Military Working Dogs Honored With New USPS Forever Stamps

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The United States Postal Service has released a set of Forever stamps honoring members of the United States military that are often overlooked, NBC5 reports. The special military working dog postage stamps showcase the canine heroes that work alongside service members and put their lives on the line to save others.

According to the USPS, the new stamp collection features four breeds—German shepherd, Labrador retriever, Dutch shepherd, and Belgian Malinois—that are commonly used as working dogs by the U.S. military. Each block of four stamps features the four dog breeds, adding up to 20 stamps per booklet.

The dogs fill various needs: German shepherds can be trained to sniff out bombs, while Labs are often used in search-and-rescue missions. "Brave and loyal military working dogs are essential members of America’s armed forces," the postal service said in a statement.

Working dogs have served with U.S. soldiers in both World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Forever stamp with military working dogs.
USPS

Each postage stamp was designed by Greg Breeding, the art director at DKNG Studios. They feature stylized illustrations of the dogs against a white star on either a red or blue background.

The stamps debuted at a special ceremony today, August 1, and they're now available to purchase from the USPS online store and from your local post office. Collectors can add the booklet to their sets of Forever stamps that have been released in the past few years, which include stamps honoring Sesame Street and Mister Rogers.

[h/t NBC5]

The New iPhone 11 Is Triggering People With Trypophobia

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People with trypophobia, or a fear of clusters of small holes, know which triggers to avoid. Soap bubbles, lotus seed pods, and the insides of cantaloupes can all induce panic and revulsion in people who are sensitive to the pattern. Now, they have a new item to add to their list. As Gizmodo points out, the new iPhone has a design feature that's turning off trypophobes.

Apple debuted the iPhone 11 at an event on September 10 ahead of its release on September 20. This latest model comes with many upgrades, including a super-powered processor and longer battery life, but the biggest change has been met with a mixed reception.

The iPhone 11 Pro has three camera lenses where there would normally be one. People who prefer Apple's sleek, minimalist style have criticized the design, while those with trypophobia have had even stronger reactions. Some scientists think the fear of clusters of holes originally developed as a survival mechanism to steer people away from infectious diseases. When someone gets nauseous at the sight of three cameras grouped on the back of a smart phone, it's because it reminds them of decaying flesh.

Presentation launching iPhone 11.
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The iPhone likely looks the way it does today thanks to another highly specific fear that afflicted Steve Jobs. The Apple founder suffered from koumpounophobia, or a fear of buttons—an incredibly rare phobia that's only been documented once in all of psychiatric literature. His fear may have lead to the popularization of the smooth, buttonless touch screen. It also explains why the tech giant preferred black turtlenecks to button-down shirts.

Though similar to trypophobia, a fear of buttons and fear of clusters of circles aren't quite the same thing. So while triggering to many, the updated iPhone doesn't necessarily conflict with Jobs's original design aesthetic.

[h/t Gizmodo]

The Reason Why Ships Are Often Painted Red on the Bottom

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If you’ve ever salvaged a sea vessel, you might have noticed that ship hulls are often red. If you haven’t dealt with a shipwreck—and chances are you haven’t—you may have still seen a red hull in pictures or in partial view at a shipyard. Since that portion of the ship is below the waterline, it seems strange to opt for a specific color.

The reason is tradition. And worms.

In a piece for Jalopnik, Andrew P. Collins explains that early sailing ships protected themselves against barnacles and wood-eating worms by covering their hulls in a copper or copper oxide paint that acted as a biocide. The copper gave the paint a red tint. By reducing the muck that naturally collects on the hull, ships can maintain their structural integrity and avoid being weighed down by gunk like seaweed that would reduce drag.

These days, biocides can be mixed with virtually any color of paint. But the hulls are often painted red to maintain a nautical tradition. Collins also points out that the red may help observers gauge the load of a ship’s cargo. The more weight on board, the lower in the water it will be. That's why you often see numbers positioned vertically on the side of the hull.

No matter what’s covering the hull, it’s never going to completely eliminate growth. Often, ports will prohibit ship owners from scraping hulls while docked, since ships traveling in outside waters might have picked up a non-native species of weed that could prove problematic in a new environment.

[h/t Jalopnik]

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