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21 Apr 14:59

Stofle, The Incredibly Clever Honey Badger Who Has Escaped Every Enclosure Made For Him

by Lori Dorn

It’s been reported a number of times that honey badgers are tenacious little animals. Such is the case with Stofle, a honey badger and former domestic pet who could not be released into the wild. Instead, Stofle was brought to a sanctuary in Kruger National Park where his stubborn nature almost got him killed by a den of resident lions. Keeper Brian “knew he had to get his honey badger under control” and despite the many different designs, locks and materials Brian used, it began to appear that no enclosure would be able to cage the incredibly clever honey badger.

In the end, and at great expense, Brian had no choice but to build his own “Badger Alcatraz“. “I said ‘Stofle, the days of your escape of over pal.’ That night they called me and said, ‘Brian, Stofle’s out’ I said, ‘Impossible’ but we had trees in there and he’d climb up the trees and he’d lean over onto the wall and he was out. So we cut all of the branches out of the trees near [the wall] and left the trees in the middle. Then he dug up the rocks and he’d roll them with his back feet to the wall and he pile them high enough and then he’d get out. So we took all the rocks away. This was like a game for Stofle. Every time I’d devise some plan, it was like a game for him to work out how could he get over this.”

After all, honey badger don’t care.

02 Apr 19:22

True Facts About the Octopus, Nature's Most Intelligent Ink-Farter

by Robert T. Gonzalez

In this, the latest installment in his outstanding "True Facts about _________" nature series, Ze Frank takes a hilariously perceptive look at one of our favorite animal subjects: the octopus .

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20 Apr 20:00

The New England Aquarium Has Some Great Advertising

by Katharine Trendacosta

The New England Aquarium Has Some Great Advertising

Over on its website, the New England Aquarium has archived all of its ad campaigns from the past six years. And some of them are truly great.

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18 Apr 03:00

#1020; The Unknown Knowns

by David Malki

“It still works as a parable.”

“There must be some distinction between a parable and simply a lie”

18 Apr 00:00

Free Speech

I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you're saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it's not literally illegal to express.
06 Apr 15:30

Somebody Built a Kangaroo Robot Because Why the Hell Not?

by Robert T. Gonzalez

Somebody Built a Kangaroo Robot Because Why the Hell Not?

That somebody is German engineering firm Festo. The company, which has a history of turning to nature for inspiration, is also responsible for this mechanical seagull and these claw-tipped Doc Ock arms (which were modeled after an elephant's trunk).

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14 Apr 22:37

It’s snowing again

by toni

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10 Apr 16:30

For the first time ever, biologists have regenerated an organ in a living animal.

by George Dvorsky

For the first time ever, biologists have regenerated an organ in a living animal. They did so by manipulating a single protein in elderly mice that makes their bodies rebuild their thymuses, an organ of the immune system. It's the first time an organ has been repaired with a chemical trigger and not via stem cell regeneration.

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09 Apr 06:50

Fast Forward

by Greg Ross

http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=id8fAAAAEBAJ

If a “dog year” is equivalent to seven human years, then time passes seven times more quickly for dogs than for humans. So in 1990 Rodney Metts invented a novelty watch that reflects this by advancing at seven times normal speed. This is a reminder as much to you as to your pet:

If a dog is kept locked in the basement of a house during an eight or nine hour day, for example, while its owner is away, the elapsed time on the dog watch will be 56 to 63 hours, or approximately two and one-half days. A one-hour ride in an automobile will register seven hours on a dog watch. Thus the value in dog time of a human activity will become quickly apparent.

That’s the actual patent figure. Part 10 is “dog.”

05 Apr 06:39

Asked and Answered

by Greg Ross

A college professor once offered the following creative final exam: Write a suitable final exam for this course and supply a key. The first paper handed in read ‘Final Exam: Write suitable final exam for this course and supply a key. Key: Any reasonable variation of the previous sentence = 100%.’

– Michael Stueben, Twenty Years Before the Blackboard, 1998

31 Mar 00:00

Shouldn't Be Hard

(six hours later) ARGH. How are these stupid microchips so durable?! All I want is to undo a massive industrial process with household tools!
01 Apr 00:00

Lorenz

01 Apr 18:09

Somebody out there will be okay with your weirdness.

by Jessica Hagy

it's a matter of preference

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26 Mar 00:00

03.26.2014

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic.
21 Mar 21:00

Diction-fairy

by Cory Doctorow

Behold! The Diction-fairy! From This City's Lungs/Kelsey Parks.

