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Tumblr Thread: Trees Are Strange And Kind Of Scary

This bizarre Tumblr thread explains some of the strange stuff trees do that we don't. It's vaguely unsettling, and it's also beautiful. That last part about the grafters putting fruiting branches on non-fruiting trees was a trip. 

Tumblr thread on all the weird things trees do that we don't.
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Quick Tumblr Thread Shows Random Animals Coming Into Towns During Quarantine

There's no doubt that cities and people have changed the way animals interact with their environment. With a lot of cities urging people to stay inside, things are changing again.  For some animals, the lack of people walking around is more reason than ever to start exploring. For other animals that depend on tourists to feed them, the lack of tourists has them looking elsewhere for food. Things can change fast, it's like some junk out of I Am Legend. Different people have dealt with various quarantines differently, like tweeting funny quarantine journal updates or getting revenge on toilet paper hoarding Karens.

Tumblr thread about different animals exploring during quarantine | taylorswifh third day italian quarantine: everything is closed, everyone is at home and so WILD BOARS ARE MY TOWN WITH THEIR BABIES laughing so hard
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Twitter Thread: The Human Body's Evolutionary Leftovers

An evolutionary anthropologist named, Dorsa Amir, shared a series of evolutionary leftovers that the human body seemingly carries for no reason at all. Kind of fun to look at the parts of the human body that have survived the test of time, and for what looks to us like no reason at all. 

Twitter thread about the human body's series of evolutionary leftovers | tweet by Dorsa Amir @DorsaAmir Did know human body is full evolutionary leftovers no longer serve purpose? These are called vestigial structures and they're fascinating 1/8
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Hungry Trees that Enveloped Stuff

Trees and plants have the incredible ability to keep trying even when the odds are stacked against them. It's really all they can do. Take these unstoppable plants who won't take no for an answer. Here are some trees that munched on the stuff around them, which turned out to be a whole lot of bikes and abandoned weapons.

Trees that grew around objects | photos of an old canon ball or some other kind of projectile that is visibly aged and rusting stuck inside a tree trunk that grew around it
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Tumblr Thread Explains How The Color Magenta Technically Doesn't Exist

Tumblr gets in real deep sometimes. Sure, a lot of it is just memes and thought exercises, but some threads get into stuff like the historical concept of the color purple in rhyming fashion, or how modern cats became domesticated. So anyway, here's why magenta is a made up color based on your brain just doing its best.

Informative tumblr thread on how magenta and other colors are just your brain guessing.
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AskReddit Users Give Random Facts We Had No Business Knowing

Everyone knows the most fun facts are about morbid history and animal genitals. Some of these are just plain interesting, some are amazingly gross while others are sad and damning. If it gets to be too much there's also some happy facts to hopefully counteract all the messed up ones.

Interesting, gross and weird facts.
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Funny Entomologist Rates Accuracy of Ant Emojis

Honestly this wasn't something we'd ever think about, but the fact that someone is this passionate about ant emojis makes you think "of course someone would notice this and have an incredibly precise opinion on it." Here are some really funny reviews of various animals themselves.

Entomologist reviews ant emojis.
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What Men Don't Know About Women (15 Tweets)

Women are sharing the various things that men don't know about women, in a trending Twitter hashtag. The resulting insights might serve as a kind of instruction manual for all the dudes out there that are having a hard time figuring out how to best co-exist with and please the women in their life. 

Women share various things that men don't know about women, on Twitter.
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Medical Professionals Share the Dumbest Things They've Had to Explain To People

Doctors, Nurses, certified nursing assistants, pharmacists, and anyone even  tangentially related to medicine constantly have to talk to people who have no basic understanding of how their own body works. Patients will do stupid things, lie, and even deny the most WTF stuff. It's kind of sad to think about where we'd be without medical expertise, and it's flabbergasting to see what people think is healthy behavior.

Medical professionals share stories of times they had to explain basic medical knowledge to stupid people.
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15 Fun Pics of Zookeepers Imitating The Animals They Care For

Zookeepers have strange and interesting jobs compared to what most of us do all day, so seeing them imitate animals makes us excited but also virulently jealous. Zookeepers at the Minnesota Zoo took photos of themselves as the animals they work with, and it makes us want to look for a job openings at the zoo. Our favorite is the millipede.

funny memes of zookeepers imitating animals and having other sorts of fun
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27 Funny Tweets About God Making Animals and Stuff

The natural world is so large and diverse that it inherently has a lot of room for jokes. That's why people have taken it upon themselves to wonder, what the hell would that room have been like when God made different plants and animals?

Take a look at more Funny Tweets here. 

how god made different animals, god creating ants as tiny and strong
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The bluntnose sixgill shark is an ancient deep sea predator. Like it's been around since before most dinosaurs. They average between 3.1 to 4.2 meters (10 to 14 ft) long but can get up to 8 meters (26 ft) long. This crew of scientists got a good look at one. These group is also credited with being the first ever to tag an animal from a submarine. Look at that eye roll into the back of it's head.

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Women Share The Completely Irrational Stuff They've Done Under The Influence Of Hormones

Hormones are wild. Women are sharing the most irrational things they've done while under the influence of hormones. The resulting thread went viral. It's no wonder. People just kind of lose themselves (temporarily) while they're working through the ups and downs of hormones. 

Women share the most irrational things they've done under the influence of hormones in a viral Facebook thread.
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27 Not Fun Facts That Are As Intriguing as they Are Scary And Disappointing

You may come out of this feeling smarter, but there's almost no chance that you'll fell better about the world. While we really enjoy messed up facts, we haven't been able to recover so quickly from having our worldview decimated so early in the day. If you're in a good mood, these depressing facts will probably make you feel as though a cloud has just passed over the sun, so proceed with caution... 

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Microbiologist's Twitter Thread On Lobsters Being Giant Immortal Monsters Is Legit Unbelievable

There's something highly unsettling about this microbiologist's deep dive into how lobsters are basically immortal sea scorpion monsters that have immortality interwoven in there DNA. 

thread about lobsters being immortal
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Kid Whose Fish Accidentally Swam in Spicy Water Gets Comforted with Science

What these parents thought was a "miracle" actually turned out to be a stupid accident. Thankfully, peppers are spicy as a deterrent for mammals, so there's a decent chance the fish wasn't hurt by the potentially catostrophic mistake. For a time when spicy peppers did end up inflicting some burn, here's a time a kid's hot sauce mistake damned an entire party to a choking hell.

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