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He Was Just Taking Photos In Nature When This Tiny Terror Started Going After Him

We all remember that iconic scene from “Jurassic Park” when the villain is trying to escape from the island with his stolen dinosaur DNA. He gets turned around, crashes his car, and then gets attacked by a dilophosaurus in the rain. Well, in one corner of the world, the dilophosaurus still exists, and it’s just as fierce as ever…sort of.

This video was shot by Ricky Mackenzie, an Australian wildlife photographer who spotted a distant relative of the dilophosaurus while exploring the country’s Kimberly region. This little bugger is known as a frilled lizard.

Mackenzie spotted the critter near a rocky dirt road and was trying to get it out of harm’s way by provoking it so that it’d inadvertently follow him to safety.

Even though the frilled lizard is nowhere near as deadly (or large) as its Jurassic ancestor, it’s still a fearsome sight to behold.

Luckily for the photographer, this reptile has lost the ability to spit poison, making it virtually harmless to humans.

(via Rare)

I think that little guy is kinda cute. I’d love to have him around the house to scare my cat, but that probably wouldn’t be very nice.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/frilled-lizard-attack/

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Someone Bizarrely Reimagined Your Favorite Marvel Superheroes As Cats (Photos)

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The Internet loves cats. I, on the other hand, hate them. They’re mean and methodical, and they have piercing demon eyes. They’re just plain creepy, OK?

But, there is one way I could tolerate cats a little bit more. That’d be if they were turned into Marvel superheroes. That’s exactly what artist Jenny Parks did. And would you look at that? She did it just in time for Halloween.

Parks drew cats as your favorite avengers — like the Hulk, Thor and Iron Man. They’re kind of cute, I guess, if you’re into that sort of thing. Check out the drawings below.

The Hulk

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Black Widow

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Iron Man

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Loki

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Thor

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Wolverine

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H/T: Metro

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/entertainment/film/marvel-superheroes-cats-photos/823308/

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Community Post: 18 Pop Culture Moments Captured By Lisa Frank App

18. John Mayer & Taylor Swift

Dear John, I know what you did. Love, Tay Tay

17. Justin Timberlake

We always KNEW those glasses were Lisa Frank-purple.

16. Boo

LIKE I CAN’T HANDLE THE CUTE HERE.

15. Overly Attached Girlfriend

Even Lisa Frank can’t make Overly Attached Girlfriend any friendlier. SLOW YOUR ROLL, GIRL.

14. Grocery prices in Nunavut

You read that right. $104.99 for a 24-pack of water bottles. Say it all together now: THAT SHIT CRAY.

12. Tanning Mom

NO WORDS

11. Biebs

UMMMMMMM. WUT.

10. Lisa Frank Heart Dolphins

You can’t have a Lisa Frank app and NOT upload the Lisa Frank heart dolphins.

9. Kim & Kanye

Hiding Kim Kardashian’s face is an EXCELLENT way to use the Lisa Frank app.

8. Mitt Romney

He just *seems* uncomfortable. Maybe it’s the rainbow border?

7. Obama

He’s a natural. OBVS.

5. Helicopter Cat

SPIN. SPIN. SUGAAAAAR.

4. Hologram Tupac just sparkles more.

The Lisa Frank app can help deliver even the most disappointing news, you guys.

3. Facebook Stock Price

2. Zooey Deschanel

Filed under TWEE in the dictionary.

1. Lisa Frank IN THE LISA FRANK APP.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/vdlr/18-pop-culture-moments-captured-by-lisa-frank-app-44qs

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What This Guy Just Caught In Florida Reminds Me How Terrifying Nature Is.

Steve Bargeron was fishing in Fort Pierce, Florida one night when he realized he had hooked something big. He had no idea just how big until he wrangled it out of the ocean. At 18”, the size of the catch would have been cause for excitement if it were most any kind of fish, but Bargeron never could expected to catch a foot-and-a-half-long mantis shrimp.

Or, at least, what he thinks is a mantis shrimp. It’s hard to be sure.

After making the catch, Bargeron tweeted pictures he had taken of the creature to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Scientists seem to agree with Bargeron’s assessment, but the photos will continue to be studied until a conclusive decision can be made.

