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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]

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The Secret Procedure for the Queen's Death
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The queen's private secretary will start an urgent phone tree. Parliament will call an emergency session. Commercial radio stations will watch special blue lights flash, then switch to pre-prepared playlists of somber music. As a new video from Half As Interesting relates, the British media and government have been preparing for decades for the death of Queen Elizabeth II—a procedure codenamed "London Bridge is Down."

There's plenty at stake when a British monarch dies. And as the Guardian explains, royal deaths haven't always gone smoothly. When the Queen Mother passed away in 2002, the blue "obit lights" installed at commercial radio stations didn’t come on because someone failed to depress the button fully. That's why it's worth it to practice: As Half as Interesting notes, experts have already signed contracts agreeing to be interviewed upon the queen's death, and several stations have done run-throughs substituting "Mrs. Robinson" for the queen's name.

You can learn more about "London Bridge is Down" by watching the video below—or read the Guardian piece for even more detail, including the plans for her funeral and burial. ("There may be corgis," they note.)

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How to Shuck an Oyster
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Shucking oysters doesn't have to be intimidating. Chef Dave Seigal of Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar teaches Mental Floss the proper technique for safe and easy oyster shucking. 

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