11 Books That Scared Master of Horror Stephen King

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Author Stephen King | Image: Pinguino

It would likely take a well written and original horror tale to impress the master of that book genre, Stephen King. The man has been at it so long, he probably has at least considered every possible avenue of horror. The linked article presents a list of eleven books that scared Stephen King, thus having won his scream of approval. 

One book on the list is The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood. From its description on Amazon, 

"No. 23 has a secret. In this bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide.

Collette and Cher are on the run; Thomas is a reluctant loner; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to stay hidden. And watching over them all is Vesta - or so she thinks.

In the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the neighbours into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim...

As a cloying heatwave suffocates the city, events build to an electrifying climax in this dark, original and irresistibly compelling thriller."

Here's what Stephen King says about the book:

"If you read Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls, her new one—The Killer Next Door—is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters."

Read about ten other books from the horror genre that Stephen King recommends here.

Bobo Fett - His Performances Will Blow You Away!

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Bobo Fett by Don Calamari

Due to a clerical error the bounty hunting Fett once known as Boba has been forced to transform his look to fit his silly new name Bobo. This didn't please the hunter at first, but once he saw how the little ones looked at him he warmed up to the idea of being a clown. And as an entertainer in Jabba's palace he was able to make more than enough for a brightly colored suit of Mandalorian armor and a bubble gun, and he no longer had to risk his life to be the star of the show. As war waged on across the galaxy, and Rebels fought to take down the Empire, Bobo became accustomed to using gags and props instead of force, like a man possessed by the spirit of clowndom!

Bring some silly sci-fi flavor to your geeky wardrobe with this Bobo Fett t-shirt by Don Calamari, it's the hilarious way to get geared up for movie night!

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To Scale: The Solar System

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Robert Krulwich addresses the problem of our human inability to understand the vastness of space. There are no words to adequately describe it, so he falls back on the poetic description in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. See, the images we’ve all seen show the planets at a size we can comfortably see, while the space between them is compressed so that the solar system can fit on the page. The really big part of the solar system is space itself, and the planets are just microscopic in comparison. But a visual analogy might help.

Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh went out to the desert to make a model of the solar system to scale. That’s the only place they could think of where there’s really enough room. This project aims to scale not only the planets, but the space between them.  

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While our planet Earth is an actual blue marble, they have to drive a vehicle out to the other planetary orbits. Then it gets really neat, as they drive around with lights after dark to show the orbits. Krulwich says,

The most wonderful moment comes at the very end, when we stand nose to nose with the marble that is Earth and look back at the actual sun coming up in the east and, astonishingly, their model sun and the real sun … match! They’re the same size. So the model suddenly feels real, and that’s when Overstreet takes Earth and tosses it along the desert floor so it rolls into orbit, and you see, really think you see, how small (minuscule? tiny? Lilliputian?) our little planet—home to all of us—actually, really is.

It’s lip-bitingly beautiful.

Drunk Squirrel Thrown out of Bar after Causing £300 of Damage

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Some people are happy drunks. Others are friendly drunks. The squirrel in this story, unfortunately, is an angry drunk. He broke into the Honeybourne Railyway Club, a private club near Evansham, Worcestershire, UK after it had closed. He utterly trashed the place, getting sauced on beer in the process. Sam Boulter, the club secretary, trapped the squirrel in a trashcan, then thew it out. The Western Daily Press quotes Boulter:

Yesterday the branch secretary of the club said the rodent had caused around £300 worth of damage.

He added: "When I opened the door it was absolutely ransacked.

"At first I thought we'd been burgled but I realised it was all still locked up and that's when we saw the squirrel. [...]

"There were bottles scattered around, money scattered around and he had obviously run across the bar's pumps and managed to turn on the Caffrey's tap .

"He must have flung himself on the handle and he must have drank some as he was staggering around all over the place and moving a bit slowly.

"I've never seen a drunk squirrel before. He looked a bit worse for wear.

-via Mickey White

Pumpkin Spiced Salmon

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This picture of pumpkin spice salmon was posted as an example of the trend taken too far. Then in the discussion at reddit, salmon lovers said this sounds pretty good, if you don’t put any sugar in the spices. Then there are those who say a sugar rub on salmon is actually delicious. I’m not much of a fish eater, especially at $12.99 a pound, so what do I know? What do you think?

