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New Cat Breed: Lykoi, the Werewolf Cat

The kitten on the right is an example of a new breed called Lykoi. Veterinarian Johnny Gobble breeds Lykois, a name that is derived from “lycanthrope,” or werewolf. The cat is result of a mutant gene that inhibits hair growth, leaving a cat with sparse hair, especially on its face. Although the gene is naturally-occurring, these cats do not last long in the wild. Due to lack of fur, they are suseptible to hypothermia. 

According to Gobble, the cats’ infirm appearance is only skin deep. Aside from the patchy hair that makes them notable, the first few generations of Lykoi cats seem rather healthy thus far. Tests conducted by Leslie Lyons, an aptly named expert in cat genetics at the University of Missouri (home of The Tigers), found no recognized genetic disorders in the cats; a battery of tests done by Gobble at his clinic, from blood screenings to thyroid function exams, turned up nothing out of the ordinary. Gobble cautions, though, that giving the breed an entirely clean bill of health right now would be premature. “It’s way too early,” he emphasized. “A lot of health problems won’t show up until a cat is 6 or 7 years old, and we don’t have any Lykois that old yet.”

Cats with the sparse hair gene are bred with black cats to highlight their unusual fur pattern. A cat must carry two copies of the gene to be a true Lykoi, which is why the littermates in the above picture look so different. The black cat on the left carries only one copy of the pertinent gene. Read more about this new cat breed at Nautilus. See more pictures of Lykoi cats at Gobble’s website.

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Justice for Littering

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A woman on a motorcycle rides around in Russia dispensing karma to those who litter the streets. She may not be the superhero Russia deserves, but she is the one it needs. Really, how hard is it to put your garbage in a drive-through bin?

Many folks are calling this staged. So what if it is? It makes a great public service announcement, although Russian commenters have not seen it on TV …yet. I actually hope that it is staged, because this kind of behavior would eventually lead to someone shooting her. And that's a video we don't want to see.  -via reddit


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Great Adventures in Accounting

THe following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.

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by Stephen Hardy, Improbable Research staff

The supposedly staid, unglamorous field of accounting is in fact packed, to some degree, with exciting adventures. Accountants rarely divulge this fact to persons outside the profession, but three monographs, all produced in Australia, document some of the adventure and even some of the excitement.

Great Adventures in Accounting (1967)
In 1967, a paper by Professor R.J. Chambers of the University of Sydney essayed to describe the essentially adventurous nature of the accounting field.

“Prospective Adventures in Accounting Ideas,” R.J. Chambers, Accounting Review, vol. 42, no. 2, April 1967, pp. 241–53. Looking both backwards and forwards, Professor Chambers enthuses ruefully:

These fifty years have seen quite a few potentially fruitful ideas, with wide implications, brought to notice, noticed scarcely at all and almost abandoned.... Some 43 years ago, Hatfield said “Let us boldly raise the question whether accounting, the late claimant for recognition as a profession, is not entitled to some respect, or must it consort with crystal-gazing... and palmreading?” I wonder what Hatfield would think today, to see how far some would have us go in the direction of crystal-gazing. I leave you to think about what I am referring to.

Great Adventures in Accounting (1999)

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Unsatisfied Women In Western Art History

Have you ever noticed that most women in old paintings look unimpressed, bored, and even frustrated? It’s probably because they had to sit and pose for some slow artist, but Mallory Ortberg at The Toast has some better ideas, and she captioned paintings to show what these women are really thinking.  

i thought we were going to cover the whole harp in roses
but if these were all the roses you could find
i guess that doesn’t have to ruin everything

hey girls i have a fun idea
try playing something good
just for a change
just to see what it would be like

See 22 such pictures and the thoughts that go with them at The Toast. -Thanks, Anne!


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? 1000th Video

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WheezyWaiter has been on YouTube a long time -years, in fact. This is his thousandth video! But why is there a question mark in front of the title? It’s because he’s been planning this video for some time, and the question mark is crucial for asking Chyna to marry him. Yes, it’s a proposal, and it’s darn cute. -via Digg


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Your Autumn Burger: The Pumpkin Spice Fatte

With the recent hipster obsession with Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, and the other foods that jumped on the pumpkin spice bandwagon, it only makes sense that we eventually have a pumpkin spice hamburger. And here it is. As a play on the latte, Pornburger calls their creation the Pumpkin Spice Fatte. But this one goes the latte one better: it actually contains a bit of pumpkin! And coffee, too! If the list of ingredients is too small on the picture, see it full-size at Pornburger.

