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Animals that almost seem taken out of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings universe.
The world is full of amazing animals. So amazing, that narrowing them down to 20 felt nearly impossible. To determine who made the cut for this list, I used very important factors such as, cuteness and how much some of them looked like Pokémon. I know, very official. So here are some of the coolest animals in the world.
The fossa is a carnivorous animal located in Madagascar. Despite having many traits similar to cats, it is more closely related to the Mongoose. The fossa is only found in forest habitats and can hunt in either daytime or night. Over 50 percent of its diet happens to be lemurs.
2. Pink Fairy Armadillo
The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest and cutest species of armadillo. It is on the list of threatened species and is found in the sandy plains, dunes, and grasslands of Argentina. The pink fairy armadillo is a nocturnal creature that survives mostly on insects and plants.
The okapi is an animal native to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. Although the stripes make many people believe okapi are related to zebra, they are actually closer to giraffe. Okapi are solitary creatures and come together to breed. They are herbivores, mostly eating leaves, grass, and other plants.
4. Glaucus Atlanticus or "the Blue Dragon"
These little dragon-like creatures are often only about a few inches long and can be found in the Indian Pacific Oceans. The blue dragon floats upside down in order to blend the blue side of them with the water, and the silver side with the surface of the ocean. This tiny dragon feeds on creatures like the man o' war and can even deliver a sting similar to it.
5. The Maned Wolf
The maned wolf is often found in the grasslands of south, central-west, and southeastern parts of Brazil. It is neither related to wolves nor foxes despite its appearance and name, but is actually closer to dogs. The maned wolf hunts alone and primarily eats both meat and plants (about 50% of its diet).
6. Japanese Spider Crab
As the name suggestions, the Japanese spider crab inhabits the waters surrounding Japan. In many parts of Japan, this crab can be considered a delicacy but can be considerably difficult to catch. The Japanese spider crab can grow to 12 feet long from claw to claw. There is only one sea creature-- amongst similar species (aka crustaceans)-- that beats the weight of a Japanese spider crab: the American Lobster.
7. Pacu Fish
Look closely at the teeth, do they look familiar? This fish is found in the waters of South America. This fish, while related to the piranha, can actually grow much larger. They can also be found in rivers like the Amazon and is an aid to the fishing industry. Unlike the piranha, pacu mostly only eat seeds and nuts, though can still create nasty injuries to other animals if need be.
8. Slow Loris
The slow loris is a nocturnal creature found in Southeast Asia. While very adorable, the loris's teeth are actually quite venomous. The toxin on their teeth can also be applied to fur through grooming to protect its babies from predators. Often times these creatures forage and spend time alone, although can on occasion be seen with other slow lorises. Apart from their toxic teeth, the slow lorises have another defense mechanism, in which they move nearly completely silently in order to prevent discovery.
9. Angora Rabbit
These cute, fluffy rabbits are among the hairiest breeds of rabbit of both wild and domestic types. These rabbits originated in Turkey although managed to spread throughout Europe and was even brought to the United States in the 20th century. These rabbits are often bred for their soft wool which can be made into clothing, and often get rid of their own coats every 3-4 months.
The axolotl or "Mexican salamander" (who looks like a Pokémon , if you ask me) is often spotted in lakes in various places around Mexico. These little salamanders are amphibious although often spend their adult lives strictly in the water. However, the population of these cute creatures is dwindling due to non-native predators and the continued urbanization of Mexico. The axolotl eats small worms, insects, and fish in order to survive.
The liger, however made up it sounds, is a real (and cute) animal created by a lion and a tiger mating. Ligers only seem to exist in captivity or zoos because the lion and tiger don't share the same habitat in the wild. Unfortunately, these animals don't live very long or are sterile despite being bigger than both the lion and the tiger. While these animals are cool and unique, they are not strictly natural or sustainable.
12. Bearded Vulture
I don't know about you all, but this vulture reminds me of a phoenix which was initially why I looked into the creature. These vultures inhabit a range of places from southern Europe to the Indian subcontinent, to Tibet. This vulture, like other vultures, typically eats dead animals, although it has been documented that the bearded vulture will attack live prey more often than other vultures.
