Science Matches Humans Against Rats (Jul, 1940)

Science Matches Humans Against Rats

Comparing the learning ability of rats and men is the purpose of new apparatus recently demonstrated at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The rodents averaged fifty trials before they learned to navigate a wooden maze perfectly. They had to make thirty-six right decisions in order to reach a feeding dish. Humans, tried on another apparatus in which a metal stylus slides along grooves in a block, had to make a similar number of decisions while an automatic counter recorded their errors. The average number of trials required by humans was half as many as for the rats.

Dogs Ride in “Normandie’s” Dummy Funnel (Aug, 1939)

Dogs Ride in “Normandie’s” Dummy Funnel

That dummy funnel on the “Normandie,” which is probably a concession to the old popular fancy that the more funnels, the more power, is not entirely a dummy after all. Inside it are recreation rooms, a theater and kennels for the passengers’ pets.

The dogs live comfortably aboard ship behind stainless-steel bars that surround their oval room, at the center of which is a drinking fountain. The kennels are steam-heated and ventilated, fresh beds of straw are provided daily, and the dogs are allowed daily exercise on a top deck. There are even life preservers for the pups in large, medium and small sizes, and a special menu printed in French offers choice bones, soups, biscuits and vegetables. In case the canine tourist is indisposed, a veterinarian aboard helps him win back his sea legs.

Flashlights Reveal Frog Monsters (Apr, 1923)

Flashlights Reveal Frog Monsters

Camera Hunters Find Strange Reptiles EXTRAORDINARY flashlight photographs of strange barking and climbing frogs that inhabit the coral island of Santo Domingo in the West Indies form part of a valuable collection of reptilian life recently gathered for the American Museum of Natural History by Dr. and Mrs. G. Kingsley Noble.

In one of the most unusual scientific expeditions ever undertaken, the explorers used automatic flashlights to photograph frogs in their native haunts. Months of preparatory labor were spent in perfecting this method of photography, which Doctor Noble first practised in obtaining pictures of frogs that infest New Jersey meadows.

Raccoons for Hunters Grown on State Farm (Jul, 1934)

Raccoons for Hunters Grown on State Farm


Grover C. Mueller IF YOU ever go raccoon hunting in Ohio, the chances are that the ring-tailed quarry your dogs find and hold at bay in a tree spent the early months of its life on an unusual farm almost within sight of the boyhood home of Thomas A. Edison. For more than two years, the State of Ohio, using money obtained from the sale of hunting licenses, has been operating a raccoon farm at Milan, not far from the shore of Lake Erie. This farm, believed to be the only enterprise of its kind maintained by a state, was established in an effort to prevent the extinction in Ohio of one of the gamest of native animals.

Gas-Raid Shelter Protects Pet Dogs (Oct, 1939)

Gas-Raid Shelter Protects Pet Dogs
Air-raid protection, a peacetime program familiarly known as A.R.P. to every English citizen and designed to prepare for the safety of men, women, and children in case of wartime bombing or gas attacks, is now being extended to include animal pets. Recently, Marcus Le Touche, a dog owner of Charlton, Middlesex, developed a gasproof, portable dog house in which his pup would be entirely safe from poisonous fumes. The dog is pictured being urged to try out the new kennel.


Zebras draw a milk wagon on a regular St. Louis, Mo., delivery route. A pair of the animals were recently imported after their purchase from a German circus. The milk concern trained them to wear harness and pull a wagon just as horses formerly did. Comely milkmaids drive them and deliver the bottles to the customers along the route. The novelty appeals to buyers of the firm’s milk, and helps to advertise its products throughout the neighborhood.

Polish Army Trains Dogs To String Phone Lines (Sep, 1939)

Polish Army Trains Dogs To String Phone Lines
Modern warfare may be becoming more and more mechanized, with tanks replacing cavalry and trucks doing the work of mules, but Polish Army authorities are now busily training corps of dogs for military duty. The war dogs are taught not only to carry messages and emergency supplies of food and ammunition, but also to haul reels of wire for stringing field-telephone lines.

Suction Cup Holds Dog (Apr, 1960)

Suction Cup Holds Dog

For those who like to shop while taking their dog for a walk, a London girl had an idea. She fixed a rubber suction cup to the end of the dog’s lead that can be attached quickly to any plate glass window. To leave the dog safely tied outside a shop, she merely pushes the suction cup on the shop window. The cup has been found to hold firmly in spite of persistent tugging over periods of an hour or more. Yet it can be removed easily by lifting the edge with a fingernail.

INSIDE STORY of the RODEOS (Jun, 1935)




FOR thirteen years I have been doing “setting-up” exercises —attempting, more or less successfully, to remain in leather on a plunging broncho or Brahma steer or to rope and tie elusive, wriggling bundles of calf meat. I am a rodeo performer and, with other cowboys, move from rodeo to rodeo each season, risking sound bones and excellent health for the roar of the crowds and the reward of gold.

Everywhere we hear these three questions: Isn’t it dangerous to ride wild horses ? How do you stay in the saddle ? What are the tricks of rodeo riding?

A Tame Woodchuck (Oct, 1939)

Sorry about the image being a little cut off, it was a hard magazine to scan. According to the hard to read caption Chucky is also fond of beer. Drunk woodchuck, that just screams Youtube. I wonder if he’s a relative of dramatic groundhog .

A Tame Woodchuck
A WOODCHUCK that eats pretzels, climbs trees, and opens a screen door when it wants to come into the house, is the odd pet owned by L. G. Lessig, of Newark, N. J. Two summers ago, the baby groundhog was found near the Lessig summer cottage in northern New Jersey. Fed milk from a baby bottle, it grew rapidly and quickly expanded its diet to carrots, wheat, tomatoes, crackers, and clover. When the family returned to Newark in the fall, the pet woodchuck returned with them.