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Why Can't Other Primates Speak?

Monkeys and primates can't speak. That much is certain. We know that some primates can learn to speak sign language and many can learn to understand human words, but they still can't talk to us. Until now, many people believed that was because they were physically incapable of speach, but a new study by the University of Vienna reveals that primates do have the physical ability to speak, with larynx, tongues and lips capable of it. Instead, they now believe that the problem lies in their minds -they simply aren't mentally capable of understanding how to use language and forming words. 

So will they be able to learn to speak eventually? Maybe after another 1000 years or so of evolution.

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Amazing Photos of New York from The Great Depression

During the recession of 2007, many statistics said that the economy was actually worse than the Great Depression and while that might be right as far as financial losses, our security nets prevented it from being nearly as bad on a human level. A look at these amazing photos from New York during the Great Depression show just how bad things were during the 1930s.

The article is a slideshow but the pictures are still pretty impressive, so while scrolling through it might be annoying it is worth the effort. So if you have the time, don't miss this collection of historically fascinating photos.


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Mario Kart Made Real

There aren't many details about this image available, in fact, the original source seems to have deleted it, but when you have the chance to see Mario Kart in real life -complete with balloons, you just have to share it.

Via That Goddamn Rat


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Bathtubs With Unbelievable Views

Sometimes the best thing in the world is a nice, relaxing bath, but you know what could be better? A nice, relaxing bath with an unbelievable view. 

Sure, some people might not feel comfortable bathing out in the open, but for those who dare to bare their bare skin, the reward can be very, very worth it.

If you dream of a bath with an unbeatable panorama, you won't want to miss this great Travel and Leisure article with 19 bath tubs with incredible vews.


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This Chrome Extension Turns Any Picture of Trump Into A Kitten

I don't know about you guys, but I couldn't be more tired of hearing about Trump and everything else related to the post-election nightmare. One thing that can help ease the pain caused by politics is a picture of a cute kitty. That's why we love Make America Kittens Again, a Chrome extension replaces pictures from articles with the word "Trump" in the headline to show kitty pictures. 

Personally, I'd rather have one that includes the words "election, Clinton, Kanye, Kardashians or Taylor Swift" all be replaced with kitty pictures, but I'll take what I can get. You can download the extension here.

Via The Daily Dot

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This Harry Potter Christmas Party is Truly Magical

The team at Epbot is quite crafty and also incredibly nerdy, so it's hardly surprising that when they throw a themed Christmas party, they go all out. This year they opted to do a Harry Potter-themed party and the results are amazing.

Every detail, from the food to the trees and the doorway to the lighting is perfectly magical and an incredible blend of Christmas and Harry Potter fun. You can see pictures of the setup over at Epbot.

Via That's Nerdalicious


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Fun Things You Might Not Know About Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain is the loud, foul-mouthed chef you either love or love-to-hate, but did you know he was a published mystery novelist long before he wrote Kitchen Confidential? Or that writing runs in his blood as his mother was a copy editor at the New York Times

Of course, it's not his writing that really made Bourdain what he is -it's his abrassive, aggressive personality and in that way, it's hardly surprising that he once considered it a fireable offense to listen to or even enjoy Billy Joel in his presence. 

Learn more about the chef with attitude over at Thrillist

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A Look Inside Hollywood's Will Ferrell-Themed Bar

Just in time for your yearly Elf viewing, a pop-up bar in Hollywood opened up to sell delicious, Will Ferrell-inspired drinks. Whether you prefer Elf, Semi-Pro, Step Brothers or any other Ferrell film, you're sure to find something to make you laugh at Stay Classy.

Given that so many of the jokes are based on Anchorman, I think it would fit in better in San Diego, but maybe that just makes me a smelly pirate hooker.

The pop-up bar is only open through December 15, so if you live in the area and want to get your Ferrell on, be sure to stop by soon. And if you don't live in the area, you can at least visit vicariously through these LAist pictures.


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White Elephant Gifts That Are So Bad, You Kind of Have to Buy Them

White elephant gift exchanges are fun, but sometimes it's hard to find just the right gift for the weirdos you know. If you're struggling to come up with the perfect present idea for your white elephant exchange, you won't want to miss this Huffington Post article.

From Nic Cage prayer candles to Christmas-themed TP, the list is full of great terrible ideas, so whether you need to buy an intentionall bad gift or just want a laugh, be sure to head to the Huffington Post.


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Nordstrom Wants to Sell You An $85 Rock

Looking to blow money on something utterly useless? Then head to Nordstroms where you can get your hands on this great $85 rock that at least comes with a classy leather pouch. It's as though the store itself doesn't know why you would buy it, since their description doesn't even know what the purpose of the stupid thing is, "A paperweight? A conversation piece? A work of art? It's up to you."

Just like many absurd Amazon products, the item is being lampooned on the reviews in Nordstrom's shop. Unfortunately, it seems Nordstrom doesn't have as good of a sense of humor because the item has since been pulled and they also seem to have removed all the reviews. While the small rock version was also removed from the store, the reviews are at least still there.

