What are some VERY comforting facts?

  1. You can talk to your pet rabbit by quickly pushing your lips downwards and upwards as if you were trying to look up your nose in a mirror. Do it quickly and you're chatting. It mimics the nose movements they make and you can see them wiggle their noses faster out of interest. Copy their rhythm to and watch them talk back.

  2. Had to scroll so far down for a bunny comment! Thank you for this. I had the most amazing bun for 11 years and I wish I got to test those on him.

  3. The vast majority of people with a first time seizure will never have another seizure again and will not need lifelong anti seizure medication. Everybody gets one freebie!

  4. A middle or even low income people in developed countries are living a much more comfortable life than the richest people centuries or even millennia ago, in large part thanks to modern medicine making death from a mere infection no longer a near guaranteed death.

  5. I am dirt poor but my ancestors- not to mention plenty of people alive today- would be amazed at the luxuries I have. Clean running water whenever I want, even to bathe in. Indoor plumbing. Clean clothing in mere hours instead of days of back breaking work. Food available year round and fresh veg and fruit out of season.

  6. the pollen that bees collect on their legs as they pollinate flowers are called pollinator pants!!! so next time you see bees hard at work, take a look at their legs, and you might be able to see the pants depending on how much they've pollinated :)

  7. I once found a ladybug in my room in the middle of winter. I tried to look up if I could feed it somehow, and found countless other people asking the same question.

  8. This happened to us! We had two of them. We kept them in a little bug hotel for a few weeks. We sliced grapes and picked up some flowers, leaves, sticks, etc for them. They did fine! My two little girls loved their pet ladybugs and were happy to release them once it warmed up a bit

  9. This reminds me of a post I saw about someone googling “where do birds go when it rains?” And them feeling very comforted by the number of google hits it got, knowing so many people are out there just worried about little birds getting wet, and hoping that they are ok.

  10. Mr. Rogers put his feet in a kiddy pool with ‘Officer Clemmons’, who is Black, to show kids that integration and desegregation was not something to be feared.

  11. Mister Rogers had a blind fan who, I think, got to call him once and said he was worried about his pet fish being properly fed, since he was blind and couldn't verify.

  12. Crows will let other crows know if you’re a good person. Feeding a crow in your backyard can quickly become many crows over time since the rumour spreads. And nearby crows in your area will know you as one they like. They can also be known to be protective of you and even bring you gifts. Sufficed to say, crows are one of the most intelligent creatures on the planet and they are truly underrated

  13. Saw a documentary about a guy who fed the crows who visited his backyard. The crows actually befriended the guy’s pet cat and the cat enjoyed playing with the crows. One day the cat (who spent part of every day outside) did not come home. Later the guy discovered it had been attacked, probably by a coyote, and had been killed. Several days later the crows found the cat’s collar and brought it to the guy, leaving it in the backyard bird bath where they had often left little gifts (a toy car, a child’s barrette, etc.) for the guy. He wept telling that story — and I wept hearing it.

  14. When my son was in hospital for 3 weeks each time I would go outside for lunch there would be a crow there. Then it would squark and 2 other crows would fly down and sit with me. Just staring. I started talking to them. Not even kidding every single day they would see me and fly over

  15. yes!! my high school biology teacher told us a story of a guy who would feed the crows so much that they started to protect him by attacking any neighbors that got close to his property. he told his neighbors to start feeding the crows too and soon the whole street was friends with the crows. one day the crows were being really loud and seemed really distressed so someone came out and the crows led the neighbor to an elderly woman who had collapsed while gardening. she survived because of the crows

  16. This whole text is very true! My sister used to feed a crow biscuits every morning and evening, after some days a dozen of them started coming! Eventually they started bringing dead rats and other things for my sister 😅 well in a sibling fight I hit her and the crows saw that! Due to that they would hunt me everywhere I went in the area! I had to start wearing a helmet everytime I had to go in the balcony! The only way I stopped this was to start feeding them myself 😁

  17. There is a group of bikers called bikers against child abuse who support child abuse victims in court by looking tough and giving the kids confidence to testify against their abusers it’s actually an international group

  18. My town had a tragic tornado that killed hundreds. There was an insane group who came to basically tell the town we deserved the death toll. Bikers rode around and around the group to drown out their noise. I’ll forever respect a good group of bikers

  19. The group in my city does rape cases too. You call them or reach out on their Facebook page. They'll always send someone or look around for someone to go with you. They couldn't send a biker for me but a couple grandmas came for them. They didn't look super tough but they were wearing the biker gear. Those grandmas got me through that hell of a trial and I was 18 at that time! Being a little kid, I wouldn't have been able to do it.

