This Rescue Kitten Looks Like Baby Yoda, and the Internet Has Fallen In Love

Baby Yoda Cat via Facebook
Baby Yoda Cat via Facebook

It’s safe to say that the world is obsessed with Baby Yoda, the pint-sized, soon-to-be Jedi master who became the breakout star of The Mandalorian. While official Baby Yoda merchandise has been slow to roll out, due to the studio wanting to keep the adorable creature’s identity a secret, there are plenty of T-shirts, plush toys, and overalls out there to satisfy even the biggest fan. But what if you could adopt a flop-eared kitty that bears a striking resemblance to “The Child” (Baby Yoda’s official name)? Hundreds of people are already reaching out to ask that very question, as a feline doppelgänger in North Carolina has gone viral, simply for looking an awful lot like the little green guy.

The cat, whose actual name is Joy (which seems befitting), was found by a volunteer at the Humane Society of Rowan County on December 15th, and in pretty rough shape. “She had sores on her neck, bad sores all around her neck, an upper respiratory infection, fleas, you name it," Humane Society volunteer Nancy Rominger told BuzzFeed News. Which means that Baby Yoda Cat, err, Joy, isn’t available for adoption quite yet—though the organization has already heard from plenty of interested parties.

"She’s doing much better, but it’s going to be a while yet," Rominger said of Joy’s impending adoption availability.

In the meantime, Joy's being fostered and given the time she needs to heal and get stronger. While the shelter has been overwhelmed with phone calls and emails about Joy, they’re hoping that the one-of-a-kind kitty’s newfound fame can bring attention to the many other cats in need of forever homes. "It’s been a little frustrating in a way, a lot of phone calls, a lot of attention, but if it helps people learn there are cats out there that need help, it’s worth it," Rominger said.

In the meantime, Baby Yoda Cat has her own Facebook page, where updates on her improving health and adoption status will be posted. You can follow along here.

[h/t BuzzFeed News]

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It


When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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A Prehistoric Great White Shark Nursery Has Been Discovered in Chile

Great white sharks used prehistoric nurseries to protect their young.
Great white sharks used prehistoric nurseries to protect their young.
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Great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) may be one of the most formidable and frightening apex predators on the planet today, but life for them isn’t as easy as horror movies would suggest. Due to a slow growth rate and the fact that they produce few offspring, the species is listed as vulnerable to extinction.

There is a way these sharks ensure survival, and that is by creating nurseries—a designated place where great white shark babies (called pups) are protected from other predators. Now, researchers at the University of Vienna and colleagues have discovered these nurseries occurred in prehistoric times.

In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, Jamie A. Villafaña from the university’s Institute of Palaeontology describes a fossilized nursery found in Coquimbo, Chile. Researchers were examining a collection of fossilized great white shark teeth between 5 and 2 million years old along the Pacific coast of Chile and Peru when they noticed a disproportionate number of young shark teeth in Coquimbo. There was also a total lack of sexually mature animals' teeth, which suggests the site was used primarily by pups and juveniles as a nursery.

Though modern great whites are known to guard their young in designated areas, the researchers say this is the first example of a paleo-nursery. Because the climate was much warmer when the paleo-nursery was in use, the researchers think these protective environments can deepen our understanding of how great white sharks can survive global warming trends.