Curiosity Daily Podcast: Elephants Get Drunk (and They’re Lightweights), Pigeons Helped Win Wars, and Night Owls May Struggle to Regulate Their Emotions
Learn about why it might actually be pretty easy to drink an elephant under the table; how carrier pigeons like Cher Ami helped win the world wars; and why night owls may have worse emotion regulation than morning people.
May 25, 2020
Episode Show Notes:
Apparently, elephants get drunk and they're total lightweights by Cameron Duke
- Burke, J. (2010, December 3). Elephants on drunken rampage kill three people. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/dec/03/elephants-drunken-rampage-india
- Elephants Drunk in the Wild? Scientists Put the Myth to Rest. (2005, December 21). Animals. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2005/12/news-elephants-drunk-wild-myth/
- Goldman, J. G. (2014). Do animals like drugs and alcohol? BBC.com; BBC Future. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20140528-do-animals-take-drugs
- Janiak, M. C., Pinto, S. L., Duytschaever, G., Carrigan, M. A., & Melin, A. D. (2020). Genetic evidence of widespread variation in ethanol metabolism among mammals: revisiting the ‘myth’’ of natural intoxication.’ Biology Letters, 16(4), 20200070. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2020.0070
- No, a bunch of elephants didn’t get drunk and fall asleep in a tea garden. (2020, March 20). The Daily Dot. https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/drunk-elephant-viral-story-debunked/
- Siegel, R. K., & Brodie, M. (1984). Alcohol self-administration by elephants. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 22(1), 49–52. https://doi.org/10.3758/bf03333758
- Yirka, B. (2020, April 29). Study suggests elephants may get drunk naturally after all. Phys.org. https://phys.org/news/2020-04-elephants-drunk-naturally.html
Carrier pigeons helped win the world wars by Steffie Drucker
- Shapiro, M. D., & Domyan, E. T. (2013). Domestic pigeons. Current Biology, 23(8), R302–R303. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2013.01.063
- Guilford, T. (2014, April 23). Explainer: how do homing pigeons navigate? The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/explainer-how-do-homing-pigeons-navigate-25633
- Dash, M. (2012, April 17). Closing the Pigeon Gap. Smithsonian Magazine; Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/closing-the-pigeon-gap-68103438/
- Unsung heroes of World War I: the carrier pigeons. (2018, January 8). Pieces of History. https://prologue.blogs.archives.gov/2018/01/08/unsung-heroes-of-world-war-i-the-carrier-pigeons/
- Maksel, R. (2018, August 29). When War Gets Weird. Air & Space Magazine; Air & Space Magazine. https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/when-war-gets-weird-180970156/
- Pigeons in bras go to war. (2013, September 4). National Museum of American History. https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2013/09/pigeons-in-bras-go-to-war.html
- Wings of Valor - The Lost Battalion in the Argonne Forest. (2014). Accessed via Archive.org. https://web.archive.org/web/20180705234207/http://www.homeofheroes.com:80/wings/part1/3_lostbattalion.html
Night owls may have worse emotion regulation than morning larks by Grant Currin
- Night Owls May Use Poorer Emotion Regulation Strategies Than Early Birds. (2020, April 16). Research Digest; Research Digest. https://digest.bps.org.uk/2020/04/16/night-owls-may-use-poorer-emotion-regulation-strategies-than-early-birds/
- Antúnez, J. M. (2020). Circadian typology is related to emotion regulation, metacognitive beliefs and assertiveness in healthy adults. PLOS ONE, 15(3), e0230169. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0230169
- Resnick, B. (2016, March 18). If you’re just not a morning person, science says you may never be. Vox; Vox. https://www.vox.com/2016/3/18/11255942/morning-people-evening-chronotypes-sleeping
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