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The 1940s Produced the Greatest Generation - Of Squirrel Outfitters - the World Has Ever Seen
This gallery depicting Mrs. Mark Bullis and her snazzily-dressed squirrel, Tommy Tucker, is pretty awesome.
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E-Books Are Cool and All, But Can You Make a Super Cool Safe out of Them?
The answer is no, you can not. And everyone needs one of these.
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What Can iPads Teach Your Toddlers?
Is your preschooler actually learning anything from those educational iPad apps?
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"They could result in the devastation of world agriculture, severe disruption of food supplies, and mass starvation. These effects could be sufficiently severe to threaten the fabric of civilization."
No, that quote isn’t about the Kardashians. That’s a description of the damage that could be wrought by a Super Volcano like the one conveniently situated under Yellowstone Park.

Luckily, that volcano might not be quite as dangerous as previously thought. Oh, it’s still unbelievably, terrifyingly dangerous. Just 12% less so than previously thought.
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Finally I’ll Understand Some of the Things That Smart People Talk About at Parties
Although, to be honest, it would have to be a party that none my actual friends attended, because we don’t discuss complex concepts. We usually just talk about Storage Wars.
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The World Can Be a Lawless, Chaotic Place
Thankfully, Good has taken it upon themselves to create a set of rules for telling a joke, watching sports, sending work emails and many more common everyday tasks that people manage to screw up.
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Banning College Football?
In the light of the death of Junior Seau, even the most rabid of gridiron fanatics (myself included) should at least examine the validity of Malcolm Gladwell’s arguments.
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Al Gore Didn’t Invent the Internet, But He's Now in Its Hall of Fame
Along with Craig (of List fame) and the guy responsible for you receiving all those pleas for money from deposed foreign kings.

Who would you nominate to go into the Internet Hall of Fame? Throw your ideas in the comments below. And, for God’s sake, please keep them PG.

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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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