  20. I use to work as a victim advocate for a rape crisis center. My one and only case that went to trial involved a child. BACA came every day, escorted the family from their house to the court house and back daily, sat through the entire trial and was there for support after. They are amazing people, I will never forget them. Big teddy bears

  21. My dad used to do the sound bar for a band his buddies were in. On the weekends he had me, he took me with him to the different venues and bars. 99% of the time the bars were filled to the brim with bikers. We actually met the Hells Angels at Daytona bike week. They’re one of the most violent biker gangs out there (or they were when I was like 5) When it comes to children though? That was the safest I had ever been in my life. Every 5 minutes these huge men would come up and offer to get me juice and snacks. One even gave my dad $100 and told him to buy me a cute dress because I deserved it.

  22. Parrots (specifically Cockatiels) will raise their wings when they see someone/thing they love. When looking from behind, their raised wings resemble a heart.

  23. Jupiter has been protecting earth from almost every stray asteroid strike coming in from out of the solar system since the planets first formed.

  24. Zebras rest with their heads on each other’s backs so they can literally watch their zebra buddy’s back. Plus it looks like a zebra hug.

  25. In 1987 they captured all of the 27 California condors in an area in California, and proceeded to breed them in order to bring back the species. They released most of them later, and now, roughly 127 are flying free in the the state of California. Not the biggest improvement, but it’s something.

  26. I swear to god when I wave at my fish he waves back. People never believe me, but my friends have definitely seen it and assured me I'm not crazy.

  27. Our microbiome has actually been found to even effect things like mental health and energy levels etc. the gut- brain axis has huge future potential in treating a wide variety of illnesses

  28. I smoked a pack a day for 10 years. Been on a vape for a year, and the next step is weaning off of it. This is comforting I might not have totally irreparably fucked myself up. Even the difference with how I feel vaping vs. Smoking has been nuts.

  29. My dad quit after he had the "widowmaker" heart attack in his 60s (apparently nicotine cravings wore off while he was sedated for 12 days in ICU.) He had been smoking a pack a day for 40 years and he stayed away from cigarettes for the rest of his life (15 years). I know 15 doesn't sound like "a lot" of time but he got to retire. He got to travel with mom and see the places they'd dreamed of visiting when they were young and broke. He got to go to his 50th class reunion, he got to see my siblings and I be the first in his family to graduate college. He got to come home to a silly tabby cat that adored him and no one else.

  30. On April 13, 2029 an asteroid "apophis", with the radius of 606.96′, (370 meters) will skim the surface of earth at around 19,600 miles. It will be visible by the naked eye. It's a comforting fact as it's been studied extensively and will not impact earth that day.

  31. And one of the reasons for this is because people are planting milkweed in their yards! This is an environmental issue where every day people can really make a HUGE difference. Use the small bit of garden space you might have to make an oasis for butterflies and other pollinators. Plant native plants and avoid using pesticides. It's pretty easy and very rewarding!

  32. Australia too, I’m a regular blood donor and I get texts when my blood get used. Especially since I have a rare antigen in my blood that’s really helpful to treat leukemia

  33. The American Red Cross emailed me to let me know when my last blood donation was used and at what hospital!

  34. Nobody pays all that much attention to you. Everyone is the main character in their story and thinks you’re just another supporting role or an NPC.

  35. My older brother, when introducing me to his music as a kid, used to point this out when the singer was smiling. I always thought this was such a special little thing not many people thing about. 🥹

  36. There is a type of mold growing on/around the Elephant's Foot in Chernobyl. This mold eats radiation, and the radioactivity of the Elephant's Foot has decreased drastically since the mold started growing there. idk, it's just comforting to me that the planet can heal no matter how bad the scar we left.

  37. There was a TV series in the 2000s called Life After People. That's where they got a lot of scientists, engineers, Etc to speculate on what would happen to the Earth if the human population suddenly vanished. It was pretty fascinating that the Earth will basically, very slowly, undo everything we've done.

  38. Switzerland has implemented a scheme ‘Time Bank’; which is an old-age assistance programme, under which, people can volunteer to look after the elderly who require assistance, and then, the number of hours they spend with or caring for seniors gets deposited in their individual social security account.Eventually, when the volunteer reaches that old age when he or she requires support, this ‘Time Bank’ can help them by providing time-based services which include consultations, babysitting, hairdressing, gardening, tutoring, or any other time-consuming job in addition to being looked after by a volunteer as well.About 34 countries are trying to apply this scheme.

