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What Squirrels Did Under the Hood of This Car is Just Plain Nuts

A funny thing happened last week when a car owner checked under his hood last week. Well, it's funny if you're not that car owner.

The engine bay was packed with pine cones, as well as assorted other items left behind by some squirrels doing what squirrels do. They are hoarders, after all.

The incredible photo was posted by Michigan resident Gabe Awrey.

Kellen Moore, the owner, had put his car in storage for the winter and said something just didn't seem right. That's when he popped the hood. 

"Literally every free space in that engine bay was FILLED," Awrey said. "The heat from the engine opened all of these bad boys up too, making them lodged in some places."

According to Moore, the unofficial tally was more than 50 pounds of pine cones. That's just plain nuts.


Incredibly, this happens quite often, with others chiming in on Awrey's post about their own experiences.

So much so that the Michigan State University Extension warns people to "look out for unwanted squirrel hoarding" in any number of enclosed spaces.

They also include a photo of an engine bay that's a hot mess of acorns and assorted nuts.

So consider yourself warned.

Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead


Next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock


The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy "sky dances" and a weird walk to help them find food.

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Skip the Stink: How to Keep Stink Bugs at Bay


Winter is stink bug season, at least indoors. If you are finding these bugs around your house, don't squish them or step on them unless you're prepared for their noxious odor. Instead, your best bet is to prevent them from getting inside your house in the first place.

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