China’s Bull-Painting Festival

With their intricate patterns and bright colors, it is hardly surprising if these curious-looking painted bulls attract close attention. But the reason behind their colourful hides is actually meant to ward off intruders. Artistic residents in Jiangcheng County, Yunnan Province, China decorated their bulls for a festival, but the tradition began from a small Chinese group who believed painting their bulls would protect their village. The Hani minority tale preached that the painted bulls would scare away tigers from wandering into their homes. And this tradition now gives people the prefect excuse to show off their artistic talents. Altogether 48 teams joined this year’s China-Laos-Vietnam Bull Painting Festival.” w/ photos

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Pigeons Smart As Monkeys?

Pigeons may not be so bird-brained after all, as scientists have found the birds’ ability to understand numbers is on par with that of primates. Previous studies have shown that various animals, from honeybees to chimpanzees, can learn to count when trained with food rewards. In 1998, researchers discovered that rhesus monkeys can not only learn to count to four, but can also pick up on numerical rules and apply them to numbers they haven’t seen before, allowing them to count up to nine without further training. With this finding in mind, psychologists at the University of Otago, in New Zealand, sought to find out if pigeons — another animal shown to count — have a numerical competence similar to rhesus monkeys.” w/ photo

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Giraffe Paper Holder

“Our Giraffe Paper Holder is a whimsical and attractive accessory for storing and presenting either toilet paper or paper towels — you choose where and how you’d like to use it. Put one in the kitchen and another in the bath. This giraffe’s long neck will deliver paper wherever you need it.” w/ photo

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Top 7 Coolest Real Spies

“Maybe it’s the exciting ‘who done it novels’, Hollywood’s thrilling portrayal of harrowing adventures, perhaps it’s James Bond’s iconic style and swagger, or simply all the cool gadgets; but everyone loves a good spy. Well, at least we’re in love with the idea of the dashing spy saving the world from some grim disaster or thwarting the evil genius of a madman, all while living the high-life, getting the girl, and always ALWAYS coming out on top. But is that how the spy game really goes down, I mean those electrifying plots and suave characters had to be based on some reality, right? Well in this super secretive world of smoke and mirrors, nothing is as it seems, or is it? You decide for yourself, here is our list of the top 7 coolest real spies.” w/ photos

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