First, did you know that goshawks (Accipiter gentilis; the Northern Goshawk) can fly through extremely small spaces? This bird wasn’t trained to do it; they fly through dense woods and have to negotiate quickly on the wing. (For an earlier post on goshawks hunting, go here.) And this fascinating fact, which will make you a hit […]
Category Archives: amazing feats
No, it’s not a car but a sleek black cat. This video, from NBC News, tells the story of a moggie who found its way home over a distance of eight miles after the family was relocated in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Now I read this kind of story frequently—frequently enough that I think […]
If I had this kind of concentration maybe I’d be as productive as Steve Pinker. . . Miyoko Shida performing on the Spanish television show “Tú Sí Que Vales” (“You Can Do It”).
Like everyone else, I once had a Rubik’s cube (the world’s best-selling toy, 350 million of them had been sold by 2009), but I am simply puzzle-illiterate, and gave it up quickly. This video puts me to shame. Via Vibe, we have this amazing video of Stanford student Ravi Fernandez (dubbed “Sir Ravi” by his […]
I’m going to name Snowball as this website’s Official Cockatoo™, since one of our readers is his road manager and the bird is, after all, the first nonhuman animal ever shown to be capable of “dancing” (defined below). I’ve just been sent a hot-off-the-camera video of Snowball dancing in various venues, including the 2009 World […]
So you think your cat has a good purr? Now THIS is a purr: The YouTube notes give details: Most domestic cats purr at around 25 decibels but Merlin has hit a mog-nificent 100 – louder than a hair dryer, a hand drill or a lawnmower. The 12-year-old pet is so noisy owner Tracy Westwood […]