That nightmarish bipedal bear is back, and now we know why


I didn't like it when Snoopy suddenly changed from a cute quadruped to an ugly biped and I didn't like it when I saw this video of a bear walking upright like a human in a New Jersey 'burb. Read the rest

Kickstarting a game: "Minecraft, but you're a dog, and everything's beautiful"


Margaret writes, "Esteemed NYC game-maker Kevin Cancienne (part of the team behind highly adored Drop 7) is launching Home Free, an utterly unique dog exploration game. It's Minecraft, but you're a dog, and everything's beautiful." Read the rest

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Aquarium coral poisons sleeping Alaska families and pets with toxic gas


Zoanthid corals are a favorite with aquarium hobbyists -- beautiful and easy to grow (easy being a relative term -- coral's always a pain in the ass). Read the rest

Giant snapping turtle vs. pineapple


This kindly snapping turtle has been trained to open pineapples for his human companion. Read the rest

Cat insists on dislodging cracked tile


In this symbiotic relationship, it is the human's job to place the cracked tile into its spot, and it is the cat's job to knock it out. It will be a sad day when someone comes along and replaces the broken tile. [via] Read the rest

Tree Goats

A gathering of independent web publishers convene to decide what to do about iOS 9 ad blocking. You can see me for a few moments about 20s in. [via] Read the rest

This raccoon bangs a rock against a glass door when she's hungry


After a minute or so, I started wondering why this lady won't stop talking about how cute this mommy raccoon is and just give her some food. [via] Read the rest

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It's cicada season - hear them roar


Late August, and the roar of the crowd is unmistakable. It’s the season-ending song sung by the largest chorus imaginable: the Cicada.

Growing up in Queens, New York in the 1960s and ’70s, you heard pretty much nothing in the evenings except for the tinkling of the Mister Softee ice cream truck. Not even crickets.

Then one day on an August trip to the hoity-toity shopping street Omotesando Avenue in Tokyo in the late 1980s (having just left “Crayon,” my favorite children’s book store), I continued up the street through Harajuku and heard what sounded like a locomotive bearing down.

This was the entrance to Yoyogi Park, with wide and majestic tree-lined walkways that lead to the shrine Mejii-Jingu. If you find yourself there in the summer, make sure to investigate the gardens, which you enter for a slight extra fee—they are a mystical place where the koi mouth hello.

The heat and humidity was crushing, and the sound of what must have been millions of cicadas was overwhelming and surreal. A few steps off the street and under the verdant canopy, the sounds of Tokyo’s traffic had vanished, replaced by the roar of the crowd.

The cicada is a remarkable insect that grows in the earth, subsequently clawing its way through the soil, dragging itself up the bark of a tree. It resembles a prehistoric creature, something horrible resurrected from a comic book, and then it digs its crab-like front claws into the bark. Shortly its head splits open and an entirely different figure emerges, large and winged. Read the rest

Gentleman snake


This snake, outfitted in plasticine finery, is ready for a slithering good time. Read the rest

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.

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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. Read the rest

Bicyclist encounters horde of kangaroos


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

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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! Read the rest

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." Read the rest

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.


A photo posted by Brian M. Cassidy (@brian_m_cassidy) on Aug 17, 2015 at 11:01am PDT

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