21 NATURALLY INTERESTING THINGS TO NATURALLY INTEREST YOU: NATURE EDITION

21 NATURALLY INTERESTING THINGS TO NATURALLY INTEREST YOU: NATURE EDITION -

1. Emperor cabbage tree caterpillar.

2. Comodo dragons fighting.

3. Fangs of a funnel web spider.

4. Red river in Peru.

5. Botfly eggs in a squirrel.

6. Massive alligator.

7. Tree was struck by lightning 150 years ago.

8. Lava flow.

9. Rabbit survives after being thrown into the air by a coyote.

10. Asian hornets catch honeybees.

11. A spider web in Australia.

12. Tiger shark fighting a hammerhead shark.

13. This dog was caught off guard.

14. Dragon fish.

15. Biggest fossilized spider ever found.

16. Huge great white shark.

17. Hermit crabs eating a dead seal.

18. Bass swallows a duckling.

19. Ram's horn grew until it pierced its own skull.

20. Massive avalanche.

21. Tornado from a plane.


We're Wiping Out Other Species At An Ever Faster Rate

We're Wiping Out Other Species At An Ever Faster Rate -

A big fat hat tip to drawman for this post

 

There are roughly 8 million plant and animal species in the world. One of them — homo sapiens — may soon wipe out a million of the rest. And we’re just getting started.

That’s the depressing bottom line from a comprehensive new United Nations report on biodiversity. Species are going extinct at a rate unmatched in human history — and the die-off is accelerating. It sounds melodramatic to say that we’re killing the planet, but that’s what the scientific evidence tells us. And ignorant, shortsighted leadership makes optimistic scenarios elusive.

Species extinction is one of those problems whose vast scale, in space and time, makes it difficult to comprehend, let alone address globally. As any paleontologist can tell you, species appear and disappear naturally at a gradual rate with no human intervention. And in the 3.5-billion-year history of life on Earth, there have been five abrupt mass extinctions when more than three-quarters of all living species were quickly wiped out. The most recent came 66 million years ago, when an asteroid strike is believed to have killed off the dinosaurs.

If there are intelligent observers 66 million years from now, their scientists may conclude that the sixth mass extinction was caused by us — and that we saw what we were doing but lacked the wisdom and courage to stop ourselves.

The next species to go extinct may be some scruffy weedlike plant or weird little insect you’ve never heard of. But that weed may synthesize a chemical that acts as a magic bullet against certain deadly cancers, or that insect may control the population of some other insect that harbors a plaguelike virus. We’ll never know. They’ll be gone.

Amphibians, marine mammals and corals are critically endangered, the report says. If you dream of a trip to see the Great Barrier Reef, I wouldn’t put it off.

A summary of the report by the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services was released Monday in Paris, culminating years of work by leading environmental scientists around the globe. Its findings will be widely noted and lamented; its recommendations, I fear, widely ignored.

For once, human-induced climate change is not the most egregious cause of a slow-motion global catastrophe. The primary cause of accelerating species loss, according to the report, is rapid change in patterns of land and sea usage. Farming, fishing, logging, mining and other activities are changing — in many cases, deeply scarring — the natural world.

An estimated 23,000 to 30,000 spectacled flying fox bats perished during the heat wave, which lasted from November 26 to 27. One third of the species dead in two days.

 

We knew that, of course. Sea captains have told us about the enormous patch of plastic trashfloating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Satellite photos chart the ongoing destruction of the Amazon rain forest. The report states that more than 85 percent of the world’s wetlands have been eliminated over the past three centuries. The amount of land designated as “urban” has doubled since 1992.

Malthusian predictions that rapid population growth would lead to scarcity and famine have proved spectacularly wrong. The global middle class has ballooned, while the percentage of humans living in extreme poverty has shrunk to levels never dreamed of. But all that economic growth has put an unprecedented strain on the natural world, and scientists can only sketch the ultimate consequences. In effect, we are running a fateful experiment with our one and only planet — and there’s no chance of a do-over.

An orangutan tries desperately to fight off an excavator

I have enormous faith in human ingenuity. But it needs to be accompanied by some basic common sense.

One example: Of the world’s 7.5 billion people, nearly 5 billion have mobile phones. The incredible spread of that one technology greatly boosts global connectivity, creativity and happiness — and also creates enormous quantities of manufacturing waste and discardable plastic. We need to keep expanding access to this life-changing technology. But we need to find cleaner, more sustainable ways of doing so.

Whether we’re talking about species loss or climate change, whether we’re considering the smog that shrouds Beijing and New Delhi or the fracking fluids being pumped into the ground in Appalachia, at some point we’re going to realize that development that fails to take sustainability into account is not a step forward. It’s a step into the unknown, and potentially a step toward disaster.

The question isn’t whether we come to this realization and begin to act accordingly, but when. The new U.N. report says that for up to a million species, many of which we haven’t even identified and studied, our enlightenment may come too late. We can only hope there is still time to save the one we call our own.

 

Those pauses are where the female was supposed to chime in, this was a mating duet.  His species mated for life.

 He was the last of his kind.


20 HISTORY FACTS AND QUOTES THAT WILL INCREASE YOUR IQ

20 HISTORY FACTS FROM 'WAY BACK WHEN' THAT WILL INCREASE YOUR IQ 'RIGHT NOW TODAY'

 

 

 


 


MORNING MAYHEM PICDUMP - 70+ FUN PHOTOS

MORNING MAYHEM PICDUMP - 70+ FUN PHOTOS


20 MORE PERVERSE REVERSE GIFS: THE GIFT YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU NEEDED

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50 IMAGES THAT PROVE NATURE IS F*CKING TERRIFYING

50 IMAGES THAT PROVE NATURE IS F*CKING TERRIFYING -

 

 


 

 


21 MICRO / MACRO IMAGES THAT PROVE BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE MICROSCOPE HOLDER

21 MICRO / MACRO IMAGES THAT PROVE BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE MICROSCOPE HOLDER

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Via Reddit/brooklynscholar

I’ll be honest, I don’t know what half these things are. I post galleries of hot chicks and puppies, so ya, this is way out of my league. What I do know though is that micro nature is a beautiful, and terrifying, thing.Let’s start with these butterfly scales.

