Wonders of the Week

Gems we discovered while reading for the Browser

It takes around 70 people to pull down the average statue of a person

The US military’s moonshot DARPA programs have funded research into spider-man wall climbing and bomb detecting bees

Michelangelo accredited his artistic genius to the position of Mercury in the sky at the time of his birth

In 40 US states, land surveyors still use the “US survey foot”, which is 0.0002% longer than the widely accepted “international foot”

Hares can get pregnant twice. The second embryo waits in the oviduct until the delivery of the first

Starfish arms are “surprisingly autonomous; the body follows whichever arm is most excited by what it senses

In the early 19th century, frogs were kept in tubs beside pools to instruct and inspire swimmers