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  1. Weird

    MMA Fighters Dress as Batman, Robin, and Spider-Man for the Only MMA Fight We’ve Ever Cared About [Video]

    We don't really follow mixed martial arts competitions, but we do follow superheroes beating the crap out of each other. That's why we love this video of MMA fighters dressed as the dynamic duo squaring off against our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

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  2. Science

    Extinct Solitaire Birds Wings No Good for Flying, Great at Punching

    Julian Hume and Lorna Steel of the Natural History Museum did some digging and found that these famously aggro animals -- about whom little is known -- and found that the giant, flightless pigeons did have a use for their wings after all -- as potentially deadly weapons sporting bone growths as large as ping-pong balls. Covered in a layer of thick skin, these bones would have acted as boxing gloves of sorts for the birds during battles over mates.

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  3. Science

    Depressing New Study Finds That Human Hands Evolved for Punching, Not Playing Flute or Giving Back Rubs

     

    As humans, one of the things that sets us apart from almost all other species on the planet is our sweet hand design, complete with opposable thumb that lets us do everything from input the Konami code to conduct a symphony. We're rightly proud of all the classy, technologically savvy things our hand allow us to do, so it's tempting  to think that they evolved the way they did to allow us access to these higher pursuits. A new study in the Journal of Experimental Biology, though,  suggests that while our hands may have noble ambitions -- like playing a violin concerto, throwing a prefect spiral, or looking up cat videos on a tablet computer -- the evolution of the appendage was largely shaped by one of its most unpleasant, if historically common, uses -- making a fist and using it to whoop the ever-loving hell out of something.

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