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AGE: 25
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Serenity
AGE: 23
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Alyssa
AGE: 19
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WEIGHT: 120 lbs
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Jersey
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Twitter Follows Facebook And Google In Reporting Its Staff Is Dominated By White Men

The social network reports that 70% of its global employees are male.

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Twitter’s gender diversity data Via Twitter: @2014

Twitter joined tech companies like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Yahoo today in disclosing its ethnic and gender diversity data. And like those companies, Twitter acknowledged it has “a lot of work to do.”

Twitter reported in a blog post that 70% of its workforce is men and just 30% is women. The disparity is even worse in its executive ranks, where the breakdown is 79% men and 21% women. Twitter’s workforce is also overwhelmingly white — 59% of its employees are white, while 29% are Asian and less than 5% are black, Hispanic or Latino.

“We are keenly aware that Twitter is part of an industry that is marked by dramatic imbalances in diversity — and we are no exception,” Janet Van Huysse, Twitter’s vice president of diversity and inclusion, wrote in the post. “By becoming more transparent with our employee data, open in dialogue throughout the company and rigorous in our recruiting, hiring and promotion practices, we are making diversity an important business issue for ourselves.”

Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity has become a major issue recently amid frequent reports of sexual harassment and discrimination at some of America’s fastest-growing and wealthiest companies. The reports are intended to foster a broader discussion on how to increase diversity in tech, which is presently dominated by white and Asian men.

Google led tech companies in disclosing diversity data at the end of May; Facebook, LinkedIn and Yahoo were quick to follow. (Apple says it will soon provide similar information.) All of the companies reported a workforce of 61% men or more; LinkedIn had the most women in leadership roles at just 27%. At each of the companies, at least 89% of employees are white or Asian.

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Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/sapna/twitter-follows-facebook-and-google-in-reporting-its-staff-i

State Department: U.S. Hostages Taken In Algeria

video via Free Beacon

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland confirmed on Wednesday that Americans have been taken hostage as part of an Islamist raid on a BP gas field in Algeria.

“The best information that we have at this time is that U.S. citizens are among the hostages,” Nuland said. She did not provide names or the number of U.S. hostages.

The Norwegian, Japanese and Irish embassies have confirmed that some of their citizens have been captured. Their current status is unknown.

The Associated Press puts the current number of American hostages at 7, and estimates 41 hostages overall.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/state-department-us-hostages-taken-in-algeria

The New School’s Jewish Student Union Doesn’t Want John Galliano Teaching On Campus

Galliano in New York in February. Splash News

The New School’s Jewish Students Union has expressed disappointment in administrators’ decision to hire John Galliano to teach a class about emotion and fashion design at its fashion school, Parsons. Their sentiments are a reminder that while the fashion industry is eager to see Galliano’s career recover rapidly and substantially, the extreme offense prompted by his two-year-old remarks — including the statement “I love Hitler” — might never fully vanish.

“The heart of the issue is Jewish students on campus do not feel comfortable with him being on campus teaching a class, even if he’s unpaid,” said the New School’s Jewish Student Union president Jennifer Kaplan, a junior studying history and Judaism at the Eugene Lang College of liberal arts. A week ago, the school announced that the ex-Christian Dior designer, who was fired in 2011 after video footage of his anti-Semitic rant went viral online, would teach a three-day workshop at Parsons to eligible senior students.

The Jewish Students Union has launched a petition on Change.org, which asks, “This is a person who was fired from Dior for his anti-semitic remarks, who Natalie Portman refused to work with because of his remarks, so why is Parsons The New School for Design hiring him?” The petition was created before the students knew Galliano would be working unpaid (that information was announced Friday), though Kaplan says that information doesn’t change the JSU’s stance on the issue. The petition continues:

Parsons The New School for Design plans to hire John Galliano for a 3-day workshop. It doesn’t matter if it’s for three months or three days, hiring someone who has made such horrific comments shows that the school values Galliano over their entire Jewish student body. It shows they value him over their students’ respect, peace of mind, and heritage.

It is disgraceful to hire someone who has made such inhumane comments.

There should be no room for this kind of person as a staff member on the faculty at Parsons. Imagine if the school were hiring a person who publicly voiced support for the KKK — there would likely be backlash because it’s not right to have someone like that teaching at a school. But because this is someone who has made anti-Semitic remarks, people are willing to look the other way. This is unnaceptable [sic].

Kaplan said that the JSU’s “active members all communicated, and we’re just extremely uncomfortable with his hiring.” She added that about 300 students subscribe to the group’s email list, and that while they don’t hold formal meetings, 30 to 50 students usually attend regular JSU gatherings, like Shabbat dinners. None of the active members study fashion design, according to Kaplan.

Kaplan said she’s heard some criticism of her stance since she’s not a Parsons student. “There’s such a small amount of fashion students, and they don’t have time to be part of a student association, they’re so busy,” she said. But she emphasized that as the president of the JSU, it’s her responsibility to represent Jewish students across the whole campus.

The Anti-Defamation League has repeatedly voiced support for Galliano. Just last week, the ADL’s national director, Abraham Foxman, told BuzzFeed Fashion, “I’m glad he’s continuing on with his life. I don’t have an issue, and I think people should stop hounding him on this one unfortunate happening in his life.”

