* Did you know Lena Dunham tried out for Zero Dark Thirty?
* Artist Ian Baxter has a strange new twist on taxidermy.
* Some employment news you can use: how to make your cubicle less boring.
* Instagram filters almost make North Korea look inviting.
* Kids in Eastern Congo have fun with a big hairy white guy.
* Let's round up the people who refuse to understand the sequester and sequester them.
* Nothing shows your respect for a politician like making a frozen blood statue of his face.
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Tags: Animals, Barack Obama, Daily Links, Lena Dunham, North Korea, Sequester, Zero Dark Thirty
If this story doesn't lift your spirits for the weekend, I don't know what will:
Dead mice laced with painkillers are about to rain down on Guam's jungle canopy. They are scientists' prescription for a headache that has caused the tiny U.S. territory misery for more than 60 years: the brown tree snake.
Most of Guam's native bird species are extinct because of the snake, which reached the island's thick jungles by hitching rides from the South Pacific on U.S. military ships shortly after World War II. There may be 2 million of the reptiles on Guam now, decimating wildlife, biting residents and even knocking out electricity by slithering onto power lines.
How polite! We terrorize Guam's ecosystem by introducing these horrible snakes, then we try to remove the horrible snakes by airbombing them with dead mice.
But this time, the strategy can't fail. Even if the snakes don't die off, Guam's residents will eventually just move away.
Photo by Karl Gehring – Contributor/Denver Post/Getty Images
Tags: Animals, Guam
Almost immediately after taking his ceremonial oath of office, President Obama signed a proclamation declaring today the "National Day of Hope and Resolve."
Any new holiday is going to have trouble going up against a real federal holiday like Martin Luther King Day, but it turns out the National Day of Hope and Resolve has other competitors.
Tags: Animals, Barack Obama, Inauguration
On January 1, 400 new federal laws took effect. Meanwhile, state legislatures passed 29,000 bills and resolutions, many of which came into force on the first of the year. Local government added thousands of new laws.
Ignorance is no excuse, so start cramming on all the weird new regulations you have to follow as of Tuesday:
Tags: Alcohol, Animals, California, Children, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina, Sex, State Legislature