Orangutan surprises zoo by getting pregnant despite taking birth control

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It’s kinda like that film Knocked Up, but with primates.

Keepers at Adelaide Zoo in Australia have been taken aback by the news that its Sumatran orangutan, Karta, has fallen pregnant despite being on birth control. A baby is expected in mid-Jan. 2017.

The zoo’s Senior Primate Keeper, Jodie Ellen, shared the “nerve-wracking news” in a Facebook post. 

“Mother Nature actually intervened, and we’ve gone ahead with the pregnancy because Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered in the wild,” she said. 

There is a sad twist to this story, however, as 34-year-old Karta has lost six infants due to difficulties breastfeeding and stillborn births, since 1995. Read more…

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Weed dealer makes a smooth save after accidentally texting a teen’s mom

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Never, ever switch phone numbers with your mom.

A 15-year-old named Christian recently got himself in a sticky icky situation after swapping phone numbers with his mother. Someone didn’t get the memo, and unfortunately, that someone was his weed dealer.

Christian’s sister Anna tweeted out a photo of the exchange, which as an older, wiser sister, she found pretty hilarious.

my mom and my little brother switched phones and my mom received this text and I am crying lmaooo pic.twitter.com/eO1PdsvXUw

— a nna (@anna5skin) December 2, 2016

“Need bud?” the text said.

Christian’s mom replied explaining the mishap, but needed some clarification.  Read more…

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Sea lion hops on the back of a fishing boat and demands snacks

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A group of fishermen were adorably surprised after a hungry sea lion jumped on the back of their boat and demanded some snacks. The men were out at sea off the coast of California, and happily obliged to the sea lion’s requests. 

“Sea Lion hanging out on the back of our boat being fed the finest of fish, and what a friendly little pal he was. Not sure what the bump on his head is though,” the video uploader Peter Ladey wrote in the YouTube description. 

[h/t:UPI]

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Newt Gingrich commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor in the worst way possible

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Many, including politicians, took a few moments on Wednesday to commemorate the lives that were lost 75 years ago during the attack on Pearl Harbor that killed thousands of Americans and essentially thrust the U.S. into World War II. 

But Newt Gingrich’s attempt was so awful, Twitter users were left with their jaws on the floor. 

It all started innocently enough.

But then things took a turn.

While the attack certainly came as a surprise to the world, saying the “Japanese displayed professional brilliance” is a confusing and offensive statement. Dec. 7 is the “date which will live in infamy,” as Franklin D. Roosevelt, famously declared. Read more…

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Someone figured out the death totals on ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Walking Dead’

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If you don’t watch Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, you probably at least know that the ubiquitous shows feature unusually high death tolls.

Artist Nantes Ryka wasn’t satisfied not knowing which of the two gory series has actually been the most deathly. So he created a detailed infographic that shows a clear winner (if killing more characters makes something a winner, that is).

Ryka declares The Walking Dead to have caused 1,216 casualties, while Game of Thrones caused a mere 704.

The infographic catalogues the first five seasons of each show. If it weren’t for the casual murderers of more than 1,000 zombies on The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones would have been crowned most deathly. Read more…

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Man who farts with hands takes crown on Finnish talent show

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Don’t let anyone tell you your talent isn’t a talent.

Consider Antton Puonti, for example, who took home the first-place trophy on Talent Suomi (basically the Finnish version of America’s Got Talent). While televised talent shows often suffer from a deluge of vaguely folksy singers, Puonti emerged as a different kind of musical star: one who makes fart noises with his hands.

Watch him take on John Lennon’s “Merry Xmas (War is Over).” The high note is simply divine.

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Ted Cruz revealed his disturbing, yet poetic, feelings about queso

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Before you read this, go eat some queso.

Seriously, listen to me. Don’t read further. Go happily enjoy some queso, then return.

Now that you’re back, it’s time for you to watch this clip of Ted Cruz describing what makes Texas queso so magnificent.

.@tedcruz passionately defending cheese: “Queso is made to be scooped up with tortilla trips, dribbling down your chin and onto your shirt.” pic.twitter.com/8j1u4ix5W0

— Jordan Rudner (@jrud) December 7, 2016

The clip, tweeted by Jordan Rudner, a Washington correspondent for Dallas News, begins very normally. “It just tastes good,” he says. It’s a sweet and simple answer, and one he shouldn’t have continued to explain. Read more…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda recalls the pop culture moments that defined him

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For a lot of people, the musical Hamilton will be a moment in pop culture history they will never forget.  That’s not so much the case for Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

Instead, the Tony-winning actor and playwright spent a good amount of time on Twitter today telling the world of the various events that he is still processing and will never forget.

POP CULTURE EVENTS FROM WHICH I HAVE STILL NOT RECOVERED, MANY YEARS LATER: A thread by Lin-Manuel Miranda

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 7, 2016

Obviously, King of Pop Michael Jackson was up first.  Read more…

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Cat plays patty cake with itself in mirror

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Cats don’t know how adorable they are. Or maybe they do, because this one can’t get enough of its own reflection. 

According to this video description, this orange cat loaf makes a daily routine of propping itself onto its owner’s bureau and scratching the mirror.

Is it boxing? Is it dancing? Is it playing patty cake? It doesn’t matter — this cat’s doing a great no matter what. 

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Dash cam captures intense video of attempted car jacking

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A quick-thinking driver in Albuquerque, New Mexico, managed to avoid a car jacking attempt, and it was all captured on his dash cam. 

The unnamed driver posted the clip on YouTube and explains that he was accompanying a friend to a store at about 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday. As soon as the driver exits the parking lot, he is immediately followed by a maroon Chrysler 300. It doesn’t take long before the Chrysler cuts off the dash cam owner, blocking him in at a stop sign.

The driver quickly reverses to avoid a confrontation, and the two cars play cat and mouse as the driver calls 911. 

“Who the fuck is that?” the driver can be heard saying on the video. Read more…

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