Despite this stance from Foxman, who also told BuzzFeed that he’s now “friends” with Galliano, Kaplan said the JSU couldn’t be sure that the designer’s apologies were genuine. “After [his] statements, can someone no longer be an anti-Semite?” she wondered. “His statements were atrocious.”

In response, Foxman provided this email statement to BuzzFeed Fashion on Monday, further explaining why the ADL has been supportive of Galliano’s recovery:

“John Galliano has met with ADL on numerous occasions. He has expressed remorse for his actions [and] made a clear and unequivocal apology for his words. He has met with rabbis and Holocaust scholars and has gone on an intellectual and moral pilgrimage to learn from his past mistakes. He has also offered to do volunteer work with fashion schools in Israel. From every interaction we have had with him, it is clear that Mr. Galliano has made a very positive effort to redeem himself, and it is because of this effort that I am willing to stand up for him and to say, ‘let’s give him a second chance.’”

The New School would not comment on the JSU’s petition, instead providing the same statement emailed to press last week, which read, “We believe that over the past two years Galliano has demonstrated a serious intent to make amends for his past actions, and as part of this workshop, Parsons students will have the opportunity to engage in a frank conversation with Mr. Galliano about the challenges and complications of leading a design house in the 21st century.”

Kaplan said that JSU officers emailed New School Dean Joel Towers Tuesday night, and he responded “extremely quickly.” Kaplan didn’t want to go into detail about what the email said, but revealed that Towers, who is Jewish, described his personal connection to the Holocaust. “It was a fantastic email,” Kaplan said. “It didn’t say everything we wanted, but it was very personalized.” Other administrators send officers less personalized responses.

Ultimately the JSU’s goal is to stop Galliano from teaching on campus. The organization is not sure what actions it will take if administrators don’t stop the class (a protest wasn’t ruled out). But Kaplan suggested Galliano just might be able to do something — though it’s unclear what that would be — to make the JSU feel comfortable with his teaching appointment. “If he reached out and said, hey, I want to do this, we’d have to discuss it with the club and see how people feel about that,” Kaplan said.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/amyodell/the-new-schools-jewish-student-union-doesnt-want-john-gallia

Terminally ill 7-year-old gets his Halloween wish granted and fights off the walking dead.

Civilization has collapsed. Supplies are scarce. Oh yeah, and there are a bunch of undead, flesh-eating creatures roaming around every corner and they’re coming after
you.

The zombie apocalypse has become a popular fantasy these days.

That’s thanks in no small part to the success of “The Walking Dead,” which has been, ahem, killing it for years, and its spinoff series, “Fear the Walking Dead.” But most of us won’t have a chance to put our encyclopedic knowledge of the undead to practical use.

Then again, most of us aren’t Spencer Holt.

Somebody call a hero? Photo by Pasco Sheriff’s Office, used with permission.


The 7-year-old boy from Pasco County, Florida, got to do what many of us secretly wish we could try: living a day as a hero in the middle of a zombie attack.

Spencer is battling a terminal mitochondrial disease that has no known cure. With doctors unable to establish any firm timeline of what lies in store for him, he and his family are simply taking life one step at a time, hoping that tomorrow brings better news than the day before.

Thanks to a few kindhearted deputies, he received exactly that last week in the form of a day spent living out his fantasy as a real-life
Rick Grimes.

Watcha gonna do when he comes for you? Photo by Pasco Sheriff’s Office, used with permission.

After receiving a call from Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco inviting him down to the station, Spencer a lover of all things law enforcement and zombie-related was whisked away to the sheriff’s office with a full motorcade escort in tow.

Before he could even begin to make heads or tails of the situation, he was informed that an army of zombies (played by local high school drama students) had infiltrated the facility.


Insert Me before my morning coffee” joke here. Photo by Pasco Sheriff’s Office, used with permission.

“We’re overrun, buddy. We need your help. We need a team leader out there,” Nocco told the boy as he adorned him with an official badge.
“This is going to be an important day.”

With a NERF dart gun in his hand and a troop of SWAT members and K-9 units providing backup, Spencer proceeded to dispatch any and every zombie threat facing the jail with sniper-like precision.

When all was said and done, Spencer was treated to two more surprises.

The first: a Thriller”-inspired victory dance from several on-duty officers (a reference that I’m pretty confident was a little before his time).

GIF via
WFLA News Channel 8.

The second: a minivan, donated to Spencer’s family by a local roofing company to help transport him around.

Spencer’s mother, Cher, was overwhelmed by the generous gestures. “This is what I treasure, the good days,” she said.
Make the most memories of every day because no one is promised tomorrow.”

Watch the action here, courtesy of Fox 13 News:

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/terminally-ill-7-year-old-gets-his-halloween-wish-granted-and-fights-off-the-walking-dead?c=tpstream

Not so Glee-ful: Musician Jonathan Coulton unloads over ‘Baby Got Back’ rip-off

http://twitter.com/#!/jonathancoulton/status/294645496155344897

@jonathancoulton you aren’t coming across as Glee-ful.;(

— Mike Foley (@mikefoley) January 25, 2013

@jonathancoulton So sorry you have to deal with this kind of blatant bullshit. Artists deserve better. I’m glad you seem to have recourse.

