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12 Unbelievable Animal Photos That Are Not Photoshopped

12 Unbelievable Animal Photos That Are Not Photoshopped | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Believe it or not, they exist! " Great animal pics from around the world.

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Civil War soldier to get Medal of Honor for overlooked role in pivotal battle

Civil War soldier to get Medal of Honor for overlooked role in pivotal battle | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Alonzo Cushing, a Union lieutenant, will receive the Medal of Honor 151 years after he displayed heroism during the Civil War's Battle of Gettysburg.
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As a history buff, I loved this. While I detest war, I admire courage under fire. Assuredly, he died in what IMHO was a good cause, not only saving the union but also ending the evil of slavery in the U.S.

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Chirps, whistles, clicks: Do any animals have a true ‘language’?

Chirps, whistles, clicks: Do any animals have a true ‘language’? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study on animal calls has found that the patterns from seven different species appear to be more complex than previously thought.
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Ethology has always been one of my favorite topics,, so I found this a fascinating story. If you love animals, I think you'll it more than worth your time.

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What Lies Beneath Stonehenge?

What Lies Beneath Stonehenge? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A groundbreaking survey of the site has turned up tantalizing new clues to what really went on there
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If you are interested in archeology or just occult topics, this is a great piece. Be sure to check out the slides.

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Denmark’s New Lego Building, Modeled on Its Iconic Bricks, Captures the Beloved Toy’s Whimsy

Denmark’s New Lego Building, Modeled on Its Iconic Bricks, Captures the Beloved Toy’s Whimsy | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
This week the first six oversized Lego bricks were laid for the foundation of the Lego House in Billund, Denmark, the Lego Group’s hometown. Designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, the architecture of the Lego House is based on—what else but?—the iconic shape of the Lego brick. Unlike metaphorical Lego houses...
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Bravo. I love Lego as a company, a form of play, and as a source of creative thinking.

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The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit

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For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine, creeping into homes, and surviving on what he could steal. He became a legend. Then one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest. His name was Christopher Knight
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This is the kind of great character you can find in Maine, which is why I will soon be publishing "Broody New Englander", a book with my novella "The Stylite" and two short stories--all three set in Maine. Meanwhile, all authors have to delight in people like Christopher Thomas Knight, for it is the unusual which so often inspires us to see the twists and quirks in the normal.

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'Salmon cannon' fires fish into air, saves lives?

'Salmon cannon' fires fish into air, saves lives? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Saving the environment is rarely as easy as shooting fish in a barrel. 
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Sounds like fun as well as a good idea. I bet human-sized ones would sell well at water parks.

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Ancient flying reptile's head crest looked like a yacht's sail

Ancient flying reptile's head crest looked like a yacht's sail | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A flying reptile whose head was topped with a big bony crest shaped like the sail of a yacht swooped through the skies over Brazil roughly 90 million years ago. Scientists announced on Wednesday the remarkable discovery of about 50 fossilized skeletons of a creature called Caiuajara dobruskii, a type of flying reptile known as a pterosaur that lived alongside the dinosaurs, at a site in southern Brazil. These pterosaurs, whose wingspans measured up to nearly 8 feet (2.35 meters), inhabited a lakeside oasis in a large desert region during the Cretaceous Period, living in vibrant colonies with others of the same species of all ages, they said. "This helps us to have a glimpse on the anatomical variation achieved by this species from young to old," said Alexander Kellner, a paleontologist with Brazil's National Museum at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, who led the study.
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Got to love those fossils.

