The truth about dragons
The truth about dragons

It's St George's Day today, so I got thinking about dragons. Here are some interesting things you might not know about our magical scaly friends...

* The famous kids' song Puff the Magic Dragon was only written in the 60s, by Peter, Paul and Mary. They wrote a final verse where Puff returns, but none of them can remember it! So it will forever have a sad ending.

* Dragon myths exist everywhere, and go back millennia, partly because of the discovery of dinosaur bones around the world.

* In India, dragons have the heads of elephants.

"Dragon" comes from the ancient Greek "draconta," meaning "to watch." They often guard valuables.

* Leviathan in the Bible book of Job seems to describe a dragon! "Who can strip off its outer coat? Who can penetrate its double coat of armor? Who dares open the doors of its mouth, ringed about with fearsome teeth? Its back has rows of shields tightly sealed together...Its snorting throws out flashes of light; its eyes are like the rays of dawn. Flames stream from its mouth; sparks of fire shoot out. Smoke pours from its nostrils as from a boiling pot over burning reeds. Its breath sets coals ablaze, and flames dart from its mouth."