— Erik Lars Myers (@topfermented) January 25, 2013

It’s on. Computer programmer-turned-singer/songwriter Jonathan Coulton has been fuming over what appears to be a blatant “Glee” rip-off of his 2005 cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s hit tune, “Baby Got Back.” The show aired the arrangement tonight.

I love that #glee just covered Baby Got Back – slow mo and with banjos!

— Becca Obergefell (@OberBecca) January 25, 2013

#glee oh no they didn’t slow down Baby got back!! Haha! I love it!!!

— Princess Shala (@phoenixmoon3) January 25, 2013

@phoenixmoon3 Jonathan Coulton did it first, they simply ripped off his cover. #glee #babygotback #teamcoulton

— Jessica Garcia (@00jess_marie00) January 25, 2013

#glee Baby Got Back – They stole it. Melody and arrangement actually by @jonathancoulton whom they have neither credited nor compensated.

— Scott Smith (@saspcguy) January 25, 2013

Last week, after first getting wind of the cover, Coulton tweeted:

Hey look, @gleeonfox ripped off my cover of Baby Got Back: bit.ly/WME9Ho. Never even contacted me. Classy.

— Jonathan Coulton (@jonathancoulton) January 18, 2013

After listening, I think that @gleeonfox may have even used parts of my recording. Do I hear a duck quack? And of course they say “Johnny C”

— Jonathan Coulton (@jonathancoulton) January 18, 2013

Fans backed him up:

@jonathancoulton @gleeonfox Wow that IS a straight up rip off. Get a lawyer on that asap.

— thesubstream (@thesubstream) January 18, 2013

@jonathancoulton It was at the ‘Johnny C’ that my jaw just dropped.

— Whit Andry (@whitneyarner) January 18, 2013

That’s a reference to a tell-tale lyric in Coulton’s version. Wired reports:

“I assume [Glee] heard [my cover] and wanted to put it in their show. Which is flattering, but also an email would have been nice — just a hi, howya doin’ kind of thing,” Coulton told Wired by e-mail.

Coulton notes that the YouTube video was not an official Fox release of the song, but the track is currently for sale on the Swedish version of iTunes, as reported by Kotaku, where it appears to be offered from the official “Glee Cast” account. The song is reportedly slated for the Jan. 24 episode “Sadie Hawkins.” Wired reached out to a Fox representative, who said that they had no comment on the matter.

Coulton immediately posted the video on Twitter side-by-side with a link to his version of the 1992 hit single, and the resemblance was beyond uncanny, even simulating quirks like Coulton’s name drop of “Johnny C.” It was so close, in fact, that Coulton speculated that the same audio might have been used, and recruited his followers to help him analyze the track.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison:

Music fans confronted Alex Anders, music producer for the popular TV show, on Twitter after Coulton’s complaints:

@alxanders hey here’s an awkward question have you ever heard of jonathan coulton

— ellie (@blainefabray) January 18, 2013

@mrrpmurphy @alxanders @adamanders Will you address using Coulton’s version of Baby Got Back without telling him. All over media.

— gleekTO (@gleekTO) January 18, 2013

Hey @alxanders, any insight/remarks into what @jonathancoulton is talking about re: Glee stuff?

— Phil Vox (@PhilVox) January 18, 2013

Anders responded (and later deleted this tweet that was retweeted by many users):

“@alxanders: Some people can’t see opportunity when it smacks them in the face.” The sheer entitlement from this statement is sickening tbh.

— Quanita(@Flirttana) January 18, 2013

Or they purposely avoid it so they don’t get sued. RT @alxanders: Some people can’t see opportunity when it smacks them in the face.

— Kamari Diabla (pls)(@KammySanM) January 18, 2013

Coulton responded as well:

@alxanders Actually, I’m pretty sure I felt the smack…

— Jonathan Coulton (@jonathancoulton) January 18, 2013

And more music fans/Glee viewers weighed in:

@jonathancoulton @alxanders Baby Got Smack.

— Jeffrey Bryson (@jwalkerbryson) January 19, 2013

Hey @alxanders stop being a jerkface and apologize to @jonathancoulton also give him some of that mad Gleemoney

— Hexagonest Badass (@Badassperger) January 20, 2013

After Anders deleted his “opportunity” tweet, he posted this:

My comment yesterday about opportunity had absolutely nothing to do with what many of you assumed.

— Alex Anders (@alxanders) January 20, 2013

Yep:

Then why did you delete it? RT @alxanders My comment yesterday about opportunity had absolutely nothing to do with what many of you assumed.

— Diabla (@Diabla_Cruz) January 22, 2013

Coulton responded:

@alxanders OK then: sorry. Internet is hard.

— Jonathan Coulton (@jonathancoulton) January 20, 2013

The #TeamCoulton movement is building as the public (and possibly legal) showdown heats up:

I’m with @jonathancoulton.

— mark mcconville (@markmcconville) January 25, 2013

@gleeonfox I’m a big fan of yours, but also @jonathancoulton. So disappointed in you.

— brigideire (@brigideire) January 25, 2013

Read that @jonathancoulton is furious over Glee. Good! I have a feeling Fox maybe getting some legal action here!