2

Via Reddit/danhab99

White blood cell eating bacteria.

3

Via Reddit/UnderpitMole

Head lice clinging to human hair.

4

Via Reddit/DarthOswald

Here’s another view.

5

Via Reddit/SGTMajorFeels

A fly’s eye under a microscope.

6

Via Reddit/thehol

Didinium nasutum swallowing a paramecium whole.

7

Via Reddit/DarthOswald

Blood cells on a needle.

8

Via Reddit/DarthOswald

Bacteria imploding after the addition of penicillin. The control group is on the right.

9

Via Reddit/UnderpitMole

A pork tapeworm.

10

Via Reddit/TheBubbaJoe

The indestructible tardigrade, also known as water bears, or moss piglets.

11

Via Reddit/thehol

SEM micrographs of Naegleria fowleri, the brain-eating amoeba.

12

Mushroom gills drying out and collapsing.

13

Via Reddit/darzuo

Hydrothermal worm under an electron microscope.

14

Via Reddit/cant-feel_my-face

A nematode getting slowly eaten alive.

15

Via Reddit/GiorgioMD

A red blood cell squeezing out of a ruptured capillary.

16

Via Reddit/xxx_Trump_xxx

Programmed cell death.

17

Via Reddit/darzuo

A moth’s wing under a microscope.

18

Via Reddit/NmsRd

A salamander from a single cell.

19

Via Reddit/thehol

SEM image of a diving beetle larva.

20

Via Reddit/swhub

White blood cells attacking and destroying a parasite.


20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

 

 

 


Would Dinosaurs Have Survived If Not For The Asteroid?

Would Dinosaurs Have Survived If Not For The Asteroid? -

 

 

A BIG FAT HAT TIP TO DRAWMAN FOR THIS POST

 

One day 66 million years ago, life came to a sudden, apocalyptic halt when an asteroid impact violently closed the book on the age of dinosaurs. Birds are the only members of the dino family tree that survived the ordeal, and the open niches left behind gave them and our early mammal ancestors their time in the ecological spotlight.

But what if calamity hadn't befallen the dinosaurs? Would they still have gone out not with a bang, but a whimper?

Maybe not, according to a new study that says dinosaurs still had plenty of vim and vigor leading up to the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period. Revealed using huge simulations that are new to paleontology, the finding marks the latest turn in a debate over whether dinosaurs were already in “terminal decline” by the time doomsday struck.

In addition, the study's cutting-edge approach could help us better look back at past environmental turmoil and learn in finer detail what we might expect from modern climate change.

“The results are very important—the whole story of decline and contradicting that—but it's also good that we've been devising and applying new methods. It's this multi-angled thing,” says paleontologist Alfio Alessandro Chiarenza, a Ph.D. student at Imperial College London who led the new study, published today in Nature Communications.

Fall of the dinosaurs

Watch the 1940 Disney movie Fantasia, and you'll get a look at how paleontologists once thought the dinosaurs died out. In the film, familiar species flourish in lush swampland but eventually succumb to a more hellish climate. That vision changed in the 1980s, when Walter and Luis Alvarez argued that dinosaurs didn't simply march across a desert to their deaths; instead, a combination of geologic and fossil evidence suggested that their reign ended with a cataclysmic asteroid strike.

Years later, scientists found the smoking gun: the remnants of the resulting crater off the coast of Mexico. Ever since, most paleontologists have agreed that the asteroid bears the bulk of the blame for the dinosaurs' demise. (But even that's up for debate: Two recent studies build on the case that volcanoes also helped kill the dinosaurs.)

That said, paleontologists debate what would have happened if the asteroid had never crashed into Earth. Getting hard numbers on this question is challenging because of the fossil record's fragmentary nature. Environmental conditions must be just right for an organism's body to end up buried and isolated long enough to form a fossil. As a result, telling life's history with fossils is like reconstructing the plot of an epic when all you have are tatters of the only surviving transcription. What if the pages fall apart, or the ink fades?

When tallying up the number of ancient species, paleontologists must therefore account for biases in the fossil record. And when you look at raw tallies, it looks like the number of dinosaur species declined in western North America in the last 17 million years of the Cretaceous. That suggests the dinosaurs were already in their twilight years when the asteroid struck.

But the time period closer to the mass extinction, what's called the Maastrichtian epoch, has not yielded enough fossils to show the finer details. Many studies have tried to account for this bias, and when they do, they find that dinosaur diversity in western North America holds steady or was even increasing until the last gasp. In this scenario, dinosaurs were doing fine—until they suddenly weren't.

This emerging consensus suffered a blow in 2016, when University of Reading biologist Manabu Sakamoto published a paper claiming that, tens of millions of years before the extinction, dinosaur species were dying out faster than new ones were emerging. According to this picture, based on a global family tree of dinosaurs, the heyday for some dinosaur groups had passed well before asteroid-induced armageddon.

Sakamoto's study isn't directly comparable to others, as it looks at longer timescales. Nevertheless, his work once again stoked the flames of debate.

Big bones, bigger data

To tackle big questions, it helps to have big databases, and for decades, paleontologists have been assembling huge public databases of fossil occurrences. Now, a new generation of computer-savvy paleontologists can slice and dice the ancient world like never before, gaining new insights on a global scale.

“We’re at an age of big data and data science now, right?” Sakamoto says. “If you want to make these grandiose kinds of studies and claims, you do need really big data to back it up, so the databases are vital.”

If you're picturing database-driven paleontology as a mix of Jurassic Park and The Matrix, you'd be sorely mistaken. It's tedious work carefully vetting and re-vetting databases that can house hundreds of thousands of entries.

