This Robot Pet Has All The Love Of An Animal, With None Of The Downsides! (It Doesn’t Poop)

Meet the perfect pet. Qoobo is a robotic animal that you don’t have to clean up after. It has no head or legs, just a tail and a body. It’s been created by a team of Japanese scientists to be the ideal home comfort.

The creature’s creators, Yukai Engineering, have developed it to be “a therapeutic robot in the form of a cushion with a tail.”  As you may imagine from that description, it is meant to be a “healing pillow,” for people who want a pet, but circumstances are preventing them from getting one.

The really appealing part of this creation is the interactive tail. It wags gently when the body is stroked, swings rapidly when the body is tickled and sometimes just waves to say “hello.” Additionally, the body moves around and reacts to people touching it, just like a real animal!

Yukai claims that Qoobo provides the same emotional benefits as real pets, like reducing anxiety and lowering blood pressure. An added bonus is that it doesn’t come with any of the downsides and high maintenance pressures that real live pets have. You don’t have to feed it, it won’t bite or scratch you and it doesn’t shed.

The Qoobo has drummed up a lot of support. It’s currently a Kickstarter campaign, with the goal of gaining $43,000. In under a month, it has already almost doubled this goal, with $70,000 being given in support by November 13. Who knows how much money it could gain by its closing date of December 3rd?!

And while it may not replace our real furry friends, it surely is a great alternative for those not yet willing to commit to a full time pet. True, something without a face can be hard to properly love, but at least you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to feed it!

The Terrifying Medical Condition That Makes Teeth Grow In Your Throat

Tonsil stones, officially known as Tonsillolith, is a terrifying condition. The stones look like teeth growing in the back of your throat. But what are they really?

Your tonsils make white blood cells and antibodies that help fight off infections. But tonsils also have cavities called tonsillar crypts, which can be so deep that food or mucus may get stuck inside. Over time, those bits of debris calcify and harden into pale yellow growths.

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You may have tonsil stones and not even realize it, as most need to peer hard into a mirror to see them. They can be microscopic to a few centimeters in diameter. However, if someone else notices them when you’re talking, it can be very off putting.

Luckily, they rarely cause larger health complications and aren’t contagious. The occasional side effects of tonsil stones include swelling tonsils, bad breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, ear pain, ongoing cough and pain when swallowing.

Poor dental hygiene, large tonsils, smoking, chronic sinus issues and chronic tonsillitis are the common causes of tonsil stones. Brushing the tongue, gargling with salt water and drinking plenty of normal water are all good ways of preventing tonsil stones.

This condition occurs in around 10% of the population. They most often appear in young adults and are rare in children. Doctors have removed tonsil stones that range from 0.10 ounce to as large as 1.5 ounces.  

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Tonsil stones usually take care of themselves by falling out of your tonsils. But if they’re stubborn, you can remove them yourself with a cotton swab. And if you find yourself plagued by tonsil stones, you may want to consider having your tonsils removed altogether. There are a range of products designed to remove and prevent tonsil stones, however most doctors recommend following the accepted prevention/treatment methods.

These Pimple Cupcakes Look Disgusting But Are Actually Delicious

Would you eat a pimple cupcake? The gross looking treats were made by Blessed By Baking in California. Their heads are actually squeezable, which looks disgusting but is supposedly delicious. It’s most likely made out of custard, which is much more palatable than zit puss.

They were actually made for Dr. Lee, aka Dr. Pimple Popper, who is known for her zit busting abilities. Dr. Lee has become famous thanks in part to her social media pages, which showcase her doing what she does best. On YouTube alone, she has gained over 3 million subscribers, and her videos have gained up to 36 million views each.    

The bakery is run by Rachael Sanchez, who also works for Dr. Lee. Sanchez. She reportedly made the cupcakes for a “pimple popper potluck.” Sanchez doesn’t currently ship the cupcakes, but you can buy them locally.

