Did Seaweed Help Our Early Ancestors Become Human?

Did Seaweed Help Our Early Ancestors Become Human?

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Seaweed is much more than thatgross stuff that gets stuck on your leg at the beach or that green thing in your sushi. This unlikely plant might have provideda helpfulstep in our evolutionary origins millions of years ago, according to anew study. Scientists from the University of Southern Denmark have carried out research thatindicates a variety of seaweed could have provided the vital nutrients needed to develop a complex brain millions of years ago, eventually pushing us from primitive hominoid ancestor to modern human. Seaweed is packed with essential nutrients for brain development in present-day humans, namely taurine, magnesium, zinc, vitamin B12, iodine, and poly-unsaturated fatty-acids. Many of these nutrients have been linked with central nervous system development and can help i...
25 Amazing, Official White House Petitions

25 Amazing, Official White House Petitions

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Editors' Note: This post has been corrected to remove phrasing that was appears to have been copied from a government website. BuzzFeed takes its responsibility to readers very seriously, and plagiarism is a major breach of that responsibility. Please read our apology to readers here. BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById("update_article_correction_time_3472405").innerHTML = UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date('2014-07-26 00:35:26 -0500', 'update'); }); Our Right… The right to petition your government is enshrined in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The Obama Administration recently launched the “We the People” section of W
You May Not Have Heard Of Turkmenistan, But You Need To See The Door To Hell

You May Not Have Heard Of Turkmenistan, But You Need To See The Door To Hell

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In the middle of Turkmenistan's Karakum Desert, near a small village named Derweze, rests a crater. But it's not just any crater. No, this one is special. But it's easier to explain why it's so unique if you just take a look at it... Pretty standard, right? Well, not exactly... Flickr / Stefan Krasowski See, there's a reason they call this the Door to Hell. Other names: Gates to Hell, the Crater of Fire. Flickr / Stefan Krasowski Discovered in 1971, geologists were worried that the natural gas field would have adverse effects on neighboring towns. Flickr / Tormod Sandtorv In an effort to stop the spread of deadly methane gas, they set it on fire....
New Research Suggests Cocaine Can Make Brain Cells Eat Themselves

New Research Suggests Cocaine Can Make Brain Cells Eat Themselves

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Cocaine might give users a buzz, but it could also be making brain cells eat themselves, according to new research. While normally an important survival mechanism for the cell, at high enough doses the drug seems to make this process go into overdrive, causing cells to digest their innards to such an extent that they die. More than just contributing to our knowledge of how this drug leads to its notable toxic effects, the work could potentially offer scientists a new treatment avenue to explore. Inhibiting this pathway with a different drug was found to protect neurons against cocaine-triggered death, raising the possibility that the same agent or something related may represent a viable therapy for cocaine abuse. The study has been published in Proceedings of the National ...
This Girl From Latvia Rescued More Than 350 Homeless Cats During Last 2 Years

This Girl From Latvia Rescued More Than 350 Homeless Cats During Last 2 Years

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Working student Zanda Indriksone started helping homeless and abandoned cats about two years ago. Although not in high school or university she did not study about animals in depth, she got knowledge about cats, their nature and health from her own experience. During all this time she helped more than 350 cats. Show Full Text "For example , I am going down the street - when I see a cat, I just can not pass away," says Zanda, and it could happen any day. "The first thing I do is take the cat to the vet so the vet could check cat's health and determine cats age," explains Zanda the first steps after she finds small animals. Thankfully she is not alone in this process, because volunteers also started to help and provide temporary homes for cats. How long a cat stays in temporary home depe...
World’s Largest Primate Now Considered “Critically Endangered”

World’s Largest Primate Now Considered “Critically Endangered”

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One of our closest evolutionary relatives has just been pushed ever closer to the brink of extinction. The latest review of the worlds species has found that the threats faced by the Eastern gorilla are now so great that the ape is considered critically endangered, meaning that currently four out of the six great ape species are close to being wiped off the planet altogether.The main threat to the gorillas survival has been due to illegal hunting for their meat and body parts. The Eastern gorilla (Gorilla beringei), which is the largest primate in the world, is actually divided into two subspecies. The more famous mountain gorilla (G. beringei beringei) has been hovering close to extinction for decades, but has been the focus of concerted conservation efforts since Diane Fossey first star...
Massive Die-Offs of Fish, Birds, and Marine Invertebrates Becoming More Frequent

Massive Die-Offs of Fish, Birds, and Marine Invertebrates Becoming More Frequent

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Massive mortality events (MMEs) occur when large numbers of populations die within a narrow time frame, due to disease, overhunting, habitat destruction, or environmental factors. The largest study ever performed on these die-offs have found that these events are becoming increasingly common among species of fish, birds, and marine invertebrates over the last 70 years. Stephanie Carlson of UC Berkeley was senior author of the paper, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "This is the first attempt to quantify patterns in the frequency, magnitude and cause of such mass kill events," Carlson said in a press release. Carlson’s team hunted the scientific literature and analyzed 727 MMEs, spanning almost 2,500 species since 1940. Ulti
Breathtaking Driftwood Horse Sculptures by James Doran-Webb

Breathtaking Driftwood Horse Sculptures by James Doran-Webb

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The raw spirit and freedom that wild horses represent to us have been captured perfectly in sculptor James Doran-Webb’s breathtaking driftwood horse sculptures. The beautiful pieces are assembled entirely out of pieces of driftwood. The driftwood’s seemingly fluid forms, carved by the waves, lend themselves perfectly to the galloping horses’ features. “The driftwood is very tactile and demands to be interacted with,” the artist told Bored Panda. Working with driftwood and making sure that each piece matches the overall sculpture, however, is no easy task. Working together with a team of craftsmen, said Doran-Webb, it took “some 1,000 to 3,000 hours to make a life size sculpture depending upon the complexities of the armature and anatomy.” [Read mor...
Why Daniel Radcliffe Is The Secret Hero Of Seth Rogen’s New Movie Without Even Being In It

Why Daniel Radcliffe Is The Secret Hero Of Seth Rogen’s New Movie Without Even Being In It

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View this image › Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images When you take your seat for Tuesday’s midnight showing of This Is the End, take a quick moment to give thanks to Daniel Radcliffe. No, the Harry Potter actor doesn’t feature in the uproarious dick-and-weed gag Hollywood brimstone romp, but he did have a hand in making it worthy of your bloodshot eyes. “Two years before we brought it to anybody else, we brought it to Daniel Radcliffe and he rejected it because it was shitty, it wasn’t good enough,” Evan Goldberg, who wrote and directed the apocalypse comedy w
8 Things You Think You Know About Your Pet That Are Totally Wrong

8 Things You Think You Know About Your Pet That Are Totally Wrong

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Caring for a pet is a rewarding experience, allowing you to develop a close bond that defies the limits of language. You may not be Cesar Milan, but you’re pretty sure you’ve got a decent understanding of how your cat or dog is feeling at any given time. Unfortunately, the truth is, pets are only slightly easier to read than significant others. As with all the other relationships in our lives, our relationships with our pets are full of misunderstandings, confusion and pure ignorance. For example… 1. Your dog doesn't like being hugged. Hugging is one of the most basic displays of affection for humans, to the point that Your parents must not have hugged you enough is shorthand forYou're crazy. As such, plenty of us have decided that dogs are just as into hugging as w...
3 billboards from Hot Wheels that use the cars driving by to replicate their toys

3 billboards from Hot Wheels that use the cars driving by to replicate their toys

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(via Copyranter and Ads of the World)The first two are from Mexico and the last one is Colombian.(As cool as these are, I just keep thinking what a useless scenic blight they must be from the back, which is presumably how half of the people who pass by would see them.)Read more: http://twentytwowords.com/3-billboards-from-hot-wheels-that-use-the-cars-driving-by-to-replicate-their-toys/
Sound Waves Break The Blood-Brain Barrier

