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Can tortoises become deformed by growing up inside rings of plastic?

I found these images on this image aggregator, which states that the photo credit is unknown for both images. The tortoises are implied to have become deformed from growing up inside the rings of ...
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Can a wasp ingest and use a snake's venom?

Some people claim that if one comes across a dead venomous snake one should always cut of and bury the head as otherwise wasps could reach the venom and add it to their own stinger, for example this ...
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Has it ever rained fish?

There have been several reports of "raining fish" where fish fall from the sky (usually during a rain storm). An example such as this 2010 video from National Geographic seems unlikely at best. Has ...
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Did a Chinese zookeeper lick a monkey's anus for an hour in order to save its life?

This gawker article claims that a zoo keeper licked a monkey's anus for an hour in order help it pass an peanut. Being too big to pass through the monkey's system naturally, the peanut had to be ...
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Are coffee grounds effective as a cat repellent?

It is one of those "remedies" you can find everywhere: if you have trouble with cats in your flower beds, cats leaving their droppings in your garden (or burying their poop) you should use your coffee ...
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Did an octopus visit another tank to hunt?

I've seen several versions of this story. An aquarium (or pet store, or rich fish collector) noticed that fish were mysteriously vanishing from a tank at night. After this happened a few times, ...
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Does gaunyle, derived from cow urine, work as a disinfectant?

The Times of India reports: Union minister Maneka Gandhi has asked her ministerial colleagues to opt for a "natural disinfectant'' made from extracts of cow urine instead of the "chemically bad'' ...
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Is peanut butter a choking hazard for animals?

I've run into the statement, usually on pet forums, that you shouldn't feed peanut butter to dogs or small rodents like hamsters or rats because it's a choking hazard (I've also heard long-term ...
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Can kitty litter cause adverse health effects in humans?

Is there any danger to humans from co-habitating with a housecat that poops in a litterbox, and occasionally cleaning out that litterbox? Assuming you use litter you can find at the pet store, and ...
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Is this video of a boxing kangaroo match authentic?

Video link here It's awesome, weird, and unbelievable at the same time. If it was edited, I'm not sure how they did it. It LOOKS authentic but I would want confirmation. Anyone who has more info on ...
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Do cat owners have a lower chance of developing allergies?

The following is from http://blog.petspyjamas.com/getty-dog-owners-vs-cat-owners-unbelievable-facts/9/: 9. Cat owners have a lower chance of developing allergies When cats enthusiastically rub ...
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Do pigeons and doves refrain from mating after their lifelong mate dies?

I just came across this quote by Jerome (I don't know in what book he originally wrote it): Even the pigeons and doves don't take another partner if their companions pass away. I don't take Jerome'...
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Do orangutans rape women?

Following up from the lions-attacking-menstruating-women question, I read an account that claimed male orangutans will rape a human woman, especially if she is in menstruated. Are there verified ...
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Can lions sense menstruating women?

I had an interesting chat today with a young woman from a traditional circus family, who explained she could not grow up to become a lion tamer, because lions could smell when women are menstruating ...
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Do small dogs live longer than large dogs?

I thought small dogs lived longer than large dogs, then I stumbled on this answer about heart beats and longevity. In the following table: Large dogs are said to live longer than small dogs. Which ...
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Have cats hunted at least 33 species to extinction?

I heard recently that cats have hunted numerous species to extinction, but I couldn't find a reliable source for this. Several sources say that they have been blamed for these extinctions, but is ...
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Has a human ever been eaten by an anaconda?

In an article, Yes, Forcing an Anaconda to Eat a Human on TV Is a Bad Idea, the "world’s foremost expert on anacondas", Jesús Rivas claims: "The concern is that all that these shows do is to paint ...
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Can mice find their way back to your home from 1+ miles away?

I've read on many pest control websites that if you catch a mouse in your home that they must be taken 1+ miles away, otherwise they will easily make their way back to their old home (ie. your house). ...
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Do mice sneeze?

I heard a story on NPR today about how new safety concerns affected one scientist's research on corona viruses. The fear is that scientists may make viruses more contagious and therefore dangerous to ...
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Is Science Diet cat food brand a nutritionally poor and relatively unhealthy option for cats?

Rebecca Watson, a cohost on the Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast, recently made a claim that Hill's Science Diet was not a healthy choice to feed to your cat. She later explained her answer on ...
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Are these photos strong evidence of mermaids?

This website claims the images of mermaid washed in the sea shore.. Do Mermaid exists? http://www.plug.ng/photos-dead-mermaid-washed-shore-leaks-internet/ Relevant information found in discovery and ...
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Can dogs detect human cancer?

I heard several times that dogs could detect cancer before it was detected by humans. Can Dogs Smell Cancer? There are many published studies that prove dogs can detect cancer through breath ...
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Did lions in Ethiopia save a 12 year old girl from rape?

The story goes, with a youtube video: A 12-year-old girl was kidnapped in Ethiopia, beaten, and almost forced into an awful and disgusting marriage, but luckily, that marriage didn't happen because ...
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Can domestic cats be healthy as vegetarians?

I used to hear that dogs can be given vegetarian dog food, but that cats need meat. I'm not sure therefore how to interpret the following PETA claim about cats. Vegetarian Cats and Dogs If you ...
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Is it very difficult to kill a whale at sea humanely?

It is said that it is difficult to kill a whale (at sea) in a humane way: Experience has shown that it is very difficult to kill a whale at sea humanely; that is, by causing minimum pain or ...
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Is there any benefit to leaving Animal Planet on when leaving a cat alone?

