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Why do flamingoes, the silliest, pinkest birds in the animal kingdom, stand on one leg instead of two?

One may suspect it's just because they're not that bright, but scientists have recently discovered there's more to it than that.

Although some theories are... plausible?



For years, the flamingoes' motivation to stand on one leg instead of two was a mystery to many scientists.

Some theorized that the birds were trying to conserve body heat by keeping one leg out of the water, but there was never any proof to back this hypothesis up.


Just when it seemed like it was time to give up on the age-old flamingo leg question, neuromechanists Lena Ting from Emory University and Young-Hui Chang from the Georgia Institute of Technology had a breakthrough.


While playing with a couple dozen flamingo cadavers, they realized that, even dead, the flamingoes could balance on one leg with ease.

The scientists couldn't, however, get the dead flamingoes to stand upright with two legs, suggesting that the flamingo body is designed to lock into place and balance perfectly on one leg, conserving muscle energy.


Any good scientist will tell you it's still possible for the flamingoes to conserve both energy AND heat, as the original theory put forward, but the revelation that it's actually physically easier for a flamingo to balance on one leg is an important one.

Twitter understood how important this discovery was!





Well, many just wanted to make some jokes.





If you were looking for another reason to make flamingoes your favorite bird, this was it!


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There are few things more satisfying than a crisp $20 bill. Well, maybe a crisp $100 bill.

But twenty big ones can get you pretty far nonetheless.

Whether it's tucked firmly in a birthday card, passing from hand to hand after a knee-jerk sports bet, or going toward a useful tool, the old twenty dollar bill has been used for countless purposes.


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I realize that school safety has been severely compromised and has been under dire scrutiny over the past decade and of course, it should be. And when I was a student, my safety was one of my greatest priorities but, some implemented rules under the guise of "safety" were and are... just plain ludicrous. Like who thinks up some of these ideas?

Redditor u/Animeking1108 wanted to discuss how the education system has ideas that sometimes are just more a pain in the butt than a daily enhancement... What was the dumbest rule your school enforced?
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One of the golden rules of life? Doctors are merely human. They don't know everything and they make mistakes. That is why you always want to get another opinion. Things are constantly missed. That doesn't mean docs don't know what they're doing, they just aren't infallible. So make sure to ask questions, lots of them.

Redditor u/Gorgon_the_Dragon wanted to hear from doctors about why it is imperative we always get second and maybe third opinions by asking... Doctors of Reddit, what was the worse thing you've seen for a patient that another Doctor overlooked?
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When we think about learning history, our first thought is usually sitting in our high school history class (or AP World History class if you're a nerd like me) being bored out of our minds. Unless again, you're a huge freaking nerd like me. But I think we all have the memory of the moment where we realized learning about history was kinda cool. And they usually start from one weird fact.

Here are a few examples of turning points in learning about history, straight from the keyboards of the people at AskReddit.

U/Tynoa2 asked: What's your favourite historical fact?


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