Freaky Plush Creatures

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For a while, we collected creepy plush creatures. My family and I had everything from a yeti to a werewolf, the Monster High plushies to Egyptian gods and so many other creatures. We've kept a few of these over the years but I have to say, the ones they're coming up with lately are even better than the ones we collected once upon a time.

For starters, there is this Mothman plush. Isn't it adorably freaky? They have a baby one, too! Then there are these adorable "Kreeptures" and I pretty much want all of them. Mysterious also has some really great ones.

What freaky plushies have you found? Which are your favorites? Share them in the chat.

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Bear Bites Woman in Outhouse

A true and freaky story!

Stephen King is to blame for many of us being wary of using the toilets in our own homes. The man can make any ordinary household item seem scary. But a woman was recently truly bitten on the behind by a bear while using an outhouse.

The bear must have confused the opposite opening of the outhouse as a nice, warm cave, and when the poor woman sat down to utilize the facility while camping, the bear immediately bit her! That must have been terrifying for them both.

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Plant Magnetism

It's not just for animals!

All joking about animal magnetism aside, this news is pretty wild and cool: Venus flytraps product magnetic fields while they consume their prey. It's not a huge reaction, understandably; anyone who's had a Venus flytrap knows that the carnivorous plant doesn't need a lot of live insects to consume, nor does it need them often. You can kill one by giving it too many, in fact! So it makes sense that the magnetism produced is also a small amount.

Experts say the magnetic field isn't made as anything useful to the plant's environment but a probably byproduct of the energy involved in the process. Still, it's a pretty weird and neat new fact.

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Will Zombie AI Be A Thing?

It might through Microsoft's tech

Once I read about some tech that allowed you to record messages for loved ones in case you died, which I thought was a very sweet service to offer. Now that I've read about Microsoft's new patent I'm not so sure. The patent will allow dead people to be used as artificially intelligent chatbots that people can talk to and interact with because that's not freaky at all.

Jokes about the tech being similar to an episode of Black Mirror abound, but it also brings to mind the current laws regarding tech in the first place. The digital world is advancing much too quickly for humans to keep up in terms of laws and ethics, and there are plenty of other concerns to be had aside from this single patent.

What do you think of this conversational chatbot idea? Do you think it's ethical?

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Rocks Shaped Like Cookie Monster Found

This is so much cooler than Jesus toast.

Have you seen the Cookie Monster rocks yet? A geologist discovered a surprise when he opened up a volcanic rock in Brazil. When split in half, the rock formed two perfect Cookie Monster faces! He mentioned that there have been some interesting finds in terms of agates that look like a famous person or piece of artwork but this is the first time a Sesame Street character was found.

Apparently people love the idea of a Cookie Monster rock because they're offering up to ten grand to buy it from the California scientist. Look, Cookie is cute, but ten grand for a rock is a bit much, people. You could do so much good with that!

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Did Aliens Visit in 2017?

A Harvard astronomer says yes

A piece of news has been making waves across the Internet, especially after aliens were pretty much confirmed to be real in 2020. A Harvard astronomer says that a strange object that appeared in 2017 was likely an alien probe!

 

Oumuamua, the asteroid with a weird shape and movements, was confusing at the time to scientists who had trouble explaining it. Now Abraham (Avi) Loeb is convinced that it was alien life. Then again, he is publishing a book on the matter, which might sully the news to some.

What do you think? Was it an alien probe?

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New Bone-Eating Species Discovered

2020 may be over, but the weird species findings aren't!

Most of us know what piranhas are, but this new bone-eating species is all new kinds of horrific. A bone-eating worm has been discovered by scientists who dropped alligator carcasses in the ocean. These terrifying "zombie worms" aren't named yet, but they ate almost all of it, leaving only its spine and skull after less than two months of the body's drop.

Pink isopods ate another body, and the third alligator was completely gone when scientists checked on it. What do you think happened to it?

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Mars's "Grand Canyon"

You must see this!

I'm one of those people who thinks that exploring our own ocean is even more fascinating than finding out what's out there in space, even though that, too, is incredibly interesting. But when I saw these images of the "Grand Canyon" of Mars, I had to agree that they were breathtaking!

Scientists aren't sure what carved these gorgeous valleys, but if they're anything like our Grand Canyon, they were made by water. That would only make them more incredible, don't you think? The pictures make it look like an icy winter wonderland--maybe something from Narnia!

Have you seen any other cool space pics lately? Share them in the chat.

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What You've Read Isn't What You Read

So much is lost in translation

Anyone who's taken a foreign language class knows there's no direct translation from any language to another. Even if you fail the class it's an important lesson to learn. That's why everything we've ever read--from the Bible to the Odyssey--is completely different in its original meaning from the meaning we make of it, simply due to its translation.

Take The Odyssey. It was recently translated by an expert who strived to use accurate words in several parts of the work that really change its interpretation. The original work lists slaves instead of cooks or other workers. It lists girls who were abused and murdered, not "whores," as many men have translated it. It also casts Odysseus himself as a more complicated character instead of the stalwart hero he's made to be in so many versions. It's incredible and should be the version we're all using in 2021.

This made me recall all of the variations in the Bible I've read about, or even things we take to be true--like Mary Magdalene being a prostitute--when really it was only a comment made by one religious figure in the last century! She wasn't at all, but it's a fact many people like to repeat and think to be true.

What works were you astonished to learn were different in their original translations? 
 

Weird Moments We Missed In Horror Movies

Did you notice these things?

As the lover of all things Easter Egg and hidden in films, I love lists like these. I especially love to see if I caught the things listed in them or not. When there's something I don't see, I like to see if my friends and family saw or missed it, too. I love a good scary movie (the more cerebral or creeping dread, the better--I'm not a big fan of gore for gore's sake) so this list of missed details in scary movies is really fun.

Did you notice that all of the chip bags weren't eaten in The Quiet Place since the people couldn't make any noise? What a clever little detail. Nope, I totally missed that. There are a lot of little foreshadowed details in art in many movies that I missed as well.

Did you catch these freaky details? Share your favorites in the chat.

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