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Tardigreats

A mashup of Tardigrades- nature's most resilient creatures with some of humanity's most enduring characters.

History's most enduring characters...

Many years ago Tardigreats were living happily in the garden- that was until Adam bit into the forbidden fruit and discovered a little knowledge is a dangerous thing!

Can anyone be surprised that this beautiful Eve was able to seduce the foolish Adam into tasting the fruit of forbidden knowledge?

Nefertiti means 'The Beautiful Woman has Come' - she is thought to have wielded unprecedented power as co-regent during the wealthiest period of Ancient Egyptian history- more than 3000 years ago!

Qin Shi Huang- The First Emperor of China. He created the Great Wall and was buried with an enormous Terracotta Army. He was said to have been on a constant quest for immortality. ironically he died from ingesting an elixir of life made from mercury!

2000 years ago Boudica, Queen of the Celtic Britons, led a brutal uprising against occupying Roman forces. Her victories almost convinced Emperor Nero to withdraw from the British Isles altogether.

Eric was named 'Bloodaxe' because he brutally killed all but one of his brothers. He was king of Norway until his surviving brother forced him out. Eric became a full-fledged Viking warrior terrorizing the British coastline for years to come.

Eleanor of Aquitaine was Queen of France and later England. One of the wealthiest and most powerful women in Europe and was said to be highly intelligent and strong willed she commanded several armies and was the leader of the second Crusade.

Salah ad-Din Yusuf- Better known simply as Saladin he was the first Sultan of Egypt and Syria. He led many campaigns against the Crusaders eventually gaining control of Jerusalem after 90 years of Crusader occupation.

Tomoe Gozen was a legendary 12th century Onna-musha, a female samurai. She lead 300 soldiers to victory against 2,000 warriors of a rival clan. As a fighter she was said to be worth a thousand others- ready to confront a demon or god, mounted or on foot.

Genghis Khan
Founder of the Mongol Empire- ultimately the largest empire in history. He united the nomadic tribes of Northeast Asia and went on to conquer most of Eurasia. Despite a brutal reputation he encouraged meritocracy and religious tolerance.

Moctezuma II was the ruler of the Aztec empire when first contact was made with the Spanish. During his reign the empire reached it's greatest size, but he was thought to be unpopular with his people and it is he was stoned to death by them.

Elizabeth I of England was crowned in 1508 and ruled for 44 years. Historians often refer to this as England's Golden Age, a time of relative peace and great prosperity within Britain which saw great advances in art, literature and seafaring.

Anne Bonny was an 18th century pirate who sailed with Calico Jack Rackham. With his help she and Mary Read stole the ship 'William' from Nassau harbor and spent years terrorizing the seas around Jamaica. She was eventually captured alongside Rackham.

Shaka was ruler of the Zulu Kingdom between 1816 and 1828. He was a formidable commander whose finessing of the weaponry and tactics of the Zulu warriors proved very effective against European invaders. His Tactics were still in use long after his death.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

The amazing Harriet 'Moses' Tubman was born into slavery in 1822. She escaped and went on to rescue 70 more people through the Underground Railroad. Harriet fought in the American Civil War and was a suffragette.

Gandhi was an anti-colonial nationalist who successfully used nonviolent resistance to campaign for India's independence from Britain- inspiring movements for civil rights across the world.

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person to ever win one in two different fields- both physics and chemistry! She coined the term radioactivity and discovered the elements polonium and radium.

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II, oversaw British involvement in the war effort against the Axis powers resulting in victory in 1945. He stayed in London throughout the heavy bombing during the Blitz.

The Egg came first but the H=N was not far behind!

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