— Larry Treece III (@Lareson3) January 25, 2013

And really, @foxtv ? How did you not know that @gleeonfox had ripped off that arrangement including his own NAME?! #JohnnyC #TeamCoulton

— Menolly (@Menolly07) January 25, 2013

Spread love and awareness, #teamcoulton. Remember that disrespect will only hurt @jonathancoulton – show the world how classy his fans are.

— Jen (@antijenic) January 25, 2013

Maybe the Glee fans who don’t know @jonathancoulton will ask #WhoisJohnnyC? #TeamCoulton

— Rora Borealis (@rora_borealis) January 25, 2013

We’ll update with any further response from Anders or details from Coulton.

Until then, tuck away this takeaway lesson: Coulton has earned at least $500,000 from music download revenue, merchandise, and performances. Intellectual property rights do matter, even among left-leaning creative types and Internet geeks. Every creator deserves the fruits of his labor and deserves recourse when those fruits are shamelessly stolen without credit/attribution/linkage — from the Fox network or anyone else.

https://twitter.com/TheBloggess/status/294661659035848704

That >> Artistic theft w/o credit hurts everyone.Don’t piss on your geeky fans, Glee.You need us more than we need you. #teamcoulton

— Leo Nerd (@leo_nerd5) January 25, 2013

You did it #GLEE. Ya ripped off an original arrangement from @jonathancoulton & put it on TV without even trying to act like ya didn’t. Wow!

— Caissie St.Onge (@Caissie) January 25, 2013

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/01/25/not-so-glee-ful-musician-jonathan-coulton-ready-to-unload-over-cover-rip-off/

“Rizzoli And Isles” Admits To Playing It Up For The Lesbian Fans

1. In case you missed it, Rizzoli and Isles is the “Gayest Nongay Show On Television”:

2. And now, inside the show’s cover story in this week’s TV Guide, its stars are totally admitting it:

3. In the article, they address their lesbian fan base:

“From the beginning, that lively chemistry – along with the fact that the characters can’t maintain steady relationships – has some fans wondering whether there was more between Rizzoli and Isles than just dusting for fingerprints. […] Alexander just smiles. “There’s nothing gay about them,” she says. “What’s gay? That Jane has a raspy voice?” Still. Harmon admits they do play up the tension sometimes. A poster for the new season features the women languidly stretched out together on a picnic blanket, for example. “Sometimes we’ll do a take for that demo,” Harmon admits. “I’ll brush by [Maura’s] blouse or maybe linger for a moment. As long as we’re not being accused of being homophobic, which is not in any way true and completely infuriating, I’m OK with it.”

5. The title of the spread is “Girlfriends Forever.”

7. Writer Janet Tamaro previously told TV Guide:

The lesbian theory endlessly amuses me, and it amuses the cast. Rizzoli and Isles have been heterosexual from the first episode, though there is no way I would want to interfere with my viewers’ fantasy lives.

9. Here’s to hoping they never stop playing it up.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/skarlan/rizzoli-and-isles-admits-to-playing-it-up-for-the-lesbian-fa

Red Wine Might Not Be That Good For You And Other Health News

Study tests health benefits of red wine

Apparently, drinking red wine doesn’t have the health benefits we thought it did. According to a new study, the antioxidant resveratrol that is thought to improve longevity actually has no benefits if you consume it at naturally occurring levels (ie. by drinking a glass of wine). However, many studies still support the claim that moderate alcohol consumption can be good for your heart, meaning you can still tell people you’re getting wine drunk for the health benefits. Just, in order to get the antioxidant benefits of red wine someone would have to drink “hundreds of glasses of red wine a day.” I think I speak for all the betches out there when I say: challenge accepted. Read article >>

Twins born holding hands

A photo went viral recently of two twin baby girls holding hands moments after being born. The reason why this happened is unclear. Some are saying it’s a sign of love. Others (who apparently want to ruin the cuteness for everyone) said the hand holding was not because of love, but the result of an instinct newborns have to clasp and grab. Either way, the photo has been seen by, like, everyone on the internet allowing the twins their 15 minutes of fame before they’re even a week old. I mean, at this rate, this could be the basis for a new show on TLC. Anything is an improvement on Honey Boo Boo. Read article >>

College football players have smaller brains

A new study testing college football players has found that the impact and injuries that occur in football can reduce the size of some regions in the brain. One of the main regions effected, according to the study, is the hippocampus which is responsible for regulating emotion and forming, storing, and processing memory. The study also showed that years of football can lead to slower reaction times. See, betches! Those football players at your college weren’t dumb because they got in on sports scholarships, they were dumb because they’re brain damaged. This makes, like, so much sense. Read article >>

Read more: http://www.betcheslovethis.com/article/college-football-players-have-smaller-brains-and-other-health

Caloric Restriction Increases Lifespan In Monkeys

A 25-year study published recently in Nature Communications has demonstrated that caloric restriction in rhesus monkeys bestowed numerous health benefits by reducing both mortality and age-associated diseases. These results contradict an earlier study which reported no differences in survival rates, but the scientists also believe they have an explanation for this.

