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How Does the Spirit Halloween Pop-Up Store Work?

By fall, abandoned retail establishments are repurposed by Spencer’s Gifts. Spirit Halloween has built a multimillion-dollar industry out of seasonal pop-up stores. But how does this system work, and does it truly earn enough? Spirit Halloween, a pop-up store owned by Spencers Gifts, operates in over 1,200 locations each year for about 4 to 8 …

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How Smart Are Cats?

While cats and dogs have been rivals on several occasions, only a handful of tests and studies are done with cats to learning about them truly. But how smart are our feline friends? Cats are actually intelligent. They are quite independent, and they can understand a whole lot of things. They even have excellent short-term …

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How Does Tolerance Influence Olympic Swimming Results?

Olympic swimming is notorious for awarding ties. However, for the first time in history, in the 2016 Rio Olympics, three Olympians were awarded silver medals.  Pools were not designed to the millimeter tolerances required to measure thousandths of a second. As a result, Olympic swimming is timed only in hundredths of a second. This method …

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Why Did an African Giant Pouched Rat Receive a Gold Medal From the PDSA?

There are dozens of animals we can train to help in human activities, we have police dogs, work horses, and messenger pigeons. But did you know rats are extremely easy to train too? An African giant pouch rat, has been awarded a gold medal for his work in detecting land mines. Rats can be trained …

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Has Anyone Tried Raising a Chimpanzee as a Human Child?

Scientifically speaking, the DNA of humans and chimpanzees are almost identical, 98.7% to be exact. They are knowing to be our closest living relatives. If we were to raise a chimpanzee like how we raised a human child, will they be as intelligent as we are? In 1931, a psychologist adopted a Chimpanzee and raised …

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How Did Evolution Bring Back a Flightless Bird from Extinction?

There are so many reasons why extinction occurs. This could be caused by natural disasters, evolutionary changes, or even overexploitation. But there are instances when certain species seemingly come back.  The Aldabra rail, a flightless bird, was wiped out along with all the terrestrial animals that once lived on Aldabra. A massive flood sank a …

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How Did Two Friends Use Their Buddy’s Ashes to Catch a 180-Pound Carp?

There are many ways we can pay tribute to our loved ones after they pass. But what can be better than having their ashes used for something they truly love? When Ron “Ronnie” Hopper succumbed to cancer, his two friends, Paul Fairbrass and Cliff Dale decided to revisit Thailand and use his ashes as bait. …

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Hours after being adopted from an animal shelter, 21-pound cat Pudding with saved her owners life. While suffering a diabetic seizure, Amy Jung’s newly acquired cat pounced his weight on her chest and began swatting her face and biting her nose until she gained consciousness.

Good kitty: These 6 ‘hero cats’ saved the humans they loved It’s not unusual these days for family pets to attain Internet fame — but this week, Tara the “hero cat” is reigning as queen over them all. A one-minute surveillance video captured the normally mellow family cat saving her human family member, a 4-year-old …

Hours after being adopted from an animal shelter, 21-pound cat Pudding with saved her owners life. While suffering a diabetic seizure, Amy Jung’s newly acquired cat pounced his weight on her chest and began swatting her face and biting her nose until she gained consciousness. Read More »