Strange Cloud Turns Out to Be Butterflies Migrating

One of the world’s great migrations has returned. In a cute twist, its shape at the largest scale seems to reflect that of the creatures involved. The decline of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) has come to symbolize the destruction of nature. Hundreds of millions of Eastern American monarchs travel up to 5000km in their journey from their feeding grounds in across much of North America to winter in an astonishingly small area of Mexico, although according to one theory the extent of the migration is a relatively recent response to deforestation. Once the migration was a wonder of nature for numbers as well as distance. However, the destructionRead More →

The Shirk Report - Volume 230

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find the 25 funniest images, 10 most interesting articles, and 5 most viral videos from the previous week of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles typically originate from Twitter, RSS and email; videos come from a variety of sources. Any suggestions? Send a note to! *for email subscribers: If you visit the direct link to the shirk report in your web browser (by clicking the blue, underlined title), the videos will play properly and images will appear immediately under the text rather than opening in a new window! 25 IMAGES – Let’s start with somethingRead More →