January 26, 2018

Weekend reads: Pageant camels kicked out over Botox shots

Daily Briefing

    Ben Palmer's reads

    Why roosters are impervious to their own ear-splitting hoots. If you're standing too close to a rooster when it crows, you could go deaf—but the rooster is going to be just fine, Noel Kirkpatrick writes for Mother Nature Network. According to researchers, a rooster's crow typically lasts one to two seconds at 130 decibels on average, which is comparable to standing 15 meters away from a jet that's taking off—and well above the 120 decibels or so that can cause permanent hearing damage in humans.  So how do roosters keep from going deaf themselves? A quarter of their ear canal completely closes when their beak is fully open, with soft tissue covering 50% of the eardrum, meaning they don't hear their crows at full force.

    No evidence of link between violent video games and violent behavior. According to a recent study from the University of York, there's no evidence to support the claim that violent video games 'prime' players for violent behavior. For the study, researchers had over 3,000 participants play various types of violent video games and tested to see how these games affected their reaction time and sense of realism, among other factors. According to lead author David Zendle, "The findings suggest that there is no link between these kinds of realism in games and the kind of effects that video games are commonly thought to have on their players." Zendle did acknowledge, however, that the participants in the study were all adults, and that more research is needed to determine the effects of violent video games on children.

    Rachel Schulze's reads

    Milk, fresh from the oat. Last year, weekend reads reported on pea milk—a trendy dairy alternative sweeping across grocery stores. Well, pea milk is so 2017: Enter, oat milk. Oatly, a 25-year-old food and drink company founded in Sweden, has recently introduced its oat milk product in the U.S. market, targeting baristas first as casual ambassadors for the product, the New York Times reports. Over the last year, Oatly's U.S. presence has grown from 10 locations in New York City to over 1,000 throughout the country.

    Pageant camels caught cheating. A dozen camels were disqualified from a beauty pageant in Saudi Arabia after it was discovered the camels had been injected with Botox—and their ears surgically reduced in size—to make them more attractive. Ali Al Mazrouei, a regular at such festivals and the son of a prominent Emirati camel breeder, told Saudi Arabia's The National, "[Botox] makes the head more inflated so when the camel comes it's like, 'Oh look at how big that head is. It has big lips, a big nose.'"

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