World’s oldest African penguin gets cancer surgery

Tess, a 40 year old African penguin who lives at the Pueblo Zoo in Colorado, has an aggressive skin cancer on her face. She was taken to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where she was zapped with radiation. She seems to be recovering nicely, and is back at the zoo, swimming with her friends.

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Pancake safari

The latest from Saipancakes: a beautiful assortment of African animals in carbohydrate form.

Watch: cats vs. Christmas trees

A compilation of cats destroying Christmas trees.

Snail named after The Clash singer Joe Strummer

“Because they look like punk rockers in the 70s and 80s and they have purple blood and live in such an extreme environment, we decided to name one new species after a punk rock icon,” said Shannon Johnson, a researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

The name A. strummeri honors Joe Strummer, the lead singer and a guitarist of the British punk rock band The Clash.

Here's the video for "Keys to Your Heart," recorded by the 101ers, Strummer's pre-Clash band, in 1976:

Deemed punk rock, snail named after The Clash singer Joe Strummer

Image: Shannon Johnson -- Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

WATCH: Dog frightened by pineapple


WATCH: Dogs who wear clothes and walk on two legs

A country girl

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Zelda the cat looks through a paper towel tube

zelda Zelda, a frequent guest on Boing Boing's Virgin America seatback channel, enjoys peering through a paper towel tube.

Mystery of Bulgaria's green cat finally explained

green-catThe cat is obviously of Orion origin, but delusional conspiracy theorists claim it is green because it sleeps on "on the top of an abandoned pile of synthetic green paint in a garage." [via]

Grumpy Cat makes more money than Gwyneth Paltrow



Grumpy Cat's earnings from books, a film, and other products bearing his likeness have topped $100 million in two years.

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World's oldest two-faced cat dies


RIP, Frank and Louie, the world's oldest two-faced cat. He passed away peacefully at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuft's University in Grafton, Massachusetts, on Thursday morning. He was 15.

Beautiful, surreal story about garden pests

Will Kaufman's "Coping with Common Garden Pests" offers a fresh and weird perspective on the gardener's age-old battle.

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Pigeon outwits cat

For a while, at least! [via]

Bottom Feeders: Plates and cups dredged from the sea-bottom

Mary O'Malley's "Bottom Feeders" sculpture-series depicts cups, teapots, plates, saucers and bowls that appear to have been recovered from the sea-bottom, covered in barnacles, coral, tentacles and crustaceans.

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LISTEN: Man records crickets, discovers angels and humans singing to God

Composer Jim Wilson has recorded the sound of crickets and then slowed down the recording, revealing something so amazing. The crickets sound like they are singing the most angelic chorus in perfect harmony. Though it sounds like human voices, everything you hear in the recording is the crickets themselves.

Some listeners are not convinced.

I prefer this cricket song.


Wasp crackers

It's pretty predictable that a list of the world's "100 strangest" foods would be mostly entrails and arthropods, but the digger wasp-crackers of Omachi, Japan are curiously appetizing (YMMV).

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