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The world’s oldest bird is 64 years old, and she just laid an egg. 

Wisdom, the oldest known banded (meaning that she has been tagged and followed by scientists) bird in the world, is at least 64 years old. Her species, known as a Laysan albatross, are known for being long-lived - but never this long; the typical Laysan albatross only lives for about forty years at the longest. She has been returning to the Midway Islands, which are home to about 99.7% of the world’s Laysan albatross population, with her mate Mr. Goo - with whom she has been partnered since 2012 - when her previous partner died. 

The egg hatched on February 1st, 2016, and the chick has been named Kūkini, a Hawaiian word meaning ‘messenger’. 

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Weirdest Caravan Ever

So my party consists of four players: A dragonborn paladin, a wyrmling copper dragon rogue (me), a halfling druid, and a gnome barbarian. This makes for some pretty interesting encounters.

In this session we were tasked with the transportation of an enchanted sword to an alchemist in return for gold and a (potential) copy for us to keep. We got a caravan from the guild and, to save money, the druid polymorphed into a horse. I had the option to fly outside the caravan but decided to stay inside of it because my character is lazy and entitled. On the road to our destination, we were stopped by a group of bandits from some backwater town (where the sword originated). 

DM (as bandits): Return the sword to us or we will take it by force! 

DM (OOC): They throw rocks at the caravan and- *rolls dice* -…miss. 

Dragonborn (OOC): I step out of the caravan and ask them why they need the sword. 

Bandits: Ah, a monster! Of course you would have stolen the only protection our village has! 

Me (OOC): I stick my head out of the caravan. 

Bandits (really riled up now): Monsters!!!

Druid (OOC): Imagine their reaction when the horse turns into a bear!

Fly through the southern lights

The Sun goes through cycles of activity every 11 years or so. When it is more active, more sunspots appear on the surface and more charged particles are ejected, while at the other end the sun is quieter, with fewer sunspots and less ejection. Since these charged particles, when they are caught up in Earth’s magnetic field, are what drive outbreaks of the Aurora, the sky tends to light up the most during active periods for the sun and aurora outbreaks are more rare when the sun is less active.

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