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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.26

The Straight Line edition

During migrations, humpback whales swim astonishingly straight. [Travis Horton, an environmental scientist at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand] worked with a team of biologists who have spent years tagging humpback whales near Brazil and tracking them as they migrate to Antarctic waters. The whales travel about 50 to 90 miles a day, says Alex Zerbini at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. ‘You can look at the maps,’ says Zerbini, ‘and you see whales moving in a straight line for hundreds of kilometers.’ They can do this despite storms and strong ocean currents that could potentially push them off track.” (via NPR)

UFO sightings and zombies cost the Welsh police £500,000 in 5 years. (via BBC)

Evidently, Jesus will announce his second coming on social media. Everybody! Get on the Twitter! (via NBC Bay Area)

A sign that real headlines are getting as ridiculous as the fake ones: The Onion fools The New York Times. (via Gawker)

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