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…
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…
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…
In 1968, the US army accidentally killed 6,000 sheep on ranch land north of its biological and chemical weapons testing facility known as the Dugway Proving Ground. The Skull Valley Sheep Kill - as it came to be known, was caused by the open air testing of a highly toxic nerve agent "VX". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dug…
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…
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-…
A Marking Harness, a sponge of chalk or crayon worn on a Ram's chest, is used to tell which sheep a ram has mounted. (Some sheep end up looking polka dotted.) sheepcanada.com/what-a-ma…
; 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…
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 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.…
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…
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/…
The Isle of Pabbay in the Hebrides was abandoned when every male resident of the island was lost at sea. Another of the Isles had all its sheep washed away by a wave scotsman.com/whats-on/art…
Thousands of sheep died in Dugway in 1968 due to a chemical weapons test smithsonianmag.com/histor…
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-…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
There is a 5,614 km "Dingo" fence that cuts across Australia to protect sheep en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
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-…
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…
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…
The ancient Greeks took sheep lungs, the Romans believed indeep fried canaries, and the Scots drink Irn Bru, to cure their hangovers! scottishfield.co.uk/food-…
The eyes of goats, deer, horses, and sheep rotate as they bend their head down to eat, keeping the rectangular pupil aligned with the ground. youtube.com/watch?time_co…
Prey animals like goats and sheep have horizontally elongated pupils to have panoramic vision while predators like foxes and domestic cats have vertically elongated pupils to judge distance while stalking prey. theconversation.com/revea…
The earliest footballs were made from either a sheep or pig’s bladder, then inflated orally before being knotted at the end. A leather casing was then fitted around the bladder to make it durable. It wasn’t until 1862 that a round ball was made, with a pump to inflate it. theguardian.com/football/…
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…
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…
Alot of animals considered herbivores are actually Omnivores. Deer, Sheep, Camel's, Hippo's, Rabbits, etc can all eat meat. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
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…
The offspring of a sheep and a goat is called a Geep and they are able to reproduce, which is unusual for hybrids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
Beekeeping has been going for thousands of years and it was wide spread in the Levant regions by 1500 BCE. The practice was so important for the local economies that in the Hittite laws the penalties for stealing a swam of bees or empty hive was about the same as the fine for stealing a sheep. annualreviews.org/doi/ful…
In Victorian times, some wealthy middle/upper class families would send away a family member (typically the Black Sheep) and pay them to stay away. The family members were usually sent to a colony, far away from everyone else. Some women were even sent away by their families. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rem…
In 1934, following rumours of a German 'death ray', the RAF offered a Β£1,000 prize to anyone who could demonstrate a working death ray that could kill a sheep at 100 yards. It went unclaimed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Dolly the Sheep was named after Dolly Parton. Dolly was cloned from mammary gland cells and Doctor Ian Wilmut could not think of a more impressive pair of glands than Dolly Parton's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
Alexander Graham Bell, known for inventing the telephone, also bred sheep with extra nipples. scienceblogs.com/retrospe…
The world record for sheep shearing is 497 ewes in 8 hours, the β€œequivalent to running two marathons in a day,” (Bart Hadfield, cited in article.) thenewdaily.com.au/news/2…
'A black sheep' is unlucky because its wool could not be dyed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
There is a common misconception that violin snares would be made of cat intestines, due to the fact that the sheep's intestines (cattle gut) that were actually used a long time ago got abbreviated to "catgut". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vio…
Dolly, the first cloned mammal, was named after Dolly Parton, since the sheep was cloned from a mammary cell of a sheep. dolly.roslin.ed.ac.uk/fac…
In 1667, the first human blood transfusion was performed; sheep's blood was successfully transfused in to a 15 year old boy and he lived. This was 233 years before blood typing was discovered. historyandheadlines.com/j…
Spiked dog collars are originally called Wolf collars and are designed to keep wolves from biting their necks while guarding sheep cobankopegi.com/collar.ht…
Parents in Zimbabwe who cannot afford school fees can offer livestock such as goats or sheep as payment for tuition fees bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news…
Human beings had been keeping sheep for 7,000 years before it occurred to anyone to use their wool. iwto.org/history-sheep
