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Venice La Serenissima, Bride of the Sea

In case you have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Venice, here are some fun, interesting facts about the city. 1) Venice is made up of a collection of approximately 115 tiny islands. 2. There are 400+ pedestrian footbridges spanning the canals 3. Venice has about 150 canals.

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Mount Rundle, Vermillion Lakes, Banff N.P., Alberta

Sometimes a view, such as this one in Alberta, just takes your breath away. The majestic beauty, the sheer awesome-ness of nature around us. Just one moment, and then it is gone forever.

Giant Panda, Sichuan Province, China

Todays story is about a Panda called, Ai Hin who faked a pregnancy to improve her quality of life at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. After showing prenatal signs such as change in appetite and moving less, the ‘mothers-to-be’ are moved into single rooms with air conditioning and around-the-clock care. They also receive more buns, fruits and bamboo, so some clever pandas, such as Ai have used this to their advantage.

American Bison, Yellowstone, Wyoming

Bison once covered the Great Plains and much of North America, and were critically important to Plains Indian societies. During the 19th century, settlers killed some 50 million bison for food, sport, and to deprive Native Americans of their most important natural asset. The once enormous herds were reduced to only a few hundred animals. Today, bison numbers have rebounded somewhat, and about 200,000 bison live on preserves and ranches where they are raised for their meat.

Mother of Pearl Clouds, Antarctic Peninsula

Mother-of-pearl clouds are one of the most beautiful of all cloud formations, exhibiting spectacular iridescent pastel colors, caused by the sunlight diffracting as it passes around their tiny ice crystals. They only appear when stratospheric temperatures are below -83C which happens more frequently during winter in the Antarctic than the Arctic.