The Violent Ways Humans Have Used Animals As Weapons

War Elephants

Source: Wikimedia

Humans have used animals as weapons for thousands of years. 2,000 years ago, Hannibal led the Carthaginian army riding war elephants to fight Rome. In reply, the Romans set pigs on fire and let them run free through enemy ranks to frighten the elephants.

In World War II, British Special Ops thought of stuffing dead rats with explosives and spreading them throughout Germany. They hoped that the Germans would gather the rats and dispose of them in industrial furnaces, causing explosions powerful enough to trigger catastrophic boiler failures. However, the Brits dropped the plan after their first shipment of explosive rats was intercepted by Nazi forces in 1941.


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25 Fun Penguin Facts In Honor Of World Penguin Day

Whether they’re using icebergs as a slip and slide or hovering over their chicks to provide warmth, penguins are one of the most adorable bird species around. They are also one of the most fascinating.

In honor of World Penguin Day, we’ve rounded up these 25 penguin facts you probably didn’t know. So put aside all of your preconceived notions about penguins—we know you’ve watched at least one of the many penguin movies out these days—and see what makes these birds so interesting.

Can’t get enough of the penguins? Check out these hilarious penguin bloopers:

10 Terrifying Prehistoric Creatures (That Weren’t Dinosaurs)

For 135 million years, dinosaurs were the undisputed rulers of the Earth, and might still be today if they weren’t wiped out by a cataclysmic event 65 million years ago. However, our planet has been around for a lot longer than the dinosaurs reign and, as it turns out, nature is quite adept at producing nightmare-inducing monsters. To think that dinosaurs are the only scary inhabitants of our prehistoric past would be a mistake.

Gorgonops

terrifying prehistoric creatures gorgonops

A precursor to the dinosaurs. Source: Wikia

Earth was full of scary monsters before the dinosaurs came along. A prime example is gorgonops, an animal that lived 260 million years ago, way before dinosaurs became the dominant predators. Growing around six to ten feet in length, gorgonops was a fast and vicious predator which allowed it to become the apex predator of its day. It also helped that gorgonops had massive canines that almost protruded beyond its lower jaw.

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Animal Facts: Love And Sex In The Animal Kingdom

You know the Valentine’s Day drill: buy some chocolate and flowers, make reservations at a nice restaurant and exchange “I love you’s” over dessert. But how does the rest of the world—specifically the animals of the world—celebrate Valentine’s Day? Well, it’s complicated.

In the animal kingdom, love and sex are just as complex and mysterious as they are for humans. Some animals enter into long-term relationships (and short-term flings!), others engage in silly mating rituals, and a few have evolved to wield some incredibly bizarre sexual organs. Check out these 21 animal facts about love, sex, relationships, and reproduction:

1. Albatrosses are known for being flirtatious. Check out their hilarious mating dance:

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