Restricted calorie intake whilst maintaining a continued supply of essential nutrients has been demonstrated previously to increase the longevity of several different organisms, from unicellular yeast to mice and fruit flies. Alongside a longer lifespan, this caloric restriction (CR) also delayed the onset of multiple age-related diseases in rodents. In order to gain more translatable information which could infer the effects of CR in humans, researchers turned to monkeys. This is because non-human primates display physiological, anatomical and behavioral similarities to humans. Rhesus macaques, which were used in this study, also display similar aging characteristics to humans such as greying of the hair and loss of muscle tone. Certain diseases which are associated with increased age in humans such as diabetes and bone loss also become more prevalent with aging in these animals. 

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW) used 76 rhesus monkeys for the study which were divided into two groups. In the control group the monkeys were fed ad libitum and received as much food as they wanted, whereas the other (CR) group received a diet containing 30% less calories than what they had been previously eating. The monkeys within the control group had a 2.9-fold increased risk of disease and a 3-fold increased risk of death when compared with the CR group. This is in stark contrast to a previous influential study carried out by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). They also carried out a long-term study on 120 monkeys and found no significant differences between the CR group and the control group. 

The scientists from UW pondered why this could be, and have offered some possible explanations. According to Ricki Colman from UW, her group began working with adult monkeys which meant that they already knew how much food the monkeys wanted to eat; they therefore took this amount as the normal calorie intake and reduced the calories by 30% from this. The NIA, however, based their feeding amounts on a standardized chart issued by the National Academy of Science. The scientists from UW concluded that this resulted in the monkeys in the control group also receiving a reduction in calories, which could explain why no differences were seen. Colman also found that the control monkeys at NIA weighed less at all times during the study when compared to the monkeys used in the UW study. 

Although encouraging and informative, these data should be interpreted with care. One of the authors of the study, Rozalyn Anderson, pointed out that it is important to realize that the results should not be used as a lifestyle recommendation; few people can cope with a constant 30% reduction in calories. “We are not studying it so people can go out and do it, but to delve into the underlying causes of age-related disease susceptibility,” she adds. According to Anderson, in the species that have been investigated so far CR causes metabolism to be reprogrammed and affects the ability of the organism to respond to environmental changes. 

Although similar data are available from human studies, they are more clinically restricted than monkey studies. Rodent studies previously carried out are also limited in what they can inform us of what is happening in humans. The authors propose that the benefits of CR on aging are conserved among primates, and suggest that the advances from this study will translate directly to human aging and health. 

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/caloric-restriction-increases-lifespan-monkeys

Believe there’s nothing left in nature that can surprise you? Guess again.

1. The Klipspringer could probably jump over your house.

Have a silver dollar nearby? Hold it in your hand. Now picture a 40-pound, 3-foot-tall deer balanced delicately on it. Congratulations, you’ve caught a klipspringer!

A klipspringer jumping about 20% as high as it could if it really wanted to.

Native to sub-Saharan Africa, the klipspringer is a tiny ungulate with a big vertical jump. Its little legs tipped by tiny round hooves each the size of a dime are incredibly strong and can propel the klipspringer up to 50 feet in the air. It’s the highest jumper relative to body size in the animal kingdom.

Another fun fact? Thanks to the succulent plants they eat, klipspringers never need to drink water.

2. Hummingbirds have adorable tiny bodies and disturbingly big appetites.

If you think flight makes your heart beat faster, you have nothing on the hummingbird. To stay aloft, this tiny avian wonder flaps its wings up to 3,000 times a minute with up to 1,260 heartbeats in the same time.

Can’t talk. Busy. Photo by
Andrew E. Russell/Flickr.

Hummingbirds have the fastest metabolism of any warm-blooded animal and need to eat 3,500 calories a day (for a human, that would be about 510 cheeseburgers a day). When resting at night, they go into a state of semi-hibernation, slowing their metabolism to 1/15th of its normal rate.

3. The hippopotamus is fast. And will bring the pain.

A full-grown hippo is the third largest land mammal in Africa, behind elephants and rhinoceroses.

OH HAI LETS HANG OUT I HAVE NO BOUNDARIES!

Their name in greek means “river horse,” and if you’ve
ever seen them swim, you can understand why.

They’re also just as fast on land running up to 11 mph over short distances
as this unlucky gentleman found out.

Because of their aggression and size, hippos are considered one of
the most dangerous animals in Africa
. But maybe they have a right to be the International Union for the Conservation of Nature rates hippopotamuses as “vulnerable” to habitat loss and at risk of poaching for their meat and ivory canine teeth.

4. The mantis shrimp can boil water. Seriously.

First things first: This shrimp is not for scampi.

Beautiful. Deadly. Delicious? Photo by David Amsler/Flickr.

Unlike a lot of other shrimp, the mantis doesn’t scavenge. It prefers to hunt its prey; attacking snails, mollusks, and rock oysters with quick hits from its club and spear-like appendages. Just how quick? This quick:

Dibs!

Or, as The Oatmeal put it in an ode to the Mantis shrimp: “If human beings could accelerate their arms at 1/10th that speed, we’d be able to throw a baseball into orbit.”

A mantis shrimp strike
can reach speeds of 75 feet per second, so fast that they cause the water around them to boil,
creating a powerful shock wave of bubbles that blasts their prey immediately after a hit. Even if the first hit somehow misses the prey, that shock wave is often enough to incapacitate or kill it.

