Mishugas: Time is Money "“ Part 1

You're in for a treat this week folks as we unveil our first serialized video contest ever! Tune in every remaining day this week for your chance to win $25 toward WHATEVER YOU WANT in our store. Yes, just in time for that last minute holiday shopping, we're giving you the chance to spend OUR money any way YOU want and all you have to do is invest a little time in our TIME IS MONEY contest.

Here's how it works:

Time_is_moneygreen.gifAs you'll see in the video, I have a bank shaped like an hourglass. Your job is to guess how many pennies it will hold as I fill it up a little each day. The contest will run for THREE days (plus the weekend) and we'll give you THREE guesses per day. (EACH GUESS MUST BE IN A SEPARATE COMMENT) So that's NINE chances to win if you tune in to each episode. Along with one of your guesses, you must also tell us what you'd like to buy with your winnings. So start browsing our store now (you can split up the $25 any way you want to).

Seeing as there's a good chance two or more of you will guess the same amount, whoever slaps the correct answer down first takes the prize.

So go check out the first 30-second episode after the jump and let the guessing begin!

Bone Broth 101

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

Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

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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