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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...
It’s outrageous what these women are offering to do so that we can have paid family leave.

It’s outrageous what these women are offering to do so that we can have paid family leave.

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Not being able to take paid family leave places families in tough corners. Many years ago, after a difficult night of trying to calm my asthmatic 2-year-old's respiratory cold, she took a turn for the worse. She began to have "chest retractions," which is what happens when the lungs aren't doing the work of bringing in and expelling air efficiently, so the torso muscles start actually pumping the lungs for survival. This is what those look like. It's terrifying, and when this happens, oxygen levels in the blood can get dangerously low. GIF from Liege Davis/YouTube. Lack of paid family leave forces people to make terrible decisions. I got her admitted to the hospital at about 5:00 a.m. and needed to report to my job at 9:00 a.m. I wanted nothing more than to stay by h...
A trip to Mars will require people to use these 8 bizarre inventions.

A trip to Mars will require people to use these 8 bizarre inventions.

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Sure, visiting other countries is great. Trying new cuisines, seeing the sites, good times all around. But what about traveling to a place far beyond our own lonely planet? You know what I'm talking about: Mars. But surely we are still hundreds, if not thousands of years away from actually being able to live on the Red Planet? Before you jump to any conclusions, check out these eight groundbreaking astronomic advances that could mean life on Mars might not be too far away. 1. First of all, you need a way to get there. Let me show you an ion thruster that goes 90,000 mph. GIF from "Spaceballs." NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) is a powerful new ion thruster, which is the fastest, most fuel-efficient propulsion engine ever built. ...
Glass cars, sentient spoons, and an inventor who’s challenging our idea of normal.

Glass cars, sentient spoons, and an inventor who’s challenging our idea of normal.

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What is normal? Many designers create products that are normal but better or "super normal," as a Japanese design philosophy calls it. Dominic Wilcox, a designer and inventor from northeast England, has turned this philosophy on its head by using normal items and twisting them into something whimsical. By using everyday items, he takes things we understand and twists them into something "surprising and inventive." The results are often playful and humorous, like a tummy-rumbling amplification device: GIF via Dominic Wilcox/YouTube. Wilcox explained why playfulness opens up the creative process in an interview for design publication Cool Hunting: "Sometimes theres a temptation to think, 'What does it do? How do we sell that?' That closes the idea down. I try to ke...
Ever heard of ‘forest kindergarten’? It’s a fresh approach to early education.

Ever heard of ‘forest kindergarten’? It’s a fresh approach to early education.

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Ah, recess. It really was the best, wasn't it? A chance to get some fresh air, burn off extra energy, and fine-tune your kickball or hopscotch skills. But thanks to the Common Core and No Child Left Behind, recess time isn't what it used to be. Schools are focusing more on early reading and math skills, even if it means sacrificing playtime or the arts. But what if we're doing it all wrong? You can take our recess, but you can't take our freedom. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images Research suggests that learning to read by the end of kindergarten doesn't have long-term benefits and that play-based, child-centered preschool programs result in greater academic achievement by the sixth year of school. Studies have also shown that kids who are active perform better in sch...
Why you should let this comic book writer inspire you to be more productive, using text messages.

Why you should let this comic book writer inspire you to be more productive, using text messages.

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People are always looking for that "one weird trick" that will rocket them to success. Life hacks are up there with cats and reaction GIFs on the list of Things the Internet Loves. Everybody's eager to find that perfect shortcut for living a full, productive life without actually doing anything. There are probably more Super Clever How-To Guides for Being Awesome online than there are people in the world. Which kinda makes sense when you think about it: We still haven't found the One True Way to Do Things Better/Stronger/Faster, so we have to keep hunting for the next best option. (Unless someone has figured it out, and they're just not telling us. In which case, not cool.) But if there's anyone who knows how to get sh*t done, it's comic book writer (and certified BA...
Does some anxiety stem from greater intelligence?

