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Who Guards the Gates of the British Museum?

The British Museum is a public museum in Bloomsbury, London, dedicated to human history, art, and culture. Its permanent collection of eight million works is one of the most extensive in the world. It tells the story of human culture from its inception to the present day. The British Museum was the world’s first public …

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Cats on boats

Why Did Seafarers Always Keep Cats Aboard?

Since ancient times, sailors have traversed the open ocean for fishing, trading, and exploration. Because these early mariners faced many dangers and uncertainties, they relied on superstitions, omens, and luck to keep them safe and guide them home. Sailors’ superstitions provided them with a sense of control as they navigated the unpredictability of the seas. …

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Ahi Tuna Neko Matagi

How Did Ahi Tuna Turn from Cat Food to High-End Sushi?

Sushi offers a unique and flavorful eating experience, unlike any other dish. Legitimate Japanese cuisine is usually made from premium tuna, amberjack, snapper, or mackerel. But did you know that tuna wasn’t initially used for sushi? In the earlier twentieth century, tuna was caught as a sport. Once caught, it is turned into cat food …

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Finches

How Do Birds Keep Pests and Parasites Away?

Birds are renowned for designing their nest with vegetation rich in compounds that keep them away from parasites. But one unlikely component may actually help birds keep their nest pest free.  The nicotine in the cigarettes help keeps the parasite away. Some urban birds like finches and sparrows use cigarette butts as a form of …

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Hamster Wheel in the Wild

Will Rodents Use Mouse Wheels When Left in the WIld?

A mouse wheel is a device created for hamsters and other rodents to allow these animals to exercise in limited living environments. It was explicitly designed for domesticated hamsters that serve as pets. But did you know that wheels also attract the attention of wild rodents? Researchers discovered that wild rodents utilized mouse wheels if …

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Naked Mole Rat

How Long Can a Naked mole-rat Survive Without Oxygen?

The most popular of the many types of mole rats, the naked mole rats are recognizable from their grayish-pink skin and massive incisors. In addition to that, they’re also one of the few animals that can live without oxygen for a relatively long period.  A naked mole-rat can survive without oxygen for 18 minutes by …

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Baby Owls Sleep On Their Bellies

Why Do Baby Owls Lie on Their Stomachs?

Owls belong to the order Strigiformes, which includes approximately 200 species of usually nocturnal and solitary birds of prey with an erect stance, a large, broad head, binocular eyesight, binaural hearing, keen talons, and silent flying feathers. Except for the polar ice caps and a few isolated islands, owls can be found in almost every …

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