Top 11 Video Game Companions

“We all know the hero is the face of a video game franchise, but few realize that the sidekick companion is often the heart. You may be doing all the running and jumping, but there’s no way you could keep it up without solid support. That’s what these sidekicks offer: friendship, power-ups, unique abilities, cutesy sprite animations, healing items, exposition and a whole lot of heart. Without them, these games would lose their friendly flavors. Honestly, who would you rather hang out with, the dour military guy with no sense of humor or the smiley nerd who builds him machines? We list the best video game companions.” w/ photos

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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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