Sound Waves Break The Blood-Brain Barrier

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The blood-brain barrier is essential to our survival, but sometimes it can be a major obstacle to life-saving medical treatment. French company CarThera claim to have found a way to open the barrier when needed, shutting it again thereafter. The barrier is made from endothelial cells that keep the blood and the brain's extracellular fluids apart. Its job is to allow through the things the brain needs from the blood, such as water, oxygen and sugar, while keeping out neurotoxins. However, just like the junk mail filter on your email, sometimes it fails on both fronts – letting through things it shouldn't and keeping out some that are necessary. All the large-molecule drugs with potential to treat brain conditions such as tumors have trouble penetrating the blood-brai
18 Superlatives From Our Nevada Road Trip

18 Superlatives From Our Nevada Road Trip

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1. Most Unexpected Roadside Sights: Packs of Wild Burros View this image › The signs warned us they would be there, but we were so surprised when we actually spotted them. Cuties! 2. Tallest Alien: Along the ET Highway View this image › Who knew alien spotting would be so easy? Check out the rest of our ET Highway journey here. 3. Warmest Nat
Reasons Drinking Wine Is The Same As Going To The Gym

Reasons Drinking Wine Is The Same As Going To The Gym

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Think about it…they are both things you either enjoy or do not, they can both become addicting, and they can both be the result of emotions. 1. They both have proven health benefits. View this image › NBC / Via giphy.com 2. Both require heavy lifting. View this image › NBC / Via iamaaashley.tumblr.com …if you do it right. 3. Both have a singular purpose. View this image › Bravo / Via mattsko.wordpress.com We all know those people who go to the gym looking perfect and you know they’re not actually there for the benefits of the gym. We also have those friends who show up to Wine Wednesday with beer or vodka and we can’t help but silently judge them. 4. Members of both tend to be judgmental. View this image...
Everything You Missed In The First Episode Of Lindsay Lohan’s New Reality Show

Everything You Missed In The First Episode Of Lindsay Lohan’s New Reality Show

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For everyone who missed the much-anticipated first episode of Oprah Winfrey’s Lindsay, here’s what you need to know. Lindsay premiered on OWN last night and we got a firsthand look at what’s been happening in LiLo’s life since she left rehab last summer. View this image › OWN / gossipfeast.tumblr.com 1. The doc begins with Lindsay packing up her things just a few days out of rehab. View this image › OWN 2. It is immediately clear that Lindsay has a TON OF STUFF. View this image › OWN 3. So much stuff that she found a gown in a box like this: View this image › OWN 4. So much stuff that it looks like this in her mom’s house when unboxed: View this image › OWN 5. So much stuff that...
The ‘Killer Cat’ Meme That Won’t Die

The ‘Killer Cat’ Meme That Won’t Die

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Everybody’s got it out for the cats nowadays. After a report from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that outdoor cats are responsible for the tragic deaths of (an estimated) 2.4 billion birds a year, anti-cat propaganda has reached a fever pitch (by which I mean a short, sensible article in The New York Times’ Science section). For a nation that kills well over 7 billion birds a year in factory farms, it seems like a weird thing to worry about. But here are some key talking points for the next time someone sends you this “killer cats” study: 2. 1. Cats are jerks. Video available at
A Possible Alternative To Morphine  Inspired By Spit

A Possible Alternative To Morphine Inspired By Spit

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Would you take a painkiller that had been developed from human saliva? A recent study suggests you might in future. Pain is an essential sensation. Sensory nerves with endings in our skin, tissues and organs, are activated by heat, cold or pressure, or by chemicals that are released from cells after tissue injury. The fibres of these nerves reach the central nervous system, activating neurons in the spinal cord which in turn connect with and activate neurons in a part of the brain known as the cerebral cortex. The cortex gives you the conscious perception of pain - that ouch! The system has evolved to produce a quick response. It takes a split second for you to withdraw your hand from a burning flame. While pain is essential for survival and good health, unless you have masochistic tende...
41 truques geniais para acampar

41 truques geniais para acampar

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1. Use ladrilhos de espuma para deixar o chão da tenda mais macio e confortável. View this image › alittlecampy.com 2. Aponte a lanterna de cabeça para uma garrafa de água formando, instantaneamente, uma lanterna. Quando for acampar, amarre a lanterna de cabeça em um galão de água para preencher toda tenda com luz ambiente. View this image › Flickr: listorama
Air Pollution Thought To Kill 5.5 Million People Every Year

Air Pollution Thought To Kill 5.5 Million People Every Year

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Last year it was reported that over threemillion people a year die prematurely due to air pollution. But new research has found that this is in fact an underestimate, and that the real figure is somewhere in the region of 5.5 million. From this, they found that more than half of these premature deaths occurred in just two countries: India and China. As both nations continue to develop, the number of deaths from air pollution in these countries is expected to climb. One of the surprises to us is that air pollution is one of the leading risk factors for death and disease around the world, explains Michael Brauer, who presented the research at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Estimates are that five and a half million people every year ar...
PETA Is Super Pissed At Justin Bieber Over This Instagram He Just Posted

PETA Is Super Pissed At Justin Bieber Over This Instagram He Just Posted

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Things PETA likes: animal rights and free range farming. Things PETA hates: circuses and Justin Bieber. If you’ve been following Justin Bieber’s recent journeys, you may have noticed he’s been on a bit of an exotic animal kick lately. It’s actually kind of sweet. Nothing humanizes celebs whom I actually despise — AND LET IT BE KNOWN, I DESPISE BIEBS — like plopping them down next to a jungle animal. If you photograph Mel Gibson next to a baby rhino and show it to me, I’m going to forgive him for everything and, yes, I mean THAT thing. Look at this picture from a few weeks back of Justin with a tiger! Does that not immediately make you kind of forgive him for having dreadlocks for those few awful days he had dreadlocks? Something I never considere...
This Looks Like A Normal City Map, But The Truth May Surprise You. Whoa.

This Looks Like A Normal City Map, But The Truth May Surprise You. Whoa.

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An aerial photo was recently taken in the middle of Saudi Arabia and this is what appeared. At first glance, it seems like a normal city, but you have to look much closer to realize what's going on here. Seems like a normal city, right? Google Maps But look closer... Google Maps Those aren't buildings. Google Maps Google Maps Google Maps That's not a city. It's over 100,000 tents set up just 5 KM from the holy city of Mecca. Google Maps ...
This Grilled Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwich Will Change Your Life

This Grilled Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwich Will Change Your Life

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View this image › Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed Dessert is usually an afterthought at a BBQ. Yes, some simple fresh fruit can be nice after you’ve spent hours gorging on meats. Sometimes it’s all you can stomach. But the satisfaction of cooking each course on the coals, from salad to main to dessert, is a special one. So to close out our summertime grill series, we’re doing dessert. It’s easy and awesome. Also, if you’re like me, by the end of your barbecue, drunkenness can be a factor for both you and your guests. So the recipe for a perfect grilled dessert is app
7 Tips for Your Summertime Job Search

7 Tips for Your Summertime Job Search

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Summer may be the perfect time to sit back in a beach chair and relax, but it is also the one of the best times to find a job or internship. However, going through the interview process in the summer can be even more challenging than it is at other points of the year for a number of reasons. Fortunately, hiring managers have some useful advice that just might get you hired. 1. Don't Schedule a Friday Interview Oftentimes when people interview during the summertime, they forget that most weekends are filled with travel, activities and general work tasks. I always recommend that people schedule interviews Monday through Thursday so they don't get caught with a last-minute scheduling conflict. — Ryan O'Connell, vice president at Influence and Co 2. Look Beyond the Summer Don't limit yourself
Reading A Book Is Being In Someone Else’s Mind

