Because I haven't written one in a while!
Just going to record a couple of seemingly unlikely destinations my research has taken me. I'm not suggesting you'll find this entertaining... More likely, 'hmm. That's interesting' at best.
Story in Progress:
Wikipedia pages of note:
Because I'm depressingly ignorant on the subject yet my story requires some knowledge.
This monster inspired the Orcanes of Turesia.
The movie Secret of Kells made me curious.
I wish there was a cooler name for pill bugs / rollypollies than pill bugs / rollypollies. The great beast is a variation of the sphaerotheriida.
The latest Jungle Book movie made me curious. (They're real! Just not house-sized, as depicted in the film.)
Google searches of note:
How did brachiosaurus support its own weight?
Under Earth's current atmospheric / gravitational conditions, it couldn't have.
The above search opened a can of worms (as these things do).
Chicxulub crater was formed 66 millions years ago by an asteroid or comet some six miles wide. It's believed to be ground zero for the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event (wherein 75% of life on Earth became extinct, including dinosaurs.)
I love this word. I want to use it as a character's name and entire backstory.
I was naming a town.
Still naming a town.
Not a lot of words for this, ya know? Especially of the historic variety.
Do tigers climb trees?
Yes. They swim, too.
Not actually made of pigs.
To make a sword from the blood of your enemies
Spoiler: by the time you have enough blood of your enemies to make a sword, you probably won't have many enemies left to swing your new sword at.
I'm kind of infatuated with the concept of entropy. If you buy into heat death as a feasible ultimate fate of the universe, you'll know a) there's not a greater threat to existence than entropy and b) its incline is inevitable. A mancer whose field is entropy is, in a word, cynical.
Among other things, this is an amazing song by Apocalyptica. I want to name a character this as well, based on that song.
This is how crickets make music. Some people say you can determine barometric specifics and thereby predict weather based on the pitch of crickets' stridulation. What people, you ask? Consonant monks of Ausgan.