6 ANIMAL MYTHS THAT YOU PROBABLY BELIEVE [FYI/NEAT]

Everyone knows that one human year is equal to seven dog years.  Right?  Well, it’s not really true . . . which is kind of obvious when you think about it, since dogs can start BREEDING by the time they’re a year old. Plus, you’ve probably seen a 20-year-old dog, but not a 140-year-old human. If you thought THAT myth was true, then you probably think a few of these are too.  Here are five more animal myths that most people believe.

#1.)  Turkeys Drown in the Rain.  The myth is that they’re so stupid, they see it raining, can’t stop staring up, and their throats eventually fill up with rain water. But the first problem is, a turkey’s eyes are on the SIDE of its head, kind of like a fish.  So if they wanted to stare at the rain, they’d have to tilt their head SIDEWAYS, not back. Duh. Another reason it doesn’t make sense is because being fascinated by something like rain just requires more brainpower than turkeys have.  In reality, they’re so dumb, they pretty much don’t even REALIZE it’s raining.

#2.)  The Female Praying Mantis Eats the Male After They Have Sex.  This one DOES happen, but not as much as you think. In one study, researchers set up cameras to observe it, and it only happened ONCE out of 69 times. (Yes, they recorded praying mantises doing it 69 times, not 70.  We HOPE that was intentional.) The researchers say the one time it DID happen, it was probably just because the female was extremely hungry.

#3.)  A Goldfish Only Has a Three-Second Memory.  It might make you feel better about keeping it in a tiny fishbowl.  But researchers say fish can actually remember things that happened MONTHS ago. Scientists spent a month training young fish to associate a certain sound with food.  Then they released the fish into the wild to let them mature.  And when they played the sound in the water five months later, the fish came BACK. You also might have seen them test this one on “Mythbusters,” when they trained a goldfish to go through an obstacle course.

#4.)  If You Throw Rice at a Wedding, Birds Will Eat It and Die.  In reality, birds eat rice all the time.  In parts of the world where it’s grown, some types of birds are even considered PESTS, because they destroy so much of the crop. The REAL reason you shouldn’t throw rice at a wedding is because everyone’s in shoes that don’t have much tread on them, and it’s easy to slip on.

#5.)  Dogs See in Black and White.  They actually see in color, but they see DIFFERENT colors than we do.  For example, if your dog looks at a rainbow, it sees dark blue, light blue, gray, light yellow, dark yellow, and dark gray. So in other words, they see in yellow, blue, and gray.  Not black and white.

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10 Responses to 6 ANIMAL MYTHS THAT YOU PROBABLY BELIEVE [FYI/NEAT]

  1. Carey Morgan says:

    The entire article is stolen from a Cracked.com article posted the day before. Same jokes and everything. At least credit the source if you’re going to basically repost an entire article.

  2. Name (required) says:

    Hey, this is pretty much verbatim an article off Cracked.com from the day prior to this post.

    http://www.cracked.com/article_19935_8-ridiculous-animal-myths-you-probably-believe.html

    I like WAR, but plagiarism or uncredited reposting is never cool.

    • They took out three of them and forgot to make it funny, that’s not plagiarism, it’s a humor hate-crime.

      Just so you know I’m serious, I’m going to REALLY emphasize it! Shame on you Woody and Rizutto.

      • war1057 says:

        We are not a news program…..we make NO claim that the stuff we cover is the result of personal effort to uncover, dissect, and report. We are a massive staff of THREE people….doing a morning radio show, in St. Louis MO. We are essentially a blog….one long editorial where we relay stuff/rap about things we find that are/would be amusing to the peeps and (quite frankly) make time go by between 6-10am. Journalists we are not, and make no bones about it. You are morally superior to us in every way. We bow to you….blah blah blah.

  3. Aftershock says:

    You may have gotten confused on the dog math.. If 1 human years is 7 doggie years, then a 20 yr old dog would be tied to a 3 yr old human .. 1:7, 2:14, 3:21..you multiply 7x the human years not 7 times the doggie years.. 🙂

  4. Chucktastic says:

    If they can know what dogs see, then there is a dog out there that can talk, why isn’t this in the news???

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