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We're nearing the 50th anniversary of the interment of a certain famous '57 Plymouth. The car is the piece de résistance of a time capsule created by Tulsa residents and lowered into a well on the courthouse lawn. The car, which also contains "fourteen bobby pins, a ladies' compact plastic rain cap, several combs, a tube of lipstick, a pack of gum, a wad of Kleenex, $2.73 in bills and coins, a pack of cigarettes with matches, an unpaid parking ticket, and a bottle of tranquilizers," will be gifted to the person--or the descendant--who, in 1957, most correctly extrapolated the 2007 population of Tulsa. Watch the exhumation live on June 15th. How fun to win after a fifty year wait! I've never been so good at time capsules--I put one together in an old Orange Sherbet container when I was eight (contents: notebook w/extensive libelous content, subpar Brownie badges torn from my sash, and some Gummi Peaches), but when I tried to lift it from its shallow grave near some top soil, I couldn't find it. Of course, I was convinced a second grade mole had confiscated it, and I still don't have proof otherwise. Has anyone ever had a successful (and/or meaningful) time capsule experience?

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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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