Sheep die when they fall over when their fleece is wet or they are pregnant, because gas wil build up in their stomach and press on their lungs. Also, according to Dutch Animal Protection, the sheep wil also die if you don't roll it over correctly, because then the stomach will turn over. walesonline.co.uk/busines…
The paddywack is a ligament on sheep and cattle used to keep their head up and is mentioned in the nursery rhyme because the old man is playing sheep bones as an instrument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pad…
Lamb, hogget and mutton are all sheep meat that were slaughtered at different ages en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lam…
The nursery rhyme 'Baa, Baa, Black Sheep' has not changed much in 250 years. Theories suggest it is about taxes levied on the Medieval English wool trade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baa…
The passengers of the first successful Hot Air Balloon launch were a sheep, a duck and a rooster! eballoon.org/history/hist…
Today I learned about the world's first blood transfusion, between a 15 year old boy and a sheep. Luckily the boy survived, but two later patients died, leading to a direct ban on the practice of blood xenotransplantation. omixon.com/brief-history-…
In 1993, Tool was scheduled to play at the Garden Pavilion in Hollywood but learned at the last minute that the venue belonged to the Church of Scientology. Their lead singer, MJK, spent most of the show "baa-ing," like a sheep, at the audience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Too…
Today I learned of the Dugway sheep incident, where six thousand sheep were killed outside the Dugway Proving Ground facility in Utah in 1968. It was later found that they were killed by a nerve agent sprayed by a jet aircraft during a test operation by the US Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dug…
When not docked, sheep have long tails, like dogs! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc…
96% of Earth's mammal biomass is either humans, or animals domesticated by humans. Not only do we have a lot of pigs, cows and sheep, but the percentage is so high because we have also destroyed most of the wild marine and terrestial mammals. greenpeace.org/internatio…
Haggis is banned in the US due to the presence of sheep lung scotlandnow.dailyrecord.c…
Sheep shearing is not animal cruelty. If sheep are not sheared they can experience a lot of health problems. There was a sheep in Australia that was found unsheared for six years, five time the wool of normal sheep, with damaged hooves and skin infections from urine trapped under his wool. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
There is a pig out there with a coat like a sheep that almost went extinct by the 1990s called the Mangalica pig. dartagnan.com/mangalica-p…
Today I learned about the Sheepshooters' War - between 1895 and 1906, Oregon cattle ranchers formed a secret organization to combat the encroachment of sheep herding on lands they considered theirs. They killed at least 25,000 sheep, and even a few people died in the skirmishes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
Oral Sex and Auto-Fellatio has been documented in fruit flies, spiders, brown bears, stump-tailed macaques, Tibetan macaques, wolves, goats, primates, hyenas, bats, cape ground squirrels and sheep en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non…
Border collies give "the eye" as a form of psychological control over sheep. dogdiscoveries.com/when-a…
Today I learned of the legend of the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, which described a plant to be birthing living sheep that grew from its stem and grazed the grass around it, only to die and leave behind what er now know as cotton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veg…
The reason cats and snakes have vertical pupils is because it increases their depth perception while hunting at night while prey animals such as sheep have horizontal pupils so that they may have a panoramic view of their surroundings to watch for predators. advances.sciencemag.org/c…
The effects of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 were so widespread that sheep in Wales had to be put under control measures, which included measuring their radioactivity before sales. This control was finally lifted in 2012, 26 years after the disaster. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
Llamas can be very effective for protecting sheep, goats, hens or other livestock. In certain regions, studied showed that they lowered the the kill rate of livestock by predators from 21% to 7%. There have been documented cases of Guard Llamas killing coyotes or dogs to protect the herd. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
The Australian bush ballad "Waltzing Matilda", also known as the country's unofficial national anthem, is actually about a travelling worker who steals the local landowners sheep to eat. Upon being chased by him and three policemen, he commits suicide by drowning himself in a local river. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
A sheep and goat can interbreed, producing a (mostly) infertile offspring with 57 chromosomes, intermediate between sheep (54) and a goat (60) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
There is a group of people in Greece that developed a language of whistling to communicate long distances while sheep herding theoutline.com/post/3242/…
In New Zealand, farmers use drones instead of dogs to move their sheeps out of the pasture. You can play sounds stored on the drones so that the animals hear the barking of a dog from the air and think that a dog is nearby futurism.com/the-byte/new…
