This Week

[September 30th-October 6th, 2018] An eight-year-old pulls a sword from a lake, a downtown tenement gets wrapped in foil, drunk birds cause chaos, and zoo animals get put on a healthy diet.

8-Year-Old Finds Ancient Sword In Lake

Earlier this summer, eight-year-old Saga Vanecek pulled a sword from Lake Queen in Sweden. She bumped into the object while wading, but the origins of the blade were controversial. Some thought it might be from an ancient knight, while others guessed it was a lost movie prop. Now, Jönköpings County Museum confirms it is really a 1,500-year-old sword from the Iron Age!

Foil-Wrapped House

A historic tenement in Warsaw, Poland, has been covered in aluminum foil. The weathered brick and 1870’s sign now shine a brilliant silver in the sunlight. Artist Piotr Janowski is behind the redecoration and hopes the aluminum-leafing will help people appreciate the beauty of historic architecture.

Zabkowska 9, Take off!

“Zabkowska 9, Take off!” by artist Piotr Janowski

Drunk Birds Cause Chaos

Gilbert, Minnesota, residents are being warned by police to be wary of those under the influence of alcohol and swerving in the city’s streets. They’re not talking about people, though, but flocks of drunken birds. Young, migrating birds seem to be eating fermented berries, then flying into windows, streets, and stumbling across sidewalks.

cedar waxwings

Bottle Of Whisky Sells For $1.1 Million

The Macallan Valero Adami 1926 is a whisky without peers. Aged for 60 years, and then packaged in just 12 bottles, the artwork on the label is as rare in the whisky inside, penned by Valerio Adami. One rare bottle sold for $1.1 million at auction, though there’s no word on whether the winner plans to drink it.

Bonhams Auction

Bonhams Auction

Zoo Cuts Fruit For Being Too Sugary

Thinking they were feeding their animals the healthiest diet possible, Melbourne Zoo veterinarians had to take a second look at fruit when the animals continued gaining weight and losing their teeth. They had been feeding their primates and red pandas fruit from local markets, but now think it has been cultivated to contain too much sugar for their animals. Caretakers say that fruit has been cultivated to be so much sweeter for human consumption and that the fruit scavenged in the wild would be much different. Now, the zoo’s red pandas and monkeys have to eat their vegetables.

red panda