At 1:10 a.m. on May 9, 1945, night owls in the USSR heard a radio report that Nazi Germany had officially surrendered to the Soviet Union. Rather than wait until morning to celebrate, citizens took to the streets in their pajamas. 22 hours later, the entire country had run out of vodka. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Today I learned about the sentinel hypothesis: an evolutionary psychology idea that explains why people have different sleep schedules. Night owls and early birds played important roles in early human life. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
A barred owl, shot in New England, was found to have a long-eared owl inside its stomach which in turn had an eastern screech-owl in its own stomach. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Owls are associated with knowledge in Western tradition because they are the companion animal of Athena, the goddess of wisdom, in Greek mythology. However, the origins of this relationship are largely unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owl…
Gray foxes can climb trees. β€œThey can climb trees that are straight up; they do not require leaning trees to climb. Not only will they climb trees to escape predators but they also climb to take a nap in a sunny location, and they have been known to hide or sleep in hawk and owl nests.” wildlifelandtrust.org/wil…
Wikipeida have tried to adopt a mascot. Suggestions have been a monkey behind a typewriter, an amoeba, Cliff Clavin (from Cheers), The Thinker, an owl, slime mold, termites. The most common mascot is the anime influenced Wikipie-Tan, a Moe personification of the site. She's still unofficial. meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/W…
"Monty Python’s Flying Circus" considered other names before settling on the one they did, among them "Arthur Megapode’s Cheap Show", "Owl Stretching Time", "Vaseline Parade" and "A Clump of Plinths" spectator.co.uk/article/a…
Owls do not have eyeballs. Rather tube like eyes. This prevents them from being able to move them. mcgill.ca/oss/article/did…
Owls don't build their own nests, instead they take over abandoned ones. These old nests are often in such poor condition that fallen young owls frequently must be re-nested in man-made baskets so that they don't just fall again. audubon.org/news/the-men-…
The Kremlin has a division of trained hawks that defend the building from crows. At first, keepers tried to use pre-recorded shrieks, but crows got used to them, so falcons-later hawks, were used. They are easier and cheaper to train. There’s also an eagle-owl that hunts at night. rbth.com/lifestyle/327146…
Owl wings among other birds wings light up under UV light and the glow/brightness can be used to determine which feathers are newer versus older atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of the book On the Trail of the Golden Owl, an armchair treasure hunt that offers an owl statue made of gold, silver, and diamonds worth over €150,000 to the winner. Published in 1993, and despite the author releasing several clues, it remains unsolved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_…
Florence Nightingale had a pet owl she rescued in Greece, named Athens, and that it would ride in her pocket with her. trin.cam.ac.uk/news/night…
Hen harriers, native to Eurasia, hunt by surprising prey while flying low to the ground in open fields, often circling an area several times looking and listening for small birds and mammals.Its owl-like facial disc affords this diurnal raptor exceptional auditory acuity.Males practice polygyny. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The main predators of owls are other species of owls en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tru…
The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) has excellent low-light vision and extremely quiet flight, and can easily find prey at night by sight, however, its ability to locate prey by sound alone is the best of any owl species that scientists have tested. The North American subspecies of barn owl is the largest. allaboutbirds.org/guide/B…
The Ogre Faced Spider's eyes are more sensitive than both a cat's and an owls, but every day at dawn the photosensitive portion of it's eyes are destroyed by the sun, and the arachnid has to regrow this portion each and every evening. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dei…
Owls have a reputation of being wise due to their large eyes, but are not smart enough to be trained - unlike parrots, hawks, and pigeons. They still have a complex brain, but it spends much of its time processing information from its optic nerves. scienceiq.com/Facts/WiseA…
There's a human man who can turn his head 180 degrees around (backwards) like an owl can. youtu.be/bHjRORiMl7E
