Category Archives: Animals

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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A Red-Bellied Woopecker’s Tongue is Almost Three Times the Length of Its Beak and Wraps Around Its Skull When Retracted

Today I found out that the tongue on a Red-Bellied woodpecker, along with some other species of woodpecker, is so long that it can extend at least three times the bill length and, when retracted, wraps around its skull. According to a study conducted by the Dalian University of Technology in China,  Grey-Faced woodpeckers have a tongue that measures around […]

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