Does some anxiety stem from greater intelligence?

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Some people get anxiety and obsess over details. Almost as hard as getting an Oscar. GIF from "Wolf of Wall Street." And we often see it as a sign that there's something broken in our psyches or that we're not dealing with things correctly. And since it's not fun to feel anxious, sometimes we rush to try to find ways to make it go away. Managing anxiety in whatever way you and/or your doctor decide is right for you is important, but if it's not debilitating, consider that some anxiety is normal and healthy. And it can even be a sign of higher intelligence. Yahurdme, Audrey. Higher IQ. GIF from "Breakfast at Tiffany's." In 2014, scientists found correlations between verbal intelligence and stress levels. Why? One of the theories, noted by New York Magazi...

Whether You're Worried About Your Body Or The Economy, You'll Appreciate These 2 Graphics

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Despite being the second-most popular outdoor activity in the U.S., bicycling isn't seen as a legit mode of transportation in a lot of parts of the country. That's probably because a lot of places aren't yet built for it. But that's starting to change, and it's turning out to be a pretty great investment — and not just in our health. There's no arguing that having a bike-friendly community is a great idea no matter where you live. If this is a conversation you'd like to start with your mayor and city council, check out The League of American Bicyclists' toolkit. FACT CHECK TIME! The statistic about the number of cars sold is faulty. For 2013, CNN Money reports more than 15 million cars were sold (see also International Business Times), up only 7.6% for the y...

‘Anti-homeless’ laws have risen rapidly in U.S. cities. Finally, Washington responded.

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Can you imagine living in fear of falling asleep? For thousands of homeless people across the country living in areas with "anti-homeless" laws, getting shut-eye could also mean getting handcuffed. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images. But fortunately, the federal government just sent a strong, game-changing message to American cities on how they should be treating homeless folks when it comes to getting a night's rest. And, according to one expert on the matter, the message is to homeless advocates what the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality was to those fighting for gay rights. Last week, the Department of Justice basically said being homeless should not be treated as a crime. You might think that'd be a no-brainer, but there's actually been ...
5 foods and drinks that may not be around for the next generation thanks to climate change.

5 foods and drinks that may not be around for the next generation thanks to climate change.

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Think long and hard about your favorite thing to eat. Take in all the delicious smells. The sheer joy from every last bite, sip, chomp, or slurp. GIF via "Key & Peele." Now, think long and hard about having to say goodbye to your favorite food forever. GIF via "Adventure Time." Because some of America's favorite foods and drinks won't make it much longer. Yes, these sweet and savory delights are all at risk of experiencing a significant shortage, some as early as 2030. These are five of the treats at stake and what you can do to stop them from disappearing: 1. Peanut butter. A moment of silence for all that naked toast, y'all. You eat it by the spoonful when you're alone in your apartment, drop it in smoothies, and turn an or...
Lady Gaga’s powerful new video shows the reality of campus sexual assault.

Lady Gaga’s powerful new video shows the reality of campus sexual assault.

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Lady Gaga's career has been defined by memorable music videos. Her latest one is no exception. But Gaga's new video isn't the flashy, avant-garde performance art she's usually known for. The video for her latest single, "Till It Happens to You" is the theme song for the documentary "The Hunting Ground," which focuses on the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses and the school administrators who fail to help survivors and/or try to cover it up. (Full disclosure: I was interviewed for the documentary and make a few brief appearances in it.) One voice can be a catalyst for change on college campuses: http://t.co/XHj9wWQQqe #HuntingGround pic.twitter.com/lzttMW1UWh The Hunting Ground (@thehuntinground) April 16, 2015 1 in 5 women and 5% of ...
Bill Gates thinks the 1% should foot the bill for renewable energy, and he’s offering the first $2B.

Bill Gates thinks the 1% should foot the bill for renewable energy, and he’s offering the first $2B.

