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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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Bone Broth 101
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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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