“We spend years on this kind of stuff—it's day in and day out of failed models, failed runs, data cleaning, and if I see a misspelling of 'Maastrichtian' another time, I'll go crazy,” says paleontologist Emma Dunne, a Ph.D. student at the University of Birmingham who uses climate models to study dinosaurs' evolutionary origins. “But it's so worth it. It's super-exciting.”

Chiarenza's journey followed a similar path. He just wanted to study dinosaurs, but to answer his questions, he had to learn subjects ranging from Earth systems models to cutting-edge ecology.

For the new study, he first combined high-resolution models of ancient Earth's terrain with state-of-the-art climate models, the same kind that scientists use to understand human influence on today's climate. He and his colleagues then plotted where dinosaur fossils had been found across this ancient terrain, focusing on three groups: tyrannosaurs, ceratopsians such as Triceratops, and “duck-billed” hadrosaurs.

 

"If you want to make these grandiose kinds of studies and claims, you do need really big data to back it up."

 

 

The researchers trained algorithms on the massive dataset to associate a given group of dinosaurs with a type of topography and climate. With these habitat models in hand, Chiarenza's team could zoom out to all of North America and project which regions were theoretically suitable for dinosaurs. Their model shows that toward the end of the Cretaceous, much of North America would have still been dino-friendly.

At the same time, the researchers modeled where in this region dinosaur fossils were most likely able to form. They simulated the flow of sediments off the baby Rocky Mountains into a seaway that once covered parts of western North America. As the Cretaceous ended, this seaway shrank—and so did the volume of sediments needed to preserve fossils.

Based on their results, Chiarenza and his colleagues argue that the apparent dino decline in western North America isn't a result of evolution cutting dinosaurs from the story; instead, it's geology being a sloppy scribe.

What could have been

Though debate is sure to continue, Chiarenza's work falls in line with other studies that also fail to show a long-term dino decline. In 2018, a study led by Ph.D. student Klara Nordén found that based on their teeth, plant-eating dinosaurs of the late Cretaceous were as ecologically diverse as ever.

“It fits really nicely with what we already know from other lines of evidence,” she says.

And since Chiarenza's models simulate dinosaurs' response to climate, his work could let researchers tease out what exactly killed them; scientists could throw a simulated asteroid or mega-volcano at the model and see the effects on habitat. Chiarenza is currently working through this very question. Similarly, researchers could use the model to dive into other past instances of climate variation to see how habitats respond and what may be happening today with ongoing climate change.

“This kind of technique could be very valuable for [giving] a baseline for how we understand changes that we might be facing with anthropogenic global warming,” says Paul Barrett, a paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London who was not involved in the study.

Steve Brusatte, a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh, adds that the study very clearly implicates the asteroid as the reason the dinosaurs died out. But he also notes that the study hints at what could have been if not for the sudden catastrophe.

“The most touching part of the paper [is that] it’s really clear that there was still plenty of potential niches for the dinosaurs—but the dinosaurs just weren't there, because the asteroid killed them off,” he says. “You kind of get this sad sense of the dinosaurs that could have been.”


20 WEIRDLY WEIRD FACTS – STACKS AND STACKS OF WEIRD FREAKY FACTS

20 WEIRDLY WEIRD FACTS – STACKS AND STACKS OF WEIRD FREAKY FACTS

 

 

 

 


10 Weird Times When Nonhumans Appeared As Witnesses In Court

10 Weird Times When Nonhumans Appeared As Witnesses In Court -

 

Humans are often called as witnesses to testify in courts and before Congress. As we are about to find out, being a witness is not exclusive to humans. Animals, puppets, and robots have also fulfilled that role.

Animals have been called as witnesses in criminal proceedings because they saw the crimes or got involved in one way or another. Some courts have allowed this use of animals, while other judges have plainly refused.

10 Bud The Parrot

Photo credit: The Independent

In May 2015, 49-year-old Glenna Duram attempted a murder-suicide. She shot her husband, Martin Duram, five times before shooting herself. Martin died, but Glenna survived. Bud, an African grey parrot owned by Martin, was the only witness to the murder.

Bud revealed that Glenna was the shooter when the bird started saying “Don’t f—g shoot” in Martin’s voice. It often repeated what is believed to be the last conversation between the couple. The bird alternated between the voices of Glenna and Martin and always ended with Martin’s words, “Don’t f—g shoot.”

Martin’s mother, Lillian, mentioned that Bud was a filthy bird and was fond of repeating whatever it heard, so it was probably telling the truth. Prosecutors attempted to take Bud to court as a witness, but they were turned down. Nevertheless, Glenna was found guilty of murder.[1]

9 Elmo

Photo credit: pinterest.com

In 2002, Elmo of Sesame Street became the first puppet and nonhuman to testify before the US Congress. (Arguably, it is still the only puppet to have ever testified before Congress.) Elmo appeared before the Education Appropriations Subcommittee to support an increase in funding for teaching music in schools.

The increased funding was to be used to purchase music equipment and fund music research. To play the part, Elmo dressed in a suit and tie. However, not everybody found it funny.

2002 was a busy year for Congress. It was stuck right between the 2001 World Trade Center attacks and the 2003 Iraq War. The September 11, 2001, bombing was still fresh at the time, and Congress was planning a vote on the Iraq War. Besides, Elmo also interrupted other witnesses and tried to eat the microphone.[2]

8 Murphy The Dog

Photo credit: BBC

In 2005, Albert K. Smith was arrested for shooting the boyfriend of his ex-wife. While in a cell, he wrote a letter to somebody named Murphy Smith. The elusive Murphy Smith interested prosecutors who believed they had gotten a lead on the murder. They issued a subpoena and called Murphy in as a witness.

