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Caught On Camera – Funny & Wild Trail Cam Photos

Wild trail camera photos are great. They catch wild animals in their real habitat doing their real behavior unaffected by the intrusion of humans or anything else. And, animals being animals, some of them do the most oddball things caught on camera when they think nobody is looking. After all, animals work on a totally different ruleset and world than us. How we interpret that perspective, however, tends to give a giggle once in a while.

I Really Gotta Go

Animals don’t understand the need for privacy when following biological processes, so anywhere is as good as anywhere. However, in the case of one coyote, he decided the camera was a good place too, especially given the face he gives the lens when busy.

All You Can Eat Buffet

These raccoons didn’t care who was watching – they were going to indulge and fall into a food coma. Is this heaven they asked themselves and their fellow raccoons – it must be heave.

Too Close for Comfort

Despite what humans think, animals interact with each other a lot. The Wild can be pretty crowded in terms of who is in the neighborhood. That was the case in this photo with a turkey getting bothered by a young deer. Personal space does matter.

Wow That’s a Lot of Birds

Almost like a scene out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie, this cam shot was practically obliterated by birds, everywhere! Anyone standing in that mess is sure to get knocked sideways by an errant bird or two during takeoff.

One-Horn Bambi

Nature is not neat and nice like Disneyland. Instead, mistakes happen on a regular basis. In the case of this Bambi character, he’s going to go through young life missing an antler for some reason. It happens more often then people think. The deer falls, it was in a scrap, the antler broke on something or similar. The locals just call him one-horn for short.

There Is No “I” In “Team”

These trash pandas are smarter then you think and they will do just about anything for food. I wonder if they had to draw straws to see who had to be on the bottom of the stack?

That’s Going to Hurt

There are no band-aids in the wild. When you get scratched, it’s usually down to the muscle, and it’s going to heal hard if not get infected. That was the case for this deer, either hit by something like a car or ripped by a predator. Apparently, it’s still up and walking, but that rip is going to hurt a lot for weeks.

The Nose Knows

Animals rely far more on their sense of smell and hearing than sight. In fact, humans are one creature on earth that can’t use smell effectively for figuring out what’s going on in the environment. It’s amazing we’ve survived as a result in our early history. This deer, on the other hand, has to put a nose right up to the camera for good measure.

Deer in the Headlights

The classic nighttime photo of a deer, frozen still and the eyes lit up by the flash. In the case of this stag, he’s been around long enough not to fly in the air at the first sound, but all senses are on full alert in this photo.

Poor Piggy

The wild isn’t nice to its animals. It’s eat or be eaten. And, in the swamp areas, gators tend to do most of the eating. For this poor wild hog, his last day in the water was in the photo as the gator involved has a clean grip on the piggy and its lights out in a matter of seconds.

Camo In The Winter

Can you spot the second deer in this photo? On the left and blending in with the snow is a beautiful albino deer. She definitely has a male admirer. This deer is rare and so cool to see.

My Horns are Bigger

Even moose get in on the act. These two were attracted by a salt lick left by the camera operator, but the image makes them look like they are in the act of comparing antler sizes.

Hello? Trick or Treat!

You don’t expect the wild to walk right up to your front door, but when you live in the country, that’s exactly what it does. This bear decided the front porch was good place to check out, so he ambled up the steps to get a closer look for anything interesting.

This is the Wrong Party

In the category of accidental contact, lots of things go bump in the night when moving in a hurry. This raccoon seems to have run out of the bush and made a wrong turn, ending up face to face with a deer. They’re not as friendly to each other as they are in Disney movies.

Ahhh That’s The Spot

Back scratches are the best! This bear tends to agree and he found the perfect tree to lean against and get his scratch on. The bark is rough enough to really get at that itchy skin.

Conga Line

Who says animals don’t dance when humans aren’t around? These two deer prove that even animals can do a conga line when give the chance. I’d had to think where the front hooves go though.

Turkey Fan Club

These birds just had to show off their feathers like they don’t care. The irony of this cam shot is that there is a hunter’s blind in the background with a clear view across the meadow. This would have been one of the easiest shots to take for a Thanksgiving feast.

More With the Nose

This deer decided it wanted an up close portrait. The eyes make the picture as the nose just gets shoved right into the lens.