Not surprisingly, the mantis shrimp isn’t super popular among aquarium keepers due to their tendency to destroy decorative corals, eat every other living creature, and sometimes (apparently) break the glass of the tank.

5. The albatross thinks 12-hour flights are for wimps.

With a wingspan stretching more than 12 feet, the great albatross is the largest living flying bird. Their huge wings make them expert gliders. By riding updrafts and downdrafts as they fly, albatrosses can cover up to 1,000 miles in a single day all without flapping once.

When you call something an albatross, technically it’s a compliment. Photo by Protographer23/Flickr.

Albatross pairs fall in love over several years and after
several complicated mating dances will bond for life. The female lays a single egg every year.

Perhaps the most badass albatross is a female Laysan albatross named Wisdom. Born in or around 1951, she is the oldest known wild bird in the world. Researchers first banded her in 1956 and estimate that she’s flown 3 million miles since then the equivalent of circling the globe 120 times.

There are 22 subspecies of albatross in the world, all of which are endangered or vulnerable.

6. Bonobo monkeys take “make love, not war” to a new level.

Photo by Jeroen Kransen/Flickr.

The Bonobo monkey is neither violent nor vicious, which may have you wondering how it made it on this list of badass animals in the first place. But the bonobo wouldn’t be thinking about that it’d be too busy getting busy.

The bonobo monkey is the second most sexual living animal, after humans. Researcher Franz de Wall dubbed them the “make love, not war” species, after noting that they
resolve almost all of their conflicts through sexual activity.

Bonobo society is
a gynecocracy, with groups of females responsible for maintaining the peace. The only pairings of bonobos who do not have sex are mothers and sons. Aside from that, bonobos are sex-positive, promiscuous, and appear to form no lasting monogamous bonds. They are also highly tactile animals, kissing and holding hands, with both males and females engaging in same-sex interactions.

Between 29,500 and 50,000 bonobos remain in the wild, only in the basin of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are endangered, with commercial poachers posing their greatest threat.

7. The Hercules beetle could kick your butt at Crossfit.

The Hercules beetle is the rare insect that even an
entomophobic can appreciate. The
third-largest insect in the world, it regularly grows to six and a half inches in length, though its prominent horn-like pincers can sometimes account for more than half that length.

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Unlike many other insects, Hercules beetles remain in their larval stage for a year or more, growing more than four and a half inches long and weighing 3.5 ounces. Researchers previously thought a Hercules beetle could carry up to 850 times its weight on its shell but have since adjusted that figure down to 150 times. Which is still pretty awesome.

By comparison: The strongest human, Paul Anderson, once lifted 6,270 pounds, or 17x his weight.

Hercules beetles are generally very peaceful herbivores and
only fight other Hercules beetles during mating season.

8. The Pacific salmon has a built-in GPS.

Whoever coined the phrase “you can never go home again” clearly never met a Pacific salmon. Every year, millions of Pacific salmon leave the ocean and migrate up rivers and streams to spawn and die.

During their journey, Pacific salmon swim against powerful currents, hurl themselves up and over river rapids, evade wolves, birds, and even hungry grizzly bears before reaching the same spawning grounds where they were born a few years before.
And they do it all based on their memory of what that stream smelled like when they swam in it as tiny fry.

Pacific salmon are a keystone species that feed otters, seals, eagles, wolves and bears. Researchers estimate that
bears leave about half of the salmon they eat on the forest floor, where the carcass deposits life-giving nitrogen to help trees and plants grow.

Salmon are at great risk of habitat encroachment by industrial development, pollution, and overfishing. And yet there’s still hope. A local citizens group in Burnaby, Canada, spent the past few years remediating Still Creek a salmon-bearing stream in an industrial area that had not seen salmon for 80 years.
And in 2013, the salmon returned for the first time.

9. The cold never bothers the wood frog. He just freezes solid in it.

In many ways, the wood frog is just your average amphibian. He’s relatively small, likes to eat bugs, and has an excellent long jump. But there’s one thing that makes him extremely unique, and it’s how he handles cold weather.

He freezes solid.

No, really.
Solid.

Please don’t use me in your cocktails. I’m a wood frog, not an ice cube. Photo by Dave Huth/Flickr.

There are two reasons wood frogs can freeze and thaw and still live. First, they stuff their cells full of glucose and urea so that only a few ice crystals can form inside. Then they burrow under leaves and wait for the cold. When a wood frog touches an ice crystal, its skin freezes first, then its blood. As long as no more than 65% of the water in its body freezes during the winter, a wood frog will wake up in the spring ready to go.

10. The octopus can escape from things we haven’t even thought up yet.

There are a number of reasons the octopus might land on a list of badass animals. It has
jet propulsion, amazing camouflage, ink-jet self defense, and powerful sucker-studded limbs. But above all, the octopus is exceptionally intelligent perhaps the most of all the known invertebrates.

Photo by NOAA Ocean Explorer/Flickr.

In research environments, octopuses can navigate mazes and solve puzzles with relative ease. They are famed for figuring out complicated locks and
escaping enclosures.
Like, for example, a jar:


Is your brain telling you to panic right now? Mine too.