Reading A Book Is Being In Someone Else’s Mind

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An interview and 42 book recommendations from Praying Drunk author Kyle Minor. View this image › Kyle Minor makes words come alive on the page. Each word is a gift. Each word is a revelation. Whether he’s writing about life or death or religion or any other topic, he opens up a whole new way of looking at the world. His sentences give meaning to the complicated and chaotic world that we live in. His latest book, Praying Drunk, is a collection of stories and questions and essays. It’s a book to read slowly, to underline and write in the margins of and quote from. We spoke via email about the transformative power of literature, writing about robots, subjective truth and fiction, and so much more. View this image › Jennifer Percy Praying Drunk...
Disease Evolution: How New Illnesses Emerge When We Change How We Live

Disease Evolution: How New Illnesses Emerge When We Change How We Live

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Humans have been acquiring infectious diseases from animals (zoonotic diseases) since we first started hunting wild game on the African savannahs. Indeed, nearly 60% of bugs that infect humans originated in animals. These days, we seem to see more new diseases, such as Zika, Ebola and SARS. But there are plenty more lurking. A recent study suggests there are around 300,000 pathogens we dont even know about and some have the potential to spread from animals to humans. The worlds scientific community is focused on how to improve detection and responses to emerging diseases such as Zika virus and Ebola. So what can we learn from the most recent large-scale outbreaks? Animal spillover The three most common factors associated with the emergence of diseases are: changes in land ...
‘Not For Sale’ Wants to End Modern Slavery

‘Not For Sale’ Wants to End Modern Slavery

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Does social media promote activism, or is it a lazy form of participation? Social media is a strong platform for raising awareness, but the relationship between cause and effect is defined by action regardless of medium. On this episode of Revolution, David Batstone, co-founder and president of Not for Sale, joins us to share his story and his vision for the future of causes and philanthropy. His company "empowers marginalized communities to seek their own dignified employment and break the cycle of exploitation." Batstone points out that social organizations compete with brands and entertainment for the finite attention, time and investment of the communities they rely on for survival and for bringing about change. As a result, the traditional charity model is no longer enough. Socia...
21 Reasons Why Steve Carell Would Make The Perfect Road Trip Companion

21 Reasons Why Steve Carell Would Make The Perfect Road Trip Companion

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Grand Canyon, here we come! 1. First and foremost, he would plan every detail of the trip for you and you would trust him to do an excellent job, sort of. fuckyeah-stevecarell.tumblr.com fuckyeah-stevecarell.tumblr.com   2. While your life isn’t as exciting as his, he still pretends to give a shit. Anchorman / fuckyeah-stevecarell.tumblr.com The Office / crushable.com   3. I mean, you can literally talk to him all day about your life and your problems and he’ll never get tired of it. The Office / hellyeah-stevecarell.tumblr.com   Relationship on the rocks? NBD, spill your guts! 4. He’s incredibly resourceful and that’s important if you find yourself in the presenc...
The ESA Is Launching A New Mars Mission TODAY – Watch It Live

The ESA Is Launching A New Mars Mission TODAY – Watch It Live

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The first part of a joint European-Russian mission to Mars successfully launched today at 5.31 a.m. EST (9.31 a.m. GMT), and will arrive at Mars on October 19. The hugely exciting mission, called ExoMars, will ultimately be one of the most advanced searches for life on the Red Planet yet. The launchtook place from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Russian Proton rocket. On board are two components of the ExoMars mission the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and the ambitious Schiaparelli lander. The second part of the mission, which will include a rover to hunt for signs of life on Mars, is scheduled to launch in 2018. We are both proud and excited to have met the challenge of delivering ExoMars on time for its 'rendez-vous' with the Red Planet,said Walter Cugno, ExoMars ...
Residents Of Eastern Ukraine Warn Of Guerrilla War If Russia Invades

Residents Of Eastern Ukraine Warn Of Guerrilla War If Russia Invades

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“This is not Crimea.” View this image › Stringer . / Reuters / Reuters KRAMATORSK, Ukraine — A Ukrainian soldier brought his officers’ sword home in 1918 after fighting alongside the Russians in the first World War, and it’s now proudly displayed in the Palchenko family’s modest home in this small city in the country’s east. Alexander Palchenko, 56, is the grandson of that soldier and a former Soviet reserve officer himself. With Russian forces massed just across the nearby border, he’d been thinking hard about his family’s long military history lately — and about how he would need to continue it if those troops invaded, taking up arms against his former ally. “Look at my father,” he said, pointi...
21 Life Lessons Forever 21 Mannequins Taught Us

21 Life Lessons Forever 21 Mannequins Taught Us

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The lifeless creatures that watch shop have been through it all. Here’s what we’ve learned from them. View this image › Via Flickr: 28887875@N05 1. Fashion shouldn’t stop you from camping. View this image › Via wordpress.com 2. Achieving perfect tan lines takes patience and multiple bottles of tanning lotion. View this image › Via wordpress.com 3. Make sure at least one of your friends knows how to change a tire before the road trip. View this image › Via we-love-new-york.com 4. Leaving time to do laundry on the weekends is crucial. View this image › Via improveverywhere-com.zippykid.netdna-cdn.com If you want to wear a skirt. 5. You can’t get pregnant if you have clothes on. View this imag...
26 Signs You Bleed Orange For Syracuse Basketball

26 Signs You Bleed Orange For Syracuse Basketball

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Otto’s Army forever. 1. You own a closet full of orange T-shirts. View this image › Holy Shirt! / Via Facebook: 68155350165 2. And are used to watching games with 34,000 of your closest friends in the Carrier Dome. View this image › Nate Shron / Getty Images 3. When you can’t make it to the actual game, you watch on the big screen at Chuck’s. View this image › Krystie Yandoli If you can get in to the bar, that is. Syracuse Admissions @GoSyracuseU Follow Tents have continued to pop up in Boeheimburg in advance of tomorrow's game. #BeatDuke Reply Retweet Favorite Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/krystieyandoli/signs-you-bleed-orange-for-syracuse-basketball
How The Last Two Montserrat ‘Mountain Chicken Frogs Could Save Their Species

How The Last Two Montserrat ‘Mountain Chicken Frogs Could Save Their Species

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The mountain chicken frogs on the Caribbean island of Montserrat are in a perilous and seemingly irredeemable situation. Its worth questioning whether attempted recovery is even worth the effort. After all, this species, one of the worlds largest frogs, will have to recover from just two individuals. Hunting, habitat destruction from the 1995 volcanic eruption, and the arrival of the recent fatal fungal infection, Chytridiomycosis (or chytrid), has devastated these frogs. Rarely has any species naturally recovered once reduced to a few individuals, without some sort of human assistance. The Seychelles kestrel is one exception. Species declines are largely caused by human activity, whether that be through direct killing, destruction of natural habitats, or the introduction o...
Community Post: Is This What Holden Caulfield Looks Like?

Community Post: Is This What Holden Caulfield Looks Like?

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1. In Chapter 13 of The Catcher In The Rye… View this image › Via danieldalton.me …Holden is talking with a prostitute named Sunny in his hotel room. Sunny has taken off her dress and Holden is trying to back out of sex with her, making excuses. 2. Sunny sits on Holden’s lap and changes the subject… View this image › Via danieldalton.me “You look like that guy in the movi
Antarctic Explorer’s Notebook Found And Restored After 100 Years In Ice

Antarctic Explorer’s Notebook Found And Restored After 100 Years In Ice

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Over a century ago, legendary British explorer Captain Robert Scott and his polar party journeyed to the South Pole to investigate the wildlife of this poorly studied continent. Although Scott and four colleagues never returned home due to deplorable weather conditions, six other men comprising the Northern Party managed to survive the harsh winter of 1912. Incredibly, more than a hundred years later, artifacts of this ill-fated expedition are still being unearthed, including one of the survivor’s notebooks. The journal was discovered by members of New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust alongside some 11,000 other relics at Scott’s expedition base at Cape Evans. Each year, the summer thaws the ice around the team’s hut, exposing its contents which include photographi
14 Inspiring Quotes From Robin Williams’ Greatest Movie Characters

