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The Mammoth Megalodon, A Shark About 30 Times the Size of a Great White

The Mammoth Megalodon, A Shark About 30 Times the Size of a Great White

Daven Hiskey December 26, 2012 2

The (Carcharodon) Megalodon is thought to have looked something like a Great White Shark, only a bit more stocky and overall bigger… much bigger, with an average adult Megalodon estimated to have weighed around

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There Was Once An Elephant Condemned to Execution by Hanging

There Was Once An Elephant Condemned to Execution by Hanging

Noreen December 6, 2012 10

“Murderous” Mary was a 5 ton Asian Elephant in the Sparks World Famous Shows Circus. Her downfall began with the hiring of an assistant elephant trainer who had no experience working with elephants and

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How Do Shellfish Have Sex?

How Do Shellfish Have Sex?

Eddie Deezen November 28, 2012 1

Lina asks: How do shellfish have sex? Shellfishly? *crickets* They don’t have any trendy, happening nightclubs. They don’t have flowers, jewelry, or boxes of chocolates.  They have no Viagra, stiff drinks, or cheesy pickup

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The Colossal Squid Has a Doughnut Shaped Brain With Their Esophagus Running Through the Hole

The Colossal Squid Has a Doughnut Shaped Brain With Their Esophagus Running Through the Hole

Daven Hiskey October 27, 2012 2

Today I found out the Colossal Squid, which is the largest known squid in terms of mass on Earth, has a doughnut shaped brain with their esophagus running through the hole in the center.

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Mice Don’t Like Cheese

Mice Don’t Like Cheese

Daven Hiskey September 29, 2012 9

Myth: Mice love cheese and it makes a great bait for mouse traps. In fact, as any pest exterminator or pet shop owner knows, mice don’t really like cheese at all and they’ll even

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The Male White-Fronted Parrot Vomits in the Female’s Mouth During Their Mating Ritual

The Male White-Fronted Parrot Vomits in the Female’s Mouth During Their Mating Ritual

Daven Hiskey September 15, 2012 8

Today I found out the male White-fronted Parrot will vomit in the female’s mouth during their mating ritual White-fronted Parrots, also known as “White-fronted Amazons” or “Spectacled Amazon Parrots”, begin their mating season around

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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 8

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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