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It's a tough job market out there. So check out the odd jobs A-Z list from 2008, and see if you can't find something new and different for a career ... such as a kitty litter box decorator, or a bartender at the Liberace mansion (Thanks Jan!)
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From Merinda, a game about bones that is both educational and addictive. See how well you do! (Merinda says she beat it - did anyone else?)
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If you're hungry or on a diet, you may not want to click here, where tons of delicious food pictures are aggregated from blogs and on display. The idea is so popular, there's another site devoted to it as well.
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Speaking of food, according to this article, chewing your food 40 times before swallowing may not be in your best interest. At least, that's how some dinosaurs did it ... but you see what happened to them.
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A cheap decorating idea: "When Charlie Kratzer started on the basement art project in his south Lexington home, he was surrounded by walls painted a classic cream. Ten dollars of Magic Marker and Sharpie later, the place was black and cream and drawn all over."
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Everything I needed to know in life I learned from ... a baby duck feeding carp?. See it to believe it!
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See if your town made it on the list of 7 Brainiest American Cities. Mine, er, didn't.
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Slightly scary jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.

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Short and hilarious video on elevator psychology. As a frequent elevator user myself, I know it's hard to resist the actions of your cramped compartment cohorts.
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Dailies and Alt Weeklies are in trouble everywhere. Read the Washington City Paper's satirical cover story regarding its parent company's bankruptcy, and what it means for readers.
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Are you getting beaten up for your sandwich on the playground (or the office?) ... consider using this anti-theft lunch bag.
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For any Flossers from the UK, try this service that allows you to instantly send a drink voucher from Corney & Barrow Wine Bar directly to someone's mobile phone. As link-finder Meredith points out, "They are also a supplier to Queen Elizabeth II, but I'm not aware if the Queen utilizes this service. ;)" As far as we know, anyway.
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A video that shows how a space painting is made with spray paint. The result is rather unexpectedly beautiful.
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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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