Dead leaves that remain on a tree over winter are part of a process called "marcescence" that protect against extreme temperatures and help deter deer and moose from nibbling twigs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Elephants are known to take a great interest in the bones of their deceased and to mourn for dead relatives and Magpies have been observed burying their dead under twigs of grass smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
There is a species of moth called the Bagworm moth. They build a cocoons out of sticks and small twigs. These cocoons can sometimes look like small log cabins. After metamorphosis the female of the species spend their whole lives, of a few weeks, in the little home they made. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Today I learned of Black Kite 'Firehawks' which are birds that deliberately spread fires in Australia by carrying burning twigs in their beaks and talons and dropping them in other areas in order to start new fires and drive out insects and small animals so they can feed on them. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Caddisfly larvae spin protective cases out of silk that incorporates bits of sand, gravel, twigs, or other material. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
New Caledonian crows have the remarkable ability to fashion tools for use in capturing prey. They are able to cleverly capture grubs in nooks or crevices by poking a twig at the grub to agitate it into biting the twig, which the crow then withdraws with the grub still attached (see gif) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Crows in New Caledonia were found to be bending twigs into hooks to extract food hidden in wooden logs. This confirms that wild birds can make tools. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
A cat named Toldo visited his deceased owner's grave every day for over a year leaving small presents at the grave. The gifts usually consisted of leaves, sticks, twigs, plastic cups or paper towels. huffingtonpost.com/2013/0…
Egyptians are believed to have started using a paste to clean their teeth around 5000BC, before toothbrushes were invented. Toothbrushing tools date back to 3500-3000 BC when the Babylonians and the Egyptians made a brush by fraying the end of a twig. colgate.com/en-us/oral-he…
A bonobo named Kanzi once asked for "fire" and "marshmallows" using lexigrams while on a hike in the woods. His trainer gave him matches and some marshmallows and he broke twigs, made a fire, and roasted the marshmallows over it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
Kanzi, a male bonobo, once snapped twigs for a fire, lit them with matches, and toasted marshmallows on a stick. He is also an accomplished stone tool maker and can flake cutting knives. He can play and understand how to beat a game of Pac-Man, too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
Darwin’s Finches are being attached by maggots and larger fly larvae that take up temporary residence in a chick’s nostril and dine until morning where they then squirm back into the entwined twigs where they wait until night comes again. knowablemagazine.org/arti…
Today I learned of "The Broomway", a public right of way in Essex, England, which crosses the foreshore of Maplin Sands for 6 miles. It's named for the route markers, made of bundles of twigs attached to short poles, which resembled brooms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A 4000year old victim of ritual sacrifice, thought to have been a king, was found to have eaten hundreds of sloes, had twigs of hazel stuffed into holes in his arms, had his back broken in 2 pieces, and had his nipples almost sliced off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Birds that habitually perch in trees hop, because it is not practicable to walk from twig to twig, while those that spend much of their time feeding on the ground walk. theguardian.com/theguardi…
Tooth brushing has been around since 3000 B.C. and was invented by ancient Egyptians who used twigs and leaves to construct the first toothbrushes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Too…
In "zombie ants" a fungus infiltrates the ant’s muscles, but doesn’t touch its brain. The fungus eventually will move the ant to hang from the underside of a leaf or twig, where toxic spores bloom from the dead ant's head and drift to the ground belowβ€”to turn more unsuspecting ants into zombies. news.nationalgeographic.c…
The β€œtradition” of Santa Claus giving naughty kids lumps of coal dates back to the 19th century, when coal-burning fireplaces were common. His European counterparts would also leave twigs, bags of salt, garlic, and onions in their stockings. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Dolophones are spiders known for their abilities to blend seamlessly into their surroundings during the day by wrapping themselves around twigs or flattening against tree bark. arachne.org.au/01_cms/det…