14 Inspiring Quotes From Robin Williams’ Greatest Movie Characters

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Robin Williams died on Monday at the age of 63. BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (BF_STATIC.bf_test_mode) localStorage.setItem('posted_date', 1407818267); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById("update_posted_time_3415295").innerHTML = "posted on " + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(1407818267); }); 1. “Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.” View this image › Walt Disney Pictures / Via indianajoel89.tumblr.com Film: Aladdin (1992)Character: Genie 2. “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” View this image › Buena Vista Pictures / Via fanpop.com Film: Dead Poets Society (1989)Character: John Keating 3. “You’ll ha...
Watch A Ninja Seahorse Stalk Its Prey

Watch A Ninja Seahorse Stalk Its Prey

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1. Seahorses don’t exactly scream “stealth”. I mean just look at this one. View this image › Brad Gemmell / Via Nature 2. But it turns out the shape of a seahorse’s head is actually perfectly adapted to getting close to prey without being noticed. Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=6EJ6suviEnc. Brad Gemmell / Via blogs.discovermagazine.com A study out this week suggests that a seahorse’s head is adapted to move through
Welcome To Liberal America

Welcome To Liberal America

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View this image › John Gress / Reuters President Barack Obama’s sweeping victory in the 2012 election, his party’s wide win in the Senate, and the first ever triumph of marriage equality at the polls cemented the reality of a changed America that emerged in 2008. The shape of that changed country was obscured by the Republican revival of 2010, but the 2012 vote means both the survival of Obama’s policy project and the clear emergence of a new demographic picture and electoral map. The first post–baby boomer president was returned to the White House with the wid
What Guys’ Astrological Signs Really Say About Them

What Guys’ Astrological Signs Really Say About Them

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According to the completely subjective opinions of us ladies. 1. Aries (March 21 - April 20) “Aries dudes are BABIES”“Total babies”“babies”“Like usually creative and seriously fun, but the kind of guy whose mom is still doing laundry for them at 25”“bunch of whiners”“they want everything that they want and they don’t want to have to do any work for itfun for makeouts, terrible for relationships”“YES.”“And usually super hot.”“Unfortch.”“also incredibly stubborn”“They are rams.”“good whirlwinds maybe, they’re so impulsive which feels romantic for like a day‘let’s skip work and take a road trip!!!!!!!’”“yu...
I compared America’s gun laws to laws in 5 other countries. This is what I learned.

I compared America’s gun laws to laws in 5 other countries. This is what I learned.

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In 1996, a mass shooting took 35 lives in Australia. Immediately after, newly elected Prime Minister John Howard decided that something needed to change. A mere 12 days after the tragedy, the government drafted and agreed on the legislation. This led to the National Firearms Programme Implementation Act of 1996. The new act was fairly intense. It restricted the private ownership of high-capacity semi-automatic shotguns, semi-automatic rifles, and pump-action shotguns. While guns were certainly a part of the culture (and Howard's plan was met with some objection), most Australians were actually for the legislation because they were so horrified at the loss of innocent lives. Howard didn't just disrupt the overarching gun laws, though. He also confiscated private weapons. Citizens took ...
12 Adult Summer Camps That Will Reawaken Your Inner Child

12 Adult Summer Camps That Will Reawaken Your Inner Child

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Let’s all gather around the bonfire and sing Kumbaya. View this image › wasan gredpree / Via thinkstockphotos.com 1. Camp Grounded — Anderson Valley, Calif. campgrounded.org campgrounded.org campgrounded.org   You can revive your childhood days at Camp Underground as you disconnect from the world and travel to Anderson Valley. Leave all your work jargon for the weekend as you partake in countless activities including talent shows, archery, dance classes, learning survival skills, and stargazing. 2. CIA Boot Camp — California, Texas, and New York enthusiasts.ciachef.edu enthusiasts.ciachef.edu   No, not the Central Intelligence Agency, but the Culinary Institute of America. Develop the skills and p...
10 Debated Acts of Animal Cruelty

10 Debated Acts of Animal Cruelty

Animals
Animal rights are widely known and accepted in western culture but despite this there are topics and events which happen every year that often cause much debate and controversy on the public and media forums. From high profile support from celebrities, outspoken models from the fashion world and animal campaigners, animal rights is an issue that has sparked outrage and even government debate. This is a list of 10 widely discussed topics of animal use that some support openly, while others refuse to accept them under any circumstances.?? ?Worldwide it’s estimated that 40-50 million animals are killed every year for their fur, including raccoon dogs, rabbits, foxes, mink, and chinchillas. The fur trade has gathered much protest from campaigners for the inhumane way the animals are reared
Community Post: 9 Reasons To Love Your Scars

Community Post: 9 Reasons To Love Your Scars

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1. Scars represent survival. View this image › Via scarstories.org “A scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.” -Chris Cleave, Little Bee. 2. They symbolize healing. View this image › Via scarstories.org “If your body is game enough to knit itself back together after a hard physical lesson, to make scar tissue, that means you’re still alive, means you’re
82 Astounding Facts About Cats

82 Astounding Facts About Cats

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As if we needed more reasons to love them. View this image › Flickr: 70757073@N00 1. Cats are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs. 2. There are cats who have survived falls from over 32 stories (320 meters) onto concrete. 3. A group of cats is called a clowder. 4. Cats have over 20 muscles that control their ears. 5. Cats sleep 70% of their lives. 6. A cat has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, for 15 years. His name is Stubbs. 7. And one ran for mayor of Mexico City in 2013. View this image › “Candigato” Facebook: candigato.morris.9 8. In tigers and tabbies, the middle of the tongue is covered in backward-pointing spines, used for breaking off and gripping meat. 9. When cats grimac...
Chimpanzee Mothers Filmed Teaching Their Children To Use Tools For The First Time

Chimpanzee Mothers Filmed Teaching Their Children To Use Tools For The First Time

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For the first time, chimpanzee mothers have been filmed teaching their children to use tools in the wild. The mothers took time away from their own hunting to show their offspring how to use twigs to capture termites. Wild chimpanzees are exceptional tool users, but in contrast to humans, there has been little evidence to date that adult chimpanzees teach youngsters tool skills, said Stephanie Musgrave, a graduate student at Washington University, St. Louis. Although research earlier this year proved human children spontaneously adopt tool use without being taught, learning is often essential. Likewise, dolphins' use of sponges for hunting is thought to be passed from mother to child, although some dolphin genius must have come up with the idea. A video from the study A study last year f...
Here Are Some Of The Hurtful, Violent, And Offensive Comments Indian Women Hear Everyday

Here Are Some Of The Hurtful, Violent, And Offensive Comments Indian Women Hear Everyday

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And the results are chilling. Warning: Explicit language. 1. This video by Indian LGBT publication Gaysi perfectly captures the onslaught of verbal violence that comes with being a woman in India: Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=glJrVBrZUv4. youtube.com 2. In the video description, Gaysi editors refer to this as the “Great Indian symphony of apathy.” “The taunts and comments that we are subjected to on a daily basis emphasize that women exist as an afterthought, even for the law, lawmakers and law enforcers. In a country where rape is prevalent, women are shamed for standing up and leaders use lines like, “boys will be boys”; Shakti Mills, the Delhi gangrape, and Badaun become dim, distant reminders. To not forget that you could ha...
House-Size Asteroid Will Pass Earth Today

House-Size Asteroid Will Pass Earth Today

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An asteroid the size of a house will buzz Earth today but poses no risk of hitting our planet, scientists say. The asteroid 2012 TC4 will pass Earth at a range of just 59,000 miles (95,000 kilometers) — about one-fourth the distance to the moon — when it makes its closest point today, NASA scientists said. The asteroid was discovered by astronomers on Oct. 4 and is about 56 feet (17 meters) across. "Small asteroid 2012 TC4 will safely pass Earth Oct 12 at just .25 the distance to our moon's orbit," scientists with NASA's Asteroid Watch program wrote in a Twitter update this week. On average, the moon's orbit is about 238,000 miles (383,000 km). The asteroid is large enough to be seen by backyard astronomers using a small telescope, the night sky events website Spaceweather.com has reported
10 Common Misconceptions About Animals

10 Common Misconceptions About Animals

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There are certain animal facts that everybody seems to know. Cows can sleep standing up, goats have four stomachs; that sort of thing. But there are a lot of widely-believed animal facts that are actually not very factual at all. We’re talking about ideas like: If there’s one thing everyone knows about sheep, it’s how stupid they are. After all: if one sheep starts moving quickly, the rest of the flock will follow rather blindly. They’re generally perceived to have almost no individual instincts or motivation, and many people would rank them next to rocks in intelligence Animal scientists, on the other hand, would rank sheep just below pigs, rodents, and monkeys. In some tests, they even come close to humans. Recent studies have found that they’re of f...
What This Town Did To Appease A Murderous Ghost May Be More Than A Magic Spell.

