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Queen Henrietta Maria had a 19-inch dwarf in her court!

Jeffery Hudson was born in 1689 to parents of average-height. All of his brothers and sisters were of average height, but Hudson stopped growing at 19 inches. The interesting about Hudson’s body was that, despite being extremely short, it was normally proportioned. He looked like the miniature of a normal looking man.

He was also extremely smart, funny, and charming and as such taken under the wing of the Queen. She took care of his education and manners, and he kept her company. Initially, he played the role of a jester but eventually he ascended the ranks and became more of an advisor and companion for the Queen.

During the War of England, he escorted the Queen to France for her safety. Once there, his height was insulted by the brother of an important courtier. Hudson challenged the man to a duel, and shot him in the head. Since dueling was prohibited in France, the queen had to exile him and he spent nearly 30 years as a slave. Once he returned to England, he was imprisoned for being catholic.


Evolution was taught by Muslims thousands of years before it was taught by Darwin!

And yet Darwin gets all the credit. “Islamic science” or “Arabic science” is the science that was developed in the Islamic world during the Islamic Golden Age (750 CE- 1258 CE). Indian, Iranian, and especially Greek knowledge were translated into Arabic, and these translations acted springboards for further scientific advances.

Many Muslim thinkers and scientists proposed and accepted the theory of evolution, and it was even taught at some schools at the time. However, it was also believed that God dictated this entire process. Nowadays, the situation is quite complex. While some deny evolution because evolution denies the Adamic descent of human beings since it is unsupported by empirical evidence, others claim that nowhere in the Qur’an is it suggested that evolution can’t exist under the eye of God.


15 Strange Facts About Cats That Actually Exist

Cats can drink sea water to re-hydrate themselves!

Have you ever heard the expression, “Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink?” The age-old age adage refers, of course, to the ocean – vast quantities of water, but unsuitable for humans to drink due to the salt content. But did you know that cats CAN drink seawater to in order to survive? Read on to find out how.

All animals get some of their water intake from food, cats included. But when a cat’s intake of water from all sources is inadequate, their kidneys are efficient enough to re-hydrate by consuming saltwater. The kidneys are able to expel the salt while allowing the potable water to re-hydrate the feline in order to help it survive in times of drought.

Here are a couple of other fun facts about cats: most female cats are right pawed while males are left pawed; a cat’s brain is more similar to a human brain than to a dog’s brain; cats can run at an astounding 31 mph for short distances; and, cats almost never meow at other cats – only at humans.


Jay-Z pulled 'American Gangster' from iTunes because he didn't want people to buy just 1 track!

American Gangster is the tenth studio album by Jay-Z and his 1st studio album to be pulled from iTunes. His reason for removing this album from one of the world’s most popular online music store was, in his own words, “as movies are not sold scene by scene; this collection will not be sold as individual singles.” Essentially, Jay-Z felt that American Gangster tells a story that doesn’t deserve to be picked apart.

The album was made available for digital download, in it's entirety, on Amazon and Rhapsody. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, sold 425,861 copies it's first week, and tied with Elvis for the second most U.S number-one albums. Rolling Stones even named it the best album of 2007. So there you go; if the story’s good, people will listen.


There is a species of tiny spider-like creatures that live inside the lungs of bees!

Talk about a world inside of a world. The “honey bee tracheal mite” is an internal parasite of honey bee. They are related to spiders and thus have 8 legs, and live and reproduce in the tracheae of the bees. The female mites stick about half a dozen eggs to the tracheal wall. The larvae hatch and develop in 11-15 days to adult mites.

Each mite infests young bees for up to two weeks. They pierce the tracheal tube walls with their mouth and feed on the haemolymph of the bees. More than a hundred mites can populate the tracheae and thus weaken the bee.



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