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Dog Discovers 13,000 Year Old Mammoth Bone

I spend a lot of energy commanding my dog to stop digging in the backyard. After this story, maybe I will just allow him to dig, he might find a treasure in my backyard. In this case, the little dog discovered something spectacular and of huge scientific importance.

The dog, a Labrador retriever, lived in Whidbey Island, Washington with its owner. It loved to dig, and in September, the Labrador’s efforts paid off with the discovery of a 13,000-year-old mammoth fossil. At first, it was not clear what the object was, but the scent excited the dog. It was like the dog knew it had unearthed something of a great mystery.

The object was analyzed, and it later turned out to be a mammoth tooth. The dog’s owner Kirk Lacewell was excited about the discovery, and the potential of finding more fossils in his backyard.

Lacewell confirmed he knew when the dog named Scout discovered the fossil, but at that time it looked like a piece of rock. Scout had other thoughts, he played with the discovery and did not discard it; Scout carefully left the mammoth fossil at a location it could be seen by Lacewell the next day. A closer look revealed the object had the features of a bone. Lacewell washed it and realized that he was holding something that needed to be further examined by professionals.

The pictures of the bone were sent to the scientists at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum. They examined its features and determined what it was, and its age was estimated. Lacewell had read about such discoveries before but never imagined he will be the person to make such a finding. He was in possession of a mammoth’s tooth, it was incredible.

At the Burke Museum, it was confirmed that there had been so many other fossils of woolly mammoths discovered in different parts of the Whidbey Island. This indicates that many years ago the Island was home to hundreds of these creatures. The unique composition of their bones made it possible to be preserved for many years. The woolly mammoths are thought to have gone extinct after the last Ice Age which happened about 11,000 years ago.

It is not known if Lacewell plans to sell his mammoth tooth. For now, it hangs on his living room mantle, where he and other visitors can admire the tooth. There have been so many discoveries in the area, so museums are not particularly interested in purchasing the tooth because they have so many already. However, it helps to know that neighbors and friends will not have to make a trip to the museum if they want to see what a mammoth’s tooth looks like. All it takes is a visit to Lacewell’s home.

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Earth Science

How One Japanese Island Seemed to Vanish

In the rapid and exceptional changing pace of our world, it’s hard to notice everything. Don’t pass through a city for a month or two, and it changes a fair bit. Don’t pass through for a year or two, and it’s transformative. However, things like islands and genuine land masses tend to be something that we can spot and acknowledge – if they were not there, we would surely notice. Right?

Apparently not. According to Japanese outlet Asahi Shimbun, one of the 158 islands which belong to the country but was uninhabited, has vanished. The Japanese Coast Guard are out searching for the island, which is known as Esanbehanakitakojima. The island in question is around a third of a mile away from Sarufutsu, a small village based on Hokkaido island. According to Japanese media author Hiroshi Shimizu, the man who reported the missing island, it’s gone.

He was to visit the island as part of a project that he was writing as a follow-up to his picture book on Japanese islands. The paper rejected his claim, though saying he couldn’t find it: so Shimizu headed out to Sarufutsu to ask around.

It turns out that Esanbehanakitakojima was last surveyed by the Coast Guard in 1987 – when the island was around 4 ½ feet above sea level. Now, it’s not able to be seen from land whatsoever. One senior Coast Guard quoted in Asahi Shimbun, Tomoo Fujii, said: “There is a possibility that the islet has been eroded by wind and snow and, as a result, disappeared,”

Has this happened before?

Strangely, yes. Land vanishing might seem very odd, but a 2016 report which was published in Environmental Research Letters claimed this is more commonplace than one might assume. They found that five reef islands of the Solomon Islands had vanished between the years of 1947-2014. They believe that major events, such as sea walls and ‘inappropriate development’ could be the main causes of that kind of vanishing act.

Interestingly, Japan has in the past been very clear about claiming islands in a bid to ensure territorial dominance over some of their neighbors. In 2016 they committed to a $107m rebuild of an observatory tower on Okinotorishima, around 1,000 miles from Tokyo.

This was disputed by China, and has created a back-and-forth quarrel ever since, culminating in a United Nations convention suggesting that “rocks which cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of their own” cannot qualify as an exclusive economic location.

