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Did You Know… There’s A Plant That Produces Both Tomatoes and Potatoes?

The “TomTato” is a veggie lover’s dream: above ground, it’s a tomato plant; below ground, it’s a potato plant. The idea was the brainchild of the horticultural firm Thompson and Morgan, based in Ipswich, England. Although the concept sounds crazy, the plants are not genetically modified; rather, they are created using grafting. This process involves making matching incisions into two different plants which allows you to connect them. A similar process was recently used by a professor from Syracuse University to create

In This Small Brazilian Town, Dolphins and Fishermen Work Together (Video)

On the Brazilian coast, a couple hundred miles south of São Paulo, lies the small town of Laguna. Laguna is very much like most other small coastal towns in Brazil, with many people relying heavily on fishing to provide both food and income. However, the fishermen of Laguna have a truly remarkable secret weapon: a pod of about 20 bottlenose dolphins. Check it out in this awesome video from the BBC series Human Planet: This interaction is a beautiful example of a

Why This Man Climbed A 130 Foot Tree With Only A Vine to Steal Honey from Angry Bees (Video)

To the Bayaka people, who inhabit the jungles of the Central African Republic, honey is an extremely valuable commodity. Besides being a rare and delicious delicacy, it provides essential energy and nutrition. So, when a beehive is found in the jungle, some men are willing to take extreme measures to secure the precious honeycombs for their family. Tete is an hour into a 40 meter (131ft) climb to a beehive way up in the canopy of a massive tree when we join

The World’s Fastest Animals, In Super Slow Motion (Video)

When you think of the fastest animals in the world, you probably don’t think of salamanders or crabs. Surprisingly however, these two unassuming creatures top the list of the world’s fastest animals. Both share the ability to make lightning-fast movements with different parts of their body. The hydromantes salamander takes the top spot with the animals kingdom’s fastest tongue, and the mantis crab comes in second with a hammer claw that moves so fast it actually creates a compression wave that boils water in front of it. Check

Ukrainian Forces Seize 100,000 Ballots Pre-Marked “Yes” For Separatist Referendum

The situation in Ukraine has been all over the place lately, with conflicting reports constantly coming from both sides, so I don’t blame you if you haven’t been keeping up with it. There have been a few recent developments, however, that are worth noting. Since the overthrow of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Russia’s subsequent annexation of the Crimean peninsula, there has been significant unrest in Ukraine’s eastern cities, specifically in the coal-mining region of Donetsk. A number of pro-Russian

Woman Leading Protests Over Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Detained on Orders of President’s Wife

About three weeks ago (on the evening of April 14), the anti-western militant group Boko Haram (whose name literally means Western Education is sinful) stormed an all-girls boarding school in the Chibok region of Nigeria and kidnapped 234 female students. A few days ago, a video surfaced in which Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau announced that he plans to sell off the girls as wives, saying: “God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties and I will carry out

The BBC Might Get the Award for Best April Fool’s Day Prank Ever

On the morning of April 1, 1976, renowned English astronomer Patrick Moore got on the BBC radio station and made an astonishing announcement: Moore said that at exactly 9:47 a.m. that day, the planets of Jupiter and Pluto would align with the Earth. Moore continued, saying that the combined gravitational pull of the two planets would cause a noticeable reduction in the strength of gravity on Earth. He called it the Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect. Sure enough, right after 9:47 a.m., the

Wild Raven Comes to Humans for Help In Removing Porcupine Quills (Video)

Girl lives lives on a farm with her parents. Raven lands on the fence of said farm with three porcupine quills in its face and one in its wing. Raven lets girl’s mother remove the quills, though not without some protest. Crows are known for having extremely high levels of intelligence and can recognize and remember human faces. Crows have also been shown to drop tough nuts in traffic, letting cars breaks them open so the crow can enjoy the

How Moken Children See With Amazing Clarity Underwater (Video)

Ever wondered why your vision gets blurry when you open your eyes underwater? Well, as you descend down into the water, light levels quickly drop. Your eye reacts by opening the iris more to let in more light, which in turn widens your pupils, blurring your vision. Moken children, however, learn at a very young age how to override this natural reaction, closing their pupils as much as possible rather than opening them wider. This allows them to see twice

Why Is the Japanese Equivalent of the BBC Trying to Re-Write The Country’s WWII History?

NHK is Japan’s national public broadcasting organization, similar to the BBC in Britain.  As a public broadcasting network, it has an obligation to be politically unbiased. However, in the last two weeks, some of the NHK’s 12 board-members have been making some pretty radical claims. Naoki Hyakuta (Photo: Japan Free Press) First is Naoki Hyakuta, who recently said that Japan was, “Lured into the Second World War by America while liberating Asia from white colonialism.” He also denied a number of

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