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Animals

The man who thought he was a gopher

We've now posted about several cases of clinical zoanthropy, which is the belief that one has turned into an animal. There was the woman who thought she was a camel, and another woman who decided she was a chicken.

Here's a third case, from 1982. Walter Murphy of Los Angeles, believing he was a gopher, started burrowing holes. PCP contributed to his delusion. He ended up suffocating to death inside one of his holes.

Kenosha News - Sep 21, 1982

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 09, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses, Psychology, 1980s

Antler Island - the game

A game the whole family can play. As described on BoardGameGeek.com:

In Antler Island, each player plays a stag that is preparing for the rutting season, the player who breeds with the most does, while fighting the other stags is the winner!




Or as described in the video review below: "There is a lot of sex with animals in it. They're mating."

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 06, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Games

“Wonder” by Ebony Buckle



London-based singer/songwriter Ebony Buckle is back with her latest single “Wonder”. The track is inspired by the world’s loneliest whale. “52” was first discovered in the 80s, singing at a frequency of 52hz (higher than any species known to humans). It was believed that this whale would not be heard by any of the other whales in the ocean, but now after decades of research, there is another theory that the whale’s song is heard by all other whales, as it stands out with its uniqueness. In awe of this natural wonder, Buckle wanted to give us a different perspective of the whale, turning her into an interdimensional traveler, who has lost contact with her home planet. The whale calls and calls for companionship, as she drifts further away.


Source of text.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 25, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Fey, Twee, Whimsical, Naive and Sadsack, Music, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Space Travel, United Kingdom

Pigs Play Video Games

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University recently succeeded in teaching four pigs how to play a video game. Admittedly, the game was pretty simple. The pigs had to use a joystick to move a cursor toward a target wall on the computer screen. If they hit the wall, they'd hear a "bloop" and then get a food reward.

The pigs performed at a level far above random chance. However, the researchers noted that their skill level was below that of non-human primates. The scientists speculated that this may have been because it was difficult for the pigs to manipulate the joystick with their snout. Or perhaps it was because all four pigs were far-sighted and "despite attempts to position the computer monitor appropriately, it is impossible to know how well the pigs were able to see, and subsequently correctly discriminate between targets."

More info: Lab Manager, Frontiers in Psychology



Thanks to Gerald Sacks!

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 17, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Experiments, Videogames and Gamers

Follies of the Madmen #500

I suppose I should have come up with something super-special for the 500th installment of this series, but this will have to suffice!



Sure, kill the talking lion and then...style his mane?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 17, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Death, Comics, 1950s, Hair and Hairstyling

Upside-Down Rhinos

Recent research has proven that it's safe to hang rhinos upside-down by their feet for up to ten minutes. Future research should let us know whether longer periods, up to half-an-hour, are also safe.

More info: Cornell Chronicle, Journal of Wildlife Diseases

Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 08, 2021 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Experiments

Students stunned as teacher bites head off chicken

The incident that occurred in the 'leadership training' class of Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Powell on Sep 1, 1983, as described by his superior, Col. Donald Taylor:

As I understand it, he got from his car, or had somebody get from his car, a live chicken. He continued talking to the students and walking around the class.
He held out the neck of the chicken, bit the head off the thing, held it up in the air, and drank the blood of the chicken.

And then on speaking to Powell later about the incident:

His first reaction was that he didn't see anything wrong in what he did and could not see our reaction to it. He went on to say that in Special Forces training these kinds of things are used in survival training...
The course Powell was teaching was not a survival class but is largely concerned with administrative matters, such as 'how the uniform is worn,' Taylor said.

Compare this to the pre-game frog-head biting that was practiced at Eau Gallie High School in Florida.

Mansfield News-Journal - Sep 17, 1983

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 31, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, School

Mary & Gretel

Motto: existence is short and capricious, leavened only by booze.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 16, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Games, Fantasy, Stop-motion Animation, 1910s, Alcohol

Nude woman thought she was a camel

Assuming this woman was telling the truth, and she really thought she was a camel, then her case would be an example of the very rare condition known as clinical zoanthropy. That is, the belief that one has turned into an animal.

We've posted about this condition before, in the case of the woman who thought she was a chicken.

Alabama Journal - Feb 27, 1976



I thought the woman might have been inspired by Joe Camel, but it turns out he was only introduced in 1987.

image source: Band of Artists

Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 09, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Psychology, 1970s

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