It Might Look Like A Leaf But It’s Not… It Happens To Be Ridiculously Adorable. Aww.

Imagine yourself walking through the woods. You see a pretty-colored leaf and reach down to pick it up. As soon as it’s in your hand, it begins to move. To your horror, surprise and forthcoming heart attack, you realize it’s not a leaf at all! It’s a leaf insect and they are all around you, fooling you with their awesome camouflage.

These little guys take on the still and nearly-perfect appearance of a leaf to hide from predators.

Some species of leaf insect even look like they have bites taken out of their leaves.

When these critters walk, they even rock back and forth, mimicking the movement of a leaf.

If you’re a world traveler, you can find these insects from South Asia through Southeast Asia to Australia.

They are generally known to be part of the Family Phylliidae.

I’m fooled, every single time I look at one.

Leaf insects are tiny, adorable masters of disguise.

… I still wouldn’t touch one, though.

Although these leaf insects can be pretty strange looking, they’re still much cuter than their cousin, the stick insect.


Share and warn your friends. The next leaf you might crumble up on a walk may actually be a cute little bug!

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Ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum freaks out over Ted Nugent hunting pic

Whoa, Ted Nugent is a hunter? He hunts animals? Nothing gets by Matt Sorum.

For some reason, the former Guns’ N’ Roses drummer dug up a photo that Nugent posted to Facebook several months ago. The Facebook caption reads: “Caeden & Poppy whackin groundhog garden terrorists! Perfect day of bow & arrow varminting!”

This Twitter user took issue with the Sorum tweet that declared Nugent a “sick individual.”

Here’s Sorum’s full retweet and reply via

“@ABeastAmI_EUSC2: @mattsorum @TedNugent WTF Matt? Nothing wrong with hunting. I agree that trapping isn’t the best way. And morally on the edge.” Keep it to yourself pal

“Keep it to yourself pal”? Ah, of course. The inevitable demand for freedom from criticism.

Sorum may not get how this whole Twitter thing works.

Full tweet:

Interesting how @tednugent is allowed to spout his glorification of hunting and the NRA and I’m not allowed to defend the innocent creatures he kills at leisure ?? Remember he dodged the draft?? Who’s the real man now??

Sorum’s “not allowed” to tweet whatever he wants? Who’s stopping him?

Confirmed: Officer Sorum, self-appointed Twitter cop, doesn’t get this social media thingamabob.

I’m just sick of @tednugent rubbing our noses in it. Stay up in the bush and please don’t come out and I would be happy. Social media isn’t the place for your prize kills.

Sorum has problems sticking to Twitter’s 140-character limit for his oh-so-important missives, often relying on to collect the overflow. We’re not going to publish all of his anti-hunting tweets because it’s a really annoying use of Twitter. But here are some of those tweets followed by the full messages:

“@rovibe71: @mattsorum Tell us, Matt — are you a vegan?” That’s not the point , I’m just sick of Teds big mouth and narcissism , I don’t eat meat

“@genesisgareca: @mattsorum What the fuck is wrong with people?? Supporting a hunter and attacking someone who protects animals?” Like I said Angry people , sad , no honest rebuttal that makes sense

So far, Nugent hasn’t felt the need to respond via social media. Maybe he’s not getting enough Scary Meat Hormones or something.

Does anyone notice the reaction of these ignorant people? I truly believe the hormones and other crap they’re eating is affecting what mind they have left.

The enlightened Sorum has been a vegetarian for “over a year.”!/mattsorum/status/472513155646500865

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Ex-model cites ‘NippleGate’ fallout as example of NFL’s women problem

Business mogul and former supermodel Kathy Ireland paid tribute today to Janet Jackson on the 25th anniversary of “Rhythm Nation”:

@JanetJackson 25 years ago today, JANET emerged from every shadow & asked the world to choose equality for all through the anthem of music.

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@JanetJackson Power statements on Race, Gender equality, Drug Abuse & more built a "Rhythm Nation" for all. JANET did not ask us to bow.

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@JanetJackso She did not show us her wealth or fantasy body images. She empowered us to be our best selves. Next week, let's examine how

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@JanetJackson changed the world, and I believe, the people who became frightened by her clarion call for justice.

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@JanetJackson Happy Anniversary JANET. We owe you much and hope that our debt to your genius will be paid. xo

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

But with all controversy surrounding the NFL and women, Ireland can’t help but think back to Super Bowl XXXVIII, in 2004, when Janet Jackson’s breast was exposed during the halftime show. Ireland believes that the way Jackson was treated in the aftermath of the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” reflected the NFL’s inherent issues with women:

@JanetJackson deliberately exploited & twisted the gifts of this artist because of her growing influence & power. The NFL issues with women

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@JanetJackson did not begin with this news cycle. We could have noticed when an icon was viciously attacked and boycotted in 2004. We didn't

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@JanetJackson notice that the woman/person was shamed, blamed & is still boycotted. We should have risen in response to misogyny. We did not

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@flytetymejam @HubbuchNYP @nfl @JanetJackson Thank you gentle-men for acknowledging that the NFL treatment of JANET is abuse against women.

