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Texas legislators smell decaying rat

In 1969, a rat died somewhere in the offices of the Texas legislature. This led to the passage of Texas House State Resolution 433:

WHEREAS, there are many brands of rat poison on the market today; and
WHEREAS, Some brands of rat poison do cause the rat to leave the building before he dies; and
WHEREAS, The same thing goes for mice; and
WHEREAS, The State of Texas obviously does not use a brand of rat poison that causes rats and mice to leave the building before they die; and
WHEREAS, For the last week and a half, Representatives Jungmichel, Wieting, Ward, McAlister, Allen, Allen of Harris, Jones of Harris, Kubiak, Parker of Jefferson, Cory, Newman, Johnson of Bexar, Kothman, Weldon, Longoria, Ogg and Cummings have unduly suffered mental anguish by having to smell a dead rat; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the heretofore mentioned Representatives hereby go on record as supporting either letting the rats run loose in the Capitol or changing the brand of rat poison.

So what are these brands of rat poison that can make a rat leave the building before it dies? I've never heard of such a thing.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Feb 28, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Government, 1960's

The Hairy Water Tortoise of China

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I cannot figure out if this is a legitimate species, or a freak. This article seems to imply it was a common tortoise with vegetation affixed to its back.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 21, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Asia, Nineteenth Century

Eddie the Marshmallow-Eating Alligator

Eddie the Alligator achieved brief fame back in 1966 because of his food preferences. I'm no alligator expert, but I don't think that hand-feeding them marshmallows is recommended by experts.


The San Bernardino County Sun - Mar 17, 1966


The Pittsburgh Press - Apr 10, 1966
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Feb 18, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, 1960's

Electrocutes then drowns rodents

When it's not enough to kill a mouse just once. Source: Popular Electricity, Nov 1911.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jan 29, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Death

Unique Beauty

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This unusual specimen was found in Drexel University's butterfly exhibit. The wings on one side are female, while the ones on the other side are male. Beautiful.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Jan 21, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Cryptozoology

Stockings for Camels

In the early 1960s, Alan Abel ran a long-running hoax involving an organization (The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals) whose members wanted to put clothes on all the naked animals in the world. So I was amused to discover there was a similar, but non-hoax, campaign back in 1926. The "philanthropic Englishwoman" Mrs. F.K. Hosall spearheaded an effort to get women to donate their old stockings so they could be worn by the donkeys and camels of north Africa. However, it wasn't exactly similar, because it sounds like Mrs. Hosall had a sensible reason to put stockings on the camels — to prevent fly bites.

Source: The Alamance Gleaner (Graham, N.C.) - Feb 11, 1926.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jan 20, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Fashion, 1920's

Civil Defense PSAs

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 18, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Armageddon and Apocalypses, Death, Destruction, PSA's, 1960's

Cow Urine Floor Cleaner

The Holy Cow Foundation in India has succeeded in turning cow urine into a liquid cleanser that will soon be cleaning office floors throughout India. It's calling this new product Gaunyle. It says that the cow-urine product is safer than synthetic cleaners, it's "full of natural goodness," and its use will provide income for people who raise cows. So overall, its use is a "win-win" for everyone. [economic times]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jan 10, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Body Fluids

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo



Sample episode of Skippy below.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 09, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Television, Children, 1960's, Australia

Fish Eyes

Veterinary staff at Vancouver Aquarium have provided posthetic eyes for a fish. This was done so other fish would not pick it to death because it did not have eyes. So, it seems that humans are not the only species that picks on those who are different.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Jan 08, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Fish, Eyes and Vision
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