5 shocking facts you never knew about rabbits (say it ain’t so Easter Bunny!)

Posted by Alice Wessendorf | Posted in humor, science | Posted on 04-18-2014

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bunnySo you think (Easter) bunnies are all sweetness and light, right? Think again.

Sure, everyone KNOWS they’re fluffy.

Sure, no SANE person can deny, with their little pink noses and big soft ears, that they’re anything but BEYOND adorable.

But I’m willing to bet as you sit there with visions of bouncy little bunnies running through your Easter-infused hopped-up-on-sugary-Peeps and Cadbury Creme (bawkmeow) Eggs brain, there are a few things you DON’T know about these cuddly poofy explosions of cuteness.

In fact, before you go any further, I must warn you that you might never be able to look the Easter Bunny in the eye again.

Still here?

Okay, you asked for it…

(1) Rabbits often sleep with their eyes open, assuming this decidedly creepy stance so that any sudden movements will be easy to spot alerting them to danger. Yes, that bunny who is staring straight at you may in fact be sound asleep… shiver.

(2) Speaking of being alert to danger, just ‘cause that bunny isn’t looking at you doesn’t mean he isn’t LOOKING at you. Rabbits can see nearly 360 degrees, essentially being able to skeevely gaze at you while appearing to look in the opposite direction. But if you want to hide from a bunny stand very still directly in front of him and he might just miss you. He has a small blind spot directly in front of his head.

(3) Bunnies chow down on their own poo. No really, it’s a regular thing. In fact these herbivores need to do this in order to get enough nutrition. There are two kinds of rabbit poop. Hard little pellets, and then soft, dark feces covered in a thin mucous. These super-nutritious droppings, called cecotropes, or “night feces,” are immediately eaten by the rabbit.

(4) You might think these cute and cuddly critters are gentle and shy, but underneath all that soft fur lives the heart of a vicious bad*ss. Rabbits are quite capable of angry grunting, scratching and biting—skills they will readily employ if feeling threatened by, say, Little Timmy who rushes up to squeeze and hug said bunny with nothing but joy and love in his heart.

But that’s not the MOST shocking tool in Peter Cottontail’s bag of “I’m an angry bunny” tricks. No, that would be number 5…

(5) If a rabbit is feeling territorial–or is having a fight with another boy bunny over a pretty little girl bunny–he just might decide to “throw urine.” Yup, that’s right, if the Easter Bunny is in a bad mood he’s perfectly capable of flinging his pee at you. The moral of this story being, of course, whatever you do DON’T PISS OFF THE EASTER BUNNY!

(Is anyone else thinking of that killer Monty Python rabbit right now? No, just me?)

Accents, goats, and a bit of wobbly metal…

Posted by Alice Wessendorf | Posted in Happy Hopeful Stuff, humor | Posted on 02-21-2014

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This video has everything it needs to make me deliriously happy.

It is, by far, the best thing I have seen all week.

Goats? CHECK
Accents? CHECK (Unless of course you’re from that part of the world, then its just buds bickering)
Wobbly bit of metal? CHECK

Click and enjoy.

I think I’m in love with American Unicorn…

Posted by Alice Wessendorf | Posted in Eye Candy, Happy Hopeful Stuff | Posted on 02-06-2014

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It’s true. I can’t deny the love any longer.

What? You don’t KNOW American Unicorn???

Well American Unicorn can’t just be described. No, you must simply give yourself over to the experience.

Let the tinfoil horn and American flag cape whisk you away to a world of wonder and enchantment.

But I should warn you first. Not everyone can handle the Unicorn.

Not everybody is down with the whole rainbowy, sparkly, profane Unicorness of it all.

Oh, and there are some blue words in there too. So delicate ears please don’t click.

Hat tip to Dallas_Breed

This is guaranteed to melt your cold stony heart…

Posted by Alice Wessendorf | Posted in Eye Candy, Happy Hopeful Stuff | Posted on 02-05-2014

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Fifteen-month old Kayden had never experienced rain before.

Her mom, Nicole,managed to capture her heart-meltingly-adorable and purely joyous reaction to the miracle that is water falling from the sky.