Party Time in the Left Forest

This particular wolf pack was out and about on a full moon night, which is caught in the same cam image. The whole seen looks like a foursome of young wolves dorking around instead of actually on a serious hunt. The flash trigger even caused one to hit the deck with his front paws.

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Geese Showing Off By Flying Upside Down

Kelly Taylor

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Amateur photographers love to get great shots, especially given that sometimes they seem random, and the trick to reaching professional status is to produce great shots consistently versus every once in a while. So, for photographers in Holland watching geese fly near Arnhem, the opportunity to catch a goose flying upside down was a bit out of the norm and eye-catching. As it turned out, the goose was showing off.

Geese in the region have regularly been seen flying upside down, which might seem somewhat odd to the bystander seeing the behavior for the first time. Locally referred to as “whiffling,” upside-down geese flying occurs on a regular basis when the bird manages to twist its belly up in the air and keep flying while the head is also twisted right side up. No one is quite sure why geese do this, but some guesses are it helps distract would-be predator birds from attacking when something looks odd, or it slows the goose’s flight to the ground. Geese are not the only birds to perform whiffling either; lapwings and godwits have been seen doing the same in flight.

Vincent Cornelissen was the lucky photographer who was able to snap a wonderfully clear shot of a goose near Arnhem, and it was his image that ended up triggering the latest online debate and interest in geese whiffling. Cornelissen had posted the image to his Facebook page to show off the photograph, and it ended up expanding his audience to some 10,000 different followers as a result. One particular fellow in Turkey turned out to be an aerodynamics professor at Istanbul University and used Cornelissen’s image as an example for students studying flight capabilities.

The upside-down goose was not Cornelissen’s first bird shot either. The photographer has been watching and catching images of birds since childhood, and his library of photographs over the years has grown expansive. However, the odd goose flight could arguably be Cornelissen’s most famous photograph by far. It was pure accident that he even got the shot, simply noticing that one of the birds was flying weirdly at the time. The odd flight approach wasn’t fully noticed until Cornelissen was working on post-processing of his images when he realized what the bird was doing.

At first, Cornelissen thought his audience would accuse the amateur of photoshopping the image, the practice of making a fake image with Adobe Photoshop, a highly powerful post-processing image editing program. However, Cornelissen was soon buffered by those in other countries who confirmed the behavior as being real and accurate.

As it turns out, when young geese become accomplished in flight, they do dumb stuff, most notably, flying upside down to apparently “show off.” It works great until the goose runs into trouble and then has to adjust for a potential flight mishap and crash on the ground. The whiffling has been confirmed by other photographers after Cornelissen’s image was produced, but his image remains the greatest clarity so far of the goose’s flight behavior.

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Man Sets Guinness World Record For TALLEST Stack of M&M’s — EVER!

Renee Yates

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Where were you when you had your first bite of M&Ms? These multi-colored chocolate buttons were first introduced to the world by Mars, Incorporated on September 10, 1941 – more than 79 years ago! Sold around the planet, M&Ms have become one of the most popular sugary candies on the planet, gaining ground with its catchy slogan, “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand.”

More than just a sweet treat for chocolate lovers everywhere, one man turned to his favorite candy to land within the Guinness Book of World Records. That man, named Will Cutbill of the U.K., would do so by managing to balance five M&M sweets atop one another, bursting through the record of four held by Brendan Kelbie of Australia and Silvio Sabba of Italy.

Snacking and World Records

When we think of accomplishing a world record, most of us probably consider all of the work that likely goes into the equation. We certainly don’t anticipate beating a world record while relaxing in front of the television with our favorite snack. For Will and his bag of M&Ms, it turned out that sitting around was the EXACT recipe for success that would push him to victory. Will said, “One day in lockdown I was mixing up my confectionary choice (…) and this time the bag of M&Ms called me, and boy am I glad they did!”

Will had been sitting on his couch with his snacks when he felt possessed to try and stack them atop one another. At the time, Will thought that he was just killing time with his candies. He didn’t realize that he was practicing and preparing to break a world record! After seeing how good he was at stacking the M&Ms initially, he decided to go for as many as possible.

Will said before breaking his record, “One day I thought, right, let’s crack this. So I sat down determined to complete it.”

