Will Sampson had never acted before playing Chief in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the producers were just looking for a tall Native American and chose the 6'7" (2.01 m) Sampson after a car dealer called them and said "the biggest sonofabitch Indian came in the other day!". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Today I learned of Henry Gunther, an American soldier who charged a German machine gun nest trying to regain his rank after being demoted. He was reluctantly killed by them at 10:59am on November 11th, 1918. One minute before the Armistice took effect. Making him the last soldier killed in World War I. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
In a village in India, an Indian robin had made a nest and laid her eggs on the village's switchboard. The village decided to go without street lights for over a month for the safety of the bird and to allow her eggs to hatch. After 45 days, the bird and its hatchlings safely flew away. deccanherald.com/national…
Over 2000 years ago, Arab traders told stories of the 'cinnamon bird', who used cinnamon sticks to make their nests. The difficulty in obtaining cinnamon meant these traders could charge a higher price. aramcoworld.com/Articles/…
In an ant colony, there are ant 'Undertakers' whose job is to remove dead ants from the nest and take them to a trash pile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nec…
Some ant queens will find a queen with an established nest to kill and impersonate. To sneak into the nest they first find and kill a worker ant for its scent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
In 1959 Robert Hunter of The Grateful Dead and Ken Kesey who wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest signed up to be CIA test subjects and we're given LSD. They enjoyed it so much they would take it from the facility and give it to their friends for recreation. cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/…
Today I learned about the endangered Maleo bird from Indonesia. Maleos make their nest with decomposing vegetation on the bottom, then place the egg and cover it with sand or soil. The layers make a natural incubation by the decomposing bottom layer releasing heat, and the top layer of sand keeps the heat in. allaboutbirds.org/news/ca…
In June of last year, a swan living in Manchester, England died of a broken heart when teenagers threw bricks at her nest and killed all but one of her unborn cygnets and drove off her mate due to stress msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews…
Today I learned about the Mafia hypothesis which suggests that certain brood parasites such as the great spotted cuckoo will destroy other species' nests if they do not care for the parasites' eggs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Some birds pawn their eggs off onto another breed’s nest in order to have the other bird rear their offspring nature.com/scitable/knowl…
Hummingbird nests are the smallest in the world. Most species of hummingbirds weave spider silk into the nest for structural support and to make it more elastic to accommodate the offspring as they grow. Often lichen will be attached to the outside of the nest for camouflage. wildbirdscoop.com/humming…
Today I learned about Necrophoresis is a behavior found in social insects – such as ants, bees, wasps, and termites – which carry the dead bodies of members of their colony from the nest or hive area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nec…
The Alcon blue butterfly caterpillar disguises itself as an ant larvae using smell. Ants carry the caterpillars to the nursery chamber of their nest where they clean, protect, and feed them for nearly two years. The ants even feed them more than they feed their own offspring when food is low! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phe…
Today I learned of Ophiocordyceps Unilateralis, a fungus that infects ants and turns them into zombies. Once infected, the ant feels compelled to leave its nest and climb up in search of vegetation. Once there, it clamps down with its jaws until it dies - all while the fungus feeds on it from the inside. microbiologysociety.org/b…
There is a Japanese village that hunts, raises and eats Wasps. They hold an annual festival, the *Kushihara Hebo Matsuri*, where people compete on 'Heaviest Wasp Nest'. bbc.com/travel/story/2020…
Mud dauber wasps are notorious for building their nests inside the pitot tubes, fuel tank vents and drains of aircrafts and have contributed to numerous plane crashes throughout history as a result. flightsafetyaustralia.com…
Small bugs like ticks hitch rides on larger flying insects in a process called Phoresis. Blister beetle larvae uses Phoresis by emitting fake pheromones to attract a male bee who will then take them for a ride ultimately to a female bee’s nest which they will then parasitize. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
The largest-ever bird's nest was built by a pair of bald eagles in Florida. It was 9.5ft wide, 20ft deep, and was estimated to weigh over 4,400 pounds. dukefarms.org/footer/blog…
A man died after he was attacked by a flock of seagulls after he disturbed a nest of chicks when he tried to clean bird droppings from the roof of his garage in Anglesey, north Wales. standard.co.uk/hp/front/p…
Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26 year old who dedicated his life to protecting leatherback sea turtle nests from poachers on Moin beach in Costa Rica. Him and volunteers, would collects the eggs and guard them in a hatchery. On May 30, 2013, he was kidnapped and murdered. outsideonline.com/1920831…
Edible Bird's Nests Are Among The Most Expensive Animal Products Consumed By Humans, With Some Nests Going for More Than $3,000 Per Pound en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edi…
Cuckoo Birds are considered as β€œBrood Parasites” due to the mother laying her eggs in various birds nests. they are able to lay eggs in various colours to match the nest eggs. The baby birds look similar to other birds babies so the mother bird believes they are theirs and feeds them! sciencenewsforstudents.or…
WWI Metal of Honor; Jake Allex, alone and exposed, ran directly towards machine gun fire, neutralizing the turret. Out of bullets, he used his bayonet to kill five soldiers before it snapped. He then used his rifle butt to subdue the rest of the nest, capturing 15 prisoners, all by himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jak…
