"Faith, church cat at Saint Augustine's Church, London. On September 6, 1940, Faith moved her single newborn kitten, Panda, from the warm upper floors of the church to the basement, just before the Germans began bombing the city. She and Panda were later rescued from the rubble by Father Henry Ross, and Faith was awarded a special medal for 'steadfast courage in the Battle of London'." True Stories of Courageous Animals!
"Sampson, a Shire horse gelding foaled in 1846 in Toddington Mills, Bedfordshire, England, is the tallest horse ever recorded. Sampson, owned by Mr Thomas Cleaver, stood 21.2½ hands high (i.e. 7 ft 2½in or approx 2.2m at his withers) by the time he was a four year old, when he was re-named Mammoth. His peak weight was estimated at 3,360 lb (1,520 kg)."
"I’ve asked myself again and again whether it wouldn’t have been better if we hadn’t gone into hiding, if we were dead now and didn’t have to go through this misery, especially so that the others could be spared the burden. But we all shrink from this thought. We still love life, we haven’t yet forgotten the voice of nature, and we keep hoping, hoping for…everything." - Anne Frank at age 11, 1941
New illustrated map of the Pangaea supercontinent is right out of the Middle Ages