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PIGS Have Been Used in Battle
In ancient times, if you were being attacked by war elephants the thing to do was to release the pigs. Elephants are distressed by the sound of pigs squealing. Attacks would be broken up as the pachyderms did anything to get away from the noisy porkers. Flaming pigs were also launched by catapult much like the Mongol use of flaming cats. It is of interest to note that the explosive charge loaded into naval guns is still referred to as "The Pig".
Dogs were used by the Soviet Union as anti-tank bombs during World War Two. Dogs were taught that food could been found under tracked vehicles. The dogs were kept hungry and with bombs attached, released to find approaching German tanks. A wooden lever would detonate the bomb on contact with the bottom of the tank. It was reported that over 300 German tanks were destroyed by anti-tank dogs.
"Three Dog Night" (attributed to Australian Aborigines) came about because on especially cold nights these nomadic people needed three dogs (dingos, actually) to keep from freezing.
ETYMOLOGY: Middle English butterflye, from Old English butorfloge : butor, butere, butter; see butter + floge, fly; see fly2. WORD HISTORY: Is a butterfly named for the color of its excrement or because it was thought to steal butter? It is hard to imagine that anyone ever noticed the color of butterfly excrement or believed the insect capable of such theft. The first suggestion rests on the fact that an early Dutch name for the butterfly was boterschijte. The second is based on an old belief that the butterfly was really a larcenous witch in disguise.
Butterfly or Flutterby? The debate continues. As it stands the insect falls into an entymologcal niche. That being words whose origin are obscure. Butterfly stands as the officially recognized word. Flutterby seems to be Old English Slang or even English Rhyming Slang. If this odd fact really gets your goat I challenge you to dig up the facts and join the discussion.
Revolving doors were invented to keep horses out of stores.
Otters hold hands when sleeping so they don’t drift away from each other.
Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
Dolphins kill more humans every year than sharks and the flu combined.
Humans and ant eaters are the only animals who can snap their fingers.
Cows have best friends.
The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off.
Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.
Penguins only have one mate their entire life and “propose” by giving their mate a pebble.
Starfish have no brains.
There’s a type of jellyfish that lives forever.
Polar bears are left-handed.
A group of porcupines is called a prickle.
A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.
Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure. (Maddog's note: The "Swimming with Dolphins" attraction in Florida had been closed because male dolphins were successfully having sex with female visitors!)
Armadillos have four babies at a time and they are always all the same sex.
Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.
A group of unicorns is called a blessing. Twelve or more cows are known as a "flink." A group of frogs is called an army. A group of rhinos is called a crash. A group of kangaroos is called a mob. A group of whales is called a pod. A group of ravens is called a murder. A group of officers is called a mess. A group of larks is called an exaltation. A group of owls is called a parliament. A group of ferrets is called a Business.
The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world
Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.
All porcupines float in water.
A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
When opossums are playing 'possum', they are not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror.
Camel's milk does not curdle.
>A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
There are more chickens than people in the world.
An animal epidemic is called an epizootic.
Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.
The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.
A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.