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2006-09-29 10:45:14 AM
Many birds, especially those that migrate, can use the "Earth's magnetic field to stay their course during long flights. Scientists still aren't sure how they do it, but one recent study suggests birds might have a form of synesthesia that lets them "see" the planet's magnetic lines as patterns of color or light that is overlaid on their visual surroundings.Humans must rely on familiar landmarks or the sun's position to locate North, and many can't even manage that.

Unless, of course, you are a Navigator of the Spacing Guild...

/THE SPICE MUST FLOW
 
2006-09-29 10:51:55 AM
They have no sense of shame.

My dog continually likes to lounge around nude.

Disgusting!
 
2006-09-29 10:57:46 AM
Interesting stuff. I just saw a news bit recently about a 14-year-old blind kid who uses echolocation to get around. Here's an article about him.
 
2006-09-29 11:21:55 AM
They forgot Spider Sense.

/Didn't RTFA
 
2006-09-29 11:22:18 AM
Smision?
 
hlx
2006-09-29 11:24:08 AM
Actually humans do sense the earths magnetic fields.
 
2006-09-29 11:24:35 AM
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2006-09-29 11:24:50 AM
I can find warm pudding with teh weenis
 
EJ
2006-09-29 11:25:50 AM
This kitty thinks of nothing but murder all day.

images.livescience.com

scary.
 
2006-09-29 11:26:46 AM
I thought that scientists found out that at least one species of bird just look to where the sun rises and sets to determine whether they're going north or south.

It would be pretty cool if people were born with a random few of those senses though.
 
2006-09-29 11:27:03 AM
isn't the tapetum lucidum also the reason why cats' eyes look weird in photos?
 
2006-09-29 11:27:26 AM
Sites that make their money putting one item of a top 10 list on every page suck bigtime. This seems like an interesting read, but I'm not going to endorse their shannagins.
 
2006-09-29 11:28:13 AM
Vangor: Smision?


I thought that too.
 
2006-09-29 11:28:13 AM
I have the ability to recognize happiness in others, but not to experience it directly. This, of course, fuels my sadness.

I can also smell ants.
 
2006-09-29 11:28:24 AM
Me and my fiancee fark like rabbits.
 
2006-09-29 11:28:34 AM
Ben Underwood is truly amazing. I know people manage some incredible feats someimes, but for me, he takes the cake by a long shot.

/also- Aquanetta! Aquanetta! Aquanetta!
//I just like to say it.
 
2006-09-29 11:28:51 AM
Some of these are just like human senses. It's just that the organs that the animals use are different from ours, like the snake smelling with its tounge or the drumfish hearing with air bladders.
 
2006-09-29 11:29:00 AM
submitter: The top 10 animal senses humans don't have

TFA: Bats avoid obstacles and nab insects on the wing by emitting ultrasonic squeaks and interpreting the echo the sound waves make after bouncing off objects in the environment.

I call bullshiat. Everyone knows teenage girls locate each other using a similar system of high-pitched squeals.
 
2006-09-29 11:29:06 AM
What, no "sensing chip bags being opened from 50 paces"?
 
2006-09-29 11:29:17 AM
I_Like_Pie
I can find warm pudding with teh weenis

And I'd appreciate you not using me to find yoru pudding anymore.
 
2006-09-29 11:29:17 AM
My dog has the ability to smell something interesting in another dog's butt. It's incredible.
 
2006-09-29 11:29:38 AM
The top 10 animal senses humans don't have
...yet.

/hooray for genetic engineering!
 
2006-09-29 11:30:18 AM
mcsiegs:Me and my fiancee fark like rabbits.

Just wait.
 
2006-09-29 11:30:36 AM
Oh yeah, animal world? Well, we have a few senses that you don't have, the most important being...

A sense of FASHION!

/Two snaps up
 
2006-09-29 11:30:37 AM
Can they see dead people?

/the 6th sense
 
2006-09-29 11:31:55 AM
Bah! Humans have a sense of humillity before our Lord, which makes us greater than all the beasts who crawl upon the ground!
 
2006-09-29 11:32:00 AM
I can smell farts before they are expelled from the body.Does this count;or should I not have my nose buried in dead hookers assholes?

/Stop hatin'
 
2006-09-29 11:32:13 AM
Dang, you beat me to "Smision".
 
2006-09-29 11:34:35 AM
Can we implement the death penalty for web site designers who spread out one article over eleven pages?

It could be the cure for cancer, and I wouldn't read it if i have to wait for their graphics-bloated website to serve up each three-sentence paragraph on a new farking page.
 
2006-09-29 11:35:27 AM
But humans win with the ability through innovation and adaptability to emulate virtually any one of these abilities. The only reason they're not natural in us is that we don't need them.
 
