Sign This Petition To Stop People Who Torture Animals Owning Pets Again

There is nothing good to be said about people who hurt animals, and now there is a petition to try and stop them from ever owning a pet again.

It emerged this week that a little chihuahua called Chunky had been tortured by four teenagers, before being left for dead next tosome bins at the side of the road.

He was found with a broken leg, neck, a burnt face and eyes and had even been force-fed drugs by the teens, who had tortured the poor pup over a number of hours, apparently for their own “amusement”…

The RSPCA officer dealing with the case said:

“This was the most disturbing case I have ever dealt with, by an absolute mile. These youths admitted feeding him drugs, kicking and punching him, and wringing and breaking his neck before dumping him. They also said they set fire to his face and eyes after lighting a deodorant aerosol can. The whole thing sends shivers down my spine.”

Chunky made a miraculous recovery and is happy with a new family (above).

Shockingly though, the boys were only banned from owning an animal for five years. Yes, five years before they could potentially find another dog to have “fun” with.

So one dog-lover, and just generally sane person, Maxine Berry has set up a petition asking David Cameron to permanently ban people who abuse animals. Which, when you think about it, makes crystal clear sense…

You can sign the petition here, and help stop dogs like Chunky being hurt again.

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Anonymous Is Now Hacking A Country Because They Kill Whales

Iceland is a pretty great country to be honest. They have waterfalls, lagoons, and the Northern Lights…

Their literacy rate is 99%, the sun never sets (at least not in summer) and they have a handy app to make sure no-one inadvertently commits incest.

You would think that hacker group Anonymous would approve of Iceland – what with their liberal stance on refugee quotas, and their informative penis museums – but the hactivists have declared cyber war on the tiny island nation.

Why? They disapprove of Iceland’s whaling policies.

In a video posted online, Anonymous said:

“Whales do not have a voice. We will be a voice for them. Its time to speak out about this impending extinction of a species. Its time to let Iceland know we will not stand by and watch as they drive this animal to extinction.”

Whaling is frowned on internationally (to say the least), but along with Norway and Japan, Iceland continues to hunt whales for their meat.

Just when we thought there wasn’t a single blemish on this volcano-garnished, hot-spring adorned, incest-free paradise!

Anonymous have called for a boycott on Icelandic products, and have already shut down at least five of their government’s websites, vowing to expose the cruel practices involved in whaling.

You can watch Anonymous declare war on Iceland – liberal, beautiful – yet whale murdering Iceland – here:

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This Woman Believes That Shes In The Wrong Body, And Is Actually A Cat

20-year-old Nano can see in the dark, hisses whenever she sees a dog and likes to sleep on the windowsill, or in the sink.

She’s been trying to catch a mouse (although she hasn’t succeeded yet) and being in busy, public spaces can be stressful for her.

This is because Nano, in short, is a cat. Or at least, she believes she is.

She wears cat ears on a headband, as well as a fake tail, and although she’s largely adapted to human life, she prefers to walk on four legs, and communicate by meowing.

Nano believes she was born as a cat, and while her psychiatrist thinks she’ll grow out of this, Nano’s pretty adamant that she won’t. Although at one time, she was so much cat she’d forgotten how to be human – so couldn’t walk on two legs or eat with a knife and fork – she’s been working hard to behave like a person.

And she even has a cat friend. Although Svein is a human, he has a ‘cat personality’, and so can understand what Nano’s miaows mean.

You can check out a video of her talking about being a cat here:

To be honest, we do not know what to make of this. Anyone?

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Weird Girl Explains Why Women Should Have Sex With Dogs

Do you remember in sex education when the teacher was informing you about how to practice safe sex to avoid pregnancy or STDs, and then said if you really want to be safe then the best thing to do is just have sex with your dog? No, nor do I, but this seems to be the screwed up advice that this girl is offering.

It has to be fake, right? Surely this girl is tolling us. We hope so, but it’s kind of hard to tell. She nonchalantly reels of the ten reasons why you should have sex with a caninewhilst giggling and stroking her dog.

Reasons include it being legal in some states, it’s convenient, it’s safe, and it’s been happening for hundreds of years. To top it all of she says that dogs don’t complain. Seriously, she has to be trolling us.

Someone please buy her a vibrator for Christmas.

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Fleet Foxes singer gives sweater to a fan who made a Tumblr for it, indie rock lives

This story begins, of course, in the Pacific Northwest.

Five years ago, a Fleet Foxes fan did what every high schooler did in 2011 and created a single topic tumblr devoted to something she really likes. That happened to be a cozy sweater belonging to the band’s lead singer, Robin Pecknold.

Now, thanks to the powers of the internet and the impeding Autumn winds, she owns that sweater.

Fuck Yeah Robin Pecknold’s Sweater was born the same year of the Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues. The blog pays tribute to the musician’s oatmeal sweater featuring a crimson, tan and gray geometric design that, for a time, he was quite fond of wearing.

Hmu

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As time marched on, Pecknold’s sweater stayed out of the public eye, but FYRPS prevailed, sharing fan art devoted to the sweater and even a nice picture of Drake wearing a similar design.

Four months ago, Pecknold answered a question about the famed sweater in a Reddit AMA, explaining that he hadn’t been wearing it, but it traveled with him though various moves over the years.

The sweater blogger, the sweater and the sweater owner were finally able to arrange a new home for the iconic piece of indie rock memorabilia. Pecknold shipped it off to its cozy new home, and come winter, it will be swallowed in her coat.

Farewell old friend

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Jonah Hill And Miles Teller Flirt With Guns And Danger In War Dogs Trailer

The true story of two 20-something-year-old stoners who became international arms dealers,War Dogsis the latestcomedy/drama fromThe Hangover director Todd Phillips.

Starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill asDavid Packouz and Efraim Diveroli – the unlikely winners of a$300 million Pentagon contract to supply arms to America’s Afghani allies – the film is already being likened to The Wolf of Wall Street,in that it charts the quasi-illegal activities of those trying to make a lot of money.

The Hangover alumnus Bradley Cooper makes an appearance as somesort of shady criminal, encountered by Teller and Hill as they attempt to navigate the dangerous underbelly of the world of arms dealing.

Check out the trailer here:

What do you think? Let us know in the comments…

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The Worlds Worst Zoo Where Animals Starve To Death And Are Left To Mummify

WARNING: This article contains images some people may find distressing.

The privately run Khan Younis Zoo in South Gaza is being described as the ‘world’s worst zoo,’ and it’s easy to see why. The ongoing conflict in the area, and a shortage of funds, has made the zoo difficult to maintain. Things have gotten so bad that they exhibit dead, mummified animals in enclosures alongside living ones.

The animal protection organisationFour Paws have been trying to raise money to get much needed supplies to the zoos in Gaza. They were recently able to deliver enough food to get the animals through four weeks, but the problem is ongoing.

Here’s a video released by Four Paws

These upsetting images have shown how the animals have decayed over the years.

If you want to help by donating to Four Paws, then you can do so via this JustGiving page.

Image Credits: Daily Mail, Huffington Post

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26 Ridiculously Cute Before And After Photos Of Dogs Growing Up

Man’s best friend. We all know and love a dog somewhere down the line and, if you don’t have one, you’re constantly jealous of your friends that do.

And the great thing about dogs is that they’re lovely at every age. The whole time you have them, they love you and you love them.

Here’s to dogs and their loving ways. Keep on trucking, you fantastic mutts!

