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Cats Hear Better Than Dogs…Really

May 8, 2017

Cats have amazing hearing that’s made possible by some incredible features of their anatomy. Cats can move their ears 180 degrees. We’ve heard of looking back, but cats can ‘hear back’ too! Cats can also hear higher frequencies than humans. Humans can hear frequencies up to 20kHz, while cats can hear up to 64kHz. Cats […]

Sleeping In On Sunday…Bad Idea… Really

May 7, 2017

Sleeping in even for as little as one hour on Sunday makes it harder to get out of bed on Monday. You may be trying to catch up on your rest, but this confuses your body clock.  It especially confuses your body clock when you are also staying up later on Friday and Saturday nights. […]

Art Facts…Did You Know?

May 6, 2017

In 1961, Matisse’s Le Bateau (The Boat) hung upside-down for 2 months in the Museum of Modern Art, New York – none of the 116,000 visitors had noticed. The first color photograph was made in 1861 by James Maxwell. He photographed a tartan ribbon. John James Audubon painted 435 watercolors of birds in his life […]

Eat Chocolate And Improve Your Memory…Really

May 5, 2017

Increase your chance of being nominated for a Noble Peace Prize by eating chocolate…A joint study conducted by researchers from the University of L’Aquila in Italy and Mars, Incorporated says that the regular consumption of dietary cocoa flavanols may improve cognitive function in elderly subjects with early memory decline. The study shows the impact of […]

Electric Chair Inventor A Dentist…Really?

May 4, 2017

Execution by electrocution, usually performed using an electric chair, is an execution method originating in the United States in which the condemned person is strapped to a specially built wooden chair and electrocuted through electrodes placed on the head and leg. In 1881, Dr. Alfred Southwick witnessed an intoxicated man touch a live electric generator. […]

34% of Dogs are Overweight or Obese

May 3, 2017

Humans are not the only ones who are overweight – our pets are, too! A little over 34% of adult dogs handled by private veterinarians in the United States are overweight or obese. Studies show that this varies by gender, although female and male dogs that are spayed and neutered are more obese on average […]

D-I-V-O-R-C-E……Barn Owls Do It….Really?

May 2, 2017

Love is a fickle thing—even in barn owls. These normally monogamous birds sometimes call it quits and move on to new partners—nearly a quarter of the time, in fact, says a new study published April 28 in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Among people in the U.S., the divorce rate is about 40 percent. And […]

Avoiding Sex At All Costs

May 1, 2017

In order to avoid males of the species bothering them for sex, female dragonflies fake their own deaths, falling from the sky and lying motionless on the ground until the suitor goes away. So why might a female dragonfly be so desperate to avoid males?  The study done by Rassim Khelifa states  that sex can be hazardous […]

Cow factoids

April 30, 2017

Although a cow has no upper front teeth, it grazes up to 8 hours a day, taking in about 45 kg (100 lb) of feed and the equivalent of a bath tub full of water. A healthy cow gives about 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime. A cow has four stomachs: the rumen, reticulum, […]

From Mummies to Snails…Even Dragons Blood…What The Masters Used As Paint Pigment

April 29, 2017

There use to be a paint color brown   called Mummy Brown which was made from ground up Egyptian mummies.  It was a favorite color used by Pre-Ralphaelites, but when people found out what it was made from some painters buried the paint and ceased using it.  The paint was manufactured into the 1960’s, when the […]

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