2 donkeys that have been together for 10 years at a zoo in Poland were separated after a local politician and parents complained about them mating in front of children. Experts weighted in and a petition to rejoin them got 7,000 signatures so the zoo put them back together. thestar.com/news/world/20…
In 1828, Opponents of Andrew Jackson called him a jackass. However, rather than rejecting the label, Jackson was amused by it and included a Donkey in his campaign posters. Jackson beat Jon Adams. Later in 1870s, Cartoonist Thomas Nast helped popularize Donkey as the symbol for the Democrats. history.com/news/how-did-…
On the French island of Ile de rΓ©, the donkeys wear trousers. Because the marshes were thick with mosquitoes and other bugs, locals sewed pants to keep insects off the donkeys legs. ripleys.com/weird-news/do…
Dewey was considered such a sure bet to win the 1948 election that NBC News constructed a large cardboard model of the White House containing two elephants that would pop out when NBC announced Dewey's victory; since Truman's defeat was considered certain, no donkeys were placed in the model. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
George Washington was the first American mule breeder. However, his first donkey had a low libido. After much study, Washington discovered what got the donkey off: female donkeys, two at time. If the donkey had a clear view of them together he would successfully perform with female horses smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The reason that ranchers keep a donkey with their herd animals is that if they see a threat like a coyote, the donkeys will kick the living shit out of them to protect the herd. wideopenspaces.com/buck-d…
Initial designs for Donkey Kong's coconut gun in DK64 came from sketches by Shigeru Miyamoto. These sketches were made immediately after he saw the ape with an actual, bullet-firing, shotgun. gamesradar.com/uk/making-…
The earliest known incident of biological warfare occurred around the 1330s BCE when the Hittites intentionally sent disease-ridden donkeys and rams to a civilization they wanted to attack in order to weaken their enemies abc.net.au/science/articl…
The Greek philosopher Chrysippus of Soli died in 206 BC, at the age of 73, after a laughing fit caused by his own joke. His biographer reports he saw a donkey eating some figs and yelled that it needed to be given a pure wine to wash the figs down. dailystoic.com/chrysippus…
George Washington is known as the father of the American Mule. Such an animal became much more commonplace after he had bred it, for he believed mules were "cheaper to maintain" and "more docile" than donkeys. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mul…
"burrito" is Spanish for "little donkey". The food is so named because it can hold many things, like a donkey can. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Today I learned about pule cheese, a Serbian delicacy made out of donkey milk that costs around $1,136 a pound. scmp.com/magazines/style/…
The US Department of Agriculture once had the fictional state of Wakanda listed as a free-trade partner - the Wakandans apparently sold ducks, donkeys and dairy cows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wak…
"Burrito" means "Little Donkey" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Mules (a cross between a donkey and a horse), can't reproduce because they are sterile. worldanimalfoundation.com…
Popeye is based off a real person, and also that the original Donkey Kong game was going to be a Popeye game, but Nintendo couldn’t acquire the rights so it became what it is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
There is an Island in France where donkey wear Trousers. poitou-charentes-vendee.c…
Where seedless watermelons come from. Much like how a donkey and horse can make a mule but the mule will be sterile, seedless watermelons are the infertile offspring between diploid (22 chromosomes) and tetraploid (44 chromosomes) seeded watermelons. watermelon.org/the-slice/…
In 1981 Miyamoto created the characters Mario, Peach, and Donkey Kong because of problems securing rights for Popeye, Olice Oyl, and Bluto. stuff.tv/my/features/fun-…
Eddie Murphy was nominated for a BAFTA (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role) for his role as Donkey in Shrek (2001). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shr…
A guy called Arnold Potter who thought he was Jesus rode a donkey to the edge of the bluffs, whereupon he leapt off the edge intending to "ascend," but instead fell to his death. His body was collected and buried by his followers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arn…
Mario was given his cap in his first appearance in Donkey Kong because of the limited advances in video game graphics when the game was made. A red cap was added because programmers found it difficult to create the hair movement that would occur when the character jumped. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
In 1981, then-president of Nintendo of America Minoru Arikawa was publicly berated by the business' landlord, Mario Segale, for being behind on rent. Arikawa vowed to immortalize him forever by renaming the star of Donkey Kong, previously known as "Jumpman," to Mario. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
David Spade inspired Donkey. Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot, who wrote Shrek, said, β€˜You know who we patterned the donkey and the ogre off of? As far as their relationship? That was Spade and Farley in Tommy Boy.' cinemablend.com/news/2493…
, in WWI dogs, horse, mules and donkeys all wore gas masks. nationalinterest.org/blog…
