A Quieter World Makes the Sparrow’s Song More Alluring to Mates

You’ve probably seen a headline or read an article about how the natural world seems to have righted itself in a few ways lately.

There’s less pollution, there are fewer people driving, and in general, nature really seems to be enjoying their time free from human machines.

It’s not really surprising, if you think about it!

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Scientists have dubbed the relative silence “anthropause,” which has led to an increase in wildlife sightings and a short-term reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

And listen to this – even sparrows, the world’s most underwhelming birds, are getting sexier. The reason is that they’ve basically had to scream to be heard over all of the other ambient city noise, but without the competing background sounds, they can really focus on their singing.

Their song has turned almost soulful, and I can only imagine the lady sparrows are loving it.

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Research shows that they do prefer the softer, lower notes that can be heard not that the noise pollution in some major cities has fallen as much as 50%.

The effect, said lead researcher Elizabeth Derryberry, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Tennessee, has been great.

“These birds use their songs to defend breeding territories and attract mates, therefore any change in their mating songs will likely affect reproductive success.”

Translation?

A whole bunch more sparrow females are going to swoon, more guy sparrows are going to get lucky, and we’re all going to get more little babies come spring.

Scientists believe that, as lockdowns continue to ease and the pandemic hopefully becomes a thing of the past, their songs will return to “normal” within a year or two.

It was nice while it lasted. At least, it was for the sparrows.

What do you think about this news?

Let us know in the comments!

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The Cabins Provide a Luxury Treehouse Escape in the Forests of Norway

Do you have childhood memories of playing in a treehouse? Do you enjoy the outdoors? BUT… do you dislike camping?

Woodnest has the perfect vacation getaway for you.

You can now rent a luxury treehouse experience in the forests of Norway.

Nestled in the forest, near the town of Odda, Norway are two luxury treehouses. Each Odda Treehouse is attached to a single tree, which shoots through the center of the house.

The steel collar, attached to the trunk of the tree, eliminates the need for additional support, leaving the forest floor below untouched and giving the impression of a nest free-floating among the trees.

This minimally invasive design is the work of Helen & Hard Architects, who say their aim was “to create a space that truly embodies what it means to dwell in nature.”

Each treehouse includes wifi, running water, sleeping accommodations for up to 4 people, a kitchenette, and is accessible via ramp.

Although, the Odda Treehouses are not accessible via car. Renters must hike to their designated Odda Treehouse, but the journey is part of the overall experience.

No more sleeping on the cold earth or squatting in the bushes when nature calls.

You can enjoy a warm shower, heated floors, and remarkable views of the fjord all from the comfort of your Odda Treehouse.

The creative team behind this breath-taking experience is the Aano family, including partners Kjartan and Sally and their daughter Lily. The treehouse plays a significant part in the love story of Kjarta & Sally, making this endeavor even more special.

It is important to the Aano family that their guests experience that “wow” moment when they gasp at seeing the treehouse for the first time.

Each rental starts at 2800 nok, which translates to $331.34 in United States dollars. The treehouses are currently booked through September 2021, and are taking reservations as far out as September 2022.

Would you book a night in one of these Odda Treehouses?

Let us know in the comments!

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Memes That Will Make You Do a Double-Take

When you think of the word “optical illusion,” you might picture the familiar illustration of vases that turn into faces or the image of a duck that is actually a bunny, but we can find optical illusions in everyday photographs.

Fight those winter blues and maintain your sanity as you social distance by taking a good look (or two) at the optical illusions in these 17 memes deserving of a double take.

1. Off with her head!

Or maybe on with her jacket?

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2. Stop, thief!

I know his arm isn’t that long but I can’t NOT see it that way.

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3. This is what happens when cats play with weapons:

Do you see the hole?

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4. I still haven’t figured this one out:

It’s like he’s staring right into my soul.

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5. Booty booty booty booty rockin’ everywhere:

Pants are required ma’am.

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6. It’s not what it looks like.

God as my witness.

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7. I’m gonna rock and roll all night:

Play Cotton Eye Joe!

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8. What am I missing here?

D*mn, that camo really works.

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9. Quick, someone get this kid a snack:

OH phew, nvm, she already has one.

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10. There’s a new super hero duo on the block:

Step aside Batman & Robin.

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11. First look: T-Rex

Second look: what is that man doing and why? Is he on a roof?

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12. You know what I heard?

Her owner’s husband is SO in the doghouse.

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13. Talk about getting ahead:

One of the hottest new trends of 2021.

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14. Don’t panic:

It’s not what it seems.

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15. Which animal do you see?

A crow or…a cat?

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16. I told you he was in the dog house.

Get your mind out of the gutter.