Before Monty Python settled on "Flying Circus", other ideas included "Owl Stretching Time" and "The Toad Elevating Moment". At one point, Michael Palin had the idea to name it after a random woman from the newspaper, thinking it would be funny for her to find out she had her own TV show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Owls don't have eyeballs. The eyes are long and shaped more like a tube. Owl eyes can't turn in their sockets because of this shape. journeynorth.org/tm/sprin…
Birds that migrate South in the winter stop at a destination where they can survive. Some birds only require a slightly warmer temperature. Because of this, some species of birds from the North can be seen in cities during the wintertime. For example, snowy owls can be seen in Toronto in winter. torontosun.com/2016/02/13…
Terry Gilliam's movie version of Watchmen was going to end with Doctor Manhattan going back in time to save himself from becoming Doctor Manhattan. Causing Rorschach, Nite Owl, and Silk Spectre to be transported to an alternate universe where The Watchmen only exist in comic form io9.gizmodo.com/this-is-t…
Instead of moving their eyes, owls swivel their heads to view their surroundings. Owls' heads are capable of swiveling through an angle of roughly 270Β°, easily enabling them to see behind them without relocating the torso. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owl
Shaquille O'Neal has a role as an extra in the music video of "Vanilla Twilight" by Owl City youtu.be/pIz2K3ArrWk?t=14…
The "Sky Beam" that shoots out of the Luxor Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas attracts so many insects that it has established a new ecosystem of moths, bats, and owls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
, Owl is known for the silent flight. Where other birds have stiff feathers that make a whooshing sound when they fly, owl feathers have soft edges that allow the birds to fly silently.This is important for owls, as they can swoop down on prey without being heard. justfunfacts.com/interest…
A psycopomp is a being that strictly guides the souls of the dead to the afterlife. They can take the form of various animals such as horses, deer, ravens and owls. Some examples of psycopomps include the Egyptian god Anubis, the Norse valkyries, Irish banshees and even the Grim Reaper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psy…
~12,000 years ago, there existed a flightless species of owl that stood over 120cm (3.9ft) tall prehistoric-fauna.com/Orn…
Owls make almost no noise from flying, even when tested in a room with multiple microphones youtube.com/watch?v=d_FEa…
Owls and crows instinctively hate one another, even if they've had no prior exposure. If crows see an owl out in daylight, they try to kill it. capeandislands.org/post/c…
Not only do snowy owls nest on the ground, but that in good hunting conditions will construct a nest out of dead lemmings. pri.org/stories/2014-03-2…
Revered First Nations writer and naturalist Grey Owl was actually a British man, Archibald Belaney. His actual identity and ancestry was revealed on the day he died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned of Timothy Hunter, a DC Comics character created by Neil Gaiman seven years before Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. He wears glasses, lost his mother when he was young, discovered he was destined to be a powerful wizard, and has a pet owl. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Owls can’t move their eyes in their sockets making their 180 degree neck turning necessary to see around them nationalgeographic.org/me…
Given the opportunity, Snowy Owls will build their nests with heaped up piles of lemming corpses pri.org/stories/2014-03-2…
A group of owls is called a β€œwisdom” or a β€œparliament”. owlpages.com/owls/article…
Although most of the characters in Winnie-the-Pooh are toys or stuffed animals, Rabbit and Owl are live animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Episode 122 of The Twilight Zone, β€œAn Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, was a French film short that had won awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 1962 and an Oscar for Live Action Short Film in 1963. Producers paid $25,000 for rights that limited them to airing the story no more than two times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_…
Today I learned of the "Nazi gold train" legend - a train which left Breslau, Poland laden with gold, jewels, weapons, and other treasures. It was driven into tunnels under the Owl Mountains that were part of an unfinished Nazi secret Project Riese. Excavations to find the train have been unsuccessful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naz…
The National Press Club's (United States) emblem is the Owl, in deference to wisdom, awareness and nights spent working en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
"Butch" of the Little Rascals was a voice actor for Tex Avery's Merry Melodies. Specifically the voice for Owl Jolson's 'I love to Singa'. (Link in Comments) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Crows and owls hate each other and will instinctively attack each other on site, even when they've had no previous exposure. capeandislands.org/post/c…
