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  • Diets of the middle and lower class in Pompeii revealed

    01/05/2014 7:13:21 AM PST · by Renfield · 18 replies
    Archaeology News Network ^ | 1-2-2014 | Dawn Fuller
    University of Cincinnati archaeologists are turning up discoveries in the famed Roman city of Pompeii that are wiping out the historic perceptions of how the Romans dined, with the rich enjoying delicacies such as flamingos and the poor scrounging for soup or gruel. Steven Ellis, a University of Cincinnati associate professor of classics, will present these discoveries on Jan. 4, at the joint annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and American Philological Association (APA) in Chicago. UC teams of archaeologists have spent more than a decade at two city blocks within a non-elite district in the Roman...
  • Pink-phobic flamingos

    06/20/2009 4:50:28 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 15 replies · 1,224+ views
    Ananova ^ | June 19, 2009 | staff reporter
    A pair of flamingo chicks at London Zoo have been left 'terrified' of the colour pink. The birds, named Little and Large, developed the phobia after being fed using a pink sock puppet. Zoo staff are now hoping they get over their aversion before developing their distinctive colour, reports the Daily Telegraph. Keeper Alison Brown, 30, said: "To try to encourage Little to feed by himself we've been wearing a hand puppet which imitates adult flamingos, but unfortunately he was really terrified of the socks." Young flamingos take up to a year to turn pink, after they shed their grey...
  • In the Pink No More (Pink Lawn Flamingos in Danger of Extinction !!)

    11/21/2006 3:50:48 PM PST · by Lorianne · 40 replies · 1,015+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 17, 2006 | Jenny Price
    ON Nov. 1, just two months shy of its 50th birthday, the plastic pink flamingo went extinct. Or more accurately, it stopped reproducing, when its manufacturer, Union Products, shut down the factory in Leominster, Mass. That’s sad news, but hardly surprising. The flamingo’s glory days were behind it. Union Products cited the rising cost of plastic resins and of electricity, along with financing woes. Yet while the bird reigned as an icon in the late 20th century, it was bound to succumb to the very different tastes — or the absence thereof — in the 21st. In 1957, the flamingo...
  • Evolutionary Oddity: Erectile Tissue Helps Flamingos Eat

    11/01/2006 10:50:46 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 16 replies · 416+ views
    Science Daily ^ | October 30, 2006 | Staff
    With their spindly legs, long necks and bright plumage, flamingos are a curiosity of nature. Now a new discovery by a team of Ohio University researchers reveals an anatomical oddity that helps flamingos eat: erectile tissue. Flamingos are known for their peculiar feeding behavior. While standing in shallow water, they bend their necks, tilt their bills upside down in the water and swish their heads from side-to-side. Their large tongue acts like a piston, sucking water into the front of the bill and then pushing it out the sides. Fringed plates on the tongue trap algae and crustaceans in the...
  • Bird Flu Epidemic Strikes Florida Trailer Park

    05/15/2006 7:49:46 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 151 replies · 13,937+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 5/15/06
  • A Few Of FR's Finest....Every Day....03-31-04....Pink Flamingos

    03/30/2004 9:58:21 PM PST · by dansangel · 241 replies · 1,133+ views
    A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.   Over 100,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic, and the forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world. A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day was introduced on June 24, 2002. It's only a small room in JimRob's house where we can get to know one another a little better; salute and support our military and our leaders; pray for those in...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, December 15-21, 2002

    12/16/2002 2:14:25 PM PST · by cogitator · 4 replies · 199+ views
    NASA Earth Observatory ^ | December 15, 2002