What This Town Did To Appease A Murderous Ghost May Be More Than A Magic Spell.

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In most ghost stories, the entity in question usually exists in their own dimension. Sure, they can sometimes be antagonistic and make contact with its victims, but it usually isn't aware who they are or even what time they exist in. The biggest fear with ghosts comes from the unknown, rather than physical danger. But then there's the town of Tha Sawang in Thailand. Whereas most ghosts who kill are relegated to horror films shown aplenty around this time of year, this town is convinced that a ghost is murdering it's young men, and they are going through great lengths to keep that from continuing. It is beyond superstition for these people—this is survival. whofortedblog The people of Tha Sawang finally...
This Is What Happens When You Bite Into An Eel Electric

This Is What Happens When You Bite Into An Eel Electric

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We all know that nature as we know it is all just a product of survival of the fittest, but even today we can see it at play. Take the creatures of the Amazon for example, that area is so filled with predators that every day is a fight for survival for most of them, just like the crocodile you’re about to see in the video below. This thing was hungry and came across what must have looked like the perfect meal, an electric eel seemingly stranded on the shore. That croc was able to hold out for a while but eventually it couldn’t take it anymore and the eels shocking defense mechanism wins out, sort of. The eel probably didn’t survive through that croc’s jaws, but at least those guys recording it all can get a free meal, and crocodile no less. I wonder if it tastes ...
Humans, Not Climate Change, To Blame For Ice Age Animal Extinction

Humans, Not Climate Change, To Blame For Ice Age Animal Extinction

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Our last glacial period lasted from about 115,000-12,500 years ago. By the end, 177 large mammal species had gone extinct. There has been considerable debate over the last half century regarding what caused the loss of these animals, including saber-tooth cats, mastadons, and giant sloths. While many have argued that these animals simply weren’t able to adapt to the warmer climate, others blame human activity. A new study led by Jens-Christian Svenning of Aarhus University has strongly suggested that humans are squarely responsible for the disappearance of megafauna during the last 100,000 years. The results have been published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. For this study, the researchers focused on megafauna, which is categorized as animals weighing at
7 more photos of black Victorians who prove that history is not as white as people think.

7 more photos of black Victorians who prove that history is not as white as people think.

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Back in late October, I wrote a story about 17 photos of black Victorians who showed how history really looked. I scoured various online archives, historical records, and so forth to dig up what I could about the subjects of these stunning photographs, which I hoped would challenge people's historical perceptions of race, fashion, and social norms. The reader response was tremendous. Hundreds of thousands of people read and shared the story. People love to warn you not to read the comments (and sometimes rightly so), but in this case, the comments were downright inspiring. The most remarkable comments came from readers who shared photos and stories of their own relatives who lived through that same era. Today, I'd like to introduce you to some of those folks. 1. Isabelle Norris's g...
Community Post: Europe’s 10 Strangest Tourist Attractions

Community Post: Europe’s 10 Strangest Tourist Attractions

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Does just the thought of standing in long lines for Europe’s biggest attractions this summer make you sweat? Ditch the crowds and send a chill down your spine instead by visiting Europe’s 10 strangest tourist attractions. You’ll be grateful for sunshine and safety in numbers after checking out some of these spots—that is, if you make it out alive. 2. Gruselkabinett, Berlin, Germany View this image › Via smartertravel.com Berlin’s only permanently opened World War II-era air-raid shelter should be creepy enough on its own. But
15 Things the Kentucky Derby and Coachella Have in Common

15 Things the Kentucky Derby and Coachella Have in Common

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Left: Bastille fan Alice Hamer of Bath, England, reacts to the band's performance during day one of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 11, 2014, in Indio, Calif. Right: A man attends the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in Louisville Ky., on May 2, 2014.Image: Composite ASSOCIATED PRESS and Chris Pizzello/Invision/APThe Kentucky Derby gallops into Louisville on Saturday, May 3. So prepare for Instagram pics full of lavender bermuda shorts, Vine videos spilling with champagne and more fascinators than you can throw up in. The event comes mere weeks after Coachella 2014, the bohemian, flower-strewn musical utopia — or the sweaty desert sandstorm that just happens to have music, depending on your point of view. In truth, the two crowds couldn't be more different. In the
In Sweden You’ll Find the World’s Largest Scale Model of the Solar System

In Sweden You’ll Find the World’s Largest Scale Model of the Solar System

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Did you know the Sweden Solar System is the largest permanent scale model of the Solar System in the world? The Sun, represented by the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, is the largest hemispherical building in the world. The inner planets can also be found in Stockholm but the outer planets are situated northward in other cities along the Baltic Sea. The system was started by Nils Brenning and Gösta Gahm and is on the scale of 1:20 million. Let’s start our journey at our Sun and work our way outwards. The Sun – Globen, Stockholm Diameter: 71 m (solar disk) + the corona Photograph by Tage Olsin The Globe Arena in Stockholm is the largest spherical building in the world, and it represents the Sun in the SSS. This picture shows the Globe lit by an animation, which included a seq
Dinosaur Head Ornaments May Have Been Used For Sexual Selection

Dinosaur Head Ornaments May Have Been Used For Sexual Selection

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Sexual selection is one of the driving forces of evolutionary biology. Specific features on certain animals have evolved specifically to attract mates, and although we can observe this in living species, trying to find these physical traits in extinct species proves far more challenging. A new paper published in the journal Palaeontologia Electronica claims to have found a physical example of this in a horned, frilled dinosaur after analyzing nearly 40 different specimens. A 2010 paper notes that sexual dimorphism major differences in appearance between male and female members of a species has never been definitively demonstrated in non-avian dinosaurs. Nevertheless, several paleontologists have tried over the years. Some have cited a difference between the sexes of the t...
NASA Will Be Making An Announcement Today – Here’s How To Watch Live

NASA Will Be Making An Announcement Today – Here’s How To Watch Live

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Todays the day. At 1 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. BST), you can watch live as NASA makes an announcement about the latest discoveries made by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. The news teleconference will be streamed live on NASAs website, and weve also handily embedded the stream below for you to watch. During the event, you can tweet questions with the hashtag #askNASA. So, whats it all about? Well, we dont know at the moment. Previous announcements have concerned planets similar to Earth that might be habitable, although we dont know if we can expect the same thing this time around. The fact NASA references discoveries,rather than a single discovery, may mean it is a broader look at the Kepler mission as a whole. We also cant discern much from the panel of experts involved....
Truth-ache! Kevin Nealon notes something about a shutdown government

Truth-ache! Kevin Nealon notes something about a shutdown government

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http://twitter.com/#!/kevin_nealon/status/386896482919399424 Bada-bam! The White House may be desperately seeking tales of shutdown woe, but SNL alum, actor Kevin Nealon, is noticing that the oh-so-catastrophic shutdown is, you know, not very catastrophic. http://twitter.com/#!/NumbersMuncher/status/386893525347868672 Hmm. Fancy that. http://twitter.com/#!/CuffyMeh/status/386891697860255744 Exactly. As Twitchy reported, citizens find something else scarier than a shut down government: An open one. They have also noted that we have survived shutdowns in the past … evidently we all had wizard wands back then. How else could we have survived?! http://twitter.com/#!/MarkleyCraig/status/386896613504843776 http://twitter.com/#!/DBU_Patriots/status/386894737648517121 Bingo. That cupboa...
Lyft’s New York Launch Is Delayed But Protesters Still Showed Up To The Launch Party

Lyft’s New York Launch Is Delayed But Protesters Still Showed Up To The Launch Party

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“They are throwing a free party and we’re here to ruin that party.” Protesters from the New York Taxi Workers Alliance are happy that Lyft did not launch last night. The delayed launch of Lyft did not stop its launch party from happening or stop the protesters from coming. Kakez @PhuckYoRomance Follow #lyftnyc yassss coming to nyc get a ride when you need one Reply Retweet Favorite Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/annmariealcantara/lyfts-new-york-launch-is-delayed-but-protesters-still-showed
These beautiful shark facts and pictures will give you 10 reasons to love them.