When Murphy arrived at the courthouse, prosecutors were shocked to discover that he was not a human. Instead, he was Smith’s five-year-old Shih Tzu. Murphy the dog had been brought to court by Albert Smith’s unnamed brother. But they were not permitted to enter the courthouse because dogs were not allowed. The embarrassed prosecutors apologized for the mix-up.[3]

7  Scooby The Dog

Photo credit: businessinsider.com

In 2008, an unnamed 59-year-old woman was found hanging in her Paris home. Police considered it a suicide, but her family suspected murder. So they insisted on an investigation. The only witness was the woman’s unnamed dog. The pooch was later nicknamed Scooby after the famous fictional investigative dog, Scooby Doo.

Police believe that Scooby was in the home at the time of the woman’s murder. They found a suspect and called Scooby to court as a witness. Prosecutors observed Scooby’s behavior when presented with the suspect to determine whether to continue with the murder investigation or rule its owner’s death as a suicide.

Scooby barked ferociously when presented with the witness. The court did not explain what decision it reached, and we were unable to find a follow-up. However, Judge Thomas Cassuto thanked Scooby for its help, saying the dog showed “exemplary behavior and (was of) invaluable assistance.”[4]

6 Tango The Dog

French courts obviously have a thing for using dogs as witnesses. In 2014, a French court called another dog as a witness in a murder trial. The pooch was Tango, a nine-year-old Labrador. Tango’s unnamed owner had been murdered, and prosecutors believed that Tango had witnessed the homicide.

Tango was called to the witness stand where the judge ordered the suspect to threaten the dog with a bat. Prosecutors assumed that Tango’s behavior toward the suspect behaving this way would determine whether the suspect was the murderer.

To ensure that there were no errors, prosecutors used Norman, another nine-year-old Labrador, as a control. The suspect also threatened Norman with a bat. Afterward, Norman’s reaction was compared to Tango’s. Although we do not know how the dogs responded, the exercise was considered a failure. The suspect’s lawyer said it was “absurd.”[5]

5 Officer Azor K9

Photo credit: digitaljournal.com

In 2012, Rodney McGee appeared in a Florida court over a traffic citation. However, he called for a postponement of the proceedings because one of his key witnesses was not in court. The witness was Officer Azor K9, a German shepherd police dog.

McGee was so serious about having Officer Azor K9 in court that McGee had issued a subpoena. He was clearly shocked when a police handler led Azor into the courtroom. Apparently, McGee had not believed that the police would be crazy enough to bring a dog to court as a witness.

McGee had subpoenaed Azor because the dog had been present at the scene when police suspected that McGee had drugs in his car. McGee said he wanted to hide marijuana in the courtroom and determine if Azor could find drugs.

The unimpressed Judge Peter Bell did not allow Azor to testify. Bell did not permit McGee to hide marijuana in the courtroom, either. Instead, the judge ordered McGee to pay a $300 fine for not using his turn signal.[6]

4 Pepper The Robot

Photo credit: The Independent

In 2018, Pepper became the first robot to appear before the British Parliament. Several human witnesses, including computer scientists and roboticists, also testified. The idea was to prove the usefulness of robots and artificial intelligence to humans.

Pepper provided evidence about artificial intelligence, robotics, and the fourth industrial revolution. The robot also answered questions from members of Parliament, although it was unclear if the responses were preprogrammed or used artificial intelligence technology.

Pepper is part of a category of smart robots created by SoftBank Robotics, a Japanese company. The robots have microphones, cameras, and touch screens on their chests. They have been used in several roles, including receptionists. However, not everything has not been rosy for the robots. One was fired from its job at a grocery store.[7]

3 Peach The Dog

Photo credit: The Telegraph

In 2013, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which handles criminal prosecution in England and Wales, requested a witness statement from Police Constable Peach of the West Midlands Police Station. Officers at the station wrote back to CPS to inform them that PC Peach was actually PD Peach—that is, Police Dog Peach.

Despite this, CPS insisted it needed a statement from the German shepherd. Peach’s handler wrote the statement after a series of correspondence. The handler used wriggly handwriting, the sort a dog would supposedly use if it could write. The statement read, “I chase him. I bite him. Bad man. He tasty. Good boy. Good boy Peach.”[8]

The handler signed the statement with Peach’s paw print. Peach was four years old, and his service number started with PD, clearly indicating he was a dog. Officers posted the statement on the wall of their station, and it finally ended up on Facebook and Twitter where CPS became the butt of jokes. CPS was unimpressed.

2 Buddy The Dog

In the early 20th century, a court in the District of Columbia called a dog as a witness in a lawsuit over its ownership. Both Major General Eli Helmick of the US Armed Forces and Keeley Morse, a hat seller, insisted they owned the dog.

Helmick claimed that he had purchased the dog in 1920 and called it Buddy. In November 1921, the pooch disappeared. His wife, Florence, found the missing dog in Keeley Morse’s hat shop several months later. Florence insisted that the dog was called Buddy and belonged to her husband. Morse maintained that the dog, named Prince, was his.

Major General Helmick soon got involved and called the police. They detained the dog when they could not determine its real owner. Both men went to court, where Helmick showed receipts, records, and photographs to prove that he owned the canine. Morse said the evidence was unnecessary because Prince was another dog.

Morse insisted that he had purchased Prince on October 24, the month before Buddy went missing, so it could not have been the general’s missing dog. One at a time, the men argued over the breed of the dog to prove ownership. Judge Edward Kimball later decided to settle the case the good old-fashioned way.

Kimball called the dog into the courtroom as a witness. It was put on a chair where it promptly jumped and ran toward Mrs. Helmick. This action, the judge ruled, proved that the dog belonged to the Helmicks and not Morse.[9]

1 Max The Parrot

In November 1991, 36-year-old Jane Gill was found dead in her Northern California home. Suspicion fell on Gary Joseph Rasp, Gill’s business partner, who appeared in court as a suspect. The only witness was Max, Gill’s parrot, which probably saw the murder.

