There are approximately 1,300 known species of scorpion, and they are all venomous. Scorpions have two types of venom: a translucent, weaker venom used to stun and an opaque, more potent venom used to kill heavier threats. Although their venom is optimized to affect other arthropods and is relatively harmless to humans, a few species have venom potent enough to be lethal. What scientific fact challenges the ancient belief that scorpions sting themselves to death when surrounded by fire?
George Bernard Shaw
Back in the day
Henry VIII's long-awaited heir, Edward VI succeeded his father to the throne at the age of 9. Edward was the first English ruler to be Protestant at the time of his ascension to the throne, and during his reign, the government moved away from Catholicism and officially established Protestantism in England. Edward is thought by some to have suffered from congenital syphilis or tuberculosis, and he died when he was just 15. Why was Edward's death kept secret for several days?
Born on a day like today
Slocum was a Canadian seaman and adventurer who, in 1898, became the first man to circumnavigate the globe on his own, traveling 46,000 mi (74,000 km) in three years. His account of the voyage, Sailing Alone Around the World, became a classic of travel literature and brought him worldwide fame. In November 1909, he disappeared during another voyage and was declared legally dead 15 years later. What is believed to have happened to him?