The cakes themselves have become huge online hits. The Dr. Pimple Popper Instagram page posted a video of the cakes in squeezing action, which has, to date, gained over 1.7 million views. Additionally, they have secured some incredible media coverage. They’ve been featured in Thrillist, Metro and on PerezHilton.com. Perez Hilton even describes Blessed By Baking as “disgusting geniuses,” which is a highly unique endorsement!

Blessed By Baking appears to be following on with its disgusting yet delicious theme. For Halloween they made a brain cupcake. Who knows what could come next?  

Making unique looking cupcakes has certainly become a trend in recent years, however, these pimple popping masterpieces must be the best! Other contenders for best weird cupcake include Bloody Mary flavored cupcakes from The Food Network, burger shaped cupcakes from the Cooking Channel and ice cream cone shaped cupcakes from All Recipes and more!

Hopefully, these cupcakes will provide inspiration and will lead to a wide range of weird, wonderful and delicious treats for people to enjoy!

Cute Animals That Are Surprisingly Violent

These cute animals have a violent dark side. While undeniably adorable, if you ever see one of the following creatures in the outdoors, be sure to give them a wide berth. Some of the ways that these animals act may seem shocking, but remember, it’s all just a part of nature. They’re all acting on their instincts and are doing what their evolutionary genes have taught them.

Beavers

Beavers have razor sharp teeth that have cut through people’s major arteries and resulted in death. They are very territorial and are known to attack if you go near their dams. While beaver attacks are rare, they have become more common in recent years.

Koalas

Koalas sometimes fight among each other, but they’ve also been known to attack humans, like Mary Anne Forster, an Australian woman who suffered a vicious koala bite while she walked her dogs. In this terrifying incident, her dogs pulled her toward a tree, where a nearby koala was resting. Then, the koala struck out at Forster’s leg, biting it savagely. It wouldn’t let go, so Forster had to pry its mouth apart with her hands. Forster was fine but had to go to hospital to receive 12 stitches.

Dolphins

Dolphin on dolphin violence has been documented since the ‘90s when researchers discovered that male dolphins were killing their babies.

Dolphins sexually assaulting swimmers have also been reported. Additionally, a 2014 account of a dolphin attack in Ireland tells of how an unlucky swimmer was left with 6 spinal fractures, three broken ribs and a damaged lung.

Hippopotamuses

While they don’t eat meat, Hippos kill nearly 3,000 people each year. They can weigh up to 10,000 pounds, but they aren’t slow. And their teeth aren’t anything you’d want to get between.

So remember, give wild animals their space

 

What Causes Night Terrors, And How Do They Work?

Night terrors. They’re a sleep disorder much more intense than nightmares, which cause feelings of panic

But how do they work?

A night terror is a form of parasomnia, which is a category of sleep disorder that involves partial arousal, and abnormal movements and behaviors. Sleepwalking is also a form of parasomnia and may occur during a night terror as well.

A night terror looks a lot like a panic attack, only during sleep. People often bolt upright with a look of panic on their faces and in some cases scream. They may sweat, have rapid breathing, and a fast heart rate. Some sufferers may thrash their limbs and punch and kick.

The person experiencing a night terror may seem awake, but they’ll appear confused and unresponsive to attempts at communication. Once it’s over, the sufferer will typically have no memory of the episode.

Night terrors typically occur in children between the ages of 3 and 12, and they usually happen in the first hours of stage 3-4 non-rapid eye movement sleep. Most children outgrow night terrors, but some people experience them well into adulthood. Night terrors only occur in less than 0.001% of the adult population, but for those who do suffer from them, they are undoubtedly highly harrowing experiences.

Some evidence suggests that night terrors are genetic or congenital, which means they’re in you from birth. People who experience night terrors often have family members who get them as well. Other findings suggest that sleep deprivation and fever can increase the likelihood of having a night terror episode

Treatment varies depending on the intensity of the night terror episodes. Since they are related to sleep deprivation, improving your quality and amount of sleep may help.

But in extreme cases of night terrors, medication and psychotherapy are recommended.

