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Whether they're spotted in the wild, or just covering your lawn, flamingos are known for their bright pink feathers and for, usually, standing on one leg. 

In fact, the typical flamingo stands on a single leg for hours, even in the face of high winds. 

But have you ever wondered why? 

Well, the answer is still being debated among scientists, but there are a few strong theories. 

Theory 1: It's more comfortable 

For the longest time, scientists just simply shrugged and assumed that the whole one leg sitch must be more comfortable for flamingos. A 2009 study stated that standing on one leg "enhances predatory escape", aka itallows flamingos the opportunity to start walking faster if they were being chased by predators. It also stated that it reduced muscle fatigue. Kind of like how you shift your body weight from leg to leg while standing for long periods of time, these birds are just taking that to the next level.

Theory 2: It conserves body heat

Studies have shown that flamingos prefer to stand on one leg MORE when they're in the water. What could be a conclusion to this? At first scientists thought it was to protect their legs from drying out in salt water. Most animals (including humans!) can only survive for so long in salt water without drying out. 

Buuuut that theory wasn't exactly sound, because it turns out flamingos are extremely bad ass birds. 

Flamingos are able to tolerate these harsh conditions, says Sara Hallager, curator of birds at the Smithsonians National Zoo. She notes that some flamingos are found high in the Andes, braving blowing snow and freezing temperatures.

Now scientists think it might actually be to conserve body heat. 

When you are cold, it's natural to want to pull your limbs toward your body, to "keep the heat in." Same thing goes for flamingos. If they only put one leg in the water at a time, they can conserve heat in their other leg. 

Theory 3: Half their body is falling asleep 

Okay, so that last theory? It may not be true, because scientists have observed that even in warmer waters, flamingos still prefer to stand on one leg. 

Now may I present the most bizarre but soundest theory to date...

Flamingos shut off half their brain at a time. 

Yep. You read that right. Similar to whales and dolphins, who have the ability to "sleep" on only one side of the brain at a time, so they don't drown (because, remember, dolphins and whales have to rise to the surface to breathe oxygen), flamingos shut off half their brain at a time so they don't literally fall over when they go to sleep. 

Being half-awake also allows them to stay vigilant for predators.

So, what do you think?

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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