The Twisting History of Blood on Film

Movies draw us in because they can show us what we don't see in real life, or make what we'd rather not see in real life okay to watch. Blood has been a big part of moviemaking since filmmaker found ways to chip around the Hays Code, beginning with the violence World War II.

Fittingly, it was Alfred Hitchcock—a British director who delighted in scandalizing prudish Americans—who would deal the Code its most crushing blow. In 1960, Hitchcock released Psycho, which smashed cinematic taboos by showing a man and woman in bed together, taking viewers into a bathroom, and depicting cross-dressing. There was also some serious blood. In the now-canonical shower scene, which required 78 setups, 52 cuts, and a week of filming to pull off, blood is shown swirling down the drain. Part of the reason Hitchcock chose to shoot Psycho not in color but black and white—which was, in 1960, still thought of as the more artistic and realistic medium—was because he didn’t think audiences could handle the bloodshed of the scene in color. Although Hitchcock used chocolate syrup, some audience members reportedly swore that the substance had been red—such was the power and novelty of the filmmaking, and the rarity of seeing blood actually flow on screen.

Since then, blood has been used to shock audiences in every way possible. Read about those methods, what they used for blood, and how it affected audiences at Topic. -via Digg


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Stray Cats Captured in Martial Arts Poses by Hiroyuki Hisakata

Photographer Hiroyuki Hisakata captures images of cats showing off their best ninja moves. They aren't even his cats, so how does he get them to model for him? Hisakata takes the time to make friends with colonies of stray cats away from threatening crowds.

Although he’s based in Kyushu, Hisakata keeps his locations top secret. He often shoots in the evening, and with his bag full of toys, plays with the cats while shooting them with his camera. The results are humorous and playful, and have been compiled into two different photobooks: one featuring adult cats and the other featuring kittens.

Get a cat (or two or a hundred) to trust you, and they'll let you have fun with them. See a collection of Hisakata's ninja cats at Spoon & Tamago, and follow him on Twitter for more.  -via Swiss Miss

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Emergence – How Stupid Things Become Smart Together

A bunch of stupid things get together and do smart things. This seems impossible, but you are familiar with the phrase "the whole is more than the sum of its parts." An ant is only a bug, but a bunch of ants together build towers and colonies. Your brain is made up of cells that don't have much value alone, but together they make a brain that can think. 

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A video from Kurzgesagt looks at how many systems work this way. It's a bit mind blowing, thinking about how atoms, cells, ant colonies, and human societies all display emergence -they are complicated systems made up of simple parts. -via Kottke


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Strange and Curious Wills of the Georgian Era in the Canterbury Court

People who make our their wills are often advised to leave at least a token inheritance to every relative, even if they hate them. Otherwise, an unmentioned relative may contest the will on the grounds that their named simply slipped the writer's mind. Some folks go much further, and leave behind an explanation of why the bequest is so small, in quite colorful prose, as a final and lasting insult. Check out some wills that were probated by the Canterbury court in the 18th century.

JOSEPH DALBY – Doctor of Physic of the Parish of St. Marylebone in Middlesex – 27 July 1784
“I give to my daughter, Ann Spencer, a guinea for a ring, or any other bauble she may like better, I give to the lout her husband one penny to buy him a lark-whistle, I also give to her said husband of redoubtable memory, my f—t-hole for a covering to his lark-whistle, to prevent the abrasion of his lips, and this legacy I give him as mark of my approbation of his prowess and nice honour, in drawing his sword on me at my own table, naked and unarmed as I was, and he well fortified with custard.”

PHILIP THICKNESSE – Of London and then of Boulogne, France – 24 January 1793
“I leave my right hand, to be cut off after my death, to my son, Lord Audley, and I desire it may be sent to him, in hopes that a such a sight may remind him of his duty to God, after having so long abandoned the duty he owed to a father, who affectionately loved him.”

Read a bunch more of these weird and snarky wills at Geri Walton's blog. -via Strange Company

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C-3PO and the Forest of Doom

This weird LEGO stop-motion video portrays the Ewoks sacrificing C-3PO in a religious ceremony. Looks like they figured out he wasn't a god after all. But it's not Return of the Jedi, it's actually that horrifying scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple Doom, with original audio. Altogether, this is pretty creepy.  