There's an insect called a moss mimic stick insect that looks like it's a few pieces of moss covered twigs. bing.com/videos/search?q=…
The Black Kite, aka 'Firehawk', is spreading Australian Wildfires by hunting with burning twigs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Ted N. "Twig" Branch, Chief of Naval Intelligence, lost his security clearance in November of 2013 due to alleged involvement in a bribery scandal. Branch has neither been charged nor cleared, leading to a situation where he has held his post but is unable to perform his duties. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
There is a Finnish beer that tastes like banana and is made with twigs and traditionally without hops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sah…
Elephant herds will take great care in the burial of the dead. Cows walk to and fro in search of leaves and twigs. They use this to cover the body of the deceased in an act of dignity for the dead. elephantsforever.co.za/el…
UK singer FKA Twigs originally operated under the stage name Twigs, but the longtime indie pop duo, The Twigs, found issue with her chosen alias. She changed it FKA (formerly known as) Twigs shortly thereafter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FKA…
Willow tree twigs can be chewed on, and the juices can be swallowed, to relieve headaches. artofmanliness.com/2013/1…
It is possible to grow back coral in a similar way that you can use twigs to plant trees peerj.com/articles/1313/?…
Crows are some of the most intelligent birds and use bread crumbs to bait-fish, air-joust to determine pecking order, and shape tools out of twigs and such for specific purposes. wikipedia.org/wiki/Crow
In 2011 a New Jersey man accidentally hosted a 500-found bear in his basement for weeks before realizing it was there - it had fashioned a den, bringing in twigs and leaves in anticipation of a winter-long stay gothamist.com/2011/12/16/…
The Cargo Cults of the South Pacific built replicas of airports and airplanes out of twigs and branches and made the sounds associated with airplanes to try to activate the shipment of cargo. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Children's undeveloped bones break different than adults, like a healthy twig splintering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
During the India-Pakistan War of 1971, to mislead Pakistani Air Force pilots, the Taj Mahal was camouflaged with a forest of twigs and leaves and draped with burlap because its marble glowed like a white beacon in the moonlight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Bowerbirds use twigs to apply the paint they make from their saliva and chewed plants to their bowers. It's a rare example of birds using tools. books.google.com.vn/books…
The name Mistletoe means dung twig. It is derived from Anglo-Saxon words "mistel" & "tan" because the plant often grows where birds leave droppings. blog.nwf.org/2012/12/12-t…
Devout Muslims reject toothbrushes and toothpaste, they use twigs from the toothbrush tree instead as recommended by the Prophet islam-health.com/miswak-s…
The word "mistletoe" (as in, the thing you kiss under on Christmas) means "dung on a twig." environment.about.com/od/…
there is a czech easter tradition, where boys whip girls on the legs with whips made from pussywillow twigs to bring health and youth. myczechrepublic.com/czech…
There is a Szechuan dish in Chinese cuisine called "Ants Climbing a Tree" because the bits of ground meat clinging to the bean thread noodles evoke an image of ants walking on twigs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
There's portable stove that uses the heat from combustion to charge your electronics. No need for gas; it runs on twigs, branches, animal shit etc. biolitestove.com/CampStov…
Swizzle sticks in cocktails were originally made from twigs from the Swizzlestick Tree which grows in the Caribbean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
The twigs from the "Toothbrush tree" are widely used in some countries and are at least as effective as normal toothbrush and paste. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…
The plant mistletoe may derive its name from the German words for dung and twig, as it is often spread by and grows in bird feces. princeton.edu/~achaney/tm…
The word β€œmistletoe” literally means β€œdung twig” todayifoundout.com/index.…
In 1971 the Taj Mahal was covered with burlap, twigs and branches to prevent it from shining like a beacon in the moonlight so that the Pakistani Air Force would not destroy it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Porcupines have antibiotics in their skin to prevent infection when the rodent falls out of a tree and is stuck with its own quills (which is quite common as they can't resist the buds and twigs found on the weak ends of branches). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…

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