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Watch This Cat Lose Its Mind After Faced With An Optical Illusion 

What could be more entertaining than a cat and a laser pointer? Apparently, a cat and some cleverly applied ink on paper.

A curious cat was filmed absolutely losing its mind after catching sight of an optical illusion, prompting it to declare war on the mesmerizing circles.

The frustrated cat resorted to clawing and tearing the paper with its teeth after laying eyes on the “rotating snakes” design, which appears to move on its own.

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The cat resorted to biting and tearing the paper after watching the mind-bending illusions.

The cat’s fixation proved to be equally entertaining for humans, as the two-minute video collected more than one million views within two days of its upload.

This is not the first cat to fall victim to such mind-bending illusions, however. A quick search on YouTube reveals a number of other cats that have been hypnotized by the spinning circles, causing them to pounce and swat at the designs.

Want to try this optical illusion for yourself? Check out the entertaining design here as well as some others.

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You can buy a copy of the Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save the Queen’ for $10,000 

A copy of the Sex Pistols’ 1977 record fetched more than any other album, according to a recent ranking.

The money vinyl collectors can earn by selling the most expensive record in the world could fuel a rainy-day fund fit for a queen.

A copy of the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” from 1977 fetches $10,578, more than any other album in the world, according to a list created by online casino MrGamez. Only 25,000 copies of the record were made, and just nine exist with the original sleeve from the now-defunct A&M records. The record itself sold out in six days.

The list was produced based on the auction results of albums on eBayEBAY, -0.73%  in the U.K. Coming in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots were two records from The Beatles: “Please Please Me” ($8,323) and “Introducing…The Beatles” ($7,573). The Beatles’ “Yesterday and Today” also made the top 25, coming in at No. 16 with a price point of $3,351, and Paul McCartney’s “RAM” took the No. 5 spot with a value of $5,048.

 

Other albums have previously fetched higher prices than those on this list. In 2015, Ringo Starr’s personal copy of The Beatles’ “White Album” achieved a world record after selling for $790,000. (The pre-auction estimate, according to Rolling Stone, was between $40,000 and $60,000.) And last year, pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli reportedly paid $2 million to buy the only copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” dubbed the most expensive album ever created.

Rock music is the most popular genre represented on MrGamerz’s list, with 10 of the 25 albums. Classical music comes in at a close second, with nine records on the list. Other genres featured include jazz, hip-hop, ska and adult contemporary. Many of the records making the list were limited releases. Case in point: Only one or two copies were made of the early hip-hop group Natives in Black’s “Sick of da B******t,” which came in at No. 23 with a price of $2,894.05.

Forty years later, Johnny Lydon, 61, (or “Johnny Rotten” as he is also known) who was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols, is still as outspoken as ever. When Virgin credit cards branded with The Sex Pistols were released in 2015, Lydon told MarketWatch, “How anarchistic can you get? Do you not love irony? I know I do. In many ways it’s an accolade attesting to our history and only misunderstood by fools.”

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15 Percent Of The World’s Tree Species Are Under Threat Of Extinction 

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Botanic Gardens Conservation International unveiled the first-ever database of all the world’s tree species this week. 

The planet is on the brink of the sixth mass extinction, an epoch that scientists say could see humans wiping out at least 75 percent of the Earth’s species. Much has already been made of humans’ impact on wildlife. Last year, a damning World Wildlife Fund report revealed that people were on track to killing off two-thirds of the world’s vertebrates.

But it’s not just birds and bears that are facing extinction due to human activity. Thousands of tree species are under threat as well, according to the first global database of the world’s trees, unveiled this week by Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

The UK-based organization, whose members include hundreds of botanical institutions worldwide, said it pulled data from more than 500 published sources to create the online database GlobalTreeSearch, the world’s first “global, authoritative list of tree species.” BGCI, in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, identified 60,065 tree species currently living on Earth. Of that number, more than half were found to only occur in a single country, which could suggest an increased vulnerability to threats, said the authors of the database.

60,065 times – that’s how often @bgci asked, “What tree is this?” Take a look at their new database on tree species: http://bit.ly/2nHZ831 

The researchers described their findings in a paper published this week in the Journal of Sustainable Forestry. According to the paper, the conservation status of only about 20,000 tree species, or 30 percent of the world’s trees, are currently known. But of those assessed, almost half ― or 9,600 tree species ― are considered threatened with extinction. This means that around 15 percent of all tree species are under threat.

More than 300 species are critically endangered, with just 50 or fewer individual trees left on the planet, the researchers said. One particular species, the Karomia gigas, or Chinese Hats tree, was found to have only one population of trees still living — just six trees in a remote part of Tanzania. The researchers said the tree had been driven to extinction from over harvesting for construction and furniture-making.

Deforestation and over exploitation were found to be the leading threats facing the world’s trees, according to the paper. 

Compiling the database was a massive undertaking, said BCGI.

“Although it seems extraordinary that it has taken us until 2017 to publish the first global, authoritative list of tree species, it is worth remembering that GlobalTreeSearch represents a huge scientific effort encompassing the discovery, collection and describing of tens of thousands of plant species,” said Paul Smith, BGCI’s secretary general, in a statement this week. “This is ‘big science’ involving the work of thousands of botanists over a period of centuries.”

BCGI said it hopes the database will serve as an important tool for tree conservation. The database ― which lists the geographical distribution of tree species ― could, for instance, help conservationists locate individual species, said Smith.
“Getting location information, such as which countries do these trees occur in, gives us key information for conservation purposes. That is hugely useful for us in prioritizing which ones we need to do conservation action on and which ones we need to do assessments to find out what their status is,” he said.

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Japan Has Got To Be The Most Beautiful Place On Earth Right Now 

If you didn’t catch any cherry blossoms this year, never fear: Japan’s wisteria season is nearly here, and there’s still enough time to plan a trip before the big bloom.

Japanese wisteria is a flowering plant with cascading blossoms that can grow up to three feet or longer. The flowers bloom between April and May each year, turning gardens and parks into the technicolor Instagram scene of your dreams:

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Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Garden

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A wisteria tree lit up at dusk

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Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Garden

In Japan, there are two wisteria wonderlands travelers adore: Ashikaga Flower Park, reachable by train from Tokyo, will feature more than 350 wisteria trees in full bloom during this year’s Great Wisteria Festival from April 15 to May 22.Be sure to stick around until nighttime for light-up wisteria displays and a plate of wisteria-flavored noodles at Ashikaga’s onsite cafe.

Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Garden, in the city of Kitakyushu, offers ticketed admission from April 22 to May 7.

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Ashikaga Flower Park

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Ashikaga Flower Park

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Girl found living with monkeys in the forest

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John Oates on moment he found out he was broke

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This Man Speaks 32 Different Languages.

This Man Speaks 32 Different Languages.
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Ioannis Ikonomou works for the European Commission as a translator. It’s a prestigious position, and yet it still sells him short. You see, Ioannis speaks 32 living languages. He belongs to a very small and special group of people called hyperpolyglots who have the extraordinary ability to attain fluency in many different tongues. According to Ioannis, there’s no special trick or easy way to become a hyperpolyglot, but the best way to start is to boldly put yourself out there and SPEAK.

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