Pigeons and doves are the exact same animals. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Pigeons don't have external sexual organs, so mating is accomplished by pressing their anal tracts ("cloacas") together. pigeonpedia.com/how-do-pi…
The Chinese Army has been training 10,000 pigeons to provide support to the military's communications in the event that war renders its modern technology unusable. The pigeons, flying at speeds of up to 75 miles (120 km) per hour, are being trained to carry loads of up to 3.5 oz (100 g) content.time.com/time/wor…
The passenger pigeon once had a population of 3-5 billion birds in North America. Hunters killed tens of thousands of them every day, then ignored calls to protect them when their numbers dwindled, until the last wild one was shot and stuffed in 1902, and the last captive one died in 1912. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
After Hippocrates started going bald, he prescribed himself a topical concoction of opium, horseradish, pigeon droppings, beetroot, and spices. After noticing that eunuchs never went bald, he also prescribed castration to prevent hair loss - and researchers in 1995 proved that to be true history.com/news/9-bizarr…
B.F. Skinner almost convinced the army to use pigeon-guided missiles, where pigeons would sit in the nose of the missile and peck a screen to change the direction. military-history.org/arti…
Psychologist B.F. Skinner tried to train pigeons to serve as guides for bombing runs in WWII. After canceling the project, he successfully taught the pigeons to play ping pong instead. biography.com/scientist/b…
House sparrows will sometimes pluck feathers from live pigeons to incorporate into their nests. rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wil…
Nikola Tesla once spent over $2,000 on an injured white pigeon. The amount includes building a device that comfortably supported her so her bones could heal. "I loved that pigeon as a man loves a woman, and she loved me. As long as I had her, there was a purpose to my life," he said of her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
Pigeons procrastinate link.springer.com/article…
A pigeon, Gustav, carried the first word of the Normandy invasion back to the British mainland in WW2, as the fleet underwent radio silence at that time. He flew 150 miles in 5 hours 16 minutes. He was awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery. He died after the war by being accidentally stepped on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
Mike Tyson threw his first punch when he was 10 after another kid ripped the head off of his pigeon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
During the South Korea Olympics in 1988, 2500 white pigeons were released into the air. Some of them flew into the cauldron, and it was subsequently lit, grilling them alive. sbnation.com/lookit/2017/…
The common rock pigeon can fly 148kph/92mph, and is one of the fastest known birds in the world jagranjosh.com/general-kn…
Today I learned of the Bavarian Pigeon Corps, homing pigeons equipped with tiny cameras to take aerial shots geog.ucsb.edu/~jeff/115a/…
There is a kind of dove whose song sounds like bright laughter. Hihihi! That's why they are called "laughing pigeons" in German. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afr…
The UK had an award during WWII (and shortly after) to give to animals which aided in the war effort. It was awarded to 32 pigeons, 18 dogs, 3 horses, and a ship's cat. It was revived in 2000 and has been awarded as recently as this past August en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
Synanthropes are species of wild animal or plant that lives near, and benefits from, an association with human beings and the habitats that people create. Examples of synanthropes are pigeons, raccoons and rats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syn…
During world war 2, psychologist B.F. Skinner trained pigeons to pilot kamakazi bombs youtu.be/L8Y7Q1eja-E
The US Army enlisted Pigeoneers during WWII, whose job it was to raise, train, and drop pigeons from airplanes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Doves and pigeons are the same bird. In English, the smaller species tend to be called "dove" and the larger ones "pigeon". The distinction is not consistent, and does not exist in most other languages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/pig…
Pigeons can have curly feathers (Frillback) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
The US Air Force tested how cats react to being tossed in air in zero gravity. The experiment was documented in a 1947 bioastronautics research video which included slow-mo ejection-seat footage (of men, not cats). They also tested pigeons in zero gravity; some pigeons flew upside down. businessinsider.com/the-a…
The Pigeons typically seen in cities are really Rock Doves, and the Doves released at weddings are really Homing Pigeons. Pigeon and Dove are interchangeable terms. allaboutbirds.org/guide/R…
Street pigeons (also known as feral pigeons) are descended from domesticated pigeons, not wild ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Lyme disease was not as common in the past as it is now, and its prevalence is actually due to an explosion in the white-footed mouse population at the turn of the 20th century. This in turn coincides with the extinction of the mouse's primary ecological competitor: the passenger pigeon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
