25 Adorable Raccoons You May Just Want As A Pet

Raccoons get a bad rap for being nuisances and trouble makers. But when you take a closer look, you’d be surprised at how cute these little mischievous critters can be. So don’t grab that shot gun just yet and take a look at these 25 adorable raccoons.



















































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Cricket Explained By An American (Who’s Never Seen Cricket)

1. Cricket is a little like baseball, but totally different in almost every way.

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(I’m not sure why these men have their hands in the air, but I can only imagine it has something to do with stumps or wickets or something.)

2. Instead of a diamond and an outfield, the field is a big oval, and most of the action happens towards the middle, which seems like a waste.

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3. (What do you guys do with all this space back here?)

4. Like baseball, you hit a ball, and there are fielders who try to catch it and throw you out.

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5. Except outfielders in cricket don’t use mitts, which I imagine stings quite a bit.

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(Seriously, they’re only like $20 at Rebel Sports. Just buy a few for the outfielders, at least.)

6. Also like baseball, you run between “bases.”

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7. Except in cricket, the bases are called wickets, and there’s only two of them, and you run back and forth between them like madmen.

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(These guys are either running between wickets or celebrating. It’s impossible to say for sure.)

8. There’s also something called a popping crease. I think it’s the line the batter stands behind when he bats? Whatever it is, it sounds gross.

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9. Also, for some reason, there are two batters on the field at once, and they both run in opposite directions when one of them hits the ball? No idea why.

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10. (Also, batters are called batsmen, which makes them sound like they’re super-heroes.)

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11. Like baseball, cricket has cleanup hitters that come in later in the line-up called “nightwatchmen,” which, again, make them sound like super-heroes.

12. You score more points the more times you run back and forth between the bases, which I think you can usually only do once or twice before the outfielders throw the ball back in.

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13. The fielding positions all have crazy names like “silly point” and “gully” and “cow corner.” It sort of seems like the announcer makes them up as he goes.


14. Inside-the-park home runs are worth four points in cricket, and proper home runs are worth six points.

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15. Outs are called “ducks” in cricket, and there are special ducks depending on the situation like golden ducks and silver ducks.

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(While the man in this photo is indeed ducking, this is not a “duck.” He’s just trying not to get hit by that fast-moving ball.)

16. Golden ducks are embarrassing for batsmen because it means you got out on the very first ball you were thrown.

17. There’s a guy who is like a pitcher, but he’s called a bowler, and he actually does sort of throw the ball more like he’s bowling it than pitching it.

18. Unlike a pitcher, who stands on the pitching mound and uses finely crafted movements to precisely throw a ball, a bowler gets a running start from clear out in the outfield and aggressively hurls the ball overhand as hard as humanly possible.

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19. I think the bowler is aiming to hit the wicket behind the batsman. If they can manage to hit the wicket, I’m pretty sure the batsman is out.

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20. So instead of aiming for a strike zone, the bowler is just trying to knock these little sticks called “bails” off of the bigger sticks called “stumps.” Feels a little primitive to me.


21. Except, the batsman is standing directly in front of the wicket, so mostly the bowlers are hurling these balls at like 90mph right at the batsman’s head.

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(That explains the big goofy gloves and shin guards.)

22. So instead of getting a big swing and rocketing the ball out the park, batsman are mostly just using the bat to protect themselves so most of the time the ball just sort of bounces off.

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23. It’s also probably worth mentioning that cricket balls are way harder than baseballs. They’re essentially just throwing rocks at one another.

24. A batsman can also get out because of something called a “leg before wicket” which BBC’s website claims is easy to understand, but requires 15 pages to explain it, so I’m not even going to try to wrap my head about that one.

25. If one of the fielders doesn’t like the call the ump makes, they can shout “howzat!?” as a legitimate way to challenge the call and stop play.

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26. A runner is trying to score as many points as he can before he’s thrown or bowled out. Sometimes that can be a lot of points.

(I’m pretty sure this move is worth like a thousand points.)

27. When a batter gets thrown or bowled out, the next batsman comes in. There are ten batsmen in total. When all ten are thrown or bowled out, the round is over. (That might be what an inning is in cricket?)

(I couldn’t find a good way to illustrate these rules, so here’s a seagull eating a Cheezle on a cricket field. I’m not sure how many points that’s worth.)

