In 1921, Babe Ruth Received a French Poodle From a Wounded Veteran

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© Bettmann/CORBIS, 1921

Original caption: Babe Ruth, King of Swat, was presented with a French poodle pup this afternoon at the Polo Grounds, by Douglas Myles, of Dupont, N.J. Myles, who has been bedridden since his return from France where he fought in the Argonne, was carried to the Polo Grounds from Fox Hills Hospital on a stretcher by Knights of Columbus workers to see his first ball game of the season. Propped up on the stretcher, Myles presented the Babe with the pup, which has been named Casee in honor of the K. of C. He declared the pup will be a mascot for the Babe in the breaking of his home run record. The photo shows Babe accepting Casee from Myles.

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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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