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Milo the cat videobombs the recording of his human’s yoga routine before shutting the whole thing down with a thwack of his paw.
Educator Rose Eveleth explains what makes certain foods spicy, how the body reacts to that spice and why certain people enjoy the burn of spicy foods more than others in “The Science of Spiciness“, a Ted-Ed animated lesson.
Even though we say something is spicy, spicy is not a taste like sweet, salty or sour. Instead what’s really happening is that certain compounds in food activate the sensory neurons called “polymodal nociceptors“. You have these all over your body, including your mouth and nose and they’re the same receptors that are activated by extreme heat. So when you eat a chili pepper, your mouth feels like it’s burning because your brain actually thinks it’s burning. The opposite happens when you eat something with menthol in it, the cool minty compound is activating your cold receptors. When these heat sensitive receptors are activated, your body thinks it’s in contact with a dangerous heat source and reacts accordingly.
A very creative photographer mom and her very photogenic daughter nicknamed “Mayhem” have been creating amazing dresses with paper, scissors, assorted scraps, bandages and an incredible eye for color. The first dress happened when Angie (Mom) grew a tad weary of her closet being raided.
Growing tired of finding articles of my own clothing strewn about her room, I suggested we make a dress from paper. She was in. This was our first.
And the day she unrolled an entire roll of toilet paper, we decided it would be easier to make a dress out of it than to re-roll it.
On this day, we discovered an entire roll of athletic tape could become an amazing super hero outfit.
Tulle was introduced into the mix
Two gorgeous Chinese red pandas happily play with one another in the snow at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. According to Thane Maynard, the Zoo’s Executive Director, red pandas absolutely thrive in cold weather.
Now winter time at the Cincinnati Zoo, conjures up ideas like polar bears or penguins, but we have all sorts of animals who love cold weather, including the Chinese red panda. Now red pandas look like big red raccoons, but they are actually cousins of the giant panda. They come from the some of same bamboo forests, in fact bamboo is a large part of their diet. They are arboreal, nocturnal and they are extremely good in the cold weather.
images via The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
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Too Many Zoos, an amazing, powerful horn-based trio with a very big sound, performs to commuters in the 14th Street-Union Square subway station in New York City in this video captured by Jake Dietrich. Their digital album is available for purchase and you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find out when and where they’ll be playing next.
Jackie Jones, the 88-year-old amazing one-woman band had been a regular fixture for over 15 years at the Alemany Farmers Market in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Jackie is easily recognized by her washboard guitar and her wooden tap dancing cat, makes her living by playing jazz tunes from the 1920’s. Unfortunately, Jackie suffered an injury that has kept her from earning any money for the past year so some of Jackie’s Bernal Heights neighbors have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to help Jackie get back to work.
Last year, Jackie took a terrible fall in her home, breaking her foot and fracturing bones in both of her legs…Given that Jackie relied financially on the donations she received while playing music, she is having trouble paying her medical expenses that are beyond what Medicare covers. Jackie has wonderful friends who bring her groceries and get her to doctor appointments, but she needs your help to get back up on her feet (literally). $5,000 will cover the cost of her medical expenses for the next year (although we’re hoping she’ll heal sooner!) and relieve her of the stress that comes with living from social security check to social security check
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An adorable deaf pug sings to his humans, showing how excited he is that they’ve arrived home.
Our pug is deaf, so he is not to sure what he is saying so when he gets exited [sic] he starts “singing”. He is one old chap and very friendly, 11 years old! He is a healthy dog and loves to be around people, sometimes he even “sings” when no one is around. I can assure you he is not in pain, but is just excited.