Llama Lovin’

Therapy dogs are so last week. The hip, new animal on the scene is the therapy llama, two of which have been employed by a Washington state rehabilitation center to provide comfort to mostly elderly residents recovering from illness.

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If the llamas aren’t enough, pictures from alpaca shearing day in Germany should do the trick.

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This Rube Goldberg machine music video for A-Trak & Tommy Trash’s “Tuna Melt” spans the whole interior of a house to get from Point A to Point B. Whether or not you’re into electronica, the video is worth watching for the toast dominoes and underwater sequence alone.

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Whoever Oren is, he’s a lucky man: animator Leigh Lahav recreated the opening credits of her husband’s favorite TV shows in an impressively elaborate digital birthday card that makes the most deluxe Hallmark greeting look like scrap paper.

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The New York City Metrocard has been around for about twenty years, but its iconic blue and yellow design might be due for a makeover. Graphic designer Melanie Chernock’s vision for the Metrocard involves more fun colors and fonts for a card that’s as fashionable and functional as the city itself.

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Fun Fact Fox serves up similar content to the Amazing Fact Generator, but from the perspective of a furry friend (or foe, depending on your local wildlife situation).

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How much food can a fiver buy? Depends what (beer, coffee beans, Big Macs) and where (India, France, USA).

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In this series of photos, Slovenian psychologist and amateur photographer Matej Peljhan helps a boy with muscular dystrophy climb, jump, play, and dance.

Can You Spot the Easter Egg Hiding in the Flowers in This Springtime Brain Teaser?

Don't worry—the puzzle below won't trigger your seasonal allergies.
Don't worry—the puzzle below won't trigger your seasonal allergies.
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Scores of residents likely won’t be dashing through vibrant flower gardens at your neighborhood’s traditional Easter egg hunt this year, but you can still put your eagle eye to good use in this brain teaser, courtesy of online blinds retailer 247 Blinds.

In the following image, a single egg is hidden somewhere among the bright pattern of yellow flowers and green leaves. Once you’ve spotted it (or decided to throw in the towel), scroll down to reveal the answer.

spot the egg in the flowers brain teaser
Can you spot the Easter egg?
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The design in the image is the very same one as the online retailer's “Hard to Crack” roller blinds—cleverly concealed egg included—which you can customize to fit most standard windows. Not only will it give your room a sunny, springtime ambience, it’ll also give your house guests something to do while they sip their morning coffee.

Ready to wrap up your virtual Easter egg hunt? The egg is circled in red below.

spot the egg in the flowers brain teaser answer
You've earned a chocolate bunny or two.
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And while you’re waiting for the Easter Bunny to deliver a basket brimming with candy-filled eggs this weekend, find out where the Easter Bunny came from here.

Need to Cure of Case of Cabin Fever? Try Backyard Birding

Baltimore orioles are colorful spring migrants.
Baltimore orioles are colorful spring migrants.
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No matter how many virtual tours and online classes you take, it's hard not to go a little stir-crazy after weeks of social distancing. If you're already sick of activities that require you to stare at a screen, consider seeking out real-life entertainment in your backyard. As Auburn Pub reports, the New York State Department of Environment Conservation is recommending that residents take up birdwatching during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, they stress that it's important to continue to practice social distancing.

Zoos, beaches, and even some national parks are currently closed to the public, but you don't have to travel far to get your daily dose of nature. Spring is in full bloom, and many bird species are currently in the midst of migrating from their winter homes down south to northern states. That means that even urban areas like New York City are becoming places for birds to nest and raise their young.

Local parks are great spots to observe birds while keeping your distance from others, but a trip off your property isn't necessary. If you have a backyard, or even just a tree on the street outside your home, you can watch birds from a patio, balcony, or through a window.

Birding is more than just a way to pass the time when activities are limited. A 2017 study from the University of Exeter found that being able to see birds around your home may reduce levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. If you use birding as an excuse to get out of the house, those benefits may be even greater as being outdoors in general has been shown to boost several facets of mental health.

If you're interested in using your time in isolation to get into birding, there are many resources online you can use. Watch this beginner's guide to birding and read these facts about the birds in your backyard before you get started.

[h/t Auburn Pub]

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