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猫は、どうしてこんなに箱を愛するの? 専門家に聞いてみた

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2016 | 11:36 PM


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People Are Going Nuts Over Disturbingly Realistic Penis Lipsticks

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2016 | 3:20 PM

OK, let’s be clear. These very phallic lipsticks aren’t really a new thing.

They’ve been around since at least 2013, based on Amazon reviews. But after Instagram user prozac_morris posted a photo of them Thursday and BuzzFeed subsequently wrote about them, the veiny products...

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Free-Roaming Tarantulas Definitely Don't Make Flying Any Better

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2016 | 1:00 PM

Big hairy spiders and flying seem to be two of the world's most common fears. Putting them together? Well, that’s just unspeakably terrifying.


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Why Your Cat Is So In Love With Boxes

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2016 | 9:40 AM

It’s well-established that cats freakin’ love boxes.

Just ask any cat owner who’s purchased a fancy cat-bed for their beloved pet, only to find the feline would rather curl up in the box.

Even big cats like lions and tigers are crazy about...

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OK, Who Put 'Man-Eating' Nile Crocodiles In Florida?

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 4:52 PM

If you’ve thought that crocodiles in Florida were looking a little bigger and uh, hungrier for people lately, you may be onto something.

Three reptiles captured between 2000 and...

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Mysterious 'Ghost' Voice Turns Out To Be This Guy In The Chimney

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 2:28 PM

Do your friends, family and/or significant other make fun of you when you're freaked out by odd sounds in the night?

Show them this story.

Brad Sapp thought he heard a mysterious voice whisper, “Get out of here,” in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, when he was...

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Two Orphan Ducklings Who Lost Everything Are Now Best Friends

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 1:20 PM

An orphaned duckling who survived horrific cruelty is doing just fine, thanks to a kind boy, a wildlife rehabilitator and a larger duckling with a little more life experience.

Annette Pyrah, who operates The...

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Big Oil Funding Museums Is Starting To Backfire Spectacularly

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 12:26 PM

Greenpeace activists shut down the British Museum for four hours Thursday when they scaled the building’s columns to protest an exhibition sponsored by oil company BP.

“Greenpeace is calling on the British Museum to end its partnership with BP,” Greenpeace spokesman Stefano Gelmini told The Huffington Post...

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New Video May Change Your Mind (A Little) About Tourist Who Put Bison Calf In SUV

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 6:35 PM

The Internet has mocked and condemned a Canadian tourist who put a bison calf in his SUV last week at Yellowstone National Park, and the man clearly made the wrong decision. But new details from another visitor may help explain his misguided motives.

Park officials euthanized...

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Kindergartener Suspended For Bringing Bubble-Blowing 'Gun' To School

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 12:15 PM

Thank God someone intervened. It could have been a soap bath.

That is, if Southeast Elementary in Brighton, Colorado, hadn’t stopped a kindergartener who was wielding a bubble-blowing “gun”...

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Woman Up And Died Rather Than Vote For Trump Or Clinton, Obit Says

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 2:52 PM

Sometimes voting for a third-party candidate just isn’t a strong enough statement.

A Virginia woman’s obituary says that rather than vote for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump or Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for president, she died.

“Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or...

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Things Are Looking Up For This 'Housebroken' 1,000-Pound Bison

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 1:32 PM

After learning that the Yellowstone baby bison tourists recently took for a car ride was euthanized, we’re relieved to hear some good bison news this week.

Bullet, a 1,000-pound “housebroken” bison previously up for sale on Craigslist, has found a new place to roam.

Karen Schoeve of Argyle, Texas, posted a listing for Bullet in March, The Dallas Morning News reports. It read “TAME/HOUSEBROKEN BUFFALO COW -- $5,950" and described Bullet as "like a precious gigantic dog."

The idea of an indoor bison caught the Internet’s attention, and the story went viral. But Bullet didn’t really live in the house full-time. She spent most of her time in a paddock with Schoeve’s two ponies, though she’d wander through the house when the opportunity presented itself.

“She was just being curious,” Schoeve told CNN.

