About "domestication syndrome". Only elephants have floppy ears in the wild. Dogs, rabbits, foxes, pigs, sheep, goats, etc have floppy ears only when domesticated. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
There is a species of sheep that survives completely on seaweed. on the island of north ronaldsay in scotland, a wall was built around the island to protect crops from sheep grazing, limiting them to the shoreline where they have adapted to survive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
As many as 8% of male sheep have an exclusive preference for sex with other males. irishpost.com/news/many-e…
The Australian Dingo fence at 5614 km (3488 mi) in length it is one of the longest structures in the world. It protects sheep flocks in the SE of the continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
In 1992, popular British electronic band The KLF fired machine gun blanks at their audience at the BRIT Awards, dumped a dead sheep at the afterparty, retired from the music industry, and deleted their back catalogue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The alphabet song, baabaa black sheep, twinkle twinkle little star, "Ist das nicht ein Schnitzelbank", and "Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman" all use the same melody. It is first recorded/dated to 1761. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
There have been documented cases of human children being raised by various animals, including Monkeys, wolves, dogs, bears, sheep, goats, cattle and ostriches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Kea, a species of predatory parrot, found in New Zealand, are infamous for killing Sheep using their beaks and damaging parked vehicles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kea
Llamas can be used as guards against coyote attacks on sheep herds. Studies have proven that just one guard llama is an effective protector and can even kill the attacking coyotes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
Haggis can't be exported to the USA due to a ban on food containing sheep lung there and haggis made in the states as such also does not contain sheep's lung. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hag…
Jenny Morton discovered that sheep can recognize human faces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jen…
Today I learned about Shrek, a Merino sheep that escape his enclosure and evaded shearers for six years by hiding in caves. His fleece contained enough wool to make suits for 20 large men. amusingplanet.com/2014/07…
In the initial pitch of Scooby Doo, Scooby was depicted as a sheep dog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
A Judas goat is a trained goat that herds or leads its peers. In stockyards, a Judas goat will lead sheep to slaughter, while its own life is spared. Judas goats can also be used by hunters to find and capture feral herds. There are also Judas steers for cows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
The first recording of a computer playing music is from 1951. Programmed by a friend of Alan Turing. Songs "In The Mood" and "Baa Baa Black Sheep" news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/techn…
Mozart wrote 12 variations on the melody used in Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, the ABCs, and Baa Baa Black Sheep en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twe…
Australia has an unofficial national anthem named "Waltzing Matilda" which is basically a song about a hobo getting caught for grabbing a stray sheep and commits suicide in a nearby pond to avoid punishment. Then he haunts the pond. trishansoz.com/trishansoz…
Goats have horizontal, slit-shaped pupils. Because goats' irises are usually pale, their contrasting pupils are much more noticeable than in animals such as cattle, deer, most horses and many sheep. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goa…
The Hudson Bay Company sold land comprising about a quarter of the continent to Canada in 1869 for $1.5 million. The inhabiting indigenous peoples were handed over to Canada like "a flock of sheep". cbc.ca/history/EPCONTENTS…
According to molecular evidence the closest living relatives of whales are the artiodactyls, a group of hoofed mammals that includes deer, cows, sheep, pigs, giraffes, camels and hippos nationalgeographic.com/sc…
There exists an animal that can photosynthesize called the Leaf Sheep en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…
Philip K. Dick novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" ignited the New Wave sci fi movement in the 60s, inspired the founders of the cyberpunk sci fi movement in the 80s, and was the basis for the classic sci fi film "Blade Runner" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_…
Champion shearer Ian Elkins answered a call put out by RSPCA Australia when a heavily overgrown merino sheep was spotted by a bushwalker. Merino sheep, bred to grow wool, may get infections/flystrike if not shorn; about 80 pounds of fleece was shorn from "Chris" the sheep, a world record. theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned about β€œsheep dipping,” a practice known in intelligence circles where a member of the Army is β€œofficially discharged from service” as a part of their covert cover, while in secret, are still eligible for rank promotions and military benefits. the-wanderling.com/checo.…
; NZ still shears around half a million sheep by blade. The extra wool left using this method keeps the animal warmer during the cold winters. rnz.co.nz/national/progra…
