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Third Eye Blind let the RNC off pretty easy

Until this morning, I was not aware that Third Eye Blind is still a thing. That’s when I spotted the numerous headlines hailing the band’s heroic performance at some sort of RNC after-party. According to Vox, the band was guilty of “surprising guests with messages of gay rights and science and serenading them with some of the band’s more obscure songs.” Off with their heads.*

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That time Treehugger jumped the shark

[Editor’s note: As should be clear from the very first sentence, the following post was originally written well over a year ago. I can offer no explanation for my delinquency in publishing it other than I have been delinquent in publishing just about everything around here.]

I wrote a post last week complaining about an extremely misleading headline over at Treehugger. But upon further reflection, I don’t know what about the #fail it discussed exercised me so. After all, I’ve been aware that Treehugger jumped the shark for quite some time.

My suspicions were aroused back in September, when I came across an unusual “Photo of the Day”. Treehugger has long periodically posted photographs culled from reader contributions. The pictures — how do I say this without sounding like a snob? — typically portray attractive subjects, but the photographer’s execution can sometimes leave quite a bit of room for improvement.

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That’s my joke, dammit Colbert! Part II

The day after Groundhog Day, Colbert outed himself as a ‘Groundhog denier’: “I don’t think all the science is in on whether weather-forecasting rodents exist.” I’d share a link to the clip, but sadly, last Tuesday’s episode will only be up for a few more hours before it disappears into the virtual oblivion of CBS All Access (a gross misnomer, given that a number far short of “All” can access it).

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I expect better from a website called *Tree*hugger

California is running out of water. Almonds take a lot of water to grow. California accounts for 80% of global almond cultivation (and 99% of U.S. production). The obvious conclusion, as the BBC put it, is that “almonds are sucking California dry“. You can tell a similar story about walnuts and pistachios, if you wanted to.

But misguided as that conclusion may be, some people have taken this set of facts as a reason to reduce their overall nut consumption — and, as usual, the internet is here to help them out. Last month, Treehugger published an article titled “5 nuts not grown in California”. It explained, “National almond, walnut and pistachio crops are very thirsty, and predominantly grown in drought-stricken California; if you’re looking for alternatives, consider these.”

Seems reasonable enough. So let’s find out: which five nuts does Treehugger have in mind (cumulative nut count in parentheses)?

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John Oliver afflicted by the same plague that got Stephen Colbert

After Stephen Colbert embarrassed himself last year by describing a prairie dog as a “chipmunk”, John Oliver committed an error of similar order on last week’s edition of Last Week Tonight.

Oliver described the recent scientific discovery that gerbils may have been responsible for the spread of black plague — not rats — and then proceeded to air a brief reel on behalf of the human race, “to apologize to the rat community for centuries of demonization.” While the voiceover artist expressed his sincere regrets, images of rat persecution flashed across the screen — including this one:

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Seahawks follow the migration patterns of their spirit animal counterparts

I’ve been sitting on this story for a long time, just like a nesting bird. Which is actually what this post is all about.

Back in May, I spotted a headline that read “Town Can’t Use Fire Alarm Because of . . . Osprey Nest“. The town playing host to that pair of Seahawks since March? Turns out, it’s in New Jersey — where the NFL team named for ospreys had, at the time, recently claimed its first-ever Super Bowl title. And apparently decided to settle in.

Turns out, the Hawks are surprisingly difficult to dethrone:

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The midwife who delivered Marshawn Lynch offered his mother some piss-poor medical advice

As related by the The USA Today:

One of four children raised by a single mother, [Marshawn] Lynch arrived on April 22, 1986, with an unexpected message from the midwife: he might have had a twin that didn’t develop.

“They just knew that Marshawn was living off two placentas,” his mother, Delisa, said. “She told me that with that, he may be an amazingly strong child. And I was like, ‘For real?'”

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That Skittles press conference is why journalists — and the NFL — can’t stand Marshawn Lynch

Let me get this out of the way up front: the footage of Marshawn’s Skittles-sponsored “press conference” was a joy to watch. So thank you, Marshawn, for making today more awesomer. If you somehow haven’t seen it already, here ya go:

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How’d this enormous coconut crab end up in Hawaii?

Biologists in Hawaii are mystified by the first appearance of a coconut crab on their islands since 1989:

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Someone over at Tablet needs to learn how to write a proper headline

1. Let’s start with “State Department Spokesperson: Gaza Strikes Are War Crimes“:

War Crimes Tablet

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