"Diction-fairy" (via Seanan McGuire)

    






23 Mar 04:00

March 23, 2014


Whee!
06 Mar 05:14

cactus fact

Today on Married To The Sea: cactus fact
12 Mar 14:36

Funny Book-Related Photos

by Brian Herzog

I'm heading to PLA today, and will try to post highlights of the conference over the next couple days. In the meantime, here's some random photos I saw online recently:

Bringing book covers to life...

acting out book covers

 

This seems so much better than calling the Police or a collection agency...

grim reaper book collection

 

I know we've all felt this way at one time or another...

blue book display
20 Mar 04:00

March 20, 2014

06 Mar 22:09

“Anglo-Foreign Words”

by Greg Ross

Walter Penney of Greenbelt, Md., offered this poser in the August 1969 issue of Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics. Below are five groups of English words. Each group appears also in a foreign language. What are the languages?

  1. aloud, angel, hark, inner, lover, room, taken, wig
  2. alas, atlas, into, manner, pore, tie, vain, valve
  3. ail, ballot, enter, four, lent, lit, mire, taller
  4. banjo, chosen, hippo, pure, same, share, tempo, tendon
  5. ago, cur, dare, fur, limes, mane, probe, undo

Click for solution …

07 Mar 23:20

Oh my god why isn't this Michonne from The Walking Dead Barbie real

by Rob Bricken

Oh my god why isn't this Michonne from The Walking Dead Barbie real

If there were a divine creator who loved us and watched over us, this Michonne Barbie doll would be a real product I could buy right this instant. But instead it's a beautiful figure custom-made by Park Seoung and it taunts me with its perfection, forever out of my reach.

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04 Mar 21:00

Tauntaun hoodie with guts lining

by Cory Doctorow

Thinkgeek's Tauntaun Costume Hoodie not only has horns and ears, but its lining includes line-art innards and gore, to really bring home the feeling of climbing inside your trusty steed's guts to be shielded from the elements.

Tauntaun Costume Hoodie (via The Disney Blog)

    






05 Mar 16:00

AT-AT rocking horse

by Cory Doctorow


Jen from Cake Wrecks made this amazing AT-AT rocking-horse, documenting the build online (she's promised plans to follow). It will be auctioned for charity at Megacon by the Florida chapter of the 501st Legion.

As I said, little Isaiah (son of my Wrecky minion Julianne - and resident of the Ninja Nursery, if you remember that!) was afraid of rocking on the AT-AT, even though he loved it and kept standing next to it and patting it. So to help him feel brave, I got him a Vader mask and cape. And, hey, never underestimate the power... of a Vader mask and cape:

Isaiah is rocked all the way forward here, so as you can see the bumpers really prevent it from going very far. (He didn't want to rock backward at all. Heheh.)

If you missed it, you can see some construction shots of the AT-AT here. Oh, and I still don't have a pattern for you guys, but I promise it's on the to-do list!

Finished AT-AT Rocker Reveal!

    






04 Mar 04:00

27p20

by Christopher Hastings

27p20

27p20 is a post from: The Adventures of Dr. McNinja Ads by Project Wonderful! Your ad could be here, right now.

27p20 is a post from: The Adventures of Dr. McNinja

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27 Feb 05:00

02/27/2014

by Jennie Breeden
27 Feb 14:05

Extra Credit

by Greg Ross

cooper malaria watercolors

In studying the parasitic protozoan Plasmodium ovale in 1954, English parasitologist William Cooper volunteered to receive the bites of about a thousand mosquitos, and nine days later underwent a laparotomy in which a piece of his liver was removed. On recovering, he stained the sections himself, located the malaria parasite stages in his own tissue, and painted these in watercolors to accompany the resulting article.

His coauthor, University of London protozoologist Cyril Garnham, wrote that Cooper “attained everlasting fame by this episode.”

(P.C.C. Garnham et al., “The Pre-Erythrocytic Stage of Plasmodium Ovale,” Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 49:2 [March 1955], 158-167)

(Thanks, Andrew.)

26 Feb 00:00

Now

This image stays roughly in sync with the day (assuming the Earth continues spinning). Shortcut: xkcd.com/now
20 Feb 17:00

The Joker is all smiles as a nightmarish dragon facing the Dark Knight

by Lauren Davis

The Joker is all smiles as a nightmarish dragon facing the Dark Knight

In a medieval fantasy version of Batman, the Joker transforms himself into a hideous dragon, laughing gas leaking from his toxic maw. But even in his new form, the Joker still remembers to grin. See the full image below.

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19 Feb 00:00

02.19.2014

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic.
16 Feb 17:55

The United States' weird January weather, summarized in a single map

by Robert T. Gonzalez

The United States' weird January weather, summarized in a single map

January was a month of extremes for the continental United States. Pretty much everywhere east of the Rockies endured unusually cold conditions, while most regions west of the range experienced record-breaking warmth (most notably in California, where a devastating drought recently extended into its 13th month).

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