A Howl-Off Between a Boy and His Beloved Dog Will Brighten Your Day

There’s nothing quite like a child and their beloved dog, am I right? Videos like this are one of the main reasons I’m dying to adopt a dog for my littles, even though my husband and I agreed that we would wait until they were both out of diapers before we made another potty-training commitment.

I just want a dog!

If you’re in the same mindset as me, well, you might not want to keep scrolling, because this video of a toddler and his dog having a howling contest is going to send us all straight to the humane society.

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Michigan mom Alixandria Smith caught the moment when her 2-year-old son Braxton and their husky, Boston, having a bit of a friendly competition.

“This is what you get when your Toddler realizes he can talk to the Husky,” she writes as a caption.

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Braxton starts the howl off, but as the dog – and a husky to boot – I can assure you that Boston is the clear winner in the end.

Boston’s returned conversation makes Braxton dissolve into giggles that just make the whole thing, and the pure joy everyone (literally) gets from the video is just the best thing about being alive in 2020.

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The video has been watched over 3 million times since it was posted, and people love sharing it with their friends.

If you know someone who needs a smile, I mean…what better way to give them one, so pass it along!

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These Newly-Adopted Animals Should Make You Smile

There’s almost nothing on this planet that makes me happier than seeing a newly-adopted animal that is obviously bursting with joy.

You can tell by their faces that they are relieved and happy to be in a loving home and it’s about as pure as pure gets.

Let’s meet these newly-adopted pets!

1. Already in love.

My friend got her old cat a kitten! They really love each other from aww

2. Oh, I’m sure she’ll be just fine.

This Cat. Perdita. Called "the world’s worst" and "just a jerk" was finally adopted from an animal rescue in Spruce Pine, N.C. "Not for the faint of heart," and doesn’t like hugs, she is not good with kittens, children or dogs, either. She could be so troublesome the shelter agreed to waive the fee from aww

3. A senior dog.

My dad (who’s not a dog person) recently adopted a senior dog while his wife was looking at puppies. "I just couldn’t stand to imagine him alone at that age," he said. Meet his new goodest boi "Rock!" from aww

4. Meet your little sister.

My cat had anxiety issues, so we adopted a little sister for him. from aww

5. Yours forever.

This girl was rescued and we have been fostering her for about 5 months. With a big adoption event for our rescue coming up we decided we couldn’t let her go to someone else and decided to make her our Furever Valentine. She has her quirks but has been an overall great girl for us. from aww

6. Make yourself at home.

Adopted this little guy from a shelter. He ate a ton of food and made himself right at home; I think he likes it here. from aww

7. Hello, Ruby!

Have grown up with cats for the majority of my 31 years on this Earth, but this is the first one I get to call my own. Meet Ruby. from cats

8. A little angel.

Today i adopted Gracie. from aww

9. They make life better.

Life has been a little better with my new gal. from cats

10. He is very handsome.

Went to the pound just to see look. An hour later we left with this handsome gentleman. Meet Murphy from aww

11. All up in the camera.

Say ‘Hi’ to our adopted cutie Billie from aww

12. How adorable.

I’m her eyes and she is my heart . from cats

13. She’s getting adjusted.

Adopted her today! Finally peeking out of the couch. from aww

14. Your new best friend!

Adopted this girl from the Humane Socity from aww

Those photos make my heart sing!

Do you have an adopted pet that you are totally in love with?

Well, don’t be shy! Share some pics in the comments and introduce us to them!

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An Adorable Gallery of 11 Kittens

Here’s a question: can there be too many cats on the internet?

Answer: how dare you even ask that.

If I had a nickel for every cat picture I’d stared at, I’d use them to buy more cat pictures. I have a problem. But by golly, whether they’re the smolest baby or the biggest murder floof, there’s something magical and derpy about felines.

Let’s check out some now instead of doing work.

11. I juz needz mowr rest pls…

10. There can be only one

9. Things get better with age…

8. “Yeah…we’ll wait.”

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7. Twinning!

6. Itty Bitty Kitty Committee

5. No bites please

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4. “Your days are numbered, Karen.”