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Earth Science

Watch: Animation Of What 80,000 Tons Of Garbage In The Ocean Looks Like

Each year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste ends up inside the sea. In the Great Pacific Garbage Patch alone, about 80,000 tons of debris find their way inside the ocean annually.

In recent years, plastic has continued to pose an increased level of threat to the ecosystem and human life in general. Most animals inside the sea ingest harmful chemicals such as microplastics which human consumption as well when they use these animals to prepare meals. It is estimated that about 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean annually.

The world generates a huge amount of plastic every year, large enough to build 50 pyramids of Giza. That automatically translates to over 350 million tons of candy wrappers, synthetic T-shirt and PVC pipes. 8 million tons end up in the sea while the rest end up in landfills each year. Most of them find their way into massive garbage patches in different parts of the world. A good example of such is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Each piece of plastic picked in this patch would result in 1.8 million individual parts. Such could weigh up to 80,000 tons which is equivalent to the weight of three statutes of liberty.

Half of the patch comprises of plastic fishing nets, ropes and lines as a result of the fishing activities performed in the area. The other half is made up of films and hard plastics such as plastic wraps and water bottles. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch does not refer to a mountain of debris as the name implies, rather it relates to waste that is scattered over an oceanic region that is twice the size of Texas alone.

It will take you 121 days to pick up every piece of plastic on the ocean at a walking pace of 5 km/hr. But the garbage patch has no end in reality because it is constantly flowing with the ocean currents. The size of the patch is getting bigger, and for 70 years, its size has been on the increase. The permanent nature of plastics causes this. For instance, a plastic fishing line will take at least 600 years to decompose.

Even after they break down, the resultant effect will still linger on the environment. Some of them decompose into microplastic and cannot be seen with the naked eye. But sea animals can ingest them, and when humans consume these animals, their health is automatically in danger. According to recent studies, every species of sea turtle has ingested these harmful microplastics including 60% of whales and seabirds.

Even at that, plastic is heaped unto the ocean on a daily basis. It has been estimated that by the year 2050, the number of plastics in the ocean will be more than the entire species of fishes in the oceans of the world.

When next you toss a water bottle inside the sea, have a deep thought on its recycling effect and how it is harmful to sea life and human life. You can contribute your quota to help make the environment safe for habitation.

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Animals Science

Stunning: See Animal X-Ray Pictures

One of the most important things a zoo can do is carry out regular check-ups and medical checks on their animals. Good quality health is so important in a zoo, and this is part of the reason why animals in the zoo often look so healthy. However, one of the things we often forget about is how animals are examined. They can’t exactly follow medical instructions. For that reason, it’s important that we use X-ray hardware to take a closer look inside and try to fully diagnose what the problem might be.

Want to see what that looks like? Then take a look at some of these amazing animal x-ray images. They show you just how an animal looks from the inside, and makes it easier to appreciate their rare beauty.

The zoo that was being looked into was Oregon Zoo, rated as one of the best in the United States. They take comprehensive checks of all animals in their stable, looking into things like weight and general health. Indeed, the use a massive state-of-the-art scanning tool which can be used for creatures as large as bears – even elephants, in fact!

This allows them to easily study the animals without having to sedate them or do anything else. it also allows for a much easier level of knowledge about the animal, allowing them to easily share images with other zoos and health departments to get further information, confirmation or to warn of a problem to look out for.

As the zoo explained, trying to get some creatures to take part is easier than others. For example, trying to get a tiger or a golden eagle to sit inside an x-ray system is a lot harder than getting something like a sloth to do so!

A challenge for science

Some of the things found in their studies was amazing. For example, did you know that the fruit bat – who looks so lean and fit – is actually a bit podgy? These fluffy little creatures are actually a touch more rotund than the svelte shadows suggest.

At the same time, finding out that a snake has a backbone and is actually a vertebrate is quite the shock. This awesome x-ray image of a ball python, though, makes it easy for you to see the bone in full flow. Snakes have 200-400 vertebrae, and equally as many ribs – tends of times the volumes we have as humans.

The beaver, too, is shown to have a strong tail for a reason: rather than being fluffy like hair, it’s actually scaly in complexion. This helps them to use it both on land and when in the water.

Each image just shows us how many animals and creatures that we share out existence with are just quite different to what one would expect. Often, what is under the skin is far different than what we would expect – in people and in creatures.

