There’s some hypothesizing that one reason dolphins have such big brains is because they have to keep track of a large number of really complex relationships. More complex than any animal other than humans.
Male bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.) form tight bonds with friends and allies that are as intricate and devious as those of humans. Researchers already know, for example, that males team up as duos or trios—known as first-level alliances—so that they can mate with a female without her swimming away… But rival males will often try to steal the female, causing the duo or trio to join forces with other duos and trios in what’s known as a second-level alliance.
Now Connor and colleagues have found an even higher level of alliance. In the biggest fights, the team found, the second-level alliance may receive help from another group of male dolphins, forming what the researchers call a “third-level” alliance. Even among chimpanzees, scientists have not witnessed such sophisticated partnerships, where one group of animals receives help from another group in a fight.
Brian over at Gamecrafter’s Guild has taken the legend of the tomte and adapted it for 4th edition D&D rules. First rule to remember…don’t piss off the tomte.
Swedish porn mogul Berth Milton has come up with an unusual business proposition for his next project: five-star hotels where guests can stay for free in exchange for having their indiscretions filmed and broadcast over the internet.
But hey, Mr. Milton wants you to know that if he builds one of these in your neighborhood, you needn’t worry about your property values falling.
“It has to be a hotel for non-swingers as well — not super-explicit where everybody’s running around naked. That takes the style and class out of it,” he said.
Oh…as long as they keep the style and class.
The balance of this post is NSFW
Even better story from West Virginia. Police reports tend to be pretty dry and boring affairs. Still, when there’s a good story it can shine through even the most boring official lingo. And anytime a police report includes a quote like this you know there’s a doozy of a story attached:
“Somebody is going to eat my pussy or I’m going to cut your fucking throat.”
Oh, and it gets even better. This story has everything…a marriage on the rocks, a motor lodge, two half naked buddies, and a crazy lady with a knife. (h/t Balko)