A baby penguin was born without feathers in a Chinese zoo and was thus rejected by his parents, but the zookeepers found out he had digestion problems so they fed him by hand until he grew feathers and was reunited with his parents themarysue.com/bald-baby-…
The "chestburster" scene from Alien was inspired by Crohn's Disease. The writer, Dan O'Bannon, suffered from the debilitating disorder, where "the digestion process felt like something bubbling inside of [O'Bannon] struggling to get out." He also handpicked H.R. Giger to design the aliens. syfy.com/syfywire/little-…
When we eat something sweet and feel that momentary bit of pain at the back of the jaw, its because of the largest salivary gland (Parotid gland) going into overdrive to help with digestion. vinepair.com/articles/why…
A Venus flytrap can count the number of times its victims touch the hairs on its leaves. One touch does nothing, two closes the trap, three primes the trap for digestion, five triggers the production of digestive enzyme. So, victims tell the plant to start killing it and how vigorously to do so. theatlantic.com/science/a…
Not only can you eat dandelions raw(or make a tea etc.), but that they are pretty nutritious and can even stimulate digestion / bile flow. bonappetit.com/story/eati…
Some animals swallow a stone known as a "gastrolith" to aid in grinding their food for digestion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas…
The Buddha recommended eating rice porridge, saying "There are these five benefits in rice porridge. What five? It stills hunger, dispels thirst, settles wind, cleans out the bladder, and promotes the digestion of the remnants of undigested food. These are the five benefits of rice porridge." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
"Going with your gut" is a real thing. There is increasing evidence of a "second brain" in the guy called the Enteric Nervous System and the relationship between digestion, mood, health, and cognition. hopkinsmedicine.org/healt…
The Portuguese man o’ war is not actually a jellyfish, but a hydrozoan siphonophore. It's also not just one organism. It is made up of separate polyp organism colonies called zooids, each serving a specific purpose, like forming tentacles for locomotion or controlling digestion. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Birds don't fart! They have a much higher rate of digestion and don't carry the same kind of bacteria in the gut that produces gas, like humans do. Because they don't have the same gas-forming bacteria, there is nothing to lose. sciencefocus.com/nature/d…
The Pangolin has no teeth thus cannot chew its food. Instead, Pangolin eat small stones when foraging to aid the grinding up of its prey inside its stomach which also has keratinous spines projecting into the interior to further aid grinding and digestion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
A man named Alexis St.Martin was shot and survived but was left with an open hole in his stomach wall allowing scientists to understand how the digestion system looked while working. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The Komodo Dragon uses lubricating saliva to help swallow prey whole. To speed up this process they ram the carcass against a tree, sometimes so hard the tree falls down. Then they drag themselves into the sun to speed up digestion, taking to long could cause the food to rot and poison it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kom…
Previous research has shown that hungry individuals are often found towards the back of animal groupings, such as a school of fish. However, new research shows that even dominant members of the group can't maintain their leading position after a large meal. Digestion caused fish to slow down. phys.org/news/2018-03-con…
Eating pizza boosts serotonin - an essential feel-good hormone. You can also aid serotonin production by eating nuts, seeds, and fish (for tryptophan) and yogurt (who's probiotics aid in digestion). neverlikeditanyway.com/fi…
Select foods that contain natural dietary fiber, especially the water-soluble forms of dietary fiber in legumes, vegetables, and fruits. Soluble fiber tends to increase the viscosity or thickness of the intestinal contents after a meal, which slows carbohydrate digestion and glucose absorption. healthyeating.sfgate.com/…
Humans aren't appropriate prey for great white sharks because their digestion is too slow to cope with the high ratio of bone to muscle and fat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
It was first discovered digestion involved chemical actions when in 1822, a man shot himself in the stomach, who Army Surgeon William Beaumont healed but left an inch diameter hole, which he would experiment on placing small chunks of food into the hole and watching them digest in the stomach. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 1830, the annual per capita consumption of alcohol by Americans had climbed to more than five gallons. At the time Americans believed liquor was nutritious and stimulated digestion. It was also consumed to help wash down poorly cooked, greasy, salty, and sometimes rancid food. historynet.com/ulysses-s-…
Dog and human genesβ€”including those related to diet and digestion, neurological processes, and diseaseβ€”evolved together. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Bluebottles (Portuguese Man o' War) are not jellyfish, but are actually a colony of organisms known as siphonophores. There are different organisms responsible for the float, the tentacles, digestion, and reproduction - these organisms function separately but cannot survive alone. australiangeographic.com.…