I recently discovered that some people put Animal Planet (or similar nature channel) on the TV when leaving a cat alone all day. I'd never heard of this before, but I found many mentions of it while ...
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Did a baboon work for a South African railroad?

This image is circulating on Facebook (at least among my South African friends). It strikes me as somewhere between an extraordinary claim and a completely vague claim. To what extent, if any, is this ...
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Do dogs bite more during a full moon?

In various cultures throughout the world there is the widespread belief that animals, including companion dogs, are more likely to bite when under the influence of a full moon http://www.dogexpert....
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Do crabs exemplify “crab mentality” behaviour?

Is there any verifiable evidence that crabs, in fact, behave as if they possess "crab mentality"? The term “crab mentality” is used to describe a kind of selfish thinking that runs along the ...
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Are there animals that cannot feel pain? [closed]

A thing I've often wondered is whether or not certain animals are immune to pain. I've often read about Naked Mole Rats being unable to feel pain. Also I thought about other animals like Jellyfish ...
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Do roaches die (naturally) on their backs? [closed]

First, a major qualifier here; by naturally, I mean not forced to die on its "stomach" (like by being stepped on). Secondly, I live in the U.S., so maybe this applies to only American roaches. ...
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Do Japanese fishermen put sharks in their tanks to keep fish fresh?

I saw the following story on Quora and when I Googled it, I got a lot of inspirational websites like Patheos.org that were hosting this same story without any citations. I would like to know if the ...
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Did the vast majority of animals escape 2004 December Asian tsunami?

Well, I came across variations of this belief many times. I.e., here: While more than 2,00,000 people died in the devastating tsunami that struck several nations around the Bay of Bengal and the ...
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Do cats like keeping warm on car tyres in winter?

An image macro I've seen a few times, has an image of a cat sitting on top of a car tyre, and says to the effect of 'Reminder, cold season is starting, and cats seek shelter in cars, please check for ...
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Are the USHS and/or PETA secretly against all pets? [closed]

This is a rumor I've heard amongst reptile keepers. Both organizations are openly opposed to keeping reptiles as pets. These reptile keepers claim they are against all pets, but know that going ...
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Is this video of the Soviet Dog Revival Experiment real?

In this video a dog's head is brought back to life by artificially injecting blood and air. The dog's head reacted to sound and touch and used its tongue to taste. I am not skeptic about its ...
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Do they grind up chicks for breakfast omelets? [closed]

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/01/chicks-being-ground-up-al_n_273652.html This story is on Facebook, about a video showing chicks being ground up to make breakfast omelets. Is this real or ...
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Are animals fleeing Yellowstone park?

This article claims that animals are fleeing en masse from Yellowstone National Park. At Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, there is a mass animal exodus underway. Miles of buffalo can be seen ...
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Is an imminent volcanic eruption the most plausible explanation for the Yellowstone animal exodus?

According to this article, which has been circulating lately on Facebook: At Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, there is a mass animal exodus underway. Miles of buffalo can be seen running ...
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Is Fukushima Dai-ichi responsible for earless bunnies?

Picture scraper @Globe_Pics, which has 520,000 followers, tweeted the following (currently 205 retweets, and 135 favorites): Earless bunnies were born in Japan after the Fukushima Nuclear ...
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Are the tigers at Tiger Kingdom in Phuket drugged?

The Tiger Kingdom attraction in Phuket lets you walk into the enclosure and pose for photos with real, live, full-size tigers. Man literally about to get eaten by tiger. http://static.asiawebdirect....
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Do water bottles on sidewalk/corners prevent dogs/cats from peeing?

It's very common, at least in Italy, to see bottles of water near walls in sidewalk and I've been told it's because it prevents dogs and cats from peeing on the wall. Is this actually the case and why ...
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Have there been any fatalities caused by octopi?

To what extent are octopi violent towards humans? Has there been any confirmed fatalities? The source of all knowledge claims that some have the capacity to kill humans, and claims there have been ...
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Are pets as bad for environment as cars?

In this article referring to a book the authors claim: Taking the dog for a walk to the store would seem like a more environmentally-friendly option than piling into the SUV. Not so, say two ...
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Do fleas jump lower after being covered by lid? If so, do their offspring adjust to this lower height?

This is one of the popular experiments mentioned in motivational books. Here is summary from a motivational webpage: At the beginning of the experiment a number of fleas are placed in a jar. The ...
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Did cows in Germany blow up their own barn by farting?

As reported by Reuters, Flatulent cows start fire at German dairy farm - police Methane gas from 90 flatulent cows exploded in a German farm shed on Monday, damaging the roof and injuring one of ...
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Do headless chickens run around?

It's a clichè that is constantly repeated by the likes of Gordon Ramsey: You are running around like headless chickens! source Also, for example, they do in South Park animations Do ...
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Are sharks immune to almost all known diseases?

According to Did You Know.org: Sharks are the only animals that almost never get sick: they are immune to almost every known disease. Is this true or is it a myth?
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Does animal experimentation delay results in medical research?

There is currently a vehement debate in the Italian media about animal rights activism and experimentation on animals. Caterina S., a person with four genetic diseases, publicly demonstrated her ...
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Did any armed forces, or units give pets to their soldiers at the start of their training which they were required to kill at the end of it?

In the QI episode about killers the panel mentions that German SS soldiers during WWII were given puppies at the start of their training to raise, and then they were required to kill the dogs at the ...