I found a stray kitten outside. I fostered him and then found him a home!
Here is the World's Funniest Cat video!
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Chicken hypnotism is pretty mind boggling. We were enthralled when young Ciaran hypnotized a chicken with his infectious little boy charm (and more importantly, the gentle back-and-forth sway of his arms). There are a wealth of videos on YouTube depicting the process—a bonafide practice tried and true among both farmers and scientists. So, what is the why and how-to behind the art of fowl hypnosis?
How small is Russian artist Anatoly Konenko's microminiature aquarium? Well, for starters, it holds just two tablespoons of water. Not that you could ever fill it with a spoon, of course! The force would tear the décor to bits. Konenko favors a syringe for that particular task.
WonderHowTo pal and contributor Sean Conaty shot this beautiful short for Scion Magazine about exotic fish and the people who love them. The fish veterinarian is particularly fascinating. Who knew that some lucky sea creatures experience greater longevity with the aid of surgery, x-rays and vaccinations?
Extremely impressive. I want me some of Jimmy's magical bird song impersonation skills.
Meet YouTube user kittenandtiger, the mysterious Austrian mouse whisperer. Master of mouse training site Mouse Agility, kittenandtiger has had a love for rodents since a very young age:
The world's first bee populated billboard features 10,000 of the insects, drawn in from a local honey bee farm, using queen bee pheromones. The billboard is a call to action for England’s diminishing bee population, which has decreased by 50% in the last 20 years.
Every year in Ontario, Canada, the Clovermead Bees & Honey, Bee Beard Competition is held. Categories include squeezing honeycomb, lighting smokers, suiting up quick, and building bee boxes, and catching bees.
François Vautier built an art farm into his scanner and then proceeded to scan the farm each week for a duration of five years. Amazing time-lapsed result below. Inspired project... though perhaps not quite as inspired as the massive ant city filled with cement and then evacuated (video #2 in the gallery below). Insane. Don't miss it.
If you've ever had even the slightest encounter with bed bugs, you know they are the most feared, nastiest vermin in New York City, as well as other closely populated spaces (re: college dorms). The latest nasty bit of news on the topic concerns clothing retailer Hollister- their flagship Soho store was shut down for three days for infestation.
Oscar the cat is one lucky feline. After losing his two hind legs in a combine harvester, his loving owners had Oscar outfitted with two prosthetic paws, or metallic pegs to be more specific. This revolutionary veterinary procedure is nothing to scoff at - biomedical engineering experts and a neuro-orthopedic surgeon were both called in to create the world's first bionic cat. Via BBC:
FOX News Philadelphia says: "One zoo in the eastern province of Henan took some stray dogs, and made them into the exotic animals using paint."
Sick meaning awesome, of course. Photographer Tim Flach shows that the world could definitely use more dog grooming pizazz (like these perfectly preened canines). Don't miss the zebra-lion below. NUTS!
Two research teams, in Turkey and Iran, both recently discovered an incredibly rare species of bees. Coined the Osmia (Ozbekosima) avoseta bee, the insects use colorful flower petals to create papier-mache cocoons for their offspring.
Japan loves their pets. This dog owner loves his border collie, named Kirin. He loves Kirin enough to make sure he gets his exercise. All it takes is a little dog training after all. More squats in the park:
No more repetitive, boring games of fetch with your dog. Solution: Build a machine that will take care of it for you. Problem solved. Previously, No-Fail Robot Catcher Astounds.
Curbly says, "This fly paper is delicious! How couldn't it be with ingredients like this?" Ingredients:
First, a little evidence on how easily amused the common house cat is to begin with. To purchase special kitty toys seem unnecessary. Cats will go berserk at the slightest thing. The movement of a string, a rouge house fly, or in this case, the buzz of a toothbrush.
This seems unbelievable and quite unnatural, but the backyard surgery of reconstructing an insect's wing is possible.
This little boy, Ciaran, is charming. And without guile. Why the Brits are so disproportionately into instructional video, I may never fully understand.
How to train a cat to use a toilet - really. I could not invent this stuff. When I first saw this video, I knew my life would never be quite the same. This ranks up there with the invention of electricity or the discovery or DNA. Now, I don't need to smell that litter. I don't have to change it. I don't have to buy it in the store anymore.
The most important Obama decision is over. Sasha and Malia Obama have picked their puppy! People.com reports that the Portuguese Water dog rescue will arrive at the White House shortly after Spring Break.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be really good. Jack Nicholson was appealingly disturbed in As Good as it Gets. I bought a script about an intriguing OCD detective named Monk. His OCD made him magnetic and brilliant. Well, this next tutorial takes the cake. HowTo teach your cat to use a light switch.
This clip is a WonderHowTo classic and now the 2008 Oddball Award winner! Nancy Parker loves her cat, Millennium Y 2 Kitty. Yes, the cat's name may be dated, but toilet training a cat is the future. She proves obsessive-compulsive behavior can be a major virtue, and rather than a drawback.
You decide who wins the 2008 WonderHowTo Oddball Award!! Tank Guy or Cat Lady?
Birdwatching! I've never considered it a hobby, but more a daily delight of growing up in New England. We had the book in the kitchen and we'd mark off each bird we'd spotted and the date it visited us.