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.
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.
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.
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.
The Infamous but Hilarious Canadian Sign War of 2021
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.
Man Creates AI Program To Alert Him And Greet Dogwalkers in His Community
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?
Look Into The Future and See How Your Favorite Celebrities Will Age
Time and age have been a blessing or curse for humanity through the ages. Regardless of being rich or poor, time eventually catches up with everyone. The effect is welcomed by some and feared by others, but we all get there eventually. Age has been reflected in the arts in thousands of ways which, ironically, has allowed images of people to live thousands of years longer than their biological form. Today, our celebrities are no different; they age just as much as anyone else. However, successful stars have a lot of tricks up their sleeve with cosmetics, exercise and similar to fend off the appearance of aging far better than most, which is not surprising given how much appearance matters in their industry. So, it was a bit of a shock for everyone when a computerized what-if via Face-App was displayed recently showing a number of the stars aged significantly. Some turned out okay, even more distinguished. Others, well, not so much.
Dirty Sock Goes Viral
Social media is a very intriguing place, and just about anything can go viral these days—anything from a dancing cat to a romantic proposal. Sometimes, people post things on social media without the expectation of going viral, but some stories like the one today were just too good not to be viewed by millions of people.
Kids are notorious for leaving dirty laundry thrown around their room. They expect their parents to clean up after them, but it’s just something kids love to do. A mom from Port Townsend, Washington, had quite an interesting response to her daughter leaving dirty socks around the house.
Ms.Campbell had the idea of waiting for her daughter out, in a sort of “social experiment” with the hopes her daughter would clean up after herself. She left the dirty sock in place without picking it up.
The “Forgotten Sock,” the name the dirty sock on the bathroom floor came to be known as wasn’t an uncommon thing around the home of the Campbell’s. Just like most parents usually have to do, she would pick up the socks and throw them in with the dirty laundry, but this time she wished to switch things up a little. She decided it would be a great idea to play the waiting game with her daughter and see just how long she would leave a dirty sock lying on the floor. I know I’m guilty of leaving dirty clothes around my home once or twice before.
To her surprise, a week had gone by, and the sock was still on the bathroom floor. This was when she took to social media with her master plan of sorts. She did what any other parent would do, took pictures of it and labeled them, posting it on her Facebook account. She wrote about a paragraph describing what was taking place and hilariously calling her daughter an artist and describing the sock as “mixed media.”
The Campbell’s are a light-hearted family, and Ms. Campbell looked at this as more of a joke than anything else. She figured her daughter would find her post a bit funny and roll along with it. She assumed her daughter, who is her friend on Facebook, would eventually run into the post and pick her sock up, but that wasn’t the case. The series of events following this is best described as comical.
Most kids use social media nowadays, so it’s not surprising that her daughter ran into her mom’s post. After seeing the bar, her daughter sent her a text asking if she put the label on the picture. Instead of getting mad like most people her age would, she had a surprising response. Instead of picking up the dirty sock on the bathroom floor, she hilariously put the iconic “Forgotten sock” on a small pedestal she made.
According to her interview done with Today’s Parents, she did not expect that reaction from her daughter. It took her by surprise when she went as far as making a pedestal for the sock, but they did have a really good laugh at the situation. They did enjoy the social media attention it received, and now it’s just an enjoyable time for them to look back on in the future.
Toddler Forms Friendship With Life-Size Skeleton. He Takes Him Everywhere
Abigail Brady was busy mopping up her basement after the family’s water heater got damaged thereby causing a little flood in the basement. All of a sudden, she was disturbed by the cries of her 2-year-old son, Theo who needed her attention urgently.
“Help! Sel-eton!” she said her son kept calling out. “Sel-eton!”
Brady who resides in Herriman, Utah hurried to have a glimpse at what was happening. On getting there, she was startled to see Theo struggling to pull one of their past Halloween decorations, a life sized skeleton up the stairs. The whole sight cracked her up.
“The Halloween decorations had been in a corner by the water heater, so I’d pulled them away from the mess,” she said. “While everything was drying out, Theo found the skeleton. It was an instant hit.”
The tall, life-sized skeleton had been bought a couple of years ago for $20 at a store in the neighborhood. Brady at that point thought it would be a good addition for her front yard as part of Halloween celebrations.
“When we put it out last year, Theo hardly noticed because he was only 1,” said Brady, a stay-at-home mom.
Things would change later this year. Her son had resolved to be a close pal of Skeletons.
After helping Theo by taking the Skeletons upstairs, Theo was adamant on bringing his bony pal along to a visit to a local reservoir that mid-September day, Brady said.
“And when we got there, he wouldn’t let me leave him behind in the car,” Brady said. “So I carried him out to the beach, and we propped him up in the sand.”
Children and their parents were thrilled by the sight of Theo’s friend. While this was happening, Brady took her phone and recorded a video of Theo and Skeletons, posting it on TikTok. The video surprisingly caught on with people and the next day, she was shocked to see that it had amassed several thousand views. Now it’s gained over 2 million views.
Theo would later develop close interactions with Skeletons much to his mom’s surprise.
Theo coaxed his mum and dad, Casey Brady in allowing Skeletons stay with him in his room. He wanted to show Skeletons his most loved books and toys and especially the little yellow construction excavator that he once used to carry everywhere.
The excavator would soon be abandoned though.
“I put the skeleton in Theo’s rocking chair, but then I was lying in bed and thought, ‘It’s kind of weird to have a skeleton in my child’s room late at night,’ ” she said. “So I went in and sneaked it out.”
When Theo couldn’t find his new pal, his cries was heard yet again. “Sel-eton! Sel-eton!”
“After that,” Brady said, “I realized it was a losing battle.”
She and her husband came to an agreement to allow Skeletons to be his close pal.
“I really can’t say this is anything different for [Theo],” said Casey Brady, 30, who owns a roofing company. “It’s just a normal day for him. He’s the cutest kid — I love being his dad and seeing his imagination grow.”
Abigail Brady then came up with an idea to give Skeleton a name since he was going to accompany Theo on most days.
She sought for name suggestions on her Instagram page and eventually settled on Benny, the name of the skeleton character in the Disney series “Halloweentown”.
Benny now tags along with the family frequently. From the grocery store to the playground and the local swimming pool, he’s a usual sight with Theo.
“We’ve even taken him to a wedding,” she said.
The bond has grown stronger and Theo now has his breakfast with Benny every morning and thereafter proceeds to watch his sitcoms with the skeleton.
“Sometimes, he’ll also join us for dinner,” Brady said. “He’s a picky eater and doesn’t eat much.”
Brady is happy. She’s overjoyed that people on social media find it funny when they see photos and videos of Benny.
“The year 2020 has thrown us a hardball, so it makes me happy to know people are finding something positive to connect with,” Brady said. Brady still harbors plans to carry on with the postings and is even more prepared for one special day: Halloween.
“We’re planning to have a small family party with my parents and sister, and we’ll all dress up,” she said.
When asked what will be Theo’s costume this year, her son has chosen already.
“He definitely wants to be a skeleton.”
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