Today I learned that owls are one of the most skilled species to camouflage themselves! boredpanda.com/camouflage…
Owls fly silently due to specially designed edges of their primary feathers. When most birds fly, turbulence from air gushing over their wings creating noise. However, owls have their primary feathers serrated like a comb, which divides turbulence into tiny currents aka micro-turbulences. animals.howstuffworks.com…
7 years before the Philosopher's stone, Neil Gaiman published a comic book about an English boy who finds out he's a wizard on his 12th birthday and receivs an owl from a magical stranger. theatlantic.com/entertain…
Today I learned about the Tasier, an endangered nocturnal primate you could hold in your palm, with eyes so large that they can't be moved so instead move their heads like an owl, and feast on insects, reptiles like lizards and snakes, frogs, birds and even bats. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
Many wineries use barn owls instead of poison for rodent control goodtimes.sc/santa-cruz-n…
A Diamond studded golden Owl was buried somewhere in France in 1993. There's a book of riddles leading to its location, but it still hasn't been found. Oh, and there a 1,000,000 franc prize for the person who finds it. secretcityadventures.com/…
Owl’s pupils don't get as small as ours in bright light, so to block out the extra light, they often close their eyes half-way or more. They may look sleepy or even half asleep when really they are wide awake and alert. journeynorth.org/tm/sprin…
Today I learned of owl cafes a trend that is growing in japan where you can have coffee with owls. businessinsider.com/owl-c…
Animals in winter are champs: Hibernating woodchucks only breathe 10x an hour. Owls store frozen voles & sit on them to thaw/eat. Arctic foxes are thermoneutral down to -112ΒΊF. Polar bears have hollow hair that brings the suns heat to their black skin. Black bears lose 40% of pre-dormancy weight thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, co-founder of the band Canned Heat, was so nearsighted that whilst playing at a wedding, he laid his guitar on the wedding cake because he did not see it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
Hooters in China is known as "American Owl Restaurant" nytimes.com/2016/07/17/ma…
I learned that barn owls have specialized feathers that allow them to glide through the air silently by altering turbulence and absorbing sound! asknature.org/strategy/wi…
The Temple University Owls mascot was chosen because Temple began as a night school for young people of limited means en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tem…
Owls survive turning their heads so quickly because they have blood pooling systems to keep blood circulating to and from the brain when their neck movement cuts off circulation, as well as air-cushioned vessel casings so they don't rupture a blood vessel. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
Nocturnal owls have asymmetrical ears that allow them to more accurately locate prey at night en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owl…
Owls have been observed bringing Texas Blind Snakes to their nest, where the will eat the parasites that affect the owl chicks (Guardians of Ga'hoole was not making that up). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lep…
A skunk's primary natural predator is the great horned owl, since owls are thought to have little to no sense of smell. centerofthewest.org/2013/…
Because the NFL owns and enforces the trademark for the term "Super Bowl," almost all ads and commercial uses will instead reference "The Big Game" or something similar. Colbert even used "The Supurb Owl" in 2014. time.com/3674416/super-bo…
The "white eyebrows and black upper facial corners" of the Boreal owl "give the impression that the owl is constantly surprised. However, its highly developed facial disk actually aids in directing sounds to the owl's large ears to help locate prey." doi.gov/blog/10-awesome-o…
That the opposite of a "Night Owl" is a "Morning Lark" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
A group of owls is know as a Parliament telegraph.co.uk/men/the-f…
Owls have serrations on the edge of their flight feathers, allowing an owl's flight to be practically silent. Some fish-eating owls, for which silence has no evolutionary advantage, lack this adaptation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owl…
Owls and crows hate each other and will hunt and attack each other on sight capeandislands.org/post/c…
Adam Young, leader of the band 'Owl City', composed the soundtrack for "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole", a movie in which the main characters are all owls en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