1. It still doesn’t look like it’s used to standing on backs…

2. The dog grew into a legendary pokemon!

3. Always there to take up bed space

4.It’s got a look on it’s face like when you tell a kid he’s too old to play with lego…

5. It learned how to smile!

6. That’s one photogenic dog

7. Still looks grumpy

8. Awww

9. It looks like it hates that now

10. Nice bow tie

11. No it’s sad that it can’t fit any more!

12. At least it’s not tired any more…

13. Arty

14. How’d it get in there?

15. Love the grin

16.This one’s far too emotional

17. Impressive

18. Army rescue pup

19. That guy looks progressively more happy to have his dog

20. It’s grown to know when it’s being watched

21. What type of dog is that?!

22. I bet that the dog ruined that chair

23. Happier with age

24. Humans grow too?!

25. That dog hasn’t even aged

26. Can huskies control their tongues?

Is it us or did they get a little melancholy? Dogs are great. Really really great.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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Man Buries His Cat, Only For It To Wander Back Into The Kitchen A Few Hours Later

In what must have been a particularly strange day, a local councillor buried his dead cat, only to have it turn up in his kitchen a couple of hours later.

(And no, this isn’t the start of some felinezombie apocalypse).

The story started as Matt Strong took to Twitter to share the sad news that his cat, Gus, had been killed in a hit and run accident:

But, as Matt would soon learn, the cat killed wasn’t Gus. Gus, along with his brother Ralph, wandered home, into thekitchen, just a couple of hours afterMatt had‘buried him’.

Probablythrilled that his cat was alive, and not buried in the garden, Matt did have one problem. As he pointed out on his Facebook page:

“Unfortunately this means I have someone’s dead cat buried in my garden.”

Pretty nobly, Matt decided that the cat’s body belonged with its owners, and so just a couple of hours after he had buriedit, he found himself digging up the grave, and taking the cat to a local vet.

This strange story has a happy ending for Gus and Matt, but our thoughts are with the family whose pet was killed today.

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Turtle Beach retakes the gaming audio throne with the Elite Pro Tournament headset

In the years since Turtle Beach became a household name, the company has seen intense competition from the likes of SteelSeries, Tritton, and many other high-end headset manufacturers. Now, Turtle Beach is aiming to retake its throne with a new line of ultra-high-end audio gear that is the epitome of premium.

A long history

During the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 era, the Turtle Beach name was synonymous with hardcore gaming. If you had a Turtle Beach headset, you were immediately at a huge advantage in most fast-paced online shooters: You could hear an enemys footsteps with such clarity that picking off foes before they knew what hit them was a relatively simple task.

Over time, Turtle Beach continued to roll out new-and-improved versions of its headsets for various platforms, and eventually the companys product lineup became somewhat cluttered. It was hard to determine what headset was the best of the best, and when competing brands began to muscle into the space, gamers who were once dedicated Turtle Beach fanatics eventually began to branch out.

The Turtle Beach Elite Pro headset and its ultra-premium accessories are clearly the absolute top of the companys product line, with the highest-quality components, and there is no longer any doubt what the best Turtle Beach headset is. This is it.

Top-of-the-line audio

Lets get the specs out of the way up front: The Elite Pro uses 3.5mm stereo audio jacks for all of its connections, and it will work with both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4when plugged into their respective controllers. Each ear cup house a 50mm NanoClear speaker, and the headset weighs just over a pound. The ear pads are a mix of leather and memory foam, and theres an adjustable ProSpecs feature that creates small indentations in the pads if you game while wearing glasses, so theres no added pressure on the sides of your face.

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The build quality is nothing short of what youd expect from a headset that costs $200; the plastic that encases each ear cup is thick and rigid, and the two-tier headband is extremely sturdy. The foam padding on the inside of the headband is firm but still comfortable, and you can adjust both the tension of the headband and the drop of the ear cups, so if you have a big dome or game while wearing a hatlike I often dothe pads will still feel secure when the size is maxed out.

The headphone cable has a breakaway point just a few inches down the wire, which is a godsend if you hate having to wrap your wired headsets in a lengthy cable, and the removable microphone easily snaps in and out without a fuss. Theres even a tiny plastic arm that holds the microphones foam windscreen in place, and as someone who has lost more of those little foam covers than I care to admit, this small addition makes me particularly giddy.

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Of course, since this is a gaming headset, the sound quality matters more than anything Ive mentioned thus far, so lets get into it.

Turtle Beach uses a lot of fancyand trademarkedterms for its audio technology such as NanoClear and TruSpeak. After reading all of the documentation and blog posts, I still have no idea what those terms actually mean, but what I can tell you is that games sound absolutely fantastic with this headset.

I put the Elite Pro through a few different tests, including many, many rounds of Overwatch, hours upon hours of DayZ, and even a few days where I just listened to my Spotify playlist while working. In Overwatch, listening for another players ultimate attack sound cue was easier than ever, and Ill go ahead and give credit for at least a dozen ambushes in DayZ to Turtle Beach as well.

This isnt to say that you dont have to make sure your own computers (or consoles) audio settings are correctly tunedtheres no headset on the planet that will make bad settings sound goodbut the Elite Pro manages to nail both the crisp highs of grassy footsteps and the deep thump of a grenade explosion better than pretty much any headset Ive ever tested, and Ive been doing headset reviews for the better part of a decade. Its very, very good.

In fact, theres literally only one thing that could possibly make the headset, by itself, sound better, and Turtle Beach actually built that, too.

Elite Pro TAC

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The Elite Pro TAC (short for Tactical Audio Controller) is an optional accessory for the Elite Pro headset, but once I tried the two in tandem, I found it extremely difficult to go back. The TAC sits separate from the headset, on a desk or coffee table, and acts like an extra audio brain.

The TAC features individual sliders for mic boost, background noise cancellation, outbound mic monitoring, and a mixer slider for gaming and chat audio. The large dial acts as the master volume control, and a pair of buttons on the top let you cycle through a total of 16 different audio modes.

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It connects to the headset via 3.5mm jacks, but its system connection options are much more robust, allowing you to use inputs and outputs for optical audio connections, as well as a USB output to connect to a PC or Mac using something other than a standard audio jack. The TAC can also be chained with others for in-game communication in tournament settings, showing Turtle Beachs dedication to making the Elite Pro the go-to esports headset for both professional gamers and amateurs with big dreams.

Whats particularly great for the PC gaming crowd is the TACs ability to pull double duty as both an audio controller and an external USB sound card with full 7.1 surround sound capability. Thats a massive bonus, considering such cards usually cost a significant amount on their own.

The different audio presets are really the star of the show with the TAC. There are settings for various types of music, several movie genres, and of course a plethora of options for gaming. Theres even a mode dedicated specifically to pinpointing footsteps which is so good that it almost feels like cheating. Almost.

Elite Pro Tournament Noise-Cancelling Microphone

Mike Wehner

Along with the headset and TAC, I was able to try out another tournament-minded accessory for the Elite Pro: the Elite Pro Tournament Noise-Cancelling Microphone. Its a mouthful in name, and also a mouthful in size, with a massive mouthpiece and extra thick adjustable boom.

Unlike the TACwhich takes the entire Elite Pro experience from great to superbthis microphone doesnt add a ton to the overall package. Its big and sturdy, which is great, but in terms of audio quality, it was difficult for me or my online teammates to choose between it and another mic.

The consensus seemed to be that there was very little difference between the default Elite Pro headset and this tournament-grade option. Both sound good, but unless youre playing in an area with a ton of noise, this fancy mics marquee feature will go largely underutilized. In short, its a great add-on if youre going to be playing in a crowded stadiumhence its Tournament brandingbut most dedicated gamers will do just fine with the fantastic mic thats already in the box.

The Elite Pro headset ($199.95), Elite Pro TAC ($199.95), and Elite Pro Tournament Noise-Cancelling Microphone ($29.95) are currently available for pre-order, and will hit retail shelveson June 12, 2016.

