Rare Albino Kiwi

This rare Kiwi chick is betraying its ‘All Black’ heritage – because his feathers are snow white. The flightless bird’s unusual coloring gave keepers at Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, New Zealand, a white Christmas when it hatched in their nursery. Both of its parents are believed to have carried a rare and recessive white gene which caused his pure white feathers. Local Maori have named the chick Mauriora, meaning sustained life, the New Zealand Herald reported. Center manager Kathy Houkamau said: ‘We were gob-smacked when we saw it was white’ and described it as a ‘delightful gift, especially at this time of the year.” w/ photos

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Drive-A-Tank?

“You could try yoga, pottery, work on arts and crafts, write about it in a journal, do some kick-boxing, or drive a tank and crush some cars. Yes, you read that right: Drive A Tank lets you drive an armored tank around for a day and even crush some real cars, if you want to. How’s that for anger release? The basic tank driving package costs $499 (USD), and you have to fork over an additional $499 if you want to crush a car. Or if you’re feeling mighty angry that day, just add $200 more dollars and crush two cars.” w/ photos

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Rubber Glove FAIL

“A dad’s trick backfires when he puts a latex glove on his head.” — CWF

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The Best Heated Socks

These heated socks generated the greatest warmth and were the most comfortable to wear in tests performed by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. The socks reached a maximum temperature of 131º F, easily surpassing the 122º F generated by the closest competitor. A rechargeable lithium-ion battery and ultra-thin heating element provide up to 10 hours of warmth on the lowest of four heat settings, compared with 7 1/2 hours of warmth and limited heat control found on lesser models. Unlike inferior socks that slid down and bunched at the ankles, these lightweight socks fit comfortably, leading one panelist to comment “I could barely tell there were wires.” According to panelists, the socks ‘felt silky and were comfortable to wear’ thanks to a nylon/Lycra/polyester fabric that also wicks away moisture. The lightweight battery packs can be clipped to a belt or strapped to each leg and require a three-hour charge from the included AC charger.” w/ photos

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