Of Penises and Planets: On Labels in Science and Culture

Just what counts as a penis? A debate over what to call the genitals of an unusual group of cave insects has broader implications, because it gets right at the heart of science and science communication: what's the relationship between the labels we use in science and the way those labels are understood by our culture? » 4/20/14 4:01pm Yesterday 4:01pm

More Reasons To Stop Watching Animal Planet

You already knew that Animal Planet had a way of distorting reality. They present documentaries about the existence of mermaids and Bigfoot and only barely acknowledge that it's all nonsense. But now evidence is mounting that some of the shows they air actually harm animals. » 3/24/14 9:10pm 3/24/14 9:10pm

Ukrainian Presidential Estate Included a Private Zoo

Following the abandonment of his winter estate near Kiev by Ukrainian ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, for the first time the general public could take a peek to see how the man lived. Among the findings: a golf course, a giant boat, several fancy cars, a spa, and a private zoo. » 3/19/14 5:33pm 3/19/14 5:33pm

Biologists Discover New Species of Hornay Sexaholic Marsupial

Ohhhhhhhhhh yeah. "Down Under" just got a whole lot sexier. Mammalogists working in Australia's Springbrook National Park recently caught a heretofore undiscovered marsupial in one of their traps. Dubbed the black-tailed antechinus, this little creature exhibits one particularly notable behavior: NONSTOP MARSUPIAL… » 2/25/14 10:30pm 2/25/14 10:30pm

Hedgehogs Are Quickly Becoming the Most Popular Pets

All ye pet owners searching for that offbeat pet to help you prove to strangers that you aren't some cat or dog yuppie piece of human garbage but a unique individual with FEELS and THOUGHTS — the hedgehog is officially mainstream. That's not a terrible thing, considering that hedgehogs are super cute, relatively easy… » 2/23/14 12:00pm 2/23/14 12:00pm

This Raccoon Has a Serious and Adorable Bubble Wrap Fixation

Let's not be coy with each other — raccoons are horrible. The best way to describe a raccoon to someone who's never seen or heard of raccoons before is to say, "Okay, you know what a cat is, right? Well, a raccoon is like a cat that lives in the garbage and probably has rabies." That said, if you never have to hear,… » 2/16/14 2:30pm 2/16/14 2:30pm

America Is Turning into a Nation of Puppy Fetishists

There will have been 10 — TEN — puppy bowls on Animal Planet after this year's Puppy Bowl X, a spectacle of unabashed puppy objectification, is in the books. Last year's Puppy Bowl attracted 12.4 million viewers, and proved itself to be a reliable alternative televised event for people who don't want to watch the Super … » 2/02/14 3:00pm 2/02/14 3:00pm

New York Proposes Eliminating All the Shitty State Swans

The State of New York might launch a huge offensive against a nasty invasive species that tears up underwater vegetation, threatens passenger jets, and (occasionally) attacks people with the raw, avian vindictiveness of an avenging archangel. Unfortunately for the State of New York and its beleaguered PR interns, that… » 2/02/14 12:30pm 2/02/14 12:30pm

All-Puppy Conan Features Puppy Justin Bieber And Puppy Pharrell

Last night, in honor of this Sunday's Big Game (Puppy Bowl, duh), Conan introduced his audience to this year's cast of Puppy Conan, an all-puppy version of his late night show. Puppy Conan's guests included Puppy Pharrell, Puppy Justin Bieber and crew (complete with puppy-sized luxury rental car), and Puppy Toronto… » 1/31/14 2:20pm 1/31/14 2:20pm

Couple Finds a Dying Snake in a Free Curbside Couch Because Of Course

Snakes. Ssssssssnakessssssss. Some people swear by snakes, but other people foreswear snakes. Whatever your personal feelings about snakes, though, we can all probably agree that too many irresponsible people have decided to adopt pet snakes that either get too big, are actually poisonous, or slither into a drain only… » 1/01/14 6:00pm 1/01/14 6:00pm