But Bullet did have a unique bond with humans, Schoeve told the network -- which is why Schoeve wanted to make sure the bison went to the right home. She purchased Bullet two years ago with the intention of opening an animal education center with her husband. But she took a financial hit when they divorced, and ended up having to keep Bullet on her three-acre property. That's not enough room to keep a bison content.

“The best thing for me is to get everybody a good home, especially Bullet, because she deserves the best,” she told the DMN.

Schoeve wrote in her original listing that she didn't believe Bullet, who was raised by humans and has never lived in the wild, would do well in a situation with no human contact. Bullet seems to be extraordinarily tame and friendly, but experts don’t typically recommend keeping bison as pets.

“Bison tend to make poor pets,” livestock veterinarian Gerald Hauler says on the website of the Alberta Bison Centre. He notes:

They can be tamed but when they are frightened they usually resort to their ‘flight or fight’ response in order to save their skin. They are difficult to tame to a level that I would consider a pet.

Some people have done it with bottle raised bison but even then lots of bison still don't trust people. I know of about 3-4 bison that have been tamed to the point that people can pet them and be around them safely. I also know of a lot of bottle raised bison that are still fearful of humans even after the bottle raising experience.

And don’t even think about trying to approach a wild bison -- doing so can have terrible consequences for both you and the animal. Several tourists in Yellowstone National Park have been injured after trying to take selfies with bison there. And as mentioned earlier, Yellowstone officials had to euthanize a baby bison this week after well-meaning tourists put the animal in their car and the creature was subsequently rejected from its herd. "It was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway," the National Park Service said of the animal.

Schoeve received offers from places like roadside attractions and petting zoos, but she finally found the right match in a landowner in Flower Mound, Texas. There, Bullet will roam in a pasture with two cows, which Bullet has already made friends with.

And the best part? Schoeve -- who said that Bullet ran across her new pasture to say goodbye when she started to leave -- will be able to visit her beloved bison anytime she...

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공항이 새를 죽이지 않아도 되게 해주는 기술이 나왔다

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 10:14 PM

인간은 새와 비행기의 충돌을 예방하는 비폭력적 도구를 새로 개발했다.

이착륙장을 ‘음파 그물’로 덮으면(새들의 의사소통을 방해하는 잡음을 내면) 근처에 있는 새들의 수가 크게 줄어든다. 윌리엄 메리 대학의 통합 조류 행동 연구소의 존 스왜들 교수가 이끈 연구 결과다. 새들은 의사소통을 방해 받는 것을 싫어하기 때문에 그 지역을 피하게...

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사하라 나사뿔영양은 야생에 3마리만 남았다

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 4:33 AM

니제르 동부와 차드 서부의 모래 사막에 사는 나사 모양의 뿔이 달린 영양인 사하라 나사뿔영양은 야생에 단 3마리밖에 남지 않았다.

세계자연보전연맹이 실시한 영양 서식지에 대한 포괄적 조사 결과 이런 놀라운 결과가 나왔다. 3월에 연구자들은 사하라 나사뿔영양들이 서식하는 곳으로 알려진 지역에서 단 3마리밖에 발견하지 못했다. 그들은 나사뿔영양들이

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Dan Savage Takes On Ann Coulter Over Transgender Bathroom Rights

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2016 | 4:07 PM

We’ve been over why so-called bathroom bills — legislation that prevents transgender people from using the bathroom corresponding with their gender identity — are totally idiotic.

But in case you forgot, here’s writer and activist Dan Savage laying the smackdown on Ann Coulter for her logic-free argument against trans rights.

Savage and Coulter appeared on "Real Time with Bill Maher" Friday night, when Coulter trotted out the tired position that trans-inclusive bathroom policies would open up the door for sexual predators.

“It’s not that transgender people are going to go and molest children,” Coulter said. “It’s that once you say men can go into women’s bathrooms — men who are out shopping with their little daughters and don’t have mommy to bring her in there. It’s not that the trans are going to molest them, it’s that a child molester now has the right to go into that bathroom.”

Savage shot her down pretty quickly, pointing out that predators don't need to dress up as another gender in order to assault someone.

