Maude the Marine?

When you hear the name Bea Arthur, you likely think of the characters Maude and Dorothy Zbornak. Maybe you even recall her decidedly NSFW appearances in recent years on celebrity roasts. Whatever the case may be, you almost assuredly don’t hear her name and think of the United States Marine Corp.

But, according to this article from The Smoking Gun, there is every reason to believe you should. The website recently published a series of documents suggesting that the beloved screen star did indeed shout Semper Fi – serving 30-months after enlisting in 1943 at the age of 21. According to the article, Arthur – then known by her birth name, Bernice Frankel – spent her time as a typist and a truck driver. Among the evidence the site provides are an official Marine enlistment photo, a handwritten letter from her military personnel file, a marine qualification card, and one highly-personal misconduct report.

Maybe more fascinating than her service as “one of the first members of the Women’s Reserve” is the fact that Arthur maintained until her death in April 2009 that it never occurred. Included at the end of the article is video of an interview where she casually dismisses the entire notion.

Check out all of the evidence and let us know what you think: Did Sofia Petrillo’s daughter lead a secret life among the few, the proud?

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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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