2006-09-29 11:36:37 AM
Danger Mouse: Can they see dead people?

/the 6th sense


UnremarkableHulk: Bah! Humans have a sense of humillity before our Lord, which makes us greater than all the beasts who crawl upon the ground!


Actually, our ability to imagine things that aren't there is seen as a critical change that made our ancestors begin to act more fully human.

I don't know how anthropologists explain the apparently rich fantasy lives of cats, though.
 
2006-09-29 11:37:08 AM
"Hello monstrosity, do you know the times?"

"phhphhhphhp"
 
2006-09-29 11:37:36 AM
I dislike African Americans.
 
2006-09-29 11:37:44 AM
For those who don't want to go through all 10 pages

10. Echolocation - Bats
9. Electrosensitivity - Sharks
8. Heat Sensing - Snakes
7. Ultraviolet Detection - Hummingbirds
6. Night Vision - Cats
5. Tongue Smelling(?) - Snakes
4. Strong Pheromonal Detection - Moths
3. Whisker Sonar(?) - Rats
2. Air Bladder Hearing - Drum Fish
1. Electromagnetic Navigation - Migratory Birds
 
2006-09-29 11:37:50 AM
I want steak too.
 
2006-09-29 11:38:19 AM
I want a prehensile penis.
 
2006-09-29 11:38:34 AM
Adman12: I don't know how anthropologists explain the apparently rich fantasy lives of cats, though.

Catnip. It's a hell of a drug.
 
2006-09-29 11:38:39 AM
NobleHam: But humans win with the ability through innovation and adaptability to emulate virtually any one of these abilities. The only reason they're not natural in us is that we don't need them.


But if the innovation within us is purely a product of evolution, how can anything we do or make be "unnatural"? Unbalanced, maybe, even self-destructive. But in some sense it's still contained within "nature", isn't it?
 
2006-09-29 11:38:42 AM
I'm surprised not to see squid on the list: they can see the polarity of light. Unlike most of the list, it's not just a more sensitive conventional sense, it's a whole separate "dimension" of sense.

Even cooler: squid can adjust the polarity of their already awesome skin color changes. This lets them communicate in a fashion completely undetectable to other animals.
 
2006-09-29 11:38:45 AM
11. Common Sense
 
2006-09-29 11:39:17 AM
fark this article - it's the worst one I've seen yet in the sense where you have to click "Next" to get maybe 2 lines of content and 4 pages of ads. It's even worse than a comic book!
 
2006-09-29 11:39:47 AM
Animals do have senses that we don't. Hell, my dog knew my ex-wife was Satan the first time they meet. Took me 8 years and a few $100K to figure it out. Wish I was a dog.
 
2006-09-29 11:40:09 AM
Animals are so cool. Humans suck.
 
2006-09-29 11:40:25 AM
I have just finished reading The Sense Of Being Stared At. We humans have other senses that we ignore or discount, like the ability to detect morphic fields and some have telepathy-like abilties. ESP is another example of a "Sixth Sense". Science is just now starting to examine some of these abilities.

I have the ability to detect bioenergy fields and can "see" through the layers of the body by laying on my hands. I can also send energy into someone that way. Been working on this for 16 years, and if I ever touched you you would believe. You can flame me all you want, you can not believe all you want, but it is true.
 
2006-09-29 11:41:14 AM
except for the shark thing and maybe the bird thing, we have all those senses. cats can see at night REALLY WELL, bats can hear high pitch sounds, etc. but it is still just seeing and hearing. not brand new senses.

// I call shenanigans!
 
2006-09-29 11:41:38 AM
I call bullshiat. Everyone knows teenage girls locate each other using a similar system of high-pitched squeals.

Exactly. Just like computer nerds locating eachother by the use of Monty Python quotes.
 
2006-09-29 11:42:18 AM
12. The sense not to write silly articles on 12 pages of the internet's worst graphics laden sites.
 
2006-09-29 11:42:41 AM
The 10 human senses that teh animals don't have:

10. Sense of time
9. Common sense (lots of people don't have it either)
8. Financial sense (except squirrels: they're savers)
7. Fashion sense (thanks mercator -- even if there's none evidenced on Fark)
6. Old Spice
5. Radar detectors
4. Female intuition
3. Enough sense to know that there's no such thing as "one beer"
2. Sen sens
1. Nonsense (Q.E.D.)
 
2006-09-29 11:42:42 AM
My kitties have no sense of being broke, low on cash

//unfortuantely I do
 
2006-09-29 11:42:46 AM
safeinsane: Humans suck.

There's nothing uniquely human about that. You're probably just using the wrong brand of peanut butter.
 
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