These beautiful shark facts and pictures will give you 10 reasons to love them.

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There's a reason why we're told to live every week like it's Shark Week. GIF via Step Brothers." Sharks are simultaneously some of the most exhilarating and terrifying forces of nature on the planet. They are glorious, majestic apex predators that affect entire ecosystems with their toothy, subaqueous badassery and demand our constant admiration and respect. Hear me roar. All shark photos via iStock. But they're also probably one of the most misunderstood species on the planet. Thankfully, they're just one of many featured in "Racing Extinction" a terrifyingly beautiful film that soon premieres on Discovery Channel. But before we get to that, let's explain why you should care about one of the many species showcased in that film sharks! Here are 10 facts tha...
This Homeless Dog Needed Help Getting Off The Streets. Luckily, She Found It.

This Homeless Dog Needed Help Getting Off The Streets. Luckily, She Found It.

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Eldad Hagar, a kind man and an animal lover who runs the Hope for Paws animal rescue organization, got a call about an abandoned Pit Bull living out in an industrial area of Los Angeles. Worried about her survival in such an environment, he left to save her right away. With the help of Lisa Chiarelli he set out to search for the poor homeless pooch and see if he couldn't rescue the female dog and eventually find her a loving home. Check out the rescue below, but grab some tissues first! (Source: Eldad Hagar) It always amazes me to see how quickly dogs adjust and become happy and loving when they realize they're safe and with loving people. They're truly remarkable creatures and deserving of the title of man's best friend. Share this sweet rescue with your friends below....
Danny Clayton Broke His Back And Is Live-Tweeting His Hospital Experience

Danny Clayton Broke His Back And Is Live-Tweeting His Hospital Experience

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The Channel V presenter injured his spine at a trampoline world. :( 1. Lovable VJ Danny Clayton is currently in hospital in Sydney after breaking his spine. View this image › Ryan Pierse / Getty Images 2. Clayton revealed the news on Twitter on Wednesday night. Danny Clayton @DannyjClayton Follow Hey everyone. I've broken my spine. This isn't a cry for attention this is a call for Zelda Ocarina of time on NintendonDS. Can you help? Reply Retweet Favorite 3. On Facebook, he said the injury had happened at a trampoline world. View this image › Facebook: mynameisDanny 4. He posted this video to Instagram, confirming that his toes do wiggle just fine. instagram.com “I never thought I would be so grateful to...
Pretty Little Liars Recap: Four Sluts and a Funeral

Pretty Little Liars Recap: Four Sluts and a Funeral

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Every time we watch a season premiere of Pretty Little Liars we are reminded why this show is so epic. Sure, it makes less sense to me than the A.C.L.U. but it still manages to be better than Revenge. Here are a few reasons why we can't get enough of PLL, a show that targets tweens: - A high school girl has a lair, and that's totally okay - A resident of Rosewood dies in freak accidents bi weekly and the only people the police question are 4 overtly dressed teens - A girl in a red jacket is terrorizing 4-7 people at a time yet no one can find this girl even though she's wearing a RED COAT. However there were a few things that bothered us last night namely Hanna's outfits. Did she wake up and go, "I think I'll wear a Shamwow for a headband today." It was f...
Russia Sentences Notorious Anti-LGBT Activist To Prison — But Not For Anti-LGBT Attacks

Russia Sentences Notorious Anti-LGBT Activist To Prison — But Not For Anti-LGBT Attacks

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Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich was sentenced to five years in a labor camp, but faced no charges for his infamous videos torturing gay men. BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (BF_STATIC.bf_test_mode) localStorage.setItem('posted_date', 1408484842); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById("update_posted_time_3422466").innerHTML = "posted on " + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(1408484842); }); View this image › Maxim Martsinkevich / Vkontakte Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich, the Russian who went by Tesak, who became known worldwide for the “Occupy Pedophilia” movement that entrapped gay men and posted videos torturing and humiliating them on social media, was sentenced Friday to five years in a labor camp, according to a re...
These Confessions From Retail Employees Are Both Helpful And Mind-Blowing.

These Confessions From Retail Employees Are Both Helpful And Mind-Blowing.

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Retail/service sector jobs are a rite of passage. All it takes is a year or two for the real truth to sink in: Retail and service sector jobs suck. While your time in retail will give you the experience you need for a better job, it also gives you the chance to learn the cool/interesting/deep dark secrets of the companies you work for. Here are 10 confessions about your favorite retail companies that will enlighten and maybe even enrage you a little bit. This explains the powerful headache I get every time I'm in there. Damn. That's pretty awesome. I bet they're not too happy about this little secret getting out. People actual...
Electronic Pollution Disorients Migratory Robins

Electronic Pollution Disorients Migratory Robins

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  The noise produced by our everyday devices are disrupting the internal compass of migratory birds. When exposed to weak electromagnetic fields, birds flying at night over urban areas lose their sense of migratory direction. For decades, we’ve debated whether or not electric or magnetic fields affect human health, and this study reveals the stark effect our electronics use have on the function of an entire sensory system in another animal.    Many night-migratory songbirds rely on Earth’s weak magnetic field to orient themselves on their migration paths. But everything we plug in makes electromagnetic noise. "If you could sense this electromagnetic noise, it would probably be like some kind of rock concert going on all the time," Henrik Mouritsen from Univers
In Defence Of Racer Snakes  The Demons Of Planet Earth II (Theyre Only After A Meal)

In Defence Of Racer Snakes The Demons Of Planet Earth II (Theyre Only After A Meal)

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Its the stuff of nightmares: a rockface that comes alive with a writhing mass of snapping serpents seemingly hellbent on working together to capture and consume a defenceless young marine iguana. This jaw-dropping scene aired as part of the new series of the BBCs flagship natural history programme, Planet Earth II, and seems to have captured the imagination of millions. Filmed on Fernandina Island in the Galpagos, the Galpagos Racer (Philodryas biserialis) is a slim, fast-moving, mildly venomous snake that reaches lengths of up to 120cm. They were filmed during their best feeding opportunity of the year, as young iguanas are born and make a dash for the safety of the higher rocks above. Snake eyesight has evolved to quickly detect movement and once they spot a target, their reactions c...
Why Pierce Brown Might Be Fiction’s Next Superstar

Why Pierce Brown Might Be Fiction’s Next Superstar

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View this image › Photograph by Jessica Chou for BuzzFeed Pierce Brown is a creator of worlds. One of those worlds is the dystopian future in his impressive debut novel, Red Rising. The other exists in his bedroom. The first thing you see in a row of DVDs is the entire Battlestar Galactica series next to Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings. There are carefully curated bookshelves lined with leather-bound fantasy novels and small gargoyle figurines that peer down at you from the top shelves. A framed and ornately
10 Fascinating Facts About Eskimos

