Jurassic Park's visual effects were so groundbreaking to filmmakers that it inspired Peter Jackson to begin work on Lord of the Rings, George Lucas to start on the Star Wars prequels, and Stanley Kubrick to invest in his pet project, A.I (Artificial Intelligence). Jurassic Park (film) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
After the holidays, there is a spike of pets being returned to animals shelters due to them being gifted with little thought to the long term responsibilities of pet ownership. wtkr.com/2019/12/24/pets-…
Jim Carrey was the first actor to have three films go straight to number one in the same year. The year was 1994, and the films were The Mask, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and Dumb and Dumber. ew.com/movies/2019/07/29/…
The Italian city of Naples is entering pet dogs' DNA into a city-wide registry. Samples from piles of poo left on the street will then be entered into the database and be used to identify the irresponsible owner behind the mess. The city will fine culprits around $685 smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Lord Byron protested the rules against keeping pet dogs while at Cambridge by keeping a pet bear en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
A man became a millionaire by selling fake dog balls. Neuticles are prosthetic testicles implanted to help avoid the trauma of altering the pet. A $2800 pair has even been made for an elephant. cnbc.com/2018/05/22/neuti…
Lovebirds 🦜 descended from escaped pets are a common sight in Phoenix area backyards. They have established a breeding population and are thriving. be.chewy.com/wild-flocks-…
Fireflies are actually highly toxic, especially if your pet eats them; Lizards, birds, and amphibians are particularly at risk and just eating one firefly can kill them. animalplanet.com/pets/oth…
A British man named Chris discovered his girlfriend was cheating when his pet parrot Ziggy Stardust started saying "I love you, Gary" in her voice. To make matters worse he later had to get rid of Ziggy because "it was torture hearing him repeat that name over and over again." theguardian.com/uk/2006/j…
The first large-scale dog food company, Spratt's, used snob appeal to get consumers to switch from feeding their dogs table scraps to their food. Their aggressive advertising and targeting of health-conscious pet owners helped convince people to buy a product they didn't actually need. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spr…
Today I learned of Arthur du Mosch, who had a wild leopard leap in the bed of his sleeping family trying to eat his pet cat. Clad in only underwear, he wrestled the leopard and pinned him down until help arrived. "I held him like that for about 20 minutes and talked to him in Dutch. I have a way with animals". cbsnews.com/news/israeli-…
A pub in Wales had an actual pet lion in the 70s dailypost.co.uk/news/nort…
Parrots kept as pets will go through severe emotional trauma when they're given away, sold, or abandoned, developing destructive behaviors like screaming, aggression and self mutilation, plucking out their feathers In the wild they are extremely social and often mate for life (60-80 years.) birdsupplies.com/blogs/ne…
"Fido" only became a generic name for a dog after the Lincoln pet of the same name, a former stray mongrel who was stabbed to death some time after the assassination of the president. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fid…
Disney auditioned cars for the role of Herbie in the 1968 Love Bug film. Disney set up a casting call for cars, including Toyotas, a TVR, Volvos, an MG and a pearl white Volkswagen Beetle. The Beetle was chosen as it was the only one that elicited the crew to reach out and pet it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
To prevent a rodent infestation, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia owns around 70 cats. The cats spend their days mostly in the basement and are taken care of by the museum staff. The museum has a small kitchen and a pet clinic dedicated to the well-being of the cats. telegraph.co.uk/travel/de…
The remains of a pet Barbary ape that lived over 2300 years ago was found in Navan fort, an ancient Irish fort in present day Northern Ireland. The find has led archaeologists to believe the ancient Irish were often trading with different peoples from the ancient Mediterranean irishcentral.com/roots/hi…
Today I learned about Rebecca Coolidge, President Coolidge's pet raccoon who was originally going to be served as a Thanksgiving meal, but was kept as a pet because of her friendly nature. They also had another raccoon named Reuben that was gifted to keep Rebecca company. presidentialpetmuseum.com…
On Thanksgiving 1926, President Calvin Coolidge pardoned the raccoon meant for dinner, named her Rebecca and kept her as a pet at the White House. An escape artist, she often led staff on chases throughout the president's home and loved to sit in a bathtub and play with a bar of soap. whitehousehistory.org/rac…
There are no hedgehogs native to America or Australia and are only kept as pets in these countries, however they are found in Africa and are thriving there worldatlas.com/articles/w…
America's first and largest pet cemetery is in Hartsdale, New York. A veterinarian started it in 1896 when he let a pet owner bury their deceased dog on a hill in his apple orchard. Now 70,000 pets are buried there today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Billy the pygmy hippo was the pet of U.S. President Calvin Coolidge, outlived him by 23 years, and sired 18 children all named Gumdrop en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Today I learned that colonies of parakeets exist in 23 US states, originating from escaped pets. They can thrive in climates ranging from Chicago to Miami! audubon.org/news/exotic-p…
The domesticated hamsters we now call pets are all descended from one β€œAdam and Eve” like pair captured in Aleppo, Syria in 1930. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Danish Astronomer Tycho Brahe owned roughly one percent of all the money in Denmark, wore a nose made of gold after losing his own in a duel and had a pet moose that he sent out to attend parties in his place until it one night got so drunk that it fell down a flight of stairs and broke its neck mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I Learned before becoming household pets for children Hamsters were kept as zoo animals back in the 1930's nationalgeographic.com/ne…
