RIP Helen Keller's Oak Tree, Dead at 200 After a Long and Influential Life

On September 22, workers cut down a well-loved 200-year-old oak tree at Ivy Green, writer Helen Keller’s childhood home in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Keller, who lost both sight and hearing at 19 months, was once trapped in the tree during a storm until Annie Sullivan, her teacher and companion, carried her to safety. The… »9/22/15 6:40pm9/22/15 6:40pm


World's Biggest Sea Turtle Crashes Beach Wedding to Lay Eggs

A beach wedding in St. Croix was derailed when an unexpected guest dragged herself out of the depths of the sea and made Brianna's special day ALL ABOUT HER. It was an enormous, majestic leatherback sea turtle—the largest species of turtle in the world—and girl was just looking for quiet place to lay her eggs without… »5/21/14 3:40pm5/21/14 3:40pm

Boobs Age Faster Than the Rest of Your Body, Because Nature Is a Dick

Back when I was in my early 20s, before I became the proud, dazzling, professional, skirt-suited woman-scholar that I am today (i.e. a hungry, unshowered, still-in-bed hangover-crone who's only managed to make it to semi-vertical today despite having had to pee for literally four hours), I used to make this joke in… »10/22/13 10:40am10/22/13 10:40am

Killer Whales Go Through Menopause, But Do They Get Hot Flashes?

Killer whales are one of only three species on the planet to experience menopause, and scientists believe the evolutionary trait is a result of whales' "unusual social structure," in which their adult children never really leave them. (On a side note: what the fuck is day two of a whale period like?) »10/17/13 11:50am10/17/13 11:50am

Dolphin-Assisted Births Seem Like Questionable Life Choices

Dolphins are magical, highly-intelligent creatures that play with surfers, save drunk people from riptides, and jump over the rings of Lisa Frank’s neon-splattered Saturn. They’re cosmic beings, dolphins are, in direct communication with the undying essence of the universe, privy to the semi-divine thalassic secrets… »5/27/13 12:30pm5/27/13 12:30pm

Baby, It's Cold Outside (But Bundle Up And Go Improve Your Cognitive Skills)

Although it always becomes tempting around this time of the year to watch a marathon of Angel on Instant Netflix do really cool lazy indoor things that only the coolest lazy people do, you could do your brain a real service by getting out there and doing some wintry frolicking, according to The New York Times' »1/12/13 6:00pm1/12/13 6:00pm

The Curious Case of Botswana’s Androgynous Lionesses

In my ongoing effort to bring back some stately British narration to documentaries about the African wilderness (I've also filmed and, shall we say, "dressed up" my cats as a panther and an ocelot, respectively, so I could build up a nice reel to send to Nat Geo, fingers crossed), we're going to take time out of the… »10/28/12 12:00pm10/28/12 12:00pm

Sea Lion Returns to the Ocean Like a (Giant, Awesome) Fish to Water

I know, I know, sea lions aren't big fish. OR ARE THEY? No, they're not. But, then again, they they can swim, so I'm gonna go with, yes they are fish. Now that that's settled, let's check out our friend from San Francisco. This little guy was rescued, rehabilitated, and returned to the sea to go limbo with Nemo and… »10/24/12 9:40am10/24/12 9:40am