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Adolph the unkillable tortoise survived snowstorms, fires, and Nazis

That which does not kill me does not kill me and nothing kills me.
Paula
That which does not kill me does not kill me and nothing kills me.

Adolph the tortoise was found in 1942 in a suburb of London called Muswell Hill, crawling around in a hole left by a German bomb. No one knows how he got there. But given the rest of the story, it's clear to us that he probably had the bomb dropped directly on him and survived. In fact, he probably threw himself on the bomb to save London.

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Ben Affleck is going to eat like a poor person [Updated]

"So hungry. Can't wait to have a nice big meal tomorrow."
Gene Bromberg
"So hungry. Can't wait to have a nice big meal tomorrow."

Editor's Note: This story relied on a report in Us Weekly, which said Affleck would be doing his eat-like-a-poor-person thing for just one day. That's wrong. In fact, it's clear from Affleck's  Twitter feed (and the campaign it points to) that Affleck intends to do this for five days and he's doing it to get other people to join him, which is a worthy goal. Grist apologizes for the error. We never should have doubted you, Ben! Call us!

I want to be clear about something. I love Ben Affleck. I love him how you only love someone to whom you have spent most of your life being largely indifferent. After he made Argo, I was like, "OK dude, yes, you deserve to exist, big time. You made a movie like they used to make in the '70s, with the kind of suspense and storytelling no one even bothers with anymore because they're just like, oh, our trailer has a good joke in it about MILFs, so hello good opening weekend and screw Americans and their yearning for well-executed traditional narrative structure."

Anyway, Affleck is now, in the way only movie stars can, doing something "cool" that is also lame (which does not befit the man who made Argo). To raise awareness of global hunger, he is going to eat like a poor person for one day. One day. I had to read it several times myself.

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Here are some capybaras hanging out in a hot tub

"This is very relaxing. Of course, my whole life is relaxing."
"This is very relaxing. Of course, my whole life is relaxing."

There's not a lot to report here, unless you consider extreme cuteness news, and, well, I sort of do. What we have here is a series of three videos of capybaras. Capybaras are the world's largest rodent, they are native to South America, and they tend to grow to be about 108 pounds, which is bigger than Mary Lou Retton but smaller than Fergie, even before she got pregnant. And apparently they are pretty good at lounging around. Here are capybaras in a hot tub:

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A desperate McDonald’s Japan turns to frantic dance as metaphor

We should go work at KFC. LIke, now.
I'm working up an appetite for food from a successful fast food place, like KFC!

McDonald's Japan is not doing well. So it held a meeting at the end of 2012 to try to reverse this downturn, which has now been going on for two years. And one of the main points of this meeting was, not surprisingly, "stronger marketing." The result? An ad featuring the "Dancing McCrew," two McDonald's "employees" dancing their little hearts out because working at McDonald's is soooo fun.

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This magical filter makes soda into water

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A Swiss company has come up with a way for you to turn yucky, bad-for-you soda into delicious water. Yes, this water bottle, which is based on a filter developed by NASA, is so powerful it gets rid of everything in the Coke that makes it Coke, and turns it into plain water. Does that sound too unbelievable to be true? Watch it in action here. (Try not to laugh when it just sounds like someone's going pee-pee.)

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L.A. ice cream shop churns all its ice cream using bike power

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Peddler's Creamery

Bikes. Ice cream. Two wonderful things. Put them together and you've got ... a bike that churns ice cream? Sure. Los Angeles resident Edward Belden has managed to unite his long-term loves and has created an ice cream machine powered by a bicycle. What a lucky guy. We tried to unite our long-term loves and all we got was James McAvoy in Rag & Bone shoebooties.

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Apparently even cats can get addicted to McDonald’s

Ain't he cute? If you live in New Zealand you can adopt him!
Waikato SPCA
Ain't he cute? If you live in New Zealand you can adopt him!

If you grew up in a McDonald's parking lot in New Zealand, what would you eat? What if you were an adorable little black-and-white cat named Frankie? You would eat hamburger patties and chicken McNuggets, obviously. And then you would get so accustomed to it that you'd refuse to go back to kibble.

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We actually kinda love this furniture made out of dirt

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Adital Ela

Adital Ela, an Israeli designer, has created a line of furniture made from soil fibers and plant matters. It's beautiful, functional, and eminently disposable, as it can turn right back into dirt.

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This McDonald’s hamburger is 14 years old

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The Doctors

David Whipple thought that he might keep the McDonald's hamburger he bought for two weeks. He thought it would be a funny party trick to show friends. But then he forgot about it, and he found it a full two years later. And it didn't really look that different. It had no signs of rotting or mold. So he kept it for 14 years.

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Chili peppers might help develop new medication for migraines

So I just rub this on my headache?
So I just rub this on my headache?

If you have ever gotten chili oil in your eyes, you know it's not fun. But you might not know that the reaction is similar to what happens when a person gets a migraine. Researchers are hoping that this fact enables them to create a drug that will stop migraines before they start.

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