28. I’m pretty sure each Batman on each team goes twice, and whichever team has the most points wins.

29. Also, I think that’s just the rules for something called a test match, but there are other types of games and sometimes they last like five days.

30. Cricket also has really die-hard fans. I have absolutely no idea what this means, but it feels like it’s probably a really great insult.

31. Oh, and one time this dude named Andrew Strauss threw a cricket ball so hard it destroyed his sunglasses, which was pretty bad ass.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/awesomer/cricket-explained-by-an-american-whos-never-seen-cricket

The Next Steps of HIV Treatment

Across the globe, there are currently approximately 33.4 million people living with human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), and the disease has claimed the lives of over 25 million since it was initially reported in 1981. Some areas, such as sub-saharan Africa, are particularly affected. In that region as many as 1 in 3 people are infected with the virus. 


This pandemic has been particularly difficult to treat because the medications are expensive and must be stored in precise conditions. On top of that, there is a high number of pills that must be taken each day. HIV is notorious for how quickly it mutates, which is yet another reason why researchers have had such a difficult time killing the virus entirely. Despite these challenges, there have been encouraging advances announced in combating HIV.


It was recently announced that a new drug to treat HIV by preventing it from integrating with human DNA has been developed. The medication works by inhibiting HIV integrase, the enzyme that allows the virus to tap into human DNA. Integrase has been an attractive target for HIV researchers for years, and two approved medications are already on the market. This new medication is unique in that it may also be an effective treatment against co-infections of viral and microbial infections, such as tuberculosis. The drug is currently in the pre clinical test phase, where issues such as efficacy and toxicity are determined.


One research team believes they are developing a drug that circumvents this obstacle, and can actually trick HIV into destroying itself while leaving healthy cells alone. This “Dual Action Virolytic Entry Inhibitor” (DAVEI) makes the virus think it is attached to a cell. When the virus then goes to release its contents into what it believes is the new host, it really just pops itself and renders itself inert.


Some early research even supports the potential for an AIDS vaccine. The candidate vaccine was shown to completely clear monkeys of the HIV-related simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV). Researchers hope that further development will result in a vaccine that will clear humans of HIV. The team is currently exploring options to modify the cytomegalovirus (CMV) vector so that it will have similar positive results in humans.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/next-steps-hiv-treatment

12 Signs You’re Most Definitely A Pluviophile

A lover of rain, pretty convenient if you live in the UK! BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (BF_STATIC.bf_test_mode) localStorage.setItem(‘posted_date’, 1409527274); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById(“update_posted_time_3431069”).innerHTML = “posted on ” + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(1409527274); });

1. You respond to the sound of rain in the same way pets do to treats.

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Back is suddenly straight and you look outside with hope that it just might be raining.

2. So you watch people squealing with curiosity.

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What does getting wet really do to you that’s so bad anyway?

3. You sometimes forget the details in your eagerness to be outside.

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At some point in your life, you *will* forget that you’re wearing a white outfit and black underwear.

4. You ask your friends to go for a walk “because it’s raining!”

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Many of them still get confused that you want to be *outside* when it’s pouring with rain

5. At least one friend has learnt they can get you outside with the phrase “It’s raining!”

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Usually that mad outdoors person we all know. You just tricked me into going on a 5km hike!

6. People give you waterproof gifts.

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Ooh! A new umbrella, a waterproof notebook and wellies! How thoughtful!

7. You’ve trained yourself to respond in a more conventional way to rain at school/work.

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Or maybe you haven’t. Screw conventions, rain makes me happy!

8. There is nothing more relaxing to you than the sound of rain.

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Rain pouring down outside is the best accompaniment to a good night’s sleep. Or a rainmaker app on your phone (I’d personally recommend SimplyRain)

9. You get to see the world when most people hurry on by.

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10. In fact, UK weather suits you just fine.

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I don’t want to live anywhere else!

11. Sometimes the things you do in the rain make people wonder….

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It’s hardly fair though, all those music videos in the rain looked like fun!

12. But you never regret it.

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No matter what…

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/missarticulate/11-signs-youre-a-pluviophile-voto

Dying Light Parkour

Dying Light Parkour

In anticipation of the upcoming action-survival game, Dying Light, the parkour specialists at Ampisound made this heart-racing video. Just like in the game, viewers watch from a first-person-perspective as a terrified runner attempts to escape from zombies. 

The action packed video already has over 1.5 million views!


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