The Italian Renaissance Revival style become popular in the early 20th century in the United States. The style borrowed features such as low pitched roofs and arched windows and doorways from the European style.
Alex the Parrot was an African Grey parrot, and was the subject of a 30 year experiment by animal psychologist Irene Pepperberg. Sadly, Alex died suddenly in 2006. His final words to Pepperberg were "You be good. I love you".
Flexible Fuel ethanol/gasoline cars are already on sale.
Solar-powered vehicles are at a more developmental stage.
The saying touch or knock on wood is used around the world, and is thought to come from the pagan tradition of tree deities. It is customary to tap the nearest wooden object to ensure good fortune.
In 1999, scientists from University College London predicted that a volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands could cause a landslide, and this in turn could create a tidal wave which would reach the eastern USA.
Later research suggested the threat was not as great as first indicated.
The Everglades are sub-tropical wetlands in southern Florida.
Fires here are natural events (usually caused by lightning strikes), which maintain the balance of the eco-system. They are prevented from getting out of control by the copious water and rainfall in the area.