Page 3 - Animal Facts

During World War II a dog named 'Gunner' could warn Australian Air Force personnel of approaching enemy aircraft - 20 minutes before they arrived!

On 19 February 1942 Air Force personnel of Australia's Darwin Air Force base found a six month old puppy with a broken front leg under a destroyed mess hut.

The hut was destroyed in the first wave of Japanese bombings of Darwin.

The doctor at the field hospital said he could not fix a "man" with a broken leg if he does not know his name and his serial number.

The male kelpie was immediately named 'Gunner' and his serial number, 0000, was assigned to him on the spot.

Gunner entered the Air Force that day and his leg was fixed and plastered. Leading Aircraftman Percy Westcott, one of the two men who found Gunner, adopted him and became his handler.

The bombing must have traumatized Gunner, but a week after becoming a member of the Air Force, his memory of the event paid off and he demonstrated his incredible hearing skills.

Gunner became agitated, whining and jumping every time he heard enemy aircraft approaching. What was most remarkable is that he would display this behavior 20 minutes before enemy aircraft arrived!

He was so accurate that permission was granted to sound a portable air raid siren whenever Gunner started whining and jumping.

As if that is not impressive enough, Gunner could tell the difference between enemy and allied planes and would not perform at all when allied aircraft approached for landing!


Need the temperature without a thermometer? Check with crickets!

Looking for a way to impress your friends with weird, unique and abstract calculations? Maybe you just really want a good way to estimate the temperature?

Well, the weirdest way possible is to listen to a cricket's chirp then apply some simple arithmetic—but it only works in Fahrenheit.


Crickets have chemical reactions occurring in their body, like all living organisms, that allow muscles to move and contract, causing them to chirp.

Since crickets are cold-blooded insects, they take on the temperature of their surroundings, which means the temperature directly affects how the chemical reactions are occurring. This is called the Arrhenius equation.

Wait for a day with a temperature between 55 and 100 degrees F and pick out a single cricket's chirp. Count how many times it chirps in 14 seconds and add 40. This is the temperature according to the equation printed in the Farmers' Almanac.


Google has taken a very controversial stance on the internet: No cats allowed!

The internet may be infested with millions of cat videos, but the king of all things tech, Google, is a dog company.

I'm not even saying that they simply like dogs more. It clearly states in the Google corporate code of conduct that it is strictly a dog company.

Google's main saying may be "Don't be evil" (seriously, it's the words they live by), but the next one down would probably be "no cats allowed!"

In the corporate code of conduct, section 2, subsection 5 is the dog policy.

It states: "Google's affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we're a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out."

It's true, cats aren't the most therapeutic animals on the face of the planet, but it's hard to believe that such a large and prominent company as Google would be so bold and controversial with their pet policy.


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A hippo's favorite pastime is licking a ferocious crocodile!

In the world of extreme sports, hippos may be the bravest athletes in existence.

Of course, there's no real winners in the sport of "crocodile licking" so they shouldn't expect a trophy anytime soon.

That's right, one of the hippo's favorite pastime is walking right up to crocs and licking them while they are in a feeding frenzy.

Scientists aren't really sure why they do it. There's no apparent benefit to doing it, and it probably annoys the crocodiles more than helps them in any way.

I guess the hippos just really like being around the hungry, ferocious beasts as they tear their weaker prey to shreds.

The crocodiles can't do much about it—hippos are much more powerful.

They aren't a threat, however. Hippos are vegetarians and have no interest in harming the killers of the swamp at all.

Even baby hippos get in on the "fun" so there really must be something to it.


A bear was found passed out outside a resort after consuming 36 cans of Rainier Beer, sampling but not drinking any of the Busch. A Fish and Wildlife agent said 'it definitely had a preference.'

People who drink beer generally have their favorites and maybe a few that they won't touch.

It turns out that bears have preferences as well.

In 2004, Washington State Fish and Wildlife agents found a black bear passed out on the lawn of Baker Lake Resort.

Around the bear were empty cans of beer. Apparently the bear got into camper's coolers and, using its claws to open the cans, drank up.

The bear ended up drinking 36 cans of beer. Well, 36 cans of Rainer, while ignoring the Busch.

He did try the Busch, but ignored the rest of it once he had.

"This is a new one on me," said Sgt. Bill Heinck. "I've known them to get into cans, but nothing like this. And it definitely had a preference."

A wildlife agent tried to chase the bear from the campground but the animal just climbed a tree to sleep it off for another four hours. Agents finally herded the bear away, but it returned the next morning.

They eventually used a large, humane trap to relocate the bear. To bait it into the trap, they used the usual doughnuts and honey, and this time they added two open cans of Rainer.



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