You might love it, but I’m an old fart a purist. The cinnamon, ginger, and clove combination (with occasional allspice, nutmeg, and mace) is what makes pumpkin pie special. Or at least edible. If we put it in everything, we may as well just forget the pumpkin.  -via Time

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Maru Gets New Boxes

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Even though Maru now has his cat friend Hana to play with, he still loves boxes. He recently received a new set of boxes, and each one had to be tried out and tested individually. It must have been like Christmas for this cat! -via Tastefully Offensive

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The 6 Most Pretentious Dishes Rich People Pay Money For

We’ve posted an awful lot of restaurant dishes that are super expensive in order to generate publicity, and their price is justified by ingredients such as edible gold leaf and the jewel-encrusted souvenir dish they are served in. This is different. The list at Cracked contains dinner orders that come with theatrics or gimmicks, such as the Octopop.

The terrifyingly named octopop was conceived by Australian chef Adam Melonas at Dubai's Burj al-Arab hotel, presumably after he read the Necronomicon and mistook it for a confectionery handbook. Its basic idea is actually pretty simple: It's a piece of roast octopus on a stick.

However, in true mad scientist fashion, Melonas has added to the process until the end result barely resembles octopus or, for that matter, food. The waxy sheen and structure of the octopop are achieved by vacuum-cooking the octopus for 12 hours, then using a knife and an enzyme called transglutaminase (a substance commonly used to glue bits of meat together) to turn the perished cephalopod into a pretty, flower-like construct. The end result is dipped in spiced gel and stuck on a stick with some dill for you to try and figure out what the hell you're chewing on.

That’s just one of six really weird foods or food presentations that will set you back big bucks, described in the not-for-broadcast language of Cracked. -via Metafilter

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Constructing a LEGO Truck with an Excavator

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Finnish heavy equipment operator Juha-Pekka Perämäki shows off his skills by constructing a LEGO truck with an excavator! A Hitachi ZX210-11, With Engcon EC30 rototilt, to be exact. I know a heavy equipment operator who can’t even put LEGO blocks together with his hands. To be honest, I don’t even know how hard it is to put LEGO blocks together with your hands, much less with an excavator. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Our Lady of the Little Green Men

The following is an article from Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader.

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If mainstream religions leave you cold, why not spice things up by throwing a few UFOs in the mix? Here’s a look at some “religions” that draw inspiration from extraterrestrials.

THE SEEKERS

Close Encounter: In the early 1950s, a suburban Chicago housewife named Dorothy Martin began receiving “mental messages” from what she said were extraterrestrial guardians from a planet called Clarion. She attracted a little band of followers and formed them into one of the earliest UFO cults, which she called “The Seekers.” The aliens reportedly told her that they’d discovered unstable fault lines in the Earth’s crust while observing the planet from their flying saucers. The faults were going to rupture before dawn on December 21, 1954, and cause floods that would destroy much of North America. The good news: Just before midnight, a UFO would take Martin and the Seekers to safety on the planet Clarion.

What Happened: On Martin’s orders, Seekers quit their jobs and gave away their money and belongings in anticipation of a new life on Clarion. Some even divorced their spouses. About 20 Seekers gathered at Martin’s house on December 20 to await the UFO. Midnight came …and went… and no spaceship arrived. The terrified Seekers huddled together until 4:45 AM, when Martin claimed to receive another message from the aliens. More good news! The “God of Earth” was so impressed by the Seekers’ devotion that he’d decided to spare North America. The crisis averted, the alien rescue saucer had returned to Clarion without picking up the Seekers.

Aftermath: Martin fled Chicago to avoid being sent to a mental hospital. She lived in Peru from 1954 to 1961, then returned to the U.S. Now calling herself “Sister Thedra” and leading a group called the Association of Sananda and Sanat Kumara, she continued to relay messages from space aliens until her death in 1992. The Association of Sananda and Sanat Kumara, headquartered in Sedona, Arizona, is still active.

SUMMUM

Close Encounter: One afternoon in October 1975, a former aerobic instructor named Claude King was relaxing, eyes closed, on the couch in his Salt Lake City, Utah, apartment. He’d had some ringing in his ears lately, but this time it was much more intense: King claimed he was “engulfed” by the sound and teleported to an alien world. When he opened his eyes, he was standing next to a giant pyramid on a green lawn, under a blue sky filled with stars. It was the first of many visits to the world of “angelic Beings” known as Summa Individuals, who transmitted their Summum philosophy (“Nothingness and Possibility come in and out of bond infinite times in an infinite moment”) to King via mental telepathy.

