Two displeased lynx have a screaming match with each other

If you've never heard a lynx wail, now is your chance. Their screams sound more like humans just being weird than actual animal sounds, but according to Global News, these lynx shouts are real.

The video was shot in Ontario, Canada.

While Edward Trist, his girlfriend Nicole Lewis and his daughter were heading down a logging road to go fishing near Avery Lake, Ont., east of Kenora, on Friday, they came across the rare sight about nine metres from where they stopped.

Trist said in an interview with Global News that they were heading off to go fishing.

“We started off down this road and there were two lynx on the road and as we approached, they didn’t move which was really odd,” he said. “We got out and started filming it … what we caught on camera is very, very rare to catch.”

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Sweden sends "If War Comes" booklet to all of its 4.8 million households

Sweden is sending out 4.8 million booklets to households across the country called, "If Crisis or War Comes" (Om Krisen Eller Kriget Kommer).

The booklet is 20 pages long and explains what to do if there is a terrorist attack, if all the shops run out of goods, if tap water stops running, if infrastructure is sabotaged, if you hear a broadcast emergency alarm, and loads of other really scary scenarios. The booklet is meant to help citizens "cope with a major strain."

This isn't the first time Sweden has prepared its citizens for wide-spread disaster. Last time it distributed a similar pamphlet was during World War II.

According to The Guardian:

Similar leaflets were first distributed in neutral Sweden in 1943, at the height of the second world war. Updates were issued regularly to the general public until 1961, and then to local and national government officials until 1991.

The publication comes as the debate on security – and the possibility of joining Nato – has intensified in Sweden in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and recent incursions into Swedish airspace and territorial waters by Russian planes and submarines.

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Man followed by pig on a morning walk calls the cops, who assume he's drunk. But he's not

A man in Elyria, OH was walking home at 5:26am Saturday morning when he got spooked. Someone - or something – was following him. When he noticed it was a pig, he freaked out and called the police.

Of course the cops thought he was either really drunk or hallucinating. But he wasn't. The frightened gentleman just didn't like being followed by a pig.

The police ended up returning the animal, whose name is Zoey, back to its owner.

Phew. Close call. But the man survived the frightful morning without a scratch and lived to tell about it.

Via CBS

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Human beds have much more saliva and fecal bacteria than chimp beds

Humans take hot showers, wash their sheets, and use soaps, disinfectants, hand sanitizers and all sort of other cleansers to keep themselves free of dirt and germs. And yet, after all that effort, chimps win in the clean bed department, at least when it comes to personal bacteria. Yes, according to a study in Royal Society Open Science, chimps sleep in beds that contain less saliva, skin and fecal bacteria than humans.

From National Geographic:

By swabbing abandoned chimpanzee nests in Tanzania's Issa Valley, scientists learned that just 3.5 percent of the bacteria species present came from the chimps’ own skin, saliva, or feces. In human beds sampled in a previous study in North Carolina, the number was a whopping 35 percent.

These findings might seem illogical – how can beds of over-sterile humans be filled with more bacteria from skin, saliva and feces than those of chimps? The answer turns out to be quite simple – chimps make a new bed every night while most humans sleep in the same sheets night after night, letting all that unsavory bacteria build up.

From Smithsonian:

Humans, on the other hand, tend to sleep on the same sheets night after night, accruing bacteria over time. Then there are our mattresses and pillows, which collect massive amounts of dust mites and dead skin over the years.

Also, while chimps sleep among environmental bacteria from the surrounding forests, humans have more or less eliminated outside bacteria from our sleeping quarters, meaning the stuff that comes from us makes up a bigger percentage of the filth.

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Kindergarten teacher finds bag of crack cocaine in 6-year-old student's mouth

A kindergarten teacher noticed a small plastic bag in one of her student's mouths. The girl was chewing on the bag, thinking the white stuff inside was sugar – but it was actually crack cocaine.

Luckily the teacher, at Mastery Charter Hardy Williams Elementary school in southwest Philadelphia, grabbed the bag before the girl had broken through the plastic. She thought it looked like drugs and called the police. When she asked where the kindergartner got the bag, the girl said she found it in another student's backpack.

According to USA Today:

In a statement, the school, Mastery Charter Hardy Williams Elementary, said both children were taken to the nurse's office "where it was determined there was no evidence either of the students had ingested the substance."

Police said the nurse cleared the children and a school resource officer sent them home. Meanwhile, detectives began to investigate.

The school looked through the belongings of every student in the class but didn't find anything else.

