (such as perceiving one’s own body from above)
~Apparitions and hauntings

Did You Know {141} ~ Bees Sometimes Sting Other Bees

Bees are notorious for their stings, but humans aren’t the only ones who experience this pain in the neck (or the arm, or the leg…). In protecting their hives from outsiders, some “guard bees” will stay by the entrance and sniff the bees that come in, says Marianne Peso from the biology department of Macquarie University. If there’s a rogue bee from another hive trying to steal some nectar, the guard bee will bite and even sting the intruder.

Did You Know {139} ~ Snakes Can Detect Earthquakes

Many animals are actually able to predict earthquakes to varying levels of success. Yet, snakes are the most reliable, sensing earthquakes from as far as 75 miles away (121 km).

What’s more impressive is that they can sense an earthquake as many as five days before it actually occurs!

When snakes sense an earthquake, they often leave their nests, even if the temperature is too cold.

Did You Know {134} ~ Our European Ancestors Were Cannibals

In 16th and 17th century Europe, cannibalism was actually a fairly common practice, and it was all for medical purposes. The practice seems to have started because Egyptian mummies were thought to have magical curative properties—so they were ground up and put in many remedies.

As the idea evolved, human bone, blood, and fat were all used in medical concoctions. Got a headache? Crush a skull and make it into tea! While medical cannibalism has fallen out of favor, modern medicine still sometimes uses one human body to heal another in the form of blood donations, organ transplants, and skin grafts.

Philosophical Questions {97} ~ How Does Tribalism Influence Our World?

Tribalism is the state of being organized by, or advocating for, tribes or tribal lifestyles.With a negative connotation and in a political context, tribalism can also mean discriminatory behaviour or attitudes towards out-groups, based on in-group loyalty.

Civil protest and disorder, tribal conflict and war, terrorism, coup d’état, organized crime, extortion, fraud and forgery, drug smuggling and abuse, civil disobedience, riots, looting, just to name some, are among the most devastating consequences of tribalism. Maybe Tribalism is a benefical survival tool when the world around you is out to you. The tribe gives you safety, support, and an identity. Unfortunately, tribalism also assumes everyone outside the tribe is likely an enemy. New ideas, better ways, all stagnate as the tribal mores get set in stone.

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