Many people who see a photo of the Ayam Cemani chicken for the very first time think that the image has been Photoshopped. Indeed, it’s hard to believe that the rare chicken from Indonesia is literally all black.
The write-up on the Cemani Farms website points out: “The Ayam Cemani are the most rare and exotic breed of chicken in the world.” For the record, every part of the chicken is completely black. Even its internal organs are black. Perhaps, the only part of the chicken that isn’t black are the eggs laid by the hens.
It can look fierce and creepy at the same time.
They chickens have a condition known as fibromelanosis. Although the condition is considered a pigmentation disorder, it has clearly become a unique feature of this particular chicken. The so-called disorder has ended up making the chicken look cool (for lack of a better word).
It’s black from the top of its head to the tip of its claws.
The all-black fowl is originally from Java, Indonesia. Superstitious beliefs have tagged them as creatures of mystical powers. As such, their meat is often used as ingredients for folk medicine. They are also used as offerings in sacrificial rituals to ensure good fortune.
Oddly enough, the chicken’s eggs have white shells.
In the early 19th century, Dutch traders discovered the all-black chicken and decided to introduce it to the rest of the world. Naturally, the chicken’s striking appearance made it attractive to people searching for exotic fare.
Eventually, the all-black chicken meat was served up by select gourmet chefs. In time, the chicken was dubbed as the “Lamborghini of Poultry.” The chicken’s price tag also reflects that, as a pair would cost a whopping $5,000.
Each chicken is about $2,500, so imagine this soup’s price.
Those who have tasted Ayam Cemani dishes have claimed that it’s tastier than the average chicken. Then again, people expect them to taste better because of their astronomical price. We have to admit that not everyone would be willing to part with that much cash just to get a taste of an all-black chicken.
So, perhaps, they should just be kept as pets? They’ll probably be effective in scaring away a lot of people.
Researchers Discover Hundreds of Mysterious Circular Structures in the Amazon Rainforest
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Researchers have discovered over 450 enormous geoglyphs in the Amazon forest, similar to that of the Stonehenge in England. The structures, which were unearthed owing to years of deforestation in the area, are estimated to be more than 2,000 years old and were believed to have been used as ritual gathering places.
The trenches in the western Brazilian side of the Amazon rainforest cover a massive expanse of land at approximately 8,078 square miles, which is just about the same land area covered by El Salvador. Thanks to this finding, researchers from the United Kingdom and Brazil believe that the Amazon is not as "untouched" as was previously thought.
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Prepare your camping gear, folks!
Having trouble trying to get a goodnight’s sleep? Well, a new research tells us that the perfect remedy could be really simple – spend a weekend on a camping trip!
Recently published in Current Biology, the two-part study tells us how researchers took a group of human guinea pigs to Colorado’s Eagle’s Nest Wilderness for a weekend, with another group staying behind at home. The subjects were not allowed to use any light sources other than campfire.
While the experiment was being conducted, they also wore adapted watches which measured the light levels they received. Two days passed and the researchers conducted a series of tests to discover more details.
If You’ve Got “Blue Eyes”, You’ve Lived Your Life in a Lie
Plot Twist: Your eyes aren’t actually blue.
Have you ever gazed into someone's eyes and loved just how blue their eyes are? However, no matter how much you love those aquamarine eyes, they just aren't actually blue. In fact, they are brown and actually, all eyes are color brown - any difference just boils down to the presence of a substance called melanin.
The colored part of our eyes, the iris, is composed of two layers - the stroma, which is the anterior layer, and the epithelium, which is the posterior layer. The stroma consists of cells that contain melanin, non-pigmented cells, colorless collagen fibers, and other types of tissue. The epithelium, on the other hand, consists of only two layers of pigmented cells.
The melanin and the collagen fibers present in the iris determine eye color.
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