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What Happened: King had his named legally changed to Summum Bonum Amon Ra (although he still went by his nickname Corky). He then founded the ancient-Egyptian-themed Summum religion, which today is headquartered in a pyramid-shaped temple in Salt Lake City and promotes the “Seven Summum Principles: Psychokinesis, Correspondence, Vibration, Opposition, Rhythm, Cause and Effect, and Gender.”

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The Ruins


Kevin Weir takes public domain photographs from The Library of Congress and makes them into surreal and sometimes creepy animated gifs. He gives new life to old photos, but it’s not like any life we’ve ever seen. Don’t blink or you’ll miss ..a possible spark for your nightmares tonight. We’ve featured Weir’s works before, but I thought this one was particularly worth sharing. See more of his imaginative gifs at Flux Machine. -via HuffPo
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Befriending a Spotted Moray Eel

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Legendary Australian diver and environmentalist Valerie Taylor tells how she made friends with an eel. It took quite a few years, but sometimes that’s what it takes to build trust. I’m sure the gift of fish didn’t hurt, either. Look at them together! That's amore. I mean, a moray. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Montreal Comic Con Cosplay

Finally, a comic convention came to the doorstep of our Canadian friend Kiltak at Geeks Are Sexy, and he got the pictures to prove it! See a gallery of some the best cosplayers from the three-day Comic Con Montreal/Le Comiccon de Montréal, which is just now wrapping up. There will be more pictures tomorrow. Glad you had so much fun, Kiltak!   

Update 9/15/14: Here's Part II

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The Painted Mosque and Arabati Baba Tekke

Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell are living in Macedonia for 91 days, and recently took a sightseeing trip to the town of Tetovo. There they saw the Šarena Džamija, the Painted Mosque. The mosque lives up to its name, with intricate and colorful decorations painted inside and out. The other town attraction is a dervish monastery named Arabati Baba Tekke.

The Arabati Baba Tekke was established in 1538 by Ali Baba, the brother-in-law of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. After his sister had angered the Sultan, Ali Baba was exiled to the fringes of the Ottoman Empire. In Tetovo, he decided to spend the rest of his years as a Bektashi monk, devoting his life to Sufism.

The tekke is still in use by a single dervish: a very tall man with a very long beard, whom we had the opportunity to meet. We saw his quarters, along with the graves of the babas who have led the tekke throughout the centuries. And while German Jürgen was a hit at the Painted Mosque, here it was American Mike’s turn to shine. Flying above the door to the dervish’s quarters was a big USA flag. Perhaps our government helped with funds, or maybe there’s some personal connection — I can’t say for sure, but I sure liked it.

Take a video tour of the Painted Mosque and see pictures of both the mosque and the monastery at For 91 Days.


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How to Keep Your Cat, c. 1470

One of the adages I grew up with is that when you move to a new house, you should rub butter on your cat’s paws. Mom said it made sense, because it would keep the cat busy. That advice is older than I ever thought possible, having been published in medieval times.

"If you have a good cat and you don't want to lose it, you must rub its nose and four legs with butter for three days, and it will never leave the house."

The Distaff Gospels

This trick will certainly prevent your cat from running away. It's less clear whether the cat will stick around because of adoration or poor traction.

That’s an entry from Ask the Past, a blog by Johns Hopkins history professor Elizabeth Archibald. She quotes advice from old books, often very old books, whether it’s good advice or not. Mostly not. Here are some other example posts.

How to Mouse-Proof Your Cheese, 1649

How to Fart, 1530

How to Tell if Someone Is or Is Not Dead, c. 1380

How to Impress Girls at a Dance, 1530

How to Sober Up, 1628

How to Play with a Cat, 1658

If you start reading at the home page, you may be busy all day. -via Metafilter


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Ancient Greek Vase Animation

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Steve Simons takes the images on ancient Greek vases and makes them move! Some of the vignettes he creates tell stories from Greek mythology, the Olympics, or everyday life. This one, however, puts those ancient characters into a modern setting as they stage a short dance battle. The story was conceived by the students of Maiden Erlegh School, who did the storyboards for it. You can see more of Simon’s ancient Greek vase animations at his YouTube page and read about what went into this project at his website. -via Everlasting Blort


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Happy Great Dane

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Abbey Doo the Great Dane is not only happy, she knows it, and she’s ready to show it! -via Daily Picks and Flocks

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The Wedding Photo at Ground Zero

Lesley University assistant professor Elizabeth Stringer Keefe came into the possession of a wedding photo that was picked up in the rubble of the World Trade Center after the buildings collapsed on 9/11. Every year for 13 years, she posted the photo on the internet, hoping to find the owner of the picture. This year she posted it on Facebook and Twitter.

