Have you heard that rats are now driving cars? Rats in a research lab were taught to drive custom made cars in order to pick up their own food, something that, many have pointed out, many humans seem to struggle with today. It's leading scientists to believe that rats are much smarter than previously thought, which pretty much makes anyone who's been around rats say... duh.
This week in weird news, an emu was on the loose causing damage in a Massachusetts community when police stepped in to take action... with a sock. The emu was someone's pet, of course, and she said she didn't know how it got out, but it certainly led everyone on a wild... emu chase. Once the bird was out, it was also pretty cranky, which made it even harder to catch!
It's not news, as it's a couple of years old, but a story about giant ground sloths digging out a massive tunnel in South America is making its rounds around the Internet again and it's just incredibly impressive. Researchers didn't know what had made the tunnel before finding the claw marks in it, which indicated that they may have been dug by giant ground sloths.
Every day we seem to get news that disregards previous rules about our existence, proving that life is possible even in the most unexpected places. While that feels like something Gandalf might say, it's actually true; we recently learned that 90% of the planet's carbon is beneath the surface, where a biosphere twice that of our oceans exists. Who even knows what lives there? We've also learned about tiny creatures who can live in the deepest, darkest parts of the oceans as well as in volcanoes, so maybe it's not as surprising to find out that some fish can actually live in dead zones.
If it's not freaky to you how many animal species are disappearing due to human actions and waste, I'm not sure what to say. Yes, we're all a little jaded regarding just how much of an invasive species we are on this planet after hearing about all of the terrible things we do to not only one another but the planet itself, but hopefully we're still shocked enough to want to do something about it.
Albinism really isn't freaky. Most of us have seen an animal or even know someone in our lives with the melanin deficiency, which causes a striking lack of color that is often otherworldly in its beauty. It's unfortunate that so many people with albinism have been targeted with hatred, and even violence, for something they can't control, but the Internet has helped to demonstrate, at least to those willing to learn, that there's nothing scary or harmful about albinism.
The triplefin fish is really cute. Slim, small and not a whole lot to look at, it doesn't seem like it's that dangerous to other fish. But not only are the fish carnivorous, but they have the ability to turn their eyeballs into massive powered flashlights and turn them on and off as they need to do!
It almost sounds like an urban legend meant to give you nightmares, not a terrible, real story that a man had to endure, but it's true. A California man who eats sushi every day ended up in the hospital with a tapeworm over five feet long in his body. It's almost too gross to report: as the man had bloody diarrhea, he thought his intestines were coming out of his anus. It turned out to be a very long and wriggling worm. Eugh...
Scientists are constantly warning us about all of the crap we're pouring into the ocean and the results are stacking up. From garbage patches floating around to whale stomachs inflated with plastic to our own food being so full of mercury that we can't even eat it, there's obviously problems.
You're probably already familiar with how a human fetus appears in an amniotic sac. It's pretty weird-looking; in fact, it could be more alien than human in some people's eyes. But have you seen dogs, crocodiles, snakes and other creatures in THEIR amniotic sacs? If not, definitely head to this page that will show you lots of photos. Keep in mind that it is pretty freaky!