  39. This past year there has been a massive breakthrough on SIDS research. Meaning in the future we may be able to detect SIDS in infants and possibly avoid as many infant deaths.

  40. Can confirm. My dog has even moved past the forgiveness stage and now actively seeks being stepped on by standing behind EVERYONE.

  41. My city has a no kill shelter, the animals have nice beds, and get walks. People come and read to them. The cats are all together in a big area with toys and scratching post, people come to pet them.

  42. Cheetahs are also the calmest and probably most friendly among the big cats. This is probably due to their hunting style and build. They’re pursuit predators, and lack sufficient amount of muscle and raw strength when compared to other big cats, which are ambush predators.

  43. What kind of dogs? I imagine a golden retriever would be perfect but it would be awesome if they got paired with tiny cute dogs - like a dachshund or corgi.

  44. Most seahorses are monogamous and mate for life. Young seahorses actually go on “dates” with their prospective partner before settling and starting to procreate. They can also be seen swimming in pairs with their tails linked together

  45. Capybara land is actually close to going out of business due to less tourism in covid times, they're desperately seeking donations iirc.

  46. A rabbit island, a cat island, and now a capybara island? What's with Japan and the "island known for a lot of one animal" thing?

  47. I've had the chance to hang out with capybaras... They're so chill even though they look highly distrusting.

  48. I heard that in the movie Cujo, the actor dogs (more than 1, I heard) had to have their tail wagging edited out because doggie was being a good boy.

  49. Here's a lame fact, there are probably thousands of people right now that are appreciative of you for asking this question, and even more so for those of you who are answering genuinely.

  50. A person born in the world today is less likely to die violently than at any other point in human history. And each year it gets better (never perfect, just better)

  51. Oh I used to volunteer for this program! Many hospitals have this program, and if you’re interested, call up the volunteer department of your local large hospital. The program identifies patients who are “actively dying” (expected to pass within 24 hours) and have no loved ones there with them.

  52. If someone in the Netherlands passes away with no remaining friends or relatives, or their identity is unknown, a small funeral service will still be held for them, and a poet will come and read a poem for them.

  53. India's tiger population grew from 1,411 in 2006 to 2,967 tigers as per the 2018 census. Based on the best available information, tiger populations are stable or increasing in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Russia and China. But much more work is needed to protect this species if we are to secure its future in the wild.

  54. It's most likely a higher number once you consider that this only counts the tigers that decided to respond to the census.

  55. You know how dogs get down in front with their butt in the air when it's play time? That's called a "play bow" and it's a common signal for play in the animal kingdom. A guy once watched as a bear wandered up to his sled dogs and, after the animals investigated one another, they all kind of did the play bow and proceeded to romp around the area having a fucking blast. They'd repeat the motion occasionally to confirm with each other that yes, they were still playing, and in the case of the bear, to signal to these new friends that mauling was not in the plans for today. The human stayed away and watched from afar because 1) he was surprised the bear did not instinctually murderize the dogs, and 2) he didn't want to be injured if he disrupted play time himself to "rescue" them.

  56. My father-in-law used to work in the aircraft industry on the production line. He has told me many times that once you’re in the air a couple of minutes you’re fine. If the initial stresses of taking off don’t cause any problems to the plane it’ll be fine.

  57. This explains why my girlfriends cat stares at me unblinking any time I’m in the same room as her. I love animals but that cat HATES me

  58. Next month we'll start to see some images from James-Webb. A NASA presentation on the 12th. Our next step on learning about the early universe begins.

  59. Apparently deployment and calibration have gone so well that we'll actually be able to see a bit more than we had originally planned.

  60. It's illegal in Switzerland to own just one guinea pig. You have to have at least two if you want to have any. Guinea pigs get lonely.

  61. Dogs love us as much as we love them. Studies have found that when dogs look at each other they get an oxytocin surge, but they also get a surge like that when they interact with us. Cats do as well, but they don't get quite the same level of surge that dogs do.

  62. The frogs eat ants and other insects that the tarantula can’t kill, which would otherwise eat the spider’s eggs. In turn, the frog gets a place to live and the best god damn bodyguard you can ask for.

  63. I did this to two stray kittens that were born in my front yard. They were curious little buggers, they’d come waddling out like little potato with legs and stare at me. So I’d sit down and slow blink at them. After about a week they were climbing in my lap and letting me pet their little bellies. The next day I took them in, got them checked out neutered/spayed, and brought them inside to be my pets. They fit right in, and they are little love bugs. Their momma visits them from time to time too. She is too scared to let me get her though.