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Whatever you might think of him, Bill Gates is a man who knows a thing or two about a thing or two. After all, he is the richest man in the world. And while money isn't necessarily an indication of intelligence, he's clearly doing something right. (I don't say this lightly either; I've been a loyal Apple user for 22 years, and even I can admit the guy's had a few good ideas here and there.) But when Gates says something like "We need an energy miracle," he's got my attention. Gates recently sat down for a lengthy interview with The Atlantic about energy, the economy, and innovation. Specifically, he talks about the relationships between research and development (R&D) and public versus private funding and how a historical look at the radical advancements in cancer treatment, the In...

The oldest whales on the planet are more ancient than ‘Moby Dick’ and have the harpoons to prove it.

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You're probably familiar with the literary classic "Moby Dick." But in case you're not, here's the gist: Moby Dick is the name of a huge albino sperm whale. (Get your mind outta the gutter.) There's this dude named Captain Ahab who really really hates the whale, and he goes absolutely bonkers in his quest to hunt and kill it, and then everything is awful and we all die unsatisfied with our shared sad existence and oops, spoilers! OK, technically, the narrator Ishmael survives. So it's actually a happy ending (kind of)! Whale's tail pale ale GIF via GoPro/YouTube And yet by some miracle, there are whales who were born before "Moby Dick" was published that are still alive today. What are the odds of that? Honestly it's hard to calculate since we can't exactly swim up to a bowhead and...
Only 4% of the world’s oceans are protected — and a lot of that’s in a country you haven’t heard of.

Only 4% of the world’s oceans are protected — and a lot of that’s in a country you haven’t heard of.

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For something that makes up 71% of the surface of the planet, it's kind of crazy to think that we only protect 4% of our ocean water. It goes without saying that water is important. It comprises 55% to 78% percent of our bodies and about 19% of the electricity in the world. tl;dr it's pretty crucial to our survival. But while water can do some amazing things, it can't stand up and protect itself from things like massive oil spills or other man-made damages to its regulatory systems. Mostly it just lays there, passively sloshing back and forth, and oh yeah, cultivating an incredible ecosystem for millions of amazing creatures. And yet, for all the time that we've spent fighting over land, there's still 140 million square miles of the Earth's surface that no one's looking out for....
A 9-year-old boy learns to be a superhero with the help of a friendly waiter.

A 9-year-old boy learns to be a superhero with the help of a friendly waiter.

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Born with a congenital heart defect, Oscar underwent open-heart surgery when he was just six days old. He was born with the condition transposition of the great arteries. "His father and I faced an uncertain future with our newborn son," Oscar's mom, Jeni, told me via email. "Our world wasn't just turned upside down it was inside out and shaken around and very confusing." Here's Oscar, the day after his surgery. All photos courtesy of Jen Goodhand-Wyatt. Thanks to help from Heart Link Children's Charity, Jeni and her husband were given accommodations near the hospital to stay near their young son as he worked through the early stages of recovery. The charity also helped by providing some of the equipment Oscar would need for his long-term survival. Now 9 years old, ...
What is modern living like for people in the Arctic Circle? These native artists will show you.

What is modern living like for people in the Arctic Circle? These native artists will show you.

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It didn't take long for Khadry Okotetto to realize he wasn't cut out for a life in finance. Born in the remote Siberian tundra, far beyond villages and roads, Khadry didn't learn Russian until he was sent off to boarding school at age 7. His native tongue is that of the Nenets, one of the many indigenous peoples of the Arctic Circle and barring a brief moment (which now makes him laugh) when he studied banking in college, Khadry has dedicated his life to the traditional music and folklore of his people. Photo by Asya Malysheva/Circum-Arctic Art Show. Used with permission. In the Nenet language, Khadry's name means "eternal blizzard." He finds that oddly fitting. "I end up all over, in unexpected places," he told the Circum-Arctic Gallery in Reykjavk. "I love freedom. I l...
Patrick Stewart and other celebs point out 2 words people keep confusing about the refugee crisis.