Disclosure: Turtle Beach Elite Pro headset and accessories were provided for review purposes by Turtle Beach.

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Thundercat on breakout album Drunk, laughing at racism and his ‘sexy cat’, Tron

The bass maestro and jazz extraordinaire has collaborated with everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Pharrell Williams. But his greatest inspiration may be his cat, Turbo Tron Over 9000 Baby Jesus Sally

Thundercat sits crosslegged and barefoot on a round leather chair, his white Birkenstocks thrown casually to one side. With his zen posture, ornate gold jewellery hanging from his septum and air of insouciance, he brings to mind a buddha. Or at least a buddha with dreadlocks and diamant-rimmed sunglasses.

The bass player and jazz extraordinaire otherwise known as Stephen Bruner is only 32, yet he already has an impressive musical contacts book, his collaborators ranging from Snoop Dogg and Erykah Badu to Pharrell Williams, Wiz Khalifa and the sultan of yacht-rock, Kenny Loggins. Bruners childhood was spent playing in bands with Kamasi Washington, his best friend is Flying Lotus and his time in the studio with Kendrick Lamar, where the pair dived through old jazz records, ended up indelibly shaping the sound of To Pimp A Butterfly.

But it is his third and most successful solo album to date, Drunk, which has brought him to London and the windowless back room of Londons Heaven nightclub, where we meet. Drunk is a wild odyssey of 23 tracks each less than three minutes long that fuses Bruners untouchable jazz credentials with punk, hip-hop, stoner psychedelia, funk and 80s soft rock, his soulful falsetto voice pondering subjects as varied as anime, losing your wallet and police brutality.

There are many questions I want to ask about the album but what Bruner really wants to talk about is his cat. Tron or more specifically Turbo Tron Over 9000 Baby Jesus Sally has long been an inspiration for the bass maestro (Tron Song, which features on his second album, is a loving ode to her) and the time away from her on tour is taking its toll.

The thing about Tron is shes a very humanised cat, and is a sweetheart but also very weird, which I enjoy because Im pretty weird, he says, reaching for his phone to show me an endless photo stream of Tron in various outfits, including a cat sailor suit. I treat my cat like shes my therapist or something, because I talk to her all the time and as shes gotten older she talks back. Its pretty funny.

Is that a personalised Chanel cat sweater? I ask, as he pauses over a picture of him and Tron in matching designer sportswear. He nods and laughs, a warm gravelly giggle, like a parent cooing over a newborn.

Shes a little model cat. I always tell her shes sexy. I know its really awkward because everyone tells me: Stop calling your cat sexy. But Im like: Why would I stop calling Tron sexy? Shes a sexy cat!

Its this endearing weirdness, a lifelong commitment to what he calls the tradition of not giving a fuck, that has always fed into Bruners music. His dedication to the bass has been obsessive since he was four (his father and brother are also both acclaimed jazz musicians) but is absent of any uptight jazz puritanism, and he has happily lent his talent to every genre under the sun. There was the decade playing bass for legendary thrash band Suicidal Tendencies and then, in the mid-2000s, the time spent on tour in Snoop Doggs band. As a session musician at LAs Silver Lake Studios, he crossed paths with artists from Ty Dolla $ign to Bilal and finally Erykah Badu, who picked him out to join her live band and play on the New Amerykah studio sessions.

But it wasnt until he met LA rapper and producer Flying Lotus a decade ago that he considered singing, let alone making his own solo records. From when I was a kid I was always very quiet within myself, I was never attention-hungry, he says, recalling how he was bullied at school for looking like a girl. I wouldnt even tell you Id play bass, my friends only knew I did because I spent all my time playing. And in the beginning of me becoming a songwriter, Id get freaked out because it meant talking about things Id usually keep internal, you know. But that changed the moment that Lotus told me that I should start singing.

Bruner released his first solo project The Golden Age of Apocalypse in 2011, which positioned him as an artist who could flit between improvised jazz, leftfield electronica and smooth soul within the space of a single song. It was followed by Apocalypse in 2013, and then his more sombre 16-minute long EP, The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam, which was rooted in his grief over the sudden death of his close friend, the piano prodigy Austin Peralta.

Bruner finds it impossible to pinpoint the moment he started creating music for Drunk, though much of it came through working on both Lamars To Pimp A Butterfly and Washingtons The Epic. For a long time it was a weird, twisty-turny selection of songs that seemed impossible to shape into a single record, until Flying Lotus came up with an idea.

I remember the day we decided on the name, he says. It was funny as hell because the things told in jest are usually the truth, you know, and Lotus was like: This albums insane, you should just call it drunk. And we realised that was exactly the name of the album. The funny thing is the title is what holds it together.

The record does stumble drunkenly between the laughably silly falsetto of Captain Stupido (I feel weird/ comb your hair/ brush your teeth) to serious themes such as heartbreak, sinking into an emotional black hole and the narcissistic perils of social media. Drink Dat, his track with Wiz Khalifa, was simply lifted from a conversation between the pair when they were both going through a tough time in love (Khalifa was about to divorce Amber Rose) and they took to weed and Bombay Sapphire to forget their troubles.

Working with Lamar was a game-changer for Bruner, not only because it landed him his first Grammy, and he speaks about him with almost reverence. Kendrick helped me to understand how to be very driven and stay focused, he says. To this day I wish I was just in the studio with him because the dude is just insane. Hes pretty serious in the studio. You can be joking around but youll miss it, because he moves so quick.

Drunk is not merely lighthearted fare and songs such as The Turn Down grapple with the USs race problem. Did the highly politicised nature of To Pimp A Butterfly feed into his songwriting?

Bruner fiddles with his wallet and admits, a little dejectedly, that while Black Lives Matter has brought an important conversation to the fore, it has also ensured that every black musicians output is now discussed in the context of race.

Its already too much for me, he says and shrugs: Look, the political message of To Pimp A Butterfly didnt have to filter in. Im black, so I experience that on a consistent basis. I grew up in LA where these things were always happening, but its almost as if people didnt believe us before. Cops shooting black guys in the back of the head for no reason? Thats not new to me, I grew up knowing that, but its not something that I want to guide my path. So I laugh to keep from crying because its pretty depressing watching everybody act like a bunch of blithering idiots.

It doesnt even feel like racism is real, it just feels like the weirdest ploy, like were just being had on so many levels, he says, laughing loudly again. Its even kind of funny when you think about it. A reason not to like someone is because youre black. Cmon, man. How dumb is that?

We conclude that laughter should be utilised more to undermine racism.

I dont need to tell myself that Im black, or that Im proud of being black, I just am and it just doesnt matter, shrugs Bruner, slipping his feet back into his Birkenstocks. How about that for once?

Drunk is out on Brainfeeder

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Dogs Arent Allowed On The Subway Unless Theyre In A Carrier. These Guys Found A Loophole

So dogs have been banned on the New York subway… well, not all dogs. The dogs that have been banned are the ones that matter. Basically, you can’t bring a dog onto the train with you unless it’s carry-able within a bag. You know the sort I mean…

Yeah. Not real dogs, really.

Luckily, some people have found glorious exceptions to the rules and they really deserve our commendation…

1. It’s not often you see shame in a dog’s eyes.

2. This one just looks like he’s ready to have a bash up

3. Do you think the bags are empty other than the dogs? Like is there a tin of vaseline and a twix in there too?

4. Now that’s what you want to see. Delighted.

5. The guy looks embarrassed like it was the dog’s idea…

6. I’m not convinced there’s a whole dog in there.

7. This one seems like cheating. Mind you, carrying two beagles seems a little heavy-handed… literally.

8. …Not sure I know this breed?