13. Goblin Shark
This unusual shark is also known as a "living fossil" because they are the last representative of sharks that lived about 125 million years ago. It is a deep sea shark that can grow between 10-13 feet if not longer. The goblin shark has been caught accidentally in every major ocean. The goblin shark is not a fast swimmer and relies on ambushing its prey.
14. Red Panda
This cute, small panda lives in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. The red panda is rather small, only about the same size as most domestic cats. Its eating habits range from bamboo, to eggs, to insects, and several other small mammals. The red panda is primarily sedentary during the day and at night or in the morning does whatever hunting it needs to do.
This blobfish is, in a way, so ugly that it is cute (although reminds me of a certain Pokémon ) This fish lives in the deep waters of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. The blobfish has a density only sightly above that of water. The fish primarily hunts by just floating along and letting creatures wander into its mouth, rather than expending any energy.
16. Leaf Deer
The leaf deer is usually found in dense forests in the northwest region of Putao. The adult leaf deer only stands at about 20 inches high and the males and females are nearly identical except for an inch long horn on the males. It is called a leaf deer because hunters could wrap the deer in a single large leaf.
While tigers are a more common animal than many others on this list, it is still one of the coolest animals in the world. Tigers are the largest of all cats and once ranged from Russia, to Turkey, to parts of Asia — almost all over the world. These animals are fierce, powerful creatures, although they are on the endangered species list.
Narwhals are a species of whale that live in the waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. The narwhal's diet changes depending on the time of year: in the spring the narwhal will eat cod, while in the winter the narwhal will eat flatfish. Narwhals can live up to 50 years and most frequently die of suffocation from being trapped under the ice.
Cheetahs, while more commonly heard of then some of the other animals on this list, are still incredibly cool. They often inhabit many parts of Africa and Iran. These amazing cats can reach up to 60 miles per hour in three seconds and use their tails to make quick and sudden turns. These amazing cats also have semi-retractable claws which helps with speed. The cheetah, however, doesn't have much besides speed to defend itself.
20. Ghost Shark
These deep-sea denizens reside at depths of between 400 and 6,600 feet (122 – 2,011m) where water temperatures are near freezing. Their dead eyes and large wing-like fins, a characteristic better suited to flying, gives rise to their ghoulish name.
Despite the name, ghost sharks are not actually part of the shark family, rather they are a species of fish and have a skeleton made from cartilage, instead of bone
21. Great Potoo
A master of camouflage, the great potoo is a carnivorous bird that lives mostly in tropical America. Remaining completely still, the great potoo blends in with its surroundings by mimicking a tree stump or branch as it patiently waits for unsuspecting prey. And, it doesn’t even give itself away by opening its eyes.
22. Star-Mosed Nole
Geologists of the animal kingdom, the star-nosed mole can detect seismic waves with 25,000 sensory receptors that make up the fleshy tentacles around its nose. As the only mole to live in swamps and marshes, the star-nosed mole may also be able to detect faint electrical signals from aquatic prey.
23. Red-Lipped Batfish
Endemic to the Galápagos Islands, the red-lipped batfish waddles along the seafloor using modified fins as legs, looking like it’s ready for a night on the town. Like many other weird animals, this adaptation may be for the males to attract a mate, although more research is needed.
24. Mantis Shrimp
These powerful little creatures have spring-loaded punches, allowing them to attack with the force of a .22 calibre bullet, reaching speeds of 23m per second. It’s the strongest known strike of any animal, with a force around 100 times that of its weight!
25. Superb Bird of Paradise
This GIF demonstrates the mating dance used by male superb birds of paradise. Typically females reject about 20 mates before selecting one they want to mate with. They are often found in New Guinea although it is unsure just how many of these birds there are. As far as scientists know, the population has remained stable.
Coffee is overrated anyway.
