Animal Friendships That Are Absolutely Wholesome

Do you need some wholesomeness right about now? I’m talking about some content that is so pure and adorable that it will make your heart all warm and fuzzy?

I know I sure do! And one of the most heartwarming things out there, in my humble opinion, is when animals that are completely different species become best friends.

And you can’t disagree with me because you know that it’s true, too!

I grew up in a house with dogs and cats and the times when they would put all their differences aside and enjoy each others’ company always made me feel wonderful…and so do these photos!

So let’s enjoy them together!

1. A horse and a husky.

A match made in Heaven.

"Friendship Between a Horse And Husky" (x-post /r/MostBeautiful) from aww

2. It’s gonna be okay, buddy.

This is so cute.

Comforting a friend from MadeMeSmile

3. Cats and rats.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.

My friend’s cat and rat are best buddies from aww

4. Wow! I’d like to see a TV show about these two.

Don’t you agree?

"A rare friendship developed between a gray wolf and brown bear." from aww

5. Only hangin’ with the dogs.

Well, what can you do?

My aunts goat thinks it’s a dog. It wont associate with the other goats and only hangs out with the dogs. from aww

6. A horse and a dog.

And a great friendship.

Friendship is a very beautiful thing ❤ from aww

7. Look very closely.

Hey, how did that happen?

Now this was an unexpected friendship 😍 from aww

8. Best friends until the end.

I love this so much.

Meet Mickey and John, they’re best friends from aww

9. Awwww. This is 100% pure.

They don’t know any different.

Dog and Raccoon Friendship from aww

10. Very unusual…

But extremely adorable!

unusual friendship from AnimalsBeingBros

11. Let’s go see your buddies.

It’s nice when you can catch up with your friends.

These horses always come for a kiss whenever we walk past from aww

Well, that sure was nice, wasn’t it?

Have you seen any other wholesome animal friendships lately?

If so, tell us about them in the comments and share some photos and links with us. Thanks a lot!

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Nice and Wholesome Animal Friendships That Will Make You Smile

This is the kind of stuff I need in my life right about now.

Enough with the negativity and enough with all the bad news…what I want right this instant is to see wholesome animal friendships that are also unexpected.

Is that too much to ask for?

I don’t think so! And I’m here to share it all with you!

Take a look at these unusual and adorable animal friendships and just try to tell me that they don’t make you smile…let’s take a look.

1. This is amazing.

Look at these two best friends! Beautiful!

A pelican befriended a stray dog who was often spotted hanging out all alone along the boat docks. The man who photographed this has adopted him but brings him back every day to see his friend, Petey the Pelican. from aww

2. This is what true friendship looks like.

As they say, opposites attract, right?

Friendship goals from MadeMeSmile

3. Family can come in many forms.

And here’s a perfect example.

family isn’t always blood from Eyebleach

4. Best friends forever.

They have a lifetime bond.

Cheetah and doggo stayed best friends from the start! from aww

5. Getting all snuggled up together.

Isn’t that freakin’ adorable?

Friendship goals. from aww

6. Size doesn’t matter when it comes to friendship.

And here’s the proof!

Little and large from aww

7. I’d love to spend a day with these two.

Brothers from different mothers.

best buddies from aww

8. NOT fighting like cats and dogs.

In fact, it’s the complete opposite.

These best friends. Even the look in his eyes is adorable from aww

9. Pea and Jotto.

They’re friends til the end!

10. The best ones are unexpected.

This is very true, don’t you think?

Unexpected friendships are the best ones from aww

11. You don’t see this every day.

Get a load of these two!

Buddies from aww

12. I think this will work out just fine.

They both look pretty excited about it!

The start of an awwesome friendship! from aww

Those are great!

Now we want to hear from you!

Do you have any wholesome animal friendships going on under your roof? Dogs and cats? Hamsters and ferrets? Dingos and snakes?

If so, tell us all about them in the comments and share some photos with us!

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Check Out These Images of a Giant Squid in U.S. Waters

If you’re even a casual ocean aficionado, you realize that there’s no consensus that space is actually the last frontier.

The world’s oceans hold many similar secrets in their depths, tucked safely out of sight, and even though we’ve lived with these bodies of waters for millennia, we may never uncover them all.

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We know that giant squids exist – there have been sightings, drawings, and the like for centuries – but here in the States, we’ve never had one show up on our shores.

The first modern look at these giant cephalopods was back in 2004, in Japanese waters, and then again around the same spot in 2014.

