This bird mimicked some sounds people were making. It's both amazing and disturbing.
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We've always known that some birds can do pretty spectacular things when it comes to mimicking what they hear. But this one is really telling.

On a spring morning, you might hear the melodies of songbirds looking for a mate. Most songbirds listen to their parents and mimic them — pretty much the same way humans do. However, some types of birds learn other noises and repeat them — even human noises.


That's exactly what the lyrebird does. It copies what it hears.

Not only was this male lyrebird born with a beautiful voice, but he uses those killer pipes (and funky feathers) to attract a mate by copying what he hears. He's so darn good at singing the songs of other birds that he tricks females from different species into coming to check him out. Rawr!

But the lyrebird is getting kicked out of its home.

Not to be Debbie Downer, but Australia has lost 40% of its forests since colonization, and that's where the lyrebird lives.

How do we know?

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when the lyrebird probably had never seen a human. But now, humans are part of the bird's daily life. In fact, the lyrebird is learning to mimic us!

You see, when the bird wants to show off to a potential mate, he incorporates other sounds he hears in the forest. For example, at 1:52 in this video from BBC Worldwide, he mimics a camera shutter. (Cute, right?) At 2:12, he steps up his badass mating game and adds a camera with a motor drive. A car alarm comes in at 2:20.

But the biggest shocker of all comes at 2:30.

He mimics the sounds of chainsaws cutting down his home.

That shows just how real the deforestation is. And it's happening fast.

Forests make up 31% of our Earth, and up to 58,000 square miles are lost down every year. That's 36 football pitches (aka soccer fields) every minute! To put that into perspective, if it took you about four minutes to read this (and watch the video), we lost about 140 soccer fields of oxygen-producing forest in that time. Yikes.

Deforestation is about wonderful species like the lyrebird losing their homes. Finding a solution isn't easy, but we need to protect the future of our natural world. Share if you agree.

Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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The world must have been—mostly—good this year. Because Elton John and Ed Sheeran have teamed up to gift us all with a brand new Christmas single.

The song, aptly named “Merry Christmas,” is a perfect blend of silly and sweet that’s cheery, bright and just a touch bizarre.

Created with the holiday spirit in every way, it has whimsical snowball fights, snow angels (basically all the snow things), festive sweaters, iconic throwbacks and twinkling lights galore. Plus all profits from the tune are dedicated to two charities: the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

I personally don’t know which is more of a highlight: Ed Sheeran channeling his inner-Mariah, performing a faux sexy dance in a leg revealing Santa outfit, or him flying through the air with a giant Frosty the Snowman … who seems to be sporting glasses similar to Elton’s. Are we meant to believe that Elton is the Snowman? This music video even has mystery.
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