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What Really Happens if You Wear Red in Front of a Bull

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If you ever find yourself trapped in a pen with a bull and you happen to be wearing your favorite lucky red cape (what? you don’t have a lucky cape?), never fear. You could be wearing a red hat, pants, shirt, shoes and socks and the bull likely wouldn’t bat an eyelash as long as you mind your own business. He actually doesn’t have a problem with the tomato tone - it’s the movement and antagonizing that makes him want to gore the matador (can you blame him?).

Mythbusters dispelled the rumor when they tested flags of various colors by attaching them to matador dummies in a faux bullfighting arena, then letting a bull loose to rampage. The discovery? The bull was only mildly interested in any of them and wasn’t even that terribly aggressive if the flags weren’t waved. After this test was more or less successful in disproving the myth, the gang decided to try it out on acutal humans. One of the Mythbuster assistants (Tory, for those of you who watch the show) jumped into the ring wearing all-red apparel while two cowboys moved around the ring. Despite her eye-catching attire, the bull chased the moving people, not the stationary one.

What’s more, bulls can’t really even see any color that well (they only have two color receptors), and they’re red-green color blind. So why do matadors insist on waving red cloaks about? It’s mostly showmanship and theatrics. The splash of red shows well to the cheering crowd and looks dramatic when the matador is performing his faena - the display during the third “act” when the matador runs around and basically wears the bull out before killing him. There’s an old theory that the color was chosen because it helps mask blood, but really - you think one little swatch of fabric is going to disguise the mass amounts of blood lost by the poor bull (or the unlucky matador)?

Just for fun, here’s an old Looney Tunes called “Bully for Bugs”:

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Take a Rare Glimpse Inside the World's Largest Seed Reserve
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Since 2008, the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen has been home to the world’s largest seed storage facility, known as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

The 11,000-square-foot facility contains nearly 865,000 seed samples—many of which are crops—and functions as both a reserve in the event of a catastrophe and as a backup for other seed banks around the world. Countries can send samples for preservation and access the reserves as needed (the effort is funded by Norway in conjunction with the organization Crop Trust). The vault was opened for the first time last year in light of the destruction caused by the Syrian War.

Access to the fault is notoriously limited, but AJ+ has a glimpse inside on its YouTube page. It’s a rare look at a place that isn’t known for its looks, but holds some of the planet’s most beautiful and valuable offerings.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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This Infographic Explains the Difference Between Perfume and Eau de Toilette
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Ever wondered why you can't smell the perfume you dabbed on earlier this morning? Maybe it's because you aren't actually wearing perfume. Instead, you likely applied eau de toilette, cologne, or another type of fragrance.

These sprays contain different concentrations of fragrance oil dissolved in solutions of alcohol and water. Scents with a heavier amount of oil are stronger, they're more expensive, and they also last for longer periods of time. Even the most discerning shopper might not know whether to opt for parfum or eu de parfum when perusing bottles of Chanel No. 5 at the fragrance counter—or even realize there's a difference. 

If you'd prefer to smell like a few roses instead of a field of them, it's handy to know the difference between perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, cologne, and eau fraiche when you're out shopping for a new scent. Lifehacker recently ran this handy infographic by Real Men Real Style, which breaks down the strength of each fragrance along with how long it lasts. Use it as a guide to purchase the perfect product for you.

[h/t Lifehacker]

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