7 Incredible Facts About Sabrina The Teenage Witch

Did you know that the iconic 90s kids’ TV show Sabrina the Teenage is coming back? It’s set to be much darker and mature than the original show. While it won’t be on air until the end of 2018, it certainly sounds like an intriguing new take on the concept.

As a celebration of the show’s return, here are some fun facts that you may not have known about Sabrina the Teenage Witch:

  1. Sabrina actually first appeared in an Archie Comic in 1962, and Sabrina actor Melissa Joan Hart’s mom was a big reason it got turned into a show. After someone handed her the Archie Comic on a playground in Manhattan, she sold it to Viacom as a Showtime movie, which starred Ryan Reynolds. He portrayed Sabrina’s brief love interest, Seth. Then ABC and NBC ended up in a bidding war for the series 
  2. Cassandra Peterson, who played Elvira, accused the show of ripping her off. Even though Sabrina the character existed long before Elvira, Peterson claimed the show ripped off her failed CBS pilot, which included a talking black cat, 2 aunts, and a teenage girl.

  3. Aside from an animatronic puppet, Salem was portrayed by 3 separate live black cats named Elvis, Witch, and Warlock. 
  4. Nick Bakay was the voice of salem, and he also wrote 12 episodes of the show. 
  5. A Turkish version called Acemi Cadi or Novice Witch was made where the aunts were named Selda and Melda. It wasn’t as popular as the original show and only lasted for one season of 3 episodes. 
  6. Though billed as being a “teenage witch” Melissa Joan Hart was 20 years old when the show began. 
  7. The zip code of Sabrina’s home is the same as as zip code in Salem Massachusetts, even though the show was set in a fictional Massachusetts home.

We All Have A Social Security Numbers…But What Are They And Why Do We Have Them?

Most American citizens and American residents have a Social Security number. But how did they come to be?

It all started in the great depression during the 1930s, when the government created a Social Security program that was designed to be a mandatory pension. People would pay into it during their working lives and be able to withdraw during retirement. And your Social Security number was used to track what you put in and what you took out.

Since the program was only related to one’s working life, you only needed to apply for a Social Security card when you started working, and it was never meant to be used as a form of identification. But that’s changed over time thanks in part to the U.S. Tax Department, which started using Social Security numbers to track taxpayers.

The Tax Department even encouraged parents to give their children Social Security numbers in exchange for a tax rebate. So this transformed the number into a unique number that citizens were given from birth. Soon institutions like banks and schools started using the Social Security numbers to keep tabs on people

Nowadays, you need a Social Security number before you can get a driver’s license, apply to college, or own a home. So even though it was never meant to be a form of identification, it kind of is.

It is possible for a U.S. resident to change their Social Security number. To do this, they need to meet a certain condition, such as the person is objecting to the number for a religious reason, or the person has been a victim of identity theft.

A Social Security number is never reused unless it is accidentally given out in an administrative error. Since starting, over 450 million Social Security numbers have been issued. There are enough unused 9 digit Social Security numbers remaining to last several generations. After this, either a different digit amount will be issued, or Social Security numbers will finally have to be reused.

What Exactly Are Hiccups Anyway?

Hiccups or, as they’re more scientifically known, an involuntary contraction of the diaphragm are an ailment that everybody gets now and then. But why do they happen and how can you get rid of them?

Hiccups are reflexive spasms of the diaphragm and glottis caused by irritation to any of several nerves in the body. Contractions of your diaphragm help you move air into and out of your lungs during normal breathing. And all that air moves through your larynx and glottis, which is the opening between your vocal cords

When you hiccup, at least half of the diaphragm contracts sharply. That contraction starts pulling in a deep breath but is cut short by the glottis snapping shut, which creates the “hic” sound.

Most of the time, hiccups are caused by irritation of the phrenic nerves which control your diaphragm’s movement. That irritation is usually caused by your stomach expanding when you accidentally swallow air or when you eat or drink too much too quickly, especially carbonated beverages.

