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  • Patience, consistency, dedication. Look up any of those words in the dictionary, and you could easily see a picture of Richard Epstein, amateur Torah scribe.

    The member of the Chabad Shul of Potomac, Maryland, recently penned the entire Torah (that's 304,805 letters) by hand using a feather quill on parchment made from sheepskin, the Washington Post reported.

    It took Epstein about eight years from start to finish. A professional can pen a Torah in about a year, according to Chabad.org.

    The accomplishment was lauded by his Chabad, which held a Grand Torah Celebration on Sunday to honor Epstein's work.

    One mistake can invalidate the text, making accuracy far more important than speed, according to HaSoferet.com. Mistakes  if noticed  can be corrected, provided the mistake doesn't involve God's name, according to Epstein, who starred in a short documentary about his endeavor.

    Epstein, who is also an author and professor, told the Washington Post that he feels as if the "Torah wrote me,

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  • A technician lies next to the femur of a dinosaur at the Egidio Feruglio Museum in Argentina's Patagonian city of Trelew, in this photo provided by Telam on May 16, 2014. Paleontologists have unearthed in Argentina what they say is the largest set of remains of a dinosaur ever found to date. According to paleontologists from the renowned Egidio Feruglio Museum, Jose Luis Carballido and Ruben Cuneo, the fossils are that of a sauropod and preliminary tests dates the fossils at some 90 million years old. REUTERS/Telam/Museo Egidio Feruglio (ARGENTINA - Tags: ANIMALS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) ATTENTION EDITORS - NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

    Paleontologists in Argentina say they recently discovered fossils belonging to the largest dinosaur on record. During its lifetime, the new species of titanosaur is believed to have stood 65-feet-tall, was more than 130-feet-long, and weighed 77 tons (155,000 pounds).

    "Given the size of these bones, which surpass any of the previously known giant animals, the new dinosaur is the largest animal known that walked on Earth," researchers Dr. Jose Luis Carballido and Dr. Diego Pol told the BBC.

    Its enormous length was spread out across a long neck and tail, with a relatively small skull. To put the newly discovered titanosaur’s enormous size in context, a T-Rex weighed about 7 tons.

    The fossils were first spotted by a local farm worker in 2011 and were fully excavated by a team from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio led by Carballido and Pol. The fossils, taken from seven different titanosaurs, were described as being in “remarkable condition.”

    "Standing with its neck up, it was

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  • While checking out damages after a recent tornado in Cedarville, Ohio, meteorologist Rich Wirdzek found a kitten mewling under some rubble.

    Wirdzek captured footage of the kitty's rescue and shared it on his Facebook page. We first saw the story over at The Vane.

    The unnamed kitten looks a little worse for wear as Wirdzek picks it from the debris and takes it to his TV van, where he helped get the little guy warmed up, according to a report from WHIO, where Wirdzek works.

    The footage of Wirdzek helping the soaking wet kitten out of the rubble while whispering encouraging words could melt the heart of the Grinch, Darth Vader and maybe even old Mr. Potter from "It's a Wonderful Life." Cynics have nowhere to hide -- it's just that cute.

    WHIO reports that the kitten was returned to its family, where one hopes it was given a warm saucer of milk and enough yarn to help it forget the past few days.

    The EF3 category tornado Wednesday destroyed several homes. There were no reported injuries or

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