In Western dress codes, technically a black-tie event is still only 'semi-formal', as fully formal dress is 'white-tie', which for men requires a coat with tails. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Today I learned about the symbiotic relationship of wolves and ravens. Ravens will lead wolves to prey so that they can take a portion of the leftovers, play games of tail chasing with each other, and develop individual friendships. stemjobs.com/wolves-and-r…
Due to their thick, muscular tail, Kangaroos cannot walk forward or backward. They can only jump forward. exploringnature.org/db/vi…
You only get monkeys with gripping prehensile tails in the Americas, not Africa en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
When astronomers discovered a rare type of comet doesn't produce a "tail" when close to the sun they named them "Manx Comets", after the Manx breed of tailless cats en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Cheerios dollars are a variety of the 2000-P Sacagawea Dollar coin (only 5,500 minted) with boldy detailed tail feathers on the eagle on the reverse of the coin. They were randomly given as prizes in Cheerios cereal boxes. Today, they typically sell for $5,000-25,000 depending on their grade. thesprucecrafts.com/cheer…
Cats wag their tails for almost the exact opposite reasons for why dogs wag their tails. Cats do it when threatened, or when ready to attack, while Dogs do it when excited. spca.org/Document.Doc?id=…
In Singapore, some ornamental fish traders perform cosmetic surgery on expensive fish, for owners who want the "perfect" fish. The surgery is performed with the fish under anaesthesia, and costs around 120 SGD ($90). Among the procedures: eyelifts, removing blemished scales, enlarging fins/tails channelnewsasia.com/news/…
In The silver fox domestication experiment, the tamest foxes were selected to be bred, generation after generation, to see what happened: they became very tame very fast, developed floppy ears and curly tails, and some got mottled coats, just like other domesticated animals. evolution-outreach.biomed…
Today I learned about the world's smallest motorized car. About the size of a grain of rice, it is a micro-model of a 1936 Toyota AA, and includes a body, tires, spare tire, wheels, axle, bearings, headlights, tail lights, bumpers, step, number plate and emblem. It travels at 5-6 mm per second. trussty.com/2016/05/japan…
Vets can measure a cat’s blood pressure by putting a cuff around its tail. catcare4life.org/advice/m…
Today I learned about the Great Moon Hoax of 1835, a series of newspaper articles about the supposed discovery of life on the Moon by an astronomer. The articles described animals on the Moon, including bison, goats, unicorns, bipedal tail-less beavers and bat-like winged humanoids who built temples. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Male hummingbirds use their tail feathers, not their voice, to make their loud high pitched mating call. The birds climb high into the air and then nose-dive, making sharp squeaks or trills to impress watching females. sciencemag.org/news/2011/…
, that human embryos develop a tail between 5 - 8 weeks after conception. The tail disappears by the time humans are born and what we have leftover is a useless tailbone. In rare cases, the tail is left over and it can be removed with a simple surgery. businessinsider.com/human…
While bulking up on raw salmon, grizzly bears often become infected by tapeworms and expel them before hibernation, causing them to walk around with very long β€œtapeworms tails” coming out of their butts. microbiologynutsandbolts.…
Elena CeauΘ™escu, the wife of the Romanian dictator, had a PhD in Chemistry, despite receiving only high-school education. She pronounced COβ‚‚ as β€œco-doi” (β€œdoi” being the word for two), so enemies gave her the nickname β€œcodΓ³i” (β€œbig tail”) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
There's a species of scorpion that loses its tail when threatened, just like a lizard. Trouble is, its anus is located at the end of its tail, meaning it may survive for up to eight months sans anus, and without ever defecating again nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Today I Learned red pandas, one of the most liked and famous animals aren't a single species but two. Chinese red pandas have redder fur and striped tail rings, while Himalayan pandas have whiter faces. This makes the efforts of their conservation a bit trickier. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
By petting your bird on its back, tail or under the wings, you might induce such hormonal and behavioral responses that the bird sees you as a reproductive partner, and that can lead it to be sexually frustrated, resulting in harmful behavior towards you and the bird itself. birdsupplies.com/blogs/ne…
There are two rhymes in English for purple: curple, a strap passing under a horse’s tail, and hirple, to walk along dragging one leg behind the other. everything2.com/title/Thi…
Last August, a three-year-old girl entangled in the tail of a giant kite survived a terrifying ride after being swept more than 100 feet (30 metres) into the air during a kite festival in Taiwan. reuters.com/article/us-ta…
When a peacock shakes his tail, it produces a low pitched sound humans can't hear despite the noise being about as loud as a car going past a few metres away. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
Squirrels will wrap their tails around their head during cold weather to reduce heat loss; the tail, with its high density of long hairs, is extremely well insulated, losing significantly less heat than the squirrel's body wildlifeonline.me.uk/anim…
Dogs can get β€œLimber Tail,” sore tail muscles from working out too hard, often resulting from swimming, and can cause the dog to have such a sore tail that touching the tail may result in the dog crying and the tail may not wag for days. aaha.org/your-pet/pet-own…
The smallest chameleon is known as Brookesia micra which was discovered in 2012 in Nosy Hara, Madagascar. It is so tiny it can perch on the matchstick head. An adult (both M/F) will grow to only about 1 inch (25.4mm) from nose to tail. The species is considered extremely threatened due scientificamerican.com/ar…
