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15 Adorable Images of Cats Sticking Out Their Tongues

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Cat lovers have their pick of feline-themed coffee table literature to choose from. If photos of wet cats shaking themselves dry aren’t your style, there’s now an entire book devoted to pictures of cats sticking out their tongues.

According to Nerdist, Nekojita (“cat tongue” in Japanese) celebrates the cuddly creatures in their derpiest form. The book was recently released by the Japanese publisher J-List, which is better known for producing manga than pet photography. The description reads:

“Enjoy funny cat pictures with different types of breeds showing off their tongues in various ways from a little bit of their tongue sticking out to licking something continuously […] Recommended for cat lovers.”

The 80-page book is only available in Japanese for now, but as you can see from the highlights allow, each picture speaks for itself.

1. This cat is definitely not in the mood for a tongue bath.

2. Being a cat model is exhausting work.

3. Pictured: utter contentment.

4. This cat seems to be contemplating whether or not to stick its tongue out all the way.

5. An adorable perspective for us—for a mouse, not so much.

6. This subject would rather be taking a catnap.

7. When you’ve fallen and you can’t get up, stick out your tongue.

8. This isn’t what we’d think to bring to a picnic, but we’re not complaining.

9. A fabulous feline stares wistfully into the distance.

10. This cat is doing its best lion impression.

11. We’re guessing there was a can of tuna just outside the frame of this one.

12. When you tell your cat you’re adopting a puppy …

13. This kitten just discovered it has paws and it does not know how to feel.

14. This cat has spotted a mouse just out of frame ...

15. And finally, a cat that makes poking out its tongue look regal.

All images courtesy of J-List.

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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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Extinct Penguin Species Was the Size of an Adult Human
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A penguin that waddled across the ice 60 million years ago would have dwarfed the king and emperor penguins of today, according to the Associated Press. As indicated by fossils recently uncovered in New Zealand, the extinct species measured 5 feet 10 inches while swimming, surpassing the height of an average adult man.

The discovery, which the authors say is the most complete skeleton of a penguin this size to date, is laid out in a study recently published in Nature Communications. When standing on land, the penguin would have measured 5 feet 3 inches, still a foot taller than today’s largest penguins at their maximum height. Researchers estimated its weight to have been about 223 pounds.

Kumimanu biceae, a name that comes from Maori words for “monster" and "bird” and the name of one researcher's mother, last walked the Earth between 56 million and 60 million years ago. That puts it among the earliest ancient penguins, which began appearing shortly after large aquatic reptiles—along with the dinosaurs—went extinct, leaving room for flightless carnivorous birds to enter the sea.

The prehistoric penguin was a giant, even compared to other penguin species of the age, but it may not have been the biggest penguin to ever live. A few years ago, paleontologists discovered 40-million-year-old fossils they claimed belonged to a penguin that was 6 feet 5 inches long from beak to tail. But that estimate was based on just a couple bones, so its actual size may have varied.

[h/t AP]

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