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Mirabilia: Events That Inspire Wonder

Updated on June 19, 2007

Written by: Jaclyn Popola

Rob Breszny, author of my favorite astrology column ever, FreeWill Astrology, recently wrote a book titled "Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World is Conspiring to Shower You With Blessings". In it, among other things, he puts forth a concept called mirabilia. From the Latin mirabilia, meaning marvels, mirabilia is defined as events that inspire wonder; marvelous phenomena; small miracles.

He lists dozens of such mirabilia in his book, and they are absolutely worth sharing. And it's worth remembering, too, that everything in life is cyclical; rebirth and renewal. There is no death without a life that precedes it, and likewise no life without a death that will follow. It is important to keep in mind that whether you believe in God, or Buddha, or Allah, or even just the basic principles of karma, the earth has a harmony all it's own, and it operates seamlessly, effortlessly. How can anything in our lives be unplanned or unwarranted when there exists all around us, and at any given moment, a completely perfect design?


  1. With every dawn, when first light penetrates the sea, many seahorse colonies perform a dance to the sun.

  2. Anthropologists say that in every culture in history, children have played the game hide and seek.

  3. In the Hindu epic Mahabharata, the hero and heroine fall in love without ever gazing upon each other, simply by hearing tales about each other's good deeds.

  4. The seeds of some trees are so tightly compacted within their protective covering that only the intense heat of a forest fire can free them, allowing them to sprout.

  5. Some piranhas are vegetarians.

  6. In hopes of calming flustered lawbreakers, Japanese cops have substituted the sound of church bells for sirens on police cars.
  7. In an apparent attempt to raise their volume above the prevailing human din, some nightingales in big cities have learned to unleash 95-decibel songs, matching the loudness of a chainsaw.
  8. The Grameen Bank in Bangladesh lends money to beggars at low interest rates, hoping to help get them off the streets and start their own businesses. Three thousand poor people have already taken advantage of the program. The bank accepts no collateral, does not pressure the borrowers to repay the money, and is even willing to forgo repayment for some who are unable to use it profitably. (Source:
  9. Clown fish can alter their gender as their social status rises.
  10. Bluebirds cannot see the color blue.
  11. Kind people are more likely than mean people to yawn when someone near them does.
  12. Your tongue is the strongest muscle in your body.
  13. The most frequently shoplifted book in America is the Bible.
  14. For $900, you can arrange for the manufacture of 12 action figures that look like you.
  15. Salmonella bacteria, the cause of food poisoning, may become a weapon against cancer. In tests on mice, it has carried out search-and-destroy missions against tumors.
  16. The National Center for Atmospheric Research reports that the average cloud is the same weight as 100 elephants.
  17. Because half of the world's vanilla crop is grown in Madagascar, the whole island smells like vanilla ice cream.
  18. There are about nine million people on earth who were born the same day as you.
  19. The father of Mr. Breszny's friend, Elliot, was a professional gambler who figured out an ingenious system, got rich and retired. For the rest of his life, he spent his gambler's fortune hunting down Nazi war criminals and bringing them to trial.
  20. Sex researcher Alfred Kinsey said that "The only unnatural sex act is one you cannot perform."


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