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5 Awesome K'NEX Creations

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Did you know that the original idea for K'NEX came from a guy playing with drinking straws at a wedding? Later, the company was turned down by major toy corporations and LEGO before being picked up by TOMY and becoming one of the most fun ways to pass the time—for kids and adults. Here, check out some of the coolest machines—and other wacky inventions—created using only K'NEX.

1. METROPOLIS

Using almost 30,000 pieces, this tower, reaching 2.4 meters into the air, took almost a full year to complete.

2. PROJECT CYCLONE

Using more than 80 feet of track, this construction stands 7.5 feet tall.

3. K'NEX COMPUTER

Moving away from simply cool buildings, this creation can do complicated math formulas, making it smarter than me.

4. LAWNMOWER

This K'Nex project is fully functional. Maybe I would've been more excited for chores if I got to use this for yardwork!

5. CHAINSAW

Is this more or less terrifying than an actual chainsaw?

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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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