Back in 1946, a British fox terrier named Ben won international acclaim for his ability to say…

bentalks-croppedBack in 1946, a British fox terrier named Ben won international acclaim for his ability to say the phrase, “I want one”, evidently expressing desire for a cup of tea, a biscuit and other doggy treats. His voice was described as “dark brown” and “a rich baritone”, low-pitched and authoritative. Ben used different tones of voice in making his requests, “from the wheedling note to the gruff, demanding one”.

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Back in 1958, high-school sophomore Diana McGee chose as her biology…

alchy-hamster-alcoholic-croppedBack in 1958, high-school sophomore Diana McGee chose as her biology project an experiment “to make a hamster an alcoholic, then to cure it of the disease.” She named the hamster “Alchy”. The hamster consumed about a pint of bourbon a month and reportedly “seems to love it.” Eventually, Alchy refused to drink any more of the bourbon-water mixture, leading the Salina Journal to comment on Apr 25, 1958 that “the animal has more sense than some people.”

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