Category:
Animals

Porpoise in toilet

I've heard of alligators in the sewer, but not porpoises in toilets.

I haven't been able to find out if there was ever a solution to the mystery of how a porpoise came to be in the toilet of the Glasgow train station. I'm assuming student pranksters were probably involved.

Ottawa Journal - Dec 7, 1965

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 27, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Fish, Bathrooms, 1960s

National Association for the Improvement of the Appearance of Hogs

I suspect the National Association for the Improvement of the Appearance of Hogs had only one member.

Legislators gathering here for the opening of the 19th session Tuesday have received word that a representative of the National Association for the Improvement of the Appearance of Hogs will seek to advise them during the session. In all apparent seriousness the writer urges that the appearance of swine should be uniform and artistic, not only that they might be less offensive to the eye but that the bristles might have a better sale.

Argus Leader - Jan 5, 1925

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 25, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, 1920s

Johnnie the Tractor-Driving Monkey

The 1977 video below features both Johnnie and his son, Johnnie II. But mostly Johnnie II.

The owner of both, Australian farmer Lindsay Schmidt, said of the original Johnnie:

"I trust him with my life driving the tractor. He can hold it on a hill and keep it from slowing down. You should see him holding that wheel as he skirts the hill and I work behind.

We take it in turns to drive and toss off the hay to the sheep and cattle."



Billings Gazette - Jan 17, 1965

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 24, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Farming, Motor Vehicles

Mr. Drake’s Duck

Wikipedia page.



Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 18, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Movies, Science Fiction, 1950s

Squatter, the Sheep-Raising Game



Entry at games database, with pix.

Wikipedia page.

"Some board games turn up the tension so high you practically sweat through your clothes. Squatter, an Australian import which brings home the high-stakes world of sheep-herding, is probably not one of them."

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 07, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Farming, Games, Australia

It’s Tough to Be a Bird!

A definite Disney-Does-Monty-Python vibe in the closing credits.

The Wikipedia entry.



Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 05, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Humor, PSA’s, 1960s

Wolf eats man’s face

The photo below captures the moment a wolf started to attack the face of its trainer, Jacques Suzanne, during the filming of a movie. The camera crew, thinking the attack was part of the stunt, kept on filming.

Suzanne evidently wasn't badly hurt, though the wolf was killed. Apparently he was the kind of guy who knew how to defend himself against a wolf. Read more about him in Adirondack Life magazine.

Chicago Tribune - Feb 20, 1927

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 23, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Dogs, 1920s

Animal Trap

Jason Alexander Williams didn't mess around when it came to killing rodents. His 'animal trap' (patented in 1882) shot them dead:

My invention relates to an improvement in animal-traps; and it consists in the combination of a suitable frame upon which a revolver or pistol is secured, a treadle which is secured to the front end of this frame, and a suitable spring and levers, by which the firearm is discharged when the animal steps upon the treadle, as will be more fully described hereinafter.

The object of my invention is to provide a means by which animals which burrow in the ground can be destroyed, and which trap will give an alarm each time that it goes off, so that it can be reset.



And his invention didn't just kill rodents. Williams noted:

This invention may also be used in connection with a door or window, so as to kill any person or thing opening the door or window to which it is attached.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 21, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Inventions, Nineteenth Century

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