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Watch a time-lapse video of this large geometric tattoo in the making

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Florida man dies in bedroom from exploding e-cigarette

A 38-year-old Florida man was killed in his bedroom when his vape pen exploded and shot two pieces into his head. The explosion also burned 80 percent of his body and lit his house on fire. Read the rest

Two men dressed in space suits trick a businessman out of $200,000

A businessman in India was suckered out of $200,000 by two men dressed in cheap silver space suits. The swindlers are a father and son team, who pretended to have special palm-sized copper plates that could "generate electricity from thunderbolts." They said the plates could be sold to NASA for hundreds of millions of dollars, and at least one gullible New Delhi businessman fell for the hoax.

According to The Guardian:

Their fake device was apparently based on rare copper “that had been struck by a thunderbolt” so that it could magnetise rice, police explained.

A copper plate covered in a thin magnetic liquid and rice mixed with iron filings were used to show off the machine.

The pair, who employed actors to wear radiation suits and staged fake tests, had said they needed money to develop the invention, detectives said.

The New Delhi businessman became suspicious when promised experiments were repeatedly called off, mainly because of bad weather. He went to police and acknowledged he had handed over more than $200,000.

The grifters were already out on bail for another scam in which they sold "medicinal" snakes for $25,000 a pop.

I'm not sure which is more unbelievable – that two men thought it was a good idea to wear shiny space suits to pose as salesmen, or that a businessman actually believed it was normal for salesmen to be dressed up in cheap silver costumes. Either way, at least it's been a fun topic on Twitter.

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Farmers in China raising pigs in high-rise "hog hotels" up to 13 floors

Known as "hog hotels," European farmers have already experimented with raising pigs in two or three-story buildings, and many of those went (pork) belly up. But an agricultural company in China has recently started farming pigs in two separate 7-story buildings and has plans to start four new hog hotels, "including one with as many as 13 floors that will be the world’s tallest building of its kind," according to Reuters.

The term "hog hotel" conjures up images of pampered pigs resting in plush beds and a tray of fresh slop being served to them in their room with a view when they're hungry. But of course that's not how it is. In the video above the hotel looks more like a cross between a cold medical institution and a prison.

According to the video's YouTube page:

Privately owned agricultural company Guangxi Yangxiang Co Ltd is already running two seven-floor sow breeding operations, and is putting up four more, two with as many as 13 floors, which will be the highest buildings of their kind globally...

Now, as China forges ahead with rapid industrialisation of the world's largest hog herd, high-rise housing is becoming a growing trend, despite its high cost.

Yangxiang will have 30,000 sows, compared with a more typical large one-level breeding farm of 10,000 sows.

Xue Shiwei, from Pipestone China, a farm management firm, said rampant disease in China's livestock sector is made even more risky with more animals under one roof. An on-site feed mill could further increase the spread of disease, he said.

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Australia says cash about to become illegal for purchases over $7,500

One great thing about cash is its anonymity – nobody, including the government, can easily stick their nose in your beeswax when you're using physical banknotes and coins. But anonymity is about to become more scarce in Australia, which is about to make it illegal to purchase anything over $10,000 AU ($7,500 US) with cash.

The Australian government, who announced the new cash ban on Tuesday, says it wants to discourage money laundering and tax evasion by “encouraging the transition to a digital society.” And to enforce the new law, the government will depend on the "Black Economy Standing Taskforce," which will be focusing on Australia's black market tobacco trade.

According to Gizmodo:

As The Guardian points out, one of the biggest targets for the new task force will be the illicit tobacco trade. Australia has the highest tax on cigarettes in the world, with an average pack costing about $40 AU ($30 US). But there’s a huge black market for cigarettes, which comes from both stolen goods and smuggling from outside the country. Taxes aren’t paid on cigarettes until the point of sale, so theft from tobacco warehouses is unusually common in Australia.

But ordinary small business owners aren't happy about the ban.

“It’s going to screw me—95 percent of my business is cash collections,” Paul Thomas, owner of Commander Security Services in Sydney, told News Corp this week. “On a monthly basis, we could process and move up to $4-5 million—either picking up cash, processing and EFT-ing it to customers’ accounts, or recarrying it from customers to their bank branch.”

Today it’s any sum over $10,000 in Australia, but anyone with their eyes open can see where this is going.

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When Trump bullied in a tweet today, Schumer reminded him of Melania's no cyberbullying campaign

When Trump whined this morning in one of his usual bully boy name-calling tweets, Senator Chuck Schumer had the perfect response. Schumer reminded the insecure president of his wife Melania's no cyberbullying #BeBest initiative, launched just this week.

Bully boy's tweet:

Schumer's response:

Not sure if the orange font in Schumer's tweet was intentional, but it's a nice touch.

Via Washington Post

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IBM bans USB, SD cards, flash drives and all other portable devices from every office, worldwide

At IBM, portable storage devices like a USB, SD card, or flash drive are no longer welcome. As in banned, for security reasons. In the next few weeks IBM will be barring these items from the workplace worldwide.

