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Baby, You can Charge my Car

While I can play the piano like Schroeder, and have a way with the ladies that's only rivalled by Peppermint Patty, as Will likes to point out, I'm most certainly the Charlie Brown of travel. My planes are ALWAYS delayed without fail (though I'm always at the airport on time). I'd be willing to bet that I've spent more hours in the Birmingham airport than most of the people who work there. But that's just scraping the surface... I once bought a ticket to Italy from Al Italia, and they gave me a 45 minute stopover in NYC. No problem, I thought! Of course, the ticket they sold me had me landing in JFK, and flying out of LaGuardia (no joke) with the delay occurring during rush hour. Good Grief! Needless to say I missed the connecting flight.

Of course, when God, the weather and Italian airlines aren't mucking about with my itinerary, I tend to do it to myself (like leaving my headlights on by accident). Anyway, all that rambling's to badly segue into this: I only seem to have to jumpstart my car when it's raining, and this seems like the perfect solution. Instead of having to wait for the weather to clear up, and having to remember where the jumper cables are, and how to use them, this new gadget makes everything effortless. All you have to do is plug it into your cigarette lighter, the cigarette lighter of nearby car, and then start the engines. And while it seems pretty foolproof to me, I'm sure I can find a way around that! 74437.jpg

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Bone Broth 101
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Whether you drink it on its own or use it as stock, bone broth is the perfect recipe to master this winter. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education

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Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?
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If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).

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