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HereticalSkeptic commented on a post in r/WTF
TalonZahn 1,614 points

Old as hell, still makes me laugh until I cry, and I show it to every person I can if they claim to have not see it.

The OG Ass Rocket video.

HereticalSkeptic 3 points

Never gets old. Still funny. Just what did he expect? Puts a whole new meaning in the "dumb ass".

HereticalSkeptic commented on a post in r/NatureIsFuckingLit
Donutsareagirlsbff 5 points

I'm not a researcher and not ravens but crows who are also in the corvid family;

There's also a cool guy who believes we could put crows intelligence to use in cities by training them! His initial test was creating a crow vending machine where the birds got a peanut for popping in coins. Apparently they're one of the few species that have modified their behaviour to live with urban habitats. There's a great tedtalks on it! Check out his website.

HereticalSkeptic 1 point

Won't that just train them to steal coins?

koshgeo 10 points

Granted, the saturation is pushed a bit in the picture OP posted, but if you approach a raven or a crow in bright sunlight you'll discover that their larger feathers on their back and wings are quite iridescent with blues and greens. You have to get the right orientation of the light to see it, but they aren't simply black. This picture shows a crow with some bluish feathers. You have to see them on the ground to spot it. It's not really visible if they're in the air or you see them from below or in front.

Edit: I forgot to mention something else. Although from a distance it looks like crow eyes are black, actually they are usually dark brown as adults. I'm not sure about ravens. As fledglings (juveniles) the eyes of crows are distinctly blue.

Some other photos of ravens with iridescent feathers.

HereticalSkeptic 1 point

I only ever see them from below against a bright sky, so black, black and more black.

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HereticalSkeptic commented on a post in r/todayilearned
cloudyoutside 136 points

Especially since he melting of the last ice age considerably rose sea levels throughout the world.

HereticalSkeptic 1 point

Fishing boats routinely haul up Mammoth tusks and bones from the North Sea. There must also be human artifacts down there as we would have followed the mammoths.

HereticalSkeptic 0 points

Just thinking that the people who made these spears are quite probably direct ancestors of most of us.

HereticalSkeptic 1 point

Found by googling "ronettes beatles" trying to find that cover the Beatles did of a girl group.

Fake? Here is another one that doesn't look like a photoshop:

This is the one I was trying to find: To know her is to love her originally by The Teddy Bears featuring (and written by) Phil Spector of Let It Be infamy, currently serving a life sentence for murder. (His girlfriend, not Let It Be!)

And here is the original, that's Phil on the right looking very awkward and singing out of tune.

Another: John, George and 2 Ronettes?

RepublicanKindOf 84 points

This is effing scary man.

HereticalSkeptic 30 points

'stralia is scary!

HereticalSkeptic 459 points

Firehawk raptors congregate in hundreds along burning fire fronts, where they will fly into active fires to pick up smouldering sticks, transporting them up to a kilometre (0.6 miles) away to regions the flames have not yet scorched.

"The imputed intent of raptors is to spread fire to un-burned locations – for example, the far side of a watercourse, road, or artificial break created by firefighters – to flush out prey via flames or smoke," the researchers write.

HereticalSkeptic commented on a post in r/worldnews
ShowMeYourTiddles 1,949 points

I think I saw this on a documentary about the pope:

A priest was on a fishing trip hooks a big one. Helping him reel it in, a sailor says, "Whoa, look at the size of that fucker!"

"Hey, mind your language!" says the priest.

Embarrassed, the sailor thinks quickly and blurts out, "Sorry father, but that's what this fish is called - it's a Fucker fish." Accepting the explanation, the priest forgives the sailor and takes the fish back to church.

"Look at this huge fucker," says the priest, spotting the bishop.

"Language, please! This is God's house," replies the bishop.

"No, no - that's what this fish is called," says the priest.

"Oh," says the bishop, scratching his chin. "I could clean that fucker and we could have it for dinner".

So the bishop takes the fish, cleans it, and brings it to the mother superior. "Could you cook this fucker for dinner tonight?" he asks her.

"My, what language!" she exclaims, clearly shocked.

"No, sister that's what the fish is called - a fucker," says the bishop.

Satisfied with the explanation, the mother superior says, "Wonderful, I'll cook that fucker tonight - the Pope is coming for dinner!"

The fish tastes just great and the Pope asks where they got it.

"Well, I caught the fucker!" says the priest.

"And I cleaned the fucker!" says the bishop.

"And I cooked the fucker!" says the mother superior.

The Pope stares at them for a minute with a steely gaze, leans back on his chair, takes off his cap, puts his feet up on the table, pours himself a whiskey and says, "You know what? You assholes are alright".


HereticalSkeptic 2 points

"You know what? You assholes fuckers are alright"

Wouldn't that be a better punchline?

HereticalSkeptic commented on a post in r/skeptic
HereticalSkeptic -2 points

Still 100 times better than the best Republican.


You *** ******* that down voted me:

Please name one Republican who isn't a right wing extremist, racist, religious fanatic working only to further the Military Industrial Complex and the power and wealth of the powerful and wealthy.

Anticipated reply: "But Hillary's emails...".

HereticalSkeptic commented on a post in r/DebateAnAtheist
HereticalSkeptic 1 point

We don't even trust personal perception/observation/experience because we know from the past they can are not to be trusted as they are the root of a lot of religious/mystical experiences.

Ask any experienced lawyer or judge how trustworthy the average sworn witness is e.g. get 10 witnesses to the same event on the stand and you will get 10 surprisingly different stories of what happened.

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