10 Things Our Furry Friends Have Been hiding from us

10 Things Our Furry Friends Have Been hiding from us

We love our pets, but sometimes they seem a little smarter or a little more human than we've come to expect...

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Be it a quick head bump from an otherwise aloof feline or the endless "talking" of a chatty husky, very few things can live up to the endless love and devotion that a pet offers you at the end of a long day. Our loveable buddies may never cease to cause us headaches, hiding atop impossibly high cupboards, demanding that half the bed is theirs, or even ruining your only nice pair of shoes that you spent an unreasonable amount on, but at the same time they'll never stop surprising us with what they can do and how they act. After all, how can a bird have a better love life than most people I know? And what else have our furry (and not so furry) friends been hiding from us?

1. Your Dog Can (And Will) Watch TV

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While dogs only see in yellow and blue, they can still see your television screen and identify other animals. Depending on your dog's personality, they may choose to watch TV with you at the end of the day.

2. And When You Affectionately Call Your Dog a "Dummy," He Probably Knows Exactly What You're Saying

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Not every dog is like Chaser, the border collie who can identify 1,022 different words, but the average pup can learn upwards of 165 to 250 words along with basic mathematics. While he may not be able to help you with your math homework, he'll definitely know when you're hiding an extra treat behind your back.

3. Your Cat Probably Shouldn't Have that Milk

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While not all adult cats are lactose-intolerant, most are. Like some humans, most cats only produce the enzyme that breaks down lactose as kittens and will get sick if exposed to it as an adult. Instead, getting a cat-safe alternative would make your feline friend much happier.

4. Remember that Time You Laughed So Hard You Snorted Milk Out of Your Nose? Your Horse Sure Does!

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Horses may not always act like it, but they're very intelligent and have an excellent memory. A horse can recognize voices, effectively guide people towards items they cannot reach, and it has been postulated that a horse's long term memory can reach upwards of 10 years. If you don't want an animal who can remember every embarrassing thing you've done in the last decade, you may want to try this instead.

5. Your Exotic Rat Qualifies for a Job that Saves Lives

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Two, actually. The African giant pouched rat uses its nose to identify both tuberculosis and landmines significantly faster than a human can in high-risk areas. One rat can go through more TB samples in 10 minutes than a lab tech can go through in a full day, and can clear a 200-square-meter field with land mines in only 35 minutes. Let's be honest though, it's just nice to cuddle with them at the end of the day.

6. The Romantic Life of Your Scarlet Macaw is More Human-like Than You Think

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Scarlet macaws are the Addams families of the bird world when it comes to love and devotion — just less creepy and kooky. These birds are monogamous and mate for life, often showing their affection for one another by licking each other's faces. Both parents are equally involved in raising their chicks and will preen each other for hours at a time as well. I'm sorry, but no one's #relationshipgoals are going to live up to these birds.

7. Your Cow Has Friends — And Gets Stressed if They're Separated

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That's right, cows form bonds with other cows. Their heart rate and stress both drop when the two are together, but rise quickly when separated. They also seem to produce more milk and learn much better when they're together!

8. Your Ball Python Doesn't Have Ears, but He Can Hear you... Sort of

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Unlike most pets, ball pythons won't do much when you're talking. A dog may wag its tail or a cat may flick its ear, but as a general rule there's a lot of disinterest going around. Is it because they're deaf? No, your snake probably just couldn't care less. Even though snakes don't have an external ear or ear drums, they have an inner ear that is connected to their jaw; when the jaw picks up vibrations through the ground or air, they can "hear" what's happening in their environment.

9. Who Needs Oxygen? Apparently Your Fish.

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A common misconception people have is that fish breathe water, not oxygen; after all, fish will die if you take them out of water, right? Fish actually push water (H2O) through their gills where red blood cells are where red blood cells use the dissolved oxygen (O) in the water and push the rest (H2) out, and use the oxygen they gathered to breathe.

10. Is Peter Cottontail Part Cat?

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Rabbits have been known to do a lot of strange things, but very few things will surprise a person like their rabbit "purring" for the first time. When happy, rabbits will grind their teeth together to make a sound similar to a cat's purr. They may also lick people when they're happy or want attention!

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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1. Clean

Not super fun, but will keep you busy.

2. Netflix

Find a new show to binge watch. Watched them all? Rewatch something you haven't seen in a while!

3. Shopping

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Spend some time in the kitchen and make something yummy! Even invite some friends.

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Writing is something we all do and is a great way to express ourselves!

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Hit the gym or go for walk, do something to keep you nice and fit.

8. Volunteer

Go to an animal shelter, food bank, museums, or anywhere in your area that needs help.

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If you're bored, maybe getting a part time job will keep you a little occupied. Plus it's extra money in your pocket.

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