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'Demon Orchid' Has a 'Devil Head' and Claw-Like Petals

A new species of orchid is in a league of its own — not just because it's relatively rare, but also because scientists say it looks like the devil.

The new species, Telipogon diabolicus, was named for its gynostemium, the orchid's reproductive structure, which looks like a devil's head. The orchid is also described as having "distinctly clawed petals," adding to its demonic appearance, according to the researchers who discovered it.

About 30 of the reddish to dark-violet-maroon orchids — of which only several were flowering adults — were found growing in a small forest at the border between Putumayo and Nariño (regional jurisdictions called "departments") in southern Colombia.

In their report on the species' discovery, the researchers noted that the flower has already been listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, which lists animals and plants threatened with extinction.


A Giant Billboard Of Trump And Cruz Kissing Just Went Up 5 Minutes From The RNC

Republican National Convention-goers are in for a big surprise.

Planting Peace, the non-profit organization behind The Equality House, a rainbow-colored house that sits across the street from Westboro Baptist Church, is calling out Donald Trump and the Republican Party in a massive billboard that went up on Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio, where the RNC will take place next week. The billboard, below, shows an illustration of Trump poised to kiss Ted Cruz beside a caption that reads “Love trumps Hate. End homophobia.”


Obama becomes first sitting president to publish an academic paper

Barack Obama just became the first sitting president to publish a scholarly article.

The article, titled "United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps," with "Barack Obama, JD" listed as the author, was published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (known as JAMA) on July 11.

It's a pretty badass move for a president, and he got a lot of love on Twitter with the hashtag #ObamaJAMA.


The US has its first non-white, non-male Librarian of Congress

After an unexplained month-long delay, Carla Hayden is officially the next United States Librarian of Congress.

Hayden was approved by the US Senate today (July 13), with a vote of 74-to-18. This makes her the fourteenth librarian to serve in the post, and the first woman and first African-American in the position.

Senate confirmation has been delayed for several weeks with no public explanation, reports The Washington Post, despite a unanimous committee recommendation in early June. The Post reports that one potential reason was Hayden’s public opposition to parts of the Patriot Act that gave the federal government access to library borrowing records.


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Oh the Pearl-Clutchers are clucking about RBG's comments on trump!

Justice Ginsburg's Mistake
The U.S. Supreme Court justice imperiled the high court’s neutrality by weighing in on the 2016 presidential election.

Donald Trump Is Right About Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


I have one thing to say to these folks: Bush V. Gore. Now fuck off.

How Donald Trump Tried to Cash In by Dumping Sewage Into the Hudson River

Trump had two choices with a billion-dollar West Side project: build a sewage treatment plant or bow out. But there was a third option: flood the Hudson.

Donald Trump is loud and boastful on camera, but sometimes he operates more quietly off screen, like when he needed to solve a sewage problem beneath the streets of Manhattan—a problem that mysteriously evaporated one day in 1994, allowing a flood of cash that saved Trump from drowning in debt.

This is a little-known aspect of how Trump bungled the chance to make billions of dollars building on the largest developable tract of land in America’s largest city, a story the late actor Christopher Reeve called “the American dream gone berserk.”

Way back in 1974, when Trump was not yet 30 years old, he acquired control of the old Penn Central rail yards on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. For a song, he had 57 acres of land along the Hudson River that ran 13 blocks from 59th Street to 72nd Street.


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