Mantis shrimp aren’t related to the shrimp we know and eat too much of at social events, but even the biggest mantis shrimp only grow to about 12”.

(via MyFWC, H/T Laughing Squid)

Knowing that those things are swimming around in the ocean sure makes it a lot easier to come to terms with the beach season being over. I just hope I can forget about this jumbo mantis shrimp before next summer!

Read more: http://viralnova.com/terrifying-shrimp-like-creature/

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What looking inside a road rager’s brain can teach us about humanity.

So you’re driving along, sipping on a chai tea latte and listening to the dulcet tones of Ira Glass.

Or maybe your jam is the BBC or Prairie Home Companion or that new favorite whale song/world music/Buddhist chant remix. But whatever you’re listening to, you’re driving along all easy-peasy.

And then, around a corner, you encounter … them.

The literal incarnation of evil.

The one person who can shatter your nebula of car calm and awaken the elemental fury within you: a person going three miles an hour under the speed limit.

And they’re in front of you in a nonpassing zone.

GIF from Disney’s “Hercules.”

A lot of us get road rage sometimes. Like, pretty much everybody.

According to AAA (you know, the folks who’ll come and get you if your car breaks down), nearly 80% of drivers were significantly angry behind the wheel at least once in the last year. About half tailgated or yelled at other drivers and about a quarter admitted to purposefully trying to block another car from changing lanes.

Haven’t you ever heard of zipper merging?! Photo from iStock.

Road rage isn’t just an American problem, either it’s been seen pretty much everywhere cars are used.

So what snaps in our brains when we throw up a middle finger or honk aggressively or scream at someone we don’t even know?

If we can figure out why our brains freak out behind the wheel, maybe we can fight back and stay calm.

There isn’t a simple answer, but scientists and researchers have a few ideas about what contributes to that road-fueled rage you feel burning inside you. Those road rage factors reveal a few interesting quirks in human psychology, too quirks that, once we know about them, we can possibly turn around.

Road rage reason number one: Cars don’t have faces. And that matters more than you’d think.

No matter what nickname you give to your car (Ol’ Jeepy Joe), no matter what funny bumper stickers you add, no matter how many weird fake eyelashes you attach…

Car eyelashes. Car. Eyelashes. Photo from Hazel Nicholson/Flickr.

… a car just isn’t the same as a living breathing human being. And our brains just don’t know how to handle that.

Eye contact is one of the most important ways people learn to empathize with each other. But, really, when was the last time you were able to make eye contact with someone on the road? If you’re lucky, you might get a half-second glance over while you’re passing them (after all, you’re supposed to keep your eyes on the road, not ogling other drivers).

For the most part, driving anonymizes us. And that makes us jerks.

Studies have found that being anonymous not only makes us more aggressive drivers, it makes us more likely to bully people online, and even cheat at video games.

OK, so we just have to paint giant faces on all our cars, right? And then we can go back to sipping on chai and listening to public radio?

Well, we’re not done, ’cause our brains love to jump to conclusions too.

We’ve got left and right turn signals down (theoretically … kind of … not really), but what’s the signal for “I’ve got a screaming infant in the backseat” or “I’ve been at work for 18 hours pulling shifts at emergency care” or “my dog literally just threw up in my lap”?

‘Cause there’s no way to tell people on the highway that. No way to explain our mistakes or why we’re suddenly distracted. And this might lead to something psychologists call the “fundamental attribution error.”

Yeah, you look real happy now, bub, but just wait until she starts crying, pooping, and throwing up all at the same time at 60 miles an hour. Then we’ll see if you’re so dang chipper. Photo from iStock.

Basically, when we do something bad ourselves, we explain it away as a reaction to the situation. But our brains aren’t wired that way for the actions of other people. Instead, we blame whatever that person is doing on who they are, not the situation.

I mean, obviously, when I speed it’s because I drank a 64-ounce Big Gulp and need to find a bathroom, like, 10 minutes ago, but when they speed it’s because they’re a horrible speed-demon with poor impulse control!

What’s worse, we all tend to think we’re above-average drivers too, which means we tend to assign blame to everyone but ourselves.

And those quirks combined might make it a lot easier to blow our lid. Nobody wants to yell at the exhausted doctor or mom, but we almost never get to see the real person behind the wheel until it’s too late, so our brains are only too happy to jump to conclusions.