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These Shocking Illustrations Put Humans In The Place Of Animals

Hoping to offer a different perspective on animal rights, Bored Panda have collected cartoonsthat imagine what life would be like if animals were the dominant species, and behaved towards humans the way we behave towards them.

The result is a shocking (and occasionally upsetting– so be warned) series of images that is intended to make us “think differently about the way that humans treat animals”.

Check them out, and see what you think:

For more cartoons, head over to Bored Panda to check out the whole collection.

And let us know what you think of these cartoons in the comments. Have they made you change the way you think about animal rights?

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These Are The Most Lifelike Balloon Animals Youll Ever See Ever.

If you asked me to make a balloon animal right now, I’d ask you what you were doing in my office. I’d then give it a go (always trying to please) but then fail miserably.

UnlikeMasayoshi Matsumoto. The 26-year-old chemical engineer is a self-taught balloon artist who makes crazy-intricate animals out of the rubbery joy (that has to be the weirdest way to say balloons ever… short of glorified condoms).

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Anyway, have a look and bear in mind that I’m no David Attenborough – my captions will NOT be 100% accurate…

1. A baboon

2. So I thought this one was a baboon until I saw the other one so, I don’t know, really. Some kind of monkey, perhaps?

3. A bull standing on several starfish

4. A pokmon

5. A dove with an egg cracked on top of it

6. One of the things they eat on I’m a Celebrity

7. Mr Krabs under a duvet

8. Bug sex

9. A corn on the cob that’s grown a head, legs and a tail.

10. A surprised, winged insect

11. I’ve been told this is an isopod

12. I know this one. A kingfisher. You’ve got Indian beer to thank for that.

13. A pissed of lightbulb

14. A phoenix. They’re not real, right?

15. Ssssnnaaaakkkee

16. A striped prick.

Check out all of his amazing work HERE

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Ever Wondered What Animals Look Like With Forward Facing Eyes? You Can Stop Now

So one of humanity’s (and most great apes in general) big turning points in evolution was when our eyes started facing forwards. I’m not particularly sure why and I think it would be fun to see what we’d look like with eyes on the side of our faces. That’s why I’m not in charge of species genetics… probably.

But what would it look like if other animals had eyes facing forward? It’s an odd question, I know, but I had to find a way to link the intro into the actual content… just have a look below, courtesy of imgur.

1. Birds

2. Chicken (a form of bird)

3. Cows

4. Deer

5. Dolphins

6. The same dolphin… or a different one. I’m not beingprejudicedor anything, saying that all dolphins look alike. It was an honest mistake.

7. A lovely giraffe

8. Goats

9. A seagull (also a form of bird… I should have thought this through)

10. Christ another bird. A Pigeon, everybody

11. A good, honest rabbit.

12. An instantly less menacing shark.

I mean, this is basically what Pixar do for every animal but, for some reason, these look less real.

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Anyway, what do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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Hilarious Comic Strip Tells Us What Animals Are Really Saying

What do animals get up to when they’re not busy being patronised by us? It’s weird to think that they have their whole lives that have nothing to do with humans…

Like when two dogs are barking, what are they going on about? The weather? Some cat? Or do they just like making noise? It’s hard to tell, really.

Luckily, They Can Talk (a comic strip) is around to give us an insight into what they’re talking about… we’re not sure how the artist got the information but, you know… we trust him.

Finally. It’s about time we knew what whales were shouting when they jumped out of the water and all this time the sharks where just trying to help!

Did that horse one upset anyone else?

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Tons Of People On Facebook Were Tricked Into Sharing This Photo Of A Dog

Stephen Roseman, take a bow.

This photo that he posted a couple of days before Christmas has been shared over 100,000 times.

It is likely that most of those 100,000 people are sharing a photo of a dog with a slice of ham on its face. There are some, however, that are sharing a photo of a brave dogwho was disfigured trying to save his family from a house fire.

Some people can see that it’s just a slice of ham, but they can’t see the joke. Instead it’s much easier to believe that a man would do this for attention.

Some aren’t happy with the treatment prescribed.

Does anyone else remember Ham Face Girl? Share this and pray for her if you do.

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Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird’s latest music video tackles a tough topic.

By the time September rolled around, the city of Chicago was on the verge of its 500th murder in 2016.

In just over nine months, nearly 3,000 people in the city were shot, roughly matching the total for all of 2015. While the root cause of this violence can be debated, one thing people from around the political spectrum should be able to agree on is that something needs to be done.

Musician Andrew Bird wanted to do something about gun violence, especially as it concerned his hometown of Chicago.

That’s why he teamed up with Everytown for Gun Safety last fall. Together, Bird and the Everytown movement found a way to make gun safety a key theme in both his latest album (“Are You Serious?”) and its ensuing tour.

“The rhetoric around gun violence has gotten so reactionary that it seems no one is talking sense,” says Bird in a press release. “Everytown is an organization that is talking sense, making points that no one can argue with.”

What started as a plan to donate $1 from every ticket on his U.S. tour and sell special edition T-shirts in support of Everytown’s cause quickly turned into something much more ambitious.

Bird and Everytown joined forces with director Natalie Morales to create a music video meant to highlight not just the body count, but as Bird says, “the psychic toll that gun violence is taking on our citizens.”

In this latest endeavor, a music video for Bird’s 2013 song, “Pulaski at Night,” Bird, Morales, and Everytown take a look at the new reality of what it means to be a kid in America specifically, one in Chicago.

The “day in the life” style video centers around a single student as he navigates his way through disruptive lockdown drills during class and as he passes pop-up memorials for gun victims between home and school. It’s a reminder that the world isn’t as safe or as innocent as we’d like it to be for our children.

“I used to throw up my hands and say, What can we do? It’s complicated, but thats lame,” adds Bird. “Theres so much we can do and Everytown is out there doing it.”

Will this music video single-handedly put an end to gun violence? Of course not. Will it spark conversation about what we, as a society, can do to address this problem? Absolutely.

Everytown is pretty thrilled to have artists like Bird and Morales on board in their mission to promote gun safety through common sense solutions.

Jason Rzepka, director of cultural engagement at Everytown, stresses the importance of using a variety of strategies in bringing attention to this important issue, saying, “Eradicating gun violence from our communities will require all of us, using every tool at our disposal.”

You can watch the brand new music video for Andrew Bird’s “Pulaski at Night” below.

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Lion Tries To Eat A Kid At The Zoo

There’s something pretty eerie about watching a lion stalk its prey, and it gets even eerier when that prey is a cute little boy in a yellow raincoat.

A video has made its way online of just that, a little boy visiting the zoo and when he turns his back, the lion reminds us what would happen if we got to see him in real life out in the wild somewhere (clue: we wouldn’t win).

The video has been shared widely across the internet,with many making link to the recent shooting of Harambe. What I will say aboutthis Japanese zoo, is that they’ve really mastered the whole ‘zoo’ thing – in so much as the kids can’t get into the enclosure, and the lion can’t get out. Bravo.

Check out the clip here:

This video is a stark reminder that despite us humans keeping them in zoos, these animals will always be wild.

And also that little kidscan be super chill, even when a lion is trying to eat them. Cool guy.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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Cows Are Officially The Most Dangerous Animals In Britain

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Animal Activist Saves 1000 Dogs From The Yulin Dog Meat Festival

The Yulin dog meat festival occurs every year at the beginning of the summer solstice in China, as the belief that eating dog meat will help one’s body to cope with the heat presides.

Over the ten-day course of the controversial festival, 10,000 dogs are expected to be slaughtered and eaten. Although around 15 million dogs are killed a year for food in China, it’s the Yulin festival that riles up animal activists the most.

