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From Merinda, the heartwarming and cautionary economic tale of The $1500 Frisbee.
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Where Are They Now: Computer Products Edition. This list is full of win mostly because it mentions After Dark, my favorite screen saver package of all time. I still have it on my Macintosh Performa. Apple owners from the mid-90s represent!
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From Flossy friend Larry, behind the scenes photos at Netflix. I don't know how I would feel about having to stuff 500 DVDs in an hour, although god knows I love them for it ... Is it worse than this job?
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Lemondrop presents: Movies We're Glad We've Stopped Quoting. Admit it, you've done more than half of these. Any more to add to the list? May I suggest every Apatow movie as a start?
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Stare at the dots and experience motion induced blindness! This happens more often that we think, and is caused by our brain focusing on new stimuli and disregarding that which is static. Thank you, high school neuroanatomy class!
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Visual proof of the Cosmic Hand of Destruction, plus an actual scientific explanation.
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Where do superheroes find those costumes and gadgets? Perhaps the Superhero Supply Store, which you can find in Brooklyn (sort of).
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What can you do with your new superhero gadgets? Fight the penguin army!
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With the right camera, every day life can become extremely cinematic.
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Extra! Extra! Frog eats a light (but is ok!). In other news, a bee gets lost in the pollen. I wish my regular news was this pretty.
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More animal(ish) news: Ninja suit helps one-flipper turtle (named Allison!) swim.
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Here are two great art installations: the first, of umbrellas, and the second ... well, I'm not quite sure, but it's rather arresting.
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We've seen when Facebook becomes real, but now how about Twitter?
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Uh oh, don't get caught being one of those people who sit in the disability seats when this guy is standing on his crutches! Clearly these are not southerners.
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Play with this hypnotic wobbly line that's like creating your own iTunes visualizer. I'm not sure it's made me any more imaginative, as it claims, but I do feel soothed.
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I really want one of these business cards.

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Fisherman Catches Rare Blue Lobster, Donates It to Science
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Live lobsters caught off the New England coast are typically brown, olive-green, or gray—which is why one New Hampshire fisherman was stunned when he snagged a blue one in mid-July.

As The Independent reports, Greg Ward, from Rye, New Hampshire, discovered the unusual lobster while examining his catch near the New Hampshire-Maine border. Ward initially thought the pale crustacean was an albino lobster, which some experts estimate to be a one-in-100-million discovery. However, a closer inspection revealed that the lobster's hard shell was blue and cream.

"This one was not all the way white and not all the way blue," Ward told The Portsmouth Herald. "I've never seen anything like it."

While not as rare as an albino lobster, blue lobsters are still a famously elusive catch: It's said that the odds of their occurrence are an estimated one in two million, although nobody knows the exact numbers.

Instead of eating the blue lobster, Ward decided to donate it to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. There, it will be studied and displayed in a lobster tank with other unusually colored critters, including a second blue lobster, a bright orange lobster, and a calico-spotted lobster.

[h/t The Telegraph]

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Australian Scientists Discover First New Species of Sunfish in 125 Years
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Scientists have pinpointed a whole new species of the largest bony fish in the world, the massive sunfish, as we learned from Smithsonian magazine. It's the first new species of sunfish proposed in more than 125 years.

As the researchers report in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, the genetic differences between the newly named hoodwinker sunfish (Mola tecta) and its other sunfish brethren was confirmed by data on 27 different samples of the species collected over the course of three years. Since sunfish are so massive—the biggest can weigh as much as 5000 pounds—they pose a challenge to preserve and store, even for museums with large research collections. Lead author Marianne Nyegaard of Murdoch University in Australia traveled thousands of miles to find and collected genetic data on sunfish stranded on beaches. At one point, she was asked if she would be bringing her own crane to collect one.

Nyegaard also went back through scientific literature dating back to the 1500s, sorting through descriptions of sea monsters and mermen to see if any of the documentation sounded like observations of the hoodwinker. "We retraced the steps of early naturalists and taxonomists to understand how such a large fish could have evaded discovery all this time," she said in a press statement. "Overall, we felt science had been repeatedly tricked by this cheeky species, which is why we named it the 'hoodwinker.'"

Japanese researchers first detected genetic differences between previously known sunfish and a new, unknown species 10 years ago, and this confirms the existence of a whole different type from species like the Mola mola or Mola ramsayi.

Mola tecta looks a little different from other sunfish, with a more slender body. As it grows, it doesn't develop the protruding snout or bumps that other sunfish exhibit. Similarly to the others, though, it can reach a length of 8 feet or more. 

Based on the stomach contents of some of the specimens studied, the hoodwinker likely feeds on salps, a jellyfish-like creature that it probably chomps on (yes, sunfish have teeth) during deep dives. The species has been found near New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and southern Chile.

[h/t Smithsonian]

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