Things I Learned This Week: Of Alpaca Pregnancies and Massive Monsteras

Here are a few of the most interesting things I learned this week:

    • Making a badass peppermint crisp tart is a lot easier than you’d think. I found this super simple recipe on Your Family and whipped one up for Guillaume’s birthday earlier this week. Just be warned: It’s VERY rich.
    • Batman actor Christian Bale has South African roots! His father was born in Cape Town and he once flew over here to meet his grandfather. During this stay, he actually ended up having to go to hospital for surgery, “…but you know you’ve got the best surgeons in the world,” he divulged to Channel24 in an interview.
    • Alpacas have an average gestation of 345 whopping days, but pregnancy can be as short as 315 and as long as 380 days. Frankly, I’m not surprised – being the cutest creature on the planet can’t happen overnight. Check out Alpaca Loom for more fun facts.
    • If the Top 10 Euromonitor Global Consumer Trends for 2019 are anything to go by, we’re seriously done with mindless consumerism. The London-based market research company’s latest report reveals that people are becoming a lot more conscious of the ways in which they spend their money and time. Mindfulness, self-care, agelessness, being more animal-friendly and JOMO (joy of missing out) are a few of the golden threads running through current consumer culture.
    • There’s a MASSIVE Delicious Monster climbing up a tree in Newlands Forest. It’s rather magnificent. Take a look!
    • In 2017, a cigar-shaped interstellar object hurtled through our solar system at an extraordinary speed, following a rather unusual path. It was spotted from the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii and named Oumuamua, meaning “a messenger that reaches out from the distant past” in Hawaiian. Originally, everyone agreed that it was probably some kind of asteroid, a new paper from scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics suggests that it may have been a scout ship sent into earth’s atmosphere by aliens.

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