Today I learned of the 1626 AD Explosion in Beijing, one of the largest and most lethal explosions ever, and the exact cause hasn't yet been determined. Body parts and animals rained down from the sky. Everything within 3-14 miles was utterly obliterated. The explosion was about equal to the Hiroshima bombing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
Actress Margaret Hamilton, best known for terrifying multiple generations as the Wicked Witch of the West, was a former kindergarten teacher who used her fame to benefit children, animals, and public education for the rest of her life. She was described as very kind and great with kids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
As a child, Jane Goodall's father gave her a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee as an alternative to a teddy bear. Goodall has said her fondness for this figure started her early love of animals. Today, Jubilee still sits on Goodall's dresser in London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
Today I learned of Ken Allen, a Borneo orangutan in the San Diego Zoo who escaped his enclosure three times. He never acted aggressively towards anyone during his escapes, and generally wandered around the zoo looking at other animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
A 1,500 lb grizzly bear named Bart gave such a moving performance in the 1987 film "The Bear " that a campaign formed to encourage his Oscar nomination. Unfortunately, the academy refused to nominate an animal actor. telegraph.co.uk/films/0/m…
Humans are the best endurance runners of the animal kingdom. We evolved for running long distances businessinsider.in/how-hu…
The cone snail, one of the most venomous animals on earth, releases a cloud of insulin when a fish swims by, causing it to go into hypoglycemic shock, immobilizing it so it can inject the fish with a cocktail of up to 200 toxins museumsvictoria.com.au/ar…
The San Diego Zoo Animals & Plants is the only zoo outside of Australia to have Platypuses. When they were sent from Australia, in 2019, it was the first time in 50 years that Platypuses had been cared for outside of Australia. animals.sandiegozoo.org/a…
The first British animated film "Animal Farm" was secretly produced and funded by the CIA as anti-Communist propaganda theguardian.com/culture/2…
Today I learned about the extinct Antarctic wolf, which was the only land mammal native to the Falkland Islands and was so tame that "it was possible to lure the animal with a chunk of meat held in one hand, and kill it with a knife held in the other" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
A real water buffalo is seen being slaughtered at the end of Francis Ford Coppola’s β€œApocalypse Now.” The animal had already been marked for sacrifice by the indigenous tribe whose land they were using to film, so Coppola decided to capture the actual ritual for the movie. usatoday.com/story/entert…
There's a 460 square miles area in France called the Zone Rouge containing so much human and animal remains and millions of items of unexploded classic and chemical ordnance from WW1. It's been legally defined as Impossible to clean - Human life impossible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zon…
Today I learned of Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)- Located in the Western Desert in Egypt, this site contains the fossilized remains of whales that show their evolution from life as a land-based animal to becoming an ocean-going mammal. whc.unesco.org/en/list/11…
Deforestation is leading to more infectious diseases in humans due to native animals migrating for survival nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Tiger is the national animal of South Korea, despite being an extinct species in Korea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tig…
Barnacles have the largest penis-to-body ratio in the entire animal kingdom. It can stretch up to 8 times the barnacles own length nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The nile crocodile and similar species, unlike other animals known to be "man-eaters", are one of the few predators that see humans as actual reliable food and it will attack to predate unprovoked or when they see the opportunity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The hedgehog was a holy animal for Persian Zoroastrians, and most houses had one living there to keep away ants, vipers and evil spirits avesta.org/vendidad/vd13s…
In 1944, the American air force bombed the train station of Hasselt in Flanders. The bombs that missed made a network of craters in the nearby grasslands, which are now more than 110 ponds and house a large amount of aquatic animal species, some of which are of high conservation importance. pondscape.be/downloads/2a…
The reason why the unicorn on the UK's royal coat of arms is chained, but the lion isn't, is that according to legend a free unicorn was a very dangerous animal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
In 1971, a surviving prehistoric tribe was discovered in the Philippines. The media at the time reported that the Tasaday spoke no known languages, dressed in animal fur, lived in a cave for centuries, and had no contact with the outside world. It was later revealed that this was all a hoax. esquiremag.ph/long-reads/…
The Carolina Dog is a dog breed first discovered living wild in the southeast region of the United States, and after extensive DNA testing it is believed they are descendants of the first animals to accompany humans across the Bering land bridge thousands of years ago. akc.org/dog-breeds/caroli…
Cows have regional accents, and that that might happen because of the relationship between the farmers and their animals. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
Other animals quickly eat shed deer/elk antlers because they are high in calcium, phosphorus and protein. This is why they are hard to find even in places with abundant deer. fws.gov/midwest/news/8Poi…
During his tenure, Theodore Roosevelt had a lion, a coyote, a hyena, a black bear and a zebra living on White House grounds at various times. Also, he shot 11397 creatures, including endangered animals. He also hired people, to find remains of a Mammoth, which he was successful in procuring. theguardian.com/books/202…
The CIA found games such as Final Fantasy, Devil May Cry and even Animal Crossing on Osama Bin Laden's hard drive. They also found anime like Naruto, Bleach and Dragon Ball. comicbook.com/gaming/news…
In terms of long distance running, there is no animal that can outrun a human businessinsider.com/how-h…
Chuck Schuldiner, often regarded as The Godfather of Death Metal, described himself as "a lover of life, friendship and animals." He also disavowed metal musician stereotype of being "anti-life" and was openly against the use of hard drugs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
