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…
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…
People live inside the Grand Canyon. Supai Village, the capital of the Havasupai Indian Reservation, boasts a population of a couple of hundred residents, is considered the most remote community in the continental US, and is the only place where mail is delivered and carried out by mule. wikipedia.org/wiki/Supai,…
Kalaupapa County, HI has just 86 residents and was originally developed as a settlement for lepers. It is only accessible by mule trail. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Mules (a cross between a donkey and a horse), can't reproduce because they are sterile. worldanimalfoundation.com…
Today I learned of the 3,500 mile Great American Horse Race of 1976. It contained over a hundred experienced riders and ended up being won by a man riding a mule named Lord Fauntleroy. He beat the next closest finisher, a thoroughbred Arabian, by 10 hours and the pair ended up winning $25,000. wbur.org/onlyagame/2016/0…
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 1967 a three way battle erupted in Laos as Burmese militia, remnants of Chinese Nationalist armies and the Royal Loa Army each attempted to capture a mule train carrying 16 tons of opium. The Loatian forces emerged victorious and later peddled the heroin to US troops in Vietnam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
In 1162 in revenge for insulting his wife, The Holy Roman Emperor forced every resident of Milan who wished to live to pluck a fig placed into the genitals of a female mule. alphahistory.com/pastpecu…
Moscow mules were created by a guy that couldn’t sell his vodka, another that couldn’t sell his ginger beer and a lady that had too many copper mugs copper.org/consumers/arts…
, in WWI dogs, horse, mules and donkeys all wore gas masks. nationalinterest.org/blog…
There is one last remaining location for U.S. Mail delivery by mule: the village of Supai in the Havasupai Nation Reservation. It's 8 miles to the nearest road, so supplies are delivered by mule. Fun fact, mail delivered from the post office is stamped with "delivered by mule." medium.com/knowledge-stew…
Two Welsh tourists in Australia, Rhys Owen Jones and Keri Mules, once got so drunk that they went to SeaWorld and swam with dolphins, let off a fire extinguisher in the shark enclosure and stole a penguin called Dirk bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-1…
Roman soldiers were given one pound of meat daily. For an army 120 sheep were killed a day just for the meat ration. Or 60 hogs. Huge flocks of livestock were herded and grazing alongside an army. Roman soldiers were a mule more than anything else. They carried very heavy gear, on bad roads. history.com/news/soldier-…
Some places in the USA still receive mail deliveries via mules grandcanyon.com/news/gran…
Today I learned of the most rural post office in the US; the Supai Post Office is at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and is serviced by a mule train that takes 2.5 hours to reach it. It services the Havasupai reservation and demonstrates the obligation of the US Postal System to service every community. 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
Mules can't reproduce because they're the sterile offspring of a horse and a donkey mentalfloss.com/article/8…
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…
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…
An outbreak of Equine Influenza in 1872 killed over 69,000 horses & over 10,000 mules. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equ…
The US Army didn't retire its last horse drawn Artillery and mule drawn Quartermaster units until December 15, 1956. army.mil/article/179546/f…
The Peruvian Navy still actively operates a ship that was built in England in 1862, disassembled into small pieces and shipped across the Atlantic, and carried by mules over 220 miles to Lake Titicaca to be reassembled. Its sister ship (sent the same way) also still works on the lake. wikipedia.org/wiki/BAP_Pu…
Today I learned about "40 acres and a mule" a plan written by Union General Sherman to redistribute confiscated southern land to newly freed slaves after the Civil War to help them establish communities. The plan was vetoed by President Andrew Johnson after Lincoln was assassinated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The US Post office delivers mail to the people of Supai, Arizona by the only way possible, by mule insider.si.edu/2016/08/gr…
Today I learned of Supai, Arizona, the only place in the US where mail is still delivered by mules. The community has been referred to as "the most remote community" in the contiguous United States by the U.S. Department of Agriculture en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
β€œborax” itself is not a brand name, but is an ordinary word for a naturally-occurring chemicalβ€”the actual brand name for the stuff in the green box is β€œ20 Mule Team Borax” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bor…
One-sixth to one-quarter of farmland was devoted to feeding horses and mules before cars, trucks, and tractors became common. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
