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Difference Between a Donkey and a Mule

Difference Between a Donkey and a Mule

Daven Hiskey August 15, 2012 6

Today I found out the difference between a donkey and a mule. Put simply, a donkey is the descendant of the African wild ass (of which there are only about 500 left in the

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Before Mating, the Female Giraffe Will First Urinate in the Male’s Mouth

Before Mating, the Female Giraffe Will First Urinate in the Male’s Mouth

Daven Hiskey July 31, 2012 6

Today I found out male giraffes take a mouthful of the female’s urine to determine if she’d be a good mate. This is known as the “Flehmen sequence”, where the male giraffe will approach

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Crocodiles Really Do Shed Tears When They Eat

Crocodiles Really Do Shed Tears When They Eat

Scott July 5, 2012 2

Today I found out crocodiles really do shed tears when they eat. It has been known for centuries that crocodiles weep while eating. One of the earliest references to this comes from the 14th

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How Honey Bees Keep Their Hives Warm Given That They are Cold Blooded

How Honey Bees Keep Their Hives Warm Given That They are Cold Blooded

Daven Hiskey June 30, 2012 14

Today I found out how Honey bees keep their hives warm even though they are cold blooded. Up until only a few years ago, it was thought by many scientists that Honey bee hives

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Certain Ants are Used as Living Food Storage Vessels

Certain Ants are Used as Living Food Storage Vessels

Daven Hiskey May 22, 2012 2

Today I found out some ants are used as living food storage vessels by their colony. While honey bees will collect and store their food in combs, certain species of ants take a different

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All Snakes can Swim

All Snakes can Swim

Daven Hiskey March 15, 2012 5

Today I found out all snakes can swim. If you’re one of those people who are afraid to swim in lakes, rivers, and the like, here’s another reason for you to stay out of

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There is an Octopus With a Detachable Penis

There is an Octopus With a Detachable Penis

Scott March 6, 2012 1

Today I found out there is an octopus with a detachable penis. Known as the Argonaut, this male mollusc has a very sacrificial way of impregnating their female counterparts. The male has one arm

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Squirrels Can Purr

Squirrels Can Purr

Scott February 28, 2012 0

Today I found out squirrels can purr. In September 2010 a baby squirrel named Rocky fell out of his nest in Mississippi. The family who found poor Rocky decided that their nursing cat, Emmy,

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There is a Species of Jellyfish That can Age Backwards

There is a Species of Jellyfish That can Age Backwards

Daven Hiskey February 14, 2012 7

Today I found out there is a species of jellyfish that can age both forwards and backwards, making them theoretically immortal. Most jellyfish have a lifespan of between a few hours to a few

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How a Firefly Glows

How a Firefly Glows

Scott February 3, 2012 2

Today I found out how a firefly glows. The glow from a firefly comes from the lower part of their abdomen. This “lantern” portion has an evolutionary gift in the form of bioluminescence. The

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How Porcupines Mate

How Porcupines Mate

Scott February 1, 2012 5

Today I found out how porcupines have sex….very carefully! Porcupines mate in a very bizarre way. They first begin their ludicrous lovemaking with some nose rubbing. If the female accepts the nose rubbing and,

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Why Cats Like Catnip

Why Cats Like Catnip

Daven Hiskey January 27, 2012 7

Today I found out why cats like catnip. Catnip, which is a perennial herb in the mint family, contains a chemical called “nepetalactone” that is released when catnip is crushed.  When cats get a

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Scorpions Can Live for as Much as a Year Without Eating

Scorpions Can Live for as Much as a Year Without Eating

Scott December 29, 2011 4

Today I found out scorpions can survive as much as a year without eating. Scorpions are amazing little creatures. With almost two thousand known species found on six of the seven continents, these arthropods

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A Real Life White Whale that Destroyed Over 20 Whaling Ships and Survived Encounters with Another 80

A Real Life White Whale that Destroyed Over 20 Whaling Ships and Survived Encounters with Another 80

Daven Hiskey December 7, 2011 9

Today I found out about a real life white whale that destroyed over 20 whaling ships and reportedly survived encounters with another 80 or so. The massive 70 foot long albino sperm whale was

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American “Buffalo” are Not Actually Buffalo

American “Buffalo” are Not Actually Buffalo

Daven Hiskey December 5, 2011 8

Today I found out American “buffalo” are not actually buffalo. The American “buffalo” are actually bison.  Specifically, they are “Bison bison”. The only true buffalo are the Asian water buffalo and the African buffalo.

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Brontosauruses Never Existed

Brontosauruses Never Existed

Samantha November 28, 2011 8

Today I found out “Brontosauruses” technically never existed. As children, we went through school learning the fascinating facts about dinosaurs that roamed the earth millions of years ago. We studied the Tyrannosaurus rex, the

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Why a Gecko’s Feet can Stick to Almost Anything

Why a Gecko’s Feet can Stick to Almost Anything

Scott November 22, 2011 8

Today I found out how Gecko’s feet stick to almost anything. It has been observed since the 4th century BC that geckos have the ability to climb walls, hang upside down, and apparently “stick”

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A Dog’s Mouth is Not Cleaner Than a Human’s Mouth

A Dog’s Mouth is Not Cleaner Than a Human’s Mouth

Daven Hiskey November 21, 2011 20

Today I found out dog mouths are not cleaner than human mouths. If this were the case, I’m pretty sure a dog’s mouth would be some sort of medical miracle, considering: they rarely if

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