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@HubbuchNYP Powerful to experience what happens when a man publicly, removes clothing from a woman. We should have spoken out for our sister

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@Carlaray394 @Jorgehff @vanelove_xoxo @xo_tilweovrdose Didn't care about @JanetJackson or don't care about women? Even those of us who

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@Carlaray394 @Jorgehff @vanelove_xoxo @xo_tilweovrdose play and support the game with our families and dollars. What will we do #NOW?

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@kathyireland Don't take us men off the hook, tho. We let that happen, too. I wasn't offended then, but I also didn't hold JT responsible.

— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) September 19, 2014

@HubbuchNYP Bart, let me be clear: Did not hold JT responsible. Assumed he was a young artist carried away in the moment. Disgusted that

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@HubbuchNYP JANET was vilified, shamed, and abused. Almost no one publicly stood with her. Why? Last week NFL "announced" that JANET is

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@HubbuchNYP still "boycotted" or "blacklisted", following a query from TMZ? After all these years? Blame the woman? It's not alright.

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@kathyireland Looking back, I (and a lot of men) should've asked the bluenoses so upset about a nipple "Why is JT getting off so easily?"

— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) September 19, 2014

@HubbuchNYP If memory serves, it was a covered nipple and 1/14th of a second. Was it a great choice? No. Did it rise to indecency? Even the

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

It really is amazing how Justin Timberlake completely skated from NippleGate. Like he wasn't even there.

— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) September 19, 2014

@HubbuchNYP Even the Supreme Court says no. Now, Michael Powell formerly of the FCC, apologizes to JANET. Damage Done.

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@nfl @NFLNow Comm. Goodell, will you speak about the practices toward women that began prior to you tenure? @JANETJACKSON apology would be a

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@nfl @NFLNow great way to start showing women that this is not a practice and pattern of NFL behavior from the field and beyond.

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@dayg715 @friendsofjanet @HubbuchNYP n my view, it is not and was not, about JT. The issue remains that JANET was attacked and ten years is

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@dayg715 @friendsofjanet @HubbuchNYP a long time to wait for an apology. Things haven't improved in the NFL's treatment of women. It's awful

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

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Heads up: It’s #SexyParty time for Rick Leventhal & Lauren Sivan [pic]

Did Fox News correspondent Rick Leventhal cave to the pressure to tweet his very own low-slung towel selfie?

No … this is a very different kind of sexy party.

The more, the merrier!

But one Twitter user suggests this sexy party could be even sexier.


It’s a BYOS party.!/LaurenSivan/status/361169204155666433

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Pope Francis implies that capitalism causes unemployment

In a not-so-veiled attack on capitalism, Pope Francis tweeted this morning that his thoughts were with “all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centred mindset bent on profit at any cost.”

Some conservatives said that the Pope’s remarks were probably directed at Bangladesh factories that pay very low wages and provide dangerous working conditions.

Take a deep breath. The Pope was probably referring to slave labor, like he condemned yesterday.…

— RB (@RBPundit) May 2, 2013

@keder Did you even read the context? Just stop.

— Tabitha Hale (@TabithaHale) May 2, 2013

Seriously. STFU people. Understand the CONTEXT before you insist on making the Pope a Marxist.

— Your Redness (@mchastain81) May 2, 2013

Other conservatives disagreed with that assessment:

Given the 140 character limit, the Pope should be given the benefit of the doubt. But his tweet can easily be read as Marxist claptrap.

— Kevin Eder (@keder) May 2, 2013

Capitalism has been under assault the world over for quite some time now. It’s due for a robust defense, in my humble estimation.

— Kevin Eder (@keder) May 2, 2013

Speaking as a Catholic who left the church over the far-left social justice teachings in the United States, I’m with @keder on this one.

— LilMissRightie (@LilMissRightie) May 2, 2013

We are too. The plain language of the tweet indicates the Pope was talking about unemployed people, not employed factory workers in Bangladesh.

The Pope made similar remarks yesterday on the radio, after he finished talking about poor working conditions in Bangladesh. Near the bottom of this article, Agence France Presse said he was apparently talking about unemployment in Europe:

He spoke of “labour market difficulties in various countries” — an apparent reference to the unemployment crisis afflicting Europe.

Unemployment is often caused by “an economic conception of society based on selfish profit outside the bounds of social justice,” he said.

[Emphasis added.]

If he was talking about European unemployment yesterday, it stands to reason that’s what his tweet (nearly identical to what he said yesterday) was about today.

More context:

The liberal National Catholic Reporter says that “Bergoglio has supported the social justice ethos of Latin American Catholicism, including a robust defense of the poor…” and approvingly quotes him as saying, “We live in the most unequal part of the world, which has grown the most yet reduced misery the least. The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers.”

[T]he age old answer to the question, “Is the Pope Catholic?” is, “Yes.” But the answer to the question, “Is the Pope capitalist?” is, “Probably not.”

Here’s someone who thinks the Pope got it exactly right:

+1 RT @pontifex: My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centred mindset bent on profit at any cost.

— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) May 2, 2013

Alas, high unemployment in Europe is caused not by ruthless capitalism but by government regulations that strangle capitalism. Like Bill Gates says, nations grow rich if they embrace capitalism.

Memo to the Pope: When Matthew Yglesias agrees with you about economics policy, it’s not a good sign.

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