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Seven Ways Frogs Mate



Our knowledge of how frogs get sexy together continues to expand. It used to be that we knew of only six frog mating positions, but now a seventh has been added to the repertoire, thanks to the efforts of University of Delhi researchers who "spent a few dozen nights filming the sex lives of Bombay night frogs."

The new position, which involves no genital contact, is called the "dorsal straddle":

The male frog straddles the female from behind using a branch or leaf to brace himself while he deposits his sperm on the female's back. The female lays her eggs, which are fertilized by the sperm trickling down her backside.

Over at National Geographic they helpfully provide a chart of all seven positions.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 15, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Nature, Science

Vertical Farming; Its A Jersey Thing

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A facility being built in New Jersey is going to be the world's largest vertical farming plant. AeroFarms is set to be 3 times bigger than the next largest place of its kind located in Japan. Water usage is much lower while yield is substantially higher than standard farming operations. It looks like something that would be used to grow food in a Mars colony or in an underground bunker after Armageddon. But perhaps we will find that solving world hunger is a Jersey thing.

Posted By: patty - Tue Jun 07, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Agriculture, Food, Vegetables, Horticulture and Gardens, Nature

Johnny Horizon

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"Mom, Dad--I want to grow up to be an EPA field-worker like Johnny Horizon!"

Such were the words probably never actually spoken in the early 1970s, when the icon of Johnny Horizon was launched by the BLM. But if any lad or lassie did utter such a wish, then they could have been placated with the Johnny Horizon Environmental Test Kit. Parker Brothers showed a little poindexter hard at work in their ads for the kit.

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 15, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Geeks, Nerds and Pointdexters, Government, Nature, Toys, 1970s

Kenny The Tiger


Of course Kenny the tiger did not have Downs syndrome, his deformities were due to inbreeding. He was an interesting looking cat though. Unfortunately, Kenny's lifespan was significantly shortened as well, he only lived for 10 years. So to the breeders, in the words of Kyle and Stan on South Park, "They killed Kenny!" "You bastards!"

Posted By: patty - Sat Jan 16, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Health, Nature

Third Eye


The fisherman said he was going to eat the fish. Without knowing why it developed a third eye I wouldn't touch it much less eat it!

Posted By: patty - Tue Nov 10, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Nature, Fish, Eyes and Vision

Follies of the Madmen #263



The deodorant that combines the crushing force of Niagara Falls with the brutal chemicals of a municipal water-treatment plant.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 26, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, Nature, 1950s

The Life Cycle of the Pin Mould



"If a ripe head is squeezed, an enormous number of little things fastened together in a sticky mess are jerked out."

They teach this filth in our schools!?!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 22, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Boredom, Hygiene, Innuendo, Double Entendres, Symbolism, Nudge-Nudge-Wink-Wink and Subliminal Messages, Nature, 1940s

Climate Change Coke



As our poor abused planet whipsaws between extreme cold and extreme heat on a minute-to-minute schedule, only Coke can help soothe our pain. The "melting glacier" allegory at the end is effective, albeit unsubtle.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 09, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Nature, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1960s

Death By Flowers

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This is either a case of the unluckiest spouse ever, or a perfect murder by the husband.

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 28, 2015 - Comments (11)
Category: Death, Nature, Husbands, Wives, 1970s

Father Pierre Monastery Herbs

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Original ad.

I wish I could find a picture on the internet of the packaging for this product. Or learn who the legendary Father Pierre was. Alas, even the mighty Web does not have the answer to everything.

But I did find out the ingredients.

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As to the recipe's effectiveness, I cannot attest.

Apparently, this current-day Russian product also known as "Monastery Herbs" has a different composition.

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"Ingredients: rose hips, currant leaves, birch leaves, roots and rhizomes Elecampane, grass oregano herb St. John's wort, willow (willow-herb)."

Russian page.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 25, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Body, Nature, Religion, Advertising, Excrement, 1940s, Russia

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