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Zero Gravity Frog

NASA footage of experiments with frogs in a zero-g environment, performed on the Space Shuttle Endeavor, 1992.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun May 24, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Science, Experiments, 1990's

Dentist’s Handbook for Carnivorous Penis Worms

The title sounds unpleasant on many different levels. But this is all just science. Nothing to be afraid of. "Penis worms," or priapulids, were creatures that lived 500 million years ago. They had pretty distinctive looking teeth. And now researchers have compiled a 'dentist's handbook' to aid in identifying these creatures in the fossil record. [Science Daily]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat May 23, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Science

Hamster Tartare

Teacher, a different one, in South Korea became upset with the kids mistreating hamsters in the classroom. He decided to teach them a lesson about the sanctity of life. So he ate a live hamster in front of them. To think some people are horrified by stories of how kids used to swallow goldfish.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed May 20, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Can't Possibly Be True, Not Clear On The Concept, Eating

Manatee Orgy

Every year Florida wildlife officials receive multiple reports of manatees, sea cows, in distress from concerned individuals. Little do these good Samaritans know that the groups of animals are not in distress at all. During their mating season manatees have group sex. So, if you are in Florida at the right time an you see these large animals thrashing around in groups remember, its bad form to interrupt an orgy.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu May 14, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Sex

Dog gunit


A few days ago a Veterinarian removed over a dozen live .308 caliber rounds from a dog's stomach.
Posted By: BrokeDad | Date: Mon May 11, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Guns, Dogs

Russian Navy Seals

They're armed with guns. Apparently this was part of a performance for Russia's recent Victory Day celebrations. More info here.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon May 11, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Weapons

Music-Impregnated Milk

In this 1910 experiment, nine musicians played the "Blue Danube" waltz and other selections while farm hands milked 61 Jerseys and Holsteins.

The result: "The music calmed the nerves of the cows and their udders let down all the milk in them." Also, this milk "tasted better and had a more happy effect upon the drinkers than the milk served which had not been 'music impregnated.'"

Why aren't the upscale food stores of today (like Whole Foods) selling music-impregnated milk? I'm sure there are people who would spend the extra money for it.

Source: The Louisiana Comrade - Aug 26, 1910; also printed in the Red Lake Falls Gazette (1910).
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat May 09, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Food, Music, Experiments

Kiss Of Death

Next up for Darwin Award near miss- guy who tried to kiss a cottonmouth snake on the lips. Yeah, he's from Florida.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Apr 22, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Injuries, Really Bad Ideas, Screwups, Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise

Bird in radiator grille

A person driving to work in Echuca, Australia accidentally hit a corella bird. They thought it had bounced off the car, so they continued on to work. Only to discover that the bird had somehow gotten wedged behind the radiator grille. It was alive, with only an injured leg.

I find the physics of this a bit baffling. How exactly did a bird of that size get through the grille?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Apr 22, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Animals, Cars

Polly Wants Rescued

Firefighters rushed into a burning home to rescue whoever was screaming FIRE! and HELP! To their surprise instead of people they discovered parrots. I guess the birds do understand some of what they are saying after all.
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Apr 20, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Pets
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