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What's the point? You'll see that this story explains one of those things that happened between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Because there is no detail in the Star Wars universe too small to be examined and made into a fan film. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Thomas Lenk Is Back And Just As Fabulously Fashiony As Ever

Celebrities aren't always trendsetters or fashionable at all, but when they are fashiony the way they wear those clothes that are different than regular people clothes makes them look extra cool in their cool clothes.

That's why celebrity outfit recreations are all the rage among clothes-wearing people who used to be famous, want to pretend they're famous, or simply want to stun when they enter a room.

And speaking of stunning and used to be famous here's Tommy Lenk, a guy who used to be on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and is obsessed with the recreation of celebrity outfits but isn't willing to actually buy new clothes.

Tom stares at pictures of fashiony celebrities and models in clothes for a long time before he decides whether their outfit passes his rigorous screening process, and once it's approved he recreates it with gusto.

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Furious Flurry Follows Ferry McFerryface

The people of New South Wales, Australia, are the latest to learn the lesson of internet naming polls. Six new ferries for Sydney Harbor were offered to the public for naming last year. Three boats were named after prominent Australians: three doctors and two Aboriginal leaders. Then there was Ferry McFerryface, announced last Tuesday.  

“Ferry McFerryface will be the harbour’s newest icon,” the state’s transport minister, Andrew Constance, said in a statement. “I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike.”

So far, though, many people are not smiling. Enemies of Ferry McFerryface include the people who are supposed to work on it. A spokesman for the Maritime Union of Australia described the name as “an insult to the integrity and heritage of Sydney Ferries,” and suggested that crew members would refuse to engage with it.

“Give it a proper name and we’ll work it,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “Give it a stupid name and it can stay at the shipyard.”

Government officials, the press, some of the public, and the guy who was told the boat would be named after him are all upset. How many times does this have to happen before everyone knows what an internet naming poll will do? Read more about the controversy at Atlas Obscura.

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It's Astronaut Vs. Sentient Melon In Black Holes

The life of an astronaut ain't all rocketships and moonbeams ya know, they see things out in the cosmos that would make most people run home crying to their mommy, strange things, scary things, super icky things.

If you don't believe me ask Astronaut Dan about it and he'll tell you all about what life is like when you live in a space suit and are stuck doing space stuff all the time. Oh, and Dan will also tell you why you should never trust a genetically modified melon... (NSFW)

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Black Holes is a hilarious and super stylish animated short by Meat Dept. and Noodles Studio which they're hoping to turn into a full fledged animated series...umm, yes please!


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The True Story Behind Plymouth Rock

American children all learn the story of the Pilgrims, who landed at Plymouth Rock in what is now Massachusetts in 1620. The colony of English immigrants faced a terrible first winter, but a bountiful harvest the next summer. The reason we are more familiar with this colony than the dozens of others who went through the same thing is that we still celebrate that bountiful harvest in our Thanksgiving holiday. But what do we know about Plymouth Rock itself? It must be a huge boulder, to have a place named after it. Or not.

In fact, the rock went unidentified for 121 years. It wasn’t until 1741, when a wharf was to be built over it, that 94-year-old Thomas Faunce, a town record keeper and the son of a pilgrim who arrived in Plymouth in 1623, reported the rock’s significance. Ever since, Plymouth Rock has been an object of reverence, as a symbol of the founding of a new nation.

So what happened to Plymouth Rock? It was used for political purposes, and was broken in pieces several times. Read the saga of that rock at Smithsonian.

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Don't Deal With The Clown! - Cup It, Mug It, Shoot IT Down Fast!


Don't Deal With The Clown! by Angdzu

Getting through the holidays in one piece can feel like a miracle, and all the mall madness, family freak outs and gift buying garbage we go through can even make a cup is half full kinda fellow feel like he's running on empty. But just because the holidays are hectic and they test our sanity at every turn doesn't mean you should go and do something stupid like make a deal with a sewer clown, because if you think the holidays are hell imagine what that old stinky chucklehead will put you through when he comes to collect!

Do IT up right this holiday season with this red hot Don't Deal With The Clown! t-shirt by Angdzu, it's two great tastes that taste great together!

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These Dungeons & Dragons Memes Are Sure To Be A Critical Hit With Your Gaming Group

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Dungeons & Dragons sessions tend to be pretty lighthearted affairs, and even when the stakes are high and the pressure is on to roll that critical hit (or at least refrain from rolling a critical fail) players are still happy to be gaming.