In WWI a carrier pigeon was shot, blinded, and had her leg blown off but was still able to deliver her message - saving the lives of 194 soldiers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Today I learned of the longest word in Greek, a dish invented by the ancient comedian Aristophanes: Lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimhypotrimmatosilphioparaomelitokatakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryonoptekephalliokigklopeleiolagoiosiraiobaphetraganopterygon. Made of dogfish and pigeon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lop…
In South Africa,2009, an employee of an IT company complained that data would get transferred faster by carrier pigeon than on ASDL. Winston the pigeon armed with 4gb memory stick took two hours to carry the data 60 miles - in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/82480…
The common pigeon is the 7th fastest animal on the planet. The cheetah ranks 12th. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fas…
New York City has the highest concentration of nesting Peregrine falcons in the world. The birds can soar over the city by taking advantage of updrafts from skyscrapers. Pigeons are widely available for food, which also negates their need to migrate. bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/med…
, when Paul Reuter developed his own news agency (Reuters News Agency) he used carrier pigeons to give Berlin news from the Paris stock exchange, as they were speedier than trains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Today I learned of Project Pigeon, in which American behaviorist B.F. Skinner attempted to develop a pigeon-controlled guided bomb during World War II. wikipedia.org/wiki/Projec…
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…
During WW2 air support had been requested against a German occupied city. By then, the British took the city but were unable to radio the RAF to stop the bombing, so a pigeon named G.I. Joe was sent to stop it, arriving just as the planes were preparing to take off, saving thousands of men. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.I…
World-renowned behaviorist B.F. Skinner worked with the US military and General Mills to create β€œPigeons in a Pelican,” which involved training kamikaze pigeons to pilot a missile by pecking at it. army.mil/article/111511/i…
In Barcelona, they control the pigeon population by mixing birth control chemicals with the birdseed elpais.com/elpais/2017/02…
In April 2001 a parody internet protocol was implemented IRL via pigeons! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_…
There is a city in the U.K that had a problem with "street drinkers" eating it's pigeons. telegraph.co.uk/news/2017…
Pigeons can understand when a flock leader is doing a poor job and course correct. The poor leader will also spend less time as head bird and lose flock mates due to poor performance. popsci.com/pigeons-know-w…
A 2017 University of Iowa experiment concluded that pigeons can understand concepts of space and time, but not exactly how they do it. The birds β€œjudged longer lines to also have longer duration and judged lines longer in duration to also be longer in length.” mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Pigeons use roads and highways to navigate, even if it makes their journey significantly longer than flying in a straight line from A to B. nature.com/news/2004/0402…
Today I learned about the Passenger Pigeon de-extinction project intended to restore flocks of Passenger Pigeons to the eastern U.S., in-turn restoring a consistent and significant disturbance factor to stimulate cycles of regeneration, making forests more productive and diverse. reviverestore.org/about-t…
Today I learned about Project Pigeon where psychologist B.F. Skinner developed pigeon-guided missiles for World War II. He put pigeons in the nose cones of missiles and trained them to peck at targets. It was effective but never got off the ground because nobody took them seriously and radar became popular. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._…
Over 16 million animals served in World War One. Both sides had large cavalries, camels were used in desert campaigns, dogs and pigeons carried messages, canaries were used to detect gas, and cats and dogs were trained to hunt rats in the trenches. Various animals were used as mascots too. iwm.org.uk/history/15-ani…
In studies, pigeons and honeybees were able to differentiate between two artist's styles. bbc.com/earth/story/20141…
Today I learned of 'Stumpy' John Silver, a WW1 homing pigeon in France whose stuffed body is on display at the USAF museum. The bird was injured and lost its leg when a shell exploded nearby. It flew on for 25 minutes and the message tube was delivered, hanging from the remaining ligaments of the torn leg. nationalmuseum.af.mil/Vis…
In 2009 a pigeon named Winston raced Telkom, South Africa's largest ISP, to see who could deliver 4GB of data to a location 60 miles away the fastest. By the time Winston arrived with the 4GB flash drive, Telkom had transmitted only 4% of the data. m.phys.org/news/2009-09-c…
The bell sounds at the start of "Hells Bells" were made by a bell custom made for AC/DC. It was a replica of the Loughborough War Museum's Denison Bell, which the band could not record due to pigeons in the tower interrupting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Rock group, Kings of Leon, once canceled a show midway through during their 2010 tour because a pigeon shit in the bassist’s, Jared Followill’s, mouth nme.com/news/music/kings-…

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