The Late Movies: I Get That A Lot

Okay, I'm aware that this show is nothing but poofy tabloid-culture nonsense, but I Get That A Lot is kind of a guilty pleasure. It's a reality prank show about celebrities who assume "regular" jobs and pose as "regular" folks -- without doing very much to disguise their faces, etc -- and when people ask them if they're XYZ celeb, they're supposed to say "I get that a lot." Which they do. And it's delightful!

Snoop Dogg is so giant and weird-looking that there's no way people won't recognize him, even if he's the guy parking their cars.

Paris Hilton pumps gas. I guess she wasn't busy doing anything else?

Tim Gunn from Project Runway works at a fast-food joint in Jersey. He just looks so painfully out of place behind the counter, arching his brow as he asks people, "what kind of cheese?" and "were you aware that American cheese does not actually come from America?" It's laughable -- and I guess that's the point.

I'll bet Jay Mohr served a lot of people coffee before they found someone who recognized him.

Gene Simmons really hams it up as a psychic advisor in Venice, CA (just down the street from me, actually).

Ice-T invents a new persona for himself -- Alan "Smoov" Jackson -- in order to sell the hell out of some shoes. (Hmm, embedding seems to be disabled -- check it out here.)

One of the Jonas Brothers sells clothes at Forever XXI. And he's kind of a dick about it.

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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