1. There are carnivorous snails in the world (although I didn’t know they were also hermaphroditic until I found this article just now). There are some species of carnivorous snails that annoy the crap out of archaeologists because they nibble on bone and leave weird marks all over it, sometimes obliterating important features or prior postmortem trauma. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/43260441/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/return-giant-carnivorous-snails/#.UXKgk8riv00
2. The incendiary pigs of Rome (which ought to be a death metal album title), a.k.a. war pigs (which Black Sabbath has dibs on already) – the Romans, in battle against the Persian army, couldn’t figure out a good way to go up against war elephants until they discovered that pig squeals freaked the elephants out. So the logical Roman approach was to cover pigs with flammable liquids, set them on fire, and release them onto the battlefield. Elephants freak, chaos ensues, Romans win battles. Personally, I feel bad for the piggies, but if I had to face down a pissed off elephant with a bunch of angry dudes on its back, I might find myself in a morally grey area, too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_pig
3. In order to become a coroner in Kentucky, you have to swear or affirm that you have never fought in a duel. Sometimes, I love this state.
As an aside, I’m restructuring the blog – I will still write about the process of writing and update about my own writing sometimes, but I’m going to branch out with my subject matter, because (a) I’m going to start repeating myself if I haven’t already, (b) I plan on having a pretty interesting life from now on, so I’ll have good things to update about, and (c) I’ll update more often that way. Well, and (d) my publisher thinks it’s a good idea. Haha!