Little Black Goat Jumps Onto the Back of a Giant Pot Bellied Pig Who’s Too Busy Eating to Care

An adolescent black goat decided to tempt fate and jump onto the back of a giant pot bellied pig who was too busy eating to care about a little hircine showmanship happening behind him. The goat was able to balance on the pig for a good few seconds before falling onto the ground; but the undiscouraged goat dusted himself off and got right back up on that pig again.

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Lifelong Companions Ruuxa the Cheetah and Raina the Dog Play a Raucous Game of Tag Together

Ruuxa the cheetah and Raina the puppy, best friends since infancy, play a raucous game of tag, playfully taking turns chasing each another around the green at the San Diego Zoo, where Ruuxa acts as an animal ambassador.

A 7-month-old cheetah cub, Ruuxa, was full of energy as he sprinted and chased his puppy companion, Raina, during a training session at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park earlier this week. Safari Park trainers observed the male cheetah playfully instigate a wrestling match and tackle Raina, a female Rhodesian ridgeback. The cheetah and dog are often brought to an area at the Safari Park where they can play off-leash and reach full running speeds chasing each other around. These exercise sessions provide Ruxxa with the opportunity to thrive by expressing natural behaviors like sprinting and chasing. This is also an opportunity to help build his muscles and stamina, which will allow him to reach his running potential. “The behavior you see is the instinct of a maturing cheetah to chase and rehearse predatory behavior. Due to Ruuxa’s unique relationship with Raina, he doesn’t actually treat her like prey by swiping her legs out from under her. Instead, he is learning how to tackle and wrestle a bit,” said Janet Rose-Hinostroza, an animal training supervisor at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “Raina encourages this behavior and enjoys playing with Ruuxa immensely.”

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a few months since Ruuxa had surgery, but as with everything else they do, Raina was right by his side. As he recovered Ruuxa had learn how to walk again, so the duo went on many therapeutic strolls, including this one in September, right after the surgery.

Exquisitely Detailed Paper Mache Sculptures of Animals and Mythical Creatures by Dan Reeder

Paper Mache Animal and Mythical Creature Sculptures by Dan Reeder

For the past 40 years, Seattle-based artist Dan Reeder has been making remarkably detailed sculptures of animals and mythical creatures out of paper mache. Reeder is able to create large, colorful, intricately textured sculptures through an unusual hybrid paper mache technique–rather create a delicate skin of paper mache over a form or armature, Reeder uses balls of paper mache as his structure, and cloth and glue to form the skin. The cloth skin also yields vibrant colors when painted. His technique is on display in this time-lapse video. He has also written several books on the subject, including his latest, Paper Mache Dragons: Making Dragons & Trophies Using Paper & Cloth Mache, which is available on Amazon. Don’t expect to reach him by email though–he was discovered by the Internet earlier this month and finds himself inundated by the interest (and the emails in particular.)

Paper Mache Animal and Mythical Creature Sculptures by Dan Reeder

Paper Mache Animal and Mythical Creature Sculptures by Dan Reeder

Paper Mache Animal and Mythical Creature Sculptures by Dan Reeder

Paper Mache Animal and Mythical Creature Sculptures by Dan Reeder

Paper Mache Animal and Mythical Creature Sculptures by Dan Reeder

photos via Dan Reeder

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Beautiful Metallic Animal Sculptures Made From Hubcaps and Other Scrap

Metallic Animal Sculptures by Ptolemy Elrington

British artist Ptolemy Elrington creates striking animal sculptures out of hubcaps, shopping carts, and other scrap materials. He leaves most of his sculptures unpainted, relying instead on the metallic finish of his materials to create gleaming silvery creatures. He also creates figures, planes, and other things out of scrap–see his site Hubcap Creatures and his Facebook Page for more.