Many home remedies to get rid of hiccups actually work because they overload the phrenic nerves or interrupt your breathing cycle. Some of which include having a friend tickle or scare you, holding your breath or gulping water. Different remedies affect different people in different ways, so the best advice is to try them all, until you find the thing that works best for you.

But if your hiccups stick around longer than 48 hours, you might want to see a doctor just in case. Luckily, there are some medications that will ease a chronic case of the hiccups. A variety of medications are on offer with different effects, which include relaxing muscles, easing nausea and easing psychosis.

Even if your hiccups are bad, they are nothing compared to the case that Charles Osborne suffered. He started hiccuping in 1922 and couldn’t stop until 1990. That’s 68 years of the hiccups.

What is Crystal Healing, And How Does It Work?

Crystal healing is an alternative form of medicine that uses stones and crystals for healing purposes. But how did it all start?

Crystal healing involves putting crystals on parts of the body in relation to the chakras, or the body’s psychic energy centers.

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While the practice may seem “new age,” it’s been around since ancient times. Egyptians placed quartz on the foreheads of the dead to guide them into the afterlife, and many Egyptians wore crystals over their hearts to attract love. Ancient Greeks rubbed crushed hematite on soldiers’ bodies to help them in battle. Similarly, Romans used talismans and amulets for good health and protection in battle.  

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Chinese healing practices that involve crystals have been around for thousands of years, such as using crystal-tipped needles in acupuncture.  Ayurvedic medicine, which originated in India, is one of the world’s oldest medical systems and uses crystals for healing. The Hindu Vedas, a large body of knowledge texts that came out of ancient India, even outline crystal healing properties.

Nowadays, crystal healing is mainly associated with the new age spiritual movement. Subscribers believe that crystal vibrates at particular frequencies, and that those vibrations can affect the frequency of one’s body and nervous system. The frequencies purportedly harmonize and affect one’s physical health in a positive way. And while there is no scientific proof to back it up, a lot of people claim to feel the effects of crystals. 

One of the most famous believers in crystal healing is Gwyneth Paltrow. Her website, Goop, even has its own page dedicated to the 8 most essential crystals. Those 8 crystals are black obsidian, carnelian, citrine, rose quartz, lapis lazuli, clear quartz, amethyst and chrysocolla. Each stone serves a different purpose, so it’s recommended that you have one of each.

How The Clown From It And The Babadook Became LGBT Icons

It and The Babadook are regarded as some of the scariest movies of recent years. However, a considerable online community is also stating that the monsters from both films are not only LGBT but are in fact a couple.

It all started in the summer of 2016, when people noticed that The Babadook was categorized as an LGBTQ movie on Netflix. It may have been an accident, but people got on board with the idea. People actually started to justify the Babadook’s status as a gay character. Some viewed him as an individual who just wants to come out of the darkness and into the light to be seen. Others looked to his fashion staples of a black overcoat and chic top hat as justifications of his out loud and proud status.

People even dressed up as the Babadook at gay pride marches in 2017. Babadook costumes were so widespread at the marches that Twitter even made a “moment” about it. Even more, people began to speculate that he was dating the Bye Bye Man, aka the Bi Bi Man.

But the internet has decided to pair The Babadook with a new gay horror villain… Pennywise from It.

But when did Pennywise become a gay icon?

Twitter user @starkrhodey made the claim that Pennywise was an LGBTQ ally, which inspired a Republican Twitter user to slide into @starkrhodey’s DMs and demand that the tweet be taken down. Apparently, Republicans are really identifying with murder clowns these days.

But Pennywise as gay isn’t too surprising, seeing as he is played by Tim Curry, who is also the LGBTQ icon Dr. Frank N. Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Also, two contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Sharon Needles and Morgan McMichaels, have even performed as Pennywise.

The actual union of The Babadook and Pennywise happened when Twitter user @kumivenarts posted a drawing of them as a gay couple. The post went viral, and the rest is history.
Hopefully they don’t break up, because this couple slays… literally.