Max had remained inside its cage for two days after the murder until Gill’s body was found. The bird was hungry and thirsty when it was rescued. So it was taken to a pet shop where it was nursed back to health. After getting better, Max started to shout, “Richard, no, no, no!”[10]

Charles Ogulnik, Rasp’s attorney, took an interest in the bird. His client could not be guilty if the parrot had squawked, “Richard, no, no, no!” Ogulnik was questioning a private investigator about looking into the bird’s statements when the district attorney objected.

The judge sustained the objection, ending the bird’s chance of being a witness. Ogulnik later confirmed that he was not trying to produce the bird as a witness. He only wanted to introduce evidence provided by the bird.

Max’s location was kept secret after the incident. The private investigator joked that the bird was in a witness protection program and its identity had been changed from a parrot to a macaw.


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Vietnam soldiers being told they are going home

 


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12 UNUSUAL THINGS THAT MOST PEOPLE HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE

12 UNUSUAL THINGS THAT MOST PEOPLE HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE -

 

The world is a wonderful and strange place that consists of incredible things. We usually don’t even think about many incredible things that surround us. At times, we have heard about them but would have never had the chance to see them. Here is a list of top 12 things that most people would have never seen or heard about in the world.

1. Colored Art Loaf: This piece was masterfully crafted by artist Loren Stump by layering colors to create this “loaf,” and each slice was sold for $5,000.

Image source: Stumpchuck.com

This amazing piece of art, or should we say “art loaf,” was created by Californian glass worker Loren Stump. With the expertise of over 40 years, the delicate “murrine” is made from layering colored, molten glass at the core and elongating it meticulously until the artwork is formed. The murrine is a cross-section of creative, figurative, hidden images made by combining 2D forms into 3D objects.

The individual components are crafted by creating strokes of molten glass to create the figurines. The molten glass is further heated and stretched to create the image. For complex images, the process is repeated until the desired image is obtained. Every slice of this amazing art loaf was sold for a whopping $5,000. (source)

2. Black Swallower: This nightmarish binge eater lives at depths of up to 10,000 feet below the surface. The fish is capable of gobbling up animals twice its length and ten times its mass with ease.

Image credit: The Aquaman/twitter

The Chiasmodon niger, aka “Black Swallower,” is a species of fish that lives at a depth of 2,297 to 10,000 feet in the North Atlantic Ocean. The deep-sea fish is notorious for gobbling up animals that are twice its size and ten times its mass. The fish stalks its prey from behind and swallows it with ease facilitated by its distended stomach.

In 2007, a dead black swallower was discovered floating off the coast of the Cayman Islands. The fish had swallowed a 34-inch mackerel, and the food started decomposing before it could be digested. The resulting gases caused the fish’s guts to burst open killing it. (source)

3. Barbie Pagoda Fungus: This is a species of fungus found in New Caledonia. It is gorgeously hued in pale pink and blue color with a multi-tiered appearance.

Image credits: Hoodass/Instagram

The color fluorescent candy pink is synonymous with Barbie. However, she now has a rival, a fungus native to New Caledonia discovered in 2013 named Podoserpula miranda. It has been nicknamed “Barbie Pagoda Fungus” due to its pale pink color and a quirky, multi-tiered appearance.

The fungi are unusually shaped producing up to half-a-dozen caps diminishing in size from bottom to top-center on a single stalk. The scientists have warned not to be fooled by its beauty. The fungi smell like radishes and are presumed to be toxic in nature. (source)

4. A Lake Above the Ocean: Lake Sørvágsvatn, the largest lake in the Faroe Islands, sits atop the North Atlantic Ocean and creates a waterfall as it discharges into the ocean.

Image credits: DenebVegaAltair/imgur

The six-kilometer picturesque lake is located between Iceland and Norway on the island of Vágar. The lake sits comfortably on top of a cliff about 40 meters above sea level. The waterfall is surrounded by a higher cliff that prevents the water from spilling into the sea.

The lake empties into the sea via an outlet creating the waterfall Bøsdalafossur. The cliffs located on either side of the lake create an optical illusion from certain angles. The illusion makes the lake appear much higher above sea level than it is. (source)

5. Four-horned Jacob Sheep: This is a multi-horned sheep. The most distinguishing features of the Jacob are their four horns, although they may have as few as two or as many as six.

Image credits: Crosa/Flickr

The Jacob sheep is mentioned in the book of Genesis in the Old Testament Bible. However, the origins of the sheep remains a mystery, and it was discovered during the 17th century. The sheep breed is native to Britain and is dark-colored with white areas of wool. The most distinguishable feature of the sheep is its horns consisting of two to six horns.

Both the male (ram) and female (ewe) possess this unique characteristic. It consists of two sets of horns – the rostral and caudal set. The rostral set of horns extend upwards, while the caudal set of horns curl downwards along its head and neck. The sheep was initially raised as “park-sheep” by rich landlords for ornamental purpose. (source)

6. Fukang Meteorite: The 4.5-billion-year-old Fukang meteorite was found in the mountains near Fukang, China in 2000. It is a pallasite – a type of stony-iron meteorite with olivine crystals.

Image credits: Arizona meteorite laboratory via dailymailWolfgang Sauber/Wikimedia

The Fukang meteorite was discovered in the year 2000 in the mountains near Fukang, China. The meteorite is considered to be 4.5 billion years old and weighs about 20 kilograms. The meteorite is a pallasite comprised of gem-quality olivine in a nickel-iron matrix.

The meteor is presumed to have formed during the birth of the solar system. High temperatures might have fused the olivine with the metal forming a matrix. It has been estimated that less than 1%  of all meteorites are considered to be pallasites. This makes it one of the greatest meteorite discovered during the 21st century. The meteorite has been divided into many pieces and auctioned off. (source)

7. Catatumbo lightning: This is an atmospheric phenomenon that occurs only over the mouth of the Catatumbo River in Venezuela. These extended lightning strikes can last up to 10 hours.

