Tipu’s Tiger, a life-size, working mechanical organ. That happens to be shaped like a tiger eating a man. When cranked, you can hear the tiger growling happily as the man wails in agony. The tiger automaton was made for Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore in South India from 1782-1799.
10. A person’s scent can influence our attraction to them more than the way they look.
9. There are 52 playing cards in a deck to represent the 52 weeks in a year - The four suits represent the 4 seasons.
8. ‘Benjamin,’ the last known surviving Tasmanian Tiger. He was placed in the Beaumaris Zoo in 1933, died in 1936, and the thylacine species was declared extinct in 1982. (They’re also known as the Tasmanian Wolf.)
7. Sand tiger shark embryos eat each other in the womb as a paternity strategy. DNA testing revealed that the mystery of baby shark cannibalism is due to embryos from different fathers competing to be born. If there are two embryos with the same father, they will eat all the others so they can both live, which strengthens their bloodline.