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Animals Science

3 Reasons Why Sloths Are The Real Kings & Queens

As a creature which is more or less a byword for being lazy and not taking any effort, sloths are hilarious. Their cheery faces and complete inability to do anything makes them quite hilarious, but it’s actually part of their entire nature as a species. Indeed, some facts and figures from the Guinness World Book of Records shows that sloths are by far and away the laziest animals around!

You see, with International Sloth Day recently held in late October (the 20th), people have been thinking taking on a more sloth-like approach to life. Need some inspiration? Here is some proof that sloths are the animal who waits for nobody.

Sloths And The Sea

One comical fact about the sloth is that they can move at roughly three times the pace in water as they can on-land. Maybe it’s because they know that they cannot make their way into a tree to sleep all day. Maybe it’s because the monsters of the water are much more likely to get them than the animals of the jungle.

Whatever the reason, they are pretty rapid swimmers and will make their way out of the water much faster than they would if they were just floating around in the comfort of a tree branch.

The Size of a Sloth

Indeed, the largest ever sloths were known as the Florida ground. While they have been dead as a species for at least 300,000 years, they left a memorable mark on the animal kingdom. These massive creatures were capable of creating the largest animal burrows ever found – some the size of a cave. Some still are intact today across South America.

Of course, some tiny sloths do exist as well – the pygmy three-toed sloth stand at around 50cm in height. These adorable little creatures are very much easy to fall in love with, Overall, this makes them the size of a normal domestic cat – imagine that cat that was so lazy!

Sadly, only 100 of these adorable little creatures are left.

The Speed of a Sloth

Noted for their lack of real ability to move at any pace, the adorable sloth lives up to that reputation. You see, if you were to put some animals into a 100m sprint, the sloth would probably be the last over the line.

Usain Bolt can do it in 9.58 seconds – a three-toed sloth? 50 minutes. That’s a hilarious 6-8ft per minute. For perspective, an iceberg just drifting along would be moving at over fifteen times that pace.

So, with this in mind, you can easily see why the sloth has gained its reputation as a creature who very much wants to deal with things tomorrow. It’s well earned!

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Earth Science

Yellowstone Geyser Spits Out Freaky Objects In Eruption

As one of the most stunning pieces of natural land, Yellowstone is easily one of the most beautiful places to visit. It is also one of the most dangerous, though. The home of many a catastrophe waiting to happen, the immense power held within Yellowstone can be hard to quantify in many ways. Indeed, when a huge geyser eruption took place recently in Yellowstone, it was enough to produce some interesting objects due to being ‘coughed up’ along the way.

Over at Ear Spring, the normally quiet hot pool spat out all manner of garbage – in what is the largest eruption to take place here since the late 1950s. What it produced, though, was more of a surprise than anything else.

According to the park itself on their official Facebook page, they said: “After Ear Spring erupted on September 15, employees found a strange assortment of items strewn across the landscape around its vent! Some are clearly historic: they’ll be inventoried by curators and may end up in Yellowstone’s archives,”

What was produced by Ear Spring?

It produced all manner of items from back in the day. One of the oddest items to have come out was that of a pacifier that came from the 1930s. How it’s still in one piece, we will never know. It also spat up a bunch of coins – which will no doubt become worth a pretty penny just purely because of where they came from.

Some plastic knives and forks came up, too, and also a series of aluminum cans were spat out from the geyser. It’s all quite nuts, and can be pretty hard to actually fathom. How can so much be produced in such a short space of time? It’s incredible to see, in truth.

Using a clean-up team to get rid of the items and put them into storage, they found all manner of odd items including funnels and even a sign that appeared to be for some kind of bear management business.

However, fear not: while some are making it out like this is a sign that a major eruption is on the way, it’s not. The supervolcano is not on the verge of eruption: geothermal activity happens all the time, and is entirely normal. Don’t worry, cans and coins being spat out by the ground is – to our knowledge – not one of the signs of the apocalypse, Ragnarok or any other end of days’ scenario.

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As one of the most stunning pieces of natural land, Yellowstone is easily one of the most beautiful places to visit. It is also one of the most dangerous, though. The home of many a catastrophe waiting to happen, the immense power held within Yellowstone can...