We have commonly heard the phrase that “lightning never strikes the same place twice.” But that phrase has been proven to be a myth by the amazing phenomenon observed in a lake in Venezuela. Commonly known as “Catatumbo lightning” occurs over the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it meets the Lake Maracaibo.

Lake Maracaibo earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for recording “highest concentration of lightning.” The lake has recorded a staggering 250 lightning flashes per square-kilometer each year. The phenomenon occurs between the coordinates 8°30′N 71°0′W and 9°45′N 73°0′W. The lightning activity can be viewed from 400 kilometers away, and sailors have used it for navigation.

The storm accompanied by lightning is caused by the result of winds blowing across the Maracaibo Lake and its surroundings. The accumulated air mass meets the high mountain ridges of the Andes, the Perijá Mountains, and Mérida’s Cordillera. The plains are enclosed by these mountains on all sides. The heat and moisture accumulated across the plains generate electrical charges since the air masses are destabilized by the mountain ranges resulting in continuous lightning. (source)

8. Liziba Station: This is a fully functional train track with a station that goes through an occupied, 19-story residential building in Chongqing, China.

Have you ever witnessed a train passing through a 19-story residential building? If the answer is no, you can head to Chongqing located in southeast China to witness it. An unusual train track passes directly through a residential building. The noise reduction equipment installed at the station generates noise equivalent to a dishwasher!

The Chongqing Rail Transit No.2 and the residential building have been built on top of each other. This highlights the creative solution for lack of space in a city packed with 49 million residents. Moreover, it is convenient for residents to directly hop onto the train at Liziba Station located on the sixth to the eighth floor of the building. (source)

9. Blue lingcod: This is a fish with blue meat which looks like it has been marinated in blue food dye. The blue color is caused by a bile pigment.

Image credit: Naukati Bay Adventures/Facebook

The fish with blue meat is commonly known as “blue lingcod” and lurks in the rocky reefs from Baja California to the Gulf of Alaska. The fish is a most fearsome predator and acquires its unique color due to the bile pigment biliverdin. The biliverdin seeps into the meat of the fish causing them to turn blue.

The lingcod’s meat has a bluish or greenish cast when it is raw. However, the blue color magically disappears and changes to white when the fish is cooked. (source)

10. Blue whale skull: The Natural History Museum in the United Kingdom possesses a 126-year-old skull of the largest animal to ever exist on Earth.

Image credits: Sklmsta/WikimediaStephen O’Connor/Wikimedia,

The museum houses an iconic, 25-meter blue whale skeleton in its off-site warehouse. The skeleton is estimated to be 126 years old was unveiled for display in 1938 in the mammals’ gallery. Engineers working on the specimen have painstakingly assembled the skeleton on a metal head before moving it to the Hintze Hall.

The whale specimen has been named “Hope” signifying the symbol of humanity’s power to shape a sustainable future. The blue whale faced near extinction due to over-exploitation until a ban was issued. (source)

11. Squid with teeth: A super-rare squid nicknamed “toothy squid” that looks like it has teeth was discovered in the Atlantic Ocean by German researchers.

Image credits: R. Young/tolweb

The Promachoteuthis sulcus, aka “toothy squid,” is a very rare, deep-sea squid that looks like it has a perfect pair of teeth. It is considered to be the rarest cephalopod and was discovered by a German research vessel in 2007.

The female cephalopod was captured during a deep-sea diving expedition in the southern Atlantic Ocean. The feature that appears to be its teeth is actually its lips. The folded lips resemble a perfect set of tiny teeth making it the perfect candidate for a toothpaste commercial. (source)

12. Doomsday Vault: Svalbard Global Seed Bank contains seeds of every plant currently in existence. It was built to survive anything that could befall the earth and allow survivors to begin again.

Image credits: Frode Bjorshol/flickr

The seed bank contains a whopping 930,000 seed varieties of food crops. The vault holds the title “World’s largest collection of agricultural biodiversity.” The vault is located deep in the bowels of Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. The icy mountain is located on an island above the Arctic Circle between Norway and the North Pole.

The seeds are preserved in the case of an apocalyptic event or a global catastrophe. The location is far away from places that are subjected to war, terror, and natural calamities. The seed bank is comprised of three vaults, and the seeds are preserved in sub-zero temperatures. The seeds are stored in vacuum-sealed, silver packets and test tubes. These boxes hold the key to human survival and the future of global food security. (12)


PETA Faces Backlash After Calling Out Google For Its Steve Irwin Tribute

PETA Faces Backlash After Calling Out Google For Its Steve Irwin Tribute -

 
PETA is facing criticism after sharing some thoughts on the Google Doodle celebrating Steve Irwin. The group said the animation sent a "dangerous, fawning message" because of some of Irwin's actions.

 
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19 Cats That Are Living The Very Best Cat's Life

19 Cats That Are Living The Very Best Cat's Life -

 

Cats have always had a reputation for being mysterious yet fun and curious creatures. They can turn up unexpectedly, anywhere, anytime and are always up to some mischief. The big expressive eyes of these furry felines have been intriguing us for so long. Now it’s time to really see why we should be envious that their lives are so much better than ours.
 
 
 

 


10 Offbeat Stories You Might Have Missed Last Week

10 Offbeat Stories You Might Have Missed Last Week -

 

 

This week’s list is a collection of international affairs. There is the Canadian iceberg heist, the German Smurf party, and the French lightsaber duel. We find glow-in-the-dark spider fossils in Korea and striped horses in England. The Japanese get naked to uphold a 500-year-old tradition while an Australian woman dresses up as a gorilla to catch a flasher.

10 Smurf-tastic

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Thousands assembled in the German village of Lauchringen to set the new world record for the largest gathering of Smurfs.

The event was organized by a group called Da Traditionsverein. According to the group’s Facebook page, the occasion drew 2,762 people who donned pointy hats, white pants, and blue paint to resemble the characters from the beloved comic book.

