Scientists from the RAN (Siberian Department) Institute of the Evolution and Ecology of Animals and the Austrian Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, in an article accepted for publication the journal Behavioural Brain Research, stated that the majority of ants are right-handed, which helps them to communicate with each other.
Some German merchants brought some Western goods to the court of the Tsar. Everyone oohed and aahed over them, especially a miniature life-sized silver flea. The flea particularly impressed the Tsar, as he could see what skilful craftsmanship went into it, of course. The Western merchants demanded an exorbitant price for it, though. Prokhor Ivanich, a silversmith from Tula, approached the Tsar. He prostrated on the floor before him, and said, “Mighty Tsar! I, Prokhor Ivanich of Tula, can outdo the workmanship of the Western smiths!” This, of course, piqued the Tsar’s interest. However, how could an ordinary Russian workman outdo the skilled and trained craftsmen of the West? “You have a week… bring me something of finer craft than this flea, or, it’s the salt mines for you!” … A week later, Prokhor Ivanich prostrated himself before the Tsar. “Mighty Tsar! I, Prokhor Ivanich, have a trifle for your consideration!” He handed the Tsar an exquisite Palekh box with a gold-detailed Firebird on the lid. The Tsar opened it up, and he gasped in astonished wonder… Prokhor Ivanich had made a tiny pair of perfectly-fitting silver slippers for the German flea. Needless to say, Prokhor Ivanich didn’t go to the salt mines! Neither did the German merchants get their asking price, either.
10 May 2012