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Old 07-14-2017, 06:33 PM
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as though I needed any help pronoucing it 'vine-gar'
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Old 07-14-2017, 10:00 PM
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Vinegaroon sounds like a terrible cookie.
Probably the most amusingly gross recipe idea I've heard since the 1970s cuisine thread on the food sub-forum.
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Vinegaroon sounds like a terrible cookie.
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Probably the most amusingly gross recipe idea I've heard since the 1970s cuisine thread on the food sub-forum.
I wonder if balsamic vinegar could work for that...
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Tibetan Mastiffs are fascinating creatures.









But when they're angry they look like Zeromus before you use the crystal on him.

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Old 08-14-2017, 08:36 AM
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Suddenly those lion dog statues make so much sense.
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Old 08-14-2017, 09:18 AM
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Man, my arms are tired just thinking of all the scruffling them doggos must require.
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Have to rent a car wash to bath it I'd imagine.
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:46 PM
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Cool fact I learned from my zoo docent training:

- The great apes at our zoo are intelligent enough that they will barter for things. If guests or anyone lose objects in the ape enclosures, the apes will assign values to these items and will then accept bribes of comparable value in exchange for the items.
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Old 08-14-2017, 01:15 PM
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And now I'm incredibly curious as to whether they value those items as tools, or as personal items.
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Old 08-14-2017, 01:34 PM
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And now I'm incredibly curious as to whether they value those items as tools, or as personal items.
I'm guessing they notice how much a given item is used by a person from watching the crowds who come to see them. They probably then figure, "ok, the baldies use it like that. Can I use it like that? How badly will they want it back?"
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:17 PM
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It sounds like the things they demand in return for lost objects tend to be food items, incidentally.
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Tibetan Mastiffs are fascinating creatures.

It looks like someone super-sized a Chow. Which is a terrible idea, considering that it's a very aggressive breed.
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:35 AM
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It is a Dog that someone added Extra Dog to.

...wait, isn't that the same dog Harry has in Dresden files?
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Old 08-19-2017, 11:31 AM
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But when they're angry they look like Zeromus before you use the crystal on him. a Behemoth.

And now I want one and put some zipperrific pants on him
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:59 PM
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Let us know when you get out of the ICU
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Old 08-19-2017, 02:01 PM
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I was so enraptured by the snake gliding almost on top of the water that at first I didn't notice the dragonfly. (I guess it's a very small snake, which explains why the surface tension looks way stronger than it ought to...)
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Some cool shit about the behavioral development of cowbirds (those ones that lay their eggs in other species' nests).
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Old 09-21-2017, 11:24 AM
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"There's this weird animosity towards cowbirds among the public,” he says, but in his mind, it’s not deserved. Not only do the adults have to trick the hosts, sneak their eggs in, and keep an eye on different nests, but the chicks have to put some effort in just to learn to sing, forage and act like cowbirds.
Hmm. My problem with these birds is not that they're too lazy Let's see what wikipedia has to say:
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This hypothesis revolves around host manipulations induced by behaviors of the brood parasite. Upon the detection and rejection of a brood parasite's egg, the host's nest is depredated upon, its nest destroyed and nestlings injured or killed. This threatening response indirectly enhances selective pressures favoring aggressive parasite behavior that may result in positive feedback between mafia-like parasites and compliant host behaviors
You're creeps, birds! You've earned the public's animosity!

NB I am not saying that other animals, including humans, are not terrible hell goblins.
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Old 09-21-2017, 05:06 PM
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It's still correct to observe that we project a lot of anthropomorphic values onto organisms for whom those values are completely irrelevant, and that those projections drive us to some odd behaviors towards animals we otherwise wouldn't have any reason to care about.

When I read this article out to my mom, she picked out the same line you did, and related it to how her dad - and his father before him - hated blue jays to the point of going out of his way to shoot them, because he saw them as "bullies" that ate more seed from his bird feeders than other birds. (Feeders, of course, that he voluntarily put out, altering these birds' lifestyles in the first place.)

It's interesting stuff.
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Old 09-21-2017, 06:00 PM
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cuteness is a valid evolutionary trait as long as there's enough of the dominant species around to protect you for being cute
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Default Squirrel, you really got me now

I was walking home from work and saw a little squirrel sitting in the middle of the road -- not a baby, but I'll say a pre-teen squirrel. It's a quiet residential road, but he was destined to get flattened the next time a car happened by. I walked over to try to shoo him over to the sidewalk but he seemed unimpressed at my approach; he skittered about a foot away from me and then hesitated and came back. Stopping in front of him, I watched as the little guy then climbed up onto my shoe and just chilled there for a minute. I wasn't sure what else to do so I reached down to see if he'd climb onto my hand instead so I could carry him to safety. He decided that was a bridge too far and took off under a parked car instead. Good enough, squirrel.
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Old 04-10-2018, 06:21 PM
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the squirrel whisperer
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I was walking home from work and saw a little squirrel sitting in the middle of the road -- not a baby, but I'll say a pre-teen squirrel. It's a quiet residential road, but he was destined to get flattened the next time a car happened by. I walked over to try to shoo him over to the sidewalk but he seemed unimpressed at my approach; he skittered about a foot away from me and then hesitated and came back. Stopping in front of him, I watched as the little guy then climbed up onto my shoe and just chilled there for a minute. I wasn't sure what else to do so I reached down to see if he'd climb onto my hand instead so I could carry him to safety. He decided that was a bridge too far and took off under a parked car instead. Good enough, squirrel.
I had a baby squirrel attach itself to my foot once. Must be a right of passage.

I gave him a cracker, he remained on my foot long enough to eat it and then scampered off under a nearby bush.
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Today I learned there's a fish called boops boops, and the world seems just a little brighter.



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Boops boops /ˈboʊ.ɒps/; Greek: βόωψ boōps, literally "cow-eye"), commonly called a bogue, is a species of seabream native to the eastern Atlantic.[2] Its common name in most languages refers to its large ("bug") eyes.
WHY WOULD YOU EVER CALL IT ANYTHING OTHER THAN BOOPS BOOPS
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Old 06-07-2018, 08:37 AM
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WHY WOULD YOU EVER CALL IT ANYTHING OTHER THAN BOOPS BOOPS
At the risk of raining on this absolutely wonderful parade, the pronunciation of the Linnaean name would be "boh'-ops" rather than, well,





Even with that, though, the fish still makes for a better "boop" than this.
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FLYING

ELECTRIC

SPIDERS
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I knew in my heart joltik is real!
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That's amazing and awesome!
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