Mountain gorillas are in a semi-permanent state of flatulence due to the large amounts of gas produced from bacteria aiding their digestion youtu.be/aHOwbc8Feu4?t=90…
15% of snails that are eaten by birds survive the digestion and are found alive in their droppings. This potentially leads to the spread of snail populations. bbc.co.uk/nature/14048754
15% of snails survive digestion by birds and are found alive in their droppings, potentially leading to the spread of snail populations. bbc.co.uk/nature/14048754
The gastrocolic reflex is what makes you want to poop after a meal, as your body senses stomach stretching and digestion as a cue to ramp up colon activity and make room for more food. verywell.com/gastrocolic-…
The reasons dogs may eat grass is to help improve digestion, treat intestinal worms, or fulfill some unmet nutritional need, particularly the need for fiber. pets.webmd.com/dogs/why-d…
60% of people do not produce smelly flatulence because they lack the gut bacteria responsible for producing hydrogen sulphide during digestion. abc.net.au/health/feature…
Pandas are technically omnivores and have digestive tracts suitable more for eating meat than bamboo. Their lethargy stems directly from their inefficient digestion of their diets. washingtonpost.com/news/s…
A chief dietitian has stated that "[t]he term 'superfoods' is at best meaningless and at worst harmfulβ€œ. Also, anthocyanins and other flavonoids have little antioxidant food value following digestion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Cannulated Bovines are cows fitted with portholes - a method to observe and research on their digestion. The practice can be traced all the way back to 1920's. youtu.be/b7TY9t0VBxU
Sloths are really slow for survival reasons. It has to do with their slow digestion process. interestinganswers.com/an…
Cheese casein "breaks apart during digestion to release a whole host of opiates called casomorphins", which multiple studies have shown, interact with opioid receptors, which are involved in controlling pain, reward and addiction in the brain. mic.com/articles/112656/i…
Peppermints that you get after meals aren't only to give you fresh breath, but they also aid in digestion. umm.edu/health/medical/al…
Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden, died of digestion problems in 1771 after eating a meal of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, smoked herring, champagne, and 14 servings of his favorite dessert, semla in a bowl of hot milk. He is remembered by schoolchildren as "the king who ate himself to death." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The tradition of putting a slice of cheddar cheese on apple pie dates back to ancient times when combining cheese and fruit was thought to aid in digestion. The combination was brought to the New World by European settlers foodtimeline.org/foodpies…
The ability to continue to produce lactase, the enzyme that allows digestion of lactose in milk, is the product of a chance mutation that occurred and spread a few thousand years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
William Beaumont, Father of Gastric Physiology, researched human digestion by dunking meat on a string into stomach acid via the open wound of a live patient for months on end. lifeasahuman.com/2012/art…
In order to study a cow's digestion, research cows are fitted with a port in their side big enough to see and reach into so that scientists can gather the contents inside without hurting the cow. The cow lives a normal life and can actually live longer than a regular cow. damninteresting.com/hole-…
When you're sick and/or constipated, eat yellow bananas because of their high antioxidants and simple sugar increases digestion. If you're healthy and/or Type 2 Diabetic, eat green bananas because of their low sugar, probiotic bacteria and high resistant starch contents. onegreenplanet.org/natura…
Orange colored eye glass lenses help with digestion. 40 seconds in youtu.be/7pdyHNgMRhQ
A Canadian trader in the 1820s had a hole in his abdomen from a musket shot directly connecting to his stomach, which allowed a surgeon to insert food into his stomach to study how digestion worked en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Some cows have holes in them, so that farmers can test their digestion. youtube.com/watch?v=b7TY9…
Some cows have holes put into their sides so people can study their digestion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Baby koalas eat their mothers' feces to prepare for the digestion of eucalyptus leaves youtu.be/wjvImsu-kXI?t=36…
A food coma is caused by blood and energy diverting to aid in digestion rather than "non-essential" functions such as exercise and muscle exertion. foodrepublic.com/2011/07/…
MSG, a common additive in Chinese food, is immediately broken down into Glutamate after digestion, which is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain neurotransporter.org/glut…
There is a bacterium that is so resistant to radiation it can live in a nuclear reactor. This bacterium is also used to clean up nuclear waste via digestion. genomenewsnetwork.org/art…
Sloths have a very slow digestion system that can take up to a month to digest food, which consists of leaves with little energy. This requires them to preserve energy, which is why they move so slow. wonderopolis.org/wonder/a…
Bees have two stomachs. One to hold nectar for honey, one for digestion. ontariohoney.ca/kids-zone…
Giraffes graze against the wind because acacia trees react by releasing tannins which taste bad and inhibit digestion. This creates a chemical signal that prompts trees downwind to do the same. africansafaris.com/blogdi…

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