November 11 is Origami Day in Japan, where the paper crane has become a symbol of peace, but did you know that Origami isn’t an entirely Japanese invention?

Ancient Japanese origami used cut or marked paper, and was first mentioned in a poem from 1680. In Europe 100 years later, German pedagogue Friedrich Fröbel taught kindergarten children simple mathematical forms by folding whole pieces of paper. This system was imported to Japan after 1860, and is the basis for what we consider modern origami.

Are you adept at folding paper into beautiful forms? Share some of your creations, or vote on your favorite below!

Image credits: Ng Boon Choon

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In honor of the Disney acquisition of the Star Wars franchise,  quickly got to work mashing the two together. What resulted was another Disney princesses and Princess Leia parody, only this time, they spoof the opening song of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Little Town


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The jackpot of first tweets? That would have to be something really special. Whatcha’ got?!/joanwalsh/status/1125370363

Nah, try again.!/chrislhayes/status/24812271

OK, that’s pretty special.!/Tyler_McNally/status/445765937275604992!/FigDrewton/status/445769585711939584!/TreyGarrisonHW/status/445767498336460800!/irishspy/status/445769726178766848!/Tyler_McNally/status/445772724984881153

Hey Tyler, you’re on Twitchy.

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[Editor’s note, 2/9/13: Some readers misunderstood that the above tweet was included as an example of a Twitter user shocked by the existence of the “Exonerate Christopher Dorner” petition. It should not be read as an endorsement of the petition.]

Twitchy has extensively documented the disturbing tweets expressing support and admiration for alleged murderer Christopher Dorner, but it seems that was only the tip of the iceberg. Across the social media world, morally bankrupt maggots are joyously lionizing a cold-blooded killer.

Several supportive Twitter accounts have sprung up:

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As well as some unfunny parody accounts.

Tumblr users are also getting in on the action:

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And Facebook pages dedicated to promoting Dorner and his “cause” abound:

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There’s even a We The People petition calling for Dorner to be exonerated. Read it and weep:

Exonerate Chris Dorner petition

@gigigraciette @myfoxla Spread the word and let Mr. #Dorner tell the world what really happened.

— Exonerate Dorner (@ExonerateDorner) February 8, 2013

We petition the #Obama administration to: Exonerate Christopher #Dorner from his wrong doing and allow him to tell the world what conspired.

— Anonymous Operations (@Anon_Central) February 8, 2013

Exonerate Christopher #Dorner from his wrong doing and allow him to tell the world what conspired. |… … | #YAN #LAPD #LA

— Ragin Caucasian (@OpocAnOn) February 8, 2013

Exonerate Christopher Dorner from his wrong doing and allow him to tell the world what conspired….

— Hell☠Fawkin☠Bound (@HellFawker) February 8, 2013

Of course this petition has no chance of bearing any fruit. But just the fact that it exists is stomach-turning.

Stupidest fucking thing I’ve seen in a while:…

— teropaananen (@teropaananen) February 8, 2013

This is fuckin stupid he killed 3 people, at least 2 of them were innocents. And I think you mean” transpired”

— Yvette(@prettyvacant9) February 8, 2013

There’s a petition to EXONERATE #Dorner??!!! #WTF??!!?

— Myles Away (@BlessedPsycho) February 8, 2013

We’re living in the Twilight Zone.

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Officially called the spirobranchus giganteus, these Christmas tree worms are some of the most festive creatures on the planet. When they burrow into coral and spread their colorful crowns, they bear a striking resemblance to the bright and spectacular trees that so many families put up around this time of the year!

Their crowns are made up of radioles, which are hairlike appendages that stem from the spine. Aren’t they beautiful?

And they serve a practical purpose.

The appendages are used for respiration, and most importantly of all, for catching dinner.

That dinner typically consists of microscopic plants called phytoplankton.

They lead pretty sedentary lives.

In fact, once they burrow into the coral, they never leave.

This allows them to hide in the reef as soon as they sense a predator.

Practicality aside, they’re just pretty to look at!

They bring a little holiday cheer to the ocean floor.


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If you want to see one in action, check out the video below:

For these creatures, the Christmas spirit really is a feeling that lasts for the entire year! If only we could figure out a way to do that ourselves…

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“Underwear”-brand underwear.


Flinders Street Station is a large train station in Melbourne, Australia.

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