At the request of Vanessa Bryant, the Staples Center cataloged all the items at the makeshift memorial fans made for Kobe and Gianna. Among the items were 1,353 basketballs, 14 banners, 25,000 candles, 5,000 letters, 500 stuffed animals. All the flowers were reused as mulch. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Today I Learned red pandas, one of the most liked and famous animals aren't a single species but two. Chinese red pandas have redder fur and striped tail rings, while Himalayan pandas have whiter faces. This makes the efforts of their conservation a bit trickier. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
In 1872, a group of hunters in India captured and 'saved' a 6-year-old feral boy they saw trailing behind a pack of wolves in the forest. The boy only ate meat, despised wearing clothes, sharpened his teeth on bones and communicated in animal noises. He might've served as inspiration for Mowgli history.com/news/6-famous…
The pig on Pink Floyd's "Animals" was an actual 40ft balloon. A marksman had been initially hired on the 1st day to shoot it down, should it break loose--but he was absent on the 2nd. That day, it broke free and flew into Heathrow Airport's airspace, resulting in all flights being cancelled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was so impressed by First Lady Jackie Kennedy after meeting her that he later sent her a puppy; the animal was significant for being the offspring of Strelka, the dog that had gone to space during a Soviet space mission en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The Roman punishment for the killing of parents was known as Poena cullei ('penalty of the sack') and it consisted of being sewn up in a leather sack, with an assortment of live animals including a dog, snake, monkey, and a chicken or rooster, and then being thrown into a body of water. imperiumromanum.edu.pl/en…
Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, never approved a Hobbes plush toy. He said the comic strip is ambiguous as to whether Hobbes is a real tiger or a child's stuffed animal and creating a toy would destroy the magic. It's estimated he lost out on over $300 million in merchandising. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Today I learned of Miss Baker, a squirrel monkey who was one of the first animals launched into space by the USA to return safely. After her space flight, Miss Baker set a record for longest lived squirrel monkey before dying at age 27. Her grave can often be found adorned with one or more bananas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
A Sperm whale can click at about 236 decibels, making it the loudest animal on Earth. Some researchers believe they can contact each other in the ocean even from opposite sides of the planet. For comparison, a jet engine takeoff registers 150 dB. NASA's Saturn V rocket launch registered 204 dB. youtube.com/watch?v=zsDwF…
Animals are smarter and more aware than we think. Certain animals have passed the mirror test, thus proving they can identify themselves. Note that babies under the age of 18 months are unable to do this consistently (50% success) however as they age, they improve progressively. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
There's a deep-sea snail called the scaly-foot snail with an iron sulfide shell and iron sulfide plates on its foot as defenses--so far one of the only animals known to make use of iron sulfide in such a manner. It's even magnetic! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…
During the Cold War, the CIA used hot air balloons to drop copies of Animal Farm into Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia in order to cause discontent amongst the population towards the countries’ leaders. Their responses were to order their militaries to shoot down the hot air balloons. spectator.co.uk/article/n…
A Florida animal shelter removed breed cards and instead sorted dogs into a "Pawgwarts House" by watching each dog play with a "sorting toy": brave Gryffindor pups are athletic, Slytherins are cunning pack leaders, Ravenclaws are problem-solvers, and Hufflepuffs are loyal and friendly. today.com/pets/shelter-so…
The world's dirtiest man, Amos Haji, who hadn't bathed in over 60 years. He smoked animal feces, eats rotten porcupine, and sometimes smokes 5 regular cigs at a time. He becomes angry at the thought of a bath. Villagers said this was due to an emotional setback in his youth. huffingtonpost.in/entry/a…
Widespread petkeeping is a relatively recent phenomenon. Until the 19th century, most animals owned by households were working animals that were regarded unsentimentally. In 1698, a farmer recorded in his diary: β€œMy old dog Quon was killed and baked for his grease, which yielded 11lb.” theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Archaeologists found almost 8 million animal mummies, mostly dogs, in the Dog Catacombs of Saqqara, Egypt. Worshippers paid to have animals killed and mummified to carry prayers to gods. Other animals (baboons, bulls, etc.) were also mummified in the Sacred Animal Necropolis. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
In Hindu astrology, someone born under the influence of Mars is said to have a "Mars defect", and such a bride will cause her husband's early death. To prevent this disaster, the bride will be married to a tree, an animal, or an object, and her subsequent marriage to a human will be a happy one en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The world’s most expensive cup of coffee is made from coffee beans collected from the feces of a small cat-like animal, the Asian Palm Civet. Wild-collected beans can sell for US $1,300/kilo. kayakopi.com/what-is-kopi…
A frozen zoo is a storage facility in which genetic materials taken from animals are stored at very low temperatures. Material preserved in this way can be stored indefinitely and used for artificial insemination, in vitro fertilisation, embryo transfer, and cloning. institute.sandiegozoo.org…
The reason monarchs moved their courts constantly was because they were forced to by filthy residences, as within days of a royal party settling in one palace or another, a stink would set in from poorly discarded food, animal waste, vermin from or attracted to unwashed bodies, and human waste. history.com/news/royal-pa…
Mushrooms are the only non-animal food with Vitamin D and their vitamin D levels can be increased by placing them in the sun, just like humans ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Steve-O was a test subject in a study to determine the stress limits of ractopamine saturation in humans. Ractopamine is an animal feed additive used to promote leanness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…

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