For The Archives, Vol. 1

I think I’ve made up my mind for sure now. The Roundups that were on my other blog (PlaysWithSquirrels) will now be posted here under “For The Archives”. It may seem similar to Friday Five, but the latter is just a list of things I’ve been personally obsessing over for the week, while For The Archives will consist of things that I’ve learned recently… More “scholarly” things, if you will.

I like to consider myself a bit of a curator and collector of information and trivia (you never know what you can pull out of your brain while watching Jeopardy!), and one of my goals with this blog is to share my thoughts and the things that I learn. I hope you enjoy this series!

1European wild beavers (Castor fiber) were spotted in England for the first time in over 500 years. They were seen gnawing on trees, playing around, and grooming themselves. Wild beavers were once widespread in England and Wales but after being over hunted for their fur, medicinal value, and meat, they became extinct in the 16th century. This sighting suggests there may be a small number of breeding populations outside captivity.

Immense work still needs to be undertaken, however, before a complete reintroduction is possible. Beavers can be extremely beneficial to an environment as they as considered a “keystone species” and more specifically, are called “ecological engineers”. These animals build dams that slow rivers which help to reduce scouring and erosion, and also improves water quality by holding back silt.

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2Nasir al-mulk Mosque, located in Shiraz, Iran was under construction from 1876 to 1888 by a Qajar dynasty lord. It has been dubbed the “Pink Mosque” in pop culture because of the pink tiles that cover the interior.

This looks like such a wonderful, awe inspiring place to visit. When my mom and I used to go to church, I always preferred ones that had large windows that let lots of natural light in. It was a plus when the windows were accompanied by beautiful stained glass images.

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3Ever wondered how certain things worked? Here are a couple of really cool GIFs.

Awesome, eh? It’s almost like How It’s Made but wayyyy more hypnotizing.

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4Photographers Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca saw artistic opportunity in potholes where many saw hassle.

These images were taken in neighbourhoods in Montreal, New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto. One of the amazing bits about this photo series is that no photoshop was employed, it was all props! And props these two deserve!

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5The Mini Museum is an idea that Hans Fax harboured for years when he decided to put it up on Kickstarter; he pledged over 800 000$ over his 38 000$ goal.

The Mini Museum comes in three sizes, with either 11, 22, or 33 specimens. Among the possible specimens, you could receive a piece of a T-Rex tooth, coal from the Titanic, and mammoth hair. I haven’t yet found any details about how much it will cost (his Kickstarter was successfully funded on March 20 so I assume he’s getting all the logistics together), but I better start saving up! See the Mini Museum homepage HERE.

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6De Hogeweyk, in Weesp, Holland is the first among many self-contained villages designed for people suffering from dementia and Alzheimers. It may look like a fortress from the outside, but the inside of De Hogeweyk is like another little world with a cafe, a market, a garden, and more!

This village and others like it were created with those suffering from illnesses that affect memory in mind. It is a place where they can live freely and safely; they can roam around freely, as many with these illnesses do, but the concern for them getting lost is reduced greatly.

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That’s for this week! I hope you like these little snippets. Let me know what you’ve learned or found interesting this year 🙂

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