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Twitter Thread: Our Bodies Go Whale Mode During Cold Water Exposure

Learn something new every day. As it turns out, our bodies do a ton of really bizarre/cool stuff when they're exposed to cold water. Basically, a little bit of cold water exposure can work wonders when you're wrestling with a gnarly bout of anxiety or depression. Of course, we're not out here saying that cold water exposure is a guaranteed tonic for anyone struggling with mental illness, but it might be worth a shot at the very least. 

An interesting Twitter thread about what human bodies do when exposed to cold water.
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Quick Tumblr Thread On How Dolphins Started

As we've all had hammered into our heads from an early age, dolphins and whales are mammals. Put extremely simply, dolphins started when some kind of weird pig/rat/wolf/hippo creature figured land was a bad move and there were more opportunities back in the water. That in-between thing looks like a failed science experiment. Nature has produced some strange things, like this cold-blooded freak-devil cave goat. For some mythological biology, here's Tumblr's take on dragon evolution.

funny dolphin tumblr thread | just-shower-thoughts kind dick move create animals require air, then confine them freaking ocean water-based-introspection Follow If are talking about dolphins they used be wolf like creatures due scarcity food they had hunt water so they slowly evolved into water mammals, dolphins still have claw bones but they are unnecessary and dolphins will get rid them with time and will develop abilities breath under water (This also partially applies whales)
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Tumblr Thread: Humans Are Weird, Durable Space Orcs

One Tumblr thread leads into another, and they're all focused on honoring the strangeness of human beings. It's a fun shift in perspective to consider an alien fleet arriving, chatting it up with some humans, and ultimately being impressed/baffled over how humans pull off the crazy stuff that they do. Maybe aliens are the normal ones. 

A Tumblr thread honors a lot of things that make humans so weird | arcticfoxbear Humans Are Weird So there has been bit if humans were weird ones going around tumblr at moment and Earth Day got thinking. Earth is wonky place axis tilts orbit wobbles, and ground spews molten rock goodness sakes if makes humans weird is just our capacity survive if all other life bearing planets are these mild, Mediterranean climates with no seasons, no tectonic plates, and no intense weather if several species
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One of the main pitfalls of whale watching is that there's no guarantee that you'll actually see a whale (or so we've heard from more cultured people who have time to go on boats). This whale seems to have heard that this crew needed some whale shots so it showed up right on cue.

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Tumblr Insists Big Bird Isn't an Apex Predator

Once people realized that Big Bird's foreword facing eyes could indicate that Sesame Street could be his hunting grounds, it created a lot of mixed feelings. These Tumblr users decided to set the story straight on the diet of the giant talking yellow bird puppet. Apparently they wanted to differentiate Big Bird from this foreword-facing eyes freak cave goat.

Tumblr on whether big bird is a predator | Some people might have been confused by fact Big Birds eyes are on front his head trait often seen predators. But truth is with no predators big enough challenge Bird doesn't really matter where his eyes are. Maybe his front facing eyes are an evolutionary holdover days his ancestors had hunt their food, who knows, nature is amazing any case he is definitely an herbivore now and can all be thankful snommelp Predators are more likely have front-facing
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Girl Gets Choosey About Biology Notes

Um, low key when you have a classmate kind enough to offer to share their notes with you, you don't proceed to ask them to type them up at 1am. Clearly, this girl was in need of a swift little reality check. Get a load of some more entitled folks with their increasing demands over here.

A girl ends up getting extra choosey about her biology notes | Today 12:58 AM Do have bio notes Yeah do need them? Thank god hahaa only one who's up this late swear Quick question tho did write them?
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Tumblr Thread: Why Frogs Have Got Weird Bones

Apparently frogs flop around so much it wouldn't be worth it for them to have rib cages. And in conjunction with that, they don't breath the same way something with a ribcage might. It'd be nice to have less bones to break. Tumblr can get way into animal anatomy, like this thread about horse sizes being ridiculous.

Tumblr thread on frog bones | magistrate--mediocrity Frogs basically don't have ribs because they hop they just fucking belly flop onto ground. Evolution never got around giving them ribs because wouldn't be worth broken ribs every time frogs decided go out on land. As result intercostal muscles responsible breathing most vertebrates never developed. Frogs (and most amphibians) rely almost solely on buccal pumping
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Tumblr Thread: The Cold-Blooded Freak Devil Cave Goat

Tumblr looked at this evolutionary dead-end of a forward-eye-facing cold-blooded cave goat and decided: "good." Sometimes tumblr gets ahold of some biology or history knowledge and extrapolates the ever-loving reality out of it like when they went full mythological science on dragon evolution. For another interesting learning experience here's Tumblr's thread on Kudzu, the monster plant waging war with everything.

Tumblr thread on strange cold-blooded cave goat | RE tilthat Follow TIL cave goat went extinct approx. 5,000 years ago is first known mammal have become cold-blooded. Their bone growth rate is unlike any other mammal, and more similar crocodiles showing slow and adaptive rates environmental temperature. via http ift.tt/2vtQOYg r-evolution-aries Follow goat's binomial name is Myotragus balearicus kind an oddball lot other ways, too, an example being had forward-facing eyes, giving stereoscopic vi
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Weird, Silly and Stupid Tumblr Gems

At their best, radically random Tumblr gems are like a big crazy thought salad, with specific historical facts and pop culture references mingling with weird photos of animals in strange situations, as well as some surprisingly dark musings on bones for good measure. These totally bizarre and random Tumblr nuggets have no direction and they should be no other way.

Funny tumblr posts and memes | 1 lordmeowdemort Hello my baby hello my honey hello darkness my old friend purplethebunny dare make hear this with my own internal monologue. 108,737 notes >
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Tumblr Thread: Humans are Too Strong for Their Own Good

It's kinda scary, kinda thrilling and makes you kind of proud to think that in some cases, your body can be literally too strong to keep itself together. Tumblr spends a lot of time on the weird sci-fi-ness  of human physiology, which results in interesting threads like these Tumblr users exploring humans as space orcs or this Tumblr thread about aliens being defeated by earth's wildlife.

Tumblr Thread about the human body has limits to its own strength so it doesn't damage itself | not--bot--swear Just so guys know. Hysterical strength is basically body not holding back and going %100 though there is great danger hurting yourself or breaking something since ignoring pain and going %100. There case where kid deadlifted car save sibling but,cracked 8 his teeth during because he clenching his jaw so hard. So whilst can lift car or fight off polar bears probably going break somethin
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Twitter Thread: The Conditional Immortality Of Lobsters

This Twitter thread from @JUNIUS_64, about the conditional immortality of lobsters is a trip. Apparently the information shared is indeed true. So, digesting the fact that lobsters basically have a cheat code for the aging process (dying of old age), and instead die from either getting perilously squeezed in their shells or those same shells developing parasites, is fascinating. 

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The Hercules beetle is a species of rhinoceros beetle and it's one of the largest flying insects out there. And when those wings start beating it seriously sounds like it's cutting grass. Anyway sweet dreams.

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Not Fun Facts to Feel Weird About

If you needed any more chilling reminders that you aren't as secure as you might have thought, here are some not fun facts and observations about supervolcanoes, biology and physics that could do the trick. To undo some of these, here are some nice facts to counteract all the messed up ones.

creepy, disturbing and sad facts | TheKentuckyRifleman 21.3k points 12 hours ago Frontal Lobotomy performed with no anesthesia and an outpatient procedure.
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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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