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Query of the Day: Duck Tongues

Posted in Fowl with tags , on May 31, 2008 by chomposaurus

Today is from the department of “Why on earth is Chomposaurus coming up for a search like this”:

Do ducks breathe through their tongues?

First: What?

Second: If we were in my 9th grade Biology class with Mr. B, you would have just gotten hit with a ruler.

Third: It’s actually somewhat true. Ducks apparently have nostrils in the back of their beaks which are weirdly connected to their tongues. I was not able to find an internet source to confirm that this was 100% true, but it seems to match the diagrams I found. Although you’re not likely to see a duck panting like a dog, they do have some strange anatomy going on. For even weirder breathing habits (i.e. breathing through your skin) check out this lovely lungless salamander:

Or if you don’t believe me about the duck tongues, well then you can just go to Hong Kong and eat one yourself.

Query of the Day, 5/28/2008

Posted in Game, Guniea Pig, STRANGE MEAT with tags , , , on May 28, 2008 by chomposaurus


We started a new feature here on Chomposaurus, using the WordPress “google search terms” tracker to find out what questions people are asking this blog to answer. Here’s today’s anonymous query:

guinea pig meat chicago?

I guess he or she read our post last week about the Peruvian Last Supper. Anyway, after some research there appear to be two restaurants in the city by the lake where you can get some fried cuy: La Sierra and Rondador. However, it may or may not be available on a given night, and sometimes it might not show up on the menu even if they have it (silly squeamish Americans). Don’t be afraid to call ahead and ask.

Pet store owners of Chicago should beware: there may be a hungry person stopping in to ask how “fresh” your guinea pigs are. Just imagine what he or she would have done *before* google. Asking your friends if they’ve been to a restaurant with “some good cavy” is a recipe for social awkwardness.