Hey, Beautiful. (Yes, YOU!) Click Here.

You
know those days when you’re like, “UGH. I look awful. I feel awful.
Life is rotten.” Well, forget that noise! These sisters are on a mission
to “convince every woman to embrace the meaning of true beauty,” so do
them a solid, why don’t you? Watch this video, and pledge to love
yourself.

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A Scientist Explains Why Your Cat Is So Weird

If you own a cat, you are probably acutely aware that they are mad, mischievous mysteries. These curious critters do some incredibly bizarre things that appear to have no immediate explanation remarkably often. Why do they like sitting inside boxes all the time? Whats the deal with them digging their claws into your skin as you diligently pet them? Why do they revel in murderous activity so much?

Scientists have deciphered some of the domesticated felines more errant behaviors. We know that they see us as incapable furless kittens and somewhat competent landlords at the same time. They are, generally speaking, quick-to-enrage control-freaks that act without care or moral fortitude, all in a quest to prove that they are, essentially, tiny lions seeking dominance.

Why do cats act so weird? TED-Ed via YouTube

This new animation from TED-Ed goes into the evolutionary back story of the domesticated cats, offering up some possible explanations as to why theyre so thoroughly weird today. Perhaps most remarkably, it explains how their purring may be used to help regenerate damaged tissue.

In any case, theres a lot we still dont know about our furry companions. Inarguably, the most tantalizing question that is still yet to receive a definitive answer is: Are they really terrified of cucumbers?

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/why-are-cats-so-completely-and-utterly-weird

What Happens To A Dead Body In The Ocean?

According to TV mobsters, to be “sleeping with the fishes” is the worst punishment anyone can receive. There are many reasons that human bodies end up in the ocean, but they all have one thing in common: it is not entirely clear how scavengers in the ocean deal with them. In order to investigate how this decomposition occurs, a Canadian team deposited pig bodies into the Saanich Inlet over the course of three years and monitored scavenger progress with underwater cameras. The research was conducted by Gail Anderson and criminologist Lynne Bell of Simon Fraser University, and the paper was published in PLOS ONE.

Pig carcasses were chosen for this study because they are good approximations of a human’s gut microbe fauna, size, skin, and amount of body hair. In addition to studying how scavengers respond to terrestrial mammals, this research is also valuable to forensic scientists who can use the information to help solve crimes. 

Three pigs were dropped into the Saanich Inlet, a body of salt water in British Columbia. They were monitored with cameras in the Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea (VENUS) program, which provides a live feed via the internet. The first two pigs dropped were stripped down to the bone in a matter of three weeks by crustaceans.

The third pig, however, took over 90 days to be completely eaten because a lack of dissolved oxygen in the environment prevented the larger scavengers from moving in. In addition to the cameras, the pair were also able to monitor the chemistry of the water, current, and other factors that might have influenced how the body was broken down.

“Saanich Inlet is hypoxic (deficient of oxygen) most of the year and anoxic (without oxygen) at some times,” Anderson stated in a press release. “While the animals there are adapted to low oxygen, the last carcass was deployed when it was extremely low, which kept out all the big scavengers such as the shrimp and Dungeness crab, leaving the Squat lobsters, which were unable to break through the skin. This now gives us a better understanding of what happens to bodies in such waters.”

A forensically-relevant piece of information they were able to determine is that feet naturally come apart from the skeleton when being broken down. If a person who ended up in the water was wearing sneakers at the time of death, the foam soles would make the feet float on top of the water.

“So the so-called mystery of the ‘floating feet’ washing up on shores along the West Coast was not a mystery, but a natural occurrence in the marine environment,” Anderson explained.

Anderson and Bell plan to take the research further by dropping pigs into other environments even deeper into the ocean. If you’d like to see live shots from Anderson’s ongoing research with the 10th pig carcass, check out the live video feed. The lights come on every 15 minutes, starting at the top of the hour, so if you click the link and the feed looks black, be sure to check back every quarter hour for a better view. Here is a highlight reel from one pig being consumed by scavengers:

 

 

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/oxygen-levels-affect-how-quickly-scavengers-eat-bodies-ocean

That One Body Part We're Too Scared To Talk About Isn't Really That Scary

Attention! There’s nothing weird about periods or vaginas! Whew! That. Felt. Incredible. And kinda scary?

In this clip, Kat Lazo goes out in NYC to talk to women about their bodies and find out why we’re so afraid of the word “vagina.”

Read more: http://upworthy.com/that-one-body-part-were-too-scared-to-talk-about-isnt-really-that-scary

Watch This Beautiful Video of 10 Strangers Eating Sandwiches For The First Time

You may have seen this stupid viral videos of strangers kissing for the first time and people posting about how “beautiful” it is. Well, fuck that. Watch this ridic parody of the “beautiful” video of people kissing strangers for the first time….which was actually an advertisement. 

Read more: http://www.betcheslovethis.com/article/watch-this-beautiful-video-of-10-strangers-eating-sandwiches-for-the-first

Your Grandma Might Have Been Bullied Exactly Like This

This
video portrays the experiences of immigrants in America around 100
years ago. But how far have we really come since people were treating
immigrants like outsiders a century ago? Watch some of their experiences
and decide for yourself. 

The first account starts at 0:55, but watch from the beginning for some interesting historical context.

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Measles Are Marching Back Into Our Lives, And Here's A Real Reason Why

There are a lot of bloggers and personalities who are experts on giving their opinion but are not experts on presenting actual facts to back up their claims. So it’s often easy to misplace your trust in people who use their voices to be a personality but aren’t scientists. This video from “The Daily Show” addresses this phenomenon and makes a few digs at people who deny science facts across all political persuasions.

Watch it to the end, and if you like what you see, you may want to pass it to a friend who needs a little fact check.


FACT CHECK TIME.
Here are some time-stamped facts for you:

0:50 Infectious disease expert
Dr. Paul Offit (director, Vaccine Education Center) — the number of people choosing not to use vaccines is increasing, according to Forbes, Mother Jones, and PolicyMic.

1:21 Before vaccines, rubella caused 20,000 birth defects a year and measles infected millions.

1:34 Because of anti-vaxers, outbreaks started in
California, N.Y., and Oregon.

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