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The birds and the bees are just the beginning

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Think you know a thing or two about sex? Think again. In this fascinating talk, biologist Carin Bondar lays out the surprising science behind how animals get it on. (This talk describes explicit and aggressive sexual content.)
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Some interesting thoughts on sexuality across the animal world.

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Dangerous Foods Your Pet Should Not Eat

Dangerous Foods Your Pet Should Not Eat | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
There are some common food around your house that can be quite dangerous to your pets. Most pet owners know not to feed chocolate to dogs, but did you know about these other foods?
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I share this even though our dogs loved chocolate and one was an alcoholic. What the heck, dogs differ. At least bacon isn't on the list.

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7 Foods I Would Never Touch If I Wasn't Jewish

7 Foods I Would Never Touch If I Wasn't Jewish | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
There are just some foods you couldn't pay most Jews to touch if we hadn't been weaned on them....
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As I kid, I learned to love most of these - not shmaltz nor kishka, but I have eaten them at least until my gallbladder gave out. Anyway, take a Tums before reading.
"You'll take some home. No arguments; I'm getting the Tupperware now."

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Fed Up With the Slutty Girl Scouts? Meet the Conservative Alternative.

Fed Up With the Slutty Girl Scouts? Meet the Conservative Alternative. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Want your daughter to learn all about camping, sewing and car repair, but with a heaping helping of Jesus? You could try to find a local Girl Scout troop with an especially Bible-thumping troop leader. Or you could just skip straight to the American Heritage Girls, conservative Christianity's very own copycat.
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Seems to me that this group's agenda is far more rigid and intolerant than the Girl Scouts have ever been. In the process, the whole thing gives me some laughs. Of course if my kid wanted to join the AHG, I would most likely vomit, not because they encourage faith in God, but because they hid behind faith as an alternative to thinking.

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Here Are 11 Extremely Strange Jobs That No Longer Exist. #10 Is Just Downright Creepy.

Here Are 11 Extremely Strange Jobs That No Longer Exist. #10 Is Just Downright Creepy. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Number 10 is "Resurrectionist" - gravedigger. 

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Fascinating set of pictures. I particularly want to bring back the knockers.

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An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mythic Monsters, from Gremlins to Zombies to the Kraken

An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mythic Monsters, from Gremlins to Zombies to the Kraken | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A vibrant dance across the global spectrum of the popular imagination.

"Legendary lands … have only one characteristic in common: wheth
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Oh, what fun to lie safe beneath the covers and shake with terror at the monsters whom we can imagine.

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ST. HELENA, Calif.: California farmers hire dowsers to find water | National | Merced Sun-Star

ST. HELENA, Calif.: California farmers hire dowsers to find water | National | Merced Sun-Star | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches.
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When I was a kid, my father decided to drill a new well on our place in Maine. I watched him dowse with a willow branch. He found a sewer line, which convinced him that the technique would work, and proceeded to find the spot where he sank the well, into which he sank a lot of money for the slightest gurgle of water. Good luck to these desperate farmers.

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Tiny, rare hippo born in England

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Winnie, a rare pygmy hippo, born into special breeding program at Bristol Zoo Gardens in Bristol, England
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Enjoy this great slide show from the zoo. The baby is adorable. 

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Weird New State Of Matter Discovered In Most Unlikely Place

Weird New State Of Matter Discovered In Most Unlikely Place | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Gaze deeply into the eye of a chicken, and what do you see? Some see terrifying stupidity. But researchers at Princeton University and Washington University in St. Louis say they see in the bird's eye the first known biological occurrence of a strang...
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Thanks to Phil Harris for making me aware of this fascinating study. I will never think of fried chicken quite the same way again.

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George W. Bush: I Have a Duty to War Vets

George W. Bush: I Have a Duty to War Vets | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Former President George W. Bush has largely stayed out of the public eye since he left the White House, but now he is making a public return to help a cause near to his heart - helping the nation's veterans be successfully integrated into civilian society.
I have a duty, ...
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Every now and again somebody I don't agree with does something I like. Here is an example. George W. Bush is supporting some causes and I agree strongly.

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Arizona Town Overrun By Packs of Wild Roving Chihuahuas

Arizona Town Overrun By Packs of Wild Roving Chihuahuas | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Tiny yappy dogs have taken over the streets of a small town in Arizona, chasing young children while their parents apparently cower inside, frantically redialing 311 -- Maryvale Animal Control received more than 6,000 calls in the last year alone.
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This would be funny were it not real. While this is probably a result of pets being abandoned during the recession and then breeding, it is a reminder that pet ownership is a responsibility and not spaying and neutering can lead to serious problems. 

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Top 8 Die-Hards in History (die hards) - ODDEE

Top 8  Die-Hards in History (die hards) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From a dictator who survived over 600 murder attempts to an emperor who needed three bombs to be killed, meet 8 of the hardest men to exterminate. (die hards)
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Some were clearly evil, some were almost saints, and most are much harder to categorize, but these eight men faced many attempts to kill them and that makes for interesting history.

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Girl Scout Does Brisk Business in Cookies Outside Pot Clinic

Girl Scout Does Brisk Business in Cookies Outside Pot Clinic | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
What's cooler than a Girl Scout selling cookies? A business-savvy Girl Scout who sets up shop outside a cannabis clinic to rev up her sales skills. Thirteen-year-old Girl Scout Danielle Lei did brisk...
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I wonder which Fortune 500 company this young woman will be running in twenty years. I also think her mother's decision to encourage her children to learn about their city is outstanding. I don't eat Girl Scout Cookies or smoke pot, but I must admit I'm impressed.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, February 22, 2014 9:13 PM

It will be interesting to read a follow-up report if this little Girl Scout does return on Feb 22. That is World Thinking Day, which has been an important fundraising day since 1932. It’s a day about friendship, advocacy, and fundraising – all to support over 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.

