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…
Bob Barker plans to give all his money to animal causes after his death youtube.com/watch?v=UWegF…
Today I learned about Revolt, a book in which farm animals revolt and take over their farm in order to introduce equality, with things quickly denigrating into abuse and terror. The story was meant as a metaphor for the Bolshevik Revolution and was published 21 years before George Orwell's Animal Farm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C…
Today I learned about HafrΓΊn, a 507 year old clam which holds the distinction of being the oldest individual animal ever discovered. In 2006 it was killed by British researchers who didn't realize it's age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
Reindeer and Caribou are the same animal. In Europe, they are called reindeer. In North America, the animals are called caribou if they are wild and reindeer if they are domesticated. blog.nature.org/science/2…
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…
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…
In The silver fox domestication experiment, the tamest foxes were selected to be bred, generation after generation, to see what happened: they became very tame very fast, developed floppy ears and curly tails, and some got mottled coats, just like other domesticated animals. evolution-outreach.biomed…
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…
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 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…
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…
The obrina olivewing butterfly is the only known plant or animal that is truly blue, meaning it produces a blue pigment. All other β€œblue” plants and animals are using light reflection to seem blue to our eye when they actually are a different color. bestlifeonline.com/blue-i…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned about Punga, a supernatural being in Maori mythology. Punga is believed to be the ancestor of all ugly and deformed things. All ugly and strange animals like sharks and rays are Punga's children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pun…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
There is a non-profit organization that trains capuchin monkeys to be service animals for people with spinal cord injuries. monkeyhelpers.org
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…
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…
In terms of long distance running, there is no animal that can outrun a human businessinsider.com/how-h…
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/…
There have been documented cases of human children being raised by various animals, including Monkeys, wolves, dogs, bears, sheep, goats, cattle and ostriches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Whales & hippos evolved from hoofed land animals us.whales.org/whales-dolp…
There's a type of carnivorous grass called Utricularia Graminifolia that traps small animals in its vacuum-driven bladder blog.inspireuplift.com/ut…
The Peregrine falcon can dive at speeds over 320 km/h (200 mph), making it the fastest bird in the world, as well as the fastest member of the animal kingdom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The largest animal native to Antarctica that is purely terrestrial is the Antarctic midge, at 2-6mm in size. It also has the smallest known insect genome. nature.com/articles/ncomm…
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…

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