Nature's Wonders
August 6, 2014

Here are the three weirdest things about hummingbirds, as explained by Hank Green:

* Their legs are so light that they can't walk or jump

* Their wings produce lift on the downstroke and the upstroke

* Their metabolic system burns the sugar they drink so fast they can't store energy as fat

Check out the video for a more extensive look at hummingbird strangeness. --Ryan Cooper

Watch this
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Nobody has ever gone broke by giving the people what they want. That's the clear guiding principle behind the new trailer for Magic Mike XXL, which elides over much of the ordinary business of movie trailers — like, say establishing the plot — in favor of two straight minutes of beefy, hunky dudes getting down:

The trailer does spare a brief moment to set up the basic premise of Magic Mike XXL, as the dudes head to Myrtle Beach to compete at an unspecified dancing convention. Beyond that, however, it's all style, as male strippers played by Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, and more take the stage to show off what they can do.

Magic Mike XXL hits theaters on July 1. Scott Meslow

Really?
12:17 p.m. ET
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I haven't confirmed this with my editors or anything, but I'm pretty positive that if I accidentally confined someone to a room for almost a week without any food or water, I wouldn't be contributing here at The Week anymore.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), however, has no such qualms. In 2012, the agency arrested Daniel Chong, a student at University of California-San Diego, when he was caught smoking pot. They handcuffed him in an unlit holding cell and promptly forgot about him for five days, leaving him to drink his own urine to survive.

In March, the DEA finally punished the six agents responsible, subjecting them to nothing more serious than a short suspension. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has called the DEA's decision "unacceptable," and is calling on Congress to pursue reform. Bonnie Kristian

supreme grumps
12:08 p.m. ET
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An analysis of Supreme Court decisions dating back to the court's earliest cases in the 1700s found that with time SCOTUS has become increasingly accessible — but also increasingly long-winded and grouchy. While decisions are easier to read than they used to be, they've ballooned in length — think 4,000 words for Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and more than 10 times that for Citizens United (2010) — and use an increasingly unfriendly vocabulary.

And when we look at the language choices of specific justices, the current court lineup is historically unpleasant (at least on paper): Sitting Justices Samuel Alito, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy, and Antonin Scalia all rank in the top ten unfriendliest decision writers in SCOTUS history. Their colleagues were either more temperate (Roberts and Ginsburg) or too new to the court to be included in the study (Kagan and Sotomayor). Bonnie Kristian

RIP
11:57 a.m. ET
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Former Speaker of the House Jim Wright died on Wednesday at the age of 92. Wright served for more than three decades in Congress after winning a House seat in Texas in 1954, ultimately rising to become Speaker in 1987. Yet Wright's tenure at the House's helm was brief. Just two years later, amid an ethics investigation into 69 alleged financial improprieties, he became the first Speaker to resign under fire. Jon Terbush

Discoveries
11:12 a.m. ET

The 3,000-year-old archaeological site at Tjaru was already pretty intriguing — it was home to an ancient fortress and was rumored to have hosted exiled criminals — but a new discovery makes Tjaru even more interesting. Archaeologists at the site have found the camp of an ancient Egyptian army, along with mass graves and the skeletal remains of lost soldiers.

Researchers believe Tjaru was a "starting point" for Egyptian military campaigns during the New Kingdom period, from 1580 B.C.E. to 1080 B.C.E., explains The Cairo Post. The camp and graves will help historians better understand the ancient Egyptians' military strategies and architecture.

In addition to the camp and grave sites, the archaeologists discovered storage sites that bore the seal of Pharoah Tuthmose III, who "created the largest empire Egypt had ever seen," according to Ancient Origins. The artifacts found at the site will be displayed at a local museum. Meghan DeMaria

This just in
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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday called on the Justice Department to conduct a full "pattern and practice" review of the city's police department to probe whether officers routinely violate citizens' civil rights.

"At the end of this process, I will hold those accountable if changes are not made," Rawlings-Blake said, adding that the department would have body cameras on officers "before the year ends."

The announcement came one day after new Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited Baltimore. The DOJ was already investigating the death of Freddie Gray, the unarmed black man who died in police custody and whose death sparked widespread protests that at times turned violent. Jon Terbush

Baltimore
10:19 a.m. ET
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Two surveillance planes were flown over Baltimore last weekend, and the ACLU isn't happy about it.

The Washington Post reports that the planes used infrared technology to track movement, and they were aided by the FBI, according to anonymous officials. Now, the ACLU is demanding information about the flights' legal authority, since the technology often adds "the movements of people under no suspicion of criminal activity into a government dragnet," according to the Post.

"A lot of these technologies sweep very, very broadly, and, at a minimum, the public should have a right to know what's going on," Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the ACLU, told the Post.

Officials told the Post that the ACLU will file information requests about the planes with the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the FAA on Wednesday. The FBI has not commented on the flights. Meghan DeMaria

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