Look Out Below: The Bloody History Of Defenestration

Defenestration Of Prague

As a method of execution, throwing someone through a window is a bizarre concept. It’s amazing there’s even a word for it, and yet there is: defenestration. We’ve witnessed it in countless movies — the thrilling opening fight scene in Watchmen, Edward Longshanks hurling his son’s lover through an open window in Braveheart, even the triumphant moment in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves when Friar Tuck pushes the money-laden bishop through the stained glass window of his chapel. But there is a very real, and very weird history behind the practice…

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China’s Wealthy Are Now Buying “Luxury Bottled Air” For $115 A Jar

China Bottled Air

A woman in China buys bottled air from the British countryside for £80, which is around $150. Image Source: YouTube

Pollution has ruined the air in much of China, and is responsible for 1.6 million deaths each year. Throughout large swaths of the country, simply getting a breath of fresh air has become nearly impossible.

Still, many thought it was crazy when a Canadian company started selling bottled, clean air to China late last year. But now, with a new, more upscale packaged air company on the scene, it’s becoming even more clear exactly how much China’s wealthy are willing to pay — and how much the average Chinese person can’t afford to pay — for just a few gulps of clean air.

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33 Panda Facts That Will Make You Fall In Love With Pandas All Over Again

We adore pandas. We make special trips to a small number of select zoos just to see them. They’re the face of the World Wildlife Fund. But how much do we really know about them? We know they eat bamboo, but few people are aware of the rest of their surprising (and bloody) diet. We know they’re black and white, but even the scientists researching them aren’t entirely sure why. We know they’re endangered, but you’d be amazed at the lengths conservationists have gone to, to get them to mate (panda porn, believe it or not, is a thing). Discover more strange but illuminating panda facts below:

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Helpless Blind Newborns

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Tiny Newborn Size

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Panda Facts Size

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Not Strict Vegetarians

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Rodents Fawns

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Large Molars

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Carnivore Vs Herbivore Digestion

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Foraging Eating

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Unique Sitting

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Pseudo Thumb Wrist

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Bamboo Consumption

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Resting Sleeping

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Hibernation

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Climbing Swimming

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Mountain Climbing

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Pliocene Epoch

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Western Discovery

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Hunt Roosevelt

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Urine Needles

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Dangerous

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Loners

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Raccoon Relative

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Panda Facts Coat

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Panda Endangered

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Extinction

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Small Conception Window

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Mating Assistance

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Bifengxia

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Wolong Center

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Body Suits

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Disguises Cubs

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Total Population Increase

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Nature Reserves

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What We Loved This Week, Jan. 3 – 9

107 million spiders found in huge Baltimore web, gorgeous tropical Instagram photos, China’s panda researchers in panda suits to comfort cubs, up-close snowflake photos from the 1800s, TIME’s best animal photos of the year.

A Man Rides A Horse With A Child Through The Flames During The "Luminarias" Annual Religious Celebration In San Bartolome De Los Pinares

A man and child ride a horse through flames during the “Luminarias” annual religious celebration in San Bartolome de los Pinares, Spain. Image Source: TIME

TIME’s Most Astounding Animal Photos Of The Past Year

Baby Undulate Rays

Two endangered 10cm baby undulate rays which were born last month at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium. Image Source: TIME

Whether they’re small remarkably tiny or remarkably huge, compellingly cuddly or compellingly dangerous, markedly domesticated or markedly exotic, we’re inexhaustibly enthralled by animals. And from baby hippos to baby pandas to some creatures that are far more dangerous, TIME has collected the 50 most astounding, singular animal photos of the past year. See the full gallery here.

Hippo Tossing Baby Hippo

An sub-adult hippo tosses a small calf into the air as the distressed mother watches, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa. Image Source: TIME

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