Category Archives: Animals

Clownfish are All Born Male, a Dominant Male Will Turn Female When the Current Female of the Group Dies

Today I found out clownfish are all born males and the dominant male of a group will turn female when the female of that group dies. Clownfish, also known as anemonefish, are sequential hermaphrodites that first develop into males. In fact, they live in regimented schools made up of all males and just one female- the lone female being the […]

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A Parasitic Wasp that Injects Its Venom Into a Cockroach’s Brain in Order to Control It

Jewel Wasp

Today I found out that the Jewel Wasp, also known as the “Emerald Cockroach Wasp”, is a parasitic wasp that injects various mind controlling toxins into a cockroach’s brain then leads the roach back to its burrow where its hatched larva ultimately slowly eat the still living cockroach’s body from the inside out.  So basically, a lot like my brother’s […]

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Where the Word “Mouse” Comes From

Today I found out where the word “mouse” comes from. “Mouse” comes from the Sanskrit word for mouse, “musuka”, which in turn derives from the Sanskrit “mus” meaning “thief” or “robber”, presumably referring to the fact that mice like to steal food from humans, particularly grains and fruits. The Ancient Romans then used the word “mus” to refer to rodents […]

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Why Chocolate is Bad for Dogs

Dog Eating Chocolate

Today I found out why chocolate is bad for dogs. Chocolate contains an alkaloid called “theobromine”.  Theobromine is in the same family as caffeine and is a type of stimulant (they both are mythylxanines).  Theobromine stimulates the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and causes a slightly increases blood pressure. Dogs and certain other animals, such as horses and cats, cannot […]

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Domestic Cats Can Fall From Any Height With a Remarkable Survival Rate

Ninja Kitty

Today I found out domestic cats fall from any height with a remarkable survival rate.  This is, of course, assuming they don’t suffocate- say, if you dropped them from 40,000 feet- and that they land on relatively flat ground (nothing pointy or the like). This one seems like it shouldn’t be true.  However, it turns out, a typical domestic cat’s […]

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Why Turkeys Are Called Turkeys

Turkey Strut

Today I found out why turkeys are called turkeys. In the 16th century, when North American turkeys were first introduced en masse to Europe, there was another bird that was popularly imported throughout Europe and, most relevant to this article, England, called a guinea fowl.  This guinea fowl was imported from Madagascar via the Ottoman Empire.  The merchants who did […]

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