There is a subspecies of owl termed β€˜hawk owls,’ and the largest of these is also the largest owl in Australia and is called the Powerful Owl en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pow…
Some owls keep blind snakes in their nests as helpful associates, reducing the abundance of nest parasites link.springer.com/article…
The guy who originally voiced Tigger, Gargamel, and the Owl from the Tootsie Roll Pop commercial also was the first person to build and patent an implantable mechanical heart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
The eye color of owls indicate what time of day the owls prefer to be active animals.mom.me/eye-colors…
Owl Pellets are undigested and identifiable animal parts (bones, fur, etc.) shat out by owls that can be used to determine what they've been feeding on. sciencephoto.com/media/38…
Since the Chernobyl disaster, the area inside the 'exclusion zone' has become home to hundreds of wild animals such as deer, owls, boars, bears and beavers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
In the Original Winnie the Pooh Books, Rabbit and Owl are actually Real and not Stuffed Animals just-pooh.com/rabbit.html
Net-casting spiders' (Deinopidae) spiders eyes are more sensitive than cats or owls, which they use for hunting at night. So sensitive, in fact, that they need to rebuild their retinas every day because they are destroyed at dawn. australianmuseum.net.au/h…
The Bohemian Club holds an annual party in the Bohemian Grove in which members surround a 40 foot Owl Shrine with the voice of Walter Cronkite for a secret ceremony. Every republican U.S. president since 1923 has been a member of club. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boh…
There used to exist giant owls in Cuba that were 3'7 and mainly flightless birds. revolvy.com/main/index.ph…
The Roosevelt White House had many pet animals including: 5 bears, a lizard, 5 Guinea pigs, an actual pig, 4 pet snakes, a Blue Macaw, a one legged rooster, a hyena, a lion, a zebra, a squirrel, a barn owl, a rabbit, a pony, and a badger. The First family also had at least 9 horses and 4 dogs. nps.gov/thrb/learn/histor…
Specific terms for some groups of birds: "Parliament of owls" and "Kettle of hawks" and "Murder of crows" and "Conspiracy of ravens" and "Convocation of eagles." hutchnews.com/special_sec…
Owls love a good scratch. youtube.com/watch?v=h5jGA…
, Australia has an owl so large it hunts and eats possums, called the Powerful Owl. birdsinbackyards.net/spec…
Owls do not make good pets, contrary to what the Harry Potter books would have you believe thespruce.com/do-owls-mak…
Misuse of the "Woodsy Owl" character or his slogan "Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute" is a federal crime punishable by up to six months in prison gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-…
Adam Young, AKA Owl City, was living in his parents' basement when he created the song "Fireflies". nytimes.com/2009/11/21/ar…
A group of owls is called a Parliament. theanswerbank.co.uk/Anima…
The origin of a graph is sometimes referred to as the "owl" (0,0) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There's a place in the California Redwoods where ex-presidents and the elite go to drink, discuss classified information, and burn effigies in front of a 30-foot owl statue messynessychic.com/2016/0…
Some owls have asymmetrically set ear openings (i.e. one ear is higher than the other) - particularly the strictly nocturnal species, such as the Barn Owl or the Boreal Owl. These species have a very pronounced facial disc, which acts like a "radar dish", guiding sounds into the ear openings. owlpages.com/owls/article…
Burrowing owls mimic the sound of a rattlesnake to scare away predators. audubon.org/news/listen-b…
There's a tree in New Zealand that can catch birds, including owls stuff.co.nz/national/blog…
In good years, snowy owls build nests out of dead lemmings pri.org/stories/2014-03-2…
Owls without plumage would look like little vultures [PIC]
Many owl species have ears placed at different heights on their head to pinpoint the location of sounds in multiple dimensions. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
A man by the name Martin Laurello earned the nickname "the human owl", for being able to turn his head a 180 degrees. techandfacts.com/martin-l…
There's an Owl on the dollar bill
Certain venues will have an owl fly in and deliver rings for your wedding ceremony barnowlringbearer.com/
A "Strange Owl" seen in the wild for the first time was found in Peru in March 2007, and no-one knew of the species until 1978 it was that rare news.nationalgeographic.c…
The guy who voiced Mr. Owl on the Tootsie Pop commercials, also invented the artificial heart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
The real emblem of the Bavarian Illuminati was an owl, not a pyramid. illuminatiregalia.com

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