Metallic Animal Sculptures by Ptolemy Elrington

Metallic Animal Sculptures by Ptolemy Elrington

Metallic Animal Sculptures by Ptolemy Elrington

Metallic Animal Sculptures by Ptolemy Elrington

Metallic Animal Sculptures by Ptolemy Elrington

photos via Ptolemy Elrington

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Mental Floss Explains Why Teeth Chatter When People Get Cold

Host Craig Benzine explains why teeth chatter when people get cold in a recent episode of the Mental Floss video series “The Big Question.” Teeth chattering is caused by the “shivering center” of the brain’s hypothalamus, and is just one of the body’s many responses to the cold.

Incredible Light Installations From the 2014 Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France

2014 Lyon Festival of Lights
photo by Muriel Chaulet

At the 2014 Fête des Lumières, or Festival of Lights (previously) in Lyon, France earlier this month, 75 fantastic light installations were displayed throughout the city. The festival has existed in its modern form–a four-day citywide celebration of lights and lighting art–since 1989. Among this year’s most striking installations: Laniakea, a constellation of thousands of illuminated globes by artists Simon Milleret-Godet and Jérôme Donna, and Color or Not, a vibrant projection-mapping installation on the facade of Cathedral Saint-Jean created by Yves Moreaux. Cool Hunting has more on the 2014 Fête des Lumières.

2014 Lyon Festival of Lights
photo by Nara Shin

2014 Lyon Festival of Lights
photo by Muriel Chaulet

2014 Lyon Festival of Lights
photo by Nara Shin

2014 Lyon Festival of Lights
photo by Nara Shin

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CollegeHumor Clears Up a Series of Things People Think Are True, But Are Not

In the CollegeHumor video “13 Things You Think Are True, But Aren’t” comedian Adam Conover clears up a series of things people commonly believe are true, but are in fact false. Conover explains things like the fact that George Washington did not have wooden teeth, Napoleon Bonaparte wasn’t short, and there is no medical reason to drink eight glasses of water per day.

Man Without Arms Operates the First Set of Modular Prosthetic Limbs That Move Independently With His Thoughts

Leslie (“Les”) Baugh, a former electrician in Colorado, who lost both of his arms during an accident 40 years ago, was the first person ever to wear and operate a set of prosthetic limbs that operate bilaterally with his thoughts. The unique limbs were created by a team at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), who fitted Les for the brace and socket before having him work with a virtual reality system (VRS). The VRS then learned Les’ movements and applied the information to the prosthetics so that they would move with intuitive thought control. Mike McLoughlin of APL’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics looks at this history-making event as the first step in advancing the progress on prosthetic limbs.

I think we’re just getting started at this point. It’s like the early days of the internet, there’s just a tremendous amount of potential ahead of us and we just started down this road and I think the next 5, 10 years are going to bring some really phenomenal advancements.

Once the limbs were in place, the team found that Les adapted beautifully to them.

We expected him to exceed performance compared to what he might achieve with conventional systems, but the speed with which he learned motions and the number of motions he was able to control in such a short period of time was far beyond expectation. …What really was amazing, and was another major milestone with MPL control, was his ability to control a combination of motions across both arms at the same time. This was a first for simultaneous bimanual control.

Simply amazing.

via Josh Ellingson

Austrian Actor Christoph Waltz Explains the Krampus Christmas Demon to Jimmy Fallon on ‘The Tonight Show’

Austrian actor Christoph Waltz explains Krampus, the fearsome holiday demon of European Christmas tradition, to Jimmy Fallon in a clip from the December 16, 2014 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Krampus
Krampus riding a flaming cart. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Cats, Dogs, and Birds Are Fooled Into Thinking the Images of Other Animals on an HD Television Are Real

In their latest commercial, LG Corp demonstrated the clarity of their new 4K TV by making videos that mirrored the room’s environment and showed different animals making their way across and around the screen. The video was then shown individually to cats, dogs, and birds who all appeared to be fooled into thinking that the image on the television was real.

The Internet is full of videos of pets playing with iPad games and howling to music, but watching our furry friends get fooled by a TV with resolution so clear they think whatever is on the screen is actually in the room can be pretty adorable!

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