This Fly Decapitates Fire Ants’ Heads From The Inside

Entomologist Sanford D. Porter is to thank for one of the most gory and fascinating discoveries in nature. He noticed that the fire ant population in South America was only half as big as the North American population. Porter soon discovered the culprit: Ant-decapitating flies of the genus Pseudacteon.

The really crazy thing is that the decapitation takes around a month. It starts when a female fly, with fertilized eggs, hovers a few millimeters from its ant target. Then, when they’re in position, they swoop in and inject the ant with its egg. The fly has a hypodermic needle-like ovipositor that deposits the egg in the ant’s membrane in its body.

Eventually the egg hatches and the maggot makes its way to the ant’s brain, where it lives off bodily fluids for a few weeks, getting bigger all the time. Eventually, the maggot has full control over the ant’s mind

Usually, when ants are invaded by parasites, the colony notices its unusual behavior and the ant is exiled. But somehow, ants invaded by this maggot act pretty normal, likely because the maggot needs the ant to keep getting plenty of food. Once the larva is ready to emerge, it sends the ant to an area of high humidity, so it can develop properly once it’s out of the ant.

The larva releases a chemical that dissolves the ant’s membrane, and its head eventually falls off. The larva eats away at the tissue and membrane until the head is hollow, and begins to pupate inside. A few weeks later, a new ant-injecting fly emerges and the process begins again.

Also, it was recently discovered that ants aren’t the fly’s only victims. Some Pseudacteon flies enact the same process with bees. Who knows if the flies will decide to zombify other creatures in the futures?

Also, it was recently discovered that ants aren’t the fly’s only victims. Some Pseudacteon flies enact the same process with bees. Who knows if the flies will decide to zombify other creatures in the future?

The History Of The #MeToo Campaign

In recent weeks, women have been bringing the prevalence of sexual harassment into focus. Primarily, this has been through sharing their sexual harassment experiences on Twitter with the hashtag #metoo. However, what you may not know is that the Me Too campaign has been active for much longer than this.  

In mid-October, actress Alyssa Milano sent out a tweet that ignited the campaign’s visibility online. She challenged women who have experienced sexual harassment or assault to reply to her tweet with the words “me too.” To date, the tweet has received over 69K replies, 25K retweets and 50K likes. Additionally, “me too” has also become an often tweeted hashtag, with more than 1 million uses counted to date.   

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The outpouring of stories comes in the wake of investigative reports into decades of sexual assault from producer Harvey Weinstein.

However, before Alyssa Milano’s tweet, activists have been spreading awareness for Me Too for many years. Tarana Burke, who is the program director for Girls for Gender Equality, started the campaign. It all began in 1996, when Burke heard a harrowing account of sexual assault from a child under her care when she was a youth camp director. Burke told CNN that she’s happy to see the campaign reach a larger audience thanks to Alyssa Milano’s tweet.

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An American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds, according to the rape abuse & incest national network. On average, there are 321,500 victims of sexual assault in the United States each year, and women are most at risk

In fact, 1 in 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, and the effects are long lasting. 70% of sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, which is greater than any other violent crime. 94% of women who are raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in the 2 weeks following the incident and 33% think about suicide.

This Dye Gives You Unicorn Hair Without Having To Use Bleach

Unicorn Hair is bold dye that shows up even on dark hair. It was created by vegan cosmetics company Lime Crime. Past Unicorn Hair shades only showed up on bleached hair. But the new line requires no lightening and reportedly fades naturally, without any weird tones along the way.

Shades include chestnut, squid, sea witch and charcoal and many more options. It’s as easy to apply as any other hair dye. Just place it in your hair for 30 minutes, with no heat/cap needed. For tints, it must be left in for 45 minutes. This is clearly a highly convenient way to dye hair.

It was formulated specifically with brunettes in mind. Lime Crime spent three years working on the formula. Their stated mission is “to revolutionize makeup.” It certainly looks like they’ve achieved that goal with their latest product.