In the wild they’ve been known to sneak aboard fishing boats and eat crabs in the hold. Oh, and they can use tools! Like
this octopus toddling off with a pair coconut shells to construct a shelter.

Certain countries, including Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the European Union, have banned surgical research on octopuses and cephalopods
without anesthetic, citing the animals’ superior intellect.

11. The atlas moth isn’t a pair of snakes, it just really really looks like it.

With a wingspan stretching nearly 10 inches, the atlas moth is one of the three largest insects in the world. It takes its name from three possible origins:

  • Atlas, the Greek titan who holds the world across his back.
  • The map-like patterns across its wings.
  • Or the Cantonese name “snakes head moth,” which pays tribute to the details on its wingtips that make the moth look like it is two snakes intertwined in a tree. It’s more than just a pretty pose; this also helps the atlas moth escape birds, who will see the wing tips and think a snake is about to eat them!

Gigantic nightmare moth with snakes for wings? Sign me up. Photo by Alias 0591/Flickr.

A lot of websites report that Taiwanese women use atlas moth cocoons as purses, but we couldn’t find any photographic proof. Have you seen one? Let us know!

12. The giant squid is the size of a bus and lives in your nightmares.

Found in the deep sea worldwide, this massive cephalopod can grow to lengths up to
43 feet for females and 33 feet for males.

Nope. NOPE. NOOOOPE.

Like their genetic neighbor the Humboldt squid, giant squid are predatory, feasting on deep sea fish and other squids.
To capture its prey, the giant squid reaches out with two of its six suction-studded tentacles. Each sucker is surrounded with sharp bone-like serrations, allowing it to grab hold and dig into the flesh of its target.

Once they grab hold, the giant squid
uses its tentacles to pull the prey into its sharp beak, where more tiny serrations on its tongue shred anything left to bits.

Giant squid are so large that their only known predators are sperm or pilot whales. They’re also totally terrifying to see underwater,
particularly when they come at your camera.

13. The immortal jellyfish thinks your “YOLO” tattoo is adorable.

Some animals can regrow limbs. Others heal extremely quickly. But only one animal can never die.

I don’t think you are ready for this jelly. Photo by Alexander Vasenin/Wikimedia Commons.

The immortal jellyfish is the only known creature to revert back to a youthful state after reaching full sexual maturity.
Starting life as a tiny blob, the creature grows into a polyp colony, then into the full life cycle of a jellyfish, then back into a polyp colony. It does this over and over and over again, making it (as one researcher says) “biologically immortal.”

The immortal aspects of this jellyfish were only discovered in the mid-1990s, so there’s a lot still to be learned from it. But if researchers ever figure out how to make humans live forever, we might owe some of that to this little guy. Give him a high-tentacle next time you hang out.

14. The Tasmanian devil can bite through a bowling ball.

Pound for pound, the Tasmanian devil is one of the meanest, toughest mammals on the planet. It lives only on the island of Tasmania, south of Australia, which is probably for the best because this fella is lethal.

The cartoons about me were not a lie. Photo by S J Bennett/Flickr.

Honestly, he is. The Tasmanian devil likes to hunt at night and is capable of climbing trees, swimming across rivers, and
running 17 miles per hour for 60 minutes straight. Once it has its prey within reach watch out. The devil has a bite strength of more than 1,200 pounds per square inch the same as a grizzly bear.

Devils have a
voracious appetite, eating everything from roadkill to wombats to small kangaroos to swimming rats to discarded shoes.

Unfortunately, Tasmanian devils are now classified as endangered after a rare facial cancer wiped out tens of thousands of devils in the past several years.

15. The superb bird of paradise can beat you in a dance-off.

If the aptly named superb bird of paradise could sing, he’d be the avian equivalent of Justin Timberlake. After all, he’s already got the best dance moves around.

This badass tropical bird lives only in the rainforests of New Guinea. In the species, males greatly outnumber females, to the point where a female superb bird of paradise will reject between 15 to 20 male suitors before selecting a worthy mate. So, what’s a male bird got to do to stand out?

THIS:


Hola, mi mujer. Vamos a hacer el baile del amor?

During mating season, male superb birds of paradise will select a dance floor (sometimes even cleaning it with leaves before a female arrives), then call out for a potential partner.

When she arrives, he’ll dance up on her, plumage on fleek, until she either gives in to the moment or flies away.

16. Hey “Hunger Games” fans, the lyrebird is an IRL mockingjay.

The lyrebird has an incredible gift for imitating the sounds it hears in the forest, both from animals and humans. Check out
this incredible video where David Attenborough watches a lyrebird imitate a kookaburra, two different types of camera shutters, a car alarm, and a chainsaw. You might not believe your ears.

Photo by Sean Kelleher/Flickr.

Amazing, right? But there’s more.
Here’s another lyrebird who has learned to imitate the sounds of children’s video games, among other sounds.

The odds are ever in your favor if you want to see and hear a lyrebird in the wild: They’re found throughout Australia and Tasmania.

17. The clownfish takes its birth gender as a light suggestion.

For most of us, our knowledge of the clownfish is pretty much limited to what we picked up from watching “Finding Nemo.” But the reality of these little tropical anemone-dwellers is quite different than what Pixar showed us and significantly more awesome.

