Dog trolls its pal by playing dead

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Sam says, "Jack has discovered that by playing dead he can scare the shit out of Archie." Read the rest

Interesting fish

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This is a photo of a prehistoric-looking predatory fish called a Longnose Lancetfish, taken by @skipperrutts. According to Wikipedia, "Very little is known about their biology, though they are widely distributed in all oceans, except the polar seas." Read the rest

Kid makes a diorama of her neighborhood disguised as an RPG rulebook

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Jim Jones writes, "I have been playing The Warren, Marshall Miller's role playing game about being rabbits, with my three kids for a little over a month. We play in an area based on our suburban neighborhood. My second grade daughter chose to do a diorama of a suburb for school so she could talk about our game and we built it so that it appeared in the rule book for the role playing game itself." Read the rest

Rhino apes goat

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Baby snake enjoys sandbox

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Waffle, a baby Shai-Hulud (terrestrial name: Kenyan sand boa), enjoys his new sandbox. His human companion, Jenny Gaines, says:

He's one of my "Reptile Ambassadors" in my educational reptile show business, Waffle & Friends Reptile Shows. My goal is public outreach to help spread understanding and appreciation of reptiles - especially snakes, who are so unfairly treated.
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Cat enjoys watching Psycho

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This wide-eyed kitty is enthralled by Hitchcock's Psycho.

Here's what the kitty's watching (spoiler!):

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Bull ants swarm a clockwork toy robot

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Someone sent a wind-up robot tottering into a nest of Australian bull ants, a species "characterised by their extreme aggressiveness, ferocity, and painful stings." It's a delight to watch these formicidaen bullies spend themselves impotently on the unfeeling skin of a toy, thus proving the superiority of humans over jerky ants. (via Beyond the Beyond) Read the rest

Octopus George backpack

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Belarusian crafter Orange Cat created the Octopus George felted backpack for "crazy octopus lovers" and "sailor man who loves the sea and marine creatures." Read the rest

Merchandise made from woolly mammoth remains

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Woolly mammoths became extinct (from hunting and/or habitat shrinkage) 4,000 years ago. But you can buy remains for a reasonable price. This hair sample, for instance, is $15 on Amazon. You can also purchase pocket knives with handles made from Siberian Woolly Mammoth teeth for a couple of hundred bucks.

A full skeleton runs about $400,000.

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Kitten with head stuck in jar rescued

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A feral kitten with its head stuck in a jar is rescued by a jolly hammer-wielding Azerbaijanian. It takes a few whacks to free the poor little critter. Read the rest

Bull shows car who's boss

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I wish this video didn't end so abruptly. It looked like the bull was just about to tear off a big chunk of the car.

"Sir, you can't park your car here."
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Mother moose protects her calves from stalking grizzly bear

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I like the way every time the mother moose turns around, the bear pretends to be paying attention to something else. Read the rest

Scientist reviews most painful insect stings he's ever received

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Entomologist Justin O. Schmidt has written a book called The Sting of the Wild, about his mission to "compare the impacts of stinging insects on humans, mainly using himself as the gauge." Here's how he poetically describes a few bug stings, based on his own 4-point "Schmidt Pain Scale for Stinging Insects."

Red fire ant (1): "Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet and reaching for the light switch."

Anthophorid bee (1): "Almost pleasant, a lover just bit your earlobe a little too hard."

California carpenter bee (2): "Swift, sharp, and decisive. Your fingertip has been slammed by a car door."

Western yellowjacket (2): "Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W.C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue."

Fierce black polybia wasp: (2.5): "A ritual gone wrong, satanic. The gas lamp in the old church explodes in your face when you light it."

Velvet ant (3): "Explosive and long lasting, you sound insane as you scream. Hot oil from the deep frying spilling over your entire hand."

Florida harvester ant (3): "Bold and unrelenting. Somebody is using a power drill to excavate your ingrown toenail."

Tarantula hawk (4): "Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair dryer has just been dropped into your bubble bath."

Bullet ant (4): "Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like walking over a flaming charcoal with a 3-inch nail embedded in your heel."

Warrior (or armadillo) wasp: "Torture. You are chained in the flow of an active volcano. Why did I start this list?"

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Wild birds show interest in their reflection

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Are they happy, mad, or experiencing an emotion that's utterly alien to us? Read the rest

Koko the gorilla plays bass with Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea

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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea visited Koko at her home in Woodside, CA and let her play his bass. Said Flea,"This is the greatest thing that ever happened. I will never forget."

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Bird asks for a drink

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Raven asks to drink

A polite bird asks a human to give it a drink from a bottle of water.

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Fisherman found 75 pound pearl 10 years ago, just learned it's worth $100 million

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Ten years ago a fisherman from the Philippines pulled up his anchor and found it was attached to a giant clam. Inside the clam was a massive pearl. He brought it home and kept it under his bed for good luck. Recently his shack burned down and he showed the pearl to a tourist officer, who encouraged him to get it appraised. Early estimates put its value at $100 million. Read the rest

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