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
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
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
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.
This cover could hardly be improved upon for macabre glee and impartial offensiveness.
Read the story here.
A pelican garbed in Colonial clothes with lettering on its pouch is not the intuitive choice for a booze mascot.
Original ad here.
The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic, Connecticut will happily accept financial donations. But they've recently begun soliciting the public
for donations of a more unusual kind: mice. They need them to feed their birds and snakes.
The criteria for us to accept mice from the public is easy: the mice must be dead, chemical- and poison-free, and frozen. We recommend buying the old-fashioned snap-traps at the hardware store, slathering a little peanut butter on it, and setting them where you find mouse droppings. Freeze the mice in zip-close bags in your freezer, and drop them off to us at your convenience!
Apparently the center used to get free mice from a research lab, but that supply has now ended. So they're hoping the public will step up to the plate.
Too bad I don't live in Connecticut, because my cat catches LOTS of mice. Though he usually doesn't kill them. Just brings them inside for us to play with, and I take them back out and release them.
Which scenario is more likely?