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]
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.
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.
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.
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? abc.net.au
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.