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Bird-whisperer and animal rescuer A Chick Called Albert found a little chick that needed help. “If I wouldn’t operate on her she would die within 48 hours. I knew how she could be saved, so I just had to bring her home.”

Northern lights over Murmansk, Russia.

Giant Pumpkin vs Giant Axe

The lads at How Ridiculous got hold of Australia’s largest pumpkin, among others, to slice with the giant axe! Also, MERCH! I really want a “bandaged Rexie” tee.

An icy landscape near Lyngen, Norway, by photographer Isabelle Bacher.

Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken

In the 13 years since Super Size Me, the fast-food industry has undergone a makeover. Today, chain restaurants tout food that’s “healthy,” “organic,” and “natural.” Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock explores this new reality with an approach even more immersive and subversive than that used for his first film: he sets out to open his own chicken franchise.

We follow him every step of the way, from raising poultry and conjuring recipes to designing the brand and scouting a location. Spurlock brings his disarming humor to uncover the truths and lies behind this multibillion-dollar industry. Navigating a world of cynics and opportunists, Spurlock comes across like a hillbilly Jimmy Stewart with refreshing optimism. He confronts one challenge after another in his mission to live up to his ideals. The film feels especially timely when the US has a junk-food-loving President and an epidemic of false claims in advertising. Spurlock pays close attention to the Orwellian buzzwords that marketers use to bring a “health halo” to industrial food.

While the original Super Size Me made a specific example of McDonald’s, this compelling sequel focuses on new targets and doesn’t hold back on naming names. The film builds momentum towards the day when Spurlock puts his reputation on the line by serving his first customers.

Northern lights over Straumur, Iceland, by Gardarolafs Photography.

The International Year of Indigenous Languages is a United Nations observance that aims to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of Indigenous languages across the world, with an aim to establish a link between language, development, peace, and reconciliation. To bring awareness to this important cause, student Emma Stevens and other students at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, Cape Breton, recorded Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird” in their native Mi’kmaq language.

An ice cave off eastern Siberia’s Lake Baikal by photographer Zhu Xiao.

Spinning objects have strange instabilities known as The Dzhanibekov Effect or Tennis Racket Theorem – this Veritasium video offers an intuitive explanation.

Northern lights at sunset over Norway’s Lofoten Islands, by photographer Dag Dahlberg.

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