Kim Philby, head of the MI6 anti-communist section, was forced to resign over allegations that he helped two KGB moles escape. However, he was exonerated by the government. He then defected to the Soviet Union after having been KGB double agent for 30 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim…
Naked mole rat queens can sexually repress males she doesn't want to mate with (and keep the rest of the colony from undergoing puberty, too) popsci.com/naked-mole-rat…
The Mole Man of Hackney tunnelled beneath is home near London, excavating over 33 tons of earth over the decades. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
You would be considered a witch if you had moles or freckles during the 1692 Salem Witch Trial period. apecsec.org/11-important-…
In an attempt to make his spy novels feel more authentic, author John Le CarrΓ© is credited with coining a number of terms for his fictional intelligence agency (terms like mole, honey trap, pavement artist, asset babysitter) which have become common terms used in real intelligence agencies. oregonlive.com/books/2015…
The reason moles always look so clean, even though they live in the dirt, is because their hair swivels to lay in any direction. animals.mom.me/moles-adap…
On four separate occasions, British retailer B&Q has had to recall sonic mole repellers in its Northern Ireland stores after being informed there are no moles in Ireland. randall.ie/b-q-moles-irel…
Naked mole rats can survive 18 minutes without oxygen and suffer no lasting effects. They achieve this feat by switching their metabolism to use fructose, instead of glucose, something typically only done by plants. sciencemag.org/news/2017/…
There was a conspiracy theory, actually investigated by some in British intelligence, that prime minister Harold Wilson was a KGB mole, and that the leader of the Labour Party before him was assassinated to clear his path to power newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Mammoths were originally thought to burrow like moles, since their remains were always found underground en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
Naked Mole Rats effectively "turn into plants" in low oxygen situations by switching their metabolism from glucose to fructose, which was thought to be only used by plants. sci-news.com/biology/afri…
The nose of a starnosed mole has 22 hypersensitive tentacles covered with 25,000 sensory receptors. The tentacles allow this type of mole to find, identify, and determine if something is edible in a quarter of a second. The tentacles allow the mole to smell underwater. sciencenetlinks.com/blog/…
The Pyrenean desman (Galemys pyrenaicus) is a small semiaquatic, globally threatened mammal related to moles and shrews which inhabits Spain, Portugal, Andorra and the French Pyrenees. The desman has webbed feet and a very sensitive and elongated nose which it uses to find its invertebrate prey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyr…
In 1987, FBI agent Robert Hanssen was tasked by his superiors to find a mole within the agency after the FBI's moles in the KGB were caught. In reality, he was the mole, working with the KGB since 1979. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned about Operation Mole Cricket 19, the largest air battle since the Korean War. In 1982, Israel sent around 90 planes to destroy Syrian SAM Batteries. The Syrian Army sent up about 100 planes to defend. The amount of Syrian jets shot down was 82-86. The amount of Israeli jets shot down was 0. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
, it was a fad in the 18th century to wear fake moles or beauty marks, plaisters, to enhance appearances or to cover scars or imperfections. They were made of silk, velvet or even mouse skin. collectorsweekly.com/arti…
William Buckland (1784-1856), geologist and Dean of Westminster, claimed to have eaten his way through the animal kingdom (zoΓΆphagy.) According to him, the worst tasting animals are the mole and bluebottle fly. He is also rumored to having eaten the heart of King Louis XIV. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The naked mole-rat is the first mammal discovered to exhibit eusociality. This eusocial structure is similar to that found in ants, termites, and some bees and wasps. Only one female (the queen) and one to three males reproduce, while the rest of the members of the colony function as workers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
A naked mole-rat can move each of its front teeth separately, like a pair of chopsticks. nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
The naked mole rat can go over 18 minutes without air, without harm, by changing from glucose to fructose for its anaerobic metabolism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
Ireland has mole population of 0. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
Scientists have forced naked mole rats to live in concentrated areas of radiation and injected with carcinogens, but they have never developed cancer. They tolerate acid, live 6 times longer than other rodents, they survive long periods of oxygen deprivation and can live in heavy polluted areas. vox.com/2014/6/16/5796732…
Naked mole rats can't feel pain, and in addition to that, are resistant to cancers, and are the only cold-blooded mammals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
