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An Adorable Live Cam Of A Baby Bird Went Horribly Wrong, And It’s All Our Fault

Adorable puffins live in Maine and like to eat little fishies (yes that's a word) and make funny noises. Petey the puffin chick was the star of a live "Puffin Cam" in Maine. But the "producers" didn't count on climate change altering the course of their super-cute reality show.

See, the water coming down to Maine from frosty Canada has been warming up. Warmer water means fewer zooplankton, which are like Lucky Charms for the puffin food chain.


So Petey's parents brought him what they could find: a butterfish. That's like, the, um, Denver omelette of puffin food — way too much for this little guy. Here's Petey trying to eat it.

A hungry, frustrated puffin doesn't make for great viewing. But even worse, it doesn't make for a good puffin future. So the question is, what are we going to do about it? Not just for the puffin chicks of Maine, but for the whole ecosystem ... which includes, y'know, you and me. If you want, start by sharing this, but let's not stop there. Other Peteys need us.

This could be the guest house.


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Teacher tries to simulate a dictatorship in her classroom, but the students crushed her

"I’ve done this experiment numerous times, and each year I have similar results. This year, however, was different."

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I run a simulation in which I become a dictator. I tell my students that in order to battle "Senioritis," the teachers and admin have adapted an evidence-based strategy, a strategy that has "been implemented in many schools throughout the country and has had immense success." I hang posters with motivational quotes and falsified statistics, and provide a false narrative for the problem that is "Senioritis."

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