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Obama Stifled Hillary’s Syria Plans and Ignored Her Iraq Warnings for Years

Obama Stifled Hillary’s Syria Plans and Ignored Her Iraq Warnings for Years | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The rift between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama over Syria that spilled into public view this week was three years in the making and was about much more than just arming the rebels.
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It seems to this observer that both approaches are fraught with peril. The most rational thing would have been to let the Russians, whose client state Syria is, take the lead. The other big player in the Syrian civil war is Iran, guardian of the Shi'ia, who make up a sizable portion of the Syrian population. The only American ally who has a serious concern about Syria is Israel, who may well have helped create the chaos.  Finally, there are the Turks, who might be concerned, but who certainly have done nothing I know of to get us involved. My bottom line, the U.S. shouldn't see itself as the world's policeman. Hell, we have trouble handling our police at home.

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When More Exercise Is Not Better

When More Exercise Is Not Better | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The latest research shows there may be an upper limit to how helpful exercise can be on your heart
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Okay, I admit it: for me exercise is mostly going to the fridge for a snack. Sometimes I vary my routine and take a nap instead. Still, I feel vindicated by this piece. That nasty gym teacher in eighth grade would never agree that there are limits to healthy exercise. Well, he was wrong, there was a good reason to sit on the bench when my team was in the outfield.

Seriously, living well means living in moderation.

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10 Surprising and Unusual Things Shaped like a Guitar (Nikki Kreuzer, Nicole Kreuzer, Guitar) - ODDEE

10 Surprising and Unusual Things Shaped like a Guitar (Nikki Kreuzer, Nicole Kreuzer, Guitar) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

"Occasionally, a guitar is not really a guitar. Sometimes it is a boat or a coffin or even a man-made forest. Check out these unexpected and surreal guitar-shaped objects that are only masquerading as musical instruments. (Nikki Kreuzer, Nicole Kreuzer, Guitar)"

"Musician John Graham left this world on the right note when he was laid to rest in a coffin that was fashioned in the shape of a 12-foot-long Fender Stratocaster guitar."

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Just some creative ideas that seem like fun.

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Organic for the people

Organic for the people | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Residents of Brooklyn's East New York aren't holding their breath for a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's to open nearby. They're growing their own fresh, organic food.
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This is glorious. We can only hope that the children of East New York learn not only to appreciate good, healthy food but also that they learn that growing ones own food is a noble endeavor. More importantly, I hope that the people of New York recognize that a bit of local food production enriches not only the diet but also the aesthetic of their city. Community gardens are precious.

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Giz Explains: How to Actually Make Coffee

Giz Explains: How to Actually Make Coffee | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
You probably brew coffee, like most people, the most insipid way possible: Using a Mr. Coffee that you fill with pre-ground coffee from the supermarket. There's a million other ways to make coffee, and they're all better. Updated.
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And I thought I was a coffee nerd. Well, here you have some real information; but don't try to process it before you've had your first cup of the day.

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New Study: Republicans Lie More Than Democrats

New Study: Republicans Lie More Than Democrats | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
According to a new study by the nonpartisan Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, Republicans are far more likely to lie than Democrats. Shocker.
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There really is a significant difference between the two parties.

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'World's woolliest' sheep Shaun found in Australia after six years on the run from shearers

'World's woolliest' sheep Shaun found in Australia after six years on the run from shearers | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Two farmers in Tasmania believe they have found the world’s woolliest sheep.
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I winder if Shaun will enjoy the haircut.

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10 Amazing Inventions by Teens (young inventors, hot car death, new inventions) - ODDEE

10 Amazing Inventions by Teens (young inventors, hot car death, new inventions) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If you think youth is all about selfies and games, you'll be surprised by these ten young inventors and their amazing creations. (young inventors, hot car death, new inventions)
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Some great ideas from some great kids -- start your day feeling good and take a look.

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Isla Aitken's curator insight, August 25, 2:39 AM

Fantastic innovation from the more youthful among us. I especially love the I-Pack, a portable IV drip created by an.... eight-year-old.

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Breakfast Might Not Help You Lose Weight

Breakfast Might Not Help You Lose Weight | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Breakfast can be a solid nutritional dividing line. Cross into the realm of whole grains and eggs, and you feel great about embracing what we've…
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Two reasons I shared this. First the common sense thought that maybe people are best off doing what they feel best doing; maybe there are no universal rules.

