Flamingos are large pink or red wading birds with long necks and webbed feet that live in large flocks in aquatic areas in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. Their oddly-shaped beaks, when used upside-down, are specially adapted to separate mud and silt from the algae and shellfish that the birds consume. Flamingos begin life with white plumage; what causes their characteristic pink color to develop?
Back in the day
The Bhola cyclone made landfall in East Pakistan, or what is now Bangladesh, on November 13, 1970. Winds in excess of 120 miles per hour, along with an exceptionally high tide, drove a tidal surge into the low-lying, densely populated region in the early hours of the morning, killing 500,000 people and making it the deadliest tropical cyclone on record. In what way was the cyclone a contributing factor to the outbreak of the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971?
Born on a day like today
Edward III was one of the most successful kings of medieval times. He reigned for 50 years and oversaw the expansion of English rule into portions of Scotland and France. His descendants were key figures in two important wars of succession: the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453) and the War of the Roses (1455-1487). He was crowned at the age of 14 and married Philippa of Hainault a year later. The couple had thirteen children; why was their eldest son called "Edward the Black Prince"?