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Peeps Oreos Will Dye Your Poop Bright Pink

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The new Peeps Oreos are making a splash in an unexpected way. The pink creme filling is turning diners’ poop a vibrant hue, as BuzzFeed has sniffed out, which may not be the Easter surprise Peeps lovers were looking for.

The promotional sandwich cookies are dyed with a bright pink food coloring (Red Number 3, according to BuzzFeed) that is sure to leave your tongue looking like a Pepto-Bismol ad for some hours, according to a number of people who have posted on social media about the phenomenon. In a review, the Junk Food Guy wrote that the cookie dyed his saliva. He explained: "This is the type of food dye where an hour later, when I went to brush my teeth, IT TURNED MY TOOTHBRUSH PINK."

A lot of foods (especially brightly dyed candies) will dye your mouth for a little while after you eat. But this stuff really does last:

If you eat enough of them, that pink dye will run straight through you and possibly require you to scrub out your toilet. An anonymous mental_floss Oreo tester describes the color as “the kind of pink that if, say, your poop were to turn that color, you'd think you were hemorrhaging internally and had three minutes to live.” You probably don’t even have to eat the whole package.

Which is almost a reason in itself to try the super-sweet Oreos. Don’t worry, it won’t kill you, at least no more than any other junk food. Anyone who’s eaten too many beets is familiar with the ability of even normal foods to make your stool look terrifying. A few vivid cookies will just turn your body into a temporary science experiment. Just how long did it take the dye to work its way through your system?

Plus, Charmin is there to clean up your mess. Feel free to document your results—just maybe don't send them to us.

[h/t BuzzFeed]

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Fisherman Catches Rare Blue Lobster, Donates It to Science
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Live lobsters caught off the New England coast are typically brown, olive-green, or gray—which is why one New Hampshire fisherman was stunned when he snagged a blue one in mid-July.

As The Independent reports, Greg Ward, from Rye, New Hampshire, discovered the unusual lobster while examining his catch near the New Hampshire-Maine border. Ward initially thought the pale crustacean was an albino lobster, which some experts estimate to be a one-in-100-million discovery. However, a closer inspection revealed that the lobster's hard shell was blue and cream.

"This one was not all the way white and not all the way blue," Ward told The Portsmouth Herald. "I've never seen anything like it."

While not as rare as an albino lobster, blue lobsters are still a famously elusive catch: It's said that the odds of their occurrence are an estimated one in two million, although nobody knows the exact numbers.

Instead of eating the blue lobster, Ward decided to donate it to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. There, it will be studied and displayed in a lobster tank with other unusually colored critters, including a second blue lobster, a bright orange lobster, and a calico-spotted lobster.

[h/t The Telegraph]

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Australian Scientists Discover First New Species of Sunfish in 125 Years
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Scientists have pinpointed a whole new species of the largest bony fish in the world, the massive sunfish, as we learned from Smithsonian magazine. It's the first new species of sunfish proposed in more than 125 years.

As the researchers report in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, the genetic differences between the newly named hoodwinker sunfish (Mola tecta) and its other sunfish brethren was confirmed by data on 27 different samples of the species collected over the course of three years. Since sunfish are so massive—the biggest can weigh as much as 5000 pounds—they pose a challenge to preserve and store, even for museums with large research collections. Lead author Marianne Nyegaard of Murdoch University in Australia traveled thousands of miles to find and collected genetic data on sunfish stranded on beaches. At one point, she was asked if she would be bringing her own crane to collect one.

Nyegaard also went back through scientific literature dating back to the 1500s, sorting through descriptions of sea monsters and mermen to see if any of the documentation sounded like observations of the hoodwinker. "We retraced the steps of early naturalists and taxonomists to understand how such a large fish could have evaded discovery all this time," she said in a press statement. "Overall, we felt science had been repeatedly tricked by this cheeky species, which is why we named it the 'hoodwinker.'"

Japanese researchers first detected genetic differences between previously known sunfish and a new, unknown species 10 years ago, and this confirms the existence of a whole different type from species like the Mola mola or Mola ramsayi.

Mola tecta looks a little different from other sunfish, with a more slender body. As it grows, it doesn't develop the protruding snout or bumps that other sunfish exhibit. Similarly to the others, though, it can reach a length of 8 feet or more. 

Based on the stomach contents of some of the specimens studied, the hoodwinker likely feeds on salps, a jellyfish-like creature that it probably chomps on (yes, sunfish have teeth) during deep dives. The species has been found near New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and southern Chile.

[h/t Smithsonian]

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