Keefe told the story to Boston magazine.

She had hoped this year would be the year, but as the anniversary of the September 11 tragedy came and went, still, she heard nothing back.

“I have always said to myself about the photo that I try not to think about what the story behind it is, and that I just want to get the photo back,” said Elizabeth Stringer Keefe.

However, the photograph went viral in Twitter and then on reddit, and the next day, Fred Mahe saw it -and responded.

In fact, it was Mahe’s picture. It was on his desk on the 77th floor of Tower Two. Read the entire story of the wedding photo at Boston magazine.  -via Buzzfeed


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Give It Up by Kutiman

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Ophir Kutiel, who goes by Kutiman, is a musician and editor who took lots of YouTube clips of amateur music performances, from different people, different years, different places, and different songs, and edited them together into a new song. The vocals are by KarMaRedd, singing a cappella. Kutiman listed the source videos at the YouTube page. You can check out some of his other edits in this playlist. Kutiman’s YouTube editing projects will be available in an album next month.  -via reddit

See also: Kutiman’s edit of “Black Dog.”

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Weird Ways People Have Tried To Stop Lava

When a volcano erupts, the conventional wisdom is that you evacuate, because there’s nothing you can do to stop the destructive power of the heat, ash, and lava that comes from it. But conditions vary. If a lava flow is some distance away, you might have quite a bit of time before it arrives. And in the past, some have even tried to stop or divert it.   

Before he was a general in World War Two, George S Patton designed a different kind of military campaign - a bombing run on Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the largest volcano on Earth, as it erupted in 1935.

As the lava began flowing at a rate of one mile (1.6km) a day towards the city of Hilo, then-director of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Thomas Jaggar suggested bombing lava tubes.

Lava tubes are cooled and hardened outer crusts of lava which provide insulation for the faster-flowing, molten rock inside. Such a conduit enables lava to move farther and faster.

In theory, bombs would destroy the lava tubes, robbing lava of an easy transport channel and exposing more of the lava to the air, slowing and cooling it further.

But in practice, while bombs created craters in parts of the tubes, they were soon filled again by the lava. Hilo was instead saved when Mauna Loa stopped erupting.

I dunno, stopping lava with bombs seems like trading a hot frying pan for fire. Other methods have been tried, with similar results. When the lava stops, it might have been because of human effort, or it might have been because they all stop sooner or later. Read about some of the schemes used to deal with lava at BBC Magazine. -via Smithsonian


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The Most Interesting Cause in the World

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What does the most interesting man in the world do in his spare time? When he’s not drinking Dos Equis, Jonathan Goldsmith works with MAG, or Mines Advisory Group. He’s raising money to fund the clearing of land mines in Cambodia. To make a donation and enter the raffle to spend a day with Goldsmith, go here. He doesn’t always blow things up, but when he does, it’s to save lives.  -via reddit


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What Is a Sandwich?

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Oh, you think you know what a sandwich is. After all, we’ve eaten so many of them all our lives, from peanut butter and jelly in our lunch bags to foot-long hoagies. But along the edges, the definition can be blurry. Is an ice cream sandwich really a sandwich? Or a corn dog? How about a burrito? A s'more? The Atlantic turned to the legal definition (yes, there is such a thing) to give us the lowdown once and for all. It turns out that even some of the things named sandwich aren’t legally sandwiches! -via Buzzfeed

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When I Cough, My Cat Quacks

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YouTube member Павел Сутырин says his cat does this regularly.

This happens almost everytime the cat sleeps or just rests. It also answer to sneezing. It's of particular fun when you are ill for real :)

No, I do not pull his tail behind the scenes. =))

It seems to me that the cat is responding in its own way. Maybe something like, “I am listening to you, despite the fact that I’m asleep. Please continue.” Or more likely, “Shut up! I’m trying to sleep!” Then there’s an off chance that he may be doing the feline equivalent of “Bless you.” -via Tastefully Offensive

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Tampon Run

High School students Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser developed the video game Tampon Run as a sort of shoot-em-up game in which you throw tampons instead of shooting. The point of the game is that a natural process like menstruation should be just as acceptable in a video game as the shooting and violence that are so common.