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Cool your jets. That’s an EAR.

But I bet it got you for a moment, huh?

#15 was the one that made me look twice. I am ashamed to say, I did NOT think those were her feet…

Which meme made you do a double take?

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Increase Your Health and Happiness With Biophilic Design

Do you ever wonder why people buy fresh cut flowers for their home? Have you noticed how cultivating potted plants has boomed in popularity since the start of the pandemic?

Interacting with nature makes us happier and healthier. But many of us spend the majority of our lives indoors, so it only makes sense that we would bring nature in along with us.

There’s a word for design dedicated to this practice. No, we’re not talking feng shui, we’re talking biophilic design.

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The concept of biophilic design was introduced by E.O. Wilson, a renowned biologist and professor at Harvard, in his 1984 book Biophilia.

Biophilia means “love of life.”

Living Future describes biophilic design as “the practice of connecting people and nature within our built environments and communities.”

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Constructing our homes and workspaces in a way that incorporates access to sunlight, plants, and views of the natural world isn’t just aesthetically pleasing. It’s better for our overall physical, emotional and mental well-being.

Studies show that interacting with nature is beneficial for human health, whether you’re taking a walk in the woods or feeding birds.

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According to Terrapin Bright Green, by bringing nature into your home or work space, biophilic design can reduce stress, improve cognitive function, and enhance mood and creativity.

Healthier employees are happier employees, and happier employees are productive employees.

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Biophilic design can also be incorporated at home.

One crucial element is sunlight. If you have windows in the home, open the blinds and pull back the curtains to let the sunshine in!

Remember to keep them clean and clear of obstructions.

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Next, add some greenery: potted plants, hanging plants, herb gardens, the more the better. Fresh cut flowers work as well, and come with the added bonus of a pleasant aroma.

You can also incorporate Earth tones and patterns into your interior design, or hanging pictures of natural landscapes on the wall if you don’t have access to natural views.

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You’d be surprised how the simple action of incorporating the elements of nature into your home or workplace can increase your quality of life.

Do you practice biophilic design? Let us know how in the comments!

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These Before and After Animal Adoption Pics Will Melt Your Heart

About a year ago, my parents rescued a dog from a local rescue. They hadn’t had a dog in the house in over five years since their last one had passed away, and I think they were a little bit nervous about it.

But Coco has been an absolute delight and my parents absolutely love her to pieces!

It just goes to show you how much love and happiness that animals bring into our homes.

Are you ready to meet some rescue animals that will melt your heart? Let’s take a look!

1. Fred’s getting fat!

And that’s a good thing!

When I found Fred on the side of the road he was skittish, neurotic, and sweet as could be. One month later he’s still all those things, but now he’s fat too. Love him more every day. from BeforeNAfterAdoption

2. Don’t get a pet if you don’t “want to deal with it anymore.”

But we’re glad that Dooby is now living his best life.

This is my precious little man, Dobby. He was dumped off at a shot clinic. The owner said she did not want to “deal with him anymore“. I cannot imagine the pain that he was in. He has made a miraculous recovery and is a very special little guy! from BeforeNAfterAdoption

3. Rescued from the streets.

This one was a major turnaround.

Phoenix was rescued from the streets and was covered in hot tar. Little over a month later, he looks amazing, he loves humans and is ready to enter a loving home 🥰 from BeforeNAfterAdoption

4. We’re going to take care of you.

And we’ll keep you safe.

When we met her in the shelter my daughter immediately started whispering in her ear “your okay, we’ll take you home and keep you safe, we love you already” from BeforeNAfterAdoption

5. Now you can relax and enjoy yourself.

Look at how calm she is in her new home.

After 4 years in the street, Annie found her home with my parents. First day vs 1 week later from aww

6. Keep losing those pounds.

Way to go, Shiloh!

Fed junk food and never given any exercise her whole life, Shiloh couldn’t walk more than 10 meters before having to stop and rest. 3 months later, she’s lost 30 pounds and can walk over 1 km without stopping! from BeforeNAfterAdoption

7. What a good boy!

Clearly enjoying his new home.

This is Edgar before and after getting adopted. (My first shelter pup, Steve, is in the back there.) from BeforeNAfterAdoption

8. A heart of gold.

Bringing joy to her owners every single day.

After surviving severe neglect, heartworm and mange, Waffle still has a heart of gold and loves everyone she meets. She makes us smile everyday! from BeforeNAfterAdoption

9. Who the hell would do this?

People are really terrible sometimes.

My next-door neighbors abandoned their dog and got a new puppy. She was in the shelter for a full month before I realized what happened. This is Missy in the shelter, and when she realized she’s never going back. from BeforeNAfterAdoption

10. Look at this transformation.

Hello, Midnight!