Via Distractify


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You've Never Seen Disney Babes Like This

Instagram Metalslimer isn't afraid to cosplay male and female characters -only unlike most people who chose to do that, he is anything but androgynous. But that's precisely what makes his female cosplays so memorable -especially those Disney babes.

While his Jessica Rabbit is hilarious, the fact that his Belle cosplay looks like Gaston snuck into her wardrobe and got a little crazy. 

You can check out his other crazy, hilarious cosplays at his Instagram

Via Nerd Approved


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Even More Amazing Facts That Sound Totally Bogus

Just last month we linked to a Today I Found Out article featuring 10 facts that sound completely unbelievable, but since then, they've posted two more articles with that very same theme -so now you can learn 20 more unbelievable but true facts. For example, did you know the biggest earthquake ever recorded hit 23 on the Richter Scale? Fortunately, no cities were destroyed because this earthquake was recorded by NASA and took place on a star millions of lightyears away.

Also strange, Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia for food -the local camels there are raised exclusively for racing and domestic purposes. And did you know that the people who voiced Mickey and Minnie Mouse were actually married in real life.

Learn all kinds of fun facts on Today I Found Out in this article and this one.


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This Couple's Parents Bugged Them About Having Kids -So They Did A Puppy Baby Photoshoot

Married couple Abby and Matt were sick of being harassed by their parents about having a baby, so when they went to adopt a puppy, they had a brilliant idea about how to get their family to leave them alone.

They had their photographer friend Elisha Minnette take typical, cheesy baby photos with them and their precious new puppy.

One thing's for sure, this loving family sure has a beautiful, bouncing bundle of joy.

Check out more photos from the shoot on Facebook.

Via Someecards

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Fun Pictures of Kitties Loving Christmas

Cats and Christmas are a great combination -especially when it involves Christmas trees.

Naturally the trees make great climbing posts, but even when they aren't climbing the trees, kitties still seem to be pretty darn happy with the holidays.

Even fake, unclimbale trees are enough to put a smile on a feline's face. And if you're looking for something to put a smile on your face, look no further than this great Buzzfeed article filled will all kinds of cute kitties celebrating the holidays!

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Fun Facts About Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Can you believe that Robin Hood: Men in Tights is over twenty years old? If you agree that this is one of, if not the absolute, best Robin Hood movies ever created, you won't want to miss this collection of great trivia about the film. For example, did you know that Mel Brooks had already worked on a Robin Hood tv series back in the seventies? Or that Sean Connery was originally going to be King Richard and was going to play him in drag, but that he wanted too much money for the role?

Celebrate those tight -tight tights over at Mental Floss


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Magical Acorn Necklaces That Capture the Beauty of Nature

Looking for a whimsical, nature-inspired gift for a special someone on your Christmas list? Then you may want to visit artist Anna Buttonsy's Etsy shop where you can find delightful pieces of resin jewerly featuring real flowers, leaves and even acorn tops. 

Not all of Anna Buttonsy's jewelry creations feature acorn tops. She also has beautifully delicate creations like this rose bud necklace.

See more of these lovely jewelry pieces over at Buttonsy Jewelry.

Via Mental Floss


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Watch These Two Dachshunds Play Golf on a Lazy Sunday

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Personally, I can't stand golf -both playing it and watching it. But I could watch Crusoe and Oakley hit the links all day in these dapper outfits. Sadly, they not only look better playing than I do, I think they're better at golf than I am. Then again, I'm pretty sure they're violating some rules of play there by chasing and catching the balls.

Via Incredible Things

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This Pooch's Maternity Photos Are the Best

Kennedy Sorensen's dog Chanel recently had puppies and rather than let the memories slip past, Kennedy thought it might be fun to capture the beauty of her preggo pooch before the puppies were delivered. 

Like many expecting mothers, Chanel looks a little embarrassed by her full-figured frame, but she's still beautiful no matter how she feels. And just look at that healthy glow.

As was only fitting, the maternity shoot was then followed up by a photoshoot for the eleven beautiful, bouncing puppies. 

You can see more pictures from the maternity shoot and the puppy photos on Kennedy Sorensen's Facebook

Via Today

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This Beaver Went Christmas Shopping at the 99 Cent Store

Everyone gets so into the Christmas shopping rush this time of year -even critters. This cute little furball was discovered browsing the Christmas aisles of a Dollar General in Maryland on Monday. Unfortunately, he didn't seem to find anything he was looking for, so instead he just messed up some of the shelf displays and left. I guess they just don't sell quality wood at Dollar General. 

He was eventually caught by Animal Control and released back to a wildlife rehabilitation center -though I have to wonder if they would have let him keep shopping at local strip malls if he actually bought some items like a civilized creature. 

