ПИКНИК АФИШИ ALIVE - 2011 / Peaches - Talk to me (by kitezh)
I think this actually the best thing that’s ever been on my dash
DID THAT ACTUALLY JUST FUCKGIN HAPPEN
He has become one
He is free
fuCIM’M ACTUALLY CRYING HELPRDTJUYFIUIOKLF
living the dream
For you guys having a movie night without me.
This one goes out to you~
She said ‘I really can’t stay’
And he said ‘baby, it’s cold outside let me lend you a jacket and give you a ride home’ because he wasn’t a fucking creep
-sigh- please don’t judge one of my favourite classic songs.
i don’t care if it’s your favourite song at least acknowledge that the dude is a total fucking creep
WHAT’S THE SENSE IN HURTING THEIR PRIDE
I can listen to just about anything and will lend an ear to any genre. But, for the most part, I hate Christmas music and this song is the gross unnaturally colored cherry on top.
WORK IN CURRENT HERPETOLOGY:
Tool use in crocodylians: crocodiles and alligators use sticks as lures to attract waterbirds
by Darren Naish
In recent years it has – I really, really hope – become better known that non-bird reptiles (turtles, lizards, snakes, crocodiles, alligators and so on) are not boring dullards, but behaviourally complex creatures that get up to all sorts of interesting things. Play behaviour, complex social interactions, gaze recognition, pair-bonding and monogamy, social hunting, speedy learning abilities and good memories have all been demonstrated across these groups. And another interesting and unexpected bit of complex behaviour has just been published. It’s so interesting that I feel compelled to write about it today. It concerns what seems to be tool use in crocodiles and alligators.
As described by Dinets et al. (2013), Mugger crocodiles Crocodylus palustris in India and American alligators Alligator mississippiensis in the USA have both been observed to lie, partially submerged, beneath egret and heron colonies with sticks balanced across their snouts. Birds approach to collect the sticks for use in nest building and… well, let’s just say that it doesn’t end well for the birds. If the crocodylians really are using the sticks as bait to attract their bird prey, this is tool use, since the sticks are objects that are being employed for a specific function…
(read more: Tetrapod Zoology blog - Scientific American)
photos from Dinets et al. (2013): T - Mugger Crocodile, by Vladinir Dinets; B - American Alligator, by Don Specht
Couldn’t reblog this without finding the artist. Although I don’t know their name, I managed to get what I THINK is their Etsy shop. Although everything’s been bought, because obviously these are awesome, I’m sure they’ll post more stuff.
NY Times: Coldblooded Does Not Mean Stupid
by Emily Anthes
In the plethora of research over the past few decades on the cognitive capabilities of various species, lizards, turtles and snakes have been left in the back of the class. Few scientists bothered to peer into the reptile mind, and those who did were largely unimpressed.
“Reptiles don’t really have great press,” said Gordon M. Burghardt, a comparative psychologist at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. “Certainly in the past, people didn’t really think too much of their intelligence. They were thought of as instinct machines.”
But now that is beginning to change, thanks to a growing interest in “coldblooded cognition” and recent studies revealing that reptile brains are not as primitive as we imagined. The research could not only redeem reptiles but also shed new light on cognitive evolution.
Because reptiles, birds and mammals diverged so long ago, with a common ancestor that lived 280 million years ago, the emerging data suggest that certain sophisticated mental skills may be more ancient than had been assumed — or so adaptive that they evolved multiple times…
photograph: Manuel Leal
OK SOME REALLY SERIOUS SHIT IS HAPPENING IN NORTH KOREA
According to South Korean newspapers, last week the North Korean government PUBLICLY EXECUTED 80 people in 7 cities for watching South Korean/Western shows, movies, and videos, “pornography,” or possessing a Bible.
Apparently people’s attitudes and conformance are changing SO THIS IS HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO SUPPRESS DISOBEDIENCE
They allegedly herded 10,000 innocent civilians into a stadium where they were FORCED TO WATCH THE EXECUTIONS BY MACHINE GUN FIRE
THIS IS HONESTLY SOME HUNGER GAMES SHIT HAPPENING IN REAL LIFE RIGHT NOW