Today I learned of the Wounded Knee Massacre, an incident between the US Army and the Lakota Tribe whereby 150 to 300 unarmed Lakota were killed. 20 soldiers received Medals of Honor for the incident, including one for "conspicuous bravery in rounding up and bringing to the skirmish line a stampeded pack mule." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wou…
During the USA's "Great Depression" in the 1930s, librarians in Kentucky rode around on horseback, dispensing books to over 50,000 families and 155 public schools: "one librarian had to hike her 18-mile route when her mule died" smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The Dominican Republic, led by dictator Rafael Trujillo, offered to accept between 50,000 and 100,000 Jewish refugees in 1938. Only 645 made it and upon arrival, every new Jewish settler was given 80 acres of land, 10 cows, a mule and a horse. jewishvirtuallibrary.org/…
In 1800 while traveling in S America, Alexander von Humboldt, a German naturalist, wanted to collect electric eels for study. His strategy was unorthodox. Local fishermen drove some 30 horses and mules into a pool of eels, which allegedly reared out of the water and attacked, killing two horses. theatlantic.com/science/a…
From 1939 to 1976, the Hollywood office of the American Humane Society gave out the PATSY Award to animal actors. Notable winners included Bonzo, Lassie, Francis the Talking Mule, and Mr. Ed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAT…
Union soldiers tortured Confederate prisoners by giving them rides on "Morgan's mule", a tall sharp wooden horse that men would be forced to straddle, with weights attached to their feet. Sessions last up to two hours, causing pain to the genitals and permanently crippling some men. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
The USPS still delivers mail by mule -inside the Grand Canyon insider.si.edu/2016/08/gr…
The Dominican Republic offered to take 100,000 Jews in 1938, only 645 made it, and each one was given 80 acres of land, 10 cows, a mule, and a horse. jewishvirtuallibrary.org/…
A cross between a female horse and a male donkey is called a Mule, and a cross between a male horse and a female donkey is called a Hinny. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hin…
Today I learned of the War Horse Memorialβ€”a statue honoring the nearly one million horses mules, and donkeys that lost their lives during the First World War. The statue features a horse named Poppy who possesses a gaunt physique and barbed wire wrapped around its hooves. bbc.com/news/uk-england-b…
An ancient Greek philosopher called Crysippus died of laughter while watching a drunk Mule try to eat from a fig tree en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Epona is the name of a Celtic goddess that was a protector of horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epo…
The "40 acres and a mule" suggested by Gen. Sherman as a grant to freed slaves after the Civil War would be worth *at least* $6.4 TRILLION ($6,700,000,000,000) today. yesmagazine.org/issues/ma…
Supai, AZ is the the most remote community" in the contiguous United States. It is the only place in the United States where mail is still carried out by mules. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
In 1976 a 3500 mile horse race was setup to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the United States...and it was won by a mule. wbur.org/onlyagame/2016/0…
There's a Post Office at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It serves the Havasupai Reservation and the town of Supai, and post arrives via mule on a 2 1/2 hour journey each day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Mules are a cross between a horse and donkey and they are all sterile. equinespot.com/types-of-h…
During World War 1, circus elephants were used for farm and industrial work in some parts of Great Britain. This was due to a shortage of horses and mules, as 1.2 million of them were purchased by the British military for the war effort. bbc.com/news/uk-england-2…
During the first battle of the American Civil War (The Battle of Fort Sumter), the only casualty was that of a Confederate officer's horse, marking the horse the first death the war that would claim the life of ~660,000 people and over 1,000,000 horses and mules cbsnews.com/news/fort-sum…
Not only is George Washington the Father of America, but to many is he is the Father of the American Mule. mountvernon.org/george-wa…
Before the eruption of Mount St. Helens, longtime area resident Harry R. Truman stated, "You couldn't pull me out with a mule team. That mountain's part of Truman and Truman's part of that mountain." Truman's lodge would be covered in 150 feet of volcanic debris by the eruption. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned about team boats - boats that were powered by horses or mules and were in use in the US in the first half on 19th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
, A male donkey is called Jack and a female donkey is called jeeny when Jack and a female horse mate they give birth to 'mule' and when a male horse and jeeny mate they give birth to 'hinny'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…

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