Patrick Stewart and other celebs point out 2 words people keep confusing about the refugee crisis.

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The rush of people streaming out of the Middle East and into Europe is often referred to as a "migrant crisis"... Syrian refugees near the Croatian boarder. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images. ...which can be very misleading as many of the so-called "migrants" are actually "refugees." An asylum-seeker on a train in Macedonia. Photo by Armend Nimani/Getty Images. Both migrants and refugees are coming to Europe, but there's actually a pretty big difference between the two. Craig Ferguson. All GIFs via United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees/YouTube. Perhaps most importantly, migrants can return home if they want to. A refugee on the other hand? It's critical to recognize that the millions of refugees crossing Europe's borders are fleeing for their ver...
What would you write in a love letter to the planet? Here are 19 beautiful examples.

What would you write in a love letter to the planet? Here are 19 beautiful examples.

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Everyone knows that Paris is the city of love. But the Earth itself rarely gets the romance it deserves. When you think about it, that's kinda messed up. Our home planet does so many amazing and selfless things for us. And what do we do in return? At best, we call it beautiful; at worst, we neglect and abuse it. That ain't cool. All photos by Thom Dunn/Upworthy. But an art installation at Paris's Petit Palais aims to shower our planet with the love that it deserves. The installation was created as part of the two-day Earth to Paris summit and coincided with the COP21 Climate Conference also going on in Paris. Activists and artists from all across the world were invited to share their messages of hope, love, and adoration for our dear Mother Earth. (and, by extension, the global...
31 photos of sculptures that will make you think so many deep thoughts.

31 photos of sculptures that will make you think so many deep thoughts.

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Right now in Sydney, Australia, you can walk down a beautiful beach and see dozens of jaw-dropping, mind-bending sculptures. Billed as the "world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition," "Sculpture by the Sea" was started 18 years ago on a budget of just $11,000 and now draws over 500,000 visitors a year. These amazing photos were taken by Lisa Maree Williams. Despite the idyllic setting, the sculptures are like most art intended to make you think deep thoughts. While it's impossible to know which deep thoughts the artists were going for (and it's rude to ask), these are my best guesses. Your deep thoughts may vary. Unlimited deep thoughts per customer. 1. "The Bottles" by RCM Collective Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/31-photos-of-sculptures-that-will-...
April 18 is creeping ever closer, but you’re not alone! Take these helpful tips.

April 18 is creeping ever closer, but you’re not alone! Take these helpful tips.

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Just like that weird smell coming from the back of the fridge, if you ignore your taxes, they won't go away. I totally get it. Taxes can seem really stressful and intimidating. So much so that sometimes it's easier to just forget about them altogether. GIF via "Empire." But with a little prep and some research, the experience can be totally painless and, yes, even enjoyable. If you're a recent grad or just young enough to remember the "Fresh Prince" theme song, there may be a lot of free money and deductions on the table. So put on your best grown-up face and get ready to do this. Because you totally can! Now, whether you've already submitted your taxes for 2015 or you're thinking ahead to next year, keep these six tips in mind. 1. Get your act togeth...
One sexual assault can affect a whole family for years. Just ask Lady Gaga.

One sexual assault can affect a whole family for years. Just ask Lady Gaga.

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Lady Gaga took the stage at the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 23, 2016, to perform a song close to her heart. The singer performed "Til It Happens to You" a powerful ballad that describes the ensuing heartache that haunts a survivor of campus sexual assault. It's an especially personal tune for Gaga as she's a survivor herself. "Til It Happens to You" isn't just a powerful song. It's raising awareness and increasing visibility on the issue of sexual assault on campuses. The song, which aims to help give survivors a voice, was featured in the critically acclaimed documentary "The Hunting Ground," which explores the overlooked crisis of sexual assault on college campuses. #ItsOnUs to stop campus sexual assault. Join the movement growing on campuses nationwide: ht...