Would Pumpkin Spiced Salmon be good to eat?

Amazing Street Drummer Uses Trash to Make Music

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Dario Rossi is a drummer from Italy. He bills himself as the Techno Street Drummer because he plays techno music at a furious pace on city streets as a busker.

Rossi has a couple of actual drums as part of his normal performance set. But most of his materials are pieces of trash, such as old pots, pans, buckets, as well as more mysterious scraps of metal. With them, Rossi creates impressively sophisticated and precise performances, such as this one that he gave in Amsterdam.

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How Movie Titles Get Lost in Translation

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International markets for Hollywood movies are more lucrative than ever, but the quality of the translations has suffered tremendously over the past couple of decades. We’ve seen examples of lousy translations from both movie titles and subtitles, and they can end up confusing or even comical. The Chinese opening of Avengers: Age of Ultron was a fiasco due to poor translation. What happened?  

Localization, the process of adapting a work for a foreign market, has been going on for decades in the movie business. But if the names seem increasingly obtuse or just weird, there’s a reason for that: the bottom fell out on the translation market.

Like most other areas of skilled labor, film translation has changed substantially in the past few decades. Dean Remy, of GlobalVision International, a US-based translation outfit, doesn’t bother with movies anymore for exactly that reason. “We've done a number of Sony productions in the past, but we've kind of moved away from that,” he says. His translators are heavily accredited, with advanced degrees and translation certifications, and they simply can’t translate for a penny a word.

Atlas Obscura explains the painstaking process of properly translating a film, which involves timing, cultural knowledge, and judgement calls, as well as fluency. That kind of work doesn’t come cheap. Or you can use sweatshop labor or even a computer and save some money, but you’ll end up with something like Backstroke of the West.

Amazingly Realistic Wax Sculptures Of Famous Characters

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If you're gonna make hyper realistic wax sculptures of people you might as well use some of the most recognizable and beloved people, with those famous faces we love, as your inspiration.

Master sculptor Trevor Grove has a knack for capturing both the look and personality of each person he sculpts, and he obviously has really good taste because he chose both Tom Waits and Eddie Munster as his subjects!

He's also really good at sculpting amazing likenesses in small 1/6 scale, like this head for the Bill Murray- Actor action figure the world of geeky toys needs NAO!

See more of Trevor Grove's amazing sculptures here

Bipedal Bear is Back

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In August of last year, Neatorama featured a video of a bear walking on two legs through the suburbs of New Jersey. Now it appears as if this celebrated bipedal bear is back in action, having recently been sighted in Oak Ridge, New Jersey. The bear, whom neighborhood residents have dubbed "Pedals," is injured, as he is missing one of his front paws. The animal, who looks quite a bit thinner than the average bear, was seen searching garbage cans in the neighborhood for food. Hopefully Pedals will fatten up before it's time to hole up for the winter. Via Gothamist

New Fashion: Carrying Models Upside Down

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Never mind how it looks. This is what the cool people are wearing these days. So get with it. You'll need a harness and a second person--preferably a light one.

Fashion designer Rick Owens offered this outfit and others similar to it to visitors of Fashion Week in Paris this past week. Thankfully, he intends for this to be just an artistic expression for the catwalk, not everyday wear at the home or office. Owens's arrangement of one model carrying another upside down is a way of saying that we all have to carry each other's burdens in society. He explained on the extremely poorly designed website Dazed Digital:

Owens's collection also includes menswear. Specifically, the male models are wearing shapeless fabric sacks that cover their entire bodies except for their genitals.

I'll forgo including a picture of that one.

Petri Dish Art Competition Winners

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The American Society for Microbiology held an art contest. Yes, scientists, specifically microbiologists, created artworks by growing microbes in an agar medium in Petri dishes. The results of the Agar Art contest are stunning! The winners of the competition are:

  • First place: Neurons, submitted by Mehmet Berkmen of New England Biolabs, with artist Maria Penil.
  • Second place: NYC Biome MAP, submitted by Christine Marizzi, an educator at a community lab. This art piece was created as a collaboration between citizen scientists and artists at Genspace: New York City's Community Biolab.
  • Third place: Harvest Season, created by Maria Eugenia Inda, a postdoctoral researcher from Argentina working at Cold Spring Harbor Labs.
  • People's Choice: Cell to Cell, with almost 3,500 likes on the Facebook album. This image was created by the group who won first place, Mehmet Berkmen with artist Maria Penil.