Starbucks is a great coffee place. It’s incredibly expensive, but there is no denying that it has earned its merit in our society. However, if you’re like me and you aren’t a fan of coffee, finding something at Starbucks can be a real pain. But there are many delicious drinks that Starbucks offers without coffee or without coffee flavor.
1. Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
This is a fall must-have. I love pumpkin spice, but I hate the strong coffee flavor of the PSL. This is the perfect in-between drink. It has all the pumpkin spice goodness that you’re familiar with and doesn’t even excessively taste like tea, either. It is delightful to say the least.
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2. Pink Drink
This drink began as a secret menu item, but took off enough that Starbucks added it to their regular menu. It’s the Strawberry Refresher (which is also a great year-round drink for those who don’t like coffee or for those who just want a light, refreshing beverage) but it is made with coconut milk instead of water. It’s somewhat creamy and perfectly fruity and is great for when you want to treat yourself without ruining the entire point of your workouts.
3. Java Chip frappuchino
This is a personal favorite of mine. Although it is a coffee beverage, it doesn’t taste like it. It tastes like a blended up brownie in a cup and gives you a secret little kick from the coffee hidden within. They also blend in java chips that gives it an extra little crunch to look forward to while you’re drinking it.
4. Coffee frappuchino with LOTS of hazelnut syrup
This is my go-to for when I need caffeine, but still am not desperate enough to get a straight coffee. Although I’m sure it’s terrible for you and is awfully sweet, I order a coffee frappuchino with like 8 pumps of hazelnut when I’m really feeling drained. You can somewhat taste the coffee in this one, but enough hazelnut cancels it out for the most part.
Starbucks offers a vast array of teas for you to choose from. I love tea, but I’m personally not a fan of Starbucks’s tea just as a result of how particular I am about my tea. However, they have enough at their disposal that I’m sure you can find a tea or tea latte that suits your tastes.
6. Creme frappuchinos
Fun fact: nearly any of the frappuchinos that feature coffee (like the PSL frappuchino) can be made with a creme base instead, removing the coffee from the equation entirely. There are even a few frappuchinos that are offered exclusively in creme form such as the strawberries and creme frappuchino. It’s basically a fancy milkshake, but it’s a fantastic fancy milkshake.
This is basically the hot version of a creme frappuchino. Most hot specialty beverages can also be made as steamers. It’s the same thing, but with milk instead of coffee.
8. Specialty hot chocolates
Most of the specialty hot chocolates that Starbucks offers are seasonal like the snickerdoodle, salted caramel, and peppermint hot chocolates, but the classic hot chocolate is year-round and is a great chocolatey treat.
9. Strawberry smoothie
This boy is refreshing and incredibly fruity and delicious. Some days you’re just feeling a smoothie and if you don’t have a Jamba Juice nearby, this is the perfect thing to give you your fix.
10. Pineapple black tea, strawberry green tea, or peach citrus white tea
These three fruity iced teas were introduced over the summer (and they even gave away free ones for a day!). They were the perfect summer treat, but they’re still a delight at any time of the year. My personal favorite is the strawberry green tea, but I like them all!
This is kind of a last resort, but if nothing else tickles your fancy, then go for water. There’s something particularly satisfying about drinking water out of a Starbucks cup anyway.
I'm walking on an ocean I cannot submerge myself in
I walk on the still, peaceful water
Wondering why it won't accept me
I touch my hand to the surface and it is hard like ice
I watch the smiling faces underneath the water
They're laughing. They're happy.
In the distance a wave emerges and heads towards me
I fall victim to its roaring rage
It spins me until I stop fighting
I let the water fill my lungs and it burns
When I open my eyes I am with the smiling faces
But I'm not laughing. I'm not happy.
But I'm not sad.
Sometimes the wave comes back
It rips me from my emptiness and I fall victim to it's roaring rage
It spins me until I stop fighting
I let the water fill my lungs and it burns
When I open my eyes I am walking on the water
Wondering why it won't accept me
And I beg to drown
Last weekend, Pullman hosted the annual Apple Cup football game between WSU and University of Washington at Martin Stadium. Although, the conclusion may not have been what Cougs had hoped for, at least something comical came from the experience!