  64. This is also a way of making friends with a cat, if you do slow blinks you're telling it that you're not a threat and that you can trust each other (cause you can close your eyes around each other)

  65. There's a Japanese pillowfighting sport which features grown adults lying down in futons before the whistle blows and then they play a game of dodgeball with pillows in nightgowns and learning about that just made my day :)

  66. The dog estimates the time of your return home by how much of your smell is left in the house from your morning routine.

  67. Yep, Dogs can tell the time by the strength of your scent in your home, they'll learn when your scent is at a certain weakness that's when you come home and that's why you'll notice a lot of dogs prepare for their owners to come home. it's proven if you leave out clothes that smell like you, it'll confuse the dog and they can't do that anymore

  68. My dog really likes soft things. This is to the point that if I'm wrapped in a blanket he will pull on it with his mouth so I'll lift it up. He will then jump under, get comfortable, and then fall asleep.

  69. Know that really embarrassing thing you did? Well, there's a high likelihood no one else remembers it. If they do life will give them far more experiences that one thing will seem like nothing in comparison.

  70. Your body’s cells regenerate constantly to the point where you could say you’re a whole new person every 7 years or so. Very therapeutic to those with trauma

  71. You don't really forget something. You just have the information hidden but once you get back to it, you can recover your knowledge and skills rapidly. I've had a huge break from learning German but a few days ago I went back to it and I'm already on a similar level I was, despite the fact I was certain that I forgot everything

  72. If 99 percent of the world population finds you unattractive, there are still 78 million people in the world that find you attractive.

  73. Your dog is just your dog, but from your dogs view you are their whole world. You feed them, keep them company, your the reason they get to come and go from places for walks, your their main source of entertainment and play, etc. You are everything in their life and they love you for that.

  74. Right now it doesn't make economic sense to not make the switch to solar or wind. It's faster to erect and cheaper than modernizing any fossil fuel electric generation. The transition is coming faster than anyone realizes. Thanks to the low cost and fast setup.

  75. Housecats would meow and wait by the bathroom door if you don’t let them in while you’re in.

  76. The most amazing miracles that stopped nuclear holocaust aren't the ones featuring the US and USSR but India and Pakistan. They've had nukes for forty years now, and hate each other fanatically. Furthermore their nuclear arsenals are controlled not by generals or statespeople but captains.

  77. TBF, its a little more nuanced than "fanatically" hating each other. Mutual enmity is often used as a way to legitimize the government's power, but someone on the street trying to earn enough to get by doesn't really care about what's happening across the border.

  78. Alright buster, you're going to have to give me some insight on that last paragraph; it'll be a one once a lifetime/human history event to be alive to witness such an incredible study.

  79. When cats close their eyes as you Pet Them, That means That they Are content and trust you. Cause when they close their eyes, they Are more vulnerable (This also goes for lions and tigers if you ever get to pet one). Same goes for dogs Who lay on their back with their belly exposed. Also makes Them vulnerable and shows trust in you

  80. There are an estimated 3.04 trillion trees in the world. That's about 400 for every human.

  81. There are incredible scientific advances in fusion energy and machines that can filter greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere. Aswell as a whole bunch of brilliant ideas to clean the space and the oceans of garbage.

  82. Australia's reputation as a death continent is somewhat lacking when you realise they have no large land predators and can be overrun by rabbits.

  83. There are more trees in the U.S. this year than there were last year. And it’s been like this every year since the 1970s.

  84. that everyone alive has had diarrhea, thrown up, had a public fall, or otherwise bad day at one point. when I was younger no one seemed as scary. diarrhea, the shitty equalizer

  85. Your cats will be sad if you die. They actually only eat their owners from necessity. They try to avoid it for as long as they can.

  86. I know my cats love me and will be sad when I die. That they might eat me has never upset me; in that situation, they need food and if they aren't getting any, I hope that it will help them hold on until someone finds us and can take care of them. It's not like I'm using it.

  87. I'm not religious but things happened in my life. Anyway, I've been praying for everything (yes that includes all of you) before going to bed every night for the past 3-4 years and will keep doing it.

  88. There are 3,400 species of spiders in north America. Only two can even remotely harm you and both have the ability to be stopped with simple penicillin or bactrum.

  89. Squirrels will adopt orphaned and abandoned babies and raise them as their own, although squirrels are usually territorial and super-protective of their own babies.

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