This time, though, NOAA researchers on an exploratory mission in the Gulf of Mexico captured a recording of a juvenile swimming in the waters there.

The video is brief, and like all underwater happenings, a bit eerie. The squid swims straight at the camera, which makes it hard to tell exactly how large it is, though researchers are estimating around 10-12 feet.

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An adult of the species could grow up to around 43 feet in length – the same as around seven adult American men.

The marine biologists are hoping the squid will come back and they’ll be able to get more footage. Their ROV that captured the encounter, the Medusa, doesn’t use the bright lights that others do in the depths, which could make the squid feel more comfortable.

Here’s hoping we get to see more soon!

As long as I’m watching from a distance, I’m here for it.

If there was one undiscovered or rare creature to be found in the depths, what would you want it to be?

I mean, the obvious answer is mermaids, but…what would you want it to be?

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Scientists Claim That Driving Tiny Cars Helps Rats Relax

Some days, driving can seem super relaxing and carefree, but other days, it’s definitely not – and it mostly depends on other drivers, not myself.

For rats, though, I suppose they’re always driving their tiny cars in nice, controlled environments. No rat road rage, no people looking at their phones instead of the light turning green…what a lovely world.

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Why, you ask, are rats driving cars? Why does it relax them, and how?

If you’re curiosity is piqued, I invite you to keep reading.

It’s researchers from the University of Richmond, in Virginia, where you’ll find these vehicle-driving rodents, and listen – they weren’t taught to drive just to see if they could do it. Scientists there wanted to prove that an enriched environment could improve their cognitive function, sharpening their ability to learn more complex tasks.

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Dr. Kelly Lambert, one of the study authors, expanded in an interview with IFLScience.

“The findings that the animals housed in a complex environment had more efficient learning in the driving task confirms that the brain is a plastic organ that is molded by our experiences to some extent.

I tell my students that they are accountable for what they do with their brains every day of their lives – more challenging and enriching lifestyles lead to more complex neural networks.”

The study, published in Behavioural Brain Researchexplains that the rats were given “cars,” that were basically plastic jars atop electric-powered wheels. They drove forward and steered using a copper bar, a task that’s not hard…if you’re human.

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The rats had to employ a ton of cognitive, motor, and visuospatial skills, and combine them, too, in order to get to their prize – Fruit Loops.

I get it. I would do some crazy stuff for a bowl of Fruit Loops right now, myself.

There were 11 rats involved in the study – six who remained in their standard environments, and five lucky rats who got an “enriched environment” that resembled a rat’s natural habitat, with awesome toys.

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The rats living in the enriched spaces performed better at the driving test, and even retained an interest in driving the car after the Fruit Loops were removed from the equation.

On the other hand, the rats who remained in their standard lab cages showed little to no interest in figuring out driving the cars, or the Fruit Loops.

Hormones seem to be part of the equation. The driving rats poop showed increasing levels of dehydroepiandrosterone – which controls stress – and decreasing levels of the stress hormone corticosterone, which suggests that mastering the skill of driving relaxed the rodents.

The study definitely suggests that, for rats, at least, their environment is tied to their mental state.

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Dr. Lambert, and the rest of the scientists involve, believe we humans could take a few lessons from the results.

“It reminds us that we can use challenging tasks with preclinical animals work to learn more about human challenging behavior and cognitive systems. We also see that the rats had healthier stress hormone profiles with the driving training.

We think this learning task and operating the ROV may be an animal model for agency or self-efficacy – two elements critical for mental health.”

If you’re feeling down and out, unmotivated, or just plain blue, you might want to try giving yourself a new challenge, it would seem.

I mean, it can’t hurt, right?

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People Share What They Think Their Dog’s Dating Profiles Would Look Like

Don’t tell me you haven’t thought about this at some point…don’t even think about starting with me!

What am I talking about, you’re wondering?

I’m referring to what your dog’s profile would look like on a dating website. You’re really gonna sit there and tell me you haven’t considered what you’d put on there? I bet some of you have even gone so far as to make up a mock profile already.

Listen, I’m here to tell you that it’s okay and that you’re not alone. These people are all thinking the exact same thing. So let’s check it out!

1. She’s new to this whole thing.

But I think she’ll be just fine.

2. That is a handsome lad.

Quite a dapper dog!

3. A real gentleman.

Oh, Buddy, you’re gonna get a lot of dates.

4. A special dog.

We wish you luck!

5. What do you think of Milo?

Let’s get the lowdown.

6. Loves to eat!

What else do you really need?

7. Used to be a little bit slimmer.

But still a handsome beast.