Polar bears aren’t actually white and more amazing facts about Arctic animals who need your help

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It's hard out there for an Arctic animal. The Arctic Circle is one of the last intact ecosystems on the planet to be mostly unaffected by industrialization (so far). But between the wind and the cold and the encroaching industrialization of the Arctic region, things are pretty rough above 66 degrees north latitude. That's exactly what makes these animals so remarkable. Adorableness aside (so much adorableness), these majestic critters are survival experts, built to tough out the most extreme conditions. But the looming threat of Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic oil drilling might be the one challenge they can't overcome. So while we celebrate their utter cuteness which is of course important let's not forget that they're also Mother Nature's Arctic BAMFs, but it's up to us to keep 'em ar...
19 powerful photos of queer people refusing to stay knocked down.

19 powerful photos of queer people refusing to stay knocked down.

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Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of anti-LGBT violence. The five young men couldn't risk being seen speaking to a foreigner about what they'd done, so they met secretly with Robin Hammond in his hotel room. The men explained they had been found guilty of practicing homosexuality a crime punishable by death in Northern Nigeria. Fortunately, their convictions fell short of the most severe sentence, but they still suffered 20-25 lashes each, were ostracized by their families, and effectively became homeless. 1. Ibrahim, Nigeria: "I am gay and proud to be that." Read their story here. Their stories changed the course of Hammond's career in a big way. Hammond, a contributing photographer for National Geographic, has been visiting Africa for years capt...
13 bizarre creatures prove there’s plenty we don’t know about Earth.

13 bizarre creatures prove there’s plenty we don’t know about Earth.

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Did you know that more than 95% of Earth's oceans remain unexplored? It's a pretty startling figure, but it's absolutely true. Oceans cover more than 70% of the planet's surface, and yet the overwhelming majority of them remain untouched and unseen by human eyes. Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images. There are two fairly massive challenges to exploring the depths of the ocean: pressure and light (or rather, the lack of light). At its deepest, the ocean goes 36,200 feet (6.85 miles) below the surface. Thanks to ever-evolving technology, we're increasingly able to learn more about what kind of life is capable of existing so far away from the surface of the sea. Mostly we've learned two things: There are some pretty weird creatures living in our oceans, and we aren't even c...
15 times politicians did the right thing in 2015.

15 times politicians did the right thing in 2015.

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2015 has been a big year in a lot of ways. The Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality and upheld the Affordable Care Act. The people of Ireland became the first country to grant the right to same-sex marriage by popular vote. There have been lots of good political things happening behind the scenes, but how about a few examples of positive things politicians did throughout the year? 1. World leaders came together and signed on to a historic climate change agreement. Earlier in December, world leaders met in Paris to address an issue vital to the Earth's survival: climate change. And for once, the politicians in attendance got real about the need and urgency to take immediate action. In the end, 195 countries signed on to the Paris Agreement, agreeing to reduce their carbon output as s...
Prince Harry’s devastating photos from South Africa are why poaching needs to go.

Prince Harry’s devastating photos from South Africa are why poaching needs to go.

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Prince Harry's tour of Kruger National Park in South Africa quickly become emotional for the 31-year-old royal. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images. (Warning: Potentially upsetting image below). The prince was heartbroken to see the carcasses of endangered animals left behind by poachers. Photo by Paul Edwards/Getty Images. "This belongs to South Africa and it's been stolen by other people. And the body's left here, wasted," the prince said upon viewing the body of a rhinoceros with just its horn cut away, according to a report in The Guardian. Harry has been documenting the trip on Instagram and appealing to his followers to help stop poaching. Among the heartrending photos: this one of the prince hugging an elephant that had been sedated for examination. ...
April 15 is creeping ever closer, but you’re not alone! Take these helpful tips.

April 15 is creeping ever closer, but you’re not alone! Take these helpful tips.