After a woman murdered her husband and attempted suicide, their pet parrot who was the sole witness began repeating what's thought to have been their last conversation, including the words: "Don't shoot!" independent.co.uk/news/wo…
A Spanish town mailed dog poop back to offenders. A team of volunteers looked for careless dog owners and struck up conversations to learn the dog's name, which made it possible to identify the owner via pet records and mail back the poop, labeled "Lost Property." Violations dropped by 70%. newsfeed.time.com/2013/06…
The characters from the show Wonder Pets are all voiced by actresses. Linny the Guinea Pig is voiced by Sofia Zamchick, Tuck the Turtle by Teala Dunn, & Ming-Ming by Danica Lee. youtube.com/watch?v=HcBcO…
A California couple’s pet cat stole more than 600 items from neighbors, including gloves, towels, bubble wrap, a San Francisco Giants baseball cap, and even a bikini. The kleptomaniac kitty’s record was 11 items in 24 hours. sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
67% of millennials see their pet as part of the family and refer to them as a "fur baby." They would like to take leave from work to care for a new pet if their employer offered it. Millennial dog owners spend an average of $1,285 per year on their pet. petbusiness.com/How-Mille…
Because of the success of Disney’s film Ratatouille, pet rat sales surged in many countries. reuters.com/article/us-ra…
Robert Clive, a British Governor and General in India had a pet tortoise named Adwaita. Clive died in 1774. Adwaita died in 2006, 232 years later at the age of c.255. She was born before the 7 Years War, the founding of the USA and the French Revolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adw…
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…
The band Cannibal Corpse appeared in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective because Jim Carrey was a fan and wanted them. They declined at first because of a tour but agreed after production rearranged their schedule to accommodate them and when they met Jim "he rattled off lyrics to 'Rancid Amputation'." vice.com/en_us/article/6v…
Today I learned about the β€œPhillip Island fox”, a pet fox that jumped from a ship in 1907 and swam till Phillip Island, home to extensive colonies of seabirds including penguins. The fox put their population in danger and it was later joined by other foxes, starting a β€œfox eradication” hunt that lasted decades decision-point.com.au/art…
A pet tortoise was found alive in a wooden box, 30 years after she went missing blog.nationalgeographic.o…
In 1926 President Calvin Coolidge was given a raccoon to eat for Thanksgiving dinner, but he chose to keep it as a pet and named it Rebecca atlasobscura.com/articles…
Huskies need to train to be better distance runners. While the average pet husky can only run between 10 to 20 miles a day, a well-conditioned race husky can run for 11 hours straight making up to 125 miles. They can repeat this distance for up to 10 days in a row. barkstory.com/how-long-ca…
In 2015, an American teen chose to commit suicide by snake bite. Sitting in his car, he allowed his pet Cobra to bite him multiple times. He was found in his car having suffered cardiac arrest, the snake had escaped and was later found on a nearby road. springfieldnewssun.com/ne…
Chuck E. Cheese was originally a division of Atari. It was the pet project of Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, who wanted to expand video game arcades beyond more adult locations like pool halls to a child- and family-friendly venue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
People have had the Universal Life Church ordain their pets as ministers so that they could officiate at their wedding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In early 1900s an italian radiologist Alessandro Vallebona invented the tomography imaging technique which is the basis for CT ,MRI and PET scans, and it's is also used fields of archaeology, biology, atmospheric science, geophysics, materials science, astrophysics . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
In 1975, advertising executive Gary Dahl listened to his friends complain about their pets, giving him the idea for the perfect pet: a rock. In just six months he sold over one million Pet Rocks for $4 each and became a millionaire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Capitol Records didn't want to release "Pet Sounds" by the Beach Boys and instead released a greatest hits album rollingstone.com/feature/…
Today I learned about the "Pet Holocaust" that occurred in the UK during WW2, in which an estimated 750,000 pets lost their lives independent.co.uk/news/lo…
The farthest distance that a lost pet dog has found his way home occurred in 1979 when Jimpa, a labrador/boxer cross, turned up at his old home in Pimpinio, Victoria, Australia after walking 3,218 km (2,000 miles) across Australia. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
During WW1, a Canadian soldier brought his pet bear to Britain. He named the bear Winnie after his home town Winnipeg an later donated the bear to the London Zoo where a boy named Christopher Robin liked it so much it inspired his father to write about it, thus Winnie the Pooh. s.telegraph.co.uk/graphic…
Today I learned of Lee Ellis, a Canadian man who evaded police to give water/food to pets left behind during the May 3, 2016 wildfire evacuation in Fort McMurray, Alberta. He and his buddy managed to help dozens of pets before getting forced to evacuate by police. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
In 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', most of the snakes in the 'Well of Souls' scene were actually just pieces of hose. The scene was filmed in England where producers couldn't find enough snakes in pet shops to make the scene work. Many of the real snakes used would also not be found in Africa. nothingbutnostalgia.com/r…

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