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Guess What Creature This Is

The picture may not be any help, but you can see the video of this creature at Imgur. The moving picture will eventually reveal the type of animal to you, but try out your detective skills by guessing what it is during the first ten seconds or so. Were you correct? Me, neither. -via TYWKIWDBI

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Family Selfie

Redditor AnarchoCapitalist caught a great picture of himself and his kids following behind (only the first two are his). Only in hindsight did he consider what could possibly go wrong. If he had lost the grip on his phone, would it have hit the child behind him? Or would it have flown away from the ride and injured someone else? In any case, it would have been a disaster because the phone isn't yet completely paid for. But you have to admit, it's a great image. And probably the last chance to get it, since he doesn't ever want to ride this ride again. -via reddit

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Gingerbread Imperial Star Destroyer

Behold, an Imperial Star Destroyer made completely out of gingerbread and icing! This was made by the folks who have the Instagram account Star Wars Bakery, who I believe are in Sweden. The ship is not life-size, but it's really big for a Christmas baking project. It's on display at the EA Dice office in Stockholm, along with other gingerbread creations that cannot hold a candle to this piece of art.  -via reddit

(Image credit: Star Wars Bakery)

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Naked Raccoon

Have you ever seen a raccoon without his fur coat? Would you be able to identify this animal if you didn't already know it was a raccoon? Notice the different coloration of only the skin that shows through thin fur on a normal trash panda. We don't know the story of this particular hairless raccoon, but there are several conditions that will cause fur to fall out, or not grow at all on a mammal. He's gone from a furry masked bandit to a scared-looking dumpy blob. I bet he's cold. At least one other raccoon appears to accept him as he is. -via reddit

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Personalized Christmas Stocking

Who would hang a stocking by the chimney with care if they didn't want treats stuffed in it? That's not teh story here. Craig Groeschel posted this picture of his wife Amy showing off the new Christmas stocking that just arrived. The caption says,

Guess what @amygroeschel typed in the box that said, “Would you like a name to personalize your stocking?”

We come across the command that "all fields must be filled" so often that we forget that there are some fields that truly do not need to be filled in. This one's funny enough to become a family heirloom. -via reddit

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Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Winner

The overall winner of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards for 2017 is Tibor Kercz, for this amazing sequence of four pictures of a trio of young owls. One of them is a little clumsy, and his brothers look at him like they aren't at all surprised. The sequence, titled "Help," also won the category of Amazing Internet Portfolio. Kercz will receive a photo safari in Kenya, along with other prizes, for his entry. See the enlargeable photos of these and all the winners and honorable mentions in the various categories at the competition website.

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The Christmas Wrapping Lesson

Stavanger Foto is a photography store in Norway. They do funny Christmas cards every year. This year, the staff recreated the painting The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp that Rembrandt painted when he was only 26 years old. The photo store guys didn't have a corpse, so they made do with Christmas packages.

I think it's an improvement over last year's card.

TheTigon, who works there, posted these cards to reddit. The guys got quite a few compliments on their neck floofs.

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Advertising His Power

Griff had a birthday, and made sure everyone knew it. You can do that when you're the only one at work who knows how to change the sign. He didn't post this picture at reddit, but he did join in to explain when extramediumjohn did.

To be fair, I did it without asking, but it's not like they can fire the guy in charge of the sign.

Not on his birthday, anyway. And after all, the sign doesn't say anything malicious or derogatory. But at least now everyone at work knows the power of the Griff.

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Can You Make Sense of This Picture?

Despite first impressions, this is not a picture of a horribly deformed animal. Nor is it an abstract sculpture. Gatamanca posted this picture at reddit and scared a few people. Can you figure out what is? Here's a hint: tilt your head to the left. If you still can't see it, here's a copy of the picture with an outline to help you out. It's amazing how looking at something from a new angle can change your point of view.   

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Christmas Decorations Completed

When is the right time to switch from Halloween decorations to Christmas decorations? In a perfect world, the Halloween stuff would come down on November 1, and Christmas decorations would go up sometime during Thanksgiving weekend. Redditor savage_irony did the changeover in one fell swoop, and he acts like he's both exhausted and proud of himself. I like the finished product, though. -via reddit

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Firefox Has Crashed

HoydenCaulfield posted a picture of a fox that found a soft spot for a nap in his garden in London. The fox didn't wake up as the picture was taken. In fact, it came back the next day and napped on the roof of the shed. This cute picture inspired Firefox puns, including the title. Firefox is updating, Firefox has merged with Napster, Firefox is not responding, etc. Sure, he's adorable, but to those who would like to make a wild fox into a pet, remember they are nervous, destructive, and smelly compared to regular dogs. -via reddit

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How Do You Use A Jar of Peanut Butter?

BesidesPDX posted this picture of a peanut butter jar at reddit and said, "I know I'm not the only one." I must have missed that Calvin and Hobbes strip, although I read it most days. And I have never heard of anyone using peanut butter like this. While most commenters also had never heard of such a thing, a few said they always tried to eat as much peanut butter as possible without disturbing the smooth surface on top. Megamanfre does the same thing a slightly different way. He's not the only one.

Have you ever done this? Have you even heard of it? Will you start doing it now because of this post?

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Buddhist Monks with a Sense of Humor

While they may have given up certain earthly pleasures, like hair, these monks aren't above a bit of shenanigans when they need a bag to carry their stuff. Wouldn't you do the same in their position? Since the band Nirvana and the accompanying symbol were around before these monks were born, there's little chance that they aren't familiar with it. After all, Buddhists seek Nirvana. -via reddit

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Warning for Dog Walkers

WhiteWalkerWaterboy noticed his retired neighbor found a novel way to say, "Get off my lawn!" Think this will cause dog walkers to avoid it? Redditors discussed the use of dihydrogen oxide. Alternate names include dihydrogen monoxide, hydrogen hydroxide, hydrogen oxide, and oxidane. It turns out that all are correct, depending on what chemical nomenclature rules you follow. It's all water, even if it's not under the bridge. None of this would be necessary if people picked up after their dogs.

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Custom Batman Doll

Redditor tas253 has a daughter who's a huge Batman fan. A friend made a doll that looks just like her wearing a Batman costume! The first pun on the picture was "The Dark Knit," but since the doll is crocheted, it came to be called "The Crocheted Crusader." The doll's proud owner does not mind that it's wearing an Adam West costume.  

The friend who made it does this kind of thing for extra money, but does not have an Etsy outlet yet. She is planning to make some dolls for her local children's hospital. -via reddit

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