Theory Of Evolution
Interesting facts about Charles Darwin
Both Darwin and Lincoln were born on February 12, 1809, but in much different settings. While America’s 16th president was born in a rude log cabin in the Kentucky wilderness, Darwin was born in a grand Georgian house on an estate overlooking the River Severn and the medieval market town of Shrewsbury, England.
He dined on exotic animals.
Darwin not only studied an eclectic menagerie of animals from around the globe, he ate them as well. As a student at Cambridge, he formed the Gourmet Club, also known as the Glutton Club, for the purpose of dining on “birds and beasts, which were before unknown to human palate.” Darwin ate hawk and bittern but couldn’t choke down a brown owl that was served. While circumnavigating the globe on HMS Beagle, Darwin continued his adventurous eating by snacking on armadillo, ostrich and puma (“remarkably like veal in its taste,” he described).
Darwin appears on the 10-pound note.
Since 2000, a portrait of a bearded Darwin has appeared on the back of the British 10-pound note along with an image of HMS Beagle, a magnifying lens and flora and fauna seen on his travels. The Bank of England announced in 2013, however, that author Jane Austen will replace Darwin on the note, likely beginning in 2017.
- Rhododendron - A shrub or small tree with large, bell-shaped clusters of flowers.
- Controversy - Disagreement, typically when prolonged public, and heated.
- Upchucking - Vomiting or puking.
- Bismuth - The chemical element of atomic number 83, a brittle, reddish-gray metal.
He got to do his dream job working with the British Royal Navy as a Naturalist.
He was 22 and it was a five year trip. December, 27th, 1831
He married his first cousin, Emma Wedwood.
May, 2nd, 1808
His book, The Origin Of Species was published and sold immediately.