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Trees Can Be Shy and You Can Tell By Their Crowns

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Did you know trees can be shy too? Crown shyness (also known as canopy disengagement, canopy shyness, or intercrown spacing) is a phenomenon observed in some tree species, in which the crowns of fully stocked trees do not touch each other, forming a canopy with channel-like gaps like the photo above.

According to Wikipedia, the phenomenon is most prevalent among trees of the same species, but also occurs between trees of different species. There are several hypotheses as to why crown shyness is an adaptive behavior, and research suggests that it might inhibit the spread of leaf-eating insect larvae.

 

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The phenomenon has been discussed in scientific literature since the 1920s and the variety of hypotheses and experimental results suggest that there may be multiple mechanisms across different species, an example of convergent evolution.

You can read several of the leading hypotheses on crown shyness on Wikipedia.

 

 

Male/Female Anglerfish are the Most Different in the World and the Way They Mate is Insane

 

Anglerfish have the most extreme difference between sexes in the Animal Kingdom. The condition is scientifically known as sexual dimorphism. It’s where the two sexes of the same species exhibit different characteristics beyond the differences in their sexual organs.

Even more bizarre than their extreme physical differences is the way they mate which is explained in the BBC video above. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the Oatmeal’s legendary comic strip: How the Male Angler Fish Gets Completely Screwed

 

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There’s a Driver’s Ed for Supertankers Where You Practice on Scale Model Ships 1/25th the Size

 

It turns out that supertankers and cruise ships have valets. They’re called maritime pilots, and they’re among the most elite ship handlers in the world.

So where does one go to learn how to park the largest ships in the world? To the Maritime Pilots Institute in Covington, La. There, they use mini-versions of the behemoth boats to teach the basics.

Video by Great Big Story.

 

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Epic Hobo Nickel: Guy Carves Silver Dollar with Trap Jaws and Golden ‘Bait’ Coin

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Russian artist Roman Booteen has carved one of the most intriguing ‘Hobo nickels‘ we’ve ever seen.

Using a Morgan silver dollar from 1921, the ‘Hobo nickel’ features a golden ‘bait coin’, a Dos Pesos from 1945. The coin also features gold inlays (the broken arrows) and a working trap jaw mechanism (video embedded below).

The trap jaws are triggered when the gold coin is pressed. Booteen assures us that the spring is too weak to do any actual harm to your fingers and that it’s just a decorative element. The inscription is the Latin phrase: “Aurum multo magis animas perdidit, quam ferrum corpora cecidit” which loosely translates to: “Gold has killed more souls than iron”

This unique Hobo nickel was recently listed on eBay where the carved silver dollar fetched US$10,101! If you’re interested in seeing more Hobo nickels by Roman check out his artwork at the links below.

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There are 16 Circles in this Image. It’s Like a Simpler ‘Magic Eye’

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Remember those ‘magic eye’ images? The ones everyone could see but you? (maybe it was just me). Well here’s an image in a similar vein only it’s not as hard (imo). Sure you still need to avert your gaze a bit, but when you see the answer key below hopefully you’ll be able to see all 16 circles!

The image was recently posted to reddit and I have to admit I was stumped until I saw the answer key below. Even then, it still takes me some time to ‘see’ the circles.

Feeling a little more confident I decided to try one of those magic eye images again and… nope. Still can’t see it. Sigh.

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The Shirk Report – Volume 434

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Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com

 

20 IMAGES

Friday!
This guy has already won
Earth was an inside job
I’m just going to leave this here
When the boo is too effective
New pole vault fail
That’s not a curve, that’s a vicious circle of rejection
Nice try Narc
Another step forward in human-bear relations
What in the actual? | Walmart: Hold my beer (Don’t worry y’all they’ve apologized)
This seems apropos
Who needs a hug after that back to school disaster?
Won’t someone think of the children
This is low-key brilliant
So apparently in Brazil, remotes have a futebol button
Relevant
How can a little pickle eat so much?
We could both do this all day
Apologies in advance for getting this song stuck in your head for the weekend
Until next week

 

10 ARTICLES

How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup
The Dr. Who Drank Infectious Broth, Gave Himself an Ulcer, and Solved a Medical Mystery
The Mozart-like complexity of Carly Rae Jepsen’s biggest hits
Turning Negative Thinkers Into Positive Ones
The No-GPS Road Trip
How to Raise a Feminist Son
Can a Living Creature Be as Big as a Galaxy?
Biohackers Encoded Malware in a Strand of DNA
Rich SF residents get a shock: Someone bought their street
20 Years of the Same Prank Call at a Legendary NYC Bar

 

5 VIDEOS + Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s to a weekend that goes on and on and on and on

 

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This Acapella of ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ by the Beach Boys is a Master Class in Harmony

 

Wouldn’t It Be Nice” is a song written by Brian Wilson, Tony Asher, and Mike Love for American rock band the Beach Boys. It was released as the opening track on their 1966 album Pet Sounds.

Like other tracks for Pet Sounds, Wilson constructed the song’s symphonic Wall of Sound arrangement using a variety of instruments not normally associated with popular music of its time, including accordions and a detuned twelve-string guitar.

The music contains classical music devices that are unusual for a rock song, such as bitonality and ritardando. After recording the instrumental track, the Beach Boys overdubbed their voices to Wilson’s exact specifications. [source]

 

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Visoth Kakvei’s Mind Boggling ‘Floral Holes’ Look Impossible to Draw

 

Visoth Kakvei is a Cambodian artist and illustrator that has amassed a huge online following for his jaw-dropping ink illustrations. In particular, his ongoing ‘floral hole’ series has been hypnotizing viewers, achieving incredible depth through intricate shading.

It’s hard to imagine these are drawn on a flat sheet of paper. I’ve included my favourites here but you can find many more at the links below.

 

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