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Scientists finally think they know why eggs have different shapes

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Even if you started off your morning with a nice omelette, you probably didn't spare a thought for where it came from, but scientists have long wondered why eggs from different birds can be so dramatically different. Now, after comparing an astonishing 50,000 eggs from 1,400 different bird species, Princeton University biologist Mary Caswell Stoddard finally thinks she's cracked the code, and her theory actually make a whole lot of sense.

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Mike Wehner

June 24th

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Fishermen accidentally catch world’s first two-headed porpoise

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Mother Nature has provided humanity with some pretty awesome things in the past — existence, for example, is a pretty solid gift — but sometimes things don't go exactly as planned. That appears to be the case with a porpoise recently caught by Dutch fishermen. The animal, which was snagged entirely by accident, is the world's first documented example of a two-headed harbor porpoise, and it's quite a sight.

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Mike Wehner

June 14th

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Wait, Crabs Can Climb Trees?!

Scientists recently discovered a new species of crab in Hong Kong. It’s very tiny, less than a centimeter long. It also climbs trees, which is terrifying.

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Adam Clark Estes

March 21st

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These Pom-Pom Crabs Are Everybody’s Super Bowl Mascot

Here’s a great cheer for any cheerleading boxer crabs planning to watch the Super Bowl this weekend:

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum

February 3rd

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Angry Octopus Intimidates Cameraman By Blowing Itself Up Like a Giant Balloon

Don’t interrupt an octopus while it’s eating and don’t you dare point your camera at it because the octopus ain’t having it. In fact, the super villain creature of the ocean will try to intimidate you when you do that because it’ll charge at you, stare you down, and then inflate itself like a giant parachute so it…

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February 1st

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Some Vampire Bats Have Started Biting Humans (and It’s Probably Our Fault)

Feeling drained? According to a new study, a vampire bat species that typically feeds on native birds has turned to sucking the blood of humans at night, likely due to human encroachment.

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Hudson Hongo

January 12th

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Some Vampire Bats Have Started Biting Humans (and It’s Probably Our Fault)

Feeling drained? According to a new study, a vampire bat species that typically feeds on native birds has turned to sucking the blood of humans at night, likely due to human encroachment.

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Hudson Hongo

January 12th

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Man lets a bullet ant sting him on purpose and you’ll absolutely believe what happens next

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About two months ago, we witnessed outdoor adventurer Coyote Peterson let a wasp known as a tarantula hawk sting him on his arm. Boasting the second most painful sting in the insect world, the tarantula hawk quickly had Petereson writhing on the ground in pain. And of course, it was all captured in a harrowing and altogether fascinating video.

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Yoni Heisler

December 23rd

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Video of man dressed up as his dog’s favorite toy has the internet going nuts

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In today's Internet age, where crazy and insane videos are the norm, it's becoming increasingly hard to find truly impressive and original footage that you didn't already stumble across years ago. Every once in a while, though, we manage to strike gold. Whether it's two fools eating a Carolina Reaper (aka the world's hottest pepper) or a man named Coyote Peterson getting purposefully bit by a tarantula hawk, the Internet still remains an endless reservoir of amazement. That said, earlier today we discovered the mother lode, a video so heartwarming, hilarious, creative and unforgettable that words simply can't do it justice. As if we needed any more proof that dogs are amazing creatures, watch what happens when this dog owner -- we'll just call him 'genius' for now -- decides to dress up as his dog's favorite play toy, a stuffed version of Gumby.

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Yoni Heisler

October 28th

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Man lets a tarantula hawk sting him and the video is absolutely crazy

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If you've never heard of the tarantula hawk before, you probably want to keep it that way. For those unfamiliar, the tarantula hawk is a wasp that - no joke - actively hunts tarantulas. Tarantula hawks can be found across most parts of the world but you thankfully don't need to run for cover as they don't often sting humans unless provoked. What makes the tarantula hawk as intriguing as it is terrifying is that its sting is incredibly painful. So painful, in fact, that a sting from a tarantula hawk is largely considered to be the second most painful sting in the world. Now if you're a human being of even moderate intelligence, you're obviously going to do everything in your power to stay out of a tarantula hawk's way. But if your name happens to be Coyote Peterson, well, you've really got no choice but go out into the desert, capture a a tarantula hawk, let it sting you on purpose, and film the entire ordeal for the collective amusement and horror of the masses.

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Yoni Heisler

October 21st

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