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NASA Canaries

Science brain teasers require understanding of the physical or biological world and the laws that govern it.

 

Puzzle ID:#2828
Fun:*** (2.95)
Difficulty:*** (2.24)
Category:Science
Submitted By:204_BlaZe_41****
Corrected By:sdm1177

 

 

 



NASA was considering sending canaries into space to study them under zero gravity. The project was scrapped when someone realized that in spite of having sufficient water supplies, they could die of dehydration within a few hours. Why?


Answer

Birds, unlike humans, need gravity to swallow. Humans can swallow even while hanging upside down.
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Comments

tell-UN-igent*
Mar 27, 2002

The few benefits of peristalsis.
rayneeday
Mar 27, 2002

That explains why our beer drinking parrot mascot back in my fraternity days could never do a keg invert!!!
bighippo4*
Apr 04, 2002

good job Blaze!
rose_rox*ca*
Apr 09, 2002

Drinking upside down must not be very comfortable........
Mogmatt16Ava*
Apr 10, 2002

unless you know that, you'll never figure this out!
emilymonkeymaia
Apr 12, 2002

That was really hard!
(user deleted)
Apr 13, 2002

Yippee - more fun trivia to make me look smart at parties! Thanks!
jatin13
Apr 24, 2002

good one.
poppyattex*au
Apr 24, 2002

birds need gravity to swallow water
valeriy*ru*
Apr 24, 2002

that wasn't so hard
SandPman
May 12, 2002

Wow - fun AND education all at the same time! Interesting.
O_wise_one*
May 19, 2002

Strange.....that's all I got to say
emmyluzam*
May 31, 2002

you could also say that the birds coudn't reach the water because they were floating, but that's a rubbish suggestion of mine
cleverclogs
Jun 25, 2002

I thought it had something to do with gravity but i just didn't know what. Good one!
boldgold
Jul 17, 2002

Can't they have the water injected into them?
bmotts*
Aug 12, 2002

The rainydee comment really made me laugh!
BrenBeadSP**
May 31, 2004

Wonder if they could sing in space?
vbfreak55
May 31, 2004

That was really hard!! I think it wasn't a very good teaser, because if you weren't a super smart person who studies birds, then you wouldn't have a clue what the answer was. sorry!
RushHour1049
Aug 19, 2004

Interesting! Thanks for the bird info
rashadAma*
Aug 31, 2004

It is not about knowing the teaser answers, it is about learning from the answer!
This is a very good info.
For example if you had a science fair about birds,i am sure that you will be the only one presenting this strange fact.
Very nice teaser, and most important, thanx for this precious fact
If you have some more than please let us see them soon.
tiptoes007berbs*
Jan 24, 2005

Well said... I enjoyed that one alot
dutchymonster*en*
Dec 17, 2006

Thanks I learnt a very important fact. I'll bear it in mind next time I think of taking my pet canary for a trip to space!
jazzmusician46Aau*
Apr 28, 2008

Very nice Dutchy!
MegananAus*
Apr 28, 2008

Great teaser. Keep them coming.
bradon182001*us*
Apr 28, 2008

Do tell. Ofcourse I didn't know that about canaries. Interesting bit of trivia. Thanks for posting.
jabdrAus*
Apr 28, 2008

Well, well, well. I'm going to file
this under "facts I probably won't ever need again". BUT...kudos for the posting (which I've never done).
doeheadAus**
Apr 28, 2008

Studying the art of comsumption made this one easy.Or should I say for the birds.
avonmaAus*
Apr 28, 2008

I knew he wouldn't be able to drink because of his beak. I didn't really figure out WHY. They put water in their beak and tip their beak up and let the water slide down their throats. So, of course, they would need gravity.
Interesting. Never thought about that.
mi2mo2tx*us*
Apr 28, 2008

Didn't know that bit of trivia. Interesting!
ScubeeAus*
Apr 28, 2008

There are some pigeons that do not require gravity to swallow. They actually have the ability to do so without lifting their head back.
aranara89Aus
Apr 28, 2008

huh... very interesting, never knew that. Thanks for making me think
UptheHillA*
Apr 28, 2008

Well you do learn something new every day!
mattstocA
Apr 28, 2008

Wouldn't the validation of that fact be one of the things studied by putting the canary into space. I mean until you put the canary in space (or remove gravity by someother means) you can't be 100% sure they need gravity to swallow.
FatHeadAus*
Apr 28, 2008

Dehydration. Space. When you put the two together, it wasn't that hard.
leroy_h*
Apr 28, 2008

I TRUSTED MY FIRST THOUGHT AND I GOT IT RIGHT. I LIKED THE TEASER AND KEEP THEM COMING!!!!!
lizardleeAus*
May 08, 2008

knew that!!!
eamonca*
Apr 28, 2011

Answer
Birds, unlike humans, need gravity to swallow.

Should say MOST birds, unlike humans, need gravity to swallow.

.......................

Presumably, I'd also imagine it would be a huge problem to teach a bird brain how and where to access the water supply which would need to be kept in a dispenser of some type anyway. I mean chimps and dogs etc would be no problem.

I'm thinking we need to "intubate" the little fellas straight to their stomachs and tape the tubes in place for the duration.

Wait - this was just a fun puzzle not an engineering challenge. My bad.

Anyone know how ya get yellow feathers out of duct tape?
BadBunnee02*us*
Apr 28, 2014

No ... how do you get yellow feathers out of duct tape?

And ... (for the rest of you) .....

Don't get your claws out too quickly, I'm not going to be humpin' for "x" number of comments here .....

(at least for now) ...

BUT .... I DID get your attention and got you talking about the problem.

Oh ... I enjoyed this teaser very much and gave it top rating for funzies.

Later .....

BB02
Babe*
Apr 28, 2014

I guessed because the water will evaporate too fast. However I think this should be under "trivia" and not under" teasers". As someone said, "if you do not study birds you would never know this. It is definitely informative, and a little bit of trivia.
FuniBuni*
Apr 28, 2014

I love birds. This is very interesting to know about them. Thanks for the info.
lukasiwicz*
Apr 28, 2014

I much prefer puzzles that require you to think, to those that require you to have some random fact stored somewhere in your mental filing cabinet. As it was, the random fact needed to solve this "puzzle" happened to be in my filing cabinet, and was easily retrievable. BFD.
raisin99*
Apr 28, 2014

Good job. You didn't have to know that fact in order to figure it out.
cutebugAus**
Apr 28, 2014

Easy one for me.

OK Bad rabbit you have made your remarks for today. So put a lid on it and crawl back in your hole.
gaylewolfAus*
Apr 28, 2014

I liked this teaser and learned something. Thanks for posting. But, wow - there sure are some ornery folks here! at least they're pretending to be!
BadBunnee02*us*
Apr 28, 2014

to Lukasiwicz & Raisin99,

Great observations on the nature of "puzzles".

There should always be an "enigmatic" quality to them. Something that requires the "intuitive leap" to solve.

To be able to solve a problem ("puzzle") by factual knowledge - or even prior experience - is fine and operationally useful .... but ....

It often takes the "fun" out of being creative.

Nice job, folks.
BB02
auntiesisAus*
Apr 28, 2014

I think you have to KNOW this answer, not figure it out. I would also wonder where they would have the water available for the little birdies. If not confined in a container the water would float all over the place.
jaycr*us*
Apr 28, 2014

Got this one. We had a daily teaser not too long ago about birds needing gravity to drink water. Pigeons and doves are the exception.



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