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Wasps or Hornets?

The Question: What is the difference between a wasp and hornet? The Answer: Essentially, the term "hornet" (like "yellow jacket") refers to a ki…

Aesop's Fables: The Wasp and the Snake

by Aesop The Dog and the WolfThe Eagle and the BeetleThe Wasp and the Snake A Wasp settled on the head of a Snake, and not only stung him several times, but clung obstinately to the head of…

Vespulaphobia

The Question: Hello there. I have used your almanac page to try and find the meaning of the word vespulaphobia but cannot find it. Can you? The Answer: Th…

Aeon Flux

The animated anti-hero Aeon Flux debuted in 1991 as part of MTV's cartoon series Liquid Television. Created by Peter Chung, Aeon Flux is a female assassin whose futuristic espionage adventures set rec…

Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope was called "The Wicked Wasp of Twickenham" for his stinging literary satires of his fellow writers. But Pope also was a poet whose mastery of the heroic couplet has kept him in the cano…

Most Dangerous Insects

Mosquitos, flies, bees and wasps, and other insects by David Johnson Aggressive "killer bees" deliver a nightmarish, agonizing death by swarming all over their victim. In the Southw…

Presidents Before Washington

The Question: One of my son's classmates mentioned that there was a president before George Washington. Does anyone know who he was? The Answer: …

The "Tonton Macoutes"

The Question: I am very curious to find out what the "Tonton Macoutes" was? The Answer: The "Tonton Macoutes" [tonton´ mäk OO t´] was th…

Iain Banks

Name at birth: Iain Menzies BanksIain Banks wrote literary novels such as The Wasp Factory and science fiction novels such as those in The Culture series. He was born and raised in Scotland, a locatio…

Fascinating but Deadly

Sharks, snakes, sea wasps, and blue-ringed octopuses by David Johnson More than 80% of all snakes are not venomous. Profiles of Dangerous Animals Animals Hippopotamuses, crocod…