Animals

‘Zombie Turtle’ Washes Ashore in UK

As one of the most majestic animals in the UK, the turtle is a unique species. They are very impressive, known for their comfortable lifestyles and incredible feats of aging. However, while we mostly associate the turtle with wisdom, knowledge and grandeur, they sometimes can be the subject of horror. Indeed, this recent find in the United Kingdom is one that would shock most people: a boat-size zombie turtle!

While it’s not alive and feasting on the brains of other turtles, the horrifying scale of waste on its skeleton is horrifying to look at. It was found when Richard Pears and James Mustoe were out and about with James’ kids, Barnaby and Reuben. They were heading around the beach of Polkerris, Cornwall, when they came across their gargantuan discovery.

Speaking to IFLScience, Mustoe said: “We saw this thing floating in the water from a way off and didn’t have a clue what it could be,

“I was stunned – it was shocking,”

“When we realized what it was, it was very sad but also seeing something that rare and that size just bobbing in the sea like that must be a once in a lifetime encounter. I told my children it would be something they could tell their grandchildren about in years to come.”

What they had found bobbing up and down like a buoy was the decomposing body of the leatherback turtle. Indications that the turtle was a century old – perhaps older – were clear, too. At least it was able to lead a happy, fulfilling life, right?

A once-in-a-lifetime spot

The fact that a leatherback turtle was so near the beaches of Cornwall might seem odd. However, these creatures are fairly nomadic, and do a good job of getting around the world – they often appear in locations all across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. However, Mustoe was right: to spot one near the UK is a very rare opportunity indeed.

They are supposedly quite laid-back, and don’t mind winding up in new locations. However, if you see one and it is alive, you should contact some form of coast guard: they are presently listed as a “vulnerable” species. The general population is going down, and we need to do something to try and change that: if you see one of these majestic animals struggling, try and do something.

From climate change to pollution through to accidental catching, these amazing animals should be protected at all costs. While it might be amazing to see one so up-close, we’d much rather it was alive and kicking!

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As one of the most majestic animals in the UK, the turtle is a unique species. They are very impressive, known for their comfortable lifestyles and incredible feats of aging. However, while we mostly associate the turtle with wisdom, knowledge and grandeur...

Animals

Watch: Killer Whales Put On a Hunt Show For Tourists

“Dinner time!” Mama Orca rumbles sub sonically through the bay.

“Mmmm! I wonder what’s for dinner today?” asks little Bobby Orca with baited anticipation.

“I hope it’s squid!” exclaims little Suzy Orca.

“I think it’s going to be harbor seal.” Bobby nods authoritatively, blasting a spray of vapor out his blowhole.

“Mom! Bobby says we’re going to have seal…AGAIN!” tattles little Suzy.

“Come and get it! It’s a seal!” hollers Mama.

Little Suzy stops complaining and lines up with little Bobby and Papa, as well as Aunt Ora, Uncle Othello, and cousins Augustus and Orville.

They don’t dive into a prepared meal. They haven’t even killed their meal yet. But mama has already “picked” her dinner from the great supermarket of the ocean, a lone unfortunate seal that strayed too far from his neighborhood into the lonely part of the bay. He shouldn’t have done that. If he was being stalked by one killer whale, the odds of survival might be higher. Against an entire pod of killer whales, the seal doesn’t stand a chance. That’s because killer whales, orcas, are organized and strategic. Their brute strength is combined with the planning power of an enormous brain.

Led by the matriarch, the pod proceeds in unison. Each member carries its own task responsibly so that the strength of the family is greater than the sum of its parts. The tradition is passed on from parent to child, and millions of years of hunting culture have accrued to a science. A seal must sense terrible finality when it comprehends it is the subject of the hunt.

The whale watchers of this group are very fortunate, but it’s understandable that some may feel sympathy for the poor seal, another intelligent mammal with a social group and behaviors we can identify with. The seal has soft brown eyes, big eyelashes, and sometimes we see them perform tricks at shows just for our pleasure. The seal on dry land will bob its head up and down, appealing for a tossed fish from a friendly human. Here, there is nothing anyone can do but watch. Might as well turn on the camera and capture the savage spectacle!

The whales are probably used to whale watch boats by now and have no fear of the strange ritual of the two-leggers on board. They aren’t part of millions of years of the regular hunting pattern. To survive the frigid sub-arctic water, whales need blubber in their diet. Squid and fish are nice for the occasional snack, but their continued survival is dialed in to other mammals with thick layers of fat. The killer whale can weigh between 8,000 and 12,000 pounds.