3. Homeward bound

2. Lost in a sea of blankets

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1. The cats of the internet belong to us all

Welp, I’ve gotta go foster 11 cats now. Might need to rent a U-Haul.

While I’m doing that, share your cat pics and stories in the comments.

Because I need them.

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Make Your Butt Look Like a Corgi Butt Because, Why Not?

There are dog people, and then there are SPECIFIC dog people. The kind of folks that can rattle off their pooch’s pedigree like they’re next in line for some kind of doggy monarchy. These people have to go all in on their favorite breed, and plenty of creators with an abundance of time and imagination are happy to cater to that market.

Enter Etsy user PrincessNuggetShop. They offer a wide variety of Corgi-based products from bathmats to stickers to phone cases. But their biggest hit so far are their leggings that make your butt look like a corgi butt.

What a time to be alive.

Yes, that’ll do.

Okay, interesting angle…

Yep. That’s a corgi butt. And a butt. Checks out.

Oh look! Da butts!

The viral booty sensations go for $53.45 all in and are available only through PrincessNuggetShop, though I wouldn’t personally be too surprised if imitators started popping up.

The trend is spreading all over the internet, with some flabbergasted and others obsessed.

It’s the kind of headline that makes 2020 feel ok after all.

Honestly, what more is there to say than:

One fan loved them so much they made an animation.

But the illustration I want to see is what this twitter user describes:

If you’re wondering whether or not these are the real deal, the reviews seem to say yes.

I mean, this would be pretty much impossible to fake.

So, would you be proud to be seen in Corgi butt leggings? Or would you buy them as a gift for the corgi lover in your life?

Let us know in the comments.

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Are You Scared of Sharks? These 10 Animals Also Cause Death and Destruction.

Steven Spielberg changed our collective psyche when he made Jaws in 1975. Along with creating the summer blockbuster, he also gave the world a fear of sharks!

But film channels, urban legends, and our own paranoia have wrongfully made us fear sharks when there are other threats out there as well. Data shows that the chance of dying thanks to animal encounters stands at one in 1,384,594.

Even so, there are some animals you need to be more careful around. Let’s take a look!

10. Dogs

Data shows that dogs kill up to 28 people in the United States per year.

Dogs aren’t a danger to the general public. In many cases, dogs turn against human owners who have maltreated them.

9. Deer

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Sweet, innocent deer?!

Yes, deer are responsible for up to 120 deaths in the United States every year.

To be fair, expansion into their habitat is responsible for many of these deaths. Cities and towns across the country consistently build roads and highways in their habitat, which increases the likelihood of car accidents.

8. Hippos

These adorable mammals can kill humans by biting or sitting on them.

Up to 500 people die in sub-Saharan Africa every year. They also have extremely sharp teeth, so there’s that.

7. Snakes

Snakes are obviously much smaller than sharks, but they kill about 50,000 people every year.

Some species are more toxic than others, and other types of snakes are closer to humans because of expansion into their natural habitat.

6. Snails

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The humble freshwater snail isn’t harmful on its own, but 200,000 people die on an annual basis because it carries a parasite called schistosomiasis.

The parasite first invades the body, lays eggs that end up in many tissues, and causes symptoms such as anemia that can cause death in up to 10% of those affected.

5. Lions

We all know to stay away from lions if we see any, but they still kill about 100 humans every year.

Many animals on this list often kill humans by accident, but lions have no problem hunting humans at all.

4. Wolves

Wolves are certainly wild, but they don’t usually kill humans on purpose.

Their sharp teeth are only a danger to humans that actively threaten them.

About 10 people die every year from encountering wolves.

3. Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are small and they exist in almost every part of the world.

They reproduce quickly, suck your blood, and bite you before you even have a chance to fight back.

They also carry diseases such as encephalitis, dengue fever, yellow fever, and malaria.

2. Elephants

These giant mammals are actually gentle and pose no threat to humans as long as they have space and are left alone.

Elephants tend to become afraid when they are confined to tight spaces or mistreated. They will then become scared and see humans as aggressors.

Approximately 100 humans die every year because of elephants.

