Top 10 Animals Using Drinking Straws

Today my friend said something the deeply worried me. I asked what his plans were for the week and he told me (in his own words) “well I am quite busy, I have been training my Shetland Sheepdog to drink from a straw to get some advert footage I need.” I thought he had lost it, but it seems that dogs are not the only animals that can drink from straws…

 


Top 10 Animals Using Drinking Straws

BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Drinking Straws


 

Cockatiel using a drinking straw
Cockatiel using a drinking straw

10 – “It must be the cocktail hour, so let me have a little drink and I will shake my rear!”

Fact: In 1906, the first machine was invented by Marvin Stone to machine wind straws, ending the hand-winding process!

Crow using a drinking straw
Crow using a drinking straw

9 – “All that flying makes me very thirsty indeed.”

Fact: Marvin Stone decided the ideal straw was 8 1/2-inches long with a diameter just wide enough to prevent things like lemon seeds from being lodged in the tube.

Naked Mole Rat using a drinking straw
Naked Mole Rat using a drinking straw

8 – “I always get naked after a few drinks!”

Fact: A prototype of the straw was a paraffin-coated manila paper, so the straws would not become soggy while someone was drinking!

Hummingbird using a drinking straw
Hummingbird using a drinking straw

7 – “Well if it looks like a flower and smells like a flower, I will stick my beak into it!”

Fact: Marvin Stone who patented the drinking straws first used it as a plastic cigarette holder!

Snail using a drinking straw
Snail using a drinking straw

6 – “Oh my it has been a hard day, I moved a whole meter!”

Fact: Joseph B. Friedman made a major advancement in drinking straws called “The Bendy straw”, which he created by moulding a paper straw around the grooves of a screw.

Sumatran orangutan using a drinking straw
Sumatran orangutan using a drinking straw

5 – “A quick juice break then back to throwing my poop at the humans.”

Fact: The plastic “drinking tube” was patented way back in 1937.

Moose using a drinking straw
Moose using a drinking straw

4 – “Frappa-mooseo-chino? I love those!”

Fact: Frustrated with how naturally grown straws began to disintegrate in beverages, Marvin Stone invented a wax-coated paper straw way back in 1888.

Cat using a drinking straw
Cat using a drinking straw

3 – “Nothing better than cold, fresh milk before sleep.”

Fact: In 19th-century America, people used naturally hollow rye grass as straws!

Squirrel using a drinking straw
Squirrel using a drinking straw

2 – “Hazelnut milkshakes are just the best!

Fact: Archaeologists discovered a gold and lapis lazuli drinking straw in a Sumerian tomb!

Dog using a drinking straw
Dog using a drinking straw

1 –  They call me super slurp!

Fact: The drinking straw dates to the ancient Sumerians, who used them to drink beer, in fact, one was found inside a sealed tomb that is said to be sealed from 3100 B.C!

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  5. Ha thats funny but once I did threaten to duct tape my grandson to the ceiling! No this time the dog got stung by at least 6 yellow jackets and one got in the house and I couldn’t find it. The little one fell off of the bed but it wasn’t too far and her butt was padded. And the parents were gone far, far longer than this grammie had anticipated!

  6. Agree, you do have a way with the unusual. That was the just the OCD speaking. 😉 Also wanted to know if there was some pattern I was missing. Anyway, good thinking, including the bits of trivia. One does not usually come across many facts about things like straws. Looking forward to more.

  7. No, the facts came literally as I found them, there just isn’t that many facts about straws so I had to go with what I had, when I had it. This blog will never be a showcase for grammar, spelling or writing skills because I have zero talent for each of them. But if you love pictures of weird things this is the right place. I just like to make people smile that is all, I leave the proper writing to people like yourself.

  8. Interesting post, especially the facts. One suggestion, though: it might have looked better organised if the facts were in chronological order. (I don’t know if you were going for some other basis of ordering them, in which case, sorry for having missed that!)

  9. I mean, it’s not surprising that they are forced to lap – they don’t have easy access to straws, and it’s not like they can use their paws to scoop up the water from the river/lake or whatever!

  10. Another fun post Russell! I really like all the little ‘facts’ that you included. I had no idea the drinking straw had been around for so long!

    I also found it interesting as to how the ‘bendy’ straw was first created!

  11. While she may be factually right, I respectfully suggest to the above commenter that while they may not suck, animals can and do slurp……….. I myself live with a cat who is rather fond of sucking on toothbrushes – as a result, and after spending the entire housekeeping budget on new toothbrushes, all brushes are now kept in a locked cupboard…….. I found out a lot of stuff it have never occurred to me to ask about straws – now I must find a way of introducing the history of straws into my next conversation ….thanks Russell!

  12. All you need is straw rum to go with this. The cat and the dog are adorable. Photo shopped or not as per prior comment, I just enjoy your posts with all the facts and amazing photos. Makes MY WACKY WEDNESDAY vote. Ivan

  13. the cat shots are clearly Photoshopped, as are the dog shots. They lack the oral muscles to suck, which is why they lap. Damned funny anyway.
    The hummingbird shot, shopped or not, is just a bloody delight. If you everh decide to have a Top Ten hummingbirds doing what they do, you could start here.
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    Great fun though, matey boy

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