One of those vintage ads that promised easy money by starting a home animal-breeding program, such as raising giant frogs
. I wonder if anyone who responded to one of these ads ever did end up making money from the hamsters or frogs. Source: Popular Mechanics, 1950
It sounds like the parrot had it in for Mrs. Fannie Stewart. Source: Los Angeles Times
, Sep 25, 1947.
If you remember Japan has a Rabbit Island
. Well, they also have Cat Island. Wonder how many of these islands there are? What kind of island would you like to see guys?
The Irish town of Tullyallen is being tormented by a "crazy crow." It chases schoolchildren down the road, pecks loudly at windows, and attacks dogs.
The crow has become such a well-known nuisance that it's been written about in the local paper
, and it now has its own Facebook page
However, some people speculate that maybe the crow is just lonely.
The owners of a 3 year old Great Dane
took him to the vet because he was groaning and trying to throw up. After x-rays showed a mass of something in his stomach, the vet decided to operate. The surgery progressed something like a magician pulling hankies out of his pocket as the vet pulled sock after sock out of the dog's stomach. It was 43 in all pictured above. Fortunately the doggie came through just fine. Man, I'd hate to have to foot the bill for that though!
Russia sent 5 geckos
, amongst other small creatures, to space in order to study the animals sex habits in zero gravity. The satellite was recently brought back and the geckos were all dead, possibly due to freezing. Ok, first, if you are studying sexual activity why send an odd number of participants. Second, who did not know it is too cold for geckos in space? Yeah, yeah, they knew, but they sure didn't prepare for it sufficiently. Thirdly, were they insured by Geico??
We have all heard cautionary tales about hawks or large owls picking up small dogs as prey while the dogs are outside. But one would think a pet would be safe in the house AND inside a closed cage, maybe not so much. Last Sunday an owl
flew into a tenth floor apartment through the balcony door, opened a bird cage, killed one canary and traumatized the other one inside. The pet owner found the owl still in her home, then it flew back out and nonchalantly perched on her balcony for a photo op. The least it could do after killing her pet!
ends his short cartoon career by resigning and breaking the fourth wall.
Mathilda, a white leghorn chicken, was pushed into a five-gallon glass jug by her owner, Henry Willis, minutes after she emerged from her shell. She then grew into an adult chicken in the bottle, and became known as Mathilda the Bottled Hen of Denver. This was back in 1936.
Willis said he bottled her as part of an experiment to control her diet, though many scientists said they couldn't see any value in such an experiment. Animal rights activists were outraged and pushed the state bureau of child and animal protection to intervene. But ultimately the state authorities didn't do anything because, according to the DA Earl Wettengil, "this appears to be a scientific investigation which justifies the facts."
So as far as I know, Mathilda remained bottled for her entire life.
Putting hens in bottles must have become a bit of a fad, because I found a picture of a second hen bottled a year after Mathilda.
Carroll Daily Herald
(Carroll, Iowa) - Mar 7, 1936.
1) Some monkey took a 'selfie' with a professional photographer's equipment.
2) Wikipedia used the image.
3) The photographer claimed copyright & brought a £10,000 suit.
Where do you stand on this? Who has the rights to the image?