Gonzales and Houser produced the game as their final project in the Girls Who Code program. Go play it now -it’s a hoot!  -via Daily of the Day


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Cakeageddon: A Farm Haunted by Creepy Cakes


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This time of year, as Halloween candy starts to show up in stores, you have to wonder what Miss Emmylou Cakehead is planning for Halloween. Her productions are guaranteed to raise eyebrows, and this year is no exception.

Miss Cakehead and company will present Cakeaggedon, the very first edible horror farm!  

What is a horror farm you ask? Well don't pry too much because we all know how the curious cat ended up... If you do want to come and investigate the strange goings on here though, you might do well to bring a friend - we don't want anyone picked off. Those select few brave enough to venture into the woods will witness, gorge, and be hunted through the world's most terrifying cake installation, and those that make it out will ensure it is THE most talked about scare attraction of 2014. Your mistress of misery for this symposium of sweet slaughter is the infamous and eccentric MISS CAKEHEAD. Her latest reinvention is as far from a convivial cake connoisseur as The Big Bad Wolf is from a vegan food hall. Think cakes are all sunshine and rainbows? You couldn't be further from the tooth....

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Apparently Kid Gets a Job

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Remember Noah Ritter, the 5-year-old who gained the nickname Apparently Kid after a county fair interview? FreshPet hired him to do an ad for them, and they wisely recorded him free-associating instead of following a script, because Noah has plenty to say! You can see more of Noah in an adorable behind the scenes video if you are interested. -Thanks, Kyle Coats!

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L.A. Vaccination Rates Still Plummeting Amid Pertussis Outbreak

This map, interactive at the site, shows the vaccination rates for schools in Los Angeles. Thirteen schools in Los Angeles have opt out rates of 50% or more. That means more than half the children who attend are not following the prescribed schedule of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, diphtheria, or pertussis (whooping cough). Many more schools have opt out rates just under 50%. That means that there is insufficient herd immunity at these schools, and children can contract these diseases and transmit them to babies and those with compromised immune systems -the people most likely to die from them. Children who have been vaccinated are also at risk, because some vaccines take years to gain peak immunity, and even then it’s not 100%. Being vaccinated will reduce the risk, however, and the best way to reduce the risk of disease is to vaccinate as many children as possible to reach herd immunity -the point where diseases hit roadblocks in contagion.

Keep in mind that the statistics on the map are for the percentage of parents who filed a “PBE,” or Personal Belief Exemption for immunizations. In many cases, that doesn’t mean the child is completely unvaccinated, but instead means that certain vaccines are skipped or delayed from the standard immunization schedule. But the current outbreak of pertussis is real. So far this year, almost 8,000 of cases of pertussis have been reported in the Los Angeles area, 267 people have been hospitalized, and three babies have died of the disease. The rate of measles is higher than it’s been for 20 years. The Hollywood Reporter has an extensive article about vaccinations and the parents who opt out. -via Metafilter

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Cat vs. Lemon

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Have you ever noticed how some cats just want to slap everything? It’s a way of exploring, but it doesn’t do much good against inanimate objects. This pretty calico cat named Hime is confronted with an unfamiliar thing with a distinctive smell. What to do? Slap it! Slap it again! Will she ever get around to sniffing it or even tasting it, or will it be just slap, slap, slap? -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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Why Are Baseball Seasons 162 Games Long?

I honestly did not realize that the Major League Baseball season was 162 games long, but I’ve often been impressed at how many games they play. There aren’t too many days off for a player between April and October! But why 162? The reason involves math, the history of baseball, and a little more math. But it’s unlikely that the number will change anytime soon -no team wants to give up home games, because that’s where they make money. And if you had more games, you’d have to pay the players more. Read about how the formula for MLB schedules came about at mental_floss.

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Illustrated Twitter Typos

It’s hard to get every letter right when you’re Tweeting from a phone. For some people, even large keyboard keys and small words will trip you up. So it was inevitable that a site dedicated to Twitter typos would come along. Illustrated Twitter Typos not only showcases the funniest typos, but shows the “Freudian typos” illustrated. Misspellings are included as well as typos, as long as they’re funny.  The results are unintentional puns, like these:

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