TIL In 1969, a group of researchers trained cockroaches to race, built them a transparent case and ‘invited’ other cockroaches as an audience. Those ‘racers’ who had their species looking at them were able to race faster than those without.

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The fastest ones got to deliver cigarettes


Summer of love, first Boeing 747, cockroach racing, last Beatles album. 1969 was a hell of a year.


Roach racers reliably react to relatives


Lol. This has to be a cross species thing. The only thing we need to know is what animal will NOT go faster if being observed by clappable cheeks.


Yeah I’m gonna call shenanigans