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Which is why memes and D&D go together like Hot Pockets and Mountain Dew, and RPG memes help us keep the torch fires burning until we next descend into the dungeon depths in pursuit of glory and XP.

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The Secret Protocol for When the Queen Dies

We don't like to speculate on someone's future death, especially someone who isn't even sick, but Queen Elizabeth II is 91 years old. The British monarchy is mostly ceremonial these days, yet Elizabeth's subjects take it very seriously -or at least the ones in the UK do. There is a set procedure in place to handle getting out the news when the time comes, to be followed by a funeral and the coronation of Prince Charles.   

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A monarch's death sets up a whole slew of changes we hadn't thought of, like reprinting all the money to reflect a new monarch's face. What? American cash, for all its drawbacks, never goes out of style because everyone on the bills is already dead. -via Mental Floss


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Money Can't Buy Everything

I have a feeling this guy is a bit fuzzy on the concept of money, or else that cluelessness is covering up the beginnings of a lifetime of crime. Maybe subconsciously, he is alluding to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, because the best things in life (time with loved ones) really can't be enjoyed until you have that other stuff (food, shelter) covered. This is the latest from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro at Buttersafe


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Flamin' Hot Cheetos Turkey

On the off chance that you are looking for something different to do to your Thanksgiving turkey, we've found a completely millennial way to spice it up. Reynolds Kitchen brings us several ways to combine Thanksgiving dinner with your favorite junk food- and turn your turkey Technicolor! While the aluminum foil company did not mention brand-name ingredients, we can figure out what they mean. They have recipes that call for coating your turkey in "hot puffed cheese sticks" (Flamin' Hot Cheetos), "ranch-flavored corn chips" (Doritos), and "onion-flavored rings" (Funyuns). This is the perfect way to feed your circle of friends and declare independence from family and tradition. It should cure the munchies, too. Get all three recipes here. -via Cracked

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Why the Nazi Party Loved Decaf Coffee

People love coffee, but some folks don't want the feeling caffeine leaves behind. In previous centuries, drinking coffee and other sources of caffeine was considered indulgent and sometimes downright sinful. Decaf offered a guilt-free way to drink coffee. German coffee roaster Ludwig Roselius developed a method of removing the caffeine from coffee in 1905 and sold his decaf under the name Kaffee HAG. It was marketed as a healthy alternative to coffee, and was adopted by the health and fitness craze sweeping Germany in the 1920s and '30s. The Nazis got into the act, too.   

Under the Nazi Party, the appeal of decaf (a way to avoid stimulants) became state policy meant to safeguard the idolized Aryan race. Geoffrey Cocks, author of The State of Health: Illness in Nazi Germany, says that Nazis “earnestly believed that it was their duty and their responsibility not only to protect health of individual Germans, but the health of the entire German people as a biological, racial entity.” This of course excluded Jews and other non-Aryans, as well as homosexuals and the sick.

Similarly, the Party took measures to warn the Aryan population of caffeine’s dangers. A 1941 Hitler Youth Handbook, writes Stanford science historian Robert Proctor, states that “for young people at least, caffeine was a poison ‘in every form and in every strength.’” By the end of the 1930s, he adds, decaffeinated coffee was “widely available—and strictly regulated.”

There's a punch line to the era of Nazis drinking Kaffee HAG for their health. You can read the entire story at Atlas Obscura.


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Ex-Cons Share The Craziest Things They've Witnessed In Jail

Nobody ever said going to prison would be a walk in the park, but prison-themed movies and TV shows never really prepare you for the true horrors of life behind bars because they focus on the fighting, the raping and the shanking.

But those prison shows never mention inmates licking the wounds of a freshly imprisoned meth addict so they can get a taste of his last fix, nor do they mention how often the guards will just let an inmate die by ignoring his pleas for medical attention.

Don't get me wrong- prison is a dark and scary place for both prisoners and guards alike, especially because many prisoners are constantly waging war against their jailers.

See 23 Ex-Cons Share The Craziest Things They've Witnessed In Jail here (NSFW)


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Black Girl ln a Big Dress

Aydrea Walden created a video series "about an African American Anglophile cosplayer in love with the Victorian Era who's trying to bring a fantasy courtship from her re-enactment events into the real world." It's a historical comedy of manners, so to speak, except that it doesn't hide its 21st-century setting. So "Lady Kate" must deal with anachronisms like a ringing cell phone during tea and maneuvering a hoop skirt into a sedan. This is the first episode.

