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Morning Cup of Links: The Ugliest House in Town

It's a dream scenario for a control freak with a junk food habit (AKA me). This company is offering Create-A-Chip Kits containing plain potato chips and various flavor packets that allow you to cultivate your own unique taste.
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Only The Onion could think up fake product boxes to wrap actual gifts in. Force your friends to pretend they really wanted a USB-powered toaster.
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For the snarky media critic in us all there's Target Women "“ a hilarious take on the ridiculous ways women are portrayed in TV ads.
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Streamline your life and your key ring by carrying dozens of retail rewards cards on your iPhone instead.
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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? One blogger finds some rather striking similarities between two of the most creative "“ but seemingly different "“ TV shows of all time.
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Interested in saving time online? Try these obscure Google search tricks.
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There is something oddly beautiful about a guy who sticks to his guns this much. Check out the "Ugliest House in Town" and the legal drama it has caused.
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And finally, what happens when your parents come to stay "“ and stay?

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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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