Category - Animals

These are 10 of the weirdest looking chickens you’ll ever see

Who knew that in the year 2016 chickens would actually be cool? While it seems pretty far-fetched, it’s true. Chickens have become hipster territory, with Brooklynites keeping coops in their backyards and chicken breeds topics of conversation amongst twenty-somethings in bars.

Now that they’ve come into the mainstream, it’s easier than ever to check out all the different breeds of chickens there are in the world— and there are a lot. A lot of pretty magnificent ones at that! It’s pretty safe to say that these 12 chickens crossed the road not to get to the other side but because they’re so fabulous they do whatever they want.


Ayam Cemani

All black everything is this goth chicks motto. And we mean everything. The animals feathers, tongue, skin, nails, meat and organs are all black as night. The uniqueness of the bird doesn’t come cheap. At $2,500 each, they’re quite a poultry investment.



Transylvanian Naked Necks

With a name like that, you’re probably not expecting anything particularly cute, even without the accompanying photo. The Naked Necks were actually originally bred in Hungary with the featherless neck being both easier to pluck and helpful in the heat. While they may look like a strange cross between a chicken and a turkey, these guys are all chicken.



Silkie Bantams

 These guys are definitely cute! The Chinese breed keeps their baby down their entire lives and actually have black skin underneath their fuzzy exteriors. While many in the US keep them as pets because they’re so cute and are good egg-layers, the Chinese like them for the  uniqueness of their flesh color.7067763_f520




This Japanese breed has tail feathers that can reach 12 feet in length making them a seriously high maintenance bird. They come in a variety of colors, from Black Breasted Red and Black Breasted Silver to Black Breasted Golden. index



White Sultan

The regal White Sultan gets its name from its Turkish royalty heritage. The breed made the trek from Istanbul to England in 1854 and has since been admitted to the American Standard of Perfection club in 1874. The breed is docile and friendly— so much so that it often gets bullied by other breeds when put together.

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The Laced Polish

Look at that hair! Because of that crazy mane, the Laced Polish is actually quite an unreliable bird with erratic behavior (you would too if you couldn’t see through your bangs!). They’re known to be docile and sweet though their egg laying habits are varied. Basically, they’re cute and fun but can’t be counted on for much (sort of like your college boyfriend).


The Plymouth Rock


What a fashionable bird! The black and white stripes with the red beak is quite the style statement, is it not? In addition to their good looks, the Plymouth Rock are also known for being a calm, sweet breed who are good for pets, egg laying and meat.9.-The-Plymouth-Rock




The Frizzle


Remember Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus books? This is her, just in chicken form. The bird’s frizzy feathers developed from a gene mutations centuries ago that makes the feathers stand on end, rather than lay flat against the bird’s body. It may be a mutation, but the Frizzle can totally rock it.



Dong Tao


This Vietnamese bird is revered in its home country for its incredibly thick legs. We’re talking cankles for days with this one. Because of their large legs, these chickens have a hard time laying eggs and are instead known for their delicious-tasting meat. Either way, the chickens are very expensive and are considered one of the most rare breeds in the world.desktop-1434644312






Look at this cute little guy, no bigger than a coke can! Serama were named after a Thai king because of their amazing posture, upright and regal. Because they’re so small and cute, they’re another breed who are often kept as pets.serama



Octopus pulls off daring escape from aquarium to return to the wild

The call of the wild was just too strong for one Octopus named Inky. This intelligent animal was once a resident of the National Aquarium of New Zealand until one night when the lid to his tank was left slightly ajar. Seizing the opportunity, Inky made his escape by squeezing his football sized body into a 150mm diameter drain which, to his luck, drained out to the Pacific Ocean. Inky’s roommate, another octopus, chose to stay behind.

Inky arrived at the aquarium in 2014 after being rescued by a fisherman who found him in a crayfish trap a few miles from Napier. He had a few bruises on him as well as shortened limbs, but the staff took care of him and nursed him back to health.

Aquarium manager Rob Yarrow said of the parting, “I don’t think he was unhappy with us, or lonely, as octopuses are solitary creatures. But…He would want to know what’s happening on the outside. That’s just his personality.” We wish Inky all the best for his new adventures out at sea. [h/t:]inkyinky2

These cat condos are cooler than yours: 5 rad cat pads for the most discerning feline

It’s a scientific fact: everyone loves cats more than anything, both IRL and on the internet. Cats are the best! To speak to that fact, a group of 12 Los Angeles-based architects each donated high-concept cat condos to FixNation, a local charity that helps reduce the homeless cat population.

The architects took their cat bed design duties incredibly seriously and turned out some conceptual condos. The Lunar Cat Lander from Knowhow Shop transports kitty into the stratosphere with its cat-sized crater and futuristic spaceship sleeper. In a nod to mid-century modern design, the folks at Standard Architecture Design created the California Cat Cube. The Cube resembles a 60s sideboard that would complement even the most styled home.cat_lunar_Cat_lander


Of course, cool cat bed design is nothing new, though the charity aspect of the FixNation project is particularly innovative. The creative forces behind Meyou Paris capitalize on the idea of cats craving enclosed, small spaces with their Cat Cocoon. And the neutral, natural orb is not just a cozy spot to nap: it’s an object d’art for your living modern-cat-furniture-5


 From round to rectangular, the Modern Mews Cat Cave looks more like a retro-modern stereo system than a cat bed. Its sleek shape and natural finish means it would fit in any decor; its size and shape also makes it an awesome replacement for a side table or nightstand! Each Cat Cave is handmade out of Seattle and comes apart for easy cleaning. Functional and fierce all in one.k kj


 Yet another cat sanctuary that looks like it’s landed from the future— the Pod Bed by Jed Crystal. This bed, however, both incorporates bold color and some height; the color for your aesthetic and the height for their comfort, of course. It actually resembles the little guy from Monsters Inc, doesn’t it? It’s playful, cute and full of personality— just like someone else you know, right?!podbedmain5podbedmain


 Cats like to fit themselves into the smallest containers possible: cardboard boxes, bowls, sinks— and now globes. Atomic Attic has repurposed a vintage globe, cutting it in half and upholstering its insides, as a comfy cat bed. This one is particularly festive with its metallic shine. When your kitty is sleeping inside, it’s super cute sitting on your side table or next to the couch. And when your kitty isn’t sleeping inside, it’s still super cute sitting on your side table or next to the couch! Win-win!il_570xN.913539262_9ett