That’s pretty huge. In fact, there isn’t another creature on earth, certainly not on land, but also in the sea, that is a threat to the killer whale. They are the apex of all apex predators. Humans can be dangerous to the killer whale, of course, but even humans aren’t prone to specifically targeting killer whales. The one thing in the world the killer whale has to fear is not finding food.

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“Dinner time!” Mama Orca rumbles sub sonically through the bay.
“Mmmm! I wonder what’s for dinner today?” asks little Bobby Orca with baited anticipation.
“I hope it’s squid!” exclaims little Suzy Orca.
“I think it’s going to be harbor...

Earth Science

Darwinism 2018: Panama Monkeys Are In Their Stone Age

The discovery was made on the Jicarón Island. The group of white-faced capuchin monkeys was observed to have started using stones to get food such as breaking nuts and shellfish. This is the Stone Age path human beings took before we advanced. From the reports, these groups of monkeys are the fourth primates that have been noticed to exhibit this behavior after humans.

The Jicarón Island is a small piece of land off the Panama coast. It is part of the Coiba National Park which is a popular tourist attraction in the country. The capuchin white-faced monkeys inhabit different parts of the National Park. But only a small group on the Island have been noticed to exhibit this smart behavior.

The scientists behind this discovery are in shock at the behavior. They were observed to regard the stones as tools which were used to get their food. There have been so many documented videos captured on cameras placed discretely in the areas where the monkeys inhabit.

From the videos, the monkeys were reported to be seen breaking snails, coconuts, and crabs for food. While there have been movements between the groups of monkeys spread across the park, it has also been noticed that this behavior has not been adopted by other monkeys.

From all indications, the movement into the Stone Age will be beneficial to this set of primates. By learning how to gain access to food, they stand a better chance of survival even when food becomes scarce. The necessity can encourage the discovery of more tools by the monkeys.

A team of scientists has devoted their time to study these monkeys and hopefully observe the advancement of their species as the may express more intelligent behavior.

Other primates that have been found to exhibit this behavior are the macaques which are found in Thailand and the chimpanzees found in many parts of West Africa. These animals have been the subject of study for many years, and the scientists are happy to add one more class of primates to their list of study samples.

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The discovery was made on the Jicarón Island. The group of white-faced capuchin monkeys was observed to have started using stones to get food such as breaking nuts and shellfish. This is the Stone Age path human beings took before we advanced. From the...

Science

Century’s Longest Lunar Eclipse Happening This Weekend

This Friday, July 27, the earth will cast a shadow over the full moon  For almost two hours,  103 minutes to be exact, the usually silvery moon will turn blood red and ochre. It will be the longest “blood moon” lunar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting 26 minutes longer than the last total lunar eclipse that happened in January.

There are good news and bad news though, the good news is that unlike other eclipses this one will be visible to almost everyone around the globe. The bad news is that people in North America will not be able to see it at all (save for a slice of Newfoundland, Canada).

Sadly, by the time night falls in North America,  the eclipse will already have ended. The moon will have finished traversing Earth’s shadow, or umbra. The next time people in North America will be able to see a Lunar eclipse will be January 21, 2019.

For those that live in any other continent  all you have to do in order to see this natural marvel is to go outside at 17:14 Universal time (1:14 pm ET) and look for the moon. That’s when the partial phase of the eclipse starts. The full eclipse begins at 19:30 UTC and as stated before will last a full hour and 43 minutes! (Check out precisely when the eclipse will occur where you live on TimeandDate.com.)

If for some reason you can not go outside during this time you can of course stream the event, it is 2018 after all. The astronomy education website Slooh will live-stream coverage of the eclipse starting at 1 pm Eastern on July 27. Watch it right here.

For those who can’t wait here is a time laps video of the previous blood moon:

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This Friday, July 27, the earth will cast a shadow over the full moon  For almost two hours,  103 minutes to be exact, the usually silvery moon will turn blood red and ochre. It will be the longest “blood moon” lunar eclipse of the 21st century...

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Wow: See The 2018 NG Photo of the Year Winner

For some time now, the world has been captured in ever-increasingly better detail. As we get access to sharper and more specific photography options, we can snapshots that previously would simply have not been possible.

The National Geographic Photo of the Year competition is one of the best ways to help you fully appreciate and understand this yourself.