10 Fascinating Facts About Eskimos

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Eskimos. Eskimaux. Inuit–Yupik. Inupiat–Yupik. There are many names for the brave, kayak-paddling people of the North who live in some of the harshest conditions known to man. But what do we really know about them? Beyond the igloos, harpoons, and hooded fur coats, most people know very little about these historical hunter-gatherers and their modern kin. 10 The Name Although it can be (and often is) used in neutral context, the term “eskimo” is generally thought to be slightly racist, much the same way the term “Indian” is insulting to Native Americans. However, it’s technically considered an acceptable and commonly used scientific term with a fairly solid etymology. Although “eskimo” is thought to be either Danish or French (from the word “eskimeaux”), the name is probably based
Why “Big Brother” Has Remained TV’s Most Addictive Reality Show

Why “Big Brother” Has Remained TV’s Most Addictive Reality Show

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After 15 seasons, CBS’s ode to voyeurism is as popular as ever. Following its most controversial season yet, Big Brother executive producer Allison Grodner on where the show is heading, how the next set of twists provide a necessary revamp, and why she’ll never let go of the reins. View this image › Sonja Flemming / CBS The gist of George Orwell’s acclaimed novel 1984 is that, in a surveillance state, big brother is always watching. And, since its inception in 1999, the world has watched the concept’s namesake, Big Brother: a Dutch reality show created by John de Mol that, for several months, locks a dozen or so money-hungry people inside a camera-covered mansion, where their every moment is recorded. CBS picked up the rights to the format in ...
“The Last Supper” reenacted by wraiths

“The Last Supper” reenacted by wraiths

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From Wikipedia…The Goldwell Open Air Museum is an outdoor sculpture park near the ghost town of Rhyolite in Nevada…The nonprofit museum was organized in 2000 after the death of Albert Szukalski, the Belgian artist who created the site’s first sculptures in 1984 near the abandoned railway station in Rhyolite.The sculpture, The Last Supper, consists of ghostly life-sized forms arranged as in the painting The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Szukalski molded his shapes by draping plaster-soaked burlap over live models until the plaster dried enough to stand on its own.The 1984 sculpture was only intended to last 2 years, but is still as extant and eerie as ever…(via My Modern Met, Goldwell Museum)Read more: http://twentytwowords.com/the-last-supper-reenacted-by-wraiths/
Camper Finds Adorable Surprise In Camp Shower

Camper Finds Adorable Surprise In Camp Shower

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Aussie Stephen Paice went camping and was about to hit the campsite showers when he found a big surprise. Thankfully, it was a cuddly and cute surprise instead of a terrifying and poisonous Australian surprise. Looks like a opossum. The video was actually posted in January, but has only gone viral now with over half a million new views!   Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/05/01/camper-finds-adorable-surprise-in-camp-shower/
Beauty, A Boy, Burns, and a Shopping Cart

Beauty, A Boy, Burns, and a Shopping Cart

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View this image › 1. I want to tell you a story. A handmade book is here on my desk. Six little pumpkins sitting on the fence — one fell off and how many left? My middle daughter Delphine made it in kindergarten. Her name is printed carefully on the back. She wrote those letters 15 years ago. That year I met Deon. On Mondays I volunteered in my daughter’s classroom. My job was to help with scissors and glue, making “books” of trees with leaves that fell off, and then jack-o’-lanterns. Five little pumpkins sitting on a fence — one fell off and how many left? Deon
22 Photos That Are So Hard To Believe, You’ll Think They Were Photoshopped

22 Photos That Are So Hard To Believe, You’ll Think They Were Photoshopped

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Photoshop means that we doubt the photos that we see a lot more. It first glance you may doubt every single one of these, but they are all genuine, we promise. 1. Headless hockey player?   2. This is a drape over a construction site.   3. The result of a pole that caught on fire. Taken by Igor Podgorny in Russia 4. The Radisson Blu Hotel AquaDom, Berlin   5. This is by the French photographer Philippe Ramette   6. Just a hybrid of a pony and a zebra!   7. It’s all make up and hair dye, known as the ‘Desaturated Santa‘   8. San Cruise Hotel in South Korea.   9.  A 3D image on a tree by the photographer Clement Briend   10.  The Dubai skyline reaches the clouds   11. A man-made funnel that drains during floods. 12.  These
10 Things Humans have Saved from Extinction

10 Things Humans have Saved from Extinction

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As humans, we are a paradoxical animal. Our history has been punctuated by scientific discoveries, allowing us to advance and improve the way we live. Simultaneously, we use these very same wonderful breakthroughs to inflict needless pain. Aptly, we call this ‘human nature.’ With all the bad press we give each other, we often lose sight of the good we are capable of. An increasing cultural focus on environmentalism has emphasized the many wonderful forms of life which we have carelessly wiped out. To help bring us back down to Earth, here are ten animals and plants who owe their continued existence entirely to humanity. The common head louse is only able to survive on humans. Many parasites are species specific – we often forget that when one creature goes extinct, so ...
Top 10 Most Wicked Popes

Top 10 Most Wicked Popes

Religion
Out of the 266 Popes to have ruled the Catholic Church, ten in particular stand out for their wickedness. This is a list of the ten with a description of their errors and faults. 1. Liberius, reigned 352-66 [Catholic Encyclopaedia] Pope Liberius is the first Pope not to be canonised a saint. He reigned during the height of the Arian crisis during which a large majority of the Church believed that Jesus was not God, but merely a man. The Arian heresy was fought against by the Patriarch of Alexandria Saint Athanasius who consecrated Bishops without permission. Pope Liberius, rather than defending Athanasius, signed a document that supported those against him and condemned Athanasius. Nearing the end of his pontificate he recanted his signature and reinstated Athanasius. While the Pope ...
Four Wildlife Rangers Murdered By Poachers

Four Wildlife Rangers Murdered By Poachers

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In the Democratic Republic of Congos Garamba National Park, four rangers were killed on October5 when their patrol exchanged gunfire with poachers in the western Azande hunting area. The 10-man patrol was in charge of protecting the parks elephants. The rangers were tracking one of the parks elephants via a tracking collar, which led them to a poachers camp. They were outnumbered, butsix of the of rangers were able to retreat and were eventually rescued by an African Parks helicopter. The four men killed included three rangers and one military colonel of the Colognese Armed Forces (FARDC). "Our sincere condolences go to the families of the four men who tragically lost their loved ones while they were bravely eliminating the scourge of elephant poaching from Garamba National Park, said Pet...
20 Clever Baking Tips That Will Make Your Sweet Tooth So, So Happy

20 Clever Baking Tips That Will Make Your Sweet Tooth So, So Happy

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Whoever said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day clearly hasn't had dessert in a while. I don't know about you, but right after I eat something savory, I need to satisfy my sweet tooth. If that means eating a chocolate bar right after stuffing my face with pizza, so be it. But as much as I love sweets, I should probably just come to terms with the fact that I'll always be better at eating them than I am at making them.Or will I? If you're like me and you could benefit from a healthy dose of confectionary know-how, adding these 20 tricks to your arsenal could give you a new lease on sweet, sugary life. 1. Add instant pudding mix to cake batter to up the decadence factor. ...
The Shirk Report – Volume 254

The Shirk Report – Volume 254

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Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find the 25 funniest images, 10 most interesting articles, and 5 most viral videos from the previous week of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles typically originate from Twitter, RSS and email; videos come from a variety of sources. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com! *for email subscribers: If you visit the direct link to the shirk report in your web browser (by clicking the blue, underlined title), the videos will play properly and images will appear immediately under the text rather than opening in a new window! 25 IMAGES – Let’s get right into it – This meerkat is struggling to stay awake – Your backpack is inferior | Your suitcase is irrelevant – Leading up to today’s Cana...
Costco Kid: 18 Signs You Were Raised By Costco

Costco Kid: 18 Signs You Were Raised By Costco

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Welcome to Costco Wholesale, the Club Med of responsible home-owning. All right, let’s keep it a buck with each other here, that place raised us. And with good reason. It truly is a magical place. Costco is where you can buy pretty much any amenity your house could possibly need – in massive quantities, all for cheap – while also being fed free samples like an Egyptian pharaoh who has some errands to run. Sadly, as we’ve gotten older, trips to Costco have become more of a rare occurrence. While we all would love to hit Costco for a full year’s worth of floss, or a couple sh*tty DVDs for under 5 dollars, there simply isn’t enough time anymore. Or at least that’s how it feels these days with work, or college, or work and college. Regardless, Costco still has left its impr
10 Terrible Scrooges

