Daily Archive: August 13, 2013

The Mounties Used A ‘Fruit Machine’ To Target Homosexuals

During the 1950s and 1960s, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police felt homosexuals were a national security danger and used a machine dubbed a “fruit machine” to discover a person’s sexual orientation. It would measure the dilation of the subject’s pupils and their heart rate while they were shown pornographic images. Those determined to be homosexual were fired or demoted.

The Difference Between A Frog And A Toad

Frogs and toads are both amphibians in the order Anura with four legs and a compact body. While there are some general differences between the animals we call toads and those referred to as frogs, the distinction blurs at times. It may come as a surprise that all toads are frogs, but whether frogs should really be classified as toads warrants some question.

The Extinct Bird That Swarmed By The Billion

Up until the late 1800s, passenger pigeons traveled across America in billion-strong swarms hundreds of miles long. There were so many of them that they could flatten whole forests and strip the area free of every scrap of food. They were slowly hunted to extinction sometime around 1850 by professional hunters as a cheap and seemingly exhaustible source of food.