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You can see all the episodes (so far) of Black Girl in a Big Dress on one page at the show's website, or at YouTube. -via Metafilter


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Brilliant Ways To Actually Use Your Vacation Photos

I love to take photos while traveling as a way to document my trip, but after reviewing and editing the pics I never know what else to do with them all short of showing them to friends who couldn't care less.

Vacation pics seem even more useless when you shoot them all on your smartphone, since it takes a bit of work to get the photos printed, all of which leaves you wondering why you took the pics at all.

But fear not, brave travelers!

There are lots of fun things you can do with your vacation photos that both you and your friends will appreciate, like turning them into a bound book via chatbooks.com or hanging them on the wall with this cute clothespin photo display.

And if they're all on your smartphone you can pick up an awesome Prynt Classic instant photo printer and print them directly from your iPhone. Now go forth and document thy trip with impunity!

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Norway’s Medieval Wooden Churches Look Plucked From a Fairy Tale

When we marvel at a sight and say it "looks like it came from a fairy tale," we have to remember that those fairy tales and their illustrations are based on real places that existed once upon a time. We are just lucky that some of those places survive today. Stone castles? Sure, they can survive war, famine, pestilence, and urban renewal, but the wooden “stave” churches of Norway are a marvel. Build when Christianity was new to the region 900 years ago, some still stand tall today, a testament to how many were erected. They share unique architectural features of the time, and many incorporate Viking symbols along with Christian symbols. See the ten oldest stave churches, plus the largest, at Smithsonian.

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Cockatiel Performs Medley of Queen Songs

Something gives me the idea that whoever owns this cockatiel is a Queen fan. MAY-cyan perches on the arm of a Freddie Mercury figurine while whistling "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Radio Gaga."

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YouTuber MrsStr1 has a couple of other videos of MAY-cyan singing Queen songs in his channel. We'll have to check in again to see if he learns to whistle "Bohemian Rhapsody." -via Laughing Squid

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Traffic Sign - Fumbles Ahead - Fate Determined By A Die Roll


Traffic Sign - Fumbles ahead by Bad Goblin

When you're roaming through dungeons fighting creatures and making the fantasy world safe again the fate of your fictional character comes down to a die roll, and rolling a 1 spells disaster. It takes a really long time to live down a critical fail, especially if it costs the group a much needed victory over a big boss monster, but the best way to live down your die-related failure is to keep on rollin'. Because when you get that critical hit and singlehandedly decapitate the dragon and save a party member's life with a single roll you'll go from being a total failure to a huge hit!

Celebrate the highs and lows of tabletop gaming wherever you go with this Traffic Sign - Fumbles Ahead t-shirt by Bad Goblin, it's sure to be a critical hit with your gaming group!

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Police Bust Police

Detroit had a scene right out of a police TV show last week, but it wasn't Law & Order. It was more like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Police Squad! or Reno 911. Officers from both the 11th precinct and the 12th precinct were in a neighborhood known for heavy drug traffic, ready to bust perpetrators. However, neither squad knew about the other squad's plans. What could possibly go wrong? 

Sources say it started when two special ops officers from the 12th Precinct were operating a "push off" on Andover near Seven Mile. That is when two undercover officers pretend to be dope dealers, waiting for eager customers to approach, and then arrest potential buyers and seize their vehicles.

But this time, instead of customers, special ops officers from the 11th Precinct showed up. Not realizing they were fellow officers, they ordered the other undercover officers to the ground.

FOX 2 is told the rest of the special ops team from the 12th Precinct showed up, and officers began raiding a house in the 19300 block of Andover. But instead of fighting crime, officers from both precincts began fighting with each other.

Sources say guns were drawn and punches were thrown while the homeowner stood and watched.

Two police officers were injured. Detroit Police Chief James Craig held a press conference Monday to address the incident.

“This is probably one of the most embarrassing things I’ve seen in this department,”

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Nigerian Bobsled Team Heading to the Olympics

The Nigerian women's bobsled team has qualified to compete at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, this coming February. The team is the first from Nigeria to ever compete in the Winter Games. The Bobsled & Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, established only last year, raised over $75,000 for expenses through crowdfunding. The team trains in Texas.

Driver Seun Adigun and brakemen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga completed the fifth of their required five qualifying races on Wednesday, becoming the first African team, men or women, to qualify in the Bobsled category.