Activists such as America Marc Ching who travelled to China for the festival to try and save as many dogs as possible…

As his Facebook page would have it, as of last night, he and his accomplice, Valarie Ianniello, managed to save over 1000 dogs so far.

Amongst his methods, he buys the dogs from the slaughterhouses and then ships them to America for rehabilitation. He also persuades people to stop working in that trade as well as helping them set up new businesses. He says that many are in it purely for the money and not the tradition.

Having said that, Marc doesn’t always come across such amicable people and, every now and then, they act violently against him…


It’s not just Marc, either – Animal activists from China have been getting involved left, right and centre and, with the pressure on the state, authorities have dissociated themselves with the festival completely.

Nevertheless, organisers of the festival are still aiming to restore it to its former glory. Here’s to hoping that doesn’t happen…

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Careless whisker: Universal to release album for cats

David Teie from University of Maryland creates Music for Cats featuring purring, suckling noises and cello to calm felines

They are a particularly tough audience picky, moody, often impossible to please but cats represent an untapped music market, according to one of the worlds biggest record labels.

Universal Music has announced it will be the first major label to release an album that is not for human consumption although, until cats get bank accounts, humans will have to pay for it.

David Teie, an American cellist and music researcher based at the University of Maryland, has created Music for Cats, saying it is an absolutely serious undertaking . He said: It is the biggest challenge with this, people think it is silly. But I think it is the way the brain works . If I look at a door and say thats a fish, you are going to say thats a door . Everybody knows what music is and animals are not included. If you really look into it, whats silly is the idea that only one species could have music available for it.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Porn Parody Will Ruin Your Childhood

Ten Inch Mutant Ninja Turtles, what a brilliant name for a porn parody.

“Ten inches” I hear you cry. “How did this happen?” Well, some horny fella who worked at a nuclear power plant managed to spill his radioactive sperm into the sewer and onto the turtles. Moments later they have ten inch growths on their unmentionables. It’s a watertight story line, which I’m sure is what you’re here for.

That, and to learn what the best kind of porn is, which is pizza guy porn of course.

Meet the brilliantly named cast.

You can watch the full, naked video over at Wood Rocket.

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Simon Cowell Furious After Trembling Puppies Used On Britains Got More Talent

If there’s one thing everyone knows about Simon Cowell, other than his penchant for weirdly high-waisted trousers, it’s that he loves dogs.

And during a recent episode of Britain’s Got Talent’s companion show, Cowell was faced with terrified little puppies and he wasn’t happy about it.

The puppies were part of a quiz hosted by Stephen Mulhern, that involved BGT-related questions with adorable little puppies a prizes. However, the little Dalmatian looked terrified – probably by the large audience and new environment. Or, you know, the close proximity to Simon’s chest hair.

Simon quickly ditched the quiz when he realised how terrified his puppy was and got up to return him/her to his owner and put him in his carrier. He was reportedly heard telling production staff:They shouldnt be doing this.

And then allegedly spent some time with the owners making sure the puppies were well looked after and admitting that they should be taken home.

Mulhern went on to apologize later in the show for the use of the puppies, saying:

‘Very quickly, I just want to apologise if we upset anybody with the puppies. Obviously that was not our intention in any shape or form.

So if we have upset you in any way I do apologise on behalf of Britains Got More Talent.

And fans praised Simon for his actions:

Here’s a clip of the quiz and apology:


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Dog Goes Out To Pee, Accidentally Runs Half Marathon, Finishes 7th

While the vast majority of us can’t claim to have accidentally run a half marathon, two-and-a-half-year-old bloodhound Ludivine just did exactly that.

Prone to exploring Elkmont – the small town where she lives – by herself, when her owner April Hamlin let her out for a wee, Ludivineslipped out of her garden, and found her way (by chance) to the start of a half marathon.

Enthusiastic, excited by all the activity, Ludivine then proceeded to run the whole 13.1 miles along with theactual competitors.

As Tim Horvath, who spent most of the race running with Ludivine, told Runner’s World:

“One time she went over and met another dog next to the course. Later on, she went into a field with some mules and cows. Then shed come back and run around our legs. I wondered if she was going to get tired or go back to wherever her home was.”

But Ludivine didn’t get tired. She finished the race, coming in seventh.

Owner April didn’t find out what Ludivine had been up to, until her friends spotted the dog, wearing a medal, at the end of the race.

“My first reaction was that I was embarrassed and worried that she had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners.”

April was also surprised that her dog had managed the whole race, admitting that she was usually quitelazy. In any case, Ludivine was pretty tired after the race:

What a lovely dog.

Image Sources: Canadian Running, Runner’s World

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Heres Why Dogs Tilt Their Head To The Side

Dogs are ace. We dont need any further proof of that. Well tough… we have more evidence for you anyway.

Have you ever noticed how they tilt their head to the side occasionally? Science says there is a reason for that. According to

Apparently there is also another reason, which is a lot more conventional. It helps them hear better. Tilting their head helps them pick up the location or source of a sound.

So basically, as we said, dogs are ace. Now we suggest you dedicate 32 seconds to watching this legend run backwards.

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Meet The Guys Who Just Want To Live Their Lives As Puppies

It takes all sorts to fill a world. I once met a man that put his milk in first when making a cup of tea. That was pretty wild but, oddly, it seems impossibly tame when you compare it topuppy play.

What’s puppy play? Puppy play is when men dress themselves up in weird, full-bodied latex puppy outfits to fulfil some sort of fetish (although it’s not always sexual) and have people literally treat them like dogs – walk, treats, etc…

It’s been around for a while, I even met a few a while back…

It’s weird. They seriously don’t drop the act.

But why are people only interested in it now? Well, Channel 4 have made a documentary on it (as they often do with this kind of thing) and they’re offering a whole new and deeper insight into it…

Puppies can even find their respective handlers on message boards and forums today which is… nice? And whilst you might think these guys just put on their latex suits and go shagging in them, you’re only half right. Whilst some “puppies” do that, some are just lookingto find their identity.

The Guardian spoke to one pup who had a pretty deep tale (tail) to tell…

Toms discovery of puppy play came about gradually. He knew he liked sleeping in a collar, had a fetish for skin-tight clothing Lycra, rubber, even off-the-peg cycling shorts then came a dalmatian zentai suit he found on eBay, a 1 orange lead from Pets at Home until, eventually, a man in a club walked up to him and said: Oh right, so youre a pup. The realisation was not without its repercussions: it led to a breakup with his former fiancee Rachel and a move into a gay relationship with his new handler. Colin.

I wouldnt say it was the catalyst, but it was the straw that broke the camels back, says Tom. Then I had this moment of panic because a puppy without a collar is a stray; they dont have anyone to look after them. I started chatting to Colin online and he offered to look after me. Its a sad thing to say, but theres not love from the heart in me for Colin but what I have got is someone who is there for me and Im happy with that.

As they would have it, the main attraction to being a puppy is the emotional freedom. You’re able to connect with (willing) people on a far simpler level and, if you do have a (willing) handler, you really don’t have many cares to worry about.

Obviously, for some, there is a huge sexual element. Puppy Play is a sub-genre of BDSM, after all.

The thing is, if you want to dress up as a puppy, fill your boots. Nothing’s stopping you, be a little friendly dog if that’s what takes your fancy but… why latex? Why not some lovely, soft, furry number? In my whole life I’ve only ever seen one latex dog and I’m pretty sure that was inanimate…

Holly and Phil met one on This Morning, have a look!

Anyway, what do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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This Bird Has A Hilarious Tantrum When His Owners Wont Take Him For A Walk

All Eric the cockatoo wanted, was to go for a walk. Is that really too much to ask?

