My last two stories have been written from the DM side of the screen. This one’s written from the other end - with me as a player. It involves a Deck of Many Things, the nine layers of hell, and a particularly greedy sorcerer.
Weighing in at 17 ½ pounds, 4-month-old giant panda cub Bei Bei made his media debut Wednesday at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Keepers say the cub, born in August, is developmentally on track and ahead of his older sister Bao Bao in some milestones. The cub will make his public debut on Jan. 16.
“He’s actually walking a lot sooner than his older sister did,” said panda keeper Juan Rodriguez. “He’s about 4 or so pounds heavier than his sister was at this same age, so he’s definitely a much larger bear and developing a lot faster than his sister did.”
Bei Bei, pronounced “Bay-Bay,” was named by first lady Michelle Obama and China’s first lady, Madame Peng Liyuan, in September. The name means “precious treasure.”
At Tuesday’s debut, the cub was shown off to the media, then Bei Bei cuddled with mom Mei Xiang while dad Tian Tian enjoyed a few rounds of bamboo breakfast.
And in case you’re wondering if being panda keeper to Bei Bei is as good as it sounds, Rodriguez said it is. “You never get tired of it … it’s always a very unique and special moment.”
Magna Carta is one of the most powerful symbols of liberty,
rights and justice. Agreed by King John at Runnymede in 1215, the document
curtailed the power of the king and was revised and reissued over the next 80
years by or for successive monarchs. Most importantly, it enshrined the right
to a fair trial and protection from arbitrary imprisonment.
The Bodleian has four of the seventeen surviving pre-1300
‘engrossments’ of Magna Carta, three of which date from 1217 and one from 1225.
The engrossments of 1217 were issued in the name of the boy king Henry III and
bear the seals of his guardians William Marshal and the papal legate Cardinal
Every Tuesday we’re sharing a ‘treasure’ from the collections of the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. Check back every week to discover what’s in our world famous collections!
One man’s dump is another man’s Trilobite Tuesday treasure!
The first trilobites discovered near Conception Bay, Newfoundland, were uncovered in 1874 by a survey team working under the auspices of the Geological Survey of Canada, and subsequently abandoned. But by the time professor Riccardo Levi-Setti stumbled upon the then long-abandoned outcrop of Middle Cambrian rocks along the Manuels River in the mid-1970s, the area had been converted into a makeshift garbage dump. After moving some of the rusting hulks of refrigerators and washing machines, however, Levi-Setti was able to uncover a layer of 510 million year-old mudstone that was filled with magnificent examples of large Paradoxides trilobites, like the pictured Paradoxides trapezopyge. Not only were these specimens aesthetically pleasing, they also proved to be of scientific importance, helping lend additional support to the theory of Plate Tectonics.