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Just like that weird smell coming from the back of the fridge, if you ignore your taxes, they won't go away. I totally get it. Taxes can seem really stressful and intimidating. So much so that sometimes it's easier to just forget about them altogether. GIF via "Empire." But with a little prep and some research, the experience can be totally painless and, yes, even enjoyable. If you're a recent grad or just young enough to remember the "Fresh Prince" theme song, there may be a lot of free money and deductions on the table. So put on your best grown-up face and get ready to do this. Because you totally can! Now, whether you've already submitted your taxes for 2015 or you're thinking ahead to next year, keep these six tips in mind. 1. Get your act togeth...
7 kinds of animals that you can eat with no factory farm involved

7 kinds of animals that you can eat with no factory farm involved

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So you want to eat meat, eh? There's a dilemma. Ever since the release of Michael Pollan's seminal book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma," more people all over the world have been trying to decide if their lives could use more locally harvested food including meat. The existing meat production pipeline is flawed. Pollan and many others like Eric Schlosser (of "Fast Food Nation" fame) and the documentary "Samsara" have showed us just how bad it really is. Some folks go vegan or vegetarian, but others have tried to figure out ways to get locally raised animals. Image of Michael Pollan by Sage Ross/Wikimedia. Were the walls of our meat industry to become transparent, literally or even figuratively, we would not long continue to raise, kill, and eat animals the way we do." Mi...
A mom’s moving story perfectly illustrates why a 20-week abortion ban is a bad idea.

A mom’s moving story perfectly illustrates why a 20-week abortion ban is a bad idea.

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April Salazar has a story to tell, and you really should hear it. It's about her abortion, which took place after she learned there was no chance of survival for the child she so desperately wanted. After years of trying to get pregnant, she and her husband finally succeeded. But later, they got some sobering news. April and her husband would have to wait longer than expected to bring a child home with them. Doctors told them that the baby had what's called lethal skeletal dysplasia. Essentially, this meant that just moments after birth, her newborn son would suffocate and die. April was faced with a painful decision: She could have an abortion, or she could carry the fetus to term, knowing it wouldn't survive for more than a few painful minutes. At 21-weeks pregna...
Artists got fed up with these ‘anti-homeless spikes.’ So they made them a bit more … comfy.

Artists got fed up with these ‘anti-homeless spikes.’ So they made them a bit more … comfy.

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These are called "anti-homeless spikes." They're about as friendly as they sound. Photo courtesy of CC BY-ND, Immo Klink and Marco Godoy. As you may have guessed, they're intended to deter people who are homeless from sitting or sleeping on that concrete step. And yeah, they're pretty awful. The spikes are a prime example of how cities design spaces to keep homeless people away. Not all concrete steps have spikes on them, but outdoor seating in cities like Montreal and Tokyo have been sneakily designed to prevent people from resting too comfortably for too long. This guy sawing through a bench was part of a 2006 protest in Toulouse, France, where public seating intentionally included armrests to prevent people from lying down. Photo by Eric Cab...
Sharks. Living inside a volcano. If this was a movie, it’d be ‘Shark-cano.’ But it’s real.

Sharks. Living inside a volcano. If this was a movie, it’d be ‘Shark-cano.’ But it’s real.

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There comes a time in all of our lives when we must admit the tragic truth: Sharknados are not real. Sharks rain from the sky like teardrops from my eyes. GIF from "Sharknado 2." Neither are Sharktopuses or Mega Shark and Mecha Shark or any other such fantastical creatures of SyFy Original Movie fame except for two-headed sharks (which could arguably occur as natural mutations) and avalanche sharks (which, with climate change, you never know). It's OK. It can be difficult accept the harrowing reality of our CGI-monster-less lives. But dry your eyes, brave soldier! For hope has risen like a phoenix from the fiery depths of the South Pacific.... GIF from "Sharknado 2." Scientists recently discovered a certain sharp-toothed surprise while exploring an active...