OK, one more road rage factor: Maybe it’s that we really, really hate losing. And traffic feels like losing.

Our brains are wired with a concept known as loss aversion. Basically, we’re predisposed to hate losing, even more than we love winning. And traffic feels like losing.

For one thing, heavy traffic can mean it takes longer for us to get to our destination, which makes us feel like we’re losing time.

Truly, this is the winter of our discontent. Photo from iStock.

And for another, the traffic in and of itself can be a problem. In Tom Vanderbilt’s book “Traffic,” Richard Larson, an engineer and design expert at MIT, points out that seeing people get ahead of us in queues or lanes tends to irritate us, even if our rivals are in a completely separate lane!

I know that, for me, there’s always a microsecond of annoyance when people pass me on the highway even if they’re in a completely different lane. Seeing someone get ahead of us feels unfair. It feels like they’re cutting in line.

And when it’s in standstill traffic, and I see the next lane start to move, but not mine…

Add to this that driving can be inherently dangerous and stressful for many people, and is it really a surprise we blow up?

Road rage might seem funny because how it comes about or maybe even a little silly, getting upset at stuff on the highway. But it’s no big deal, right? Driving gives our brains every reason to get mad and no reason to stop.

The thing is, though, road rage isn’t really funny.

In those same estimates from AAA that identified 80% of drivers experienced anger or road rage, they also estimated that 8 million drivers engaged in “extreme examples of road rage, including purposefully ramming another vehicle.”

In fact, one study found that aggressive driving was a factor in more than half of fatal accidents from 2003 to 2007. So we should probably do some work to stop road rage while we’re ahead.

Now that we know why our brains act this way, maybe we can do something about it.

It’s OK to feel your hackles raise at being stuck behind a slow driver or to feel stressed out in the car. It’s OK to want to avoid bad drivers or be scared or angry if someone comes out of nowhere into your lane. And it’s obviously OK to have a bad day we can’t always control how our brains process the information around us.

But we do have some degree of control over our own actions in the car. Muting your road rage could be as simple as trying to empathize with a new mom driver who’s baby is screaming, even if you can’t see her face. Or maybe it’s trying to give that Prius the benefit of the doubt when it makes a mistake in your lane because you never know what kind of day that driver’s had. Or maybe it’s just remembering that driving isn’t a race and a few extra minutes in traffic probably won’t kill you.

Maybe if we stay mindful about the tricks driving can play on our brains and cut each other a little bit of slack we can all stay calm and safe on the roadway.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/what-looking-inside-a-road-ragers-brain-can-teach-us-about-humanity?c=tpstream

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Community Post: Gratuitously Cute Puppy Eats From Spoon Tipped With Food, Falls Asleep Contented

1. You are this dog. I am this dog. We are all this dog.

Watch as this slobbering Golden Retriever, clad in a bib that reads “I Heart You”, licks the spoon clean and then promptly falls off into a deep doggy slumber.

Source: The Pet Collective

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/thepetcollective/gratitutiously-cute-puppy-eats-from-spoon-tipped-w-5x4b

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23 Occasions That Don’t Call For A Selfie

1. Washing your hands with Grandpa.

2. Anytime that requires this many tags.

3. A family member’s funeral.

4. Drinking a Rockstar.

5. Blowing out your candles WHILE your family tries to take your picture.

6. Running onto the field at the College Baseball World Series.

(PS – She got a $1500 fine for this selfie. Totally worth it.)

7. Not realizing that you’re standing in front of a one-way mirror.

8. Being a cat and hanging out with friends.

9. Getting caught in the riots in Turkey.

10. Being a poster for Superman Returns.

11. Wasting perfectly good chocolate sauce.

12. Buying a new lawnmower.

13. Realizing your thumb looks like a reality TV star.

14. Running into that rapper your kids like at the airport.

15. Realizing you have the ‘v’.

16. Finishing a workout with your grandma.

17. Using the restroom.

18. Finding two dogs having sex.

19. Almost getting beaned by a fly ball.

20. Running into Nicolas Cage at his worst moment.

21. Your baby having a fit.

22. Your little sister being grumpy.

23. Getting high for the first time.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/awesomer/occasions-that-dont-call-for-a-selfie

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25 Most Bizarre And Somewhat Ironic Ways To Die

From being smothered to death by the gifts of your adoring fans to drowning a lifeguards’ party dedicated to celebrating a drowning-free season these are the 25 most bizarre and somewhat ironic ways to die.

