This 'Bucket-Cam' Video Lets You Watch Cute Wild Critters Drinking Water From a Bucket

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To get up close and personal with the wild desert animals that roam Southwest Texas, an enterprising cameraman named John Wells left a camera at the bottom of a water bucket. Wells—who lives in Terlingua, Texas, and runs an off-the-grid, sustainable living experiment he’s dubbed the Field Lab—ended up capturing plenty of antennas, beaks, and fuzzy muzzles as insects, rodents, birds, a rabbit named George, and a bison named Ben helped themselves to a drink.

Wells uploaded the video onto YouTube last week, where it was soon spotted by Mashable. "Everybody loves water in the desert," Wells joked on the site. "A burro just happened to come by in time to be included. Ben went against the script and decided to just nudge the bucket. You can lead a steer to water but you can’t make him drink. Note: The swimming bees were rescued."

[h/t Mashable]

What's the Difference Between a Break and a Fracture?

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A lot of people tend to think that breaking a bone is worse than fracturing it—or perhaps they believe it's the other way around. Others may think of a fracture as a specific kind of break called a hairline crack. However, as Arkansas-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. C. Noel Henley points out in the YouTube video below, these are all common misconceptions. A fracture and a break are actually one and the same.

“There’s no difference between these two things,” he says. “A fracture means the cracking or breaking of a hard object. One is not worse than the other when it comes to breaking bones.”

Some of the confusion might stem from the fact that the word fracture is often used to describe specific kinds of breaks, as in compound fractures, oblique fractures, and comminuted fractures. In all cases, though, both break and fracture refer to any instance where “the normal structure of the bone has been disrupted and damaged,”  Henley notes.

This isn’t the only common misconception when it comes to cracked bones. The idea that a “clean break” is a good thing when compared to the alternative is a myth. Using the scaphoid bone in the wrist as an example, Dr. Henley says a clean break in the “wrong” bone can still be very, very bad. In some cases, surgery might be necessary.

According to the BBC, other bone myths include the belief that you’ll be unable to move a certain body part if your bone is broken, or that you’ll instantly know if you have a fracture because it will hurt. This isn’t always the case, and some people remain mobile—and oblivious to their injury—for some time after it occurs. Even if you think you have a minor sprain or something seemingly small like a broken toe, it’s still a good idea to see a doctor. It could be more serious than you realize.

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Watch the Game of Thrones Cast Play 'Would You Rather'

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HBO

Although it seems like time is moving painfully slowly toward the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones, it seems as if we're getting daily reminders about the show's return.

This morning, the first official photo for season 8 of Game of Thrones was released by Entertainment Weekly. The publication also sat down with stars Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) for a game of Would You Rather.

Even though the video doesn't really give us much insight as to what's to come for season eight, it's still fun to compare our answers to those of the stars of the show! EW asked the actors everything from "Would you rather: ride a dragon once or own a direwolf for life" to "Would you rather: hug a man with greyscale or kiss Walder Frey" and "Would you rather: have ​Daenerys or Cersei as an enemy?"

Game of Thrones is set to return for its final season in the first half of 2019.

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