The future M&Ms world record holder would film his attempts to stack five M&Ms atop one another and in doing so, Will would capture his success as it happened. Will said, “I’ve had a lifelong ambition to break a world title. I’ve always wanted one.” Will would go on to admit that he had been purchasing the Guinness books every single year, hoping one day to add his name to its pages.

After breaking the record from the comfort of his living room, Will would submit the recording for review. Claiming that the moment felt ‘absolutely amazing’, Will would wait until the video was verified to actually celebrate. “It’s madness. I can now say I’m a Guinness World Records title holder!”

Despite earning the record for his ability to balance chocolate candies, Will admits that he himself isn’t very athletic. “I can barely stand on one leg, but I have a talent for chocolate!”

While he is happy to hold onto his record, for now, the U.K. native admitted that he’s already planning on future challenges. Will said that he was inspired and that his “creative juices” were flowing.

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A Pandemic, a Tweet, Costco, and a Dream Job

Renee Yates

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No one knows yet why or how a post becomes viral, but when it does that communication moves across social media like a hurricane, gaining speed and strength as it is shared exponentially by readers. That was the case with one particular post by a daughter who felt bad about the career stump her father was in and wanted to help.

Rebecca Mix is like any teenager today, active on social media and posting anything that matters online to share, get reactions and interact. In the meantime, however, her father, Jeff, was dealing with the economic reaction to COVID, particularly in the pandemic’s impact on companies forced to lay off employees because of reduced contact and customer inflow in facilities. That put Jeff in the situation of needing to find work somewhere else at a time when everyone else was suddenly in the same boat. It wasn’t a pretty picture in the summer of 2020. Of course, Jeff Mix had his preference if he could choose; he wanted a job that had him moving versus sitting, had decent pay, and involved helping people. The last one was a tall order given the pandemic restrictions and social distancing.

Unfortunately, Jeff was also in the classic category of being an older worker, needing to work still versus retire, and taking care of dependents, namely his family. So not working was out of the question; he had to find something to fill the gap. And, if it was going to be a good spot, he wanted to work at Costco, the grocery warehouse and consumer retail venue that first coined the phrase, “big box store.”

Jeff liked their culture, the hours, and the in-person feel of the business. The culture matches the way he thought a business should run as well as how it dealt with its staff. But, he hadn’t been job-hunting in a long time and the market was very different in 2021. So, Jeff leaned on his daughter, Rebecca, for pointers.

Rebecca, in the meantime, narrated the whole issue on her Twitter account and then moved on. She thought it was a giggle to have her father working at Costco at the time. However, the thing about posting something on the Internet is that it stays there. And it also becomes public. So, among the thousands of readers who could possibly read Rebecca’s post, it turned out the CEO of Costco, Craig Jelinek, got tipped off by active internal screening on posts about Costco, and he read Rebecca’s post. With a few notes or calls, Jelinek arranged for a job interview for Jeff in Michigan via one of the local store managers there. That set the ball in motion.

Rebecca was contacted by one of the managers via her Facebook account and was told it started with her earlier Tweet. In mid-May 2021, Rebecca found herself going bananas trying to get a hold of her dad and make him understand the significance of the digital reach-out, specifically for him. Jeff thought the whole thing was great, but he was also an experienced worker and kept reserved in terms of anything coming of the matter. He was well aware companies do things at times just for goodwill on the marketing side, and then nothing really happens in practice. Jeff met with the local store manager, discussed job potentials, noted there was no mention of the social media posting, and then he left the interview without an offer. From Jeff’s perspective, it was over, maybe just going through the motions.

Then, Jeff got a call. He scored well in the second interview and was hired. Now he could be excited, and Jeff zapped a photo of his new Costco employee badge to his daughter when it was finalized and real. And, the job was what Jeff wanted; he got to mix with people, he was in a store culture he liked, he was on his feet a lot, and the job had good promise and pay for its role. All in all, it was a bit of karma coming back to Jeff and his family after a rough year and losses to COVID. So, the job hire was a huge blessing, and he has a new nickname now at work – the Twitter Guy.

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The Infamous but Hilarious Canadian Sign War of 2021

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Towards the end of April 2021, an odd thing happened in the town of Listowel, Canada. Two businesses decided to get snarky with each other in a public manner. On the one side of the street was a Speedy Glass venue, a small business firm that serviced the locals with glass and vehicle window repair. On the other side of the street was the local Dairy Queen, a fast-food chain venue for burgers, fries and milkshakes.

