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On October 1, 1919, the Mormon church of Salt Lake City unveiled a monument to a bird. Mormon settlers were tending their ripening crops in 1848 when a plague of crickets descended, threatening to ruin the harvest. Fortunately, flocks of seagulls arrived, eating all the crickets. The Seagull Monument, designed by Brigham Young's grandson, is thought to be the world's only monument to a bird. The seagull is now the state bird of Utah. Come along with Tidbits as we go birdwatching! SEAGULL FACTS • The term "gull" refers to a group of 23 North American species belonging to the family Laridae, which comes from the Greek word meaning “ravenous sea bird.” • Seagulls usually mate for life, but researchers say they do get "divorced" sometimes. Their divorce rate is about 3 to 5% a year.

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• Some birds will continue to lay eggs until the nest feels full. They can be tricked into laying eggs continuously if the eggs are removed from the nest. A flicker tricked in such a manner once laid 71 eggs in 73 days. • The robin's egg may be colored blue in order to reflect damaging rays of the sun. • The main ingredient of eggshell is calcium carbonate, the same stuff in chalk, limestone, shells, coral, and pearls.

• A famous and oft-quoted line from Sherlock Holmes is "How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?" However, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle didn't come up with that one himself; he took it from a story by Edgar Allan Poe, another pioneer of the detective genre. • Just as bears do, many frogs hibernate. A frog will burrow

• Jayne Mansfield had an interesting definition of men. She said they are "creatures with two legs and eight hands."

• The kiwi of New Zealand lays the largest egg relative to body weight. A single egg, which takes 4 to 5 days to be laid, weighs about a pound. The mother only weighs about 4 lbs. herself. After she lays the egg, the male takes over incubation, guarding the egg for the next 10 weeks. • Although the endangered whooping crane usually lays two eggs, it will only bring one egg to term. In order to boost the whooping crane population, ornithologists remove one egg and put it in the nest of a sandhill crane instead. The sandhill crane becomes the surrogate parent of the whooping crane chick.

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• Everywhere you go these days, you see people carrying around bottles of water. I wonder if they realize how much money they're spending? At $1.49 for a 9-ounce bottle of Evian, a gallon would cost $21.19. It could be worse, though. PeptoBismol is $123.20 a gallon.

• A female pigeon in solitary confinement will not lay eggs. Pigeons must be able to see other pigeons in order to become fertile. Their own reflection in a mirror does the job nicely.

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• A Neanderthal's brain was actually larger than the brain of a modern human.

down into the mud at the bottom of a pond and, not being able to use its lungs to breathe, it will absorb the oxygen in the water through its skin.

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BIRD EGGS (continued): • In the early 1980s, scientists were eagerly DEERE.a pair JOHN DEERE. (continued): watching of rare California condors who •were It was while living in Illinois that John noincubating their single egg. Unfortunatethe problems farmers faced ly,ticed the pair got into that an argument over when whose attempting to till soil. Because the area turn it was to sit on the egg. As they eachhad josformerly been woodland, soil was rich tled for position, horrified the scientists watched hummus, clung aswith the egg rolledwhich off theclumped cliff to and smash on to the the blades of the plows farmers were accusrocks below. The condors mated again and laid tomed to using. While repairing a broken cira second egg within a few weeks. However, racular saw, Deere stumbled upon an idea. He vens raided the smith nest and thattoegg was the loststeel too. employed his skills fashion

blade into the shape of aflyplow. • Homing pigeons usually aboutHe50affixed m.p.h. twoway wooden spokes, thenracing hitchedpigeon the device One to get a female to fly to a horse. It plowed the heavy Illinois faster in a race is to take her newly-laid soil eggs like from a charm. a farmer away her In andfact, replace themwho withhappened eggs that be observing test When run immediately areto just about to the hatch. she is thenput rein an order for his own John Deere moved from the nest and shipped to plow. the starting •point In short order, gave of the race,Deere she will flyupashis fastblacksmith as she can and tofocused making plows. The toshop get back her neston before the eggs hatch. company grew steadily and added many em-

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• All femaleInostriches lay their eggs in a single ployees. the late 1840s, John relocated the large nest, which is then protected by the domientire operation to Moline, Illinois. Ashamed nant hen.own Butlack she of caneducation, only incubate abouthis20 of his John sent eggs at a time. pushes all schools. the surplus children to theShe state’s finest Oneeggs of out the nest,days where they perish. But Charles she nevhisofproudest occurred when son er,earned ever pushes her own eggs out from of the nest. the equivalent of an MBA Bell’s Commercial College in Chicago. Scientists marked eggs and rearranged time time in order to prove she al•and With hisagain son Charles managing thethat company, ways pushes other eggs out, but never her John found time to pursue philanthropic own. inIt terests. is not known how a female ostrich He co-founded both the FirstrecognizNationesalher own eggs, unless it is by the pattern Bank and the First Congregational Church.of He was elected the mayor of Moline in 1873,to pits on its surface that allow the chick inside where one of his first actions – the replacebreathe. ment of the city’s open drains with a sewer

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• During World War II when eggs were scarce, pipe system – saved countless lives by reducresearchers in the ing the spread of British disease.Isles tasted other bird eggs trying to find a successful substitute. In •blind Thetaste original Deereegg logo, registered in tests,John the hen's received the high1876, depicted a deer that was native to Afriest rating, followed by a three-way tie between ca. Thirty-six years later, in 1912, it was retheplaced coot, with moorhen, and gull. At the bottom of the image of a North American thewhite-tailed list were thedeer. eggsInof the the warbler decades and thatwren. followed, the now-familiar “outline” logo took Thanks for Reading Tidbits! over as the symbol of the John Deere brand.

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