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Full Metal Parrot

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With three hit singles to his name and more than 4,600 fans, Hatebeak is the best black metal band you’ve never heard of—fronted by a 25-year-old African Grey Parrot named Waldo.
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Not my kind of music, but then I may be the wrong kind of nut for an African Grey. So here's Waldo. (Couldn't resist adding that.)

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A Medication to Treat Anorexia? | TIME

A Medication to Treat Anorexia? | TIME | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Evidence that a brain chemical called oxytocin can help autistic people pay more attention to social cues is prompting some researchers to examine whether the drug could have any impact on those battling with anorexia, which lacks a pharmacological medication
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As psycho-pharmacology progresses, it holds great promise for the people of the future. At the same time, we should not make believe that drugs are the best answer to all issues of inner conflict and distress. Even if oxytocin does help relieve anorexia, we don't have an explanation as to why this relatively new "idiom of distress" has come to be so widespread in our society. Obviously, the victims of the disease have something more than a chemical imbalance that is eating at them even as they are not eating.

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Eight Myths About Jury Duty, Debunked

Eight Myths About Jury Duty, Debunked | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Many people want out of jury duty because it disrupts their lives, and you'll find an endless amount of online information about how to escape. The problem? It's mostly BS. Let's take a look at some of the more common myths out there about jury duty and the truths you should know.
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Information worth having.

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Pay It Forward: No Kid Goes Hungry

Pay It Forward: No Kid Goes Hungry | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
My son Cayden Taipalus who is a third grader at Challenger Elementary in Howell witnessed a child get denied a hot lunch because of no money on his lunch account. The child instead was offered a cheese sandwich. This upset the child along with ...
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What a great kid. Meanwhile, while politicians eat high off the hog, what are they doing to fund lunches for every school kid. Just so you know, the website to donate is

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/7htY4

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Crazy for coconuts: Do the health claims survive scrutiny?

Crazy for coconuts: Do the health claims survive scrutiny? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Have we gone crazy for coconut? Just take a look around the supermarket these days: Coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut water.
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I love coconuts, how about you?

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Five Best Meal Planning Apps

Five Best Meal Planning Apps | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
There's a lot to be gained by planning your meals. You eat better, healthier food, do more cooking for yourself and put more thought into what you eat, try new recipes, and save at the grocery store at the same time. However, it can be a little daunting; sifting through recipes and making lists. That's why there are apps that help. This week, we're looking at five of the best.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Since most people don't live with my wife, the ultimate home chef, I give them alternative ways to plan menus.

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Alexandria Fiori's curator insight, November 5, 2014 6:36 PM

If parents start to meal plan with their families it will be a good role model for the children and show them that fast food is not the answer. 

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Science proves elephants are even smarter than we thought

Science proves elephants are even smarter than we thought | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
We now have evidence they're some of the most empathic animals on the planet. Can we still justify their captivity? VIDEO
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It amazes me that scientists hadn't long ago realized that many animals can think, have moments of problem-solving insight.

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Wonka Bar | The 13 Most Influential Candy Bars of All Time | TIME.com

Wonka Bar | The 13 Most Influential Candy Bars of All Time | TIME.com | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
We interviewed candy experts and historians to determine which bars made the biggest impact on the chocolate-bar industry—and the world at large.
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I love candy, especially chocolate. How could I pass on this celebration of the candy bar? Now to get me a Snickers. (Joking, I've quit that addiction.)

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Gladiator School Discovery Reveals Hard Lives of Ancient Warriors

Gladiator School Discovery Reveals Hard Lives of Ancient Warriors | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Archaeologists have mapped an ancient gladiator school, where the famed warriors lived, trained, and fought.
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Sounds a bit like boarding school -- not. I love stories about archeology

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Zircon discovery offers clues to Earth's formation | MCT National News | McClatchy DC

Zircon discovery offers clues to Earth's formation | MCT National News | McClatchy DC | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A zircon crystal embedded in sandstone found on a sheep ranch in Australia is the oldest piece of the Earth's crust to be discovered, shedding new light on our planet's formation.
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Got to love science. I never took astronomy or geology in school, but I still love them as subjects.

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Top 10 Tricks to Survive Getting Sick

Top 10 Tricks to Survive Getting Sick | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Flu season is in full swing, and whether you're battling a sickness or trying to prevent it, here are a few things you can do to get through it like a champ.
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Some simple, basic, and useful ideas about your health.

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Does a diet high in carbohydrates increase your risk of dementia?

Does a diet high in carbohydrates increase your risk of dementia? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Even small increases in blood sugar caused by a diet high in carbohydrates can be detrimental to brain health. Recent reports in medical literature link carbohydrate calorie-rich diets to a greater risk for brain shrinkage, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, impaired cognition, and other disorders. David Perlmutter, M.D., best-selling author of 'Grain Brain,' explores this important topic in a provocative interview in Alternative and Complementary Therapies from Mary Ann Liebert Inc. publishers.
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I have noticed that my stomach has been shrinking since I gave up cake, pie, and other desserts. As for my brain, well first you have to have one before it can shrink.

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