When Thomas Austin released 24 rabbits onto his Australian farm in 1859, he was unaware of the damage they would cause to the Australian ecosystem. Within 35 years, the rabbits, which had no natural predators in Australia, spread throughout the mainland and destroyed millions of acres of farmland. In 1901, construction began on a fence that would traverse Western Australia from north to south and was intended to contain the rabbits east of the barrier. What animal was used to inspect the fence?
Back in the day
According to baseball lore, a curse was placed on the Boston Red Sox after Babe Ruth, the "Bambino," was sold to the New York Yankees in 1920. Before the sale, the Red Sox had won at five World Series; the Yankees had never even played in one. Following the sale, the Yankees went on to win 26 World Series titles. The Red Sox, meanwhile, failed to win another series for more than eight decades, finally breaking the â€œcurseâ€ in 2004. How have some Red Sox fans attempted to â€œreverse the curseâ€?
Born on a day like today
Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a respected medieval scholar and university professor. The enduring influence of his works, which recount the fictional history of Middle Earth, has earned him recognition as â€œthe father of modern fantasy literature.â€ Recently, Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings series was adapted for film, and it soon became the world's highest grossing motion picture trilogy. For whom did Tolkien initially write The Hobbit?