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of the Song Dynasty, Akbar I of India’s Mughal dynasty, Alan Rufus (a.k.a.
Alan the Red, and the nephew of William the Conqueror) and Genghis
Khan. The list was rounded out by Josef Stalin, Andrew Carnegie, John D.
Rockefeller and Bill Gates.
Emperor penguins are the largest penguin species (the king penguin is the
second largest). The Australian Antarctic Division, part of the Australian
government, notes that “on very cold days, as many as ten emperors pack
into every square metre of a huddle. In the huddle, individuals seem to temporarily
lose their identity, and the group takes on the appearance and
behaviour of a single living entity … On a social level, huddling behaviour
is an extraordinary act of co-operation in the face of common hardship.
Emperors take this to an extreme taking turns to occupy the warmest and
coldest positions in the huddle … Due to this constant circulation, the huddle
gradually moves downwind. During a 48-hour blizzard, the huddle may
shift as much as 200 m.”
Queen Victoria’s daughter Louise, who was somewhat of a rebel as well as
an artist, was married to Canada’s fourth Governor General, the Marquess
of Lorne. Together they were involved in the founding of the National
Gallery of Canada in 1880 as well as the Royal Society of Canada in 1882.
Also in 1882 they named the capital of the Northwest Territories (then far
larger than now and extending much further south) “Regina” (later capital
of Saskatchewan), using part of Queen Victoria’s Latin title.
One of Princess Louise’s middle names is “Alberta” (after her father, Albert)
and the province of Alberta is named after her. So is “Lake Louise”—its Aboriginal
name is Ho-run-num-nay (“lake of the little fishes”) and its first English
name was Emerald Lake, but that was changed in 1884 in Princess
Queen Victoria’s son Arthur, the Duke of Connaught, was Canada’s Governor
General from 1911 to 1916.
Thought du mois:
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you
end up being governed by your inferiors”.
(Classical Greek philosopher and founder of the Academy in Athens,
the first institute of higher learning in the western world.)