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Lime Crime was founded and is owned by Doe Deere. The Lime Crime website states that Doe launched the company two weeks before Halloween in 2008. Since the initial launch, Lime Crime has produced an ever increasing range of products, including Unicorn lipsticks, eyeshadow, highlighter and nails. Will you try any of these?

Unsurprisingly, Unicorn Dye and Lime Crime have been featured in a wide range of press platforms, such as Allure Magazine, US Weekly, People Magazine, Popsugar, Seventeen and more.

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The Unicorn Hair dye for dark hair released on Tuesday October 24. The line has been greeted with a range of rave reviews, with many praising the product for eliminating a harmful and time consuming hair dying step for brunettes.

Know any Brunettes who would love this item for the holidays? Lime Crime’s gift store is now open with a range of great options.

Be sure to keep up with Lime Crime on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Top 7 Facts About The Making of Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction is one of the most acclaimed films of all time. It reinvigorated a tired Hollywood indie film scene in the 1990s and led to a wide range of imitators. It wasn’t an easy film for Quentin Tarantino to make, and there are many stories about its production. Here are some of the most interesting:

  1. Sameul L. Jackson improvised the scene where Jules flipped over the table, so Frank Whaley’s reaction was genuine. But they went with it, and it was done in one take.

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  2. In the infamous scene where Mia gets an adrenaline shot, she wasn’t really getting stabbed. The needle was inserted, and then John Travolta pulled it out quickly. Then it was reversed in post production to make it look like he was injecting her.
  3. Vincent Vega’s 1964 Chevelle Malibu actually belonged to director Quentin Tarantino in real life. It was stolen soon after the film’s release and wasn’t found for nearly 2 decades
  4. Tarantino specifically wrote a bunch of the roles in the film for their chosen actors, including Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer, who play Pumpkin and Honey Bunny. But the role of Vincent Vega wasn’t written for John Travolta. It written for Michael Madsen, who turned it down to star in Wyatt Earp.
  5. Uma Thurman originally turned down the role of Mia, but Tarantino was so desperate to have her that he read the script to her over the phone. Eventually, Tarantino convinced her to appear in the film.maxresdefault (10).jpg
  6. The part of Butch Coolidge (the Boxer) was originally intended for Matt Dillon. However, while Dillon was considering the offer, Tarantino met Bruce Willis. Willis was so keen to be in the film that he insisted that his acting role’s shoot be rescheduled so that he could take the part.
  7. All scenes where Tarantino appears were directed by Robert Rodriguez, Tarantino’s friend and collaborator

Pole Dancing Could Be The Next Olympic Sport. No, Really!

Once seen as seedy, now recognized as a respected art form, pole dancing could be about to get even more international acclaim. Pole dancing has already been granted “observer status” by the Global Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF,) which means it’s conditionally recognized as a sport. This means it just got one step closer to being in the Olympics. Once it’s formally recognized as a sport, pole dancing groups will officially be able to apply for Olympic entry.

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What are the reasons for this? If you think about the requirements, it’s obvious. Pole dancing requires incredible agility and strength. It requires intense physical and mental exertion, as well as a high degree of flexibility in order to execute the contortions and poses. Certain communities revere it as much as, if not more than, gymnastics.

But it’s still got a long way to go before we’ll be seeing it in the official Olympic Games. Prospective sports need separate recognition from the International Olympic Committee. And even then, it needs to petition to become an official Olympic sport. Additionally, the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) must comply with anti-doping regulations, fulfill GAISF sports regulation compliancy and increase global membership significantly.

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Though it could be a long time before we see the first gold medal pole dancer, many thought that pole dancing would never reach observer status with GAISF. It just goes to show that when there’s a pole there’s a way.

Even without Olympic recognition, there’s still a thriving sporting event community for pole dancing. For example, the IPSF began a pole dancing world championship in 2012. The inaugural games were held in London, to coincide with the 2012 Olympics. They’ve been held every year in the same city since. As many as 30 different countries join together to compete, with categories for men, women, doubles, masters and youth participating.  

