Some Fruits Actually Adapt Themselves to Attract the Animals That Eat Them, and It Makes a Lot of Sense
Can’t resist that juicy, ripe summer raspberry? It turns out your appetite may not be driving the show — the raspberry plant likely knows exactly what it’s doing.
Almost all fruits have seeds, and they’re designed that way for reproductive purposes; animals eat the fruit, transport the seeds internally, and — eventually — deposit them far and wide, ensuring the continuation of the plant species.
Experts worry a recent outbreak of the plague on the island of Madagascar is being spread by a sacred, ancient funerary ritual practiced by a native ethnic group.
Famadihana (pronounced fa-ma-dee-an), also known as “turning of the bones,” is a tradition practiced by many Malagasy people that dates back to the 17th century. In short, it requires exhuming the deceased bodies of loved ones, wrapping them in a fresh shroud, and dancing with the corpses through the streets to singing and music before reburying them.