The Record Institute for Germany was there to officially confirm the number of the crowd, although it is still waiting for approval from Guinness World Records. To be eligible for the record, each participant had to have their skin either painted blue or covered by clothing. The white cap was also mandatory, although red was allowed for people dressed up as Papa Smurf.

This was actually the second time that organizers attempted to break the record. They first tried it in 2016 but managed to assemble only 2,149 people. This time, their efforts overshadowed the previous record of 2,510 Smurfs set in 2009 at Swansea University in Wales.[1]

9 Spider Glow

Photo credit: sciencealert.com

Scientists found fossils of spiders whose eyes still glowed in the dark even though they died 110 million years ago.

Researchers from the Korea Polar Research Institute and the University of Kansas were exploring a Mesozoic shale deposit in South Korea called the Jinju Formation. They uncovered 10 spider fossils.

This was noteworthy enough on its own. These kinds of finds are exceedingly rare because soft, squishy spiders don’t make very good fossils and are typically found only in amber. However, two of them were even more exciting because their eyes still shone in the dark even after all this time.

Most likely, the source of the glow was the tapetum. This is a reflective layer of tissue in the eye that many animals have. It helps with their night vision but also causes the eyes to shine in the dark. Researchers believe that this could be the first preservation of a spider’s tapetum in the entire fossil record.[2]

Scientists are also curious about the circumstances that led to the arachnids being preserved in shale. Other creatures such as fish and crustaceans were also present in the rocks, so they could have all fallen victim to a disastrous event like an algal bloom.

8 A Cool Heist

Photo credit: BBC

One of the most bizarre heists in recent memory occurred in Newfoundland, Canada, as thieves made off with 30,000 liters (7,925 gal) of iceberg water from a vodka distillery.

The criminals targeted a warehouse in the historic community of Port Union. The victim was Iceberg Vodka. As its name suggests, the company uses real iceberg water in the manufacturing of its product.

CEO David Meyers says the stolen liquid could have been used to make 150,000 bottles of vodka. However, he does not expect the company to suffer too much after its loss. The water was insured, and it was only valued at C$9,000 to C$12,000. That being said, the biggest problem is that the giant ice blocks can only be harvested once a year when the icebergs move closer to the Newfoundland coast.[3]

Meyers does not believe that the crime was one of simple opportunity. The thieves went through “a bit of work” to bypass the locked gate and door and brought along some kind of tanker to load and transport tens of thousands of liters of iceberg water. The original tank which contained the liquid had been drained and left behind.

7 Wickedness In Creswell Crags

Photo credit: The Guardian

There was a time when people were really, really afraid of something in Creswell Crags, a limestone gorge on the border between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, England. That’s the conclusion of heritage experts after they found inside what could be Britain’s largest assemblage of apotropaic signs—which are intended to ward off evil.

The markings include hundreds of symbols, letters, and patterns which were likely carved from the 16th century onward when fear of witchcraft became widespread.

It is truly remarkable how long it took for people to realize the markings were there. This is especially surprising given that ice age art was found inside the cave in 2003 and attracted a lot of attention.

However, it wasn’t until last year that two keen-eyed cavers spotted a couple of symbols and alerted members of the Creswell Heritage Trust as to their meaning. The director of the trust embarrassingly confessed that they had been telling people the markings were Victorian graffiti.

This prompted a closer inspection of the cave. Researchers were shocked to discover that the walls were covered in symbols. So far, they have found a thousand and counting.[4] Most of them are generic, such as PM for Pace Maria or a double V meaning Virgin of Virgins. It might be hard to tell exactly what it was about Creswell Crags that terrified people so much.

 6 The Luckiest Men In Japan

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Thousands of Japanese men in Okayama stripped down to their loincloths and crowded together to search for two sticks believed to bring them good luck in the year to come.

The tradition is called Saidaiji Eyo, and it dates back over 500 years to the Muromachi period. Last Saturday, an estimated 10,000 men gathered at the Kinryozan Saidaiji Buddhist temple in Okayama to participate.

First, they took off their clothes and put on white loincloths. Then they all bathed in the cold waters of the Yoshii River as part of a purification ritual.

At around 10:00 PM came the main event. The mass of naked men watched as the temple’s chief priest stood on a balcony. The lights were turned off, and he threw two sticks into the crowd. A mad scramble ensued to find them.[5]

The sticks are called shingi. It is believed that the two participants who located them will be the luckiest men of the year.

5 Cop Kong Gets Her Man

Photo credit: thewest.com.au

A determined citizen donned a gorilla cop disguise to stake out a pervert who had been flashing women in a park in Perth, Western Australia.

According to the anonymous woman, she had fallen victim to the sex pest several times. She talked with other women in the park and discovered that they had all suffered similar experiences. Typically, the man rode his bicycle with his shorts pulled up high around his waist so that his genitals were hanging out. On occasion, he had stopped and approached women on foot.

Determined to do something about it, the crime fighter took matters into her own hands. First, she put up posters around public areas warning people of a flasher. Then she began staking out the park he liked to frequent. Fearing he might recognize her, the woman wore a costume of a gorilla dressed up as a cop.

The bizarre gambit paid off. The concealed crusader spotted the offender and was able to follow him to his home without being spotted. She then relayed the information to the police, who charged him with four counts of indecent acts in public.[6]

4 Radiation At Grand Canyon

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For almost two decades, people who visited the Grand Canyon National Park museum could have been exposed to radiation thanks to uranium ore being stored in the vicinity.

Earlier this month, park staff members received a distressing email which said, “If you were in the Museum Collections Building (bldg 2C) between the year 2000 and June 18, 2018, you were ‘exposed’ to uranium by OSHA’s (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) definition.”[7]

It came from safety manager Elston Stephenson. He discovered that three 19-liter (5 gal) buckets of uranium ore had been stored near the taxidermy exhibit for nearly 20 years.

