In 1506 Louis II of Hungary was born prematurely and doctors kept him alive by slaying animals and wrapping him in their warm carcasses as a primitive incubator en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Since 8-track tapes have a loop-play function, where after the end the tape is played from the beginning once again, the 8-track version of the Pink Floyd album "Animals" was changed for playing on repeat - a guitar solo connecting the first and the last song on the album was added. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
Meerkats are the most murderous animals on earth. 20% of all meerkats die at the hands of another meerkat. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
In the Middle Ages there was a belief animals understood the concept of morality and possessed rationality. They were summoned to court, put on trial for a variety of offenses, and given the same punishments as humans. Lawyers defended pigs, rats, and sheep. Even flies and slugs faced judgement. lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v35/n…
The oldest animal (at least, the oldest whose age has been identified) was a 507 year-old clam that washed up on the beach in Iceland. Researchers, not realizing how old the clam was, killed it while they were examining it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
There is a house in New Orleans, they call it the Rising Sun, but it’s not a brothel as singer Eric Burdon once described it. It's a bed and breakfast run by a Louisianan couple who love the legend and have collected over 40 versions of the Animals' song. Their B&B features ample brothelabilia. abcnews.go.com/Travel/sto…
American Humane, the organization which provides the "No animals were harmed" verification on Hollywood productions, was found to have colluded with studios to cover up major animal abuses on movie sets. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
β€˜smell dispensers’ mimicking the smell of lion shit is used to scare off deer and wild boar despite these animals having never met a lion. dutchnews.nl/news/2018/08…
Today I learned of Dominomus, a female house sparrow that flew into a convention center in Netherlands and caused 23,000 of the dominos being prepared for β€œDomino Day 2005” to be knocked over. A hunting company hired to capture the bird failed, and finally just shot it, sparking an animal rights controversy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
Ravens and wolves have formed a mutually beneficial relationship out in the wild. Ravens have been observed calling wolves to the site of dead animals so that the wolves will then open up the carcass and leave the scraps for the ravens once they're finished. stemjobs.com/wolves-and-r…
There is project underway to bring back an animal from extinction and reintroduce it into its former habitat. The last remaining quagga, a subspecies of the plains zebra, died in 1883, and to date, the Quagga Project has succeeded in producing breeding lineages in 10 locations in South Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
Tom Nook from Animal Crossing is not a racoon in the original Japanese translation, but a tanuki (hence his name.) The animal is portrayed as a mischievous trickster in Japanese folklore. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Aquariums aren't allowed to pay to get animals from other aquariums as it encourages poaching. So there is a barter system in place where they swap animals. A New England aquarium traded a dozen penguins for 800 mackerel and their basic unit of trade is the jellyfish npr.org/transcripts/49329…
Great tits (the bird species) love to eat the brains of other animals, such as smaller birds and bats. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Pigeons and doves are the exact same animals. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The infamous "Year without a Summer" after the Tambora eruption in 1815 led directly to the invention of the bicycle, as people were forced to eat horses and other farm animals due to failing crops. They were called Laufmaschine or "dandy horses" and propelled by Flintstone-style foot power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
The 1877 novel Black Beauty, now considered a children's classic, was written for adults by author Anna Sewell to highlight the problem of animal abuse and was subtitled "The Autobiography of a Horse." Ironically, Sewell was an invalid at the time and could not ride herself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The 'leaf sheep,' a sea slug native to Japan, is an animal that can photosynthesize. It eats algae and retains the chloroplasts that plants use for photosynthesis and can live for months on photosynthesis alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…
Today I learned about a cow named "Emily" who escaped from a slaughterhouse in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The local newspapers reported her often been running with a herd of deer. Later, during her stay in sanctuary at the Peace Abbey, she became a representative of "animal rights" and "vegetarianism". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emi…
Certain animals perform death rituals or a β€˜funeral’ when one of their members dies. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Creatures the size of Godzilla or King Kong cannot exist in real life. If you were to scale up an animal by 10x in each dimension, it would have 100x the muscle power, but 1000x the mass, likely crushing this creature to death. An animal this big would look very differnt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
Today I learned about the Australian Dingo Fence, one of the longest structures on Earth at over 3,500 miles long, designed to control the movement of the wild dogs and protect farm animals theguardian.com/australia…
Beetles comprise 25% of ALL animal species and 40% of all insect species! worldanimalfoundation.com…
Snapping shrimps (the family Alpheidae), which grow to only 3-5cm long, compete with sperm whales for title of loudest animal in the ocean. Their snaps are capable of stunning fish and breaking glass jars. In numbers, the shrimp can interfere with sonar and underwater communication. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alp…
