History

Same-Sex Unions In Animal Kingdom Set A Precedent 560 Million Years Ago

While it just took 9 judges (with a 5-4 vote) to deliberate on the historic decision allowing same-sex marriages in the United States, there’s been no need for such formality in the animal kingdom. In fact, homosexual behavior in the animal kingdom has been around since our co-inhabitants first walked the Earth some 560 million years ago.

Make It A Safe ‘Inde-Pet-Dance’ Day this 4th

The 4th of July is a day of celebration for U.S. citizens throughout all 50 states. Participating in America’s birthday includes picnicking, family get-togethers, hot dogs, libations . . . all culminating with a festive evening of fireworks and light shows. For humans the grand ole flag means a grand ole time . . . for our pets however . . . not so much.

Own A Moment Frozen In TIme

Insects caught in tree sap are moments frozen in time. You can own a piece of the past with your own Insect In Amber. You may not be able to clone a dinosaur from it, but you will have a nifty souvenir from millions of years ago to add to your rock or fossil collection.

Red Nose Day Goes To The Dogs In The USA!

Over the years, Red Nose Day has earned a solid and well-deserved reputation for having “fun” while “fund” raising for children and the disadvantaged globally. Organized by Comic Relief the event takes over the U.K. every two years for a few days in March, where tomfoolery of all sorts becomes the goal of tens of thousands. So much so, that more than a billion pounds has been raised over the last 30 years.

Chinese Sichuan Bush Warbler Sings Out As New Bird Species

Even though it’s distinctive song tipped researchers off back in May, 1992, the elusive Sichuan bush warbler has hid its identity for over two decades. This shy bird also known by its’ breed name of ‘Locustella chengi’ (honoring the late Chinese ornithologist Cheng Tso-hsin) has been successful in hiding from the gazing eyes of humans.

Cock Of The Walk, Or How Did The Chicken Cross The Sea?

The chickens of Hawaii are a very hardy breed, dissimilar to any that have made their way to your dining room table. While domestic chickens on the mainland no longer resemble their ancient ancestors, those that reside on the Hawaiian islands are a different story. The Red Junglefowl — the chicken's closest living relative — is believed to have been introduced to Hawaii by Polynesians centuries ago.