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Cream of the Cool

Rear fanged snakes are, simply, snakes that have their fangs in the the back of their mouth. This is rather awkward, and requires the snake to open their mouth very wide (~170 degrees) in order to inject the venom.

The rear fanged snakes are a polytypic group, and are all classified in the wastebasket taxon of Colubridae, a family in which all unclassified snake taxons are dumped. It appears, in fact, that originally all snakes were rear fanged snakes, and some…

Oda Nobutaka (15581583) was the third son of the great Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga and a concubine from a low-ranking family named Sakashi. When his father and older brother were assassinated by Akechi Mitsuhide at Honnōji temple in 1582, the 24-year-old Nobutaka was away leading an invasion of Shikoku and thus survived to become the de facto head of the Oda house.

Although Nobutaka raced back to Kyoto and fought alongside another of his father's generals,…

At the Cornell Bird Laboratory, the Northern Cardinal is the “WTF?” bird. That is, hardly a week goes by that someone doesn’t call them up and want to know what this gorgeous bird is in their backyard. It’s all red, and has a little peak on its head like a cockatoo and it sings really loud. Man, it must be like, ultra-rare or something, I’ve never seen anything like it before, and it, like has been flying around for several days now…

Olykoek noun, Hudson Valley: Older Use.

1. doughnut.

"Such heaped up platters of cakes of various and almost indescribable kinds, known only to experienced Dutch housewives! There was the doughty doughnut, the tender olykoek, and the crisp and crumbling cruller..."
-- Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Sketch Book, 1820
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