Some ants keep “cows”, and even build tiny barns of leaves for them. The cows are aphids, or plant lice. The ants milk the cows by stroking them on their backs with their antennae, giving them a sweet, clear milk called honeydew.
Breast milk ice cream
Ice cream. Milk is the most important ingredient in hand-made ice cream, making up around 60% of the finished product. An English ice cream maker has even produced a variety made with human breast milk. The ingredient was confiscated after only a few days, however.
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In 1943, the New York Times reported on a triumph of Yankee ingenuity over that worst of all human conditions: the lack of frozen milk products. The problem, according to the Times, was that US airmen overseas during World War II couldn’t get a regular supply of ice cream.
But they could get fresh milk. Problem solved. The Yanks built a special canister for the ice cream mixture and attached it to the tail gunner’s compartment of the plane. The plane’s vibrations plus the icy temperatures at the high altitudes of a normal mission turned the mixture into a creamy dessert by the time they got back to base.
Experimentation is taking place using goats as a ‘factory’ for producing vaccines in their milk. This started with mice but since they never produce enough milk to go beyond the experimental stage, experimetns have begun using the same process with goats.
Humpback whale milk is some of the richest milk in the world. It is well over 50% fat, and has the consistency of cottage cheese. The Humpback Whale Calf nurses by suckling on the mother’s single teat, squirting the milk right into its mouth. This way very little milk is lost or dissipated in the water. A calf will consume between 100 and 120 gallons per day. Fifteen times the production of a cow is needed to achieve this!
Early American Colonists and Shakers painted their furniture and interiors with Milk Paint using a formula that dated back to Ancient Egypt. Up until the middle 1800s paint was not sold commercially. People made their own. The most common recipe contained milk protein, quicklime and earth pigments. Because of the unique durability of Milk Paint, many fine examples still exist that are hundreds of years old and whose finish is just as true as the day the paint was applied.