According to PC Mag:

Instead of portable storage, IBM wants everyone using the cloud and more specifically, IBM's own File Sync and Share service, which it also offers to enterprise customers. That may work for IBM employees on campus, but what about those out in the field carrying out repairs and upgrades? Rather than having a patch on a USB stick, secure cloud access will need to be established instead.

"The possible financial and reputational damage from misplaced, lost or misused removable portable storage devices must be minimized," said Shamla Naidoo, IBM's global chief information security officer.

It's hard to argue against that. USB sticks and SD cards are very easy to forget or lose, and whoever finds them will usually check what they contain. Removing them from the equation completely solves that problem, but the cloud access replacing it needs to be rock solid. It looks likely USB storage sticks will quickly be replaced with USB 4G LTE sticks.

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Nordstrom Rack falsely accuses 3 young black men of stealing and calls the cops on them

Starbucks, LA Fitness, Chevron Gas and Food Mart... Nordstrom Rack is one of the latest in a rash of corporations to publicly get called out for racially profiling black customers.

Three young black men were shopping for prom clothes at Nordstrom Rack in Brentwood, Missouri, when an employee called the police, accusing the men of shoplifting. When the cops approached them, the men showed the cops receipts for what they had bought, and the cops let them go. Now the president of Nordstrom Rack, President Geevy Thomas, has asked to meet with the boys and the company has made a public apology. Deja vu.

According to KMOV.com:

Mekhi Lee, Dirone Taylor and Eric Rogers II were all shopping for prom clothes at Nordstrom Rack when they started noticing several of the employees watching them and following them around the store.

"I was nervous the whole time," said Lee, "Every time we move, they move. when we looked up, they looked up."

After all three left the store they were surrounded by Brentwood Police in the parking lot. Police told them the store had accused them of theft. After an investigation on the spot, police let the three go without charges.

"The police were actually good. They understood where we were coming from and they showed us that they were just doing their job," said Rogers.

In addition to the theft accusations, the teens said a customer in the store called them punks and asked them, 'Are your parents proud of you for what you do?' In defending themselves, the three say an altercation broke out between them and the customer, at which time store management stepped in.

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Scientists taught a spider to jump on command

It's not hard to teach a dog to do tricks, and sometimes even a cat. But spiders? Well, it's not easy, but scientists at the University of Manchester managed to train a spider to jump on command from one platform to another.

They wanted to study the mechanics of a jumping spider to help engineers develop micro-robots, but filming a random jumping spider in action would be a grueling task. So they set out to train one. It took a lot of patience. The first few spiders they tried to work with had no interest and simply walked away from the platforms. Some of the other spiders froze up, dumbfounded at what the scientists were trying to make them do.

Finally they came across Kim, a female Regal Jumping Spider, who was willing to learn, and after a few weeks she was a trained jumper, "allowing scientists to record, monitor and analyse a spider’s movement in high-resolution 3D for the very first time," according to The Telegraph.

The aim of the study was to understand how jumping spiders modify their speed and trajectory when jumping long or short distances or leaping upwards.

A jumping spider can leap up to six times its body length from a standing start. The best a human can achieve is about 1.5 body lengths.

The researchers were anxious not to skew Kim’s behaviour by tempting her to the other platform with food, as they would only have seen a predatory jump rather than recording the full range of her abilities.

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Watch: Girl too young to drive careens into an outdoor table at Dairy Queen

A girl who was too young to legally drive decided she wanted ice cream, so she took her sister's car and headed for a Dairy Queen in Detroit, MI. Read the rest

Ian McEwan tutored his son about his own novel for a high school essay and it got a C+

Famous authors don't always make good tutors. At least not in the case of Ian McEwan, who tried to tutor his son, Greg, who was writing his high school A-level essay about a novel he had read. After talking to his son about about the story and things he should think about, the son ended up with a measly C+. The irony is that the essay was about one of McEwan's own novels – Enduring Love (1997).

"I didn't read his essay but it turned out his teacher disagreed fundamentally with what he said," McEwan said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I think he ended up with a C+."

The experience left McEwan "a little dubious" about his books being assigned in schools, he said. But it hasn't dampened his enthusiasm for education in general.

"What I want to do is take a history degree," he said. "I feel that as I'm about to turn 70, I ought to know about more stuff. I feel mental death comes when your curiosity evaporates."

Perhaps McEwan, known for his highly successful novels such as Amsterdam and Atonement, should stick to writing and leave the tutoring to, well, tutors.

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This pigeon is protecting her baby kitten and will attack if you come near her

Don't mess with this fierce pigeon or she'll take your finger off. She's protecting her kitten, and snaps every time a human hand reaches towards her. Read the rest

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