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Neat stuff that doesn't really fit into any other board.

This is an image you don't see every day... This amazing photo of an embryonic dolphin was taken using a combination of three-dimensional ultrasound scans, computer graphics and tiny cameras. (image from the National Geographic Documentary “Extraordinary Animals in the Womb”)

A black swan feeds its fish friends every day to the amazement of passers by.The swan picks up the feed and takes it to the mouths of the waiting fish.They became close friends after 3 years of playing together, Every time I come to feed the swan, all the fish follow him to the bank, with mouths open. And he takes the food and puts some into each of the hungry mouths.When everyone has eaten enough, the swan goes back onto the water and plays with his fish friends again. Photo credit Lu Feng

A Victorian-era lachrymosa, also called lachrymatory, tear catchers, or tear vials. Sometimes worn on a necklace, sometimes merely held, they were used the gather the tears wept by mourners at funerals. One type of lachrymosa had a special top which allowed the tears to evaporate (signifying the time to stop mourning), others had a sealed top to allow the tears to last for a year, at which point they would be poured on the grave of the person whom the tears were wept for.

The Tooth Worm as Hell’s Demon”, southern France, 18th Century; This ivory carving is contained in a molar, 10.5 cm in height, can be separated into two halves of equal size. It opens out into two scenes depicting the infernal torments of toothache as a battle with the “tooth worm”. The legend of the “tooth worm” as the cause of toothache originated in Mesopotamia around 1800 B.C.