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The term "seven seas" was used by the Mohammedan explorers before the 15th century. The "seven seas" included the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, East African Sea, West African Sea, and China Sea, the Persian Gulf, and the Indian Ocean. In modern times, it has become common to divide the world's oceans into seven parts to retain this legendary number. The popular and accepted division today is the Arctic, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific, Indian and Antarctic Oceans.


We hope that you find the following humorous interpretations of scientific ideas to be a hit.  Believe it or not these are original comments from students attending junior-high, high-school and college.

Water is composed of two gins, oxygin and hydrogin.  Oxygin is pure gin.  Hydrogin is gin and water.

The cause of dew is the earth revolving on its own axis and perspiring freely.

Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like umbrellas.



What goes around, comes around is so true for Dr. James P. Mandaville, a Terrestrial Advisor to Woods Hole Group Middle East, LLC (WHGME), in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  The photographs below show Dr. Mandaville in the King Abdulaziz Museum in Riyadh next to two important discoveries that he made forty years ago in a classic déjà vu moment.  Dr. Mandeville is the author of Flora of Eastern Saudi Arabia, a 482-page definitive book on the flora in the Middle East based on his studies over a forty-year period. Dr. Mandaville completed an assessment of the desert area of northeastern Saudi Arabia for a WHGME project in the spring of 2006.

Dr. James P. Mandaville, Terrestrial Advisor for WHGME, in the King Abdulaziz Museum in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with a meteorite he personally found in 1963.






Dr. James P. Mandaville in the King Abdulaziz Museum with a stone tablet he personally found in the Eastern Provence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in 1965. The stone marker identifies the grave of two sisters from about 500 BC and was sent to the British Museum in London with the condition it be returned if requested by KSA.


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