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It may be well-known that hope is the thing with feathers, but how much is known about feathers themselves? Turns out, plenty! From shrub grouses to shuttlecocks and all the pea-babies (diminutive for peacocks, definitely for sure) in between, come soar on the delightfully complex wings of knowledge with us!SciShow Tangents is on YouTube! Go to to check out this episode with the added bonus of seeing our faces! Head to to find out how you can help support SciShow Tangents, and see all the cool perks you’ll get in return, like bonus episodes and a monthly newsletter! A big thank you to Patreon subscribers Garth Riley and Glenn Trewitt for helping to make the show possible!And go to to buy some great Tangents merch!Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we’ll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! While you're at it, check out the Tangents crew on Twitter: Ceri: @ceriley Sam: @im_sam_schultz Hank: @hankgreen [Truth or Fail]Dermestid beetles on dino feather in amber shuttlecock dino-birdie with dino feathers[Trivia Question]Speed of peacock tail feather shaking to signal interest to mates[Fact Off]Turning waste chicken feathers into a flavorless, edible meat paste sandgrouse belly feathers soak up water to carry back to their babies[Ask the Science Couch]Feather growth and development (and altricial vs. precocial baby birds)[Butt One More Thing]Fright molt: losing tail feathers as an antipredator adaptation
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