Category:
Animals

Buster’s Joke on Papa



Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 21, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Movies, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Comics, 1900s, Pranks

Jealous Judy Prefers Gentlemen

Reno Gazette Journal - May 12, 1937

Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 17, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Love and Romance, 1930s, Men

Town Founded by a Jackass

It was Noah Kellogg's donkey that alerted the prospector to a mountain outcropping of galena, a lead ore often containing silver. This miraculous moment would attract a rough-and-tumble-type crowd to dig up and refine the resources below. What this visually stunning Silver Valley town is today — through mining ups and downs, population decline and industry changes — is just as the town motto cheekily states: "Founded by a jackass and inhabited by his descendants."



Article on the current state of the place.


Their Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 15, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Government, Humor, Regionalism, Mining

The Contents of an Ostrich’s Stomach

Frederick William Bond took the photo below at the London Zoo showing the items found in an ostrich's stomach following an autopsy: a lace handkerchief, a buttoned glove, a length of rope, a plain handkerchief, copper coins, metal tacks, staples, hooks, and a four-inch nail. The nail had killed it.

The photo is undated, but I'm guessing it was taken sometime in the 1930s. (Update: the Flickr source says it was taken circa 1930.)

Image source: National Science and Media Museum on Flickr



Along similar lines is this story from 1972 about items found in the stomach of an ostrich at a private French zoo: coins, telephone tokens, and stones. What wasn't found was the diamond watch it had snatched off a spectator the previous year.

Miami News - Jun 12, 1972


Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 12, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Food, Stomach

First Pig To Fly

In 1909, a pig (subsequently named Icarus) became the first pig to fly in an airplane.

However, as far as I know a pig has never gone beyond the atmosphere into space. I know this because I once briefly had the idea of writing a book titled Pigs in Space about the history of animals in space. But I abandoned the idea when I couldn't find any record of pigs in space. The closest I found was when, in 2005, the Chinese sent some pig sperm into space. I didn't think Pig Sperm in Space would work as a title.

More info about the flying pig: londonist.com



image source: waymarking.com



Saskatoon Star-Phoenix - Nov 25, 1909

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 29, 2022 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Air Travel and Airlines, 1900s

Sex on an Animal Hide Rug

The subtext in the ad is obvious. Fur rugs, fake or real, are for making love on. It's the staple of a thousand PLAYBOY cartoons.

But where did the trope originate? Most likely with writer Elinor Glyn. Her novel THREE WEEKS (read it here) featured such a scene that became so notorious, it inspired some doggerel.






Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 02, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Domestic, Books, 1900s, 1970s, Sex

Burberry Hero—man/horse duality

AdWeek named this as the weirdest fragrance ad of 2021. I'd have to agree.

From YouTube:

Burberry introduces Hero, Riccardo Tisci’s first scent for Burberry starring Adam Driver.
A new masculine spirit exploring the house codes of duality and the power of the animal kingdom.
A man in search of transformation and metamorphosis as a new modern heroism.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 28, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Advertising, Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

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