25. Overdosing on carrot juice

Accomplished by Basil Brown in 1974

24. Getting hit by a flying model lawnmower during a football half time show

Suffered by John Bowen in 1979

23. Falling out of a window after throwing yourself against the glass trying to prove that it was unbreakable

Accomplished by Gary Goy in 1993

22. Inventing the Segway and then driving it off a cliff

Performed by Jimi Heselden in 2010

21. Accidentally launching a missile at yourself

Accomplished by the HMS Trinidad

20. Reading your own obituary and dying from the shock

Accomplished by Marcus Garvey in 1940

19. Being bitten by a domestic monkey

Accomplished by Alexander I of Greece in 1920

18. Shooting yourself while showing the jury how the victim could have shot himself

Performed by Clement Vallandigham in 1871

17. Getting smashed by a cannonball that was launched in honor of your ability to not die in battle

Accomplished by John Kendrick in 1794

16. Eating too much at a feast being held in your honor

Accomplished by Julien Offray de La Mettrie

15. Getting an infection due to being cut by the teeth of your enemy’s decapitated head that you hung from your horse

Accomplished by Sigurd the Mighty of Orkney in 892

14. Being beaten to death by your own wooden leg

Accomplished by Sir Arthur Aston in 1649

13. Starving due to getting lost in your own house because you hoarded too much stuff and then couldn’t find an exit because you didn’t consider the fact that your were also blind

Accomplished by Homer Collyer in 1947

12. Being the first human to be killed by a robot when the arm of a one ton factory robot fell and hit you on the head

Accomplished by Robert Williams in 1979

11. Having a heart attack during the scene of the play where your actor is supposed to be having a heart attack

Accomplished by Gareth Jones in 1958

10. Being smothered to death by the gifts of adoring fans

Accomplished by Draco the Athenian lawmaker in 620 BC

9. Ingesting pills of mercury thinking that they will grant you eternal life

Performed by Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, in 210 BC

8. Breaking your neck as a result of tripping over your dangerously long beard

Accomplished by Hans Steininger in 1567

7. Being stabbed in the leg by the knife you taped to your cockfighting chicken during a match

Accomplished by Jose Luis Ochoa in 2011

6. Eating too many cockroaches at a cockroach eating contest

Accomplished by Edward Archbold in 2012

5. Being injected with soup

Accomplished by Ilda Vitor Maciel in 2012

4. Being crushed by a cow falling through your roof

Suffered by Joao Maria de Souza in 2013

3. Trying to launch yourself into space on a chair with 47 rockets attached

Performed by Wang Hu, a sixteeth century Chinese official

2. Using an overcoat as a parachute while jumping of the Eiffel Tower

Performed by Franz Reichelt in 1911

1. Drowning at a lifeguards’ party that is being thrown in celebration of the fact that New Orleans has had its first drowning-free season

Accomplished by Jerome Moody in 1985

Read more: http://list25.com/25-most-bizarre-and-somewhat-ironic-ways-to-die/

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10 Science Jokes for Nerds

How Many Will You Get?

1. I’m reading a great book on anti-gravity. I can’t put it down.

2. I have a new theory on inertia but it doesn’t seem to be gaining momentum.

3. Why can’t atheists solve exponential equations? Because they don’t believe in higher powers.

4. Schrodinger’s cat walks into a bar. And doesn’t.

5. Do you know the name Pavlov? It rings a bell.

6. A group of protesters in front of a physics lab:
“What do we want?”.
“Time travel”
“When do we want it?”.
“Irrelevant.”

7. What does a subatomic duck say? Quark!

8. A neutron walks into a bar and asks how much for a beer. Bartender replies “For you, no charge”.

9. Two atoms are walking along. One of them says:
“Oh, no, I think I lost an electron.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, I’m positive.”

10. An optimist sees a glass half full. A pessimist sees it half empty. An engineer sees it twice as large as it needs to be.

This list was republished from GeeKiez.com. To read the original article, go here.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/physics/10-science-jokes-nerds