Any WSU student knows that the low winter temperatures in Pullman are a yearly inconvenience, but it is the ice that continuously freezes over that proves to be the enemy. Besides the heated pathways on campus, icy sidewalks are dangerous territory. It is common to see fellow Cougs slipping and sliding, and occasionally wiping out, all over campus. It is actually pretty funny. Last year, there was even a video on YouTube that reached over 40,000 hits. Re-live it, below.
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Before the annual, overly-anticipated Apple Cup, the majority of fans all get together to tailgate and get ready to cheer on their team before the game! Junior Lianna Simms was one of those fans! At the tailgate, a local news reporter from KREM2 in Spokane, was there to cover the Apple Cup. An extremely excited student accidentally eats it on the ice behind the reporter and, of course, it was all caught on film. Thankfully, she did not experience any severe injuries, only a sore neck -- which is quite understandable if you watch the video.
Following the game, the video began to go viral -- at least, locally. It was first posted by KREM2, stating the fall was "as painful as it looks!" Then, it was posted by Deadspin.com, stating that she, "ate it just as hard as the Cougs did." Well, that's just rude. Bill Haisley, the writer for Deadspin also stated that he did not realize Washington State students get so pumped about the Apple Cup. Then, it was shared by 107.7 The End, a popular radio station in the Greater Seattle Area. Check out the video below!
I spoke to Lianna Simms about the video coverage and this is what she had to say.
What was going through your head when you fell? Honestly, it happened so fast that I didn't have time to think! I was just determined to get on camera when I saw them cheering.
Did you think the video would go viral? Not at all. The cameraman wasn't even sure if he got it on film!
How do you feel now that the video has become so popular? It's just funny, at this point, how many people have come up to me asking if I'm okay or making jokes like, "Careful, it's slippery outside" or "Watch the ice!"
At least Simms has the right kind of attitude! What can you do but laugh it off? Thanks, Simms, for giving us all a memory to look back on for Apple Cup 2014! Regardless if the final score was not what we had anticipated, we'll cheer for our Cougs until the day we die! Because everyone knows -- win or lose, Cougs always!
Photo courtesy of KREM.com
Next time you're in the hospital, they might give you subpar work
Last weekend was the Miss America Beauty Pageant. While Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell, the winner, should be congratulated, there's a bigger storm on the horizon.
Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson, came out for her talent section in her day job's uniform. Johnson is a nurse, and read an endearing speech she prepared about caring for patients, focusing on one who had Alzheimer's.
'The View' Loses Major Advertisers Following Miss Colorado Nurse JokesJoy Behar and Michelle Collins caused controversy when they made fun of Miss America contestant Kelley Johnson.
It was thought-provoking and sincere, but that's not why it's in the news today. Sadly, it's because two women on "The View" decided that she wasn't doing the right thing.
Joy Behar and Michelle Collins criticized the contestant for wearing "a doctor's stethoscope," which also shows how much they know about the healthcare system. They also said that all she did was "read her emails out loud" and that is why Johnson did not win.
"Entertainment Weekly" reported that Behar and Collins came out with a statement stating: "We love nurses. We adore you. We respect you. You guys are wonderful. You’re the most compassionate people. I was not talking about nurses, we were talking about the talent competition, and it got misconstrued.” If they had been more clear apparently, then we wouldn't be having this conversation.
Here's the thing, a lot of people don't seem to realize that being a nurse is a talent. It's a difficult job and it includes many things. As someone who has nurses in her family and has been around a lot of nurses, the fact that these two TV. personalities feel like they get to decide what is a talent makes me a little bit angry. I'm sure that they couldn't do Kelley Johnson's job.
The wonderful thing about this is that other nurses are standing up with Miss Colorado. Under the hashtag #NursesUnite, many are sharing photos of themselves at work, with their stethoscopes, and sharing stories of what it means to be a nurse. The positivity in the idea and the fact that these people are standing behind Johnson shows the happier side of America.
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign