Today in context, October 25, 2020

Guess the City By Its Nickname

You probably know what metropolis is called the City of Light or the Big Apple, but can you guess these cities by their lesser-known nicknames?
The Pink City
It is said that this cosmopolis was painted its namesake hue in 1876 in anticipation of a visit from the prince of Wales.
The End of the World
This port town got its moniker from its location, which is at the southern extremity of South America.
Ice City
This metropolis is one of the coldest in China and is known for its annual ice festival.
Silicon Savannah
This African city’s newest nickname plays on the tech industry and on its country’s ecological features.
Phoenix City
This European cosmopolis earned its name for its resemblance to the mythological bird that rises from the ashes.

Getting Some—or a Lot of—Shut Eye

If you’ve ever been a little jealous about how long some animals sleep, you have good reason. Humans doze far fewer hours than most animals—and the least of all primates. In fact, certain species are asleep more than they are awake. Koalas have been known to doze for as many as 22 hours a day! We take a closer look at the sleeping habits of a few animals and explain the really deep sleep of hibernation.
Why Do Cats Sleep So Much? It’s More Than Boredom
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Why Do Horses Sleep Standing Up?
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Why Do Some Animals Hibernate?
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