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Things We Saw Today: Radiohead Erases Itself From the Internet

Things We Saw Today: Radiohead Erases Itself from the Internet

The Internet is forever, but as Radiohead proved earlier today, that doesn't mean you can't drastically reduce your online presence in the meantime.

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Ringling Bros. Elephants to Be Retired Early, May Help in Cancer Research

The use and treatment of the elephants used as part of Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus have long been controversial. Now, it seems that controversy, and the legislation it has inspired nationwide, has made it harder for the circus to travel with animals. Ringling Bros. will now be retiring their elephant acts even earlier than planned.

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Things We Saw Today: Elephants Smashing Pumpkins is Oddly Satisfying

The Oregon Zoo has an annual ceremony called Squishing of the Squash, and if that wasn't adorable enough just wait until you see who gets the chance to do some stomping—a family of elephants.

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Monday Cute: A Tiny Baby Elephant That Just Can’t Climb Over This Log

MUST. CLIMB. LOG.

So we're pretty sure the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand is the most magical place on the planet, because just look at this. Look at this. The struggle is real, baby elephant. The struggle is real.

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Elephants Are Just As Smart As Your Baby, Deal With It

Is there anything these majestic creatures can't do? No, don't tell us.

Besides the adage "an elephant never forgets", you might not know that elephants are just pretty darn smart in general. The most recent finding in the field of elephant cognition places their brains on a seriously human level: they spontaneously understand what pointing means. For real.

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Monday Cute: The Elephant in the Room

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Sure, I bet it wasn't easy getting out of bed this morning, but you can at least be confident that if there was a baby elephant you'd sit up and pay attention. Previously in Elephants

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Monday Cute: Baby Elephant Vacations For Labor Day, Sees The Ocean For The First Time [VIDEO]

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Some of you may be on vacation today, some of you may be working (we feel your pain) but no matter what you're doing this Monday morning, you should take a break and watch this video. It will make you extremely happy. Promise. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Monday Cute: Baby Elephant in Tiny Pool

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It's a little known fact that baby elephants in hot weather are one of the only surefire ways to get through the much vaunted composure of British news anchors.

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Wild Tiger Kittens Spotted for the First — Wait, Elephant Cams?!

Adorable kitten videos circulating on the Internet really don't need an introduction, not even when they're tiger cubs. But believe it or not, this is the first footage ever made of a tiger mom with newborn cubs in the wild. And who's bringing this to us? BBC Earth is. Nicely done, BBC! And who brought it to them? Elephants. See for yourself.

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Manhunt On For Utter Monsters Who Killed An Entire Family Of Elephants In Kenya

In news that would make for a solid first act of a Disney movie if it wasn't already the sad, horrible truth, Kenyan authorities are trying to find a team of poachers who killed an entire family of elephants in Kenya's Tsavo East National Park. In what's being described as the worst incident of poaching in Kenya's long history -- which isn't exactly short on horrific incidents of poaching -- a family of 11 elephants was slaughtered by what police believe to be a 10-person strong gang of poachers who escaped with the elephants' hacked off tusks, which will likely be shipped off to foreign markets to make trinkets, baubles, and pieces of jewelry from the ivory. Because human beings are terrible, that's why.

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Chitwan Kali Wins Elephant Beauty Contest (Also is Elephant)

And Now For Something Completely Different

I can guarantee nobody here is fasting, dieting, cleansing, or investing in anti-wrinkle cream. On the other hand, the acceptance speeches are generally harder to understand. (via Digital Spy.)

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Monday Cute: Baby Elephant Rescued From Well

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Ad this to the list of videos that you might otherwise be able to get through, emotions intact, until they slap just the right music on it. Where's the shipping address for these people, so that I can send them all my excess feelings? (via CuteOverload.)

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There is Nothing on the Internet, Please Accept This Video of a Baby Elephant Playing Soccer

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Just keep at it, Donna the Baby Elephant. You'll get to the Olympics some day! (via Best Week Ever.)

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Zookeepers Order Booze For Elephants, Zookeepers Drink Booze For Elephants

Heffalumps and Woozles

Here's a funny story for your late afternoon enjoyment: Zookeepers in Pakistan regularly purchase alcohol for the zoo's elephants for when the animals get a little keyed up during mating season. Or so they claimed. For twenty years. If that isn't funny enough for you to begin with, try this one: Someone thought it was strange that elephants were basically being "prescribed" booze, so they asked a veterinarian, "Hey, can elephants drink booze?" And the vet said, "No, elephants cannot drink booze. God, I hope they haven't been drinking booze." Don't worry! The elephants never drank any of the booze. It was for the zookeepers, who bogarted all that elephant-relegated booze for all those years.

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An Elephant Playing the Harmonica

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Because we all need a pickup this morning after the news about Maurice Sendak, and the tiny fingers on the ends of elephant trunks are just the ticket. Meet Shanthi, a thirty-six year old Asian elephant mom who really does seem to like playing the harmonica. (via The Frisky.)

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Baby Elephants in an Inflatable Pool [Video]

We began today with elephants, so it is only fitting that we end the day with elephants as well. So please enjoy these cute, baby elephants splashing about in an inflatable kiddie pool. How could you not? (via BuzzFeed)

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Biology 101: Robot Elephants

Almost Totally Excellent

(notes on) biology from ornana films on Vimeo. This video takes a while to get going but then BAM robot elephant so we don't even know what you're complaining about. Discussion question: Does the mention of etoecology here refer to the robot elephant's cybernetic enhancements, or the artist's own attempts to survive biology class?

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Rogue Elephant Ate Human Flesh Out of Revenge

After a rogue elephant killed seventeen people in India, it had to be put down. Afterward, DNA tests on its stomach's contents showed the elephant ate human flesh, which is pretty odd, considering elephants are herbivores. In the story on Dave Salmoni's new show on Animal Planet, he claims the elephant went rogue and ate people in an act of revenge after its calf was killed. Futurama made the joke a long time ago, so luckily, no one has to--in bad taste--this time around. Head on past the break to see the clip from Salmoni's show.

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Baby Elephant Plays on the Beach [Video]

If you were expecting a video of something other than a baby elephant frolicking on the beach, prepare to be disappointed: Nope, this is all baby elephant all the time, and also some charming narration. (via BuzzFeed)

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