In Christian mythology, the antediluvian period is the biblical period between the Fall of man (when, at the beginning of time, in a magical garden, a talking snake convinced a man and woman to eat some fruit, whereupon the creator of the universe decided to abandon the garden and sentence humankind to death) and the flood (the moment when god decided to start over with mankind and drown everyone except a man called Noah and his family).
The great majority of European freshwater fish are members of the carp family, including: carp, tench, bream, gudgeon, barbel, dace, rudd, roach, chub, minnows and goldfish. Carp have 98 chromosomes. Humans have only 46.
There are more species of freshwater fish in Lake Nyasa in Malawi than there are in the whole of Australia.
Mediaeval rabbis spent a good deal of time debating whether, during the Flood, fish were left to fend for themselves or whether Noah dutifully brought them on board in an aquarium.
According to the FBI, the odds of two people having identical fingerprints are 1 in 64,000,000. In June 2002, a corpse turned up near Las Vegas. A fingerprint taken from the body matched one from Kathleen Hatfield of Sonoma County, California. Next of kin were notified, funeral arrangements were made and her grave was dug. But before the body could be interred, Kathleen Hatfield turned up alive and well.
The scientific study of fingerprints is called dermatoglyphics, a word which has the distinction of being the longest in English with no repeated letters. The only other such word is uncopyrightable.
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In Greek mythology, Deucalion was a son of Prometheus; ancient sources name his mother as Clymene, Hesione, or Pronoia.
The anger of Zeus was ignited by the hubris of the Pelasgians, and he decided to put an end to the Bronze Age.
Lycaon, the king of Arcadia, had sacrificed a boy to Zeus, who was appalled by this savage offering.
Zeus loosed a deluge, so that the rivers ran in torrents and the sea flooded the coastal plain, engulfed the foothills with spray, and washed everything clean.
Deucalion, with the aid of his father Prometheus, was saved from this deluge by building a chest (literally meaning chest, like the Bible’s ark). Like his Biblical equivalent Noah and Mesopotamian counterpart Utnapishtim, he uses his chest to survive the deluge with his wife, Pyrrha.
The average American eats nearly twenty pounds of fresh apples a year.
Most astronauts become two inches taller in space.
Cairo is Arabic for ‘Mars’.
The groundbreaking architect Frank Lloyd Wright built 484 buildings. He lived to be 92 and practised for 72 years.
God allowed Noah to eat animals, a right he had previously denied to Adam and Eve. Compare Genesis 9:2-3 and Genesis 1:29-30 respectively.