3 years ago
TIL that eating a slug can kill you
TIL in 1950, a disease called Myxomatosis was introduced to rabbits for population control in Australia. It wiped out 500,000,000 rabbits, giving them skin tumors and causing blindness, often killing them within 2 weeks.
TIL 'Red Cross' goes by Red Crescent in most of the Islamic countries as the Ottomans deemed the 'Cross' offensive to their religious sensibilities despite it being derived from the Swiss Flag . In 1983 the name of the organization was changed to "International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement"
TIL Beethoven won a sight reading piano competition by turning his sheet music upside down, playing it, then improvising on one of its themes for thirty minutes. His opponent, Daniel Steibelt, never returned to challenge him again.
TIL about Broken Leg, a collared mountain lion who’s kills over 15 months were recorded as 24 badgers, 1 sheep, 1 dog, 2 porcupines, 8 beavers, 9 coyotes, 2 mule deer, 2 antelope, and 17 elk.
TIL: A US Study had owners train their parrots to video call other parrots using a touchscreen tablet. The study found "pet parrots that are allowed to make video calls to other birds show signs of feeling less isolated," among other effects and benefits.