But my second reason is the great laugh I got when I looked at this article and saw the illustration. Sugar-coated, multicolored cereal? Yeah, healthy breakfast be damned; let's talk advertising money. 

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Scientists Finally Figured Out What Makes Pets Look Like Their Owners

Scientists Finally Figured Out What Makes Pets Look Like Their Owners | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If ever you overhear someone comparing you to a dog, chances are it’s not a compliment. Yes, there’s the famous loyalty of dogs, their unbridled enthusiasm for life, their boundless love and devotion, their fierce protectiveness—qualities that any of us would be lucky to possess at even a modicum of...
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Of course we had three dogs, an Airedale, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, and a poodle terrier mix. The Airedale had my eyes; Our poodle terrier mix, who ran the house, looked most like my wife. The Corgi, the sweetest of all dogs, looked like our kid, David.

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DewDrop

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Stop by, have a drink and a song, maybe share a story.

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The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie

The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The officers got the wrong man, but charged him anyway—with getting his blood on their uniforms. How the Ferguson PD ran the town where Michael Brown was gunned down.
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I have no idea what attractions or businesses might exist in Ferguson, but I would not go near that damn town for anything. Indeed, I can only say I think that we should boycott Ferguson, Missouri. Indeed, we should treat its Black citizens who might wish as political refugees and offer them all possible assistance in moving out of that place of horrors. This is as much a disaster as any toxic; perhaps we should have FEMA involved along with the FBI. As for the police, perhaps they should be in Guantanamo; are they not the worst kind of terrorist? 

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25 Secret Small Towns in Europe you MUST Visit - StumbleUpon

25 Secret Small Towns in Europe you MUST Visit - StumbleUpon | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

From World of Wanderlust via Stumbleupon.

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Some really beautiful places to visit. Two are actually in North America, but with that caveat, get out your travel documents and make tracks to them all.

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The president has played nearly 8 times as much golf as George W. Bush, who took more than 3 times as much vacation

The president has played nearly 8 times as much golf as George W. Bush, who took more than 3 times as much vacation | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
President Obama feels the heat over his summertime getaway to Martha's Vineyard.
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So Obama plays more golf and Bush spent more time clearing brush. Meanwhile, why shouldn't government leaders take vacations?

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The Domestic Cat Genome Has Been Fully Sequenced, and It's Fascinating

The Domestic Cat Genome Has Been Fully Sequenced, and It's Fascinating | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Felis catus genome has been fully sequenced and annotated, which means your pet kitty is about to give up its genetic secrets to science.
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Meanwhile on the subject of cat-human symbiosis. Cats started out as independent contractors getting rid of vermin (most likely in China), but figured out that they could get better benefits with a few purrs. 

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Widows Walk

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Some books take you into the soul. Enjoy the journey.

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My first novel and one I still reread. Oh, the humanity of these characters.

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Pujols' homer sinks Sox in 19 innings, 5-4

Pujols' homer sinks Sox in 19 innings, 5-4 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Brandon Workman allows a soul-crushing homer to Albert Pujols in the 19th inning.
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The kind of game that we dreamed of playing when we were kids; and every one of us was Albert Pujols. Of course, that's all fantasy: my mother would have called me in for supper by the eighth inning, certainly before the lights went on. Oh, well, that's what dreaming is for.

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Regular marijuana use bad for teens' brains

Regular marijuana use bad for teens' brains | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Frequent marijuana use can have a significant negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young adults, including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ, according to psychologists discussing public health implications of marijuana legalization at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention.
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While I support decriminalizing pot, that doesn't mean I think it safe, especially for teens and young kids. Just as tobacco and alcohol should come with warnings and public education, so should marijuana. There is a health price to all substance use, and kids deserve the information necessary to make informed decisions.

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