Big Things Come in Small Packages

The sign battle started off simple enough. Both businesses had a typical elevated advertising sign in front of their venue visible from the street which could utilize letters to customize messages. Speedy Glass decided to use theirs to goad the Dairy Queen in a word battle. It started off as a copycat. Trevor Cork had seen a similar little tiff in Virginia that went bonkers on the Internet, so he decided to try the same in his own town. Gathering the staff, Cork had their Speedy Glass street sign modified to send the invite, basically asking the Dairy Queen if they wanted to have a sign war. It took off from there like wildfire. Trevor had no idea where the reaction was going to end up going, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Dairy Queen sassed back pretty quick and put Speedy Glass on the spot. From there, both double entendres and outright one-up’s started flying back and forth, much to the amusement of the locals driving by and living in the area. Interestingly, both stores have kept their cool and not gone below the belt with their snips, but they have been pretty funny and challenging as the signs keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.

Of course, anytime someone is having fun, others want in on it too. The local casket store got in on the mix pretty quick and started their own shots. However, they didn’t have a big road sign and had to settle for a street-level A-sign instead. The locals loved it so much they started telling their friends and contacts outside of town, and Listowel started attracting tourists for the same as well.

A War is a Good Thing These Days

The timing of the sign war couldn’t have been better. The Covid pandemic was just depressing people something fierce, and the lack of social connection was making things worse. Suddenly, having a bit of humor and a good laugh with many of the business signs and their message conflict got everyone laughing their heads off driving by. It also amazingly brought the whole together as a community again when it needed that feeling the most. As some folks reflected on social media, the Listowel sign war was the best thing that could happen to them right there and then. Even now, folks still keep driving through town just to see the latest zingers and zaps on the local signs.

Will Listowel sign war eventually end and become a memory? Who knows? Even the infamous Hatfield and McCoy feud finally died out at some point. In the meantime, Listowel business owners like Trevor Cork are just enjoying the attention and the visitors, even in a pandemic.

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Man Creates AI Program To Alert Him And Greet Dogwalkers in His Community

Renee Yates

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Dogs are deemed as man’s best friend for a multitude of reasons. What we have to understand, though, is that the love has to be shown to the dog as much as we want to be delivered to us.

Watching someone walking their dog is a pastime that never grows old, to the point that one man decided to build a hi-tech machine to detect when dogs and their owners were passing by his home.

Is that a thing? Certainly it is, and it has been bringing immense joy to him as well as the pups and their masters as they pass by his home.

Some people think it’s cute, others eerie, but no one can deny the thought and creativity behind developing that machine.

This may become the new greeting technology based on the incredible level of responses that have been pouring out towards both the owner and his creation, as you’ll learn below.

If you have at any point spent an evening(or the whole year 2020) on the internet looking at adorable dog videos, you’ll understand why Ryder of YouTube fame decided to create a computer, powered by Artificial Intelligence, which is able to discern dogs walking along the street pass their house and instantly shout praises to the dog walkers or owners.

His Youtube program is called Ryder Calm and has earned quite a following.

Getting things done by looking at the real puppers has always been better than wasting time and looking at only pictures of puppies, so the development began as an automated manner for Ryder to identify when somebody was walking down the street past their home. The computer, which is based on a Raspberry Pi, assesses a live feed from the camera module and employs a machine learning model (in this case, the YOLOv3) that has been programmed to recognize about Eighty different items, including people, vehicles, and dogs.

When a passing puppy is detected, an alarming automated text-to-speech voice warns Ryder via an actual megaphone, allowing them to rush to the window on time to catch sight, no matter what they’re doing.

Watching dogs is obviously not just his passion, but clearly an activity that his entire family enjoys doing. They enjoy it so much that they’ve programmed the system to function even during their absence. If that isn’t innovative, then what is?

For those occasions when they aren’t home to hear the alarm, the system can be programmed to play a pre-recorded “I like your dog!” message through the window, providing a complimentary dopamine boost to anybody walking their dog down Ryder’s street.

It’s a random and somewhat weird act of generosity, but I think we’d all take something at this stage. After all, any good gesture is better than the negativity endured throughout 2020, right?

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