8. How can you resist her?!?!

Just a country girl at heart.

9. Looking for love.

Hopefully in all the RIGHT places.

10. Might have some baggage.

But still, pretty cute…

11. Nice and simple.

That’s all he’s looking for.

12. No false advertising.

Let’s be honest…

13. Meet Walter.

Get to know him!

Those are great!

Okay, now it’s your turn.

In the comments, tell us what you think YOUR dog’s dating profile would look like.

We can’t wait to hear from you! Thanks!

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Check Out the Smallest Ocean in the World. It’s Also the Most Shallow.

Hi there!

There are times when you need to know something for reasons, and sometimes the knowing is enough – but also, being able to kick your friends and family’s butts at Trivial Pursuit has never felt bad, has it?

If the question on the table is “what’s the world’s smallest ocean,” and you find yourself hesitating, don’t worry.

We’ve got your back.

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Oceans cover 71% of the Earth’s surface, and geographers take this space and divide into smaller regions of ocean – the smallest of which is the Arctic Ocean.

Small is, of course, relative – it still covers around 5.4 million square miles (around 150% larger than North America).

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It’s located at the polar region of the Northern Hemisphere and is almost completely surrounded by Europe, Asia, and North America.

For most of the year it is covered in ice, though as you may have heard, rising temperatures are melting it at alarming rates.

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The Arctic ocean is 10x smaller than the Pacific Ocean, and it’s also the shallowest of the world’s oceans, with an average depth of around .65 miles (1.04 kilometers, 3407 feet).

For comparison, the average depth of the world’s oceans as a whole is 2.3 miles (3.7 kilometers, 12,100 feet), and the deepest ranges of the Pacific measure around 6.85 miles (11 kilometers, 36,200 feet) deep.

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The gaps in size and depth have led some scientists to suggest reclassifying it as a sea, or simply including it as part of the Atlantic Ocean, but for now, it remains the Arctic Ocean.

It’s the sort of thing scientists love arguing over, as is evidenced by the continued debate in including the so-called Southern Ocean (or Antarctic Ocean) as the world’s fifth ocean.

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Not all members of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) have officially accepted the parameters of that “new” ocean, but listen…it’s all one ocean.

*hums We are the World*

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Check out the Homemade Fruit Fly Trap That Actually Works

You’ve never known true annoyance until you’ve had to deal with fruit flies swarming your basket of lovely summer fruit on the counter.

You’ve never wanted to throw up in your kitchen until you’ve found fruit fly maggots on a bowl of cherry tomatoes you forgot existed.

I hear.

Image Credit: Taste of Home

There are all sorts of tips and tricks for getting rid of fruit flies, but listen – none of them work 100%. So when I heard about a trap that really works, well…consider me riveted.

First, let’s go over the 5 most popular kinds of traps, so we can see which one worked the best for this Reader’s Digest writer.

I promise, this will be fun.

5. Leave out a piece of rotten fruit – No fruit flies captured

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This seems like a good idea, because it gives your bad fruit a job, and we know fruit flies love ripe fruit.

You just chop up some fruit that’s past its eating prime, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and secure it with a rubber band, then poke some holes in the top with a toothpick.

In this woman’s test, though, no fruit flies were captured.

4. Milk, Sugar, Dish Soap, and Black Pepper – 3 fruit flies captured

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These common household items are easy to find, at least – 1/2c milk, 2tsp sugar, a squirt of dish soap, and a sprinkle of black pepper on the top.

You heat the milk and sugar on the stove until the latter dissolves, then stir in the dish soap (to make the surface sticky enough to trap the flies), cracking the pepper on top last.

It only caught 3 flies overnight.

3. Balsamic Vinegar + Red Wine Vinegar – No fruit flies captured

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Use equal parts and pour them into a glass. Cover it with plastic wrap and a rubber band, like the rotten fruit, and poke your holes.

You would think, based on how much they enjoy both vinegar and wine, that this would be a winner.

It was not.

2. Dish Soap, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Hot Water – 18 fruit flies captured

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Squirt your dish soap (just a little) into a glass, then add apple cider vinegar until the glass is about 1/3 full. Blast steaming-hot water into the glass to form a thick layer of bubbles on top.

The fruit flies were instantly interested in this one, and she caught 18 overnight.

1. Beer + Rotten Banana – 8 fruit flies captured

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One thing you probably need a use for and one you hate to toss, I guess.

You put a piece of a rotten banana in a jar, then pour in enough beer to partially cover the banana. Grab a cone-shaped coffee filter and poke a small hole in the bottle, then set it on top of the jar (make sure to hold it in place somehow.

