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Cat disapproves of dog's zebra mask

This happy dog doesn't mind wearing a zebra mask, but its feline friend dislikes it so much that her head has become astonishingly flat.


Microscopic zoom-in on a bacterium on a diatom on an amphipod


From the entrancing Micro Universe Tumblr: a bacterium on a diatom on an amphipod.

Bicyclist encounters horde of kangaroos

These kangaroos reminded me of meerkats when they saw this bicyclist approaching.


High-carbon Japanese whale-shaped chef's knives and pencil-sharpening knives

The Shiroko High Carbon Steel Kurouchi Kujira Whale Utility Chef's Knife is available in four models (the Type B has some clever handle-stuff going on -- and the charming, hand-forged kids' pencil sharpening knives are now available in the US!

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Look at the size of this grizzly bear paw

From West Coast Native News: "This is how big a grizzly bears paw is – by the way, the bear is sedated and about to be tagged."

Cat poses next to its own "missing cat" poster

Brian M. Cassidy snapped this photo of a cat peering through a window with a poster announcing that it was missing.


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Skeletal, poseable life-size critters

Just got a good ole look at these things at Burbank's spectacular Halloween Town; they're poseable, have a nice, grippy matte foam-rubber finish, and are so swell that I may just go back for the whole set!

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Alaska troopers want to know why idiot in bear suit is harassing grizzlies


Why would someone wear a realistic bear costume and use it bother a mother grizzly and her two cubs trying to eat salmon in an Alaska river? First of all, he's lucky the mother bear didn't eviscerate him when he ran to within five to ten feet of the cubs and began “waving and jumping,” according to a group of people watching from a respectful distance. Second, it's stressful to the bears.

Alaska Fish and Game technician Lou Cenicola, was able to move the mother bear out of the way, and he tried to talk to the man. The man didn't remove the bear head, and didn't identify himself. He told Cenicola, “You have the license plate number. You figure it out.” Then he drove away, still in costume.

State troopers are investigating and said the man could face wildlife harassment charges. [via]

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Video: dogs astonished by magic trick

Magician Jose Ahonen performed some sleight-of-hand magic on dogs and they were totally fooled. First, he showed them a treat held between his fingers and thumb. The dog naturally expressed interest in it. When the treat disappeared, they were like, "huh?"


Bionic Bird: a cat-foolin', smartphone-controlled ornithopter

Kyosho's $150 Bionic Bird is a smartphone-controlled ornithopter that is birdlike enough to fool a cat (or at least, the cat is pretending to be fooled).

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Man ordered to pull donkey in cart


An extraordinary scene took place on Saturday last at a small village within three miles of Middleton. A half-witted fellow named James Driscott had cruelly ill-used his donkey. He was told by several of the villagers that he would be brought up before the magistrates and severely punished; but his informants said that if he consented to do penance for his inhuman conduct, no information should be laid against him. Driscott gladly agreed to the proposed terms. The donkey was placed in the cart, and its owner, with the collar round his neck, was constrained to drag his four-footed servant through the village. The scene is described by a local reporter as being the most laughter-moving one he had ever witnessed. — Illustrated Police News, Jan. 22, 1876

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Tiny Hamster visits Walt Disney World

Tiny Hamster (previous/tiki bar - also in book form) visited Walt Disney World, but not the same one you and I visit -- this one was replete with tiny cardboard replicas of churro stands (with pouchable mini-churros!) and Dole Whip stands and a tiny shoebox Haunted Mansion (!) (Thanks, Eli!)

Mollusk biologist describes how slugs make babies


John Kelly of the Washington Post spotted a pair of leopard slugs mating on his driveway. He called Megan Paustian, a research biologist who consults for Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, to explain how slug sex works.

After Paustian told Kelly that she was "kind of jealous" that he got to watch a live leopard slug sex act when she has only been able to watch leopard slug porn, she went on to explain how they do it: “They make a mucus thread and then dangle down on it. As they hang there, the hermaphroditic slugs extrude their translucent penises — out of their heads. They swap sperm.”

Ever wondered how slugs make more slugs?

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Chameleon enjoys popping bubbles

Now someone is going to tell me that blowing bubbles near a chameleon is even worse than tickling a slow loris.

Researchers compile list of horse facial expressions


Scientists at the University of Sussex have published a directory of horse facial expressions. The Equine Facial Action Coding System catalogs "17 discrete facial movements in horses that may indicate mood or intention or just bafflement," reports The Guardian.

Boing Boing created this chart that shows each facial expression identified by the scientists. We hope you find it helpful.

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Mom offers food to baby if he can say "mama," hungry dog says it first

The baby might not be able to say "mama," but he knows when the family's Australian Shepherd says it.


20-lb human battles 600-lb dog for possession of bed


"From the dog's point of view, his master is an elongated and abnormally cunning dog." – Mabel Louise Robinson