Today I learned about the Great Moon Hoax of 1835, a series of newspaper articles about the supposed discovery of life on the Moon by an astronomer. The articles described animals on the Moon, including bison, goats, unicorns, bipedal tail-less beavers and bat-like winged humanoids who built temples. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Hill Valley from β€œBack to the Future” is a set used for a lot of other movies and tv shows including Leave it to Beaver, the first episode of Twilight Zone, The Incredible Hulk, Psycho II, Knight Rider, Gremlins, and Batman and Robin among others. wikipedia.org/wiki/Courth…
Arcadia University, formerly an all female school known as Beaver College, was forced to change it’s name because of the word beaver being slang for vagina. Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Howard Stern even made jokes about it. abcnews.go.com/US/story?i…
In 2012, David Shribman, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, issued a letter banning the use of the word "jagoff" anywhere in the newspaper. In response, The Beaver County Times used some form of the term 19 times in a single article. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jag…
Beaver colonies can occupy an area for 1000s of years. Lewis Henry Morgan observed and mapped beaver ponds in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the 1800s and 150 years later 75% of the original dams and ponds were still there. sciencemag.org/news/2015/…
Beavers, alligators, and puffins are catholically considered fish during lent . thefisheriesblog.com/2017…
Today I learned about Rex Beaver, a private investigator hired by the Church of Scientology in 1968 to spy on Rupert Murdoch who had published unflattering stories about the church in his newspaper. After passing his security check Beaver went to Murdoch and offered to work as a double agent. abc.net.au/news/2016-11-0…
On top of having webbed feet, a bill, a beaver-like tail, and poisonous claws, platypuses also have bioluminescent fur. It has been found that when platypus fur is viewed under a UV light source it has the appearance of being greenish blue in hue. blog.css-engineering.com/…
In 1850 Michigan's Beaver Island was home to a Mormon Kingdom. After Joseph Smith's death, many Mormons considered James Strang to be the head of the church. He proclaimed himself King of the Mormons, had a crown and scepter, and afterward he was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Beavers have lips behind their teeth so they can chew wood underwater www1.nyc.gov/site/wildlif…
The rapper in the bridge of Michael Jackson's "Black or White" is producer Bill Bottrell, who is credited only as "L.T.B." for "Leave it to Beaver." Bottrell wanted to get LL Cool J or Heavy D, who were featured on other tracks for the album, but Jackson insisted on using his performance. vice.com/en/article/9bg57…
In 1997 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a pot-bellied pig named Lulu saved her owner, having a heart attack. Lulu heard the owner's cries of pain then forced her way out of the yard and played dead on the road. Lulu successfully stopped a car and guided help to the owner, she survived. vault50.com/lulu-pig-play…
Jamaica, Queens & Jamaica the Country are named after two unrelated things, one is for the Jameco Indians (after the Algonquin word for beaver) the other by Arawak Indians meaning land of wood and water boweryboyshistory.com/200…
A tour of Pennsylvania towns can start in Virginville, move on to Blue Balls, then Bird-in-Hand, followed Lititz and Jugtown, leading to Beaver (or Big Beaver if you prefer), a stop by Honey Hole and Two Lick Valley, and wrapping up with Mount Joy, Intercourse and Climax. onlyinyourstate.com/penns…
A zoo in Hokkaido sells lion-ripped jeans, beaver-gnawed coasters and other animal inspired products to stay open amid the COVID pandemic. pop.inquirer.net/95626/zo…
Today I learned of the California Fur Rush, which occurred in the early to mid 19th century. It happened due to large beaver and otter populations and helped open up the West and especially the San Francisco area to world trade. However, this drove many mammal populations to the brink of extinction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Eurasian beavers nearly went extinct but were successfully reintroduced to their original range and are now considered a "Least Concern" species en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eur…
In 1948, the overpopulation of beavers were causing problems in Idaho, so they dropped 76 beavers out of airplanes with parachutes to try to relocate the populations. wired.co.uk/article/parac…
In Canada radio stations dedicated program blocks in off-peak hours to Canadian music. These program blocks became known as "beaver hours" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
In the early 1970s, a story was widely reported that Ken Osmond (the actor who played Eddie Haskell on Leave It to Beaver) had become rock star Alice Cooper. Cooper eventually got a T-shirt that said 'No, I am not Eddie Haskell.' But people still believed it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
The state of Idaho once dropped beavers in the wilderness on parachutes. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Formations called "the Devil's Corkscrew" were first found around Harrison, Nebraska, in 1891, and were once thought to be extinct forms of sea sponges, but it turns out they are actually fossilized dens of an extinct type of beaver called Palaeocastor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Lakes are formed by glaciers, volcanoes, rockslides, beavers, and people. nationalgeographic.org/en…
