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Originally posted 10/16/2013 10:00AM
A marine science instructor snorkeling off the Southern California coast spotted something out of a fantasy novel: the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish.
Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute needed more than 15 helpers to drag the giant sea creature with eyes the size of half dollars to shore on Sunday. Staffers at the institute are calling it the discovery of a lifetime.
"We've never seen a fish this big," said Mark Waddington, senior captain of the Tole Mour, CIMI's sail training ship. "The last oarfish we saw was three feet long."
Originally posted 10/15/2013 03:15PM
Kristen Bell, consider this a warning: Sloth-lovers like yourself might explode while witnessing the cuteness of this sleepy singing mammal, who does a bang-up lip synch of Whitney Houston's 1992 classic "I Will Always Love You."
Notorious for being slow-moving, sloths tend to hang out in trees, but this one? He is quite content doing his thing underneath a cozy blanket. But we think it's better that way; it puts the focus solely on the music.
Originally posted 10/05/2013 10:15AM
Originally posted 10/04/2013 03:05PM
When one man's money went to the dogs, he wasn't going to let it, well, actually go to the dogs.
Last December, Wayne Klinkel of Helena, Mont., discovered that his pup, Sundance, had eaten five $100 bills while he and his wife were eating at a restaurant during their road trip to Colorado. The bills were left inside the car with Sundance, who interestingly chose to leave the $1 bill untouched.
Instead of accepting that the cash was lost, Klinkel sorted through the dog's droppings until he could reassemble parts of the bills. His daughter Amy Church, whom he and his wife were visiting in Colorado, found more pieces after the snow had melted in spring.
By April, Klinkel was able to piece enough together and send the bills to the U.S. Treasury, along with an explanation of what had happened to them. Though he received a receipt for the bills 10 days later, he didn't hear anything else – until he recently received a check.
Originally posted 10/02/2013 07:45PM
Next time your dog destroys a pair of your shoes, remind him of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania.
It's a lake in Africa that turns all animals who come in contact with it to stone, and some of its victims are featured in photographer Nick Brandt's new book, Across the Ravaged Land.
According to New Scientist, the lake takes its name from natron, a naturally occurring compound made mainly of sodium carbonate mixed with a dash of baking soda. When animals take a dip in it, they are calcified, like something out of a horror film. To see the shots, click here.
Originally posted 09/23/2013 12:00PM
They say a photo is worth a thousand words – well, this one was also worth an arrest warrant.
While spending a weekend at the beach in Thailand, Rihanna left behind a trail of racy Tweets and an incriminating Instagram photo showing her cuddling an endangered primate. That didn't sit well with authorities, who arrested two people for allegedly peddling the protected species.
On a break from her Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna visited the Thai island of Phuket, where she befriended the wildlife. An Instagram photo she also shared on Twitter Friday showed her in sunglasses snuggling up to a furry primate called the slow loris, captioned, "Look who was talkin dirty to me!"
Originally posted 09/16/2013 11:00AM
That's a lot of dog treats!
A Wall Street whiz who died in August has left her precious pooch a big chunk of change in her will: $100,000.
Muriel Siebert, the first woman to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, died of cancer at the age of 80, and although she never married or had children, she did leave behind a beloved Chihuahua named Monster Girl.
Originally posted 09/13/2013 12:45PM
It takes an impressive animal to steal the spotlight from a NASA launch, and one little frog from Virginia managed to do just that.
In a photo captured by one of NASA's remote cameras during last week's launch of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft, the itty-bitty amphibian is seen illuminated to the left, sailing through the air at almost the same height as the vessel next to it. "The photo team confirms the frog," NASA explained in a caption that accompanied the photo's release. "The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain."
While it's unclear how the critter managed to get from lily pad to launch pad, one theory suggests it may have found its way over from the wildlife refuge that surrounds the Wallops Island Spaceport. The launch pad itself has a pool of water used to suppress noise and protect the pad from damage during launch, so the frog could have simply been resting there at the wrong time.
Originally posted 09/09/2013 05:00PM
Who says superheroes aren't real?
When a Milton, W. Va., home caught fire, trapping a kitten inside, it was Batman and Captain America who came to the rescue.
Originally posted 08/30/2013 05:00PM
He's got the competition licked!
A chimpanzee named Brent, who paints with his tongue, has won an art contest held by the Humane Society.
The 37-year-old primate, who has lived at Chimp Haven in Kentville, La., since 2006, won a $10,000 prize for the sanctuary, which will be used to expand the facility and prepare for new residents.
Brent creates his unique paintings by applying blobs of child-safe tempera paints onto a canvas with his tongue.
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