Post no Billboards

In keeping with our Turnip theme of turning back the clock today, Billboard has nice feature on their site called the "Chart Rewind." And while it doesn't go back 100 years, it does go all the way to the 1940s, when it first started charting the popularity of songs. (Billboard actually launched in the late 1800s as a trade paper for the bill posting industry.)

So I clicked on 10 years ago this week and my ears were immediately transported to 1996. Yikes! As it happens, Alanis's Jagged Little Pill had just slipped from #1 down to number #4, certainly signaling the end of a very long ride for her.

Oh, Alanis"¦ you ought to have known!

Anyway, here's the link to read the rest of the chart that week, and over here you can find any other week you're in the mood for. Happy clicking.

Bone Broth 101

Whether you drink it on its own or use it as stock, bone broth is the perfect recipe to master this winter. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education

Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).


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