Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Seems that Arichie the Cockroach can learn as seen in Discover's interesting article titled Pavlovian Cockroaches Learn Like Dogs (and Humans) whereby the roaches are "first immobilized on their backs in wax and then repeatedly introduced the smell of peppermint and vanilla before giving them sugar, which roaches adore." Once conditioned, they act just like Pavlov's dogs in "drooling" when they know they will be getting a treat when they smell peppermint or vanilla, substances that normally do not turn on roaches when they check out your kitchen.

You can't make this up.

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