November 30, 2012

Rock 'N Pol

  • Horses are equipped to feed on grasses very efficiently due to the complex design of their molars and one-chambered stomach.

  • Domesticated animals differ greatly from their wild counterparts. In addition to temperament, some physical characteristics change in domesticated animals that make them less suited for life in the wild.

  • The big, high-set eyes of horses allow them to easily see a broad swath of surrounding area. This allows them to detect potential threats while standing or feeding.

  • Though it's a small country, the Netherlands has a highly developed dairy industry, and achieves high milk yields per cow and per acre.

  • Lice, tiny blood sucking insects, are found on all seven continents largely due to the fact that they feed on such a wide variety of hosts.

  • Lice have adapted to the point that most species of lice have one species of host that they live off of. Due to this specification, if a particular species were to become extinct, that species of lice would also die off.

  • Though the Amish are known for their simple way of life and avoidance of modern conveniences, they're known to participate in friendly and decidedly non-competitive games of volleyball and softball.

  • Hereford cattle are a well-known beef breed in the United States. However, they are native to England and were first brought here in 1817 by Kentucky Congressman Henry Clay.

  • Animals such as sheep, cattle, goats and deer are known as ruminants. These are animals that have multi-chambered stomachs, with each stomach helping to digest food.

  • A dog's sense of smell is much more acute than a human's. However, not all breeds of dogs have similarly developed senses of smell. In general, breeds with longer noses are much better at sniffing out their targets than breeds with short noses.

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