In women's bobsled, teams are required to complete five races to qualify. The Nigeria team, led by driver Adigun - a former African 100m hurdles champion and 2012 summer Olympian - completed races in Utah, one in Whistler, and their final two races in Calgary on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria," driver Adigun told KweséESPN. "Nothing makes me prouder than to know that I can play a small role in creating opportunities for winter sports to take place in Nigeria.

Nigeria could qualify for the skeleton competition, too, as qualifying races are in progress. Read more about the team at ESPN. -via reddit 

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Great Moments In Weather Broadcast History

If it weren't for the hard working weather reporters who deliver the forecast with a little flair the weather segment of the nightly news would be dry and boring with a chance of who gives a crap.

But because of their efforts, and the fact that they're not afraid to make themselves look ridiculous on live TV for our amusement, we can hear the weekly forecast without feeling like we're watching paint dry.

So here's to all the weather guys and gals out there who make us care about things like precipitation and cloud cover, the hard working weatherheads who give boring people something to talk about at work!

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Justice League B-Team

Justice League is in theaters nationwide, and bound to be a blockbuster whether it's any good or not. But what happens if Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, or Cyborg aren't available to save the world? Batman must call up the benchwarmers. The heroes that didn't quite make the cut. Second string. The B-team superheroes, as it were.

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In other words, superheroes whose movies didn't achieve blockbuster status. There are plenty of them in this video from Funny or Die. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Oddly Delicious Looking Optical Illusion Food Makeup Series

When you tell someone they have food on their face you're usually just trying to be polite and help them from feeling foolish, but when you tell Canadian makeup artist Mimi Choi she has food on her face she says "yah, I know".

That's because Mimi carefully applied that food to her face and body in order to create an optical illusion effect so delicious you'll want a second helping.

Mimi is an incredibly talented artist with a knack for realism, and while it may seem odd for a makeup artist to focus on food the choice makes sense when you consider the body parts Mimi paints look good enough to eat.

See more from Mimi's Optical Illusion Food Makeup Series here

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Schindler’s List

The 1993 film Schindler's List was a very personal project for Steven Spielberg. He did not take a salary for directing the movie, and did not expect it to be a hit, but took great pains to tell the story accurately, intelligently, and emotionally. It worked: the film was a critical and box office smash and won seven Academy Awards. Actors Liam Neeson (as Oskar Schindler), Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley starred in the film that told the story of a German factory owner who sheltered more than a thousand Jewish refugees in Poland by employing them in defiance of Nazi authorities -which he accomplished by spending his fortune in bribes. You might want to learn some of the behind-the-scenes facts about Schindler's List.   

10. Clothing had to be found for 20,000 extras.

The costume designer had to take out advertisements to find enough clothing to suit all the extras, and as a result they found people willing to sell clothing that was from the 30’s and 40’s.

9. When one of the survivors met Ralph Fiennes she began to shake uncontrollably.

Mila Pfefferberg was a survivor from this horrible time and Fiennes resembled his character Amon Goth so much that she couldn’t control her reaction.

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A Guide to Pumpkin Pie

This video starts out showing you how to catch a wild pumpkin, so you know what direction it's going. You will also learn how to use recycled crust and mourn the existence of pre-combined "pumpkin pie spice." The entire video from You Suck at Cooking is a respite from the anxiety of planning and executing a Thanksgiving feast.   

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Some of the tips here are legit, while others are not. You must figure that out yourself. And stay for the little song at the end. Honestly, pumpkin pie may seem complicated, but it's as simple as following the instruction on the can of pumpkin. Don't even think about cooking a pumpkin yourself- I've done that, and it's not worth the effort. -via Mashable

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Scars

Usually when people ask you "wanna know how I got these scars?" and you answer "YES!" they go in to a long and painful sounding story about an accident or fight they were in, or how they survived major surgery.

But, as this Awkward Yeti comic proves, the last thing the person who said "YES!" expects to hear is an actual explanation of how the scarred one's body turned damage to the dermis into scar tissue. Guess it beats hearing that "my ex stabbed me with a fork" story again!

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Kitten Needs Constant Attention

Baby animals are just like human babies in that they need plenty of attention and affection, and if they don't get it they let the nearest adult know at the top of their lungs, but most babies aren't as needy as Daisy the kitten.

Daisy may look like an ordinary orange tabby kitten but she's actually an attention seeking pet-aholic, and every time her owners stop holding her, petting her or playing with her she meows loudly, acting like a dramapuss.

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