See all the submitted entries at Facebook. Shown here is the first-place winning entry from Mehmet Berkmen and Maria Penil. -via Metafilter

A Craigslist Ad Worthy of Pulitzer Prize

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(Photo of Boston by Glenn Beltz)

Charley Locke of Wired suggests that this ad from the Boston missed connections section of Craiglist deserves a literary prize. I agree. This is a fantastic, heartfelt piece of writing:

I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself.

One week prior, at the behest of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, I'd flown four B-52 sorties over Hanoi. I dropped forty-eight bombs. How many homes I destroyed, how many lives I ended, I'll never know. But in the eyes of my superiors, I had served my country honorably, and I was thusly discharged with such distinction.

And so on the morning of that New Year's Eve, I found myself in a barren studio apartment on Beacon and Hereford with a fifth of Tennessee rye and the pang of shame permeating the recesses of my soul. When the bottle was empty, I made for the door and vowed, upon returning, that I would retrieve the Smith & Wesson Model 15 from the closet and give myself the discharge I deserved.

He went for a last walk through the city before killing himself. On that journey, he met a mysterious woman in a ball gown:

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Bored Now - Willow Does Not Weep For The Life She Left Behind

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Bored Now by Emilie Boisvert

When Buffy arrived in Sunnydale a young girl by the name of Willow was transformed by the presence of a slayer in her life. She'd always suspected there were things like vampires and werewolves lurking around in the darkness, but she never imagined she would one day help fight against the foul creatures and work to keep the mouth of hell from opening. She also didn't see her transformation into a witch coming either, nor could she foresee that learning witchcraft would eventually lead her down a dark path to ruin...

Add some dark energy to your geeky wardrobe with this Bored Now t-shirt by Emilie Boisvert, it's a magical way to show some love for your favorite TV show and the dark characters within...

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Five Facts About MMA Fighting Not Seen On TV

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All forms of professional fighting have rules that were put in place to help fighters stay alive and ready for their next fight, and the only cheats you could ever sneak by would be small scale stuff.

Crafty fighters come up with all kinds of (mostly gross) ways to give them an edge in the ring, and since mixed martial arts bouts usually involve some sort of grappling MMA fighters often use their stink to give them a leg up.

But stink isn't as effective as hard training, and MMA fighters train so hard they risk being knocked unconscious or receiving a career ending injury just to make sure they're in top shape when they enter the Octagon.

Read Stink Is A Weapon: 5 Facts About MMA Fighting (Not Seen On TV) here (contains NSFW language)

How NASA and Ridley Scott Collaborated to Make The Martian

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The making of the movie The Martian seems almost like a fairy tale, or more specifically, a Horatio Alger-type success story. Computer programmer Andy Weir wrote a story about Mars in blog posts over three years, which then became a book, which was picked up by Hollywood and made into a critically-acclaimed movie directed by Ridley Scott with help from NASA. James Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Sciences Division, was tremendously excited when Scott wanted to speak to him about NASA’s help for the movie The Martian. The conversation led to a tour of NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and then more.     

Beyond tours, NASA gave the filmmakers hundreds of photos—of Mars, of what's on a screen when scientists are commanding a satellite orbiting the planet, and of the layout of the control center. Green weighed in on what the Hermes—the spacecraft used by the Ares III crew in the film to travel between Mars and Earth—would look like. (The filmmakers went through two versions before settling on a third, which uses ion engines to get to our red neighbor.) He also read the script, jotting down notes and comments that he went over with Max when he came to NASA. Most of Green's comments “were really all about how to make the movie use some of the latest information about Mars,” he says. In most cases, though, the filmmakers decided to stick with what was in the book, which was fine with Green: “It’s cleaner. It’s easier. It is something they can fall back on,” he says.

Dr. Green spoke with mental_floss about the ways NASA helped to tweak the screenplay to make The Martian as realistic as cinematically possible. The article about the collaboration contains no spoilers, as far as I can tell.

Disney Princess Hot Dogs

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From left to right, you see Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle, and Pocahontas. Brilliant! If you think that the Disney Princess meme had been exhausted, you're wrong. Anna Hezel and Gabriella Paiella have found a fresh take using fresh ingredients. You can find their recipes here. I want to eat them all up, then do a line of Disney villain hot dogs and Disney princess corn dogs. 

