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Remember: Don't do drugs, because an owl might just rip your face off.
How much do you actually know about owls? If I had to guess, I'd say not enough. Thankfully, Ze Frank has once again provided. All of the facts in this video at definitely and totally true, especially the part where he says, and I'm paraphrasing here, that if an owl's stealth were loudness, it'd be the loudest of the birds.Read More
Oh, yeah, it's just going to punch things so hard it spits in the face of physics itself. How are just all just okay with that?
The colorful and bizarre mantis shrimp has been getting a lot of love on the Internet in recent months, everywhere from the science press to the august pages of The Oatmeal. For our money, though, no animal is officially Internet famous until it's been made the subject of one of Ze Frank's True Facts videos. Congratulations, mantis shrimp - your day has arrived. Check out the video for a few laughs alongside awesome footage of the mantis shrimp using it's powerful punch to menace fish, crabs, octopi, aquarium walls -- pretty much anything it gets within menacing distance of, really. These things are no joke.Read More
The fact that it has nipples on its stomach may be one of the least strange facts about the world's ugliest lemur, the aye aye.
On the latest episode of True Facts, our favorite amateur biologist Ze Frank enlightens us on all matters related to one of nature's freakiest looking creatures -- the aye-aye. A lemur that looks like it traded in most of it's fur for a middle finger that looks like something you would pry off of a mummy and got the raw end of the deal, the aye-aye was long considered a rodent by scientists, due to its rodent-like teeth. The aye-aye, though, is a very specialized primate, which hunts by...you know what, just watch the video, I don't want to spoil it for you.Read More
I have a dog, and it's fun to imagine what he might be thinking because he's generally pretty pumped about every single thing that happens. Cats, however, always seem pretty miserable, so imagining what they're thinking would probably be really depressing. Ze Frank settled it once and for all and made this video of sad cat diary entries over pictures of sad cats. It's a little depressing, but it's also hilarious.Read More
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Well. Ze Frank has officially done it again, and I don't even know how to put words to what exactly he's done. The premise of his latest video is a teddy bear operation, but things take a dark, disturbing turn rather quickly. As one YouTube comment mentions, perhaps we've all had enough Internet today, yeah?Read More
Okay, so the naked mole rat is probably kind of low-hanging fruit for Ze Frank's consistently excellent True Facts series. After just one look at these terrifying little beasties, with their wrinkled skin, grotesqueley oversized teeth, and winning charm (nope, not really) there shouldn't be much that surprises you about them. Still, Frank's take on everyone's favorite mostly blind, cancer-proof mammal that lives in a hive-like society (see, everyone is the best at something if you just make the category specific enough!) is quite excellent. And if it's possible, the fact that the creators are now collaborating with the fine folks at BBC Earth could make the series even better. Or at least make it easier for the the folks behind it to get paid for their excellent work, an idea that we are 100% in favor of.Read More
No matter what your job might be, the fact is that none of us loves Monday mornings, a time of the week generally marked by sitting in the car for an awkward period of time while saying things like "Okay. This again. This again for five days. I can do this," and trying pretty hard to actually believe them. Take heart, though! Whatever you do for a living, it is probably not as bad as the dung beetle's job, which involves a lot rolling, fighting over, and eating dung. Pushing and eating balls of poop around is even a dung beetle's idea of a romantic night out on the town. Come enjoy Ze Frank's latest take on the horrors and strangeness of the natural world in the video below and start your Monday off right by reminding yourself there are way worse fates than fighting the morning commute. You could have a dung ball instead of a car, for example.Read More
The ever dependable and humorous Ze Frank has returned with another series of entertaining and (mostly) true facts about the noble fruit bat -- both the mega and micro varieties, so there's something for everyone. Watch the video below to learn more about the gentle, well-intentioned, and weirdly adorable breeds of bat that don't suck blood and try not to want one as a pet. Go on, try. You can't do it, because that would be amazing!Read More
From YouTube's own Ze Frank -- who brought us last week's revealing True Facts About Morgan Freeman -- comes a miniature nature special that is tailor-made for killing some time while acting like you're hard at work on a Friday afternoon. Get ready to learn some True Facts About The Seahorse, everyone -- it's all moonlight romance and ovipositors and egg-carrying underwater males from here on out, and we think you'll enjoy it.Read More
The IE9 beta has been kicking around since last September (and has managed to garner 36 million downloads in the interim), but as of next Monday, March 14th, beginning at 9pm Pacific time, you'll be able to download the final version. The launch coincides with South by Southwest, where the IE9 team says it looks forward to chilling with the likes of Internet favorite Ze Frank and musical artists Yeasayer, the Head and the Heart, and Fences. Considering that the beta has already gotten as many downloads as it has, the final product release will be a big event, likely garnering many more downloads than the more buzzed-about web products showcased at SXSW, even if it's probably not the browser favored by SXSW attendees themselves. Microsoft itself is encouraging the switch with its death clock for IE6, the 10-year-old scourge of web designers everywhere that still manages to hold onto a 12% market share thanks to late adopters and lead-footed businesses. (The Windows Blog)Read More