Category:
Animals

The Chicken Test of Heresy

The first people ever executed as heretics in Germany, back in 1051, were apparently identified as such because of their refusal to kill a chicken. More info from Graeme MacQueen of McMaster University:

In 1051 at Goslar, a town in what is today Germany, a group accused of heresy was examined by ecclesiastical authorities. The heretics:

"were finally condemned when one of the bishops, more zealous in his presentation of the case than mindful of the dignity of his rank, presented them with a live chicken and ordered them to wring its neck. They refused to kill the bird, and were deemed beyond hope of redemption. Ignoring the arguments and threats of the assembly, they refused to recant and were hanged upon a gibbet."

The execution of these heretics, as near as can be determined by modern scholars, was ordered because it was felt that "their attitude implied a dualist-type belief in the transmigration of souls through the animal kingdom" and suggested that they were Manichaeans. The events at Goslar — and this group was not alone among persecuted Christian groups in the eleventh century C.E. in its refusal to kill animals — are often treated by scholars as an important step toward the twelfth century full-blown assault on heresy by the Church linked to the newly proclaimed death penalty for heresy.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 08, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Religion

Ostrich Carts



Why these never caught on, I couldn't imagine.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 04, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Travel, 1910s

Follies of the Madmen #394



Sexy female pigs discuss sending one of their own kind to the slaughterhouse.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 11, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Death, Food, 1960s

Wallaby Fur Koozie



Get yours here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 27, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Australia, Alcohol

Exploding Goose

“Mrs. Stewart told deputies the goose, a wild bird which had made its home with the Stewarts, was flying and then suddenly exploded in midair.”

Roseville Press-Tribune - June 16, 1972

Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 15, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #389



"Our whiskey tastes like carrots."

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 14, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, 1940s, Alcohol

The smell of dead rabbits

Weird science: Spanish researchers have determined that rabbits can differentiate between the poop of predators that have eaten rabbits and those that haven't. From New Scientist:

The researchers ran an experiment on three plots of land spread out across the Spanish countryside. One plot was sprayed daily with the smelly essence extracted from the scat of ferrets on a beef-based diet. Another plot was sprayed with the scat odour from ferrets on a rabbit-based diet. The third was sprayed with water as a control. Every few days, the team counted the rabbit pellets left behind on the plots and used the number as an indicator of how often rabbits were visiting the plots to feed.

There were fewer pellets in the plots sprayed with rabbit-based scat odour than in those sprayed with the beef-based scat odour, suggesting the rabbits were avoiding places where it appeared other rabbits were being eaten.

I assume this means that some researcher had to search around in a field every day to count rabbit pellets.

The journal article: Acta Ethologica

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 13, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Science, Excrement

Have a Slothful Halloween!

Maybe it's not to late to have Karoline Hinz craft one of these for your trick-or-treating.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 10, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Costumes and Masks, Holidays

Paved Deer

I've heard of road-line painting crews not bothering to move roadkill out of the way. But I hadn't heard before of a paving crew simply paving over a dead animal instead of moving it.

For some pics of roadkill painted over see: improbable research

Allentown Morning Call - Aug 22, 1996



Allentown Morning Call - Sep 14, 1996

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 21, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Death, Highways, Roads, Streets and Traffic

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