So I was filtering through twitter and was really confused by this:

It just didn’t seem real. Did everyone get put in the box?

Yes. Yes they did.

I couldn’t stop laughing at how many people got shoved into the box.

There’s a 3 minute video how what happened at the bottom of the sbnation link here.


See What Makes Owls So Quiet and So Deadly

For owls, life and death relies on the ability to control noise. Owl wings and feathers have special adaptations to muffle their sound. It’s stealth, not speed that makes them deadly.

How do owls use their fuzzy feathers to stealthily stalk their prey? Watch the latest #DeepLook video, brought to you by @kqedscience and @pbsdigitalstudios.


The Wolves of Paris, 1450.

The winter of 1450 was an especially harsh winter in France, leading to a shortage of food for wild animals and predators.  Desperate for something to eat, a large pack of wild starving wolves terrified Paris throughout the winter.   Entering through breeches in the city walls the wolves would scour the streets of Paris looking for food.  Hunting in organized packs, they attacked and killed Parisians walking the streets alone, along with defenseless victims such as the elderly, children, and homeless. The leader of the pack was a red furred alpha male who was given the name “Cortaud” by the frightened people of Paris. During the winter of 1450, 40 Parisians were said to have been killed by wolf attacks.

Eventually the terrorized people of Paris had enough and created a plan of action to strike back at the wolves.  Using a handful of volunteers as bait, the Parisians lured the wolves into the city center.  Once the wolves entered Ile de La Cité the people of Paris ambushed the pack, trapping the wolves and killing them with clubs, spears, swords, and stones.

Something I really enjoy about the deep sea:

Everything is CARNIVOROUS.

By which I mean, for any filter-feeding animal you can find in shallow seas, it probably has a carnivorous cousin in the deep sea. Animals down there adapt to take advantage of any available food. Which often ends up being each other. 

For example:

Bivalves? Yep multiple deep-sea carnivorous species:


Tunicates? Here have a predatory SEA SQUIRT: 


Even CARNIVOROUS SPONGES! Which are awesomely bizarre-looking:


But then, of course, some groups are just the opposite. For example, most cephalopods (squid, octopuses, etc.) are pretty efficient predators. And then we get Vampyroteuthis infernalis, the “vampire squid from hell,” which eats… mostly other animals’ shit and other cast-off particulate carbon that trickles down from the surface waters as “marine snow.” 

Very scary.