1. Humans

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Yes, humans are the second-deadliest animal on the planet (mosquitoes are actually #1?!?).

But they’re #1 on this list because it’s so unexpected.

Humans kill approximately 475,000 of their fellow brethren every year. Ouch!

What did you think of the animals included on this list? Were you surprised by any of the deadly creatures that kill more people than sharks do on an annual basis?

Share your thoughts in the comments!

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For the First Time, Penguins Have Been Documented Using the Same Speech Patterns as Humans

It seems like there have been more and more reports of different animals displaying increasingly human characteristics, like making and developing tools, but most of the instances have been in our closer genetic relatives.

So it feels a bit off to say it’s not monkeys, but penguins, whose speech patterns could closely mirror those of people.

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African Penguin – nearly adult

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Historically, a normal penguin call ranges from a gently peep to a cringe-y squawk, but even though they don’t use words, researchers have found that they’re officially the first non-primates to use the same patterns of speech as human beings.

Scientists studying the songs of African penguins have learned that they use shorter sounds for “words” and longer vocalizations with more syllables when communicating more complex messages, both of which are linguistic principles of human speech around the world.

Zipf’s Law of Brevity postulates that the more often a word is used, the shorter it will be, and vice versa, due to selective pressures to communicate accurately and efficiently.

The Menzerath-Altmann Law says that the longer a word or sentence, the shorter its components will be.

Both principles have been documented in humans and non-human primates, but the penguins are a first.

The authors write in Biology Letters,

“Our results provide the first evidence for conformity to Zipf’s and Menzerath-Altmann laws in the vocal sequences of a non-primate species.”

To come to these conclusion, the researchers studied the calls of 28 adult African penguins, collecting and analyzing 590 display songs during a single breeding season. They found that a sequence of three distinct sounds made up the songs – the first two, a short croak and a longer, exhaled noise that occurred most often, and a third, inhaled vocalization of varied length.

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The scientists theorized that the first two were simply announcing their presence and availability, while the longer one was some kind of argument about why they were the fitter partner.

“As predicted, we found that the duration of the syllables was inversely correlated with the frequency of occurrence.”

The conclusions seem to point toward language laws not being intrinsically about semantics and syntax, but about the fundamental need to communicate efficiently.

Which means that, if we apply their findings across the board, it may be more likely that we can truly understand what’s being communicated between members of many species.

I can’t wait until we can divine what our cats are thinking. What a day that will be!

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A 330-Million-Year-Old Shark Head Was Found Inside a Cave in Kentucky

Kentucky is synonymous with fried chicken and horse racing.

Apparently we need to add sharks to the list.

Scientists recently discovered a shark skull inside a cave in Kentucky that dates back quite a few years. And we’re not talking a few decades.

The 330-million-year-old skull was found in the 400-mile long Mammoth Cave National Park, which just so happens to be the longest known cave system in the world.

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Shark fossils of Mammoth Cave National Park

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Rick Olson and Rick Toomey, who both work as Mammoth Cave scientists, found the fossil. John-Paul Hodnett led a team of paleontologists in identifying the fossil as one that originated in the Late Missisippian geological period that occurred between 358 to 323 million years ago.

Hodnett could hardly contain his excitement over the unique discovery.

“There’s hardly ever any record at all of sharks’ teeth coming from these rocks,” he told CNN. “So this is a brand new record of sharks from a particular layer of time.”

The Rick duo that found the fossil buried within the limestone cave walls has been hard at work mapping a part of the Kentucky cave system.

Hodnett’s team eventually excavated a 2.5-foot portion of the shark’s jaw. Based on the jaw size, the prehistoric animal would have measured comparably to a modern great white shark.

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Shark fossils from today’s field work

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While the discovery was certainly impressive, it isn’t close to the oldest shark fossil found. Fossilized skin scales of sharks dating back to 450 million years ago were found in Colorado and Central Australia. In fact, the oldest shark teeth on record were found from the Devonian Period, which took place between 418 to 358 million years ago.

“Mammoth Cave has a rich fossil shark record and there’s still much more to uncover,” Hodnett said.

I guess the discovery would qualify as big news, after all.

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