Why Do Flamingos Stand on One Leg?

Why Do Flamingos Stand on One Leg?




Go to http://Brilliant.org/SciShow to try their Physics of the Everyday course. Sign up now and get 20% off an annual Premium subscription. It seems like kind of an awkward way to spend most of your time, but flamingos seem perfectly happy to hang out on one leg. For a long time, people assumed they were trying to conserve heat. But thanks to some unusual research, we now know the real reason! Hosted by: Hank Green SciShow has a spinoff podcast! It's called SciShow Tangents. Check it out at http://www.scishowtangents.org
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