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Twitter Generator Creates New Digital Moth Species

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There is a new bot on Twitter called @mothgenerator, and as the names suggests, it generates new digital moths that it shares on its feed. 

While moths may not have the same glamorous reputation as butterflies, they are considerably more varied, with more than 160,000 different species. This diversity offers a treasure trove of opportunity when attempting to create even more winged insects. 

The Moth Generator (or lepidoptera automata) was created by artists Katie Rose Pipkin and Loren Schmidt. The two are well versed in code and created the bot with Javascript. 

“Each of these component parts follows a series of different rulesets that allows variation of process inside of their structures," Pipkin explained of the program she and Schmidt created. "Although the individual pieces do inform each other’s generation, much of the individuality of each moth rises from the incredible amount of possibility contained in each anatomical part, and in their combination.” 

Each computer-created moth comes with a generated name. The genera are often real followed by Latin-sounding words for the species. While not all the moths look like they can appear in nature, the collection as a whole doesn't seem entirely unrealistic. 

Right now, the Twitter account is just churning out new moths, but the creators are considering adding extra features. One option could be tweeting out moth facts or letting fans "seed" their own moths by tweeting text at the bot to create them.

[h/t: Motherboard, Co.Design]

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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The Seemingly Simple ‘Math’ Problem That Stumped the Internet
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If you’re a regular Mental Floss reader, you know that we love a good brain teaser. And the one below, which originated on Facebook and has been shared more than 150,000 times, is a great one to test just how sharp you are on a Friday evening at the end of a long workweek.

It’s a seemingly simple enough task: spot the error. Your time starts now…

We’ll give you a minute …

And a little space for you to scroll down to find the answer …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you figure it out?

The “mistake” is that the word “mistake” is misspelled on the instruction sheet on the left. If you missed that completely, you’re not alone: the grid of numbers is what immediately grabs your attention.

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