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Friday July 24, 2015
We end the week with a collection of three facts that I'd consider fun. Hence the catchy title of this series, #FunFacts. For today: talking trees, crochet thieves, and the official sport of Bhutan.
The least likely
As Christopher Guest reminds us in his hilarious movie A Mighty Wind, you should do what the good book tells you to. “Thou shalt not steal” is a commandment, remember? Well early crocheters didn't pay any mind to it, as the earliest designs were often stolen outright, sometimes within weeks of their publishing (and despite copyrights). Who woulda thought that mild-mannered crocheters would be so beguiling.
The more you know...
Archery is the official sport of Bhutan, which makes sense considering that it sits on the east end of the Himalayas. Its beautiful scenery makes it one of the most popular places to vacation in Asia. Being the C- Georgraphy student I am I had never heard of Bhutan. Forgive me.
If these trees could talk
Evidently talking trees are a real thing. When attacked by certain insects willow trees release a chemical to alert their nearby brethren. The willows around them respond by creating more tannin, a strong compound that protects them, so that they won't be as harmed. Personally, my favorite talking tree is Darren the Ancient Sleeper on Adventure Time. Watch his epic battle with the Psychic Tandem War Elephant.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He was also Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.