NFL Player Gives Away Bulldog Puppy on Twitter

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For the second week in a row, a pro athlete used Twitter to give away an English bulldog.

Last week, NBA center Kendrick Perkins put his English bulldog up for sale on Twitter for $1,500, and closed the the deal within an hour. Then on Wednesday, Anthony Davis of the San Francisco 49ers one-upped Perkins by giving a 4-month-old English bulldog pup away for free.

Perkins posted several photos to entice prospective buyers, but Davis kept things short and to the point — trying things up in about 30 minutes.

So if you’re looking for a new puppy — especially an English bulldog — keep an eye on athletes’ Twitter handles.

Do you think this is a useful way for sports stars to use Twitter, or does it put their dogs at risk? Let us know in the comments.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2013/06/26/nfl-player-free-puppy-twitter/

19 lapins de Pâques qui vous feront faire des cauchemars

Et vous pensiez que le lapin de « Donnie Darko » était flippant.

1. « Quelques secondes plus tard, le petit enfant fut découpé en morceaux et dégusté avec des carottes »

« Quelques secondes plus tard, le petit enfant fut découpé en morceaux et dégusté avec des carottes »

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Et un excellent chianti.

2. La tête du gosse parle d’elle-même.

La tête du gosse parle d'elle-même.

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Via theresashauntedhistoryofthetri-state.blogspot.com

3. Et cette petite fille a clairement envie de se tirer.

Et cette petite fille a clairement envie de se tirer.

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Non mais qui peut fabriquer des costumes pareils ?

4. POURQUOI est-ce que ce lapin a des LANGUES DE SERPENT qui lui sortent de la bouche ??

POURQUOI est-ce que ce lapin a des LANGUES DE SERPENT qui lui sortent de la bouche ??

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Via theresashauntedhistoryofthetri-state.blogspot.com

5. Ce cliché a été pris quelques minutes avant que le lapin n’engloutisse sa victime.

Ce cliché a été pris quelques minutes avant que le lapin n'engloutisse sa victime.

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6. « Maman, pourquoi est-ce que Monsieur Lapin il me caresse les jambes ? »

« Maman, pourquoi est-ce que Monsieur Lapin il me caresse les jambes ? »

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7. Apparemment, quelqu’un a recyclé sa cagoule SM en latex.

Apparemment, quelqu'un a recyclé sa cagoule SM en latex.

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Via alfredsnider.blogspot.com

8. OH MON DIEU. LE MAL SE LIT DANS SES YEUX.

OH MON DIEU. LE MAL SE LIT DANS SES YEUX.

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Via mightylists.blogspot.com

9. Ce lapin est en fait un loup-garou.

Ce lapin est en fait un loup-garou.

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Pauvres enfants.

10. Ce lapin est bourré.

Ce lapin est bourré.

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11. Et celui-ci a clairement pris un rail de coke avant d’aller bosser.

Et celui-ci a clairement pris un rail de coke avant d'aller bosser.

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12. Vous vous êtes toujours demandé à quoi ressemblerait le bâtard d’un lapin de Pâques et d’un Ewok ?

Vous vous êtes toujours demandé à quoi ressemblerait le bâtard d'un lapin de Pâques et d'un Ewok ?

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Voilà.

13. « Hinhinhinhinhinhin »

« Hinhinhinhinhinhin »

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14. Sous ce costume se cache en fait Michel Fourniret.

Sous ce costume se cache en fait Michel Fourniret.

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15. Ce lapin-là est un figurant dans « The Walking Dead »

Ce lapin-là est un figurant dans « The Walking Dead »

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16. Ce lapin prend du crack.

Ce lapin prend du crack.

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17. Et ce lapin a clairement prévu de tuer Superman.

Et ce lapin a clairement prévu de tuer Superman.

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Regardez-moi ce sourire maléfique. On dirait le Joker.

18. WTF?!

WTF?!

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19. Joyeuses Pâques les enfants !

Joyeuses Pâques les enfants !

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Faites de beaux rêves…

Faites de beaux rêves...

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How Animals Are Adapting To Cope With Their Noisiest Neighbours Humans

The Conversation

Human noise is forcing animals around the world to go through changes, unknown and invisible to most of us. It will be another case of the survival of the fittest: some species will adapt and thrive; others will struggle to survive.

Our loud lives matter as sound is crucial for many animals. Songs, grunts, roars or cheeps can be used to keep in contact with others, to warn of danger or defend territory, to attract a mate, or to beg for food from a parent. But cities interrupt these communications. Our road traffic or construction sites, even our talking, fill their ears with low-pitched noise. So how do animals living in cities adapt?

From eavesdropping to echolocation

The fringe-lipped bat, of Central and South America provides one example. Using robotic, inflatable frogs and a large cage with microphones and speakers, a team led by Wouter Halfwerk recently revealed how these bats have adapted their hunting to noisy conditions. Their study is published in the journal Science.

Halfwerks team wanted to find out what happened if the mating calls were obscured by background noise, so they arranged the robot-frogs in such a way that some could only be detected by their croaking while others could also be detected by bats using echolocation. Would the bats change their hunting strategy if they could not hear the croaking above the high ambient sound played through the loudspeakers in the cage?

When the team flooded the cage with low-level, ambient, natural noise, both the non-inflating and the inflating robots were hunted in equal numbers. The bats heard the croaking and homed in on the robot frogs. However, when the volume of the ambient noise was turned up to obscure the sound made by the robot-frogs, the bats hunted only the robots which were having their vocal sacs inflated. In noisy conditions, the bats sent out twice as many echolocative calls as when it was quieter. The bats had switched to using echolocation to find their prey.

This change in behaviour is an example of what scientists call phenotypic plasticity the ability of an organism to respond to changes in their environment with adaptations to their physique, behaviour or life cycle. These changes can occur very quickly and may or may not be permanent throughout their lifespan.

Of course, bats arent the only animals to exhibit such plasticity of course, and other examples show how many species are adapting to live alongside their noisy human neighbours.

Sing louder, and higher

Nightingales raise the volume of their song in response to traffic noise and it also appears that they sing louder on weekday mornings than at weekends. Male song sparrows shift their song into higher frequencies, so it is not obscured by the lower rumble of cities. Similar observations have been made in great tits and it was also found that the songs of urban great tits were shorter and faster than those of their forest-dwelling cousins.

Such responses are not confined to birds: mammals, amphibians and insects have all responded in similar fashion. Whales in noisy harbours and shipping lanes sing louder but less often. Californian ground squirrels shift their calls to higher harmonics where there are noisy wind turbines. In response to traffic noise, the southern brown tree frog from Australia and the bow-winged grasshopper in Germany shift their acoustic signals to a higher pitch.

While singing louder and at a higher pitch are common responses, they are not the only adaptations that have been seen and several urban birds have started singing at different times. For example, European robins now sing at night in areas that are noisy during the day.

But what does all this mean for wildlife in the cities of the Anthropocene? It is clear that some species are able to adapt to noisy environments. These are the species that exhibit phenotypic plasticity, the generalists that can thrive in a wide range of environmental conditions and make use of different resources. More specialised species, those that are not able to adapt, face becoming locally extinct.

The generalists, the adaptors, are the species with the survival kits for the 21st century, the species many city-dwellers will see every day. Our noisy lives have unwittingly given these animals a helping hand.

The ConversationPhilip James, Professor of Ecology, University of Salford

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/how-animals-are-adapting-to-cope-with-their-noisiest-neighbours-humans/