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February 2016

Long before Santa first hitched Rudolph to his sleigh, reindeer served a much less whimsical role: dinner. Siberia’s native herders have worked tirelessly to keep alive their centuries-old tradition of reindeer husbandry. But don’t ask them how long it will last.

<b>Reindeer look almost</b> darling. They’re short — the tops of their heads don’t come up past five feet — and they’re as nervous as rabbits. Both male and female reindeer have antlers; if you approach them from a distance, you might think they would hold their ground. Getting closer, though, you find a …

5 Recent Trends That Make It Hard to Trust Police (Part 2)

The police sure are generating some terrifying news stories these days, are they not? I covered this phenomenon once already back in November, but …

23 Police Officers Fire 377 Bullets at Two Men With Zero Guns

A deadly barrage endangered numerous innocent residents of Miami.<p>I've long proposed a simple rule: police officers who shoot unarmed innocents should have their guns taken away. They can work desk jobs or monitor meters. But if nothing else, they shouldn't ever be in a position to put lives in …

A Lot of Americans Think the Spirit World Exists

A new study shows that 57 percent of Hispanics believe in otherworldly beings—and the percentage is even higher among evangelical Protestants.<p>Modernity be damned: It's 2014, and the spirit world is alive and well. Even in secular life, mild superstitions loom; just look at the popularity of</i> …

Americans Are Going to Juarez for Cheap Dental Care

Jessica Nitardy, a Mexican dentist, says the majority of her clients are Americans who can't afford treatment in the U.S.<p>Every workday, Dr. Jessica Nitardy leaves her home near El Paso, Texas and drives for more than an hour to the Mexican border. She crosses immigration and heads to her dental …

The 5 Most and Least Charitable States

While Utah is the most charitable state any way you count, the rest of the rankings depend on the method of measurement.<p>In the battle for the most generous states, the leaders depend on how you're measuring it.<p>Gallup on Thursday released a poll that surveyed at least 600 people in each state asking …

The Most Popular Baby Names Aren't All That Popular Anymore

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Noah became the most common baby boy name in 2013, ending the 14-year run of Jacob as America's …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

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Unlocking The Wu-Tang Clan's Secret Album In Morocco

Walking west from the center of the centuries-old Jemaa El Fna square in Marrakesh, Morocco, the crowds start to thin as the snake charmers and spice merchants give way to modern boulevards clogged with old Mercedes taxis, fume-spewing mopeds and the occasional donkey. The Royal Mansour hotel rises …

These Backpacks For Cows Collect Their Fart Gas And Store It For Energy

Cows produce up to 25% of methane emissions, and methane is a particularly potent greenhouse gas. It’s no joke, then, to talk about limiting emissions from cow farts. We’ve written before about new breeding techniques and feeds, which could help cows better digest their food so they produce less …

Japan’s Valley of the Dolls – Artist Repopulates Deserted Village with Creepy Dolls

When Japanese artist Ayano Tsukimi returned to her village 11 years ago, it wasn’t the place she once knew it to be. There were hardly any people …

Guy Dubbed Europe’s Dirtiest Man Has Been Sleeping in Hot Ash for a Year

58-year-old Ludvik Dolezal is considered to be the dirtiest man in Europe. He’s homeless, he has no access to a shower, and he’s been sleeping in a …

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California police investigating stowaway who reached Hawaii: report

(Reuters) - Police in San Jose, California, plan to interview a 15-year-old boy who gained international attention by surviving as a stowaway on a flight to Hawaii, and are looking into why he snuck into the local airport to climb into a Boeing 767, a police spokesman told a TV station on …

Couple Accused Of Having Sex On Church Lawn, During A Wedding, While Kids Watched

We guess they can check this one off their sexual bucket list.<p>A transient couple in Salt Lake City, Utah, were busted Sunday after police said they were caught engaging in oral sex outside of a church, according to the New York Daily News.<p>Oh, there was also a wedding going on, and at least four …

Student Kept Mailing Poop To Vice Principal: Cops

This kid might not give a crap about educators, but he did send about three to his vice principal, police say.<p>A Worcester County, Maryland, high school student is in some deep you-know-what after allegedly mailing feces to his vice principal at least three times, Delmarva Now reported.<p>The high …

Sefer Calinak, Dating Show Contestant, Killed 2 Women And Now He's Looking For Love

Think U.S. reality TV shows are bad? Check out this dating program out of Turkey, in which one of the contestants confessed to killing two women.<p>"I'm an honest person looking for a new wife," 62-year-old Sefer Calinak said on Flash TV's "Luck of the Draw," according to Reuters.<p>Wearing a name tag …

Metal Cats Are Freaking Metal

What's the most "metal" pet?<p>A direwolf? They're beastly, but let's face it -- direwolves are a little co-dependent, especially if you're into that whole warging scene.<p>A headless bat? Yeah, sure. But that's more '70s metal.<p>The answer is cats. Not panthers, not lions: house cats. Photographer …

28 Abandoned Structures Still As Vibrant As The Day They Were Deserted

An empty, foggy diner with the tables still set. An abandoned aquarium, complete with shark paintings on the walls. A desolate church, with architecture still so immaculate, worship could begin tomorrow.<p>How did 23-year-old photographer Johnny Joo find these awesome structures still intact? The idea …

'Pop Rocks' Sex Leads To Disaster On 'Sex Sent Me To The E.R.'

Some sex fantasies should remain fantasies, especially those involving Pop Rocks candy.<p>One couple found out the hard way when the woman insisted on inserting some of the exploding candy rocks into her sex organs in hopes of increasing the sensation.<p>She did, but not in a good way, according to David …

6 WTF Works of Art That Required an Insane Amount of Effort

Mediocre artists put just enough time into their work to finish the job. Truly great artists put their whole heart and soul into what they do, …

The 6 Most Undeserving Lottery Winners in History

There are people who win the lottery and immediately devise a stoic attitude, a wise investment plan, and a determination to remain the person …

Man Named Edward Cocaine Arrested On Drug Charge -- In Florida, Of Course

After years on a South Florida bond court bench, Judge John "Jay" Hurley thought he had seen it all -- but even his jaw dropped Wednesday when reading the name of a man appearing on drug possession charges.<p>"Edward Cocaine," the judge read, before pausing, then blurting out, "What?!?!"<p>"My last name …

Naked Man At Walmart Says He Got The Wrong Drugs

A South Carolina man who walked into a Walmart wearing nothing but his shoes said he went "crazy" after getting his hands on the wrong drugs.<p>“I’ve had a problem with drugs in the past. I still like to do ecstasy once in a while,” Kevin Hughes told WSOC-TV. “I accidentally got methamphetamine …

On This Island In Japan Deer Act Like Dogs

Itsukushima is a small Japanese island known for its floating shrine, lush maple trees and exceptionally friendly deer.<p>The deer are considered sacred, and everyone from local children to tourists can feed, pet and play with them. Signs remind visitors to treat the deer gently because they will …