Ants are really remarkable social creatures. They form complex societies based mostly around workers and one reproductive specimen, known as the queen.
Although they're known as queen ants, they don't have any known authority or decision-making control. Their whole function is to reproduce.
Once a colony is established, the workers attend to the queen's any need including food and disposing of her waste.
Queen ants have a remarkably long life. In captivity, they've been observed to live for up to 28 years. That's one of the longest lifespans of any insect.
The thorny dragon is an Australian lizard and it's the only species of the genus Moloch. It can grow up to 8 inches in length and live for up to 20 years.
These animals are colored in similar shades to their desert habitats and are covered entirely with conical spines.
One of the most remarkable parts about this little critter is that it's ridged body structure allows it to collect water from any part of it's body. It can literally stand on water and transport it to it's mouth.
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It might not be so bad to lose at the Oscars after all. If you're nominated for an Oscar and you lose, you get a swag bag to take home.
A company called Distinctive Assets puts together the goodie bag which includes odd items like condoms and windex. For 2013 the bag was valued between $45k and $48k.
Some other items are a $3,000 3-night hotel stay, a $12,000 trip to anywhere in Australia, fancy maple syrup.
Another weird one is a $5,000 Vampire Facelift that re-injects blood platelets into your face to trigger stem cells to grow new skin and get rid of wrinkles.
Check out the source to see the rest of what the 2013 bag had!
These remarkable creatures have very agile forepaws. They can rub, twist and pull with great strength and the paws even have retractable claws.
Under each forearm sea otters have a baggy pocket of lose skin. What do they use it for? Storing food and also their favorite rocks that they use to crack open mollusks and clams.
Of course, our favorite thing about the sea otter is that they hold hands when they're asleep so they don't float away.
If you've been following the news in the US, you know that there is a real possible threat that the Federal Government will shut down tomorrow.
A shut down doesn't mean that all of the government will stop working. Any activities deemed not essential will cease. Things like national defense, etc will keep working.
Although it sounds big and scary, it's been more common than you may think. Since 1976, the US Government has been shut down 17 times.
The longest time was in December 1996. That shutdown lasted 21 days until Republicans and Bill Clinton agreed to a budget.
The shortest time has been 1 day and it has happened on four occasions. While most are because of a dispute, in October 1982, Congress simply didn't pass the required bills in time.
EDIT: Well it looks like it's now officially 18, as Congress couldn't pass a funding bill last night and the Federal government shut down big parts of it on Oct 1st, 2013.