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6 Amazingly Intelligent Animals (That Will Creep You Out)

6 Amazingly Intelligent Animals (That Will Creep You Out)
Animals may be extremely well-organized and insanely ballsy, but we'll always have one giant advantage over them: our intelligence. Also, cars and rocket launchers and such. But thinking is what makes us human, and thinking means we'll always be the ruling species on this planet, because the rest of those guys are really stupid. Well ... not all of them. So, in our latest attempt to make all of our readers afraid of Mother Nature, we give you ... Alex the Genius Parrot When a parrot says something like "hi", "I love you" or "f@#% off", you obviously assume that it doesn't really know what it's saying -- they're just mimicking human words in the same way that they'd copy the sound of a barking dog, or even (as some parrot owners know) a cell phone ringing. Alex the Parrot was different, though: he could correctly identify 50 different shapes, recognize numbers up to six, distinguish seven colors, and understand qualities such as bigger, smaller, same, and different. Dr. How? Related:  Animal Intelligence

ACP - Cephalopods “Me Tarzan, you Jane.” If the male cuttlefish could speak, this might be his opening line. Although cuttlefish don’t primarily use sound to communicate, the male still has an opening line, and it might translate to the longer, but conceptually simpler, “Me Tarzan. You Tarzan? No? Must be Jane.” Direct connections from the brains of cephalopods to special muscles allow split-second changes in skin color by relaxing or contracting chromatophores. When not fading into the background, some squid and cuttlefish can create dramatic patterns covering either the whole body or only parts of it. Octopuses remain solitary except when mating, and researchers have so far seen little they would call complex communication. Cuttlefish and squid make great food—not just as sushi, but to several oceanic predators—so they normally blend into the background with a mottled, cryptic color scheme. All the males in a group strut their stuff with a zebra pattern. Squid don’t embrace to mate.

The Onion: Planet Earth Doesn’t Know How To Make It Any Clearer It Wants Everyone To Leave By Joe Romm on June 2, 2011 at 7:29 am "The Onion: Planet Earth Doesn’t Know How To Make It Any Clearer It Wants Everyone To Leave" Humor From America’s Finest News Service: The Earth says events like this should have made it “pretty obvious” what it’s been driving at. EARTH—According to a statement released to the press Tuesday, the planet Earth has “just about run out of ways” to let its roughly 6.9 billion human inhabitants know it wants them all to leave. Following a recent series of disastrous floods along the Mississippi River and destructive tornadoes across much of the United States—as well as a year of even deadlier natural catastrophes all over the world—the Earth said its options for strongly implying that it no longer wants human beings living on it have basically been exhausted. “Do I have to spell it out for you?” Immediately after delivering the statement, the Earth ignited a series of wildfires throughout the world’s arid regions. – The Onion Related Humor: Abe Drayton jimb135

Giving an old bee a youngster's job causes brain rejuvenation Right? I have a terrible, uneducated, sneaking suspicion that the media are confusing the reappearance in old bees of proteins normally found in young bees to the arrival of 'brain rejuvenation' processes. Like looking at a brain scan of a geriatric human being skipping rope who is also looking at a picture of their childhood home and *shock* finding that the same areas of the brain light up as the brain of a seven year-old. Making old people act like they are younger suddenly now *actually makes them younger*... and RESTORES THEIR BRAINS. It's a leap that I'm sure seems negligible to the general public, but couldn't be less scientifically founded. ... just as a cocktail-party example... From the paper: "Sucrose (gustatory) sensitivity and olfactory learning performance were quantified in the laboratory using the proboscis extension response (PER). Heh quite different from a MMSE etc.

Crap Art: A new Art Movement Amazing Places To Experience Around The Globe (Part 1) - StumbleUpon Preachers Rock, Preikestolen, Norway Blue Caves - Zakynthos Island, Greece Skaftafeli - Iceland Plitvice Lakes – Croatia Crystalline Turquoise Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park, China Four Seasons Hotel - Bora Bora Ice skating on Paterswoldse Meer, a lake just South of the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. Marble Caves, Chile Chico, Chile The Gardens at Marqueyssac Ice Canyon - Greenland Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada Multnomah Falls, Oregon Seljalandsfoss Waterfall on the South Coast of Iceland Petra - Jordan (at night) Verdon, Provence, France Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia Norway Alesund Birdseye of City Benteng Chittorgarh, India Riomaggiore, Italy Keukenhof Gardens - Netherlands. Sky Lantern Festival - Taiwan. Mount Roraima - Venezuela. Seychelles East Iceland. Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. New York City.

Dolphins learn tool-usage from mother Sponge Moms: Dolphins learn tool use from their mothers Susan Milius Bottlenose dolphins that carry sea sponges on their beaks probably learned the trick from their moms rather than inheriting a sponge-shuttling gene, researchers say. LIKE A GLOVE. A female bottlenose dolphin in Shark Bay, Australia, wraps her sensitive beak with a sea sponge. J. The sponges appear to protect the dolphins' beaks during foraging along rugged ocean bottoms, explains Michael Krützen of the University of Zurich in Switzerland. The researchers say that the spongers belong almost exclusively to a single maternal lineage, although sponging doesn't follow any of the patterns that would be expected if it were genetically based. "This is an exciting addition to the catalog of what we can be increasingly confident are culturally transmitted forms of tool use in nonhuman populations," comments Andrew Whiten of the University of St. The practice has been difficult to study. References: Krützen, M., et al. 2005.

Weight Loss Plan A man calls a company and orders their 5-day, 10 lb. weight loss program. The next day, there's a knock on the door and there stands before him a voluptuous, athletic, 19 year old babe dressed in nothing but a pair of Nike running shoes and a sign around her neck. She introduces herself as a representative of the weight loss company. The sign reads, "If you can catch me, you can have me." Without a second thought, he takes off after her. A few miles later huffing and puffing, he finally gives up. The same girl shows up for the next four days and the same thing happens. On the fifth day, he weighs himself and is delighted to find he has lost 10 lbs. as promised. He calls the company and orders their 5-day/20 pound program. The next day there's a knock at the door and there stands the most stunning and beautiful woman he has ever seen in his life. She is wearing nothing but Reebok running shoes and a sign around her neck that reads, "If you catch me you can have me." "Are you sure?" (Thanks Barbie)

This New Finding Explains Why Bees Are Disappearing The secret is out – bees have been disappearing for almost a decade now, and scientists are scrambling to understand why. Some sources relay that the colonies all across the world are vanishing due to pesticides, electromagnetic frequencies, mites, and even GMO crops, but what researches have recently found to be the cause of the bee catastrophe will shock you. According to a recent report in Quartz, a first-of-its-kind study determined that large numbers of bees are dying due to cross-contamination of pollen and various pesticides. “Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. […] Scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. What does this study conclude? The authors summarized in their study:

Bullying Frequently Asked Questions - School Environment Frequently asked questions based on the Bullying at School publication. These Frequently Asked Questions about bullying are extracted from key concepts presented in the California Department of Education's publication titled Bullying at School (PDF). They are easy to adapt and provide information for educators, students, families, and community safety partners who wish to educate themselves and others about effective measures to prevent bullying and respond to it. What is school bullying? What is school bullying? Bullying is exposing a person to abusive actions repeatedly over time.1 Being aware of children's teasing and acknowledging injured feelings are always important. Bullying is a form of violence. An "electronic act" is defined as transmission of a communication, including, but not limited to, a message, text, sound, or image by means of an electronic devise, including but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager.