NBC rounded off its newscast with history while CBS and ABC chose animal stories. Rehema Ellis on NBC paid tribute to Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem NY on its 200th anniversary. It was built by free blacks in 1808. CBS' Mark Strassmann was in Iraq where the Baghdad Zoo has been restocked after its animals nearly died during the war. Back then, the zookeeper had to kill the ostrich to feed the lion. Now "it is the best cheap date in Baghdad--30c to get in." On ABC, Robert Krulwich traveled to Cornell University to discover a beetle's secret weapon against predators, which Charles Darwin encountered when he put a bug in his mouth in 1828. The sudden hot flash was so intense that he "was forced to spit it out."
Krulwich showed us what happens when two chemicals kept in the beetle's tail glands combine: "This spray is not only stinky it is very hot." The chemicals "explode at 100C and get pumped out like a machine gun." Hence the bombardier beetle.
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