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Rise of the Synthesizer

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You probably have trouble remembering a time when synthesizers were mainly used in classical music, but that’s they way it was immediately after the Moog synthesizer hit the market. But experimental rock musicians soon discovered the versatility of the instrument.

In the summer of 1970, after popping into a pub for a pint, rock keyboardist Keith Emerson sat down at his enormous Moog modular synthesizer in London’s legendary Advision recording studio and noodled a few improvised notes. His goal was to add some electronic punch to the end of a mostly acoustic-guitar number called “Lucky Man,” written by his singer-guitarist bandmate, Greg Lake. As his fingers ran up and down the synthesizer’s keyboard, Emerson played along to the bass, drums, vocals, and guitars already recorded by Lake and drummer Carl Palmer. Their contributions were lovely, imbued with the traditional rhythms and melodies of folk music and warmed by the human voice. In contrast, Emerson’s notes were otherworldly, rising and falling in syrupy sweeps, as if propelled through a rollercoaster of resonant tubes.

Emerson would later say he was just fooling around, and that he definitely did not expect his first take to be his last, but Lake and sound engineer Eddie Offord liked what they heard so much, they deemed Emerson’s work on “Lucky Man” done.

That ushered in the heyday of synthesizers. Before long, many rock bands were relying on them, and new, even more useful synthesizers were developed. The sound became standard in the 1970s and most of the ‘80s. Ben Marks talked to Lance Hill of the Vintage Synthesizer Museum and instrument developer Dave Smith, co-creator of MIDI, about the history of the music synthesizer at Collectors Weekly.

(Image source: Keith Emerson)


How Disney Animators Used A Model To Help Bring Alice To Life

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Animators have always used photo reference and models to help them create character designs and make the character's motion look as realistic and fluid as possible, but Disney took it to a whole other level.

Their character performances are top notch, their human character designs are so believable we feel like we know them in real life, all thanks to their crafty methods of using live-action reference.

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Disney animators used Kathryn Beaumont as their Alice in every way, since she also voiced the character and obviously provided inspiration for many of Alice's facial expressions as well.

The clip above shows how they turned a small acted out segment into an iconic scene from Alice In Wonderland, and below we see how Alice's character design was created by drawing over photographic reference of Kathryn, to keep proportions correct and make her more believable.

It may look like cheating, but when there are tens of thousands of frames of character animation to be drawn, inked, painted and filmed for the movie animators need all the help they can get!

See more Old Photos Reveal How Disney's Animators Used A Real-Life Model To Draw Alice

The Last Library Card Catalog Cards

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OCLC stands for Online Computer Library Center. It's a huge non-profit organization in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio that provides library computer support services. Among them, OCLC catalogs books and other items owned by libraries around the world. When you search a library's catalog, the call numbers and subject headings are often selected not by the local library, but by OCLC.

For decades, one way that OCLC provided cataloging services was by printing card catalog cards for libraries. Over the years, it's produced 1.9 billion cards.

Now that service is over. The Columbus Dispatch reports that OCLC has printed its last card catalog cards:

Catalog cards were once a key part of the company, with rows of printers running in a sunny second-floor observatory, hitting a peak output of 131 million cards in 1985. The company’s innovation was in compiling the information on the cards, which meant that libraries didn’t need to write the text themselves. As of last year, orders had fallen to less than 1 million.

The final shipment was bound for Concordia College in Bronxville, N.Y., where librarians use the cards as a backup to an online catalog.

Among the last cards was a book of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty and a DVD of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

-via Jessamyn West

The Hickory Horned Devil

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The Hickory Horned Devil (Citheronia regalis) is the largest caterpillar in North America. It will eventually burrow into the ground to metamorphose into a regal moth, which has a 6-inch wingspan, but is much less bulky than its caterpillar form. The caterpillar molts four times to become this big (up to six inches long), and is bright green only in its final phase.

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Just before pupation, the larva expels its gut and changes color from green to turquoise, the skin of the fully fed creature stretched shiny and tight. They then crawl down the host plant, where they burrow into the dirt and pupate in a well formed chamber at a depth of five to six inches. The pupae are dark brown/black in color, and have a relatively short cremaster. Some pupae overwinter for 2 seasons, perhaps as an adaption to variable and adverse conditions such as fires and flooding, or to maintain genetic diversity across generations.