She thought this was a sad waste of beer, trapping only 8 fruit flies overnight.

Well, there you have it my friends – the dish soap, apple cider vinegar, and hot water were the clear winner.

Go forth and conquer – that fruit is yours, and you paid a pretty penny for it, too!

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People Debunk Misconceptions About Ethical Farming Practices

The Internet is a vast resource for discovering all kinds of information, but these days it can be difficult to sort what is true from what is false.

Misinformation can spread easily, even if unintentionally. It’s important to correct false claims when we see them, like users did in this Tumblr thread on the ethics of raising bees and chickens for their honey and eggs.

From the get-go, there seems to be a misunderstanding on some basic fundamentals of caring for honeybees and chickens.

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The first user states that they don’t understand why some vegans refuse to eat “backyard eggs,” or eggs that are harvested locally from someone’s back yard, and blasts those who refused to support local farmers.

Chicken eggs that are fresh and local, from hens that are raised humanely, are much different than the average carton of white eggs you’ll find at the grocery store. I can tell you from experience, they’re usually brown or blue, and their yokes are darker and richer.

Consuming local honey is also better for your environment and community, especially if you have allergies. But user “feminist-james” disagrees.

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The claim that beekeepers collect all of a hive’s honey is not accurate. Skilled beekeepers will make sure to leave enough honey in the beehive for the survival of the colony.

It’s also not accurate to say all chickens are only meant to lay eggs once a month. It all depends on the type of chicken.

Luckily, a genuine beekeeper swoops in to school this misinformed user.

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As satisfying as it can feel to call somebody out or stand up for a cause you believe in, you will look very foolish if you start doing so without doing thorough research.

It’s one thing to think you know how an industry works, but when someone from that industry speaks up, it’s important to listen.

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This beekeeper explains that harvesting honey is actually part of taking care of their bees.

They say that the bees need space in the hive for giving birth to and storing eggs.

If a hive loses its queen and there’s no queen brood to replace her, that hive is done for.

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It is in the best interest of bees and humans for the beekeeper to pay close attention to the health of their hive.

If they want to continue harvesting honey, they need their bees to be healthy and happy. It would be counter productive for beekeepers to starve out their hives by taking all of the honey and providing no supplementary food source.

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This beekeeper is right again. There is a big difference between factory farming and traditional farming.

Factory farms are generally much more crowded, with animals kept in small, cramped cages or enclosed areas.

They have a negative impact on our soil, air, and water. Their practices often include the use of antibiotics and hormones on animals to promote growth and prevent disease, which studies show can have negative impacts on the humans who consume them.

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Our beekeeper ends their post with suggestions for what other topics we can research if we’re truly motivated to protect animals and our environment.

Another user joins in to speak to the claim that chickens weren’t meant to lay eggs more than once a month.

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Forced molting is the action of denying a flock of laying hens food and sometimes water for 1-2 weeks. This is usually implemented when egg-production is naturally decreasing, toward the end of the first egg-laying phase.

By not allowing the hen’s body the necessary time to rejuvenate during the natural cycle of replenishment, farmers can increase egg quality and productivity.

But as this user points out:

Image Credit: Cheezburger

It is definitely possible to raise chickens humanely while still repeating the reward of fresh eggs.

My grandparents were old-fashioned famers, and I grew up visiting my cousins on their farm.

Their animals had room to graze and walk about. They were treated well, and in return my family members grew up eating delicious, fresh eggs.

Actual farmers can attest:

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Taking care of farm animals is hard work. It takes a lot of time and energy, and because of this, many farmers love their farm animals. Chickens can be a pet, just like a cat or a dog.

Also, chickens don’t need their unfertilized eggs, and there’s an easy way to ensure that a hen’s eggs remain unfertilized.

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Eggs are quite nutritious. They’re a good source of vitamins B2, B5, B12, folate, phosphorus, selenium, and of course protein.

They also contain choline, an important nutrient that most of us don’t get enough of.

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Purchasing eggs and honey (or any meant/produce) locally is always the best option if available!

From an ethnical stand-point, purchasing locally allows you to get to know the farmer and to ask about their farming practices, so you can ensure their animals are treated well and not pumped full of hormones and antibiotics.

Purchasing local is better for your community, it lightens your carbon footprint, and the food you consume will be much fresher and tastier. That is a fact, no misinformation here.

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As we already learned above, farmers can deny hens food to force them into a stage of not laying eggs. It stands to reason that if you continue to feed your chickens they will continue to lay.