While chicken is the most slaughtered animal in the world, the #2 spot is held by ducks. Rabbits are #4 and Cattle is all the way in ninth place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
If you grind a marine sponge through a sieve into salt water, it'll reorganize itself back into a sponge. It's the only animal that we know of that can do that. pbslearningmedia.org/reso…
The Toba catastrophe theory that states human population was bottle-necked about 70K years ago due to a super massive volcanic eruption. Humanity may have dwindled to less than 10K individuals and many other animal species were similarly affected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tob…
The mosquito is the most dangerous animal to humans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
I that hyenas are extremely intelligent animals despite the fact that they're depicted as dumb scavengers (like in the Lion King) smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned about the Seal of Solomon, a signet ring attributed to King Solomon in medieval Arabic tradition. It is the predecessor of the Star of David, and gave Solomon the power to command demons, jinn (genies) and spirits, or to speak with animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Rare Black Emperor Penguins exist, and their appearance is due to a genetic mutation. This mutation causes an overabundance of melanin, making its feathers appear black. It can also happen in other animals, making skin and fur appear black, as in the African Black Panther. mymodernmet.com/rare-blac…
Humpack whales have been observed to attack orcas that are hunting other marine animals, which sometimes gives the prey animals a chance to escape onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
Ravens and wolves have a special relationship. When a raven finds an animal carcass it will make a lot of noise to attract wolves, who will then open it up and leave carrion behind for the raven. Ravens have even been known to play with wolf cubs. youtu.be/TGWO5IWmlQ4
Today I learned about Gobekli Tepe, a 12,000-year-old temple (7,000 years older than Stonehenge) that predates humanity's oldest known civilizations and is full of strange animal carvings and towering stone pillars. The site's true purpose is still unknown. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
With the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066 the French took over England. The lower-class were the hunters so animal names persist, and the upper-class French only saw the butchered meats. As a result, we refer to beef (boeuf), pork (porc) and mutton (mouton) instead of cow/pig/sheep. thedailymeal.com/eat/why-…
The animal that causes the most human deaths annually in the US is deer. Deer sometimes leap blindly into roadways causing tens of thousands of traffic accidents annually. These accidents cause an estimated 200 deaths every year. Runner-up: Bees, wasps and hornets with 58 deaths. roaring.earth/which-anima…
I learned that blood meal is powder which is made by drying the blood of animal,cut in the slaughter house. Blood meal is high in protein and nitrogen. It is mostly use as fertiliser in the soil to balance the soil composition. Specially while grow green vegetables high nitrogen content is good. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
The animal characters in the Jungle Book were named with the Hindi name for what animal they are. And that loosely translated Shere Khan means Tiger King en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
The fastest animal alive is the Peregrine Falcon reaching record-breaking speeds of up to 242 mph while diving for their prey. Right behind this Falcon is the Golden Eagle (200mph) followed by the cheetah (75mph), the fastest land animal! allaboutbirds.org/guide/P…
Godzilla was originally conceived to be a cross between a gorilla and whale. The name is a hybrid of the two Japanese words for those two animals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
Some of the Dungeons and Dragons monsters, such as the owlbear or the bulette, were inspired by unrealistic weird-looking creatures that the game's creator found in a "Prehistoric Animals" toy set. io9.gizmodo.com/the-surpr…
Animals were held on trial during the 13th-16th centuries in europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
In 1975 a fella named Gary Dahl listened to his friends loudly complain about their pets. That have him an inspiration to offer an alternative pet. Rocks. Loyal companions without any of the drawbacks animals have. Ridiculous in everyway so naturally pet rocks made him a millionaire overnight. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The bad taste that microbes produce in rotting fruit often serves to keep the fruit to themselves, deterring larger animals (like humans) from competition. postandcourier.com/featur…
Physicists conducted research to determine the optimal speed at which dogs and other hirsute animals should oscillate to shake water out of their fur most efficiently. The challenges identified related to calculating the proper radius of the animal and understanding the fur properties. royalsocietypublishing.or…
An epidemic in 1872 affecting horses was a key moment in the animal rights movement as the founder of the ASPCA would stand in the street to block horse-drawn trolleys to insist that sick horses be returned to the stables instead of being worked to death slate.com/technology/2020…
There are companies in Texas that allow hunters to kill animals in enclosures for fun. There are a whole bunch of animals, like zebras, and others that are extinct in the wild. oxhuntingranch.com/huntin…
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…
Today I learned about Saturn (alligator). It was hatched in Mississippi, lived in the Berlin Zoo during the war, was one of the 96 out of 16,000 animals to survive the war, and then proceeded to live in the Moscow Zoo until it died in 2020 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
Min horses are used as blind guides. They have a very wide range of vision, with a range of nearly 350 degrees. Horses are the only guide animals capable of independent eye movement and they can track potential danger with each eye. Horses can see clearly in almost total darkness. guide-horse.org

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