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Birds in Space

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Puzzle ID:#17921
Fun:*** (2.82)
Difficulty:*** (2.8)
Category:Trivia
Submitted By:andrewcs*us*****
Corrected By:cowman12

 

 

 



When NASA was considering animals to experiment on in space, they picked birds, because of the low maintenance. Although NASA was aware that most birds require gravity to swallow and would not survive the weightlessness of space, they did manage to find two types of bird that would survive the trip.
Which birds were they?


Answer

Doves and Pigeons.
Since most birds swallow water by tilting their heads back and using gravity to let the water run down their throats, they would dehydrate in space. Doves and Pigeons are the only birds that can drink without tilting their heads back.

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Comments

jmcleod*
Jun 17, 2004

i was going to submit a similar teaser.
kreed
Jun 22, 2004

Whatever. This 1 was kinda boring
thegermangemini*
Jun 23, 2004

Aren't they the same bird? I thought a dove was essentially just an albino pigeon...
mosoh**
Jul 10, 2004

Good one, it's good to learn something once in a while I have never heard of anyone releasing pigions at a wedding
usernameAhk*
Aug 18, 2004

interesting
rashadAma*
Sep 03, 2004

BORING!!! I don't know wherit is boring!! This is a highly informative teaser! I knew that birds need gravity to swallow but i didn't know that those two species were exception!! Thanx Keep submitting this kind of teasers. They truly work.

-Rashad
swordflame*
Dec 17, 2004

According to the Dove Page (http://www.dovepage.com/keeping/), and they should know, the main difference between the two is that larger birds tend to be called pigeons, and smaller birds tend to be called doves.
tiptoes007berbs*
Jan 24, 2005

Great trivia! Thanks for posting the difference between the two.... My nieghbor and I were debating between the two the other day
mrsanita
Mar 13, 2005

I did not know birds even went to space.
kcelf27**
Apr 25, 2005

I guessed Penguins--because I figured since they were swimmers they might swallow differently, and I guessed humming birds. Boy was I wrong. Tell me I at least had good guesses PLEASE?
smarty_blondy*ro*
Jul 24, 2005

nice one ; wouldn't have guessed it in a hundred years thou
crocodiletca*
Aug 06, 2009

Veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery interesting...Please submit more like this!!!
kittygirl19cus*
Apr 09, 2011

If a carrier pigeon goes into space, what would it say?
Babe*
Jan 18, 2014

I think people thought it was boring because it is not a teaser. It is an informative piece of information. I tried to figure out why we should know this.
eighsseAus*
Jan 18, 2014

I thought hummingbirds... I've never seen them tilt their heads back at a hummingbird feeder.
cutebugAus*
Jan 18, 2014

Flew right over my head. Learned something today.
Zykezexus*
Jan 18, 2014

As pure trivia, good. I went another direction, e.g. Phoenix (mythology& bird) or Cygnus (constellation&swan), which were names of NASA craft.



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