Originally, a British shilling was deemed to be the value of a cow in Kent, or a sheep elsewhere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Llamas are sometimes used to guard herds of sheep. Studies have shown that a single guard llama can be an effective deterrent against coyote attacks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
Today I learned of of Thomas Granger, one of the first people executed in the colonies, a Pilgrim teenager. He was hung for having sex with many animals including sheep "too numerous to count". And one turkey. vice.com/en_us/article/7b…
There's a pig breed called Mangalitsa that has sheep-like curly hair. amusingplanet.com/2014/05…
"Baa Baa Black Sheep", "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "The Alphabet Song" are all sung to the same piano composition by Mozart called Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twe…
A goat and a sheep can produce offspring, and occasionally the hybrid - sometimes referred to as a geep - can produce young with either species en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
There are three songs that share the same melody. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Baa Baa Black Sheep, and the ABC Song. lullaby-link.com/three.ht…
Today I learned of the Kerguelen Plateau--an isolated, largely submerged continent ~2500 miles between South Africa and Australia. Despite no native land mammals, today it boasts wild reindeer, sheep, cat, and rabbit populations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ker…
Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello and TOOL guitarist Adam Jones were in a band together called Electric Sheep in the early 80's, with Tom on guitar and Adam on bass. Tom wrote original material for the band that included politically-charged lyrics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
The facehugger in the 1979 film Alien was made of a sheep's intestine and shot out of the egg using high-pressure air hoses. For the scene in which the dead facehugger is examined, they used pieces of fish and shellfish to create its viscera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
Today I learned of a sheep breed called the Border Leicester, developed in England the 1700's to have a sloped nose and upright ears causing them to resemble rabbits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bor…
All ruminant animals, such as cows, sheep, giraffes, deer, don't have top front teeth and have a tough dental pad on their top lip instead clovermeadowsbeef.com/cow…
Iceland used to have birch forests, but the Viking settles cut them down then their sheep ate the saplings, preventing any kind of forest regrowth leading to the barren landscape we know of Iceland. mnn.com/earth-matters/wil…
The wool from Dolly the Sheep, the first ever animal to be cloned, was used to make a jumper decorated with images of cloned sheep. collection.sciencemuseum.…
Woodrow Wilson’s sheep flock had a ram named Old Ike who would chew tobacco people threw on the lawn presidentialpetmuseum.com…
In 2005 in Turkey, a sheep committed suicide by jumping off a cliff and more than 1,500 sheep followed the first one. More than 400 sheep died in the 15-meter fall - their bodies cushioning the fall of 1,100 others. Papers say the sheep were worth around Β£42,000 in all. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europ…
10% of Rams refuse to mate with ewes (female sheep), but will readily mate with other rams en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
Sheep smell different after they are sheered and do not recognize each other afterward patriciamcconnell.com/the…
WW2 Black Sheep Squadron member Bill Case cheated death by randomly lowering the seat in his cockpit. In battle, a bullet from a Japanese Zero hit his cockpit and bloodied his scalp. If he had been sitting an inch higher, he would be dead. He went on to live another 52 years. acepilots.com/aces214.htm…
Ireland has a sheep and goat census agriland.ie/farming-news/…
Today I learned about the Salish Woolly dog, raised by Coast Salish people in Washington State 4000+ years ago. Confined to small islands, the dogs were sheered like sheep w/ mussel shells (the hair used for weaving). European settlement led to their extinction in 1900 & the Smithsonian has the only specimen. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
In 2010, a man driving a Mercedes-Benz Vito light van, had allegedly stolen 15 sheep from nearby farms, and had a BAC of 1.6% when arrested. sowetanlive.co.za/news/20…
Approximately 8% of rams exhibit a preference for same-sex mating partners. Sheep are an exceptionally gay species. sciencedirect.com/science…
A guard llama is a llama, guanaco, alpaca or hybrid that is used in farming to protect sheep, goats, hens or other livestock from coyotes, dogs, foxes and other predators. wikipedia.org/wiki/Guard_…
Today I learned of a sheep named Shrek, who hated getting his wool sheared. He escaped his enclosure and was on his own for 6 years. After being found and sheared his wool weighed 60 pounds, enough material to make 20 suits for men. All of his fleece was auctioned off to support medical charities for children. sunnyskyz.com/blog/985/Me…
We have words for meat (e.g. beef; veal; mutton; pork; venison; poultry) but also the animal (e.g. cow; calf; sheep, etc) because the meat was mostly consumed by French speaking Norman nobility (conquered England 1066 AD) whereas the commoners who raised the livestock used the original words. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There is a breed of pig in Hungary that is fleecy like a sheep, with reddish meat like a cow, created by breeding together a wild boar and a pig bred especially for lard. It is also, apparently, delicious. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…

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