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Meet the world’s largest plant: A single seagrass clone stretches 180 km in Western Australia’s Shark Bay
Next time you go diving or snorkeling, have a close look at those wondrously long, bright green ribbons waving with the ebb and flow of water. They are seagrasses—marine plants which produce flowers, fruit, and seedlings annually, like their land-based relatives.

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Iceland has trotted out a service that lets horses reply to work emails when you’re on vacation.
The world-first “OutHorse Your Email” service is designed to encourage travelers to take a break and have an uninterrupted trip to the countryside. Using a large keyboard mat, the gaited horses are able to walk, trot, canter, tölt, read more

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The Ultimate Guide to Holland’s Tulip Season 2022
The tulip season in the Netherlands starts at the end of March and finishes around the middle of May. The tulips are at their absolute best in mid April. This is when the tulip fields are in full bloom.

Wander through Keukenhof. It’s a gorgeous park with over 7 million tulip bulbs. It’s the most popular place to see tulips in Holland. read more

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The world’s happiest countries for 2022
For the fifth year in a row, Finland is the world’s happiest country, according to World Happiness Report rankings based largely on life evaluations from the Gallup World Poll.
The Nordic country and its neighbors Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland all score very well on the measures the report uses to explain its findings: read more

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100 Mind-Blowing Facts
Scotland has more than 400 words for “snow.”
What better way to cope with the cold than by learning all 421 Scottish words for “snow.” This was discovered when academics at the University of Glasgow underwent a project to compile a Scots thesaurus, called the Historical Thesaurus of Scots. Some words include: “snaw” (snow), “sneesl” read more

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Daffodils brightening up Sidmouth in tribute to millionaire
Yellow blooms are brightening up a Devon town thanks to the legacy of a man who left more than £2m to a community association.

Keith Owen, a Canadian investment banker, retired with the rank of Squadron Leader after 20 years of RAF service and set up home in Ottawa, Canada in 1976. In 2007 he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2007, and read more

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Man Who Found World’s Deepest-Dwelling Octopus and Jellyfish Scores 3-of-a-Kind, With Deepest-Dwelling Squid
There’s a dynamic duo of divers out there that can’t seem to keep to stop finding tentacled animals in the deepest of undersea zones, where pressure and temperature prohibit the vast majority of ocean life from surviving.

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“Nature was more important than some stupid money in my pocket. This is something [that’s] got to be preserved, and I kept my word.”
Thor Vikström, 93, bought the island in the late 1960s and refused to sell it to the parade of developers who knocked at his door. Nature Conservancy of Canada will protect Île Ronde habitat for birds and vulnerable read more

A glassblower at Roberto Beltrami’s workshop, which is trying to compensate for gas-bill increases by raising prices by 15% to 35%.
Murano island, Venice: glass-worker heats a glass artistic creation in a methane powered oven

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Italy’s artisan glassblowers feel heat as gas prices soar
Surging energy prices are posing problems for the artisan glassblowers of Italy’s Murano. They have seen off plagues and pandemics and changed their business model to outrun low-priced competition from Asia. But now methane prices are shattering their read more

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Sea turns red with blood as 1,428 dolphins killed in ‘largest ever’ Faroe Islands hunt
1,428 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were slaughtered in the bay of Skálabotnur on Sunday. Shocking pictures have emerged of scores of hookfin porpoises washed up on the shores of the self-governing Danish archipelago, many of read more

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The Top Coffee-Consuming Countries
Canada stands out as the only non-European country to make the list of the world’s top ten coffee consumers.
The traditional Finnish way of brewing coffee is a variation on Turkish coffee where water and coffee grounds are brought just barely to a boil repeatedly.
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Japan’s COVID-19 deaths drop 5% amid state of emergency during Games
July 25 (UPI) — Japan is staging the Summer Olympics during a state of emergency and without spectators in the Tokyo metro area with coronavirus cases surging though its situation is nowhere nearly as dire with a much lower fatality rate than read more