My Midnight’s transformation from BeforeNAfterAdoption

11. He loves taking car rides!

And he’s loving his life now!

Ride from the shelter VS. Ride for fun from BeforeNAfterAdoption

12. Saved from underneath a car.

You did a good thing. Bravo!

One year ago, Jake was found underneath a car, alone and half frozen. He was 4 weeks old and his mom was gone. Now he’s the biggest kitty with the most personality that I’ve ever met. from BeforeNAfterAdoption

I can’t get enough of these pics!

And now we want to hear from you.

In the comments, please share some photos of your furry friends.

Thanks in advance!

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Do You Need a Pick-Me-Up? We Think These Photos of Rescue Pets Will Do the Trick!

If you’ve been down in the dumps, we have something special for you that we think is going to make you happy INSTANTLY.

I’m talking about photos of rescue pets who have found their forever homes and who are clearly living their best lives!

Oh yeah, you know that’s the good stuff!

Unless you have a cold, black muscle pumping in your chest instead of a heart, we think you’re gonna love every last one of these pictures of very good boys and girls.

Are you ready?

Enjoy!

1. She stole your heart.

And now she has a new home!

I rarely adopt (I always rescue then adopt lol) but this little cutie that was born with a facial birth defect stole my heart the second I saw her adoption post on Reddit. Please say Hi to my new adopted kitten, Nala! ❤❤❤ from cats

2. These two will be best friends forever.

Hey, opposites attract sometimes!

This Cat Adopted a puppy from aww

3. I think he likes you, too.

No doubt about that!

My newly adopted friend. I think he likes me from aww

4. Adopting a senior kitty.

She looks like she has a huge personality.

We adopted this 11 year old senior, ShayShay, today from a woman who couldn’t keep her anymore. Her first photo matches her personality. We are so happy to have you, beautiful girl. from aww

5. One step closer to his dream.

Well, isn’t this cute?

Our son’s dream of becoming a k-9 officer got one step closer today. We adopted him at 2.5 after his parents passed away. His new best friend, a little girl named Jovi, was born on his biological mother’s birthday. Meant to be! 💗 from ProtectAndServe

6. Welcome home, Arnold!

He looks like a very good boy.

Rescued this very good boy, Arnold!! He looks so handsome in his sweater!! from aww

7. This cat looks amazing.

Like a beast straight out of the wild.

We adopted Nova 12 weeks ago today and I wanted to share with you all how much he has changed since he arrived! from aww

8. Take a snooze.

You’re safe and sound now, buddy!

I accidentally adopted a sleeping machine from pics

9. Her twilight years will be her best.

A new addition to the family.

Just rescued this sweet lil old lady, Chloe. She’s 12 and she’s gonna have her finest years yet! from rarepuppers

10. Awwww. This is very wholesome.

Just look at that face!

This is Dalton, the 13 year old diabetic dog my family adopted today from aww

11. You had to keep these two together.

And we’re glad you did!

Been telling myself the only way to keep them together is to just adopt them myself. It’s not my fault. I have no choice. from aww

Well, now I feel a whole lot better! No doubt about it!

How about you?

Do you have any rescue pets at home? If so, please share some photos of your friends with us in the comments.

We’d love to meet them!

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Enjoy Some of the Best Tweets From “Thoughts of Dog”

I gotta say, I’m a little annoyed that here we are in the year 2021 and we still haven’t trained our dogs to talk yet.

I don’t know if we’re to blame it or it’s all their fault, but either way, it’s pretty discouraging. I thought we’d have this down by 2015 at the latest…

So, because that is the reality that we live in, we have to rely on the “Thoughts of Dog” Twitter account to let us know what dogs and thinking about and why.

And boy, is it insightful…let’s take a look. You might never look at your dog the same way ever again…

1. Keeping an eye on the important stuff.

Well, someone has to do it.

2. I agree with this sentiment.

What do you think?

3. Here, here!

We’re behind you on this one!

4. This is how everyone should live their life.

Anytime can be bed time.

5. You better go taste that.

You have to taste all the leaves and sticks, ya know?

6. What is this ball I keep hearing about?

Can anyone explain it to me?

7. Let’s look at the data.

Time to crunch the numbers.

8. It doesn’t seem fair.

What’s the deal with the sticks, humans?

9. What’s the point of all this?

How can I NOT fall asleep?

10. I can’t help it, okay?

But you know they’re still gonna take pictures.

11. You’re not allowed to go back.

Work from home forever. Sound good?

12. Don’t rush me!

I need to take my time…

13. A ball of fury!

And of FUR.

Well, wasn’t that adorable…?

Do you have any dogs in your household?

