5 Spiders That Can Hide in Plain Sight

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Arachnid adaptation is a beautiful thing. Rather than chase down prey, spiders often use visual trickery to lure their insect meals into a false sense of security and to keep their own predators at bay. Take a look at some of the best camouflage on the web.

1. MISUMENA VATIA

The Misumena vatia spider sits on a leaf
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Before you stop and smell the flowers, consider that some might harbor a crab spider that’s changed colors to match the petals. Found in North America and Europe, Misumena vatia will blend in with its background and wait for prey like butterflies or bees to come along, grabbing the food with its front legs and injecting venom.

2. PANDERCETES GRACILIS

The Pandercetes gracilis spider blends in with a tree
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Known as the Lichen Huntsman, this spider is found in Australia and surrounding islands. It can’t change color on demand—but it can find bark or another background that’s close in color to its own appearance, then sit still and wait for some poor sucker to come around. With eyes in the front, top, and back of its head, it can also see you coming from practically anywhere. Click here to see it in action.

3. PECKHAMIA PICATA

The Peckhamia picatia spider resembles an ant
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This is not an ant. This is a spider that looks very much like an ant and mimics ant behavior, waving its front legs like antennae. P. picata has even developed a counter to ants being able to detect each other’s scent: It doesn’t really smell like anything at all, a ploy called chemical insignificance. Surprisingly, it doesn’t use this trait to devour other ants, but to avoid visual predators that consider the ants unpalatable.

4. DOLOPHONES CONIFERA

The Dolophones conifera spider hangs on a tree branch
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Known as the wrap-around spider, D. conifera can wrap itself around tree limbs and flatten out its body so it’s almost indistinguishable from its botanical hangout. The ability is due in large part to its concave belly, which allows it to hug round branches.

5. CELAENIA EXCAVATA

The Celaenia excavata spider rests on a leaf
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One highly effective way to avoid being eaten is to resemble a pile of poop. Celaenia excavata, or the bird-dropping spider, bears a strong resemblance to avian dung. The camouflage is so effective that C. excavata will leave itself in vulnerable and exposed positions during the day, confident no predator will opt to munch on feces when there are more appealing options around.

Swear Off Toilet Paper With This Bidet Toilet Seat That's Easy to Install and Costs Less Than $100

Tushy
Tushy

The recent coronavirus-related toilet paper shortage has put the spotlight on the TP-less alternative that Americans have yet to truly embrace: the bidet.

It's not exactly a secret that toilet paper is wasteful—it's estimated to cost 437 billion gallons of water and 15 million trees to produce our yearly supply of the stuff. But while the numbers are plain to see, bidets still aren't common in the United States.

Well, if price was ever the biggest barrier standing in the way of swearing off toilet paper for good, there's now a cost-effective way to make the switch. Right now, you can get the space-saving Tushy bidet for less than $100. And you'll be able to install it yourself in just 10 minutes.

What is a Bidet?

Before we go any further, let’s just go ahead and get the awkward technical details out of the way. Instead of using toilet paper after going to the bathroom, bidets get you clean by using a stream of concentrated water that comes out of a faucet or nozzle. Traditional bidets look like weird toilets without tanks or lids, and while they’re pretty uncommon in the United States, you’ve definitely seen one if you’ve ever been to Europe or Asia.

That said, bidets aren’t just good for your butt. When you reduce toilet paper usage, you also reduce the amount of chemicals and emissions required to produce it, which is good for the environment. At the same time, you’re also saving money. So this is a huge win-win.

Unfortunately, traditional bidets are not an option for most Americans because they take up a lot of bathroom space and require extra plumbing. That’s where Tushy comes in.

The Tushy Classic Bidet Toilet Seat.

Unlike traditional bidets, the Tushy bidet doesn’t take up any extra space in your bathroom. It’s an attachment for your existing toilet that places an adjustable self-cleaning nozzle at the back of the bowl, just underneath the seat. But it doesn’t require any additional plumbing or electricity. All you have to do is remove the seat from your toilet, connect the Tushy to the clean water supply behind the toilet, and replace the seat on top of the Tushy attachment.

The Tushy has a control panel that lets you adjust the angle and pressure of the water stream for a perfect custom clean. The nozzle lowers when the Tushy is activated and retracts into its housing when not in use, keeping it clean and sanitary.

Like all bidets, the Tushy system takes a little getting used to. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll never want to use toilet paper again. In fact, Tushy is so sure you’ll love their product, they offer customers a 60-day risk-free guarantee. If you don’t love your Tushy, you can send it back for a full refund, minus shipping and handling.

Normally, the Tushy Classic retails for $109, but right now you can get the Tushy Classic for just $89. So if you’ve been thinking about going TP-free, now is definitely the time to do it.

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The World's 10 Richest Cities

New York City.
New York City.
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When a city has vibrant culture, a booming economy, and appealing real estate, it attracts a lot of high-profile residents. To see which world-class cities have the largest populations of wealthy individuals, check out this list of the richest cities in the world.

As CNBC reports, the United States is home to several wealthy cities, accounting for six of the urban centers in the top 10. New York takes the top slot, with 120,605 of the people living there boasting a net worth of $5 million or more. That's more than 4 percent of the global wealth population.

It's followed by Tokyo, where 81,645 residents have a net worth totaling at least $5 million. Hong Kong ranks third with 73,430 wealthy citizens. Other U.S. cities on the list include Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Dallas. The other two cities in the top 10—London and Paris—are Europe's only representation.

The information used to compile the list comes from the data firm Wealth-X, which looked at global wealth statistics from the past decade. Cities that attract wealthy residents tend to have a high cost of living, but the richest cities in the world aren't always the most expensive to live in. After reading the list below, compare it to the 10 most expensive cities in the world.

  1. New York City, U.S.
  1. Tokyo, Japan
  1. Hong Kong
  1. Los Angeles, U.S.
  1. London, UK
  1. Paris, France
  1. Chicago, U.S.
  1. San Francisco, U.S.
  1. Washington, D.C., U.S.
  1. Dallas, U.S.

[h/t CNBC]