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How to celebrate New Year's Eve in style: Fun in a Fossil

To promote the international exhibition in the Crystal Palace (Sydenham , London) for New Year's Eve 1853 twenty-one distinguished guests were invited to a banquet inside the unfinished model of an Iguanodon , sculpture made by artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins under severe examination of leading anatomist Richard Owen to celebrate the new discovered proudly-prehistoric monsters of Victorian Britain.The invitations for the eight course dinner, accompanied by fine wine and some noble sherry, were written on the outstretched wing of a paper-pterodactyl:" Mr Waterhous Hawkins requests the honour of - - at dinner in the mould of the Iguanodon at the Crystal Palace on Saturday evening December the 31 st at five o ' clock 1853 an answer will oblige...

December 31, 2011 — David Bressan
Evolution

Can Animals Sense Earthquakes?

" Highly unlikely, but not outside the realm of extreme possibilities. " Mulder, F.W. in the " The Jersey Devil " (1993)The earliest documented case of unusual animal behaviour prior to an earthquake is recorded by the Roman historian Aelian in 373 B.C.; five days before an earthquake destroyed the city of Helike (once located at the coast of the Corinthian Gulf) various animals, like rats, weasels, snakes, centipedes and bugs supposedly emerged from the underground and fled from the city...

December 12, 2011 — David Bressan
The Sciences

November 13, 1985: The Nevado del Ruiz Lahars

The eruption started at 15:00 o'clock local time November 13, 1985 with smaller explosions in the crater. Ash was carried by the wind in north-eastern direction, however only minor ash fall occurred in the city of Armero (Colombia) , located 48 kilometers east of the " Cumanday " - the smoking nose, as the Indians used to call the volcano.In the evening the intensity of the eruption increased, however it was still considered only a medium sized event for the Nevado del Ruiz...

November 13, 2011 — David Bressan

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