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Something Awful's Animal Anomalies 2

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The theme on Something Awful is on animals with weird stuff. Part 1 and Part 2.

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It's all about cats!

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Today must be feline day or something.

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Surgery Removes Man's Sixth Finger and Toes

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Yahoo! News' story mentions Tirso Furcal having a sixth finger projecting from one hand and an extra toe on each foot. They made life in his impoverished country, the Dominican Republic, even more difficult. The condition made walking painful, caused the stone-polisher frequent injuries and blocked his hopes for better-paying work.

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War heroes, glow worms and other animals, honored

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FiringSquad mentioned a Yahoo! News article about animals including glow worms used in wars. They were honored in London's new Animals in War memorial for the 'sacrifices' they endured in previous wars.

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How lizards walk on water

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According to BBC News' article, the mystery of how a type of lizard "walks" on water may have been solved. The basilisk lizard, also known as a Jesus lizard, has a seemingly miraculous ability to scurry across liquid, apparently at odds with the usual laws of physics.

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Dolphins protect swimmers from shark attack

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One of my managers mentioned this life saving story during this morning's meeting. A group of dolphins (seven), that went ballistic, saved four lifeguards' lives from a great white shark (3m-long). You can find a bunch of stories about it on Google's News search engine.

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Don't Let Hackers Wreck Your Trees!

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Steve posted an amusing funny flier scan in Broadband Reports' security forum. It is about trees and hackers.

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Worth1000's Chimaera 6: Three, three, three beasts in one!

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Worth1000's Chimaera 6 contest is about three, three, three beasts in one! There are 110 entries with mated 3-4 different animals into one strange beast, as in the themepost.

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Disabled dolphin jumping again with world's first artificial fin

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This Yahoo! News story mentions Fuji, a mother dolphin that lost 75 percent of her tail due to a mysterious disease, being able to jump again with the help of what is believed to be the world's first artificial fin.

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Beavers weave stolen cash into a dam.

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A project manager, at work, sent me this amusing CNN story. It reports that beavers weave stolen cash into dam in Greensburg, Louisiana. These eager beavers had a whole new slant on money laundering.

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Cleaner air in Los Angeles, CA, USA?

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Nope according to The New York Times. Air quality in the Los Angeles area has shown improvement this year, but experts caution that the problem of air pollution is far from being solved.

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A funny video clip of a DUI arrest...

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FiringSquad mentioned a funny streaming video clip (direct download (1.1 MB WMV video file)) of a DUI arrest.

11/13/2004 4:52 PM PST: StupidVideos has this clip online.

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Funny video clips of a tranquilized bear falling onto a trampoline and...

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TheShadow sent me a funny video clip of a transquilized bear that fell onto a trampoline. You can watch the original news footage in a streaming Flash video format, streaming video on StupidVideos (Windows Media and QuickTime), or MPEG format (1.9 MB). You can also download Craig Kilborn's video commentary (1.9 MB; WMV): #1 or #2 (local copy) which makes the clip funnier.

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Nature Hates a Fraud: Cheating Wasps Get Beat Up

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/. has a story about Nature Hates a Fraud: Cheating Wasps Get Beat Up. By staging wasp fights, researchers have learned that cheaters never win. Wimpy wasps painted with the markings reserved for a leader get beat up. Even if the fakes win, they still get harassed afterward.

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Things you never wondered about your evolution: Big testicles betray swinging ancestors...

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Mousey's original post: I don't know why people send me these things... It just seems natural that I might be interested in the evolutionary links between female promiscuity and the size of your testicles right? I mean, that's a perfectly normal topic of discussion at work, right?? Engineers are weird.

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Top 12 Photographs in the 2004 Countryfile Photography Competition

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Countryfile revealed the top twelve nature photographs. Some of those shots are amazing.

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Halloween 2004: Photographs of the Day

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Preeeciioooooous seeds!
Seen in a /. comment for Halloween Pumpkin Carving story.

The list of real life costume winners is on World of Warcraft. Some of them are not bad!

11/1/2004 1:48 PM PDT: Worth1000 has the top 41 entries for Monster ModRen 2 contest -- If the renaissance took place in more recent times, and the models were famous movie monsters/aliens, what would the artwork have looked like?

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The unusual brain power of songbirds...

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This Wired News' article says scientists are devoting big chunks of their careers to finches and canaries. They hope to understand how they manage to be among the only species that learn how to make new sounds.

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Something Awful's The Bugs Attack Theme of Doctored Photographs

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The Bugs Attack! is the name of the theme for this week of 10/23/2004 on Something Awful (not for kids).

I like these two ant images: #1 and #2.

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StupidVideo: Animal Lover (Funny)

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StupidVideos has a funny commercial of Animal Lover. Audio isn't really required for this one.

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