It’s too bad that we forget how incredible this world is.

It’s fortunate that we still have Kayden’s to remind us.

Prepare for that cold cynical heart of yours to thaw out a bit and press play…

Kayden + Rain from Nicole Byon on Vimeo.

Capturing the Grand Canyon from the edge of space…

Posted by Alice Wessendorf | Posted in Eye Candy, Photography, science | Posted on 02-05-2014

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Photographer John Flaig takes photos from space. But he never leaves the ground.

He’s one of the pioneers of a new kind of photography that uses helium filled weather balloons to send cameras up to the edge of space.

The resulting photos are incredible.

But you don’t have to trust me, judge for yourself.

Below are a few screen captures to whet your appetite for the main course video at the end.

Click on the pics for slightly bigger versions.

Oh, and be sure to go full screen on this one to get the full impact.

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Gotta see new POV video of Baumgartner space jump…

Posted by Alice Wessendorf | Posted in Eye Candy, science | Posted on 01-31-2014

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POV shot Felix Baumgartner space jumpBack in October 2012 with the words “I’m coming home now” Felix Baumgartner made his incredible leap from a balloon floating 24 miles above the Earth.

I don’t know about you, but I was GLUED to my screen that day.

If you were watching you know that Felix broke the sound barrier… with his BODY… and then began a terrifying out of control spin that everyone feared he may not recover from.

But of course he, thankfully, did.

Now Red Bull Stratos and GoPro have released a new video that shows us from Felix’s perspective exactly what he was going through.

And yes, it IS as vertigo and nausea producing as you’re imagining. It’s also absolutely incredible… and awe inspiring… and so unbelievably beautiful at times that it will bring tears to your eyes.

Take it full screen, but be prepared before you do.

Beard. No beard.

Posted by Alice Wessendorf | Posted in Eye Candy, humor | Posted on 01-24-2014

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Some things are just so strange that they’re wonderful.

“Beard? No Beard?” is one of those things.

I find it highly addictive. It’s a good thing it it’s short.

What does it mean? No clue.

Why? No clue.

What DO you know? It was made by a guy named William Andrews.

Oh, and Andrews has a cool accent.

Yeah, that’s about it.

(hat tippage to b3ta)

Holy flaming mini matchstick gun!

Posted by Alice Wessendorf | Posted in Eye Candy | Posted on 01-24-2014

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Got some boring old wooden clothespins lying around?

Wondering what to do with all those boxes of matches?

Need to get rid of some of those toothpicks that are piling up?

Well, you’re in luck. Below is a step-by-step instructional video (by Grant Thompson, King of Random… or so he says) for building your very own clothespin pocket pistol.

Add a lit match and you have a flaming mini matchstick gun!

Kids DON’T do this.

Really, I mean it, just don’t.

The Shining bathroom scene minus Grady

Posted by Alice Wessendorf | Posted in Eye Candy, film | Posted on 01-24-2014

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I found this utterly fascinating. I couldn’t look away.

Okay, I’ll admit that anything “The Shining” related I’m more than a bit partial too.

But this is like being a fly on the wall, watching Jack’s slide towards insanity pick up speed.

And while that is occurring in the original too, somehow Grady’s physical absence adds some new layer to the scene that was never quite there before.

Now I suppose, technically, Grady’s audio maybe shouldn’t be there either. But, as the editor Richard Trammell said, his existence is somewhat murky anyway.

And I honestly couldn’t imagine not having Stone’s dulcet tones in this scene.

Dancing Stormtroopers!

Posted by Alice Wessendorf | Posted in Eye Candy, Happy Hopeful Stuff, music | Posted on 01-24-2014

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I know, I know, this video has few moments of twerking in it. I hang my head in shame.

But it has DANCING STORMTROOPERS… what’s a girl to do? I mean I couldn’t say no, could I?

Besides I think the dancing Stormtroopers factor cancels out any small twerk factor.

And I will deny it if you tell anyone, but I LIKED the twerking when it was a Stormtrooper butt doing it.

Phew. There I said it. I feel better now. Confession is good for the soul.

The music is by Scott & Brendo. If you like it head over to iTunes or Amazon and show them some love.