"Who YOU callin' a gambler?"
Today in being afraid of pigeons and their little-known-yet-remarkable capacity for intelligence, turns out that their risk assessment skills are on par with that of humans. Mark my words, one day they will realize that they can do better than pooping on our statues and turn on us.Read More
Look at all these senpais noticing me! It's a dream come true!
Google Maps pranks are great, particularly when they indulge in surreal and almost-creepy imagery for maximum weirdness. Like, yeah, mooning the camera on top of the Street View car is fun and all, but you know you're just going to get blurred out so what's the point? Better to round up a group of people flash-mob style to do something completely bizarre with rubber masks, which is what this bunch of Japanese students did. I mean, I'm just assuming -- As Doctor Who taught us, they've got to be students to get that many people dressed up and being silly. That or they're aliens. Doctor Who taught us that, too.Read More
It's only a matter of time before they seize control of our governments.
Odds are that even if you don't live in a city and aren't forced to interact with stupid pigeons on a daily basis, you probably still think they're... well, stupid, right? Wrong. They're not stupid. Researchers at the University of Iowa tested pigeons on their ability to use touch screens similar to those found on your smartphone, and they're really, really good at it. They're probably better at working an iPhone than your grandparents are, and without the added benefit of opposable thumbs. This does not bode well for us as a species.Read More
Last month the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) publicly posted a WWII code found with the remains of a dead messenger pigeon. They believed that the code was uncrackable without further information, and hoped that by making the code public someone could provide the missing piece of the puzzle. That's exactly what happened. A Canadian man says he was able to crack the code in 17 minutes with an inherited codebook. He even believes he knows who sent the message.Read More
When you think of "intelligent animals," pigeons are probably not the first thing that comes to mind. After all, they're just birds, how intelligent could they possibly be, right? Well, it looks like we, at least I, may not have been giving them the respect they deserve when I imagine how easy it would be to just kick one while walking down the street. No, it seems that pigeons can develop a grasp of the abstract concept of "numbers" just as well as many primates. It may not relate to their everyday lives, but they can still figure it out, which is pretty impressive.Read More
Mind-blowing. (via Reddit | Refresher on the Fibonacci sequence, if you need it.)Read More