Today I learned about the naming of Nintendo's character Kirby. In 1982, Universal sued Nintendo claiming Donkey Kong was illegally based on King Kong. Attorney John Kirby fought won the case for Nintendo and they, in thanks for the help provided, named their (then) next character in honor to him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Early in the development of Disney's Pinocchio (1940), Pleasure Island (where the boys turn into the donkeys) was initially called Boobyland. youtube.com/watch?v=LXZsw…
Burrito, which means β€œlittle donkey”, gets its name because it carries a bunch of different things. sfgate.com/restaurants/ar…
In 1981 the landlord visited the warehouse of Nintendo of America to collect overdue rent and berated the president, Minoru Arakawa, in front of employees. The new game, Donkey Kong, was about to be released and they changed the character's name to their landlord's name: Mario. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Rainn Wilson (aka Dwight Schrute from 'The Office') has a pet zonkey (half-zebra, half-donkey) youtube.com/watch?v=Go59a…
Today I learned of the ancient Greek stoic philosopher Chrysippus of Soli, who initiated the success of Stoicism. He died of laughter at the age of 73 after witnessing a donkey eating his figs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Donkeys can be used as guard animals to protect livestock and have even been known to kill coyotes. modernfarmer.com/2014/06/…
A unit of Donkey Power is a thing equalling 250 watts which is about a third of a Horse Power en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about a localized horror legend, β€œThe Donkey Lady”. The ghost of a woman who’s limbs were burned into hoof like stumps, and face melted into an elongated, donkey-like mask. Widely believed and retold in San Antonio for 50+ years. She even has a namesake bridge. texashillcountry.com/donk…
Mules can't reproduce because they're the sterile offspring of a horse and a donkey mentalfloss.com/article/8…
'burrito' means 'little donkey' in Spanish, named this way because burritos can carry many things, much like a donkey can. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Nintendo created a video game based on the Popeye comic strip, but could not acquire licensing rights for the characters. Rather than scrap the work that was done, it released with a new cast - a plumber, his girlfriend, and a gorilla - and was renamed "Donkey Kong" after the game's antagonist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
If you are a driver in the United Kingdom you are required by the law to stop and report to the police if you run over a dog, a horse, a cattle, a pig, a goat, a sheep, a donkey and a mule, but not if you run over a deer, a cat, a badger or a fox. lutontoday.co.uk/cars/car…
One of the earliest known depictions of the cruxification of Jesus Christ is from Roman graffiti mocking a Roman solider named Alexamenos praying to a donkey headed figure on a cross en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The sound of the sand people in Star Wars, or Tusken Raiders was made by deepening and varying the speed of braying donkeys. whatculture.com/film/10-u…
Donkey Kong creator Miyamoto used "donkey" to convey "stubborn" in English; the name Donkey Kong was intended to convey "stubborn ape" to the American audience. When he suggested this name to Nintendo of America, he was laughed at, but the name stuck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
In the earliest surviving depiction of Jesus and the Crucifixion, Jesus is shown as a donkey. The image is a Roman graffito scratched on a wall in Rome somewhere in the 2nd century, apparently to mock Christians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru…
The Donkey Kong high score submitted on VHS by Billy Mitchell in "The King of Kong" ended up leading to him being stripped of all his world records for cheating. Investigators were able to use footage in the the DVD extras to discover the fraudulent record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In the original Pinocchio novel, Pinocchio spends several months as a donkey, performing in a circus until he breaks his leg, gets sold, and is drowned in the ocean for his leather. The puppet inside survives, trapped in the dead donkey form until a school of fish eats away the flesh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Donkey Kong record holder, Billy Mitchell, was cheating the whole time. youtu.be/234Y76_3YPE
Nintendo's first arcade game Radar Scope was a huge flop, so the unsold machines were salvaged for parts to create a new game called Donkey Kong which made $280M and saved the company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Eddie Murphy is the only performer to ever be nominated for a BAFTA Award for a voiceover performance, for his role as Donkey in Shrek (2001) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAF…
The donkey came to represent the Democratic Party in 1828, when opponents of Andrew Jackson nicknamed him Andrew Jack-ass. Rather than reject this image, Jackson incorporated the donkey into his campaign posters. history.com/news/how-did-…
The first animal balloons were made by Aztecs around year 1300, using real animal intestines; stomachs and bladders were also used. The intestines would be cleaned, sealed, filled with air and twisted to make dog and donkey shapes. These balloons were used as a sacrifice for gods. zephyrsolutions.com/origi…
The Nintendo character Kirby was named after John Kirby, the legal counsel for Nintendo who helped them win their lawsuit with Universal Studios in 1982. John Kirby was gifted a sailboat Christened the β€œDonkey Kong” and given exclusive rights to name any boat he owned β€œDonkey Kong.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…

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