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The Chaotic History Behind Why There Are Only 28 Days in the Month of February (Plus Leap Year)

After Skool explains via an illuminating whiteboard illustration, the very chaotic and rather political reasons as to why February has only 28 days plus an additional day every four years. It all started with the Romans, who made many attempts to accommodate their beliefs into the flow of time. We …

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The Amazing Story of a Champion Horseback Rider Who Started Dressage After She Lost Her Legs

In 2012, a young Swedish woman named Felicia Grimmenhag was recovering from a losing both her legs in a particularly horrific car accident when a friend presented with an opportunity to ride horses as a manner of rehabilitation. This opportunity turned into a passion. Grimmenhag excelled. She became a champion …

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Beautiful Short Film About a Man Who Avoided Trouble by Taking Care of His Rooftop Pigeons

In the first episode of his “Passion Projects” series, filmmaker Andrew Leibman created “Rooftop Refuge“, a beautifully shot short documentary about aviculturist Dave Malone. Malone, a native of Brownsville, Brooklyn, proudly stayed out of trouble because he preferred going up to the rooftop to care for and fly his pigeons. …

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Hungry Dachshund Bounces Up and Down In a Futile Attempt to Reach the Pizza on the Counter

An adorably determined piebald dachshund eagerly bounced up and down as if he were on a trampoline, all in a futile attempt to reach at the piece of yummy pizza that was left out on the counter. This hungry little dog looks just like Chong, one of my father’s very …

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Photo Of The Day By Rom Savage

Photo By Rom Savage Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Angel Falls” by Rom Savage. Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in …

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Showcase: December 2017

Diamond Window By Alex Speijer “Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is one of Iceland’s top tourist attractions. When the chunks of ice flow through the lagoon outlet and enter the sea, some are thrown back at the beach. Temperature and wave action make them melt in crazy ways. This can result in …

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Your Best Photo Of 2017 Assignment Winner Amy Ames

Photo By Amy Ames Congratulations to Amy Ames for winning the Your Best Photo Of 2017 assignment with the image, “Fresh Catch.” “I was lucky enough to spend five days at Cook Inlet in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska, in late July of 2017. The salmon were just …

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Photo Of The Day By Robert Potts

Photo By Robert Potts Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Pilings in the Fog” by Robert Potts. Location: Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Astoria, Oregon. See more of Robert Potts’ photography at www.stormlightfoto.com. Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly …

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Laughing Squid Video Archive Digitization Project

Just about half way through the 48 hours of HI8 video I shot related to @burningman 1996. A post shared by Scott Beale (@scottbeale) on Jan 30, 2018 at 12:35pm PST Way back in the early days of Laughing Squid, before I launched this blog, I used to shoot a …

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Simon’s Cat Does a Bit of Housekeeping in a Humorous Compilation of Classic Episodes

In Paws & Chores, a well-intentioned Simon’s Cat tries to do a bit of housekeeping without inflicting too much damage on Simon and/or the house. The animation is made up of a compilation of previous Simon’s Cat episodes including “Hidden Treasure“, “The Monster“, “Washed Up”, “The Box“, ““Lunch Break”, Shelf …