See more pictures of the busy beaver over at the Daily Mail

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Harry Potter Fan Theories That Totally Make Sense

One of the great things about the Harry Potter series is that it is detailed enough to be a great story, but still open enough that it allows for an entire world of fan theories, sequels and other additions. Ranker has collected some of the best fan theories in one place and some of them really are mind blowing. For example, are the Dursleys cruel to Harry because he has a horcrux inside of him and Horcruxes do make people inexplicably angry and hateful? Or were Neville's spells backfiring so long because he chose to use his father's wand rather than using a wand that actually chose him?

Check out the full list of theories over at Ranker


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I Can't Even Handle This Insane Giant McNugget

What's better than a twenty peice chicken nuggets? How about one jumbo nugget that takes two hands to hold? This video shows two different methods to make your McNugget dream a reality -though one is clearly better than the other.

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Of course, the problem with having a nugget this big is that your dipping sauce options are limited and I doubt most McDonalds will give you twenty sweet and sour sauces to pour into a large bowl for dippping.

Via That's Nerdalicious

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You Need This 3D Periodic Table Lamp

The periodic table is a work of art in itself, but putting a generic poster of the elements on your wall is a little uninspired. If you're looking for a particularly attractive way to display the elements, this Instructables creation is far more appealing. 

You can even make your own lamp over by following the instructions, but it's not particularly easy -and you're going to have to spend some serious time and effort to get samples to fill in the jars. In fact, the one in the tutorial only has 20 samples so far.

Check out how to make make your own here.


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The Bee Movie Sped Up Every Time Someone Says "Bee"

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The Bee Movie is hardly considered a classic film, but it's still one of those movies that everyone knows about, even if they've never seen it. And even without watching it, you probably know that they say "bee" a thousand times over. This ridiculous clip shows what happens when yo speed up the movie a little bit every time someone says "bee." It's seven minutes of insanity that's a lot more enjoyable than the original 95 minute film.


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These Birdhouses Are Decorated From the Inside

Everyone has seen nicely decorated birdhouses before, but have you ever seen one that looks good on the inside? Artist Jada Fitch takes plain cardboard boxes, decorates them on the inside, fills them with bird seed and then tapes them to her windows.

The result is a charming set of images featuring all types of birds in quite cozy cottages complete with furniture and birdie portraits. You can keep up with her newest works on her Facebook.

Via Incredible Things

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You've Never Been As Chill As This Husky

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Most dogs' natural instincts kick in when they hit the water, even if they're wearing a life jacket, but this husky is just too chill for that.  He may be failing his swim class, but he's winning at life. I mean, why waste energy swimming when you can just float on?

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Can You Spot the Queen In A Sea of Corgis?

We all know the Queen loves corgies and has a massive pack of them -so this image showing the queen lost among her sea of pups is entirely appropriate as far as hidden pictures go. This adorable image was created by the fashion website Stylight for Elizabeth's 90th birthday.

Can't find her? The Daily Mail has the answer for you.

Via Mental Floss


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This Admiral Akbar Soap is Not A Trap

Etsy seller Nerdy Soaps sells exactly what their name says -nerdy soaps. Among their many soaps are designs including video games, superheroes and horror movies, but their Star Wars designs are what really stand out -particularly this awesome Admiral Akbar soap. Who wouldn't want to scrub up with Jabba or Kylo Ren?


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The Disgusting Ways Actors Gained Weight

It's common knowledge that actors often have to gain or lose a few pounds depending on the roles they are cast in. But when they have to gain 30 pounds or more for a role -often in only a handful of months, the weight gain gets seriously intense. In fact, it seems that many of them resort to chugging melted ice cream just to get as many calories in as quickly as possible (though why Jared Leto thought it was neccessary to add olive oil and soy sauce into the mix is a mystery). The worst part is how often it doesn't even pay off. In fact, many actors went through all this suffering only to see their movies fail and be panned by critics and poor Ryan Gosling gained 60 pounds for the movie The Lovely Bones only to get fired since he didn't clear the weight gain with director Peter Jackson beforehand.

Read more about actors gaining weight for their roles at Mel Magazine.


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What Word Does Your State Most Often Misspell?

Even if you're a reasonably good speller, you probably periodically need a little help and Google is a great place to get it. Since everyone uses a Google search for spelling help now and again, it's not surprising they eventually compiled the data and made a fun chart out of it showing what words each state needs the most help with.

Here in my native California, we apparently need a lot of help with "desert," which is hardly surprising considering everyone is worried about the drought all the time. So what words does your state misspell the most?

You can see the whole graphic on Google's Twitter.

Via Mental Floss


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The Burger That Literally Explodes With Cheese

A burger bun pumped full of cheese sounds like heaven, but when you see it launch the cheesy goo in a stream that looks disturbingly pimple-ish way, it may just change your mind. 

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The burger, created by RawMaterialNYC is totally dividing audiences, with some mesmorized with the delicious cheesy filling -and others utterly disgusted with the zit-like visual that happens whenever someone bursts that bun open. What do you guys think? Nasty or nice?

Via Incredible Things

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