Unfortunately for him, on this particular rainy day it was. Stuck inside, cooped up, Eric was pretty annoyed. And he decided to show his annoyance by throwinga pretty impressive strop.

As his owner watches on, Eric rips the lid off a jar of money, and starts throwing coins all over the place. Squawking away, we’re not sure if this can actually be classed as a tantrum. It looks to us like Eric was just trying to ‘make it rain’.

Eric’s ‘tantrum’ (if that’s what we’re going to call it) lasts for about two minutes. The poor cockatoo, who just wanted to get some exercise, then calms down a bit. In any case, we’re totally on his side.

You can watch it all kick off here:

That’ll show them!

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Illegal Hunter Mauled To Death By The Lion He Was Trying To Kill

Five menhave been attacked by the lion that they were hunting outside theKruger National Park in South Africa.

While three managed to climb a tree, and another ran away, the fifth man was mauled to death, along with his two dogs.

The men were hunting big game illegally, as none had licences, and

While we don’t condone killing an endangered species for sport (the EOL classes the status of the lion species as ‘vulnerable’), describingthe death of a 24-year-old man as ‘poetic justice’ for the death of an animal, is perhaps a bit strong.

Our thoughts are with Matome Mahlale’s family at this difficult time.

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Little Girls Blows A Lion A Kiss And Gets A Fierce Response

You know how it is, you see a lion, you blow it a kiss and it turns into a handsome prince. Everyone lives happily ever after until you need a little more money and you make a sequel.

But this is real life, and there is no prince, just ahungry lion and, fortunately for the little girl, a big obstruction in the way. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this video is that as the girl doesn’t even flinch when the giant lion starts clawing away at the window right in front of her face.

Most of us would of been at least a little bit scared.

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These Creepy New Werewolf Cats Act Just Like Dogs

Ever wished you could have a cat that acted like a dog? This week, a new ‘werewolf’ cat breed was introduced to the world. And they’re prettymuch the best of both worlds.

Lykoi (Greek for wolves) have earned the nickname because they’re bred to act like hound dogs rather than cats.They wag their tails, track scents, and play fetch. They also look thoroughly wolf-esque.

And, according to their founder (should we say creator? leader?) Dr. Johnny Gobble, the bizarre hybrid is far more loyal than the average feline.

The breed isnaturally occurring and hasa mutation which causes their fur to be patchy, giving them their werewolf-like appearance.
While the breed is incrediblyunique, Gobble says that they’re perfectly healthy and thatextensivetests have ruled out any major health concerns.

The bad news? Since the breed is so new, a Lykoi will set you back about $2,500. And there’s a seriously long waiting list, too.

Which is unfortunate because we want seven. Maybe eight.

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This Weird New Pet Brush Wants You To Lick Your Cat

Sometimes when I’m walking home from the train station, I’ll see a cat wandering about and I’ll have to compelling urge to lick it.

But I don’t want to get a load of hair on my tongue. Everyone knows that having hair stuck in the back of your throat is on par with being water-boarded in a Thai prison.

So what can people like me do? How are we going to live with not licking cats?

SALVATION! Someone’s invented a a tongue attachment thing that allows you to brush your cat (or dog? (or anything hairy…)) while licking them!

If you don’t believe me…

I mean… what’s the thought behind this? Brush your cat but look like someone who isn’t allowed within 100 yards of a pet shop at the same time?

And what a fantastic slogan they’ve came up with – “Licki Brush: Lick your cat”. It’s truly inspired. SOMEONE PROBABLY GOT PAID TO COME UP WITH THAT!

The product is still in its production stage and is apparently getting a kickstarter page in the very near future.

GET YOURS WHILE STOCKS LAST!

What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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The Secret Life Of Pets Review Youre In For A Treat

What do our pets do when we’re not at home? Sleep? Pine for us? Steal out of the fridge? Sleep some more?

According to The Secret Life of Pets, yes, they do all of these things. But, while watchinganimals snoozing might be cute at first, it probably wouldn’t be engaging enough to sustain a 90 minute feature film…

That’s why it’s a good thing that Max’sowner Katie (Ellie Kemper) brings him home a brother. You see, Max (Louis C.K.) and this new “brother” (Duke, voiced by Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet) don’t exactly get along. They squabble, they torment each other and – besides – Max can’t stand that he has to share Katie’s affections with another dog.

Before too long, Max and Duke’s squabbling gets out of hand, and they manage to get themselves lost. And not only do they manage to get themselves lost: they also inadvertently get themselves involved with a gang of human-hating ex-pets, headed up by a ferocious (yet very adorable) bunny rabbit (Kevin Hart, the best part of the film).

Now, if you swap “Katie” with “Andy”, Max with “Woody” and Duke with “Buzz”, what you’ve got so far is pretty much the firstToy Story. (Andy brings home Buzz, Woody and Buzz hate each other, Woody and Buzz get lost together, and Woody and Buzz have to overcome their differences to make their way home).

There’s even a comparison to be made between Kevin Hart’s Snowball, and the sadistic Sid (although admittedly, that might be pushing it a bit).

But, don’t write The Secret Life of Pets off as a carbon-copy of Toy Story just yet. While it might share some similarities (what pets do when we’re not looking/ what toys do when we’re not looking being the glaringly obvious one), it also has a lot – and I mean a lot – that’s new and original.

The multi-faceted characters, for example, are a particular strength. You see, whileMax and Duke are trying to escape this terrifying gang, Max’s domesticated mates (Jenny Slate as some sort of tiny poodle, Lake Bell as a very fat cat, Hannibal Burress as a sausage dog and Albert Brooks as a hawk) launch a rescue mission that involves them leaving the safety of their homes, and journeying out into the big bad world (New York, in this case) in an effort to bring their friend home.

While the main players here areMax and Duke, this motley crew of their would-be rescuers have enough adventures to sustain another film entirely. Plus, while Max and Duke have issues to work out, their only function is to be funny. (A scene that you’ll struggle to forgetseesChloe the cat wreak havoc at a house party, and could have been lifted from “Cats Do The Funniest Things”).

Then there’s Kevin Hart, whowas – quite frankly – born for this role of an evil fluffy bunny. Stealing every scene that he’s in,Snowball is high-energy hilarious to the extent that I found myself considering whether I should be joining his miscreant group ofhuman-hating ex-pets. And look how cute he is…

The plot might be a bit predictable, but The Secret Life of Pets is for kids – it’s not exactly going to attempt a ‘Bruce Willis was dead all along’ style twist. Besides, this is the kind of film that you want to be predictable.

You want the emotional heart-to-hearts between two dog “brothers”. You want the poojokes and the sausage factory montage. You want the adventure, but you want everything to work out in the end.

And then, when it’s all over, you’ll want to go home and hug your pets.

The Secret Life of Pets hits UK screens on the 24th June.

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This Is Why Cats Are Scared Of Cucumbers You Horrible Horrible People

You may have noticed by now that cats get bloody livid when you surprise them with a cucumber. If you haven’t, you’ve presumably been in a month long coma or something. It’s everywhere…

Since people found that out, they’ve been wondering whether we’d ever get an explanation as to why felines are petrified about the fruits (not vegetables), but we didn’t… UNTIL NOW!

Although, be warned. The answer is more obvious than you thought but it’s a bit sad.

Animal behaviour specialist, Dr. Roger Mugford, had this to say on the matter…

I think that the reaction is due to the novelty and unexpectedness of finding an unusual object secretly placed while their heads were down in the food bowl.Cats have to be suspicious of the unknown: It could represent the danger of a snake or another predator. I suspect that there would be the same reaction to a model spider, a plastic fish or a human face mask.

