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…
In the past few years, at the same time that the NFL's "Super Bowl" is being played, the Aquarium of the Pacific (in the Californian city of Long Beach) holds the "Otter Bowl", with the otters playing with footballs made from frozen clams nbclosangeles.com/the-sce…
In Poznan, Poland, eight clams get to decide if people in the city get water or not. They’re equipped with sensors atop them that trip the water supply pumps when they close due to detecting something unsafe in the water. zmescience.com/science/po…
Children belonging to the Moken tribe of Thailand have perfect vision underwater. They do is by constricting their pupils and changing their lens shape, just like dolphins and seals. They use this ability to hunt for fish, clam and shells to eat. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Today I learned of the Everleigh Club, a former brothel in Chicago, Illinois, that was in operation from 1900 to October 1911, would serve iced clam juice and a tablet of aspirin as a starter for breakfast, which began at 2:00 in the afternoon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Sea silk is an extremely fine, rare, and valuable fabric made from the long silky filaments which are secreted by a gland in the foot of a clam (Pinna nobilis) to anchor itself to the ocean floor. The material has been used since ancient times by Greek, Roman and Chinese cultures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Today I learned of an newly discovered organism called Lithoredo abatanica that eats stone and excretes sand. It is a shipworm, a group of burrowing animals known for eating woods and related to clams, but so different from known examples that it is both a new species and genus. nytimes.com/2019/06/18/sc…
Clonally transmissible cancers exist. These cancers can be transmitted between individuals without the involvement of an infectious agent (unlike e.g. HPV-associated cervical cancer). They are very rare in humans but more common in dogs, Tasmanian devils and clams. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
The phrase "As happy as a clam" is likely a shortened version of "As happy as a clam at high tide". The phrases meaning is believed to be derived from how high tide is when clams are least likely to be dug up and eaten and thus "Happy". mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Thomas Grasso's last meal before his execution was 24 mussels, 24 clams, a double cheeseburger, 6 ribs, 2 strawberry milkshakes, half a pumpkin pie, strawberries, and a can of SpaghettiOs. His final statement was, "I did not get my SpaghettiOs. I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Sea otters have pockets and many adults carry their favorite rock at all times to break open clams and other shellfish. aquarium.org/a-sea-otters…
Sea silk is a highly prized unique material made from Mediterranean clams. The only person who knows the ancient craft is an elderly Italian woman. bbc.com/news/magazine-336…
Today I learned of the Chespeake Deadrise. A boat purpose built for crabbing, fishing, hunting oysters and clams on the Chesapeake Bay. They are built using a method called "Rack of Eye" and builders have no construction plans making the knowledge on how to build them generationally learned. marinersmuseum.org/sites/…
Clams reproduce by just separately emitting gametes into the water in the warm season, and the gametes will find one another. They also then produce their own shells. Bonus: these animals do indeed have digestive organs, among other organs. sciencing.com/tell-clams-…
The earliest known work of art is an engraved clam shell made by Homo Erectus in Java around 500,000 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
Today I learned of Chiara Vigo, who is the only person alive who knows how to make silk from the highly endangered Noble Pen Shell clam bbc.com/travel/story/2017…
Scientists accidentally killed oldest animal Ming the clam at age 507 years old, which was born before Colombus discovered America and before Henry VIII had even married his first wife Catherine of Aragon news.nationalgeographic.c…
During the late Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, the majority of the oceans reefs weren't built by corrals, but rather a group of bivalve clam like mollusks called Rudists. nothinginbiology.org/2015…
The world's oldest living clam, "Ming the clam", was accidentally killed when scientists tried to figure out how old it was. Upon inspection they found it was 507 years old, 100 years older than previously speculated. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Today I learned about the tusk fish, a fish that has learned how to use a tool to break open clam shells for food. penguin.co.uk/articles/20…
Ming the Clam, the world's oldest animal at 507, was killed by researchers trying to tell how old it was independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Eric Andre actually uses tactics to make guests uncomfortable. One example, he would, "put old clams under the guest’s chair to make it smell really bad." splitsider.com/2013/10/ta…
