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FlipFact of the Day: There is an island in Japan full of rabbits.

There is a small island in Japan called Ōkunoshima, located about two miles off the coast of Takehara in Hiroshima Prefecture. Also known as Usagi Jima (“Rabbit Island”), Ōkunoshima serves as the home of around a thousand wild rabbits–an irresistible attraction for lagomorph-loving tourists, for sure.

However, there’s a dark and terrible story behind the so-called Rabbit Island–and it involves poison gas and, oddly enough, curious schoolchildren. Read it here.

Today’s Science History Milestone: On September 27, 1849, Russian physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov was born. Pavlov, who won the 1904 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, is perhaps best known for his work in classical conditioning. In fact, the phrase “Pavlov’s dogs” probably… rings a bell.

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  • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/japan-rabbit-island-dark-history-180962631/#lHea7VmKAi3lYv8v.99

Author: Mikael Angelo Francisco

Bitten by the science writing bug, Mikael has years of writing and editorial experience under his belt. As the editor-in-chief of FlipScience, Mikael has sworn to help make science more fun and interesting for geeky readers and casual audiences alike.