In 2013 Uruguayan Scientists Modified Sheep To Glow In The Dark edition.cnn.com/2013/04/2…
Today I learned about the Costasiella kuroshimae (AKA "leaf slug" or "leaf sheep"), a species of sacoglossan sea slug that has the ability to retain the chloroplasts from the algae it feeds on and use them to photosynthesize its own energy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…
Neither Director Ridley Scott nor screenwriter David Webb Peoples read Philip K. Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" on which "Blade Runner" is based. filmsane.com/just-a-bunch…
President Woodrow Wilson allowed a flock of sheep to graze on the White House lawn. They saved manpower by not having to mow the lawn, and also raised $52,823 for the Red Cross by auctioning wool. whitehousehistory.org/que…
Scottish scientists were awarded Β£250,000 in funding for a 3 year program to breed sheep who fart less. First they will work out how much methane the sheep produce; then they'll attempt to create more of the animals who fart the least. thescottishsun.co.uk/news…
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-…
Casu Marzu is a sheep milk cheese where live maggots are introduced to partially decompose it before human consumption. And it’s only available on the black market. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Sci-Fi writer Philip K. Dick's writing had accumulated a total revenue of over US $1 billion by 2009: Blade Runner (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall (from We Can Remember It for You Wholesale), Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, The Adjustment Bureau, among others. wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip…
To escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand, 3 wild rabbits were found riding on the backs of sheep where they were carried to dry land. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Haggis was banned from being imported into the United States due to the content being 10-15% sheep’s lung. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hag…
The first creatures ever to ride in a hot air balloon were a sheep, a duck, and a chicken time.com/3583782/hot-air-…
How Bono from the band U2 exercised one of his newly given rights after receiving Dublin's Freedom of the City award. One of these ancient privileges was the right to pasture sheep on common ground within city boundaries. To celebrate he took lambs to graze on St Stephen's Green. thejournal.ie/freedom-of-…
Chinese scientists managed to clone two genetically identical monkeys using the same technique that developed Dolly the sheep. It could lead to batches of genetically uniform monkeys for biomedical research. sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
Mutton busting is an event held at rodeos similar to bull riding or bronc riding, in which children ride or race sheep. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mut…
During the Norman rule of England, the French language influenced English tremendously. Most of it were related to posh topics, notably cuisine. The words 'cow', 'pig', and 'sheep' are of Saxon origin, but the words 'beef', 'pork', and 'mutton' are of French origin. thedailymeal.com/eat/why-…
The melody in "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", the "Alphabet Song", and "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" was not composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was 5 years old; it was already a popular French folk tune which existed for decades before Mozart composed a series of variations on the tune. liveabout.com/mozart-orig…
There is a rare breed of pig called sheep-pig, which is capable of producing wool, just like sheep. There are many variations of these animals, the Mangalica is one of the most common breeds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Thomas Jefferson had a Shetland sheep that he kept on the White House lawn described as "this abominable animal". It would attack people who took shortcuts across the lawn, injuring a few people and killing a small boy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
A sheep in New Zealand avoided being caught and shorn by hiding in caves for 6 years. When finally found, his fleece contained enough wool to make 20 large men's suits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shr…
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…
There are 5.6 sheep per human in New Zealand. The ratio was 15 sheep per human back in 2015 and since has been declining nzherald.co.nz/the-countr…
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…
That, in 1993, upon learning that they were to play a show at a venue owned by the Church of Scientology, the band Tool was opposed to performing. They played, but Maynard, the lead singer, spent most of the show baa-ing like a sheep at the audience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Too…
According to The Guinness Book of World Records, the toughest tongue twister is 'The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick'. dogonews.com/2013/12/7/mi…
The Kyrgyz are not poor. Though paper money is almost nonexistent, many camps’ herds contain hundreds of valuable animals. The basic unit of Kyrgyz currency is a sheep. A cell phone costs one sheep. A yak costs about 10 sheep. A high-quality horse is 50. The going rate for a bride is 100. nationalgeographic.com/ma…

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