Bald eagle nests are generally 4-5 feet wide and 2-4 feet deep. The largest recorded bald eagle nest, located in St. Petersburg, Florida, was 9.5 feet in diameter, 20 feet deep and weighed almost 6,000 pounds. fws.gov/midwest/eagle/Nhi…
There is a species of ant that essentially use kamikaze tactics to protect their nest. When attacked, one or more workers will attach themselves to the attacker and explode their abdomen, thus releasing a toxic goo all over the attacker. These ants are aptly named Colobopsis Explodens. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Electric eels are not actually eels, can jump out of the water to attack prey, make nests out of saliva, and are air breathers. nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
Chinstrap and AdΓ©lie penguins generate considerable pressures, up to 60kPa, to propel their feces away from the edge of the nest when they poop. link.springer.com/article…
Today I learned about the D.C. sniper attacks. A coordinated sniper attack in 2002, in which the shooters used a β€œ rolling sniper nest” in the trunk of a car. This resulted in 10 people losing their lives and 3 critically injured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D.C…
Screech owls bring Texas blind snakes into their nests so the snakes will eat the parasites that feed on the owlets. audubon.org/news/what-wou…
Some leaf cutter ants grow antibiotics on their backs so that when their nests get infected with microbes they roll on it to kill bacteria. This new discovery is helping doctors and researchers stop the current antibiotic crisis. news.ncsu.edu/2018/02/ant…
There is a bird called the "Honeyguide" that leads humans to bee hives so that it can essentially scavenge the nest for honey after we (people) use tools to harvest said honey! africanhoneyguides.com/
Scientists attached stilts to the legs of ants to prove that they return to their nests by counting their steps. The regular ants walked right to the nest and went inside. The ants on stilts walked right past the nest and got lost. This was because of the change in length of the legs. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
House sparrows will sometimes pluck feathers from live pigeons to incorporate into their nests. rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wil…
Today I learned about Phengaris Rebeli, a cartepillar that tricks certain species of ants into believing that they are the queen and take over the ant nest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phe…
Today I learned about Klepetan, a male stork who migrates from South Africa to Croatia every year for the last 15 years to be with Melena, a female stork who can't fly after being shot by a hunter. She lives indoors until his return and they stay in a nest on a roof until he leaves. They've had over 40 babies. total-croatia-news.com/li…
The white stork Ciconia ciconia nest, with its impressive size of over 1.5 m in height, a diameter of over 1.5 m and weight exceeding a ton, belongs the largest and heaviest structures built by birds all over the world. link.springer.com/article…
A particular type of bird called a "Swiftlet" creates a nest out of its saliva and this nest is harvested to be eaten as a delicacy, marketing for as high as $6,000 per 1kg. youtu.be/W6DZVfre0I8
Birds have a mafia who lays their eggs in foreign nests. If the host removes the foreign egg from its nest, the mafia birds will punish them by destroying it and murdering the host's babies. After that, the hosts learn to not remove mafia eggs from their nest- instead, they raise them. mpg.de/10517426/cuckoo-ma…
There is a species of wasp known as Mud Daubers that make their nests out of mud. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud…
Screech Owls keep blind snakes as pets/housekeepers. The snakes are carried to the owl's nest, and then burrow into it and eat bugs that would otherwise pose a threat to the owl's young. earthtouchnews.com/natura…
A "supercolony" of Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) extends over 6,000km of European coastline from Italy to north-west Spain, and is composed of literally billions of workers from millions of cooperating nests. phys.org/news/2019-06-ama…
Ants have designated paramedics that are assigned to rescue their wounded soldiers, carry them back to their nest and help them heal by gently holding the hurt limb in place with their mandibles and front legs while intensely β€œlicking” the wound for up to 4 minutes. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Scientists at Arizona State University have discovered that older honey bees effectively reverse brain aging when they take on nest responsibilities typically handled by much younger bees. asunow.asu.edu/content/sc…
Louise Fletcher (Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) was so upset that the other actors could laugh and be happy while she had to be so cold and heartless that near the end of production she removed her dress and stood in only her panties to prove she was not a cold-hearted monster gointothestory.blcklst.co…
, Ant traps don’t literally trap and kill ants. Workers carry small portions of the bait back to the nest where it is transferred mouth to mouth to other workers, larvae, and queens to kill the entire colony. terminix.com/blog/diy/rem…
When roach poisons claim to kill the whole nest, it's not because roaches share food with others. Roaches are cannibals and a single dose of poison can often be eaten many times and still be deadly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bor…
Japan had issues with crow nests on electric infrastructure, so they went and destroyed all of the nests....which prompted the local crow population to just build MORE nests, far in excess to what they actually needed nytimes.com/2008/05/07/wo…
Today I learned about squirrel kings, a phenomenon where several squirrels are knotted together by their tails and are unable to self-separate. The squirrels that become tangled are nest-mates and will invariably die if they are not rescued and separated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
The largest fire in California's history was caused by a man trying to plug a wasp's nest with a stake and hammer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men…

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