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An open letter to humans from 20 animals who may not be around much longer.

We, the undersigned, are tired of your excuses.

1. Sea lion. Photo by Jean-Christophe Magnenet/AFP/Getty Images.


We are animals from around the globe. Strong, majestic, and beautiful.

2. Giant panda. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images.

But some of us are just starting to feel vulnerable.

3. Marine iguana. Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images.

And others are rapidly approaching extinction.

4. Hawksbill sea turtle. Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images.

We're not here to point fingers. Mostly because we don't have any.

5. Black rhino. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images.

But if we're being honest, a lot of this is your fault.

6. Rockhopper penguin. Photo by Marc Müller/AFP/Getty Images.

Well, not you specifically, but your kind. You know, humans.

French customs recovers some narwhal tusks. Photo by Francis Roche/AFP/Getty Images.

Thanks to some of your favorite pastimes like logging, overfishing, poaching, hunting, and being lax on climate change, we're in the weeds.

7. Great white shark. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images.

In fact, it's worse than the weeds. Some of us would kill for some weeds.

8. Red panda. Photo by Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images.

Seriously, it's bad. We're in trouble.

9. Bonobo. Photo by Thomas Lohnes/AFP/Getty Images.

But all is not lost.

10. Indochinese tigers. Photo by Ken Bohn/Zoological Society of San Diego via Getty Images.

We're holding on as long as we can, but we need your help.

11. Amur leopard. Photo by Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images.

And there are a few things you can do right now that would really help us out.

12. Dugong. Photo by Off/AFP/Getty Images.

Things like buying sustainable products and recycling, especially when it comes to your electronics.

13. Gorilla. Photo by Ivan Lieman/AFP/Getty Images.

Columbite-tantalite, known as coltan, is a metallic ore used to make cell phone and computer batteries. It's found in large quantities in central Africa which is also home to endangered gorillas. Recycling the batteries reduces the demand for coltan and could help preserve this vital land.

You can visit us in your local park or wildlife refuge.

14. Bison. Come and explore. Check out our homes and habitats. See what we're all about. Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images.

Because once you see what's at risk, we'll be a little bit harder to ignore.

15. Humphead Wrasse. Photo by Greg Wood /AFP/Getty Images.

Oh, and have we mentioned you can take action on climate change?

16. Snow leopard. Photo by Volker Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images.

We know it's hard to think about solving climate change as an individual, but we have this thing we do called "teamwork." Maybe it will work for you too.

17. African elephants. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images.

And lastly: Speak up. Your words are a gift. Use them for good.

18. Monarch butterfly. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images.

Write your elected officials. Talk to your friends. Engage with the organizations fighting the good fight.

19. Chimpanzee. Photo by Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images.

Because we need your voice now more than ever. Especially since we don't have voices of our own.

20. Polar bear. Photo by Peter Steffen/AFP/Getty Images.

Signed,

Earth's Threatened, Vulnerable, and Endangered Species

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It seems everyone needs subtitles nowadays in order to "hear" the television. This is something that has become more common over the past decade and it's caused people to question if their hearing is going bad or if perhaps actors have gotten lazy with enunciation.

So if you've been wondering if it's just you who needs subtitles in order to watch the latest marathon-worthy show, worry no more. Vox video producer Edward Vega interviewed dialogue editor Austin Olivia Kendrick to get to the bottom of why we can't seem to make out what the actors are saying anymore. It turns out it's technology's fault, and to get to how we got here, Vega and Kendrick took us back in time.

They first explained that way back when movies were first moving from silent film to spoken dialogue, actors had to enunciate and project loudly while speaking directly into a large microphone. If they spoke and moved like actors do today, it would sound almost as if someone were giving a drive-by soliloquy while circling the block. You'd only hear every other sentence or two.

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After the athlete retires they are likely to earn a lot less money, and if they don’t adjust their spending, they’re in for some serious trouble.

In a candid interview with NFL Hall of Famer and TV personality Shannon Sharpe, Chad Ochocinco (legally Chad Johnson) revealed that he saved 80 to 83% of the $48 million he made in the NFL by faking his lavish lifestyle because it made no sense to him.

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You can only access the cave from the basement of the home and it’s open for business.

This Pennsylvania home is the entrance to a cave.

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The home sits between Greencastle and Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, and houses a pretty unique public secret. There's a cave in the basement. Not a man cave or a basement that makes you feel like you're in a cave, but an actual cave that you can't get to unless you go through the house.

Turns out the cave was discovered in the 1830s on the land of John Coffey, according to Uncovering PA, but the story of how it was found is unclear. People would climb down into the cave to explore occasionally until the land was leased about 100 years later and a small structure was built over the cave opening.

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One moment in history shot Tracy Chapman to music stardom. Watch it now.

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So much courage and raw honesty is packed into the lyrics, only to be elevated by Chapman’s signature androgynous and soulful voice. Imagine being in the crowd and seeing her as a relatively unknown talent and hearing that song for the first time. Would you instantly recognize that you were witnessing a pivotal moment in musical history?

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