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Mess with beavers, pay the price

This is the beaver right before it goes fucking apeshit.
This is the beaver right before it goes fucking apeshit.

So this is only a 30 second video. But it doesn't need to be longer because what happens in it is so nuts, which is that someone is filming a beaver, all like, oh, wow, look at this beaver, cool. Nice beaver. And then the beaver HOUSES the dude. I mean, you can't even see anything. The beaver just charges and then there are all these horrible beaver attack noises. I am reminded of the scene in Grizzly Man when Werner Herzog says to that woman, "You must never listen to this tape."

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This dude lived alone in the Maine woods for 27 years, supporting himself with over 1,000 burglaries

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peupleloup

You think you're in tune with nature? Yeah, get back to me when you've spent nearly 30 years with no other company. A 47-year-old man named Christopher Knight (not to be confused with the director of the Batman series! UPDATE: OK, my editor and I are both really stupid. Christopher Nolan directed Batman. I blame the rain.) has been living alone in the Maine woods for 27 years. Does that sound really boring? Well, it probably would have been if he did not manage to keep the Intrigue Factor in his life going strong by committing over 1,000 robberies.

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The secret to bigger, healthier crops may be urine

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Philip Pessar

Manure is a very popular fertilizer. We all know about manure and how well it fertilizes things. But as it turns out, urine may be a good fertilizer too. What we're hearing is that we'd be doing the world a favor if we stopped using toilets and just dropped trou in a field.

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Fishing teens in Florida spend two hours wrestling great white shark

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When you're fishing, you never know quite what you're going to catch. I caught an eel once, and that was weird. But an eel is a lot smaller than the great white shark four teenagers recently hooked off the coast of Florida, near Port Everglades.

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This guy recycled an old piano into an awesome musical bike

Quirky and cute! Just like SF itself!
Quirky and cute! Just like San Francisco itself!

What would you do if you had an old $80 piano and a big tricycle? Would you throw them out? Not if you were San Francisco musician Gary Skaggs. He turned this seemingly useless combo into gold, or at least normal paper cash, with his "piano bike." 

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12-year-old’s letter halts forest-cutting construction project

What's this aboot a park? #idontthinkso!
Jacob Zinn
What's this aboot a housing development? #idontthinkso!

Olivia Peters, a 12-year-old Canadian lass, singlehandedly scaled back a massive construction project that would have eliminated a beautiful plot of old-growth forest. She was out for a walk with her mother in the town of Surrey, British Columbia, when she noticed something odd: All the trees had tags on them and orange paint. Young Olivia was -- as only a Canadian can be when confronted with the injustices of runaway capitalism -- incensed to learn that the trees were going to be cut down to make way for a housing development.

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Finally, a positive consequence of climate change: More penguins!

My rocky beach or yours?
Wikipedia
My rocky beach or yours?

When you think about climate change you generally think of losers, right? As in, things and animals who lose. Like trees! Like polar bears! Like, well, us! But did you know there are climate-change winners? That's right, climate change will help some animals. And one species it will help is the Adélie penguin of Beaufort Island, Antarctica.

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This may be the world’s most expensive egg

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Kake Pugh

I love eggs. I make them the way Julia Child did, stirring the curds slowly up from the pan. I buy good fresh eggs, which I guess cost about 40 cents apiece. But that is a fraction of the price of the egg that's selling for £8 -- $12.24 -- at a restaurant in London called Dabbous.

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Where not to pee in NYC: Interactive map shows you where you’ll get busted

areas in red mean more pee pee arrests
Gothamist
Areas in red mean more pee pee arrests.

Let's say you are a New Yorker, or you are visiting New York, and you have every intention of being a good citizen. You really do. But then you get super drunk and all the Starbucks are closed. You've been following all the rules and you don't want to get busted for this one tiny thing, but you really really really have to pee on someone's shrub right now. Luckily for you, the NYPD's Records Access Division keeps stats about where in the city people get arrested for peeing, and Gothamist was nice enough to put them into this amazing interactive map.

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A big battle over a tiny door in a San Francisco tree

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Erica R.

The war between whimsy and responsibility is an ancient one, and it is raging in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Someone -- and you'd be hard pressed to find who, since pretty much every third resident of this city spends his ample spare time dreaming of Magical Other Worlds and making up games with names like "Elf Crusade" -- has put a tiny door on a tree in the park. Officials took it away, saying it was hurting the tree. But people freaked the fuck out, so they are putting it back. Whimsy 1, Responsibility 1/2, for giving in to Whimsy.

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