Posted by: Kathy White | September 8, 2010

Welcome to Random Wednesday — Animal Version

And now for something completely different. More oddity that can only be discovered by spending WAY too much time on the Web. I, personally, think that gathering up these interesting tidbits is a duty — a calling, if you will. That, and it’s just damn funny. Today’s theme is animals — just cause that’s what I was thinking about with my dog and  her latest issues. Here we go:

  • Rock star Ozzy Osborne saved his wife Sharon’s Pomeranian from a coyote by tackling and wresting the coyote until it released the dog. — Go on, imagine that one. He probably scared the hell out of that poor coyote.
  • The name of the dog on the Cracker Jacks box is Bingo. The Taco Bell Chihuahua is a rescued dog named Gidget. — So that smooth talking dog we saw for years was a girl and now we know where the heck Bingo got his name-o.
  • Those born under the sign of the dog in Chinese astrology are considered to be loyal and discreet, though slightly temperamental — This one’s for you, dear Nellie.
  • Because whales must rise to the surface often to breathe, only one half of their brain sleeps at a time. This process allows their body to get adequate rest while still providing for the necessary function of breathing to survive. — Can you imagine if we had to THINK about breathing to survive? Well, all the drinkers and stoners would pretty much exit stage left.
  • Whales do not drink seawater; instead, they extract water from their food by metabolizing the fat. — Sweet!
  • Horses have five highly developed senses: taste, touch, hearing, smell, and sight. They also have an enigmatic sixth sense, heightened perception, which is very rare in humans. — Only Bruce Willis has it.
  • The eyes of a horse are larger than most other animals’, and they can move independently, giving the horse a shallow panoramic vision. Because its lenses are inflexible, a horse will focus on an image by moving its head to direct light rays to the central part of the retina. Horses can also see in color. — So they know exactly what color their jockey is wearing during a race. Some of those colors are pretty hideous. THAT has to be distracting.
  • Horse Eyes

    Horses eyes are pretty unique.

  • Horses like music but are selective in their taste. They prefer calming or cheerful instrumental music, but are agitated by loud music such as rock. — So, horses are a lot like our grandparents.
  • Every year, nearly four million cats are eaten in Asia. — Ewwwwww!
  • Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make only about 10. — And all of those cat sounds, if you listen carefully, say “fuck you.”
  • A cat can travel at a top speed of approximately 31 mph (49 km) over a short distance. — Not that he/she will, mind you, but it could if it wanted to.
  • Cats hate the water because their fur does not insulate well when it’s wet. The Turkish Van, however, is one cat that likes swimming. Bred in central Asia, its coat has a unique texture that makes it water resistant. — I’m not sure you should ever describe any cat as “liking” swimming. This one may be able to, but I’m not so sure it likes it.
  • Approximately 1/3 of cat owners think their pets are able to read their minds. — 3/4 of dog owners know that that’s true.
  • A cat rubs against people not only to be affectionate but also to mark out its territory with scent glands around its face. The tail area and paws also carry the cat’s scent. — Don’t ask what a dog does.
  • And, finally, this from our friends the dolphins: Air can be expelled from a dolphin’s blowhole at speeds topping 100 mph. — Wow. Just don’t get in the way of that thing.

Well, that should kill some time on your hump day. Now how to kill the rest of the day….

The eyes of a horse are larger than most other animals’, and they can move independently, giving the horse a shallow panoramic vision. Because its lenses are inflexible, a horse will focus on an image by moving its head to direct light rays to the central part of the retina. Horses can also see in color
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