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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 7

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 15

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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Caterpillars “Melt” Almost Completely Before Growing Into Butterflies in the Chrysalis

Caterpillars “Melt” Almost Completely Before Growing Into Butterflies in the Chrysalis

Daven Hiskey October 28, 2011 9

Today I found out caterpillars’ bodies “melt” almost completely before morphing into butterflies in the chrysalis. In order for the change from a caterpillar to a butterfly to take place within the pupa, the

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There is a Type of Duck That Sometimes Lassos its Potential Mates with its Penis

There is a Type of Duck That Sometimes Lassos its Potential Mates with its Penis

Scott October 14, 2011 2

Today I found out that there is a type of duck that sometimes lassos potential mates with its penis to prevent them from getting away. Most male birds do not have penises. They typically

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How Fish Gills Work

How Fish Gills Work

Scott September 7, 2011 6

Today I found out how fish gills work. These fantastic little organs allow the fish to absorb oxygen from the water and use it for energy. Functionally, gills are not that dissimilar to the

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

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

Daven Hiskey August 31, 2011 9

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 anenomefish, are sequential hermaphrodites

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The World’s Most Fearless Creature is the Honey Badger

The World’s Most Fearless Creature is the Honey Badger

Daven Hiskey August 9, 2011 16

Today I found out the world’s most fearless creature is the Honey Badger, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Honey Badgers have many reasons to be fearless.  They have very thick (about

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The CIA Once Tried Using Cats As Spies

The CIA Once Tried Using Cats As Spies

Jon August 3, 2011 13

Note: This is a guest article contributed by frequent TIFO visitor and owner of DumpADay, Jon. Today I found out that in the 1960s, the CIA spent 5 years and over $20 million training

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Dolphins Don’t Breathe Automatically

Dolphins Don’t Breathe Automatically

Daven Hiskey July 22, 2011 6

Today I found out that dolphins don’t breathe automatically, rather it is always consciously done. An interesting consequence of the fact that they need to be conscious to control their breathing is that they

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A Group of Cats is Called a ‘Clowder’

A Group of Cats is Called a ‘Clowder’

Daven Hiskey July 18, 2011 24

Today I found out that the correct term for referring to a group of cats is ‘clowder’.  Interestingly, there are also two other valid ways to refer to a group of cats, other than just saying

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

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

Daven Hiskey July 11, 2011 11

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

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New Mexico Whiptail Lizards are All Females

New Mexico Whiptail Lizards are All Females

Daven Hiskey May 31, 2011 1

Today I found out New Mexico Whiptail lizards are all females. While this isn’t completely unheard of among various life forms on Earth, such as with certain plants, insects, and sea life, among others,

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There is a Protozoa that has Seven Sexes

There is a Protozoa that has Seven Sexes

Julia May 10, 2011 2

Today I found out that there is a protozoa that has seven sexes. This organism is known as Tetrahymena thermophila.  They are species of ciliate protozoa, common in fresh-water. They are also known for

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Killer Whales Are Actually Dolphins

Killer Whales Are Actually Dolphins

Daven Hiskey April 26, 2011 11

Today I found out “Killer Whales”, or Orcas, are actually dolphins.  In fact, they are the largest member of the dolphin family, Delphinidae. Now strictly speaking, whales are marine animals of the order of

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What Happens if a Cat’s Whiskers Are Damaged or Clipped

What Happens if a Cat’s Whiskers Are Damaged or Clipped

Julia April 21, 2011 25

Today I found out what happens if a cat’s whiskers are damaged or clipped. It turns out, cat’s whiskers are an essential sensory mechanism. Damage a cat’s whiskers and it will cause them not

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Where the Word “Mouse” Comes From

Where the Word “Mouse” Comes From

Daven Hiskey March 21, 2011 5

This post brought to you by Victor Pest. All opinions are 100% mine. Today I found out where the word “mouse” comes from. “Mouse” comes from the Sanskrit word for mouse, “musuka”, which in

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