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How to Ship Turtles

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My friend Omegamom and her family recently moved from Arizona to Alaska. Since they were flying to their new home, the plan was to ship their pet turtles separately. It wasn't as easy as they thought. My first thought was to just plop the turtles in your carryon bag and be done with it. Last year, I flew to Denver beside a woman who brought her dog in her purse, and the airline never found out. This was after security made me leave my cup of coffee behind. But the risk in this case wasn't worth missing the plane, or the trauma to Omegadotter. FedEx will ship horses, but not household pets. I guess that would include turtles. The UPS website says they will ship turtles, but Omegamom ran into a clerk who didn't like the way she packed them. From what I've seen, she packed them exactly as the turtle experts recommend. The story had a happy ending, when Air Alaska allowed them to bring the turtles as baggage on their flight.

Turtle Rescue of Long Island recommends DHL for shipping, and has a photo tutorial on turtle packing. Turtle Homes suggests you use Airborne Express, as does the World Chelonian Trust. The Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society has displaced and unwanted turtles for adoption, and they will ship them to you (via DHL), but only between April and October, and only if the turtle weighs less than 15 pounds. All the turtle sites I checked advise against shipping turtles in winter. Then I found out that DHL bought Airborne Express in 2003. So if you need to ship turtles, that would be the carrier to contact.

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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:

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To this:

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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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This First-Grade Math Problem Is Stumping the Internet
May 17, 2017
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If you’ve ever fantasized about how much easier life would be if you could go back to elementary school, this math problem may give you second thoughts. The question first appeared on a web forum, Mashable reports, and after recently resurfacing, it’s been perplexing adults across social media.

According to the original poster AlmondShell, the bonus question was given to primary one, or first grade students, in Singapore. It instructs readers to “study the number pattern” and “fill in the missing numbers.” The puzzle, which comprises five numbers and four empty circles waiting to be filled in, comes with no further explanation.

Some forum members commented with their best guesses, while others expressed disbelief that this was a question on a kid’s exam. Commenter karrotguy illustrates one possible answer: Instead of looking for complex math equations, they saw that the figure in the middle circle (three) equals the amount of double-digit numbers in the surrounding quadrants (18, 10, 12). They filled out the puzzle accordingly.

A similar problem can be found on the blog of math enthusiast G.R. Burgin. His solution, which uses simple algebra, gets a little more complicated.

The math tests given to 6- and 7-year-olds in other parts of the world aren’t much easier. If your brain isn’t too worn out after the last one, check out this maddening problem involving trains assigned to students in the UK.

[h/t Mashable]

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