The scientists who first discovered the platypus thought it was fake. Although indigenous Aboriginal people already knew of the creature, European scientists assumed an egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed, venomous mammal had to be an elaborate hoax. daily.jstor.org/the-platy…
Beavers’ teeth never stop growing, so they are forced to gnaw. If they don’t, their teeth will loop around and pierce their brains. canadiangeographic.ca/art…
The largest beaver dam on Earth is located in northern Alberta, is visible from space and is over 2,790 feet in length. Experts believe construction began in the 1970s, making it a multi-generational project. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Some muskrats live in beaver lodges over the winter. The beavers share food with them, and the muskrats pay their rent by bring back foliage to help keep the beaver lodge sturdy youtube.com/watch?v=iyNA6…
Beavers have been successfully reintroduced to Knapdale in Scotland. Unofficial populations are thriving in the River Tay and its tributaries. They have also become established in the River Otter in Devon. The re-establishment of beavers has widespread public support. rewildingbritain.org.uk/r…
Some southern states offer bounties on beaver tails, with some areas paying $75 per tail. sandhillwatershed.org/Pro…
Beavers have orange teeth because they are made of iron instead of magnesium like other rodents. The iron causes the orange colouring in beavers’ teeth, makes the teeth stronger against mechanical stress, and makes them more resistant to acid. mcgill.ca/oss/article/did…
The Catholic Church considers beavers to be fish, fit for consumption on meatless Fridays, due to their semi-aquatic nature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
The beaver was once classified as a fish by the Church because it's an excellent swimmer blogs.scientificamerican.…
Beaver is considered safe to eat during lent by the Catholic Church. dolly.jorgensenweb.net/no…
Today I learned about Broken Leg, a collared mountain lion who’s kills over 15 months were recorded as 24 badgers, 1 sheep, 1 dog, 2 porcupines, 8 beavers, 9 coyotes, 2 mule deer, 2 antelope, and 17 elk. themeateater.com/conserva…
Hill valley from back to the Future was a set used in many shows including twilight zone, to kill a mockingbird and leave it to beaver. Just to name a few. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The last film Sean Connery was ever in was an animated flop called β€œSir Billi,” which was about a skateboarding veterinarian who fights the police to help a fugitive beaver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir…
The Catholic Church classifies hippos and beavers as fish for the purpose of Lent due to their semi-aquatic nature. blogs.scientificamerican.…
There is a beaver dam in Alberta, Canada that's more than twice as long (850m) as the Hoover Dam (379m) geostrategis.com/p_beaver…
Synthetic vanilla comes from coal tar, cow poop or beaver's castor glands. myrecipes.com/extracrispy…
In 1950, Idaho's Department of Fish and Game dropped 76 beavers out of a plane using surplus WWII parachutes in an effort to relocate them to a state wilderness area npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
In 1971 Dodge wanted to name a fastback version of the Dart the Dart Beaver, but changed it to Dart Demon after learning that "beaver" was a slang word for vagina. In 1973, the car was renamed Dart Sport after complaints from Christian groups. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dod…
In the 1940s, 50 North American beavers were introduced to the area by the Argentine government to help start a fur industry β€” their numbers have now swelled to an estimated 100,000, invading roughly 16 million hectares of unique, indigenous forest, and causing millions of dollars of damages. nature.com/news/2008/0806…
Idaho Fish and Game dropped beavers out of a plane and parachuted them into a remote area to re-home them away from populated areas. boisestatepublicradio.org…
Canada sent 50 beavers to Argentina in 1946, but now number over 100,000 and are destorying Argentina's forests. globalnews.ca/news/306858…
A beaver "named β€˜Geronimo,' was dropped again and again" by parachute to test a radical beaver relocation plan. Geronimo's success led to the relocation of 76 beavers via parachute. Geronimo had priority reservation on the first ship into the hinterland, and three young females went with him. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Lodges made by Beavers have two chambers. The floor of the first chamber is a few inches above the water level and is used to dry off after coming out of the water. The floor of the second chamber is above the first, and is used for sleeping and caring for kits (baby beavers). fohn.net/beaver-pictures-…
The Guinness book of world records was created as a promotion for the Guinness Brewery in the 50’s by the managing director at the time Sir Hugh Beaver. fatherly.com/play/why-gui…
The world's biggest beaver dam is 850 meter wide and can be seen from space. It is thought that several beaver families joined forces to create the massive dam that contains thousands of trees and must have taken many months to complete. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
European beavers are faithful to one another but American beavers regularly cheat on each other bbc.co.uk/earth/story/201…
The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed platypus baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, and the first scientists to examine a preserved platypus body (in 1799) judged it a fake, made of several animals sewn together. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…

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