The naturalist William Buckland spent much of his life trying to eat every animal possible to see how it tasted. He grew fond of eating Mice on toast, while His least favorite meals were that of mole, and bluebottle flies. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The naked mole rat is unable to feel pain, is the only known thermoconforming mammal, is resistant to cancer, and possesses extraordinary longevity for a rodent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
Moles have worm "larders" where they keep up to 1000 worms. Their saliva paralyses the worms and they store their still-living prey for later consumption. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
Today I learned of The Hackney Mole Man who was evicted from his house in 2006 after he had secretly hollowed out a web of tunnels and caverns, some 8m (26ft) deep, underneath his London home, ultimately putting the neighbourhood at risk. He denied this, saying: β€žI tried to dig a wine cellar.β€œ theguardian.com/society/2…
Tom Holland had a mole on his chin removed before he would go on to play Spider-Man in Homecoming vulture.com/2015/06/what-…
British hardware chain B&Q tried to sell mole repellent in Ireland, before learning that Ireland has no moles... diyweek.net/b-q-sells-mol…
Naked mole rats are on of the few eusocial mammals. That means they live in colonies like ants, with a single queen who gives birth to all the workers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
A town in West Virginia named Mole Hill, WV changed it's name to Mountain, WV so they could literally make a mountain out of a mole hill. wvculture.org/history/com…
Upon first seeing The Simpsons character Hans Moleman, show creator Matt Groening claimed he was so shriveled and unrealistic that he resembled a "mole man". According to Groening, many viewers were offended by Moleman's look. He was made a recurring character in order to annoy these people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Scientists have dosed naked mole rats with carcinogens and radiation, yet they have never been observed to develop cancer. They tolerate acid, live 6x longer than other rodents, they hardly age, they survive long periods of oxygen deprivation and can live in heavy metal polluted areas. vox.com/2014/6/16/5796732…
William Buckland, the first paleontologist to write accounts about fossil dinosaurs, was also known for eating uncommon animals. He claimed that mole meat was β€œvile” and reportedly ate preserved heart of a French king on an impulse, as he β€œ[had] never eaten the heart of a king before!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Naked Mole Rat queens get longer every time they give birth dcist.com/story/18/12/17/…
Naked mole rats are NOT blind, are NOT moles or rats or totally hairless, and can move their incisors separately or together like chopsticks. Oh, and they're resistant to cancer. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
FOOF, an extremely dangerous chemical, reacts with almost anything and at temperatures as low as -180 C (-300 F), and releases a massive 433 KCal of energy per mole when reacting with hydrogen sulfide (H2S). blogs.sciencemag.org/pipe…
The star-nosed mole holds the record for the fastest-eating mammal, capable of eating an insect in a quarter of a second, and can smell underwater by blowing air bubbles and sucking them back into its nose. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Today I learned about Kalkajaka, or Black Mountain. Comprised entirely of loose stones, it is said that groups of horses and people have fallen in rockslides, ended up inside the mountain, and sustain themselves on insects and underground streams in complete darkenss; "mole people". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Scientists have never found a single incident of cancer in naked mole rats β€” which live upwards of 30 years β€” making them an important model for finding ways to fight the disease. nature.com/news/simple-mo…
Naked mole-rats don't appear to age. Unlike other mammals, they show no physiological decline and their mortality rate doesn't increase as they grow older. elifesciences.org/article…
Naked mole rats are practically superheroes - they don't get cancer, their noses and mouths are unaffected by acid, they live 6x longer than other rodents, they hardly age, they can survive long periods of oxygen deprivation and can live in areas with severe heavy metal pollution. the-scientist.com/?articl…
A mole can dig a tunnel that is 300 feet long in only one night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
Hedgehogs are NOT Closely Related to Porcupines. They are in the Order Eulipotyphla Like Moles and Shrews. While Porcupines are Rodents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eul…
In the 18th century People wore fake moles (or "beauty patches") made of velvet, silk, or mouse skin as a fashion statement stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/…
Today I learned of the Pyrenean desman, a "mole" that has a snorkel for a snout and can echolocate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyr…
The axolotl is a species of Mexican mole salamander whose larvae fail to undergo metamorphosis, and thus, the adults remained gilled and aquatic. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Naked mole rats are immune to cancer because of a cell defense mechanism, that stops a cell from replicating. mnn.com/health/fitness-we…
Naked mole rats can survive with basically no oxygen and that their incisors can be moved independently of each other. youtube.com/watch?v=2sKAD…
People with many moles have longer telomeres and are more likely to live longer kcl.ac.uk/news/news_detai…

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