10 Terrible Scrooges

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Christmas is nearly here! In four days we will all be opening our gifts and drinking and eating to satiety. In honor of this most important Christian holiday, here is a list about scrooges. “[Ebenezer Scrooge] lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!” Miserliness is defined as extreme frugality with money. The miser may spend very little on himself but a lot on others, or a lot on himself and very little on others, or, typically, very little at all. Cato of Utica was known for being fiercely moral in a time when it seemed no one in Rome gave ev...
43 Insanely Cool Remodeling Ideas For Your Home

43 Insanely Cool Remodeling Ideas For Your Home

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Can you get through this post without calling your contractor? View this image › Chris Ritter/BuzzFeed 1. Don’t just install any outdoor bathtub. Install THIS outdoor bathtub. View this image › nkwichi.com Like taking a bath in a tiny canyon, for crissakes. 2. Level up a window seat by adding a trundle bed. View this image › Whether your child is having a sleepover or you’ve got some relatives in town, this extra bed has got you covered. 3. Lower your living room to create a conversation pit. View this image › gaweomah.blogspot.com The bi-level living room will give your home an incredibly spacious yet cozy effect. 4. A platform in a storage/guestroom hides away all of your stuff while keeping the room usable. View...
Squid Filmed Using Ink To Confuse And Distract Prey

Squid Filmed Using Ink To Confuse And Distract Prey

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A video showing Japanese pygmy squidsplatting their prey with ink before attacking it casts doubt on existing theories about how cephalopods use their ink. Rather than squirting it as a defensive mechanism to help them escape predators, the footage suggests that it could also form part of their offensive weaponry. Numerous species have previously been observed using ink to evadethreats, although a new study in the journal Marine Biology is the first to document this type of predatory behavior. To conduct the study, researchers placed Japanese pygmy squidin tanks with three different species of shrimp, and observed their mode of attack. A total of 322 predation events were recorded, with the squids using ink as an aide on 13 of these occasions. Interestingly, the way in whic...
A Party At The Last Magazine: An Exclusive Excerpt From Michael Hastings’ New Novel

A Party At The Last Magazine: An Exclusive Excerpt From Michael Hastings’ New Novel

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Next week marks the publication of The Last Magazine, the late BuzzFeed reporter’s first novel — as well as the first anniversary of his death. We’re celebrating his work and his life with these chapters, chronicling a book party that totally in no way took place in the offices of Newsweek. View this image › BuzzFeed Michael Hastings was one of our generation’s best, most driven, and fearless reporters. His work at Rolling Stone changed the course of the American war in Afghanistan. At BuzzFeed, he told the story of the 2012 election and was building a beat on the dark side of Hollywood when he was killed in a car crash at 33,...
Community Post: INTERVIEW: Malcolm Freberg Of “Survivor: Philippines” And “Survivor: Caramoan”

Community Post: INTERVIEW: Malcolm Freberg Of “Survivor: Philippines” And “Survivor: Caramoan”

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How does someone recover from the mental and physical anguish experienced on this reality show? You weren’t out on the town shopping like MTV’s The Hills. You go through so much on this show. You re-approach ‘normal’ very slowly. The game is no joke – I lost over 40 pounds over the two seasons I was on Survivor. When I first got home, my body couldn’t handle carbohydrates, and I was unable to hold down any heavy, rich foods for almost a month (not that it stopped me from trying). And the initial weight you put on isn’t muscle; your body is used to starving and thus converts any fuel it receives into fat stores. For the first few months at home, I carried around a sizable fast-food-fueled tire around my waist. Mental recovery is a trial as well. When y
You Farted In Front Of Your BF? Here Are 5 Ways To Redeem Yourself

You Farted In Front Of Your BF? Here Are 5 Ways To Redeem Yourself

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Love is a battlefield. Pat Benatar wouldnt have said so if it wasnt true. There are a lot of challenges that arise when you embark on a new relationship. Some of my favorite strugglesinclude impressing crazy family members, toothbrush-location drama and adjusting to new and strange Netflix queues. But, there is one fear that lives deep inside all of our guts, bubbling up to the surface during intense moments of stress, doubt and burrito binges. What if — I mean WHAT IF — you farted in front of your boyfriend? Hi. My name is Jamie LeeLo, and I am a FIBF survivor. And I can help you. Here is what I recommend: Defend yourself This means reminding him you make 78 cents to the dollar. WHAT ABOUT FEMINISM, BRO?! Gently remind him men and women are created equal, and you have every ...
Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls Buried By Vesuvius To Be Revealed

Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls Buried By Vesuvius To Be Revealed

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The ancient rage of Mount Vesuvius buried the town of Herculaneum, the less well-known counterpart to Pompeii, almost two millennia ago. At the time, the Roman Empire must have considered it lost for eternity, but today, scientists are working around the clock trying to excavate its secrets. Now, a new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has revealed that lead ink may hold the key to deciphering buried scrolls uncovered from the wreckage. Over 2,000 papyrus scrolls have been recovered to date from a single house in Herculaneum, the so-called Villa of the Papyri. Apart from carefully unfurling them to read their contents, X-rays have also been used by researchers in an attempt to glimpse what the more damaged segments of them might say. O...
Well, That Pretty Much Disproves Everything I Thought I Knew About The Human Body

Well, That Pretty Much Disproves Everything I Thought I Knew About The Human Body

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Tim Noakes is has spent years hunting for the most dangerous game of all: lies that have somehow become widely believed. Do you drink a lot of water or Gatorade during workouts? At 2:53, Noakes reveals how you could actually kill yourself by following the advice of many endurance runners. Do you think that your muscles give out during exercise? Skip to 7:54 to see why that's not actually the case. Could a human being survive a mile-long naked swim in the arctic? Go to 10:54 to find out. The real buzzkill comes at 12:24, and it explains why a vegan unfairly took breakfast away from America. If Tim Noakes has learned anything, it's that most of what he knows is probably wrong. How ironic. Read more: http://upworthy.com/well-that-pretty-much-disproves-everything...
20 Problems You Always Encounter While Apartment Hunting

20 Problems You Always Encounter While Apartment Hunting

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It’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do. Not counting actually LIVING with people. 1. You spend so much time looking online you never actually go outside. View this image › E! / Via whatgodzillasaidtogod.tumblr.com 2. What you WANT and what you can AFFORD are entirely different things. View this image › Comedy Central / Via giphy.com 3. You think you’ve found a place and then realise no busses, trains, or trams are in the area. View this image › howelladdicted.tumblr.com 4. Real estate sites keep showing you “nearby” suburbs. View this image › Via replygif.net IF I WANTED TO LIVE IN THAT SUBURB I WOULD HAVE *SEARCHED* FOR THAT SUBURB! 5. Everything good seems to be only JUST out of your pri...
The Best Bar To Watch The World Cup In All 50 States

The Best Bar To Watch The World Cup In All 50 States

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You can’t make it to Brazil? No problem. 1. Alabama thecomebacktown.com ironcitybham-origin.ticketbiscuit.com   WHAT: Iron City BhamWHERE: 513 22nd St South Birmingham, AL 35233WHY: The Iron City Bham is a 1,300 person music venue in downtown Birmingham that is being converted into World Cup central where fans can watch their favorite teams on a 240 square ft HD projector screen. 2. Alaska media-cdn.tripadvisor.com Facebook: The-New-Peanut-Farm   WHAT: New Peanut Farm WHERE: 5227 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99518WHY: Anchorage’s most popular sports bar is massive — two stories, 25-foot ceilings, an elaborate 80 foot bar, and numerous large projection and flat screens. So you’ll be sure to have a great seat to...