Wild Inaccuracies

Are Flamingo Egg Yolks Pink?
  • 18 July 2016
A popular 'fun fact' holds that flamingo egg yolks are bright pink, but flamingo experts...
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Does a Female Praying Mantis Always Eat Her Mate’s Head?
  • 31 October 1999
It’s far from guaranteed to happen, but the risk of decapitation for copulating male mantids...
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Do Water-Filled Baggies Repel Flies?
  • 11 August 2009
Will hanging plastic bags filled with water repel flies from your area? Opinion is divided...
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Do Male Penguins Make ‘Pebble Proposals’ to Their Mates?
  • 1 June 2016
A social media factoid about penguin courtship and the "perfect pebble" does not quite reflect...
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Duck’s Quacks Don’t Echo?
  • 19 July 1999
Rumor holds that duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
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Is Red Dyed-Nectar Harmful to Hummingbirds?
  • 12 September 2003
Is the red dye commonly used in nectar for backyard feeders harmful to hummingbirds?
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Dog Years vs. Human Years
  • 8 May 2002
Conventional wisdom holds that one year of human time is the equivalent of seven years...
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Striped Mittenfish Can the striped mittenfish change its sex by turning its entire body inside out?
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Do Lobsters Mate for Life? Do lobsters mate for life?
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Will Baby Birds Be Rejected by Their Mother If You Handle Them?
  • 27 August 2001
This widespread caution against handling young birds may have sprung from a desire to protect...
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Buried Pleasure Which animals besides humans engage in sex for pleasure?
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Can Owning a Chihuahua Cure Asthma?
  • 21 May 2008
If only the solution for keeping asthma at bay were as simple -- and enjoyable...
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