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Compendium December 2006 (Vol 28, No 12)

Web Sights (December 2006)

    Not Another Unbelievable Email Story

    www.snopes.com

    This site was started with the goal of researching urban legends that are spread rapidly via email. Most of the material is prepared by the site's operators, Barbara and David Mikkelson. Stories are rated true, false, and indeterminate. The reference material used in substantiating a story is readily available, and it's fun to see how long some of these tales have circulated in different variations. "Critter Country" is the best location on the site for animal aficionados. If you'd like to know whether the average person swallows eight spiders per day, cats can get their heads trapped in garbage disposals, or some brands of litter are radioactive, this is your site. There's also information on the source of the Febreze and Chlorox hoaxes.

    Frog Facts and Fun

    www.midwestfrogs.com

    You won't get to kiss any of these frogs, but you will get solid explanations about the mechanics behind their jumping abilities. Hosted by filmmaker David McGowan, this site boasts easily viewed educational videos on the habitat, physiology, malformations, and mating behavior of frogs common to the Midwest. Until we visited this site, we had no idea the University of Illinois runs a program called Envirovet that encourages veterinary involvement in—you guessed it—environmental issues. Dr. Val Beasley explains some of the fascinating veterinary detective work behind attempts to answer the questions of why there is such a large decline in amphibian populations and why those that remain have unusually high rates of somatic and sexual malformations.

    Better Health is a Cross-Species Issue

    www.pitt.edu/~super1

    This site gives you access to over 2,500 lectures on public health and disease prevention. Veterinarians can access lectures by veterinary epidemiologist bigwigs such as Dr. Larry Glickman as well as information about zoonotic diseases currently on the hot list of up-and-coming threats to people, production animals, and pets. Although the site is primarily a repository for human health issues, there's plenty worth reading, from lectures on causes of lameness in racehorses and the relationship between equine genetics and speed to canine ehrlichiosis and the history of mad cow disease.

    NEXT: Abstract Thoughts (December 2006)

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