During the mating selection process, peahens spend less than a third of the time looking at the display peacock and focus on his tail and lower train. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Manx cats either have no tail, or have a short stub instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Pugs have a curled tail because of a spinal skeletal deformity that can cause extreme pain and health issues. pughealth.org.uk/hv/
Today I learned about Mercury's Sodium Tail. Mercury's thin atmosphere contains small amounts of sodium that glow when excited by light from the Sun. Sunlight also liberates these molecules from Mercury's surface, pushes them away. It can be seen from earth with a sodium filter and a long enough exposure science.nasa.gov/mercurys…
Siamese cats change colors depending on temperature. They have a gene that inhibits pigment, but only when above a certain temperature. That's why they typically have color around their ears, paws, and tails, the coolest parts of their bodies. catster.com/lifestyle/cat…
When Earth passed through the tail of Halley's Comet in 1910, Astronomer Camille Flammarion claimed that toxic gas from the comet would penetrate the atmosphere and kill all life on Earth. This led to mass panic buying of gas masks and "anti-comet" pills and umbrellas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
A coin flip actually has a 51/49 probability of landing heads or tails -- favoring the side facing up when flipped. If you spin a US penny on its side, however, it has an 80% chance of landing tails up. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
While some babies can be born with an appendage resembling a tail, cases of a true tail with vertebrae are extremely rare, with less than 40 cases in record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai…
Sperm doesn’t move symmetrically by wagging it’s tail side to side, but moves in a more complicated manner, combining asymmetrical standing and travelling waves as well as rotating the entire body to achieve a perceived symmetry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Killer whales use a hunting technique known as a "karate chop" against sharks. Using its tail it pushes the shark to the surface on a vortex, then raises its tail high in the air and slams it on the shark’s head. Then it flips the shark over causing tonic immobility, rendering it paralyzed. pbs.org/wnet/nature/kille…
Today I learned about squirrel kings, a phenomenon where several squirrels are knotted together by their tails and are unable to self-separate. The squirrels that become tangled are nest-mates and will invariably die if they are not rescued and separated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
During the Vietnam War one damaged American F-4 Phantom fighter pushed another damaged F-4 away from certain capture by resting the second airplane’s tail hook onto his own cockpit glass and pushing him to a safer location before both crews bailed out and were rescued the next day. sierrahotel.net/blogs/new…
153P/Ikeya–Zhang, A periodic comet that has the longest orbital period of 366.51 years. The tail of the comet is over a billion kilometers or 621 million miles. The comet passed perihelion on March 18, 2002, and is expected to swing by again between 2362–2363. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/153…
A fully-preserved dinosaur tail, still covered in delicate feathers, was found. It is 99 million years old. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
A comets tail always points away from the sun and has nothing to do with the way it is accelerating. This means that the comet can be going into its own tail. astronomy.swin.edu.au/cos…
The Japanese Fire-bellied Newts are able to regenerate body parts including the limbs, the tail and spinal cord, parts of the eye (such as the retina and the lens), the brain, the heart and the jaws. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Today I learned of Eilmer of Malmesbury, an 11th century English monk who built a flying machine inspired by the myth of Daedalus. He successfully flew 200 meters off the roof of his abbey before crashing because he forgot to include a tail in the design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eil…
Manatees rely on their farting abilities to keep them afloat. When they have gas stored up, they’re more buoyant and float to the surface. When they fart out that gas, they sink. When constipated and can’t pass gas, they can't swim properly and float around with their tail above their head. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
There were 4 dogs used in the film β€œCujo” and they all had to have their tails tied down by fishing wire to make them appear menacing because they were all wagging their tails the entire time. mentalfloss.com/article/9…
In 2001, there's a concept car known as the Toyota Pod that is capable to express its own feelings with colored LEDs, and features an antenna that wags like a dog's tail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
Comet tails always point in the opposite direction of the sun. The tail is created by an interaction with either solar winds or photons from the sun. starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/d…
Surgically cropping a dog's ears or docking its tail can artificially alter the way dogs communicate with other dogs and humans. These procedures can have a significant impact on how dogs communicate and interact for the rest of their lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
Tadpoles make use of quantum tunneling in the enzymes used to break down their tail. This explains how it’s able to do it so quickly. curiositystream.com/serie…
In 1982, the comic strip The Far Side jokingly referred to the set of spikes on a Stegosaurus's tail as a "thagomizer". A paleontologist who read the comic realized there wasn't any official name for the spikes and began using the new word; Thagomizer is now the generally accepted term. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Tigers use their tails to communicate. An upright, slowly wagging tail indicates friendliness, while an outstretched, quickly wagging tail indicates excitement, and a tail that is barely moving and angled towards the ground indicates tenseness en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tig…

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