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John Green: Thoughts on How to Make Things and Why

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A week ago, novelist/mental_floss YouTube channel host John Green returned to his alma mater, Kenyon College, to drop some knowledge. Green graduated in 2000, and since then has gone on to make a Tumblr and write some books and stuff. If you're a John Green fan, block out an hour and enjoy this.

Discussed: genre fiction, why stories matter, "Happy birthday, sir, despite the circumstances," the many things he cribbed from his professors, the 65% true fleece vest story, a Q&A session, and much more. (The fleece vest story is kind of a Kenyon classic; it starts around 14:30.)

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Listen to the Impossibly Adorable Sounds of a Baby Sloth
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Sometimes baby sloths seem almost too adorable to be real. But the little muppet-faced treasures don't just look cute—turns out they sound cute, too. We know what you're thinking: How could you have gone your whole life without knowing what these precious creatures sound like? Well, fear not: Just in time for International Sloth Day (today), we have some footage of how the tiny mammals express themselves—and it's a lot of squeaking. (Or maybe that's you squealing?)

The sloths featured in the heart-obliterating video below come from the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. The institution rescues orphaned sloths, rehabilitates them, and gets them ready to be released back into the wild.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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Mesmerizing Metal Machines
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Martin Smith's metal machines are mesmerizing. They ripple like water, flap like birds, and undulate in seamless elegant motion. See more amazing automata on Instagram.

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