OK so, granted, you shouldn’t torment your cat but, to be fair, if cats were humans, we’d all hate them. They’d genuinely be horrible horrible people. You can’t argue with that.

Although it has to be said, if you’re scaring cats for YouTube views, that’s not a good thing.

Cats apparently see their food bowls as safe places. They can go there to chill out. If you throw in a rogue cucumber, all hell will, understandably, break loose.

Author ofThink Like A Cat,Pam Johnson-Bennett, said:

With a startle response, a cat will often try to get out of there as quickly as possible and then reassess from a distance.

So bear that in mind. If you don’t have a cat… go away.

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Fleet Foxes: Crack-Up review luscious harmonies and lyrical heaviness

The bands third album is alternately intriguing and irritating, garlanded with wonderful orchestrations, gorgeous melodies and their trademark pretensions

Over on genius.com a website where music fans annotate lyrics Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold has recently been hard at work explaining his own song Third of May/daigahara. A track from the bands latest album, it now features 27 annotations in Pecknolds hand, covering everything from its allusions to the paintings of Goya to its use of homophones. There are even three paragraphs devoted to the songs structure: The first section of Third of May progresses linearly in time, describing events that did unfold but from some time in the future, until the final breakdown, when I sing the Was I too slow / Did I change overnight down an octave. Thats a voice that is meant to be from even later in time than the voice that has been singing the first section of the song, that the character isnt introspective to that extent until later on.

There is a compelling argument that Pecknold might have used the time he spent explaining his lyrics to instead write something more straightforward. But you can see why he felt he needed to offer some clarification of whats going on on Crack-Up. The album was recorded after a four-year hiatus, during which Pecknold studied at Columbia University and Fleet Foxes former drummer Josh Tillman unexpectedly became one of alt-rocks most intriguing stars. Understandably, some critics have been keen to contrast Crack-Up with Pure Comedy, Tillmans latest album as Father John Misty, but it seems to bear more comparison to Bon Ivers 22, A Million, another wilfully abstruse record made by an American alt-rocker who is disproportionately unsettled by a modicum of fame. On Crack-Ups predecessor, Helplessness Blues, Pecknold spent a lot of time fantasising about jacking it all in to live on a deserted island, or to run an orchard. Now, he seems to have decided he can continue but only if the music he makes takes a determined left turn.

Watch the trailer for Crack-Up on YouTube

The lyrics on both albums are elliptical and dense Crack-Up is clotted with literary and historical references, to F Scott Fitzgerald, Knut Hamsun, the US civil war, ancient Egypt, the philippics of Cicero, Katie Prices Perfect Ponies: Ponies to the Rescue, Book 6, etc. But while 22, A Million saw Justin Vernon warping his music and voice with electronic effects borrowed from cutting-edge R&B and dance music, Crack-Up takes a more organic approach to alienation. Unable to stop himself writing gorgeous melodies the album is full of beautiful passages of music, garlanded with Fleet Foxes trademark luscious harmonies and wonderful orchestrations Pecknold instead opts to repeatedly short-circuit them. At its most straightforward, Crack-Up features a digressive, segmented, prog-rock-style take on the sound of the bands first two albums, with mixed results. The most uncomplicated song here, Kept Woman, might also be the best, but theres no doubt that sometimes, abandoning the standard verse-chorus structure in favour of a more episodic approach leads to stunning juxtapositions. Take the lovely moment when Fools Errand suddenly shifts tempo midway through, slowing down as if exhaling; the way Naiads, Cassadies drifts into a wonderfully orchestrated instrumental passage; and the slow dissolve at the end of If You Need to, Keep Time on Me, where the song vanishes beneath a twinkling piano figure.

Watch the video for If You Need to, Keep Time on Me on the bands YouTube channel

On other occasions, songs are allowed to ramble without really going anywhere. More than once, the listener is subjected to the depressing sensation of looking at the time elapsed and realising that the track seems to have been playing a lot longer than it actually has. And sometimes Fleet Foxes feel as if they might be buckling under the weight of their own pretensions. Its not entirely clear whether Pecknolds solemn intoning of the lyric on I Should See Memphis sybarite women stood at attention, pacing the basement like Cassius in Rome, or in KINSHASA! is intended to be as funny as it is, whether its a parody of a portentous self-important singer-songwriter, or just sounds like one.

Other tracks are more aggressively disjointed, jumping from one section to another in a style that a charitable voice might suggest recalls the daring splices Brian Wilson made on the Beach Boys Smile always a Fleet Foxes touchstone and a less charitable voice might say sounds remarkably like someone randomly jabbing at the pause button. I Am All That I Need/Arroyo Seco/Thumbprint Scar, plonked at the start of the album in you-have-been-warned style, cuts from (deep breath) a lo-fi recording of dirgelike acoustic guitar and mumbled vocals, to discordant strings to a melange of propulsive rhythms and harmonies interpolated seemingly at random with more lo-fi acoustic mumbling to a hushed guitar and vocal interlude, to a field recording of Pecknold singing to himself as walks, to the sound of splashing water, to a recording of schoolchildren singing White Winter Hymnal, a song from Fleet Foxes eponymous debut album. It is alternately beautiful, intriguing and quite irritating, as bands turning inward and indulgent are wont to be. Indeed, you can say the same thing about Crack-Up as a whole.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

Single Guy Amazingly Recreates Sisters Family Photos With A Cat

You know what it’s like when you’re steadily ageing and all your friends around you are getting real jobs and their own families and stuff, and you’re there thinking you’re doing well in life because you managed to get tickets to the new Star Wars film?

I don’t. I have that Benjamin Button thing (I did manage to get Star Wars tickets though… playyaaaaa). But this guy does!

Well sort of… it’s his sister that’s being all grown up and proper but, you know, same thing.

Gordy Yates is 28-years-old and he’s alive and everything… but that’s like it. His twin sister, Meredith, is also 28 (obviously) and she’s a mother of two (kids).

Speaking in his blog, Gordy said:

“Im the worst brother because I never get her anything for her birthday. Generally, I dont get someone a birthday present if they live far away, so I usually dont get her ANYTHING even though she always gets me something.”

So he decided to do something different…

He started by copying her wearing funky trousers and chilling with white cars but the real magic is when he gets a cat involved…

He told Babble he asked around for someone who’d let him borrow theircat, “which wasnt weird at all since Im new to the area and am just getting to know people.”

He went on to say how cats and kids are pretty similar…

They both like to eat off of and crawl on the floor, they both like to bite me, theyre both really small, theyre both really hard to control, and I cant give birth to either of them,”

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Lions Shot Dead After Naked Man Jumps Into Zoos Enclosure In Suicide Bid

Two lions were shot dead after a naked man jumped into their cage at Santiago’s Metropolitan Zoo in Chile.

The 20-year-old was mauled when he entered their cage in what is being reported as a suicide attempt. The man, who has been named asFranco Luis Ferrada Roman, was saved by a zoo keeper who intervened and shot the two lions. Romanwas taken to hospital where he is now believed to be in a stable condition, he had several injuries and trauma to the head and the pelvic area.A park director later confirmed that a note, which is believed to be a suicide note, was found in his clothing.

Alejandra Montalva, the Zoo’s director, told Mail Online:

“We believe that this person entered as a visitor and paid for his ticket.

“Later he trespassed into an area where the public are not normally allowed and we understand that he forced the roof of the lions enclosure.”

“It was from there that he jumped, took off his clothes and started to attract the lions.

Montalva went on to say that there wasno fast acting tranquilizers available at the time, addingthat she has beendeeply affected by the deaths of the two lions.

