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Jerk Test: Do You Flick Lit Cigarettes Into An Orangutan Cage?
If you said yes, you are a huge jerk. A tremendously humongous mega jerk. If that sounds crazy, it’s not. It’s been happening so often at one zoo that the chain smoking ape had to be moved.

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The On-lympics
If the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Games of the XXX Olympiad starts to wear on you, treat yourself to a whole bunch of gold metal satire, courtesy of The Onion.

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We Really Like the First One
Today Mashable put out a list of 25 Twitter Accounts That Will Make You Smarter. Spoiler alert: The first one is us.

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Don’t Call It Ping Pong
Ping Pong balls don’t spin at 3,000 RPM. Ping Pong balls don’t travel 70+ MPH. Grandmas play Ping Pong. This sport is called Table Tennis, and it’s scientifically amazing.

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Great Games GIFs
You can’t really appreciate the pageantry and larger-than-life nature of the Olympics until they're crystallized in GIF form.

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The Anti-Bucket List
GQ puts together a list of things men should not do once in their lifetime.

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How About We Don’t Make Guns Even Easier To Get?
I’m not taking a political stance here and calling for the gutting of the Second Amendment. I’m just saying, how about we don’t make it possible to print weapons off on a home printer?

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Looks Like One Theme Park Just Got Put On the Naughty List
Thomas Tolbert got turned away when he tried to visit Walt Disney World, because he looks too much like Santa Claus. As he explains in the article:

“I wasn’t wearing a red suit, a hat or black boots,” Tolbert told NBC News, “just khaki pants, red high-top sneakers with green laces and a billowy, specially-made shirt decorated with a collage of Santa Claus heads and sayings from ‘The Night before Christmas.'”

Well, that is still pretty weird. But, as someone that once worked at Walt Disney World, I can personally attest to the fact that he wouldn't even be in the top 50 weirdest people in the park on any given day.

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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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