From amazing shots of cities and skylines to underwater captures of amazing whales, you’ll find something for every kind of personal opportunity. In the end, the winner was to be Reiko Takahashi. Reiko managed to find some amazing shots, including a mesmeric tail-side shot of a humpback whale just off of Kumejima Island. She named it “Mermaid” and it managed to win the competition.

This gave Reiko both natural acclaim for her shot, and a nice $10,000 in the pocket for her troubles. Since she recently left her office job to get under the waves and capture amazing shots, that must feel pretty damn good!

Speaking about it, Reiko said: “It was a special scene for me, to be able to take a photo of the calf, completely relaxed in gentle waters,

“Most of the time, the calf stayed close to her mom. At one point, the calf began jumping and tapping its tail on the water near us—it was very friendly and curious. Finally, the mother, who was watching nearby, came to pick up the calf and swim away. I fell in love completely with the calf and it’s very energetic, large and beautiful tail.”

The Power of Imagery

You should definitely take a look at some of the other category winners, too. Top photos were chosen for each of the three categories, with Hiro Kurashina of Japan winning the “Cities” award ad Alessandra Meniconzi of Switzerland won the “People” award. They took $2,500 home each.

Some of the shots are truly special, with even some of the runners-up giving you a genuine appreciation of the beauty of the world that we live within. The Cities winner, “Another Rainy Day in Nagasaki, Kyushu” perfectly encapsulates the beautiful yet somewhat damp nature of life in Nagasaki.

Meanwhile, the Peoples winner, “Tea Culture” is the perfect capture of a truly special part of a culture. Be sure to take a look at the winners and runners-up on the official site: you will be able to get some truly special images to inspire yourself by.

Who knows, you might even take up photography and enter yourself next year!

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Vacation

Statistics: UK Summer 2018 Holidays Locations

Every summer, the people of the UK decide to get up and get out. The UK might turn into a stunning place in the summer, but few things beat a trip to many parts of Europe, the Caribbean or the Americas. For that reason, we wanted to take a look at some of the most popular tourist destinations this year for the major UK city dwellers.

Where are the people of each major city flying off to this summer? What seems to be the hit experience? With so many of us now booking up last minute holidays, where can you expect to see everyone going?

According to online travel agency Loveholidays, they found that some of the major spots for those in London, for example, included Jamaica, Cyprus, Morocco, and Turkey. Paris, of course, is still high on the list. Jamaica, Cyprus, Morocco, and Turkey, though, appear to be some of the most popular take-off destinations for those living in the capital at this moment in time.

Other popular destinations were noted by their North/South divide. For example, people from the North are more likely to head to places which are nearby, familiar and tried-and-tested: the Balearic Islands, for example. Southerners, though, are more likely to go for more ambitious places like Sri Lanka or St Lucia. It’s quite interesting to see the divide.

What is interesting is that those in London are far less likely to hit up two major European last-minute hot spots: Croatia and Bulgaria. Among the most beautiful parts of Europe, they are a surprising exclusion from regular tourist stop-off point for those from the South. It’s also the same with the Dominican Republic: far more likely for a Northern traveler than a Southern once.

The main exception to this is Essex, where people love to fly to places like Croatia, Malta, and Mexico. Southern flyers are less likely to go and visit places like Portugal and Cuba, too. There’s certainly a bit of a hidden indicator here, and I can’t quickly put my finger on it…

What about the Midlands?

The good people of the Midlands are kind of stuck in a limbo: thrown in with the answers from both sides of the country. For those who come from places like Birmingham, for example, popular tourist stop-off points included Cuba and the Caribbean. Trips to Egypt, too, are very popular. Cyprus and Bulgaria are quite prominent from a European standpoint.

The Greek Isles are popular with people from the Midlands as well as people from cities such as Liverpool. There’s a lot of diversity out there on the topic, and a lot of interesting discoveries. From Newcastle and Sunderland preferring Majorca and Bulgaria to the Scots looking to make a run for places like the Canary Islands, Portugal and Spain, it’s interesting to see the divide in climate, culture and cost depending on what part of the nation is being looked at for a holiday.

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Every summer, the people of the UK decide to get up and get out. The UK might turn into a stunning place in the summer, but few things beat a trip to many parts of Europe, the Caribbean or the Americas. For that reason, we wanted to take a look at some of the...