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    This flow chart reveals how German animals names are often made up by compounding known animals with the adjective that sets them apart from that animal. However, German is far from the only language in which you find this convention. Mefites offered examples from other languages.
    English:
    star fish, guinea pig
    English:
    hedgehog, guinea pig, groundhog, warthog, sea cow, sea lion, catfish, dogfish, zebrafish, flying fox, flying squirrel, seahorse
    Chinese:
    A squirrel is a Pine Rat. An owl is a Cat Head Hawk. A kangaroo is a Pocket Rat. A dove is a Peace Pigeon. A panda is a Bear Cat.
    More Chinese:
    Camel deer = moose
    Stinky weasel = skunk
    Hunting dog = hyena
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    On Wednesday, an enormous shark-shaped storm system formed over the central and eastern United States, devouring parts of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and West Virginia before swallowing the entire Washington, D.C. area. Based on this map, not only is Washington, D.C. in for some potentially severe thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon, but it is also about to be eaten by a shark.
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    These are part of an ongoing series of digital stills created by Fernando Mendonça and Anderson Mahanski imagining Game of Thrones as a Disney animation. More images after more.
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    The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), a trade group alliance that works to improve laborers' rights around the globe, released its Global Rights Index this week. Countries are ranked from 1 (best) to 5 (worst) on a scale of how well they guard workers' rights. Cambodia, Qatar, and Guatemala were among the worst offenders.
    "The ITUC Global Rights Index ranks 139 countries against 97 internationally recognised indicators to assess where workers’ rights are best protected, in law and in practice.
    “Countries such as Denmark and Uruguay led the way through their strong labour laws, but perhaps surprisingly, the likes of Greece, the United States and Hong Kong, lagged behind,” said ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow.
    "A country’s level of development proved to be a poor indicator of whether it respected basic rights to bargain collectively, strike for decent conditions, or simply join a union at all.”
    Key findings:
    • In the past year, governments of at least 35 countries have arrested or imprisoned workers as a tactic to resist demands for democratic rights, decent wages, safer working conditions and secure jobs.
    • In at least 9 countries murder and disappearance of workers were commonly used to intimidate workers.
    • Workers in at least 53 countries have been dismissed or suspended for attempting to negotiate better working conditions.
    • Laws and practices in at least 87 countries exclude certain type of workers from the right to strike."
    Here's the report PDF.
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    Using data from the Social Security Administration the top baby names by state for 2013 on Thursday, the Huffington Post has posted images of the most popular baby names given to girls and to boys during 2013 in the United States, by state.
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    Tattooed Porcelain Figures by artist Jessica Harrison. More pics after more.
    "Harrison proposes a multi-directional and pervasive model of skin as a space in which body and world mingle. Working with this moving space between artist/maker and viewer, she draws on the active body in both making and interpreting sculpture to unravel imaginative touch and proprioceptive sensation in sculptural practice. In this way, Harrison re-describes the body in sculpture through the skin, offering an alternative way of thinking about the body beyond a binary tradition of inside and outside."
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    Photographer Anastasia Pottinger has a powerful photo series called Centenarians that reveals what the human body looks like at 100 years old.  Pottinger writes:
    When I later reviewed the images on my computer, I knew I was looking at something very special. It was when I began exhibiting the work that the idea to continue the series was born. The response to the images has been remarkable. Viewers are visibly moved by what they are looking at. Whether it's wondering, "is this what I'm going to look like?" or remembering a loved one – the response seems to be universally emotional on some level.
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    "Since his first awakening, the radioactive, fire-spewing kaiju has grown 200 feet and put on more than 150,000 tons. Godzilla is now 30 stories tall and weighs as much as a cruise ship. No actual animal could take the pressure of being so massive: It would overheat, its organs would implode, and it would need to mainline butter to get enough calories. For fun, we surveyed scientists to help us break down the beast's biology. If Godzilla were real, he would be an incredible specimen. "  (Photo by Stephanie Godot/Illustration by Andrew Rae)
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    Zach Snyder just unveiled the new Batmobile on Twitter.
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    Using data from the American Community Survey conducted by the Census Bureau, where respondents were asked to list the languages spoken in their household, Ben Blatt from Slate made maps of the most commonly spoken language in each state. Spanish blankets the country except for two French areas: in a handful of states near the Canadian border and Louisiana. Yupik, a Native American language, is the second-most spoken language in Alaska, and Tagalog is popular in Hawaii thanks to the large Filipino population. Now keep your eye on that German-speaking pocket in North Dakota.
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    Food faces by artist Noah Scalin. More pics after more.
    "The Broad Appétit food and art festival in Richmond, Virginia had me eat meals at eight of the featured restaurants and create faces from the foods I was served. It was an extremely fun way to create art for a client and a great excuse to eat out at some wonderful restaurants."
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    'Unhappily Ever After' by New York City-based artist Jeff Hong, a photos series of Disney characters in unfortunate real world situations. More images after more.
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    Japan artist Yoko(tumblr) created characters from Disney‘s animated film Frozen in a style of Tim Burton.
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    Domenic Bahmann is an art director, photographer, and illustrator in Melbourne, Australia. He turns everyday objects into funny illustrations.
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