Can Palm Trees Really Walk?

Walking Palms (Socratea exorrhiza), native to rain forests in tropical Central and South America, are believed to use their unusual stilt roots to 'walk' away from their original site of germination to more favourable locations, although somewhat slower than the Ents found in The Lord of the Rings. During periods of

Where Does The Red Carpet Treatment Come From?

The importance and grandeur of the red carpet can be traced back at least 2,500 years to Ancient Greece when, in the play Agamemnon by Aeschylus, the King’s wife prepares a crimson path for her husband's triumphant return from the Trojan War, though he feared that he was not worthy

Who Drew The First Map Of The World?

Over two thousand years ago in Ancient Greece, mathematician and astronomer Eratosthenes of Cyrene (276 BC – 195 BC) became the father of modern geography and coined many terms that are still in use today. He is best known for calculating the circumference of the Earth by measuring the length of

What Does The Mercedes-Benz Logo Mean?

In 1886, Karl Benz invented the first petrol motor car while later that same year Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach powered a stagecoach with an internal combustion engine, unaware of each other's efforts or that one day their visions would become one. In 1900, Daimler began selling cars to high society

Which Country Has Been Neutral The Longest?

Although Swiss neutrality dates back to the 16th century, it wasn't until after the final defeat of Napoleon in 1815 that the Congress of Vienna finally confirmed its status, and the Vatican City didn't become neutral until the Lateran Treaty with Italy in 1929. Therefore, Sweden has been neutral the