Other witnesses have claimed that the man was shouting religious things and that the zoo was slow to react to the situation. The man’s actions haven’t gone down well on social media.

This footage was taken at the zoo.

Warning: Some viewers may find this distressing

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14 Of The Weirdest Animals Found In No Mans Sky

No man’s sky is the phenomenon currently taking over the gaming world. Your basically given a whole universe to explore and countless things to find. And that’s no exaggeration, there are trillions of planet-sized planets in the game.

So far, there have already been more animals discovered by the players of this game than in real life on Earth and, whilst some of them are crazy cool, some are pretty odd…

1. It’s like if your favourite teddy bear came alive but not in a Ted way, more of a Chucky way…

2. Look at this dick head…

3. He looks delighted to have been discovered!

4. The top half of a burger bun with worms for legs.

5. Physics.

6. It’s either eating a melon in a really weird wayorits headis a melon..?

7. I don’t even know.

8. It’s a tree?

9. Sonic

10. No thanks

11. Ah yes, the exposed brain crabtopus

12. It’s like a pissed off fish head on the body of a bellsprout

13. God it has the face of aporcelaindoll

14. Are… are it’s teeth on the outside?

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Animals Discuss David Attenborough In Hilarious Birthday Tribute

David Attenborough turns 90 today, and – to celebrate – the folks over at Aardman Animations have put together some hilarious tributes, from the animals that Attenborough has met over his career..

Yes, the people behind Wallace and Gromitand Creature Comforts have (in conjunction with the BBC) created cartoons of penguins and lyrebirds discussing the living legend that is Attenborough.

Check them out here:

The BBC are airing a special tribute programme –Attenborough at 90 – for David, tonight at 7.

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Anonymous Is Now Hacking A Country Because They Kill Whales

Iceland is a pretty great country to be honest. They have waterfalls, lagoons, and the Northern Lights…

Their literacy rate is 99%, the sun never sets (at least not in summer) and they have a handy app to make sure no-one inadvertently commits incest.

You would think that hacker group Anonymous would approve of Iceland – what with their liberal stance on refugee quotas, and their informative penis museums – but the hactivists have declared cyber war on the tiny island nation.

Why? They disapprove of Iceland’s whaling policies.

In a video posted online, Anonymous said:

“Whales do not have a voice. We will be a voice for them. Its time to speak out about this impending extinction of a species. Its time to let Iceland know we will not stand by and watch as they drive this animal to extinction.”

Whaling is frowned on internationally (to say the least), but along with Norway and Japan, Iceland continues to hunt whales for their meat.

Just when we thought there wasn’t a single blemish on this volcano-garnished, hot-spring adorned, incest-free paradise!

Anonymous have called for a boycott on Icelandic products, and have already shut down at least five of their government’s websites, vowing to expose the cruel practices involved in whaling.

You can watch Anonymous declare war on Iceland – liberal, beautiful – yet whale murdering Iceland – here:

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Sign This Petition To Stop People Who Torture Animals Owning Pets Again

There is nothing good to be said about people who hurt animals, and now there is a petition to try and stop them from ever owning a pet again.

It emerged this week that a little chihuahua called Chunky had been tortured by four teenagers, before being left for dead next tosome bins at the side of the road.

He was found with a broken leg, neck, a burnt face and eyes and had even been force-fed drugs by the teens, who had tortured the poor pup over a number of hours, apparently for their own “amusement”…

The RSPCA officer dealing with the case said:

“This was the most disturbing case I have ever dealt with, by an absolute mile. These youths admitted feeding him drugs, kicking and punching him, and wringing and breaking his neck before dumping him. They also said they set fire to his face and eyes after lighting a deodorant aerosol can. The whole thing sends shivers down my spine.”

Chunky made a miraculous recovery and is happy with a new family (above).

Shockingly though, the boys were only banned from owning an animal for five years. Yes, five years before they could potentially find another dog to have “fun” with.

So one dog-lover, and just generally sane person, Maxine Berry has set up a petition asking David Cameron to permanently ban people who abuse animals. Which, when you think about it, makes crystal clear sense…

You can sign the petition here, and help stop dogs like Chunky being hurt again.

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Jonah Hill And Miles Teller Flirt With Guns And Danger In War Dogs Trailer

The true story of two 20-something-year-old stoners who became international arms dealers,War Dogsis the latestcomedy/drama fromThe Hangover director Todd Phillips.

Starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill asDavid Packouz and Efraim Diveroli – the unlikely winners of a$300 million Pentagon contract to supply arms to America’s Afghani allies – the film is already being likened to The Wolf of Wall Street,in that it charts the quasi-illegal activities of those trying to make a lot of money.

The Hangover alumnus Bradley Cooper makes an appearance as somesort of shady criminal, encountered by Teller and Hill as they attempt to navigate the dangerous underbelly of the world of arms dealing.

Check out the trailer here:

What do you think? Let us know in the comments…

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Fleet Foxes singer gives sweater to a fan who made a Tumblr for it, indie rock lives

This story begins, of course, in the Pacific Northwest.

Five years ago, a Fleet Foxes fan did what every high schooler did in 2011 and created a single topic tumblr devoted to something she really likes. That happened to be a cozy sweater belonging to the band’s lead singer, Robin Pecknold.

Now, thanks to the powers of the internet and the impeding Autumn winds, she owns that sweater.

Fuck Yeah Robin Pecknold’s Sweater was born the same year of the Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues. The blog pays tribute to the musician’s oatmeal sweater featuring a crimson, tan and gray geometric design that, for a time, he was quite fond of wearing.

Hmu

A photo posted by Robin Pecknold (@robinpecknold) on

As time marched on, Pecknold’s sweater stayed out of the public eye, but FYRPS prevailed, sharing fan art devoted to the sweater and even a nice picture of Drake wearing a similar design.

Four months ago, Pecknold answered a question about the famed sweater in a Reddit AMA, explaining that he hadn’t been wearing it, but it traveled with him though various moves over the years.

The sweater blogger, the sweater and the sweater owner were finally able to arrange a new home for the iconic piece of indie rock memorabilia. Pecknold shipped it off to its cozy new home, and come winter, it will be swallowed in her coat.

Farewell old friend

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@spinning.rims ytmnd

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Duck Walks Into A Bar, Downs A Pint, Fights A Dog

It might sound like the start of a bad joke, but ‘duck walks into a bar, downs a pint and then gets into a scrap with a dog’, is in this case, a factual statement.

Star (the duck) is famous for enjoying a pint with his ownerBarrie Hayman in Devon. But this time, he might have had one too many.

Barriealso has a dog – Meggie – who usually gets on fine with Star. But as hetold

Whether or not his relationship with Meggie can be repaired remains to be seen…

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This Woman Believes That Shes In The Wrong Body, And Is Actually A Cat

20-year-old Nano can see in the dark, hisses whenever she sees a dog and likes to sleep on the windowsill, or in the sink.

She’s been trying to catch a mouse (although she hasn’t succeeded yet) and being in busy, public spaces can be stressful for her.

This is because Nano, in short, is a cat. Or at least, she believes she is.

She wears cat ears on a headband, as well as a fake tail, and although she’s largely adapted to human life, she prefers to walk on four legs, and communicate by meowing.

Nano believes she was born as a cat, and while her psychiatrist thinks she’ll grow out of this, Nano’s pretty adamant that she won’t. Although at one time, she was so much cat she’d forgotten how to be human – so couldn’t walk on two legs or eat with a knife and fork – she’s been working hard to behave like a person.

And she even has a cat friend. Although Svein is a human, he has a ‘cat personality’, and so can understand what Nano’s miaows mean.

You can check out a video of her talking about being a cat here:

To be honest, we do not know what to make of this. Anyone?

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