The Mechanics of Lion Taming (May, 1931)

The Mechanics of Lion Taming

Famous Animal Trainer

Why is the gun used by lion tamers loaded with blank cartridges — and why are trainers careful never to strike their charges with their whips? A famous animal trainer tells you all about it in this stirring article.

ACCREDITED as the originator of exhibiting mixed groups of wild animals before the public, Clyde R. Beatty, shown in the photo at the right, has the honor of being the youngest lion and tiger trainer in the profession. Running away from home in 1921 to become an animal attendant, his big chance came when an accident took the regular trainer away. He took over the job, and today is one of the most popular men in the profession.

World’s First Red-Headed Cat (Mar, 1930)

World’s First Red-Headed Cat

A CAT said to be the only one of its kind in existence was exhibited recently at the cat show at Croydon, England, by H. C. Brooke. Instead of one of the familiar cat colors of black, white, grey or ginger, this remarkable feline is dark red from head to tail, like a human head of deep auburn hair. Red patches or bands have been observed on other cats but this is the only individual, Mr. Brooke asserts, in which the coat of hair is entirely red.


Familiar as a figure of speech is the dodo bird— but no one living ever saw one, until Prof. Homer Dill, of the University of Iowa Museum, set out to re-construct the strange bird for modern eyes. After a search of many years, in which he examined crumbling old manuscripts and gathered information and measurements, he has just completed a restoration of the dodo.

Turkey Crossed With Chicken to Get Tasty Meat Fowl (Mar, 1932)

Turkey Crossed With Chicken to Get Tasty Meat Fowl

WHAT would you call the strange fowl in the photo at the right—a turken or a chickey? Either would be correct, for The thing is a cross between a turkey and a chicken.

With a view toward providing a new bird for table use, the Rev. Castor Ordonez, head of the department of biology at De Paul University, Chicago, bred a white Austrian Turkey with a Rhode Island Red hen and the turken—or chickey —was what happened.

The meat of the hybrid fowl is tastier than that of either of its parents and it yields two to three times as much edible flesh as a chicken. Father Ordonez is attempting to perpetuate the species.

The Cat Man says: “Are you killing your cat with kindness?” (Mar, 1969)

The Cat Man says: “Are you killing your cat with kindness?”

Did you discover his favorite food, and feed him only that? Like plain chicken? Plain tuna? Plain kidneys?

That’s too bad, because it really isn’t good for him. Cats are difficult creatures.

They pick a favorite food, and stick to it. When that happens, they could be in trouble.

Mechanical Tricks make Fowl Actors Perform (Mar, 1932)

Mechanical Tricks make Fowl Actors Perform

TWELVE chickens, sitting austerely in a miniature jury box, nodded silently in agreement when asked whether the accused rooster was guilty.

An ostrich opened its mouth as though carrying on a conversation with a white trader.

A myna bird shouted, “Hello, how are you?” to a fisherman.

A rooster dashed into a scene, stopped and crowed. A crow with split tongue talked with apparent intelligence for the sound camera.

Feeding was such a mess until Westvaco had a doggone good idea (Apr, 1965)

Feeding was such a mess until Westvaco had a doggone good idea

Rover couldn’t care less about how his food is packaged—but Westvaco couldn’t care more. Proof: this unusual canine six-pack with a throw-it-away feeding tray for each can. Good idea? We might have an even better one for you. For more information on Westvaco packaging, technical service and graphic arts experience, write: West Virginia Pulp and Paper, 230 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10017, Dept. AD-10.

Westvaco inspirations lead to new value in paper and packaging.

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Serious Monkey Business (Jul, 1962)

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen the movie version of this.

Serious Monkey Business

To study the effects of radiation at various levels of fatigue, monkeys are exercised inside a rotating, plastic sphere and studied by researchers at the University of Tennessee medical school.

Four feet in diameter, the sphere is turned constantly at three miles per hour or faster. The monkeys are put on this treadmill after slight exposure to radiation and studied by the scientists.

Just How ‘Human’ Are Apes, Anyway? (Oct, 1954)

Just How ‘Human’ Are Apes, Anyway?

From a Malayan jungle comes a strange story that may prove they’re more like us than not.

By Lester David

A SCIENTIFIC discovery of global importance may stem from the dark and wild jungleland of Northern Malaya. Here is the bizarre series of events which led to an exciting hunt now in progress: A native workman was tapping a rubber tree on an outlying plantation a few months ago when he felt a pair of strong arms encircling his waist. Startled, he whirled around and stared squarely into the grinning face of a creature half-ape, half-human, whose lips were drawn back over protruding fangs.

Simple Small TRAPS will Catch Winter Game (Feb, 1930)

Simple Small TRAPS will Catch Winter Game


These old time favorites among trappers are simple and humane. They will trap pets for your menagerie.

Simple materials, a little time, a little patience, and you can have a good string of traps of your own!

There is a lot of good sport in trapping small animals, especially when you make your own traps. Besides, one never knows just what sort of varmint he’s going to catch and that adds a thrill or two.