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Taking On Tyson

If I were to tell you that there was a show called "Taking On Tyson" (featuring heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson, of course), what would be your first reaction?

I thought it was going to be a show about ordinary, dumb people trying to fight Mike Tyson in a controlled boxing ring, and their spectacular losses. Or perhaps a show where Mike Tyson trains the next great boxing legend. You know, something like that. But I was so wrong.

"Taking On Tyson" is about Mike Tyson RAISING HOMING PIGEONS. A picture:

(via Animal Planet)

Heavyweight boxing legend and Brooklyn native Mike Tyson has always loved breeding and raising pigeons. These birds have been an integral part of his life since his childhood. In fact, Mike threw his first punch when a neighborhood bully killed one of his beloved pigeons and threw it in his face.
 I'm not the only one who thinks this is bizarre, am I? Seriously, look at that picture. You have this huge man with a FACE TATTOO lovingly looking at a pigeon. WUT.

The video clips are, if possible, even more mind-boggling. This is Mike Tyson returning to his childhood home:

Now, usually when you have a montage of the hood, it's accompanied by a nostalgic narrator talking about how he/she was able to rise up and get out of the neighborhood, but who still misses his/her home. Am I right? Instead, this montage (featuring, if you forgot, MIKE TYSON) shows how Mike Tyson goes home and talks about PIGEONS.

And now he races pigeons with old Italian men. Imagine THE Mike Tyson sitting around with a group of 50-year-old, slightly overweight grandfathers, racing his pigeons. Bizarre.
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Whales sleeping

Whales sleep vertically. Per the BBC:
Video footage showed six sperm whales eerily floating vertically in a motionless manner, with their heads either at or just below the surface of the sea.
See video on the link above.

sperm whales in repose

 (via Living Seas)
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Point 1: Did you know that leopards aren't in the genus Leopardus? How counterintuitive. They're in the genus Panthera along with lions and tigers (and bears, oh my!) and jaguars. Which leads me to my second point...

Point 2: Panthers don't really exist. Jungle Book totally lied to me/us, because black panthers are just black versions of the big cats. So a black jaguar is a panther. A black leopard is a panther. And a black cougar (which isn't even in the Panthera genus, it's in the Puma genus, so that's dumb too) is, yes, a panther. And panthers don't even have to be BLACK - there are white panthers, and even just NORMAL COLORED PANTHERS (so a NORMAL COLORED LEOPARD CAN BE CALLED A PANTHER EVEN THOUGH IT'S JUST A LEOPARD), meaning that it's just a dumb name for a cat.

Point 3: Why don't black lions exist? And why is it so rare for a tiger to be melanistic? If all these cats (i.e. leopards and jaguars) are in the same genus, shouldn't lions and tigers just as easily be genetically melanistic/black?

Point 4: This is the real point i wanted to make. LOOK AT THIS SERVAL:

(via Wikipedia)


(via Wikipedia)