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11 Classic Tongue Twisters

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You guys are still into tongue twisters, right?

I didn't want to admit it. Even for me, it just seemed too childish. But recently a Jason Mraz-tweeted tongue twister had me delighting in my inability to enunciate “Irish wristwatch.” I texted it to all my friends.

So, if you, too, are ready to admit your fondness for such puerile phonetic frivolity, please join me in celebrating 11 classics in the field.

1. A Tudor who tooted a flute ?
tried to tutor two tooters to toot.
?Said the two to their tutor, ?
"Is it harder to toot?
or to tutor two tooters to toot?"

2. Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager ?
imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.

3. You've no need to light a night-light?
On a light night like tonight,?
For a night-light's light's a slight light,?
And tonight's a night that's light.?
When a night's light, like tonight's light,?
It is really not quite right?
To light night-lights with their slight lights?
On a light night like tonight.

4. She stood on a balcony inexplicably mimicking him hiccuping and amicably welcoming him in.

5. Chop shops stock chops.

6. A tree toad loved a she-toad?
Who lived up in a tree.?
He was a two-toed tree toad?
But a three-toed toad was she.?
The two-toed tree toad tried to win?
The three-toed she-toad's heart,?
For the two-toed tree toad loved the ground?
That the three-toed tree toad trod.?
But the two-toed tree toad tried in vain.?
He couldn't please her whim.
?From her tree toad bower?
With her three-toed power?
The she-toad vetoed him.

7. If you stick a stock of liquor in your locker,
?It's slick to stick a lock upon your stock,
?Or some stickler who is slicker
?Will stick you of your liquor
?If you fail to lock your liquor?
With a lock!

8. There was a minimum of cinnamon in the aluminum pan.

9. Once upon a barren moor?
There dwelt a bear, also a boar.?
The bear could not bear the boar.?
The boar thought the bear a bore.?
At last the bear could bear no more
?Of that boar that bored him on the moor,?
And so one morn he bored the boar —
?That boar will bore the bear no more.

10. Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.

11. One smart fellow, he felt smart.?
Two smart fellows, they felt smart.?
Three smart fellows, they all felt smart.

(This one contains some bonus juvenile fun.)

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What's your favorite tongue twister that I may one day text my friends?

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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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