See the World's Only Edible Bioluminescent Species

Fishermen trawl a net containing a large number of glowing firefly squid in central Japan.
Fishermen trawl a net containing a large number of glowing firefly squid in central Japan.
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The firefly squid, or Watasenia scintillans, is the only commonly edible bioluminescent creature in the world. In Japan, the species is famous for the light show it puts on along the coast when it spawns each spring. That's when the fishermen of Toyama Bay, in central Japan, go out in the dead of night to harvest the squid by the bucketful. The fruits of their labors end up salted, grilled, boiled, or served raw in restaurants around the country. You can learn more about the firefly squid, and their harvest, in the video from Great Big Story below:

Thursday’s Best Amazon Deals Include Guitar Kits, Memory-Foam Pillows, and Smartwatches

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The Meanings Behind 25 Common Acronyms and Initialisms

Remember POGs?
Remember POGs?
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Before POGs became collectible items printed with our favorite ’90s pop culture characters, they were just simple discs found inside bottle caps. In fact, that’s how they got their name—POG is an acronym for Passion Fruit, Orange, Guava, the name of a Maui-based beverage whose lids gave rise to the game.

On this episode of The List Show, Mental Floss host Justin Dodd is sharing the origin stories behind 25 popular acronyms and initialisms, many of which you may not have realized actually stood for anything at all. Geico, for example, isn’t a word that insurance providers made up to match their spokes-gecko; it’s an acronym for Government Employees Insurance Co., made up to match the company’s original target demographic (government employees). And since LED stands for light-emitting diode, the phrase LED light is rather redundant.

Press play below to uncover the secrets behind other popular abbreviations, from Alien Life Form (ALF) to Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle (Yahoo!).

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