Daddy Longlegs With Foot-Long Leg Span

A daddy longlegs with an incredible foot-long leg span has been discovered – and left scientists baffled as to how to classify it. Dr Peter Jäger from the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, found the colossal harvestman while exploring caves during a trip in Laos. It is one of the largest representatives of the entire order discovered anywhere in the world, but a lack of researchers with expertise in the taxonomy of local wildlife mean it has as yet escaped definition. Dr Jäger, an arachnologist, had been visiting the south-east Asian nation to film a documentary when he made the discovery. ‘In between takes I collected spiders from the caves in the southern province of Khammouan,’ he said. ‘In one of the caves I discovered a harvestman that was absolutely huge.’ The leg span of the gigantic male harvestman was more than 1.1ft. That’s just a centimeter shy of the current record leg span for a species from South America.” w/ photos

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Big Dog Purse

“Large breed-loving fashionistas rejoice, the Big Dog Purse is here. Our resident diva takes it for a spin at a local boutique in Minneapolis.” — carmichaellynch

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Why Do We Cry?

“The human body is an extraordinary machine, and our behavior an incessant source of fascination. In Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond, psychology and neuroscience professor Robert R. Provine undertakes an ‘analysis and celebration of undervalued, informative, and sometimes disreputable human behavior’ by applying the lens of anthropologically-inspired, observational ‘Small Science’ — ‘small because it does not require fancy equipment and a big budget, not because it’s trivial’ — to a wealth of clinical research into the biology, physiology, and neuropsychology of our bodily behaviors. Take, for instance, the science of what we call ‘crying,’ a uniquely human capacity — a grab-bag term that consists of ‘vocal crying,’ or sobbing, and ‘emotional tearing,’ our quiet waterworks. Provine explains…” w/ photos

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Helium In Public PRANK

“Instead of using helium, [they] should use that stuff that makes your voice sound super, super deep.” — jm8907

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Funny Dog Food Commercial

“That’s great. But seriously, a dog that little shouldn’t be walked with one of those leashes, they really could get hurt.” — secksthesniper

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Breaking Bad: The Videogame

“This was a quirky little animation I came up with. It’s an imaginary attract-mode of an imaginary ‘Breaking Bad’ video game.” — dummeh

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Top 5 Weapon Myths You Probably Believe

“We all know that war is hell: It is an unrelenting barrage of horror and tragedy, and lots of people die screaming in the mud. It’s always been that way, back to the birth of man — but hey, it sure looks cool, doesn’t it? Without war, we wouldn’t have clashing sword duels or high-stakes dogfights or raging action heroes mowing down wave after wave of ethnic stereotypes. Well, you might want to put on some comfy pants and get out a tub of consolation ice cream, because we’re about to let you way, way down. Turns out real war looks nothing like the movies, and for the most part, it’s just a bunch of quiet people concentrating really hard until it’s time to push a button.” w/ photos + videos

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