Well, if so, you know we want to meet them!

Introduce us to them in the comments!

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Hilarious and Insightful Tweets From “Thoughts of Dog”

Don’t try to tell me that you’ve never sat around and wondered just what exactly your dog was thinking about…

I know I definitely have before!

And, since we haven’t trained dogs to talk yet, we need to rely on the “Thoughts of Dog” Twitter account to help us what’s going on inside those canine brains.

Are you ready to get deep and go on a fantastic voyage of discovery? So am I! Let’s do it now!

1. Time to create some chaos.

You knew this was coming!

2. What the hell happened?

Why am I not getting the attention I need?

3. Just take your time…

Even though your owner will be annoyed.

4. I think he’s talking about his toy.

And yes, it needs a bath.

5. You just threw it all away.

Why did you do that?!?!

6. Let’s go down the list.

It’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?

7. Inside or outside?

There’s more to it than that…

8. It’s your time to shine.

This is not a drill!

9. He’s your best pal!

But not all dogs think this way…

10. This is what I’ll be doing.

Awwwwww. That’s cute.

11. It’s gonna be a great day!

And we hope you get all the attention you need.

12. Let me introduce myself.

Just don’t eat it!

Do you have any dogs?

Big dogs? Little dogs? Fluffy dogs? short-haired dogs?

If the answer is YES, please share some photos of them in the comments and introduce us to them.

And tell us a little bit about them, as well!

Thanks a lot!

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Let’s Take a Look at These Super-Duper Fluffy Cats

Yo! Bring on the floof!

That’s what I like to say…to other people and to myself…

Is that weird?

Ah, the hell with it! Who cares if it is weird? I want to see fluffy cats and I want to see them now!

And I’m in for a huge treat, and so are you. Because these fluff-balls are some of the most adorable kitties that you’re gonna see anywhere on Earth.

Let’s take a look!

And remember to yell out “Bring on the floof!” while you’re enjoying these pics! There ain’t no shame in your game!

1. This one is a double threat.

Floof and THOSE EYES. Wow.

I am sure you’ll fall in love with this cutie at first sight… from Floof

2. I love the name, by the way.

I don’t think I’ve ever met a dog or a cat named Cereal.

Cereal in winter from Floof

3. Perfect for cuddling.

No doubt about that.

My huge floofy boi cuddling with me 😻 from Floof

4. Get out in nature.

Enjoy your frolic in the snow!

Happy floof in the snow ! from Floof

5. Sorry, you can’t have anymore.

You sure are cute, though.

Someone ate all his Halloween candy already 😳 from Floof

6. This cat might turn out to be PURE EVIL.

But in the meantime, enjoy his company!

I Am the Night from Floof

7. This one is almost all floof.

I wonder what the other 10% is…

90% Floof from Floof

8. You just want to pick him up!

And cuddle with him for days!

he’s as soft as he looks ❤ from Floof

9. You might need a haircut soon…

On second thought, never mind. The floof is good.

Susanna’s head is slowly being engulfed by her own floof. from Floof

10. That’s a good-looking kitty!

And she seems polite, too.

Daintily crossing her floofy feet. from Floof

11. Perfect for snoozing.

What a good companion.

Boyfriend and floof take a snooze from Floof

Do you have any kitties in your house?

If so, please share some pics with us in the comments.

We can’t wait to see them!

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“Thoughts of Dog” Tweets That Are Humorous and Insightful

Even if you’re not a big Twitter person, you should really subscribe to the social media platform so you can follow a great account called “Thoughts of Dog.”

Because, let’s get real, who doesn’t want to know what’s going on in our dog’s head, right?

I know I do!

And that’s exactly what this account does. So wonder no more, dog owners, because this is the real deal. Let’s take a look.

1. The rarest sit.

Have you seen it in the wild?

2. No more fireworks, people!

The pooches really don’t enjoy that.

3. That did not work out very well.

What the heck is going on here?

4. Waiting for the food to drop.

Any minute now…

5. Those are the kind of people you need to be around.

The kind that helps you out!

6. Bring on the pancakes.

You know you want ’em!

7. Narrowed it down.

Makes sense to me.

8. Are you sure you’re helping?

I’m just sayin’…

9. We could all use some more cuddles.

Especially from a dog!

10. Letting it all hang out.

Strut your stuff!

11. Bring your human to work day.

I like the sound of that!

12. Just do your best.

We’re all rooting for you!

Okay, you know the drill…

Now we want to hear from you!

In the comments, introduce us to your pooches and share some photos with us.

We want to meet fat dogs, skinny dogs, white dogs, black dogs, all the dogs you can imagine!

Thanks, fam! We love hearing from you!

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