“That’s bullshit,” he responded. “A child molester doesn’t need to put on a dress to go into a bathroom. You can Google ‘sexually assaulted in a restroom’ and you get thousands of examples of cisgendered straight men.”

Coulter does have one thing right, though. Parents sometimes worry about the safety of their young children when they have to send the kids into a public restroom alone — like when a father is out with his young daughter, or a mother with her young son. But that's not a good argument for legislating where trans people can pee -- it's an argument for implementing gender-neutral bathrooms.

Watch the whole clip above.


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Humans May Have Killed All But 3 Of These Animals In The Wild

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2016 | 12:18 PM

There are only three Saharan addaxes — corkscrew-horned antelope native to the sandy deserts of eastern Niger and western Chad — left in the wild.

The startling new finding comes from a comprehensive survey of addax habitat led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature....

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So We Discovered 3 Planets That Could Sustain Life. Now What?

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2016 | 5:39 PM

Scientists recently discovered three planets that they say have the right conditions to sustain life — and those planets are pretty close, by astronomical terms.

In this episode...

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Passenger Fears Professor Doing Math Is A Terrorist, Delays Flight 2 Hours

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2016 | 3:28 PM

A flight was delayed for more than two hours on Thursday after a paranoid passenger suspected a professor writing out math equations was a terrorist, the academic says.

American Airlines confirmed with The Huffington Post that the Thursday evening flight from Philadelphia to Syracuse was delayed after a female passenger...

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Bath & Body Works Brings Back Iconic Scents To Make You Feel Like A ’90s Queen

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2016 | 12:58 PM

Slap on some Lip Smackers and adjust your stretchy choker, because Bath & Body Works is bringing back some classic fragrances from the 1990s.

The chain...

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'Cats Meok Bang,' Livestream Of Stray Cats Eating, Is A Good Sign For Korea's Felines

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2016 | 9:47 AM

A livestream of a stray cat feeding station in South Korea has the Internet losing its mind, but the video isn’t just cute — it could be an important step for cat welfare in South Korea.

It all started when Koo Eun-je put out some leftover fish for a stray cat near his mother-in-law’s home in a southwestern Korean mountain village, The Associated Press reports. When more cats started showing up and Koo set up a camera so he and his wife could monitor the area, a livestream was born.

"We guessed that there would be one or two cats, but now it turns out that 17 cats are coming to eat food,” he told the AP.

The livestream is only available in South Korea, but some clips are up on YouTube.

He refers to the feeding site as “restaurant for cats,” adorning it with various decorations and a chalkboard of the changing menu. The online show is called “Cats Meok Bang.” Meok Bang is the term for a Korean trend in which people — frequently attractive women — eat for audiences in front of webcams. Like human Meok Bang stars, Koo’s stray cats receive cash gifts from viewers, which Koo uses to purchase more food for the felines. Many people have compared the footage to Neko Atsume, an iOS and Android game in which players collect and care for cartoon cats.

But Koo’s footage isn’t just cute. Its burgeoning popularity could be a good sign for the status of South Korean cats. Though the country obviously has some cat lovers, cats are often seen as diseased pests or bringers of bad luck. As a result, stray cats, which are rampant in many cities, can fall victim to horrific acts of cruelty as people take it upon themselves to bring down the populations.

Seoul launched a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program in 2008, meaning that cats could be caught, spayed or neutered and then released to the area they came from in an effort to prevent the cat population from growing. But cat advocates complained that officials were unwilling to work with local cat caretakers and seemed unconcerned for cat health, leading to high rates of infection and death, Korea JoonAng Daily reported in 2013.

Korean TNR “is still very dangerous,” Park So-Youn, the founder of South Korean animal welfare group Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth, told the blog Care Like I Do last year. “The cats lack recovery time after the surgery and are often released before being properly cared for.” 

But Park added that in recent years she’s seen an increase in people who like cats, and more people are interested in adopting the animals as pets.

There’s anecdotal evidence that "Cats Meok Bang" is helping that trend along. Multiple viewers told the AP that they disliked cats before watching the show, but that the livestream has changed their minds.

“I was never fond of cats before,” physician Yoo Young Hoon told the AP. “Now when I take a walk after lunch, I go to places where I might run into street...

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