In recognition of International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8, 2015, a number of female YouTube celebrities such as Hannah Hart, Laci Green, Felicia Day, Michelle Phan, Issa Rae, Shruti Anand, and Grace Helbig have each recorded messages to their respective younger selves, all beginning with the phrase “Dear Me.”
In celebration of International Women’s Day, take part in YouTube’s global #DearMe initiative to inspire and empower young girls everywhere. We all know that growing up is tough. But if you could go back in time, what wisdom would you share with your teenage self? It all starts with two words. ‘Dear Me’. …Take part in this movement by uploading a video letter to your younger self to YouTube and join the conversation with #DearMe. You can also put together a GIF using our easy GIF-maker on our Tumblr page at youtubedearme.com.
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Photographer Thomas Peter has captured gorgeous images of Aoshima, Miyazaki, the southern Japanese island that plays host to over 120 feral cats who outnumber the resident humans at a ratio of 6 to 1.
Originally introduced to the mile-long island of Aoshima to deal with mice that plagued fishermen’s boats, the cats stayed on – and multiplied. More than 120 cats swarm the island with only a handful of humans for company, mostly pensioners who didn’t join the waves of migrants seeking work in the cities after World War Two. Aoshima, a 30-minute ferry ride off the coast of Ehime prefecture, had been home to 900 people in 1945. The only sign of human activity now is the boatload of day-trippers from the mainland, visiting what is locally known as Cat Island.
photos by Thomas Peter
via The Atlantic
photo by Martin Le-May
On Monday, British amateur photographer Martin Le-May heard a commotion while walking in an East London park and stumbled upon an extraordinary sight–a European green woodpecker flying with a small weasel clinging to its back. Le-May had a camera with him and was able to capture several incredible shots of the event.
As Le-May explained to ITV News, the weasel was taken for a ride after it ambushed the bird on the ground. The bird took flight–with the weasel on its back–in an effort to escape. After a short flight it landed, and was able to shake off the weasel before taking flight once more. Le-May’s clearest photo of the encounter has since become a viral sensation online, with a number of “remixes” cropping up today. Photoshop conspiracy theorists take note: While Le-May’s images do seem highly improbable, a BBC wildlife expert told BBC News that such a scenario “is not totally unheard of.”
As we walked we heard a distressed squawking and I saw that flash of green. So hurriedly I pointed out to Ann the bird and it settled into the grass behind a couple of small silver birch trees. Both of us trained our binoculars and it occurred that the woodpecker was unnaturally hopping about like it was treading on a hot surface. Lots of wing flapping showing that gloriously yellow/white colour interspersed with the flash of red head feathers. Just after I switched from my binoculars to my camera the bird flew across us and slightly in our direction; suddenly it was obvious it had a small mammal on its back and this was a struggle for life.
photo by Martin Le-May
photo by Martin Le-May
photo via The Moscow Times
— Polly Clonal (@PollyClonal) March 3, 2015
via ITV News
In the meditative short film “Mountains Made of Chalk, Fall into the Sea, Eventually,” filmmaker Gary Yost documents as artist Genna Panzarella creates a temporary chalk mural installation on the blustery summit of Mount Tamalpais in the San Francisco Bay Area. Panzarella’s mural depicts the mountain’s West Peak, which was bulldozed during the Cold War to make way for a military base. The plight of the West Peak is the subject of “The Invisible Peak,” a short documentary by Gary Yost and George Daly (we covered that project back in 2014).
submitted via Laughing Squid Tips
In footage from CCTV News China, a very affectionate panda at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan, China silently demands a hug from her caretaker before she’ll come down from her tree.
A breeder in China’s Sichuan Province wants to take this panda down from a tree, but the lovely panda wants a reward. So it asks the breeder for a hug before moving!
In a recent video by Numberphile, University of California, Berkeley math professor David Eisenbud demonstrates the complicated procedure needed to draw a heptadecagon–a 17-sided figure–using just a compass and ruler. Carl Friedrich Gauss first proved the method in 1796.
A persistent little tuxedo kitten frantically attacks a load of laundry that’s spinning around in a front-load washing machine, pausing each time the washer changes direction. According to tommo0906, his kitten is “being a dumbass!” Or maybe just adorable.
Another kitten had the very same idea back in 2011.