As mad as a March hare – completely mad, crazy – is a common English idiom based on a popular belief about hares’ odd behaviour (including boxing at other hares, jumping vertically and so on) during mating/breeding season. Since the 16th century, the phrase has been found in many texts, for example: - in Sir... Continue Reading →
Mice love cheese – Yes, but only when there is nothing else on the offer. They prefer high-sugar diet of grain and fruit. If there is nothing to eat, mice would consume anything – meat, dead bodies, their own tails, and yes, cheese. References: Hanlon, M. & Fryer, J. (2006) ‘Of mice and myths’
Goldfish have a four-second memory: The goldfish not only have a memory span of up to three month but also can tell the time – goldfish can distinguish between morning, afternoon and evening, and are able to learn a routine, for example, to press a lever for food at a particular time.
Donkeys are considered as stubborn and stupid. In reality, donkeys are very clever, loyal and brave – they wouldn’t back down even when confronted by a large animal (e.g., a lion). In the past, in Africa humans employed donkeys to guard cattle.
One of the dictionary definitions: “Cow (derogative) – a woman, especially a course or unpleasant one.” Why do we use the word ‘cow’ when we want to offend someone? If you hear someone calling a woman ‘silly cow’, make them apologize at once! Cows are very sensitive, intelligent and affectionate creatures! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knzBtZNBk9w
One of the meanings of the adjective elephantine is ‘clumsy’. However, whatever elephants are they are NOT clumsy’. The elephant can move stealthily; it walks on the tip of its toes; its toes are spread flat and takes most of its weight. Thanks to the soft tissues on their feet that serve as cushion pads,... Continue Reading →
Descriptions of the lion, like “the king of the jungle” and “the king of the beasts” are well known, but, in fact, they are misleading and, actually, wrong. Lion is the king of the jungle, or is it? The lion’s habitat is the savannah, not the jungle. The majority of lions (the African lions) live... Continue Reading →