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Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on #ThisDayInHistory in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. King received a doctorate degree in theology and in 1955 helped organize the first major protest of the American civil rights movement. He advocated for civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to segregation and mobilized a movement for change. To learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr., visit the link in our bio.
To heal our environment, we must restore the world's wildernesses and protect its most vulnerable species, like this puma cub from the Southern tip of South America. Due to habitat loss, their numbers — as well as those of native deer, foxes and other creatures — have been declining for decades. Conservationist and former Patagonia CEO Kristine Tompkins (kristine_tompkins) is working hard to change that. "If there was ever a moment to awaken to the reality that everything is connected to everything else, it's right now — the fate of humanity is tied to the health of the planet," she says. Over the last 27 years, her group has bought 14.7 millions of acres of land and donated it back to the governments of Chile and Argentina to serve as national parks. See more stunning photos and footage of this restoration — and learn Tompkins's vision for "rewilding" the planet — at the link in out bio. [Image courtesy of Kristine Tompkins]
In Tokyo, for $96 you can hire 36-year-old Shoji Morimoto as a "rent-a-person who does nothing". Morimoto can "eat and drink, and give simple feedback, but do nothing more". He is inundated with requests.
Say “hello” to one fierce marsupial: the spotted-tail quoll (Dasyurus maculatus). It's found on the eastern Australian mainland, as well as on the island of Tasmania. When taking out prey it bites down on the head and uses its strong teeth and jaw to deliver a crushing blow. It has a varied diet which includes a range of critters, such as small mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects—but meat from gliders, rabbits, or bandicoots are favored. Another fun fact about this animal? Its hisses and screams have been likened to the sounds of a circular saw. This species is vulnerable to threats from habitat loss, competition with other species, and predation by introduced animals like foxes, dogs, and cats. Photo: David Paul, CC BY-NC 4.0, Museums Victoria
Bagels: the perfect push present. 🥯 Happy #NationalBagelDay!
David Hasselhoff is auctioning off his personal 'Knight Rider' K.I.T.T. car. Neither K.I.T.T.’s legendary weapons arsenal nor Daniels’s verbal charm is a feature of this particular vehicle, but it is a “fully functional” ride, according to LiveAuctioneers. It also boasts an impressively colorful display of dashboard lights. Predictably, Hasselhoff’s once-in-a-lifetime offering isn’t exactly a bargain. Though estimated to fetch somewhere between $175,000 and $300,000, the leading bid (as of January 8) is $450,000. If it sells for at least 25 percent more than the reserve price—the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for an item—Hasselhoff will show up to the new owner’s garage and pass off the car himself. If you can afford to shell out around half a million dollars for the ultimate ’80s memorabilia, place your bid before January 23. Link in bio.
Our podcast, #TheQuestForTheNorthPole, premieres today! 🎙️ Listen along as our science editor, Kat Long, takes on a deep dive into the history of Arctic exploration and examines what pushed explorers to go further to the unknown, even as they faced death at every turn. 🏔️ ‘The Quest For The North Pole’ is available wherever you get your podcasts. Head to the link in our bio to listen and subscribe.
Americans spent 108,000 years streaming The Office in 2020.
The male tufted golden orb weaver spider detaches a leg and offers it to his mate as a snack to increase his chances of successful copulation.