The Toughest Little Bird?

“They’re nothing to look at. They’re not colorful. They seem so ordinary, in mottled brown, black and gray, if you noticed them at all, you’d think, ‘ah, just another shore bird, pecking at something in the water.’ But you’d be so wrong. Bar-tailed Godwits are special. So special, they deserve special attention. They are the only birds known to fly more than 7,000 miles nonstop, that means no food breaks, no water breaks, no sleep breaks, no pausing, just pushing through cyclones, storms, headwinds, flappity flap, flap for days and nights — and this is their championship season. In September and October, they leave Alaska, head straight for the ocean. Though they are land birds, and cannot fish or rest on the sea, they will cross most of the Pacific Ocean, and fly all the way to New Zealand. Many of them are young, and have never done this before. No other bird can do what they do, and they’re doing it right now.” w/ photos

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World’s Fastest Straitjacket Escape

“Sofia Romero aka Sof Strait escapes in 4.69 Seconds On 9th June 2011 at the Aylestone Leisure Center UK. This is the official video of the record attempt.” — SofStrait

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Donkey To Run For Mayor?

A donkey has been submitted as a candidate for the upcoming elections for a new mayor of Bulgarian town Varna. Marko the donkey has been chosen by the Society for New Bulgaria political party to represent them for the elections on October 23. It was reported that the party see Marko as the ideal alternative to the current mayor Kiril Yordanov, who they feel is not doing a good enough job for the town. Angel Dyankov, head of the campaign headquarters of the Society for New Bulgaria party, said: ‘Unlike the other mayor candidates and politicians, the Donkey has a strong character, doesn’t steal, doesn’t lie, and gets work done.’ Fellow Society for New Bulgaria member Doychin Dimitrovmade made his point clear about his dissatisfaction with the current mayor of Varna.” w/ photo

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Dogs Parachute Solo

“The first lot of paratroop dogs are training for an Arctic Rescue in Canada. The second clip is of a dog called ‘Chips’ – who is carrying medical supplies and is likely to be in training for WW2. This footage is likely to be 60 years old. Nowadays, dogs who are parachuted into war zones etc are strapped on to a human being.” — britishpathe

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Beatboxin’ Choir

“If this happened on the streets in America, people would just walk past talking about how delinquent kids were spitting into microphones on the street and ruining decent choir music. But in Japan, apparently they recognize talent. this video blew my mind in half.”

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