Many Japanese still use clam-shell flip-phones, which "are called GalΓ‘pagos phones because they evolved perfectly for an isolated environment." The flip-phones are advanced enough & come with features locked into a Japan-only ecosystem that many customers are slow to adopt smartphones. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
In 1996 the 'Titanic' crew accidentally ate PCP spiked clam chowder vice.com/en_au/article/re…
The Evergreen State College mascot is Speedy the Geoduck, a large, saltwater clam that happens to look like a penis. evergreen.edu/geoduck
Certain types of music can reduce anxiety in dogs, which can be useful during fireworks, thunderstorms, and separation. In a study when solo piano at 50-60 bpm was played, 85% became more clam, and over half of the dogs went to sleep throughadogsear.com/resea…
The origins of elated mollusks. The derivation is more likely to come from the fuller version of the phrase, now rarely heard - 'as happy as a clam at high water'. Hide tide is when clams are free from the attentions of predators; surely the happiest of times in the bivalve mollusc world. phrases.org.uk/meanings/a…
The geoduck, an edible clam popular in China and Japan, is regarded as an aphrodisiac because of its phallic shape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In 1939, Maine Rep. Cleveland Sleeper introduced a bill to make it illegal to add tomatoes to clam chowder. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
Sea Otters have a ''favorite rock'' they store in a special pouch. This rock is used for various things, such as cracking open shellfish and clams. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The Tusk Fish is known to use rocks as tools for opening clams youtu.be/aSvoKZIvBCA
, Ming the clam lived to be 507 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
In 2006, Scientists discovered world's oldest clam, killing it in the process. "Ming the Mollusk" was 507 years old. csmonitor.com/Science/201…
The US Navy diving manual has detailed instructions for escaping a giant clam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia…
Researchers discovered a clam estimated to be 507 years old -- the oldest-ever living animal -- and accidentally killed it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
The mascot of The Evergreen State College in Washington is the geoduck, a clam with a large phallic appendage, which thrives in nearby Puget Sound. In honor of its mascot, the school's motto is "Omnia Extares," Latin for "let it all hang out." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Geoduck (pronounce "gooey duck") is a species of clam which is way too big for its shell. They live over 100 years and have "siphons" which stick out as long as 3 feet. It is also the mascot for Evergreen State College evergreen.edu/geoduck/
The world's oldest animal (excluding primitive metozoans) was "Ming" the clam at 507 years old. Unfortunately, Ming died when the scientists opened it up to count the growth rings. cbsnews.com/news/ming-the…
On the final night of shooting the Movie Titanic in Nova Scotia, one or more pranksters mixed PCP (angel dust) into the clam chowder served to the cast and crew. 80 people were sent to the hospital with hallucinations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of the Caesar: a cocktail only popular in Canada which consists of vodka and Clamato (clam broth + tomato juice) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cae…
Today I learned of the Ocean Quahog, a clam that doesn't appear to age. One specimen has been confirmed to be over 500 years old en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
In 2006 scientists killed a clam that was over 500 years old, born in the Ming Dynasty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
Chiara Vigo is the last person on earth that can spin golden sea silk from clams. bbc.com/news/magazine-336…
On the final night of shooting Titanic in Nova Scotia, one or more pranksters mixed the dissociative hallucinogen PCP (angel dust) into the clam chowder served to the cast and crew. 80 people were taken ill, and more than 50 were hospitalized with hallucinations. imdb.com/title/tt0120338/…
The world's oldest animal, a type of clam, died in 2006 after living 507 years. sciencenordic.com/new-rec…
Pearls are made from nacre, a by product of a clam or mussels defense mechanism in response to an irritant, usually a parasite. pearls.com/pages/how-pear…
A bill was introduced in the Maine legislature in 1939 making it illegal to add tomatoes to clam chowder. nytimes.com/1986/05/18/tr…
Scallops (clams) can have up to 100 Bright Blue Eyes and their Eyes use a Crystal Mirror to "Focus" Light en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…
The longest living aquatic animal is the Quahog Clam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Mollusks (clams, mussels, etc) are essential for life on this planet and human-caused pollution/ocean acidification is slowly eating away their shells. ocean.si.edu/ocean-acidif…

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