Not funny clownfish is not funny. Photo by Per Edin/Flickr.

For one thing, clownfish are what you might call in fancy science terms, “sequential hermaphrodites.” They’ll develop first as females and then into males. A female clownfish is the head of a colony, which will usually have a few juvenile males in it along with one adult male breeding partner. Should the female disappear or leave the colony (say for barracuda-related reasons), the male breeding partner would reverse gender and become a female. The next eldest juvenile male would grow up quickly and take his place.

Gender fluidity and immunity to sea anemone venom? That’s a pretty badass little fish (even if
he can’t really tell a joke).

18. The Galapagos tortoise will outlive your great-great grandchildren.

There are very few animals who’ve remained relatively unchanged for millennia. The Galapagos tortoise is one of them. These giant, lumbering ancient beasts can live well over 100 years and up to 225 years in captivity.

Early biologists discovered 15 subspecies of Galapagos tortoise, of which 10 remain. The differences between the species particularly those between tortoises living in highlands versus lowland regions were part of what sparked Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

I woke up like this. Photo by putneymark/Flickr.

One very famous tortoise, Lonesome George, lived in the Galapagos for more than 150 years before he passed away in 2012. George was famous for many reasons, the greatest being his reluctance to take a mate. His death marked
the extinction of his subspecies (abingdonii).

While there are an estimated 19,000 tortoises worldwide, the species is still considered vulnerable.

19. The tarsier is a bug-eyed, branch-hopping bringer of death.

Believe it or not, this odd little creature is a primate and the only exclusively carnivorous one in the entire order.

Come at me, bro. Photo by Bernard DuPont/Flickr.

Found only in Southeast Asia, tarsiers are known for their nocturnal habits, their long legs, and their gigantic eyes. Those eyes are almost the same size as the tarsier’s brain, giving them incredible night vision for hunting their favorite prey: insects (though they’ll also eat birds, snakes, lizards, and bats). Those giant eyes don’t move in their sockets, though, so to see anything that isn’t directly in front of it,
the tarsier must swivel its head about 180 degrees.

Once it sees potential prey, the tarsier can
jump 40x their body length from branch to branch to catch it.
This is for the best since the combination of its long skinny back legs and smaller front legs means it cannot walk on land or dance a jig.

20. The leafy sea dragon’s fashionable camouflage could make the cover of undersea Vogue.

With their beautiful feathery plumage, it’s easy to mistake a leafy sea dragon for a piece of Australian kelp or seaweed.

I can’t kelp that I look this good. Photo by VirtualWolf/Flickr.

These expertly camouflaged sea dragons are genetic cousins of sea horses. And like seahorses, the males raise the babies. After fertilization, male leafy sea dragons incubate eggs for four to six weeks, carrying them on a sponge-like “brood patch” on the underside of their tail.

In the 1980s, taking home sea dragons as pets became popular with divers. By 1990, population levels were so low that the Australian government instated full protection for the species. Numbers have recovered, but leafy sea dragons are still listed as near threatened.

21. Meerkats use teamwork and venom immunity to defend their manor.

How you like me now, Kalahari scorpion? Photo by Trisha Shears/Flickr.

We know what you’re thinking: How can anything that cute possibly be badass?

But the meerkat is pretty incredible. They’re devoted team players, living and working together with family and friends.

They’re extremely vocal and use clicks and purrs to communicate while hunting. They have six distinct calls to warn each other about possible dangers. They live in the Kalahari desert, one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. And unlike humans, they’re immune to the venom of Kalahari scorpions. So jealous.

22. The platypus is an adorable venomous abomination.

With a duck bill, webbed feet, furry body, and beaver tail, the platypus looks like the Mr. Potato Head of mammals. Seriously, look at this little weirdo:

Don’t let its seemingly contradictory appearance fool you, though. The platypus is venomous!

Twins attempting to not stab you with venom. Photo by Torsten Blackwood AFP/Getty Images.

When threatened, a male platypus secretes venom from a gland connected to spurs on its back feet. This venom isn’t strong enough to kill a human, but it can cause excruciating pain and severe swelling to those unfortunate enough to be caught behind an angry platypus during mating season.

23. The narwhal is the unicorn of the sea.

The narwhal only has two teeth, but what it lacks in tooth quantity, it makes up for in quality.

As it matures, a male narwhal’s canine tooth will grow through its upper lip into a giant spiral ivory tusk 9 or 10 feet long. The tusk is incredibly sensitive with
up to 10 million nerve endings inside. Its true purpose is not certain initially researchers believed the tusk was a weapon, others thought it had navigational functions, and others believe it is used for mating rituals or battles with other potential suitors.

A group of narwhals reminisce about that one time they tricked Ahab’s Moby-Dick crew into thinking unicorns were real. Photo by Glenn Williams/Wikimedia Commons.

The narwhal is mentioned throughout classical literature including Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” and Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick.”

The two greatest risks to narwhal populations are pretty depressing: suffocation under shifting sea ice or starvation.
About 80,000 narwhals live in the wild, and the species is considered near threatened.

These animals are undeniably awesome.

But there’s one opposite-of-badass quality a lot of them have in common. Seven of them are considered endangered, vulnerable, or threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. If you’re interested in learning more about helping at-risk animals,
visit their website.

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