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  • In Brazil, the dolphins that team up with local fishermen have...
    on August 23, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    In Brazil, the dolphins that team up with local fishermen have their own accent. For over 160 years, wild dolphins have been helping humans catch more fish by signaling when they should cast their nets. Because they use their own unique whistles even around other dolphins, scientists think they may be trying to distinguish themselves as ‘the ones who help humans.’ (Source, Source 2, Source 3) […]

  • The town of Baarle-Nassau is split between Belgium and the...
    on August 23, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    The town of Baarle-Nassau is split between Belgium and the Netherlands. The border isn’t a straight line, so bits of each country are scattered throughout the town, and some of the buildings are even divided between the two countries. Dutch restaurants close earlier, so when closing time comes, the tables are all moved to the Belgian side. (Source, Source 2) […]

  • We often lower the pitch of our voices when we’re talking to...
    on August 22, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    We often lower the pitch of our voices when we’re talking to someone we find attractive. Because of the common stereotype that husky, breathy, and lower-pitched voices are sexier, both men and women may unknowingly try to sound more like Barry White or Scarlett Johansson if they’re talking to someone they think is hot.(Source, Source 2) […]

  • When a cat wants to be fed, it imitates a baby human. Hungry...
    on August 22, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    When a cat wants to be fed, it imitates a baby human. Hungry cats emit a vocalized, high-frequency purr that’s in the same acoustic range as the cries of a hungry infant, and humans subconsciously recognize it as being more urgent than other purrs. (Source, Source 2) […]

  • Sound changes when it snows. It seems quieter right after a...
    on August 21, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Sound changes when it snows. It seems quieter right after a snowfall because a blanket of fresh powder is absorbing the sound waves- but once the snow melts and refreezes, it then creates a reflective surface that amplifies sound by allowing it to travel farther than normal. (Source, Source 2) […]

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