This Terrifying Creature Will Haunt Your Dreams

Did you know that the fish from Finding Nemo is real? No, we don’t mean clownfish, although they are of course real. We mean the monstrous creature that Marlin and Dory encounter in the murky depths of the ocean, when they are lured in by a mysterious light that turns out to be the most terrifying thing ever seen in a kids’ movie. Yes, that fish.

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They’re called viperfish and are every bit as scary and fascinating as Finding Nemo portrays. Viperfish have long needle-like teeth and hinged lower jaws. They use their fang-like teeth to immobilize their victims. It’s only able to close its mouth by folding its jaws behind its head.

Just like in Finding Nemo, before they attack their prey, they lure it with light-producing organs called photophores. They stay where it’s dark, so that their lures are as noticeable as possible. For most of the viperfish’s prey, the bright lure and brief illumination of the fish’s body are the last things they ever see.They also have prominent long photophores all over their skin to attract prey and mates.

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It’s also incredibly resilient. The viperfish has an in-built defence mechanism that can absorb shock from biting prey. However, they do have some natural predators. Both dolphins and sharks eat viperfish.

They can grow up to 23 inches long. Viperfish stay in deeper water in the daytime, move to shallower depths at night and can be found in primarily tropical and temperate waters. Luckily, the viperfish tends to stay in lower depths in the daytime (around 250-5,000 feet) but tends to go significantly higher in the night (around 80 feet.)

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Due the the deep waters that they live in and the strange way that they cannot survive in captivity, the viperfish is still a highly mysterious creature. For example, it is unknown whether or not they migrate and, most weirdly, scientists cannot identify the substance that they produce to cover their bodies.

This Spider Is Way Scarier Than A Tarantula

This is what nightmares are made of. It’s called the tailless whip spider, and it has a pair of thorn-like pedipalps it uses as a puncturing device. And its suckers have a leg span that can reach nearly 28 inches.

They use their antenniform legs to detect prey. Once detected, the spider pounces and crushes it with its pedipalps.

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They belong to the arachnid order Amblypygi. “Amblypygid” means “blunt rump,” which is a reference to their lack of tail, which is otherwise seen in whip scorpions.

Their reproduction involves the male depositing spermatophores on the ground. The female gathers them and lays fertilized eggs into a sac that she carries under her abdomen. Once the eggs hatch, the young crawl onto the mother’s back. There are around 155 species of these guys. Their size varies hugely. Some only grow as large as 2 inches, but others can become a crazy 27.6 inches large. Weirdly, they walk sideways, like crabs.

Now it gets really weird. Some species of tailless whip spiders are among the very few arachnids that actually exhibit social behavior. Cornell University conducted a study that showed that mothers could communicate to their offspring, telling them where to go. It isn’t yet known why these spiders are so unique in their ability to communicate like this.

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They’re found in warm and humid environments in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. In their native environment, they like to hide in leaf litters, in caves or underneath bark. Also, they’re nocturnal. While mostly unseen in North America, there is one species in Florida. So if you want to avoid them, avoid a night walk in the Amazon or in the swamps of the sunshine state.

Luckily, they are harmless to humans. Still, they do look terrifying and their bites can result in thorn like puncture injuries.

Many People Have A  Fear Of The Number 13, But Why?

Researchers estimate that 10% of the U.S. population is afraid of the number 13. The fear of the number 13 even has its own name: triskaidekaphobia. Meanwhile, paraskevidekatriaphobia is the name of the specific fear of Friday the 13th, which can result in people avoiding traveling or marrying on that day.

While there is no proof that the number or date are truly unlucky, there are some theories as to why people think they are. One is tied to the last supper in which Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th person to sit at the table. Some believe the last supper itself happened on the 13th. Another theory relates to the code of Hammurabi, the Babylonian code of law of Ancient Mesopotamia where the 13th law is said to be omitted.

