The Verge Review of Animals: the giant water bug

This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we’ve written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.

At the end of the island I noticed a small green frog. He was exactly half in and half out of the water, looking like a schematic diagram of an amphibian, and he didn’t jump.

At last I knelt on the island’s winter killed grass, lost, dumbstruck, staring at the frog in the creek just four feet away… And just as I looked at him, he slowly crumpled and began to sag. The spirit vanished from his eyes as if snuffed. His skin emptied and drooped; his very skull seemed to collapse and settle like a kicked tent. He was…

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Author: T.C. Sottek

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Asus is making a snazzy special edition of the ZenFone 2 with 256GB of storage

The competitive $300 Android smartphone market is more about good performance than good design, and Asus’ ZenFone 2 is no exception. But the company is trying to make progress on both fronts: today it announced the ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition, which contains a whopping 256GB of internal storage and a trendy polygonal pattern on its backplate. (Well, it’s at least trendy in the world of aggressive-looking computer peripherals.) The huge amount of storage is the real story here; for those keeping track, 256GB is exactly 15 times more than what Apple offers on an entry-level iPhone.

The special edition of the ZenFone 2 was introduced in Brazil, and there’s no word yet about whether it will come to the US — though it would certainly be…

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Author: T.C. Sottek

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See the incredible cars of Pebble Beach's multimillion-dollar auctions

Welcome to the second annual Verge Hack Week. We’re totally blowing up our site: we’ve given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of interesting new things. Learn more.

For those who bleed motor oil, there’s no week more legitimately exciting than that of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, an event where impossibly rare, cool, interesting, and expensive vehicles of all vintages come out by the hundreds. Some are there to race, some are just there to party, and others are there to trade hands — often to the tune of seven figures. Sometimes, it even stretches to eight.

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Author: Chris Ziegler

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Don't call this a 'fire rainbow'

A rare and colorful sight was spotted in the South Carolina sky last Sunday. Dozens of beachgoers photographed what many referred to as a “fire rainbow” above the Isle of Palms outside Charleston. Unfortunately, the term used to describe this display is incredibly inaccurate. This so-called “fire rainbow” isn’t a rainbow at all; it’s actually a circumhorizontal arc.

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Author: Arielle Duhaime-Ross

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What on earth does this wearable do?

One of the wonderful things about wearables is how many different sizes, shapes, and styles they come in. And each of them usually uses its existence on a different part of the body to accomplish different things, be it giving you alerts, tracking your health, or monitoring the world around you. A lot of wearables have even gotten good enough now that you can’t tell that they’re a wearable — or, at the very least, that you don’t have any idea what they’re doing. If you think you can tell what a wearable does just by seeing it on someone, take the quiz below to find out how well you’d really do. But one word of warning: just because a wearable claims to do something doesn’t mean it’ll actually excel at doing it.

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Author: Jacob Kastrenakes

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An appreciation of Carly Rae Jepsen's perfect, Canadian, pre-'Call Me Maybe' hit

Carly Rae Jepsen’s new album E•MO•TION is out this week, and it’s being recognized as one of the year’s finest pop albums. In her review for The Verge, Emily Yoshida called it “perfect, narrative-free pop music“; almost everyone agrees that it’s a thoroughly intelligent and mature record, a revitalization few people would’ve predicted when “Call Me Maybe” seemed destined for one-hit wonder immortality.

I’m excited that everyone’s in love with E•MO•TION because I think it’s a great album, too, but I’ve noticed something about its coverage: almost everyone treats Jepsen’s career as having started with “Call Me Maybe” back in 2012. It’s a juicy prong for any sort of piece, and if Jepsen has anything approaching a “narrative” it’s the…

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Author: Jamieson Cox

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How to be human: moving on after heartbreak

Leah Reich was one of the first internet advice columnists. Her column “Ask Leah” ran on IGN, where she gave advice to gamers for two and a half years. After IGN, she completed her PhD in sociology, but so many people mixed it up with psychology that she figured she might as well get back into giving advice. You can write to her at [email protected].

Hey Leah,

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Author: Leah Reich

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