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A new study from Japanese researchers at Hiroshima University has found that looking at photos of baby animals may actually help improve your productivity. The researchers tested out their theory by having small groups of participants play the game Operation.  They then had one group look at puppies and kittens while the other group looked at adult cats and dogs (yawn, right?).  They played Operation again, and the group that had looked at the baby animals had a higher performance score than the group that had looked at grown animals. Read More
You're familiar with the stereotype of the crazy middle-aged lady with fourteen cats or the hoarder who keeps more pets than she can count. Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo plays just such a woman, sans stereotypes, in the new movie Francine, opening September 12. Award-winning documentary filmmakers Brian Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky (The Patron Saints, Fish Kill Flea) make their fiction debut with Francine. After serving time in prison, Francine (Leo) settles down in a small lakeside town and takes a series of jobs working with animals. Read More
Alicia Silverstone is already a successful writer with her book The Kind Diet, a guide to staying healthy and going vegan. Now she is writing two new books, The Kind Mama and The Kind Diet Cookbook. The Kind Mama will be about fertility, pregnancy, and post-pregnancy complete with info from doctors, friends, and other women, as well as her own personal parenting story. The Kind Diet Cookbook will be a companion to her first book, filled with easy, family- friendly recipes. Read More
Online dating sites aren’t just for humans anymore! Now animals are getting hooked up too, Time reports. A computerized system is being used to match the most desirable animals from different zoos, taking their behavioral patterns, geography, and individual quirks into account to find their best mating matches. Heath, a 12-year-old river otter in California's Oakland Zoo successfully mated with Ginger, a 5-year-old, who was brought over from Massachusetts, and they are now proud parents, thanks to the database. Read More
  The BUST office has been all a-giggles at this clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Apparently, Kristen Bell---star of Veronica Mars and Forgetting Sarah Marshall ---is in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with sloths; so when her boyfriend (Dax Shepard) surprised her on her 31st birthday with Bimbo the Sloth, this happened:  You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this video Cutest, sweetest meltdown ever.  If you're a K-Bell fan (and admit it, you are now), you can catch her on the Showtime comedy  Hou$e of Lie$ this season (Sundays at 10pm). Read More
According to this info-graphic from bitrebels.com, kitty cat fans are more likely to read magazines such as The Nation, Elle Decor, and BUST! This battle of feline vs. canine is a fierce one, and everybody seems to prefer one over the other. Most people you encounter in life usually have a strong opinion on the matter.   Other factoids gathered from from 222, 651 Hunch users: Cat owners are slightly more likely to be women and skew liberal; are 17% more likely to have completed a graduate degree, 29% more likely to live in the city, 39% more likely to rent their home... Read More
 I don't enjoy watching things like Animal Planet. While the footage is usually pretty neat, the narration totally kills it for me. So boring! Enter the YouTube series Randall's Animals. A sample line from "The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger": "Here's a house full of bees. You think the honey badger cares? It doesn't give a shit. It goes right into the house of bees to get some larvae. How disgusting is that? It eats larvae!" I think I've found my remedy. Read More
To honor the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Matt Snow of Baltimore based Ex-Boyfriend, will be fundraising to donate all profits directly to the foundation. Starting March 14th through April 14th, anyone who purchases Snow’s designed keychain bottle-openers or magnets will receive free shipping and will be directing donating to SPCA.  Other items purchased (hoodies, totes, tee-shirts, etc.), are subject to The Sadie Fund, where 5% of the net profit is used to raise money for animal rescue organizations and shelters in the Baltimore area. Read More
Because it’s Friday, and because I’m sure that we all need a bit of ‘baaawwwwww’ in our lives to help push us through to the weekend, here’s some adorable top-notch blogs for your procrastination enablement and viewing pleasure. (Always.) Now if you’re anything like me, you can probably look at hundreds upon hundreds of cute pictures and videos in a day and not feel overwhelmed or woozy from all the cute in the air. If that’s not the case, don’t worry! This you can stop clicking the links at anytime. First course is Cute Overload. Read More