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The number is also linked to sorcery, as witch covens traditionally had no more than 13 members. Mathematicians have long thought 12 to be a “perfect” number, which is why we use it to measure time, so the number 13 just seems odd and imperfect in comparison.

13 is also considered to be a female number as it represents the average number of a woman’s menstrual cycle in a year, and before patriarchal times, Friday the 13th was considered the day of the goddess. But as women were made to feel shame for their menstrual cycles and goddesses were abandoned as deities, the day no longer had a positive connotation.

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A fear of the number 13 is mainly a western thing, as many cultures actually see the number as lucky. However, the number 4 is avoided in much of East and Southeastern Asia due to it sounding similar to the word “death” in Chinese. This fear also has its own name: Tetraphobia. In cultures where 4 is taboo, the number is even avoided around sick family members.

New Science Miracle: Disease Fighting Chicken Eggs

Japanese scientists have genetically engineered chickens to lay eggs that contain disease-fighting drugs. The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) is behind the medical feat. They’ve designed hens to lay eggs that contain a pharmaceutical agent that can be used to treat multiple diseases, including cancer, hepatitis and multiple sclerosis. The drug is interferon beta, which is a type of protein with antiviral properties.

Not only is this feat of science a convenient way to treat patients, it could also dramatically reduce the cost of medical treatment. Interferon beta currently costs up to 100,000 yen ($888) for a very small amount. Getting chickens to produce this substance in their eggs will make the drug incredibly cheap. The team behind the eggs aims to bring down the cost of the drug to just 10% of its current price through their miracle method.  

The chickens were created using genome editing. First, genes that produce interferon beta were introduced to cells that were set to become chicken sperm. Those cells were then used to fertilize eggs that produce male chicks. The male chicks were crossbred with several females, who then produced the eggs containing the drug.

There are reportedly 3 hens that lay the interferon beta eggs almost every day. Researchers hope this leads to the development of more cheaply made drugs. But we may have to wait a while, as Japan has strict regulations around new or foreign pharmaceutical products.

The AIST is producing a range of other notable products, that will make life easier for all who use them. One such invention is a humanoid robot, the HRP-2 “Promet.” This robot could become an incredible domestic servant and is a massive improvement on other prototypes seen previously in Japan. It also developed a “Paro” or robot baby seal that is used as a surrogate for animal assisted therapy.

What Exactly Are Kidney Stones And How Do People Get Them In The First Place?

Kidney stones are hard deposits made from salt and minerals from inside your kidneys. They form when urine becomes too concentrated, which allows the minerals to crystallize and stick together.

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Passing a kidney stone can be a painful experience. Sometimes the stones get lodged in the urinary tract and can cause infections or complications that require surgery. However, for those looking for a cheaper solution, kidney stones have flown out of people while riding on roller coasters. Urological Surgeon David Wartinger conducted a study and found that the centripetal force of roller coasters helps pass the stones. But if you’re not a thrill seeker, some pain medication and drinking lots of water may help the stones pass.

How do you know if you have a kidney stone?

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Common symptoms include pain in the side and back, below the ribs, pain while urinating, accompanied by pink, red or brown urine. Risk factors include a family history of kidney stones, dehydration, a salty diet and a high body mass index.

If you experience any of the mentioned symptoms, you should see a doctor.

Harvard Health provides a 5 step guide for preventing kidney stones. It includes drinking plenty of water, getting enough calcium, eating less salt, eating less animal protein and avoiding stone forming foods, such as chocolate.

However, if you do experience a kidney stone, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Some of history’s greats have suffered from the ailment. Famous kidney stone sufferers include Bond actor Roger Moore, renaissance painter Michelangelo, singer Bing Crosby, Roman emperor Augustus, president Lyndon B Johnson, scientist Sir Issac Newton and founding father Benjamin Franklin.

According to Guinness World Records, the world’s largest kidney stone was 5.11 inches (13cm) wide. The unlucky producer of this record was Hemendra Shah of Mumbai India. The stone had to be surgically removed in 2004.