Why do flamingoes, the silliest, pinkest birds in the animal kingdom, stand on one leg instead of two?

One may suspect it's just because they're not that bright, but scientists have recently discovered there's more to it than that.

Although some theories are... plausible?



For years, the flamingoes' motivation to stand on one leg instead of two was a mystery to many scientists.

Some theorized that the birds were trying to conserve body heat by keeping one leg out of the water, but there was never any proof to back this hypothesis up.


Just when it seemed like it was time to give up on the age-old flamingo leg question, neuromechanists Lena Ting from Emory University and Young-Hui Chang from the Georgia Institute of Technology had a breakthrough.


While playing with a couple dozen flamingo cadavers, they realized that, even dead, the flamingoes could balance on one leg with ease.

The scientists couldn't, however, get the dead flamingoes to stand upright with two legs, suggesting that the flamingo body is designed to lock into place and balance perfectly on one leg, conserving muscle energy.


Any good scientist will tell you it's still possible for the flamingoes to conserve both energy AND heat, as the original theory put forward, but the revelation that it's actually physically easier for a flamingo to balance on one leg is an important one.

Twitter understood how important this discovery was!





Well, many just wanted to make some jokes.





If you were looking for another reason to make flamingoes your favorite bird, this was it!


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So... who has been naughty and who has been nice?

Who is getting diamonds and who is getting coal? Yuck, coal. Is that even a thing anymore? Who even started that idea?

There has to be some funnier or more "for the times" type of "you've been naughty" stocking stuffer.

I feel like the statement coal used to make is kind of last century at this point.

Apparently I'm not alone in this thinking.

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Some of them have been with me for years and I have them proudly displayed in different spots around my apartment. And when I've packed them for a move, I've done so with all the tender loving care I can muster.

What is it about them that stirs up these feelings?

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What is the "this" you're suddenly too old for?

No idea. It's different for everyone, but make no mistake, it'll happen to you too.

Maybe it already has?

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Do all mothers go to the say mom school or something? Because they seem to share the same advice or go on the same platitudes, don't they?

Here's an idea.

Maybe they're just older, have more experience, and are trying to keep us from being dumbasses in public. At least, that's what I think.

I'm definitely grateful for my mother's advice—it's saved me more than once—and it seems many out there are too. And they all seem to have heard the same things from their mothers, too.

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