The caterpillar is harmless, and only looks scary to protect itself while it's this big and easy for predators to see. This one was recorded in Dothan, Alabama. -via Daily of the Day

Beautiful Landscapes Painted on Fallen Leaves

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When autumn arrives and leaves fall to the ground, Polish artist Joanna Wirazka gathers them and uses them as canvases. On these leaves, she paints elaborate and mystical landscapes of seemingly magical lands. Her night scenes and cityscapes are particularly effective as swirling forms of light and line.

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Living Nightmare: Woman Swarmed by Baby Otters

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Stephanie Arne, a wildlife conservationist, is--or was--the host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. She has not been heard of since making this horrifying video. Unfortunately, though she was a wildlife expert, she waded into a pool of baby Asian Small-Clawed Otters without wearing body armor or taking other necessary protective measures. The video cuts out before we can see her fate, but that's probably for the best.

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Magic! - The Cheesiest Wizard In The Universe

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Magic! by Hillary White

Skeletor has spent decades trying to master the mystical arts, but every time he starts to get somewhere with his spellcasting that He-Man shows up and ruins his research. That's why Skeletor has decided to move away from the realm of combat magic and focus his studies on the funny arts, so he can become a hilarious master of illusion and crush He-Man once and for all. However, it's hard to be taken seriously when all of your henchmen are laughing their beastly heads off, and all you can manage to conjure up is a rainbow and some slices of pizza!

This Magic! t-shirt by Hillary White is sure to cast a spell on those who enjoy rainbows and unicorns, pizza and Skeletor's not-so subtle art of seduction!

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Green Fire Jack O’Lantern

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A chemistry teacher did this fiery jack o’lantern inside, but if you want to try it, outdoors would be better. You can get that green flame by burning boric acid and methanol together. Geekologie has the instructions. This will cook your pumpkin, but it won’t be edible because of the boric acid. Then there is the remote chance that such experimentation could summons the demons of hell. Your mileage may vary.

Dog Plays Jump Rope

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This is Bolinha, a stray dog that lives in a slum of Rio de Janeiro. She appeared in the neighborhood about a year ago and is a good neighbor. She plays with the children actively. Recently, the kids gave her the end of their jump rope. She joined in their game!

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DeepDream Makeup

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Jennifer Culp designed a Halloween face based on Google’s DeepDream technology, which produces nightmarish images by finding and enhancing any hint of pareidolia in an existing image. Culp imitated DeepDream images you’ve seen by adding eyes, plenty of them, all over her face, on her neck, and even in her ears and nose! Top the nightmare with a crown of images of her dog, and you’re ready for Halloween. Not only do we get the bizarre result, but she’s posted a tutorial just in case you want to duplicate the look yourself. And if you think this image is disturbing, Culp then ran a picture of her finished makeup through the DeepDream algorithm. You’ll have to go to the tutorial to see that. -via Boing Boing

Baby Turtles in Swimsuits

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It's a stylish one piece suit with pair of stripes across the midriff to accentuate the body's lines. Why is this baby loggerhead sea turtle wearing it? Owen Coffee, a doctoral student at the University of Queensland built this swimsuit in order to hold a diaper on it. This is how Coffee and his colleagues will collect fecal samples, which are usually difficult to acquire from wild sea turtles. ABC News reports:

But Mr Coffee said it had previously been difficult to collect entire faecal samples because it dispersed into the water.

"To start off I had a different method that wasn't overly successful, and this is what we ended up," he said.

He said the idea with the rash vest had been used a few times with hatchlings. […]

"I had to scale it up and adjust a little bit for my purposes.

"Basically it's a full-size second hand rash vest adapted to sit on the shell of the turtle with a small opening with the tail and the nappy to attach to collect the faeces."

Coffee and his colleagues are using these fecal samples to study the diets of the loggerheads.

Pets vs. Technology

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I’ve never seen a pet pay the least bit of attention to TV when all we had were cathode-ray tubes. Flat screens are a completely different story. Cats and dogs actually watch flatscreen TVs, computer monitors, tablets, and phones. But that’s not all that featured in this compilation from The Pet Collective.

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Critters here are dealing with the mysteries of printers, scanners, treadmills, sprinklers, and other unfathomable contraptions that humans use. -via Tastefully Offensive 

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