Researchers also found that the stripes provide no social benefit. And it makes sense; animals related to the zebra don't have those particular markings, and they recognize each other just fine. So while it would be nice to imagine that zebras barcode-scan each other's stripes like we'd shake hands, it's just not true.
So that settles it. Zebras: officially just funny-looking.
And that zebra stripe gum we all had as kids tastes funny.
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