If you’re interested in purchasing local produce and animal products, I highly encourage you to research and visit your local farmers market. This is the best way to meet farmers, buy from them directly, and sample what your community has to offer. By talking to farmers you can get the truth about their farming practices, straight from the horse’s mouth.

Are you a beekeeper or do you raise chickens? What’s your opinion on the ethical treatment of animals? Let us know in the comments below!

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Even Before Discovering Fire, Our Ancestors Might Have Had a Way to Cook Food

The awesome thing about science and archaeology is that just when we think we know everything about our human (and human-ish) ancestors, we uncover something new.

Kind of like a never ending Easter egg hunt, and who doesn’t love that?

For a long time, we’ve sort of defined human evolution by our ability to create and use fire to our advantage. It was the evolutionary leap that led us to be able to safely eat protein, which enhanced our brain size and development, and eventually set us apart from other mammals.

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A recent discovery, though, suggest that people may have used hot springs to their advantage long before man lassoed fire.

Archaeologists from MIT and University of Alcalá reported their findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and claim that they’ve found evidence of hot springs near sites where ancient humans settled more than 1.8 million years ago – which was a long time before we learned to control fire.

The site was a rift valley in northern Tanzania, Olduvai Gorge. The area appears to have been rich in hydrothermal vents that were capable of heating the water to over 176 degrees F (80 degrees C), which would have been warm enough to cook meat.

The vents were very close to sites where archaeologists have found stone tools and animal bones, which lends credence to the idea that the early human ancestors settled there on purpose.

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Lead author Ainara Sistiaga, said in a statement that “if there was a wildebeest that fell into the water and was cooked, why wouldn’t you eat it?”

Around the same time, a big environmental change occurred in East Africa, one that say the lane shift from wet and lush to a dryer, grassier terrain.

In addition, lipids produced by a specific group of bacteria – typically seen living in the hot springs of Yellowstone – showed up in the soil, hinting again that hot springs were in the area, says MIT professor Roger Summons.

“They won’t even grow unless the temperature is above 176 degrees F (80 degrees C).

Some of the samples Ainara brought back from this sandy layer in Olduvai Gorge had these same assemblages of bacterial lipids that we are unambiguously indicative of high-temperature water.”

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Of course, they don’t know for sure how these extinct people might have interacted with these hot springs, but since we know they lived nearby, we can imagine that they knew the springs were useful in one way or another. They could have used the water to stew or boil protein, fruits, and vegetables.

Imagine something is possible and it just might be, and these discoveries seem to point to the idea that human beings have always been looking for ways to push the evolutionary envelope.

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Memes that Will Teach You Something New

I love learning new stuff. Especially tidbits of information that aren’t necessary to know, but once you learn them you feel cool for being in the know. You know?

Knowledge is power. It’s always impressive when people can rattle off obscure facts and trivia. So check out these 14 informative memes and you too can impress your friends with your newfound knowledge.

1. Try turning this into a song:

Who knew “D” was the evolution of “fish”?

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2. The original “All My Children”:

“Burst full-formed from forehead…”

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3. Batman

Behind every great Batman is another Batman.

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4. Someone got REAL serious about finding this guy…

Oh, I know! He’s inside one of the lions!

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5. The next time you want to pass a note in class…

Try these hand signals instead! The teacher will just think you’re raising you hand to get a bathroom pass.

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6. This is actually useful information:

Ron Swanson would approve this message.

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7. Now that’s a horse of a different color:

Have horses been the most beautiful creatures on the planet this whole time? Why am I just learning this?

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8. If you’re riding horses, you’ll need one of these…

If each of these hats were one of the Seven Dwarves, “Gus” would be “Dopey.”

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9. It’s like the state flower, but with teeth and claws:

Gotta catch ’em all?

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10. This is kind of creepy:

But it’s striking how similar the human and chimpanzee brains are to one another.

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11. Keep this in your pocket for the next 4th of July:

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“That one? That’s a brocade crown. And see that babe? That’s what we in the industry call a silver dragon.”

12. That’s pretty impressive:

Can you imagine flying one of these bad boys?

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13. You can’t have success without failure:

Sometimes you have to take it one small step at a time.

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Isn’t learning fun? I never knew there were so many different types of cryptids in North America!

Now that you’ve accumulated all this new-found knowledge, it’s time to show it off to your friends and family. I’m sure they’ll be quite impressed with your thorough knowledge of horse breeds and your special strategy for finding Waldo.

Which one of these informative memes taught you something new today? Let us know in the comments!

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