Things weren’t as serious as they sounded, though. The ore contained only low amounts of radiation. Levels were below those needed for concern about public safety, although they were higher than “background radiation.” Legally, this is why employees had to be notified. OSHA inspectors don’t expect any health problems and currently label the area as “no risk.”

That being said, employees could have done a better job of disposing of the uranium. They finally decided to get rid of it last June. They moved the buckets using gardening gloves and mop handles. They took the ore to the Lost Orphan uranium mine from which it had come.

3 A Joker On Mars

Photo credit: The Guardian

Most of us have a preconceived notion of what astronauts should be like. They need to be tough (both physically and mentally), smart, determined, and cool as a cucumber. In the words of Tom Wolfe, they need to have “the right stuff.” However, research suggests that, if colonization missions to Mars are to be successful, at least one of those astronauts should be more of a class clown than a class president.

It all has to do with boosting morale and diffusing tense situations. Anthropologist Jeffrey Johnson from the University of Florida has been studying overwintering crews in Antarctica for four years to identify the importance of informal roles in helping teams work smoothly together. He pinpointed multiple vital characters such as the leader, the peacemaker, the counselor, and the clown (whose role is essential in creating group cohesion).

Johnson puts it simply: Groups who have the right combination of characters do well, and those who do not do badly. He uses the famed Amundsen polar expedition as an example. Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen understood the importance of a friendly face and selected the rotund and jolly chef Adolf Lindstrom to be on his team. He later wrote that Lindstrom “rendered greater and more valuable services to the . . . expedition than any other man.”[8]

Johnson has begun working with NASA to monitor groups of astronauts placed inside a mock space habitat in Houston, Texas. They want to see if the same informal dynamics are maintained in space environments.

2 May The Foil Be With You

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In a galaxy far, far away, the French Fencing Federation has officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport.

Fencing clubs all over the country have been equipped with lightsabers and even offer training for those looking to live out their Star Wars fantasies. According to the federation’s Secretary General Serge Aubailly, this move was an effort to get young people to exercise more. He believes that they lead sedentary lifestyles that involve sitting on the couch and only exercising their thumbs.

In the past, cape-and-sword movies have had a big impact on fencing as a sport. Popular characters like Zorro and Robin Hood helped bring in a lot of new people interested in giving it a shot. Aubailly simply sees the Star Wars franchise as the next step.[9]

The rules are similar to regular fencing, but they have been modified slightly to give the sport more visual appeal as one would expect in the movies. The rooms are darkened so that the glowing lightsabers are easier to see.

In order for a blow to count, the tip of the saber must first have been pointed behind the fighter’s head. This is to encourage more brazen, over-the-head blows as seen in Star Wars duels instead of the lightning-quick, tip-first strikes common in fencing.

1 Why The Zebra Got Its Stripes

Photo credit: The Guardian

In a new study published in the scientific journal PLOS One, researchers from the University of Bristol concluded that the striped pattern on zebras appeared to confuse and deter flies.

According to coauthor Dr. Martin How, the stripes affect the insects’ landing. Close-up footage showed that the flies zoomed quite fast into the zebras. Some turned away completely, while others crashed into the animals instead of doing controlled landings.[10]

The stripes only appear to work as a deterrent from close range. Researchers believe that the low-resolution vision of flies will cause the zebras to look like regular gray horses from a distance of a few meters. The sudden reveal of the stripes might surprise the insects enough to make them veer away, or it might interfere with their ability to gauge correctly how fast the object is coming at them.

To be thorough, scientists needed to be sure that it was the stripes turning away the flies and not something else, such as a scent. Therefore, they dressed up horses in zebra coats to see if they would get the same results.

They also put plain white and plain black coats on other horses to act as a control. Indeed, the flies landed noticeably fewer times on the horses wearing stripes as compared to the ones clad in the other garments.


20 WEIRDLY WEIRD FACTS – STACKS AND STACKS OF WEIRD FREAKY FACTS

20 WEIRDLY WEIRD FACTS – STACKS AND STACKS OF WEIRD FREAKY FACTS

 

 


 


MORNING MAYHEM PICDUMP - 70+ FUN PHOTOS

MORNING MAYHEM PICDUMP - 70+ FUN PHOTOS -

 

 

 


25 MORE KICKASS FACTS WITH KICKASS SOURCES – ENTERTAIN YOUR BRAIN

25 MORE KICKASS FACTS WITH KICKASS SOURCES – ENTERTAIN YOUR BRAIN

 

1. During World War II in Australia, there was a dog whose hearing was so acute that it was able to warn Air Force personnel of incoming Japanese planes 20 minutes before they arrived, and before they showed up on radar. “Gunner” was able to differentiate the sounds of allied and enemy aircraft. – Source

2. If you post a funny video to YouTube and it starts to get popular, a producer from America’s Funniest Home Videos might ask you to take down the video and sign over exclusive rights in exchange for a chance at winning $100,000. The creator of “David after Dentist” turned down such an offer. – Source

3. In 1998, Serena and Venus Williams said they could beat any man ranked 200 or worse in a game of tennis. Karsten Braasch, ranked 203, accepted the challenge and easily beat them, 6-1, 6-2. – Source

4. There is a 2400 year old giant “honey mushroom” in Oregon, covering 2200 acres, slowly killing off the trees in the forest. It is the largest living organism on the planet. – Source

5. When Jai Singh, Maharaja of a princely state of India, visited the Rolls-Royce showroom in London, he was affronted when the salesman implied that he couldn’t afford to purchase the car. He purchased ten, shipped them to India, and ordered to use them for collecting and transporting garbage. – Source

 

6. A female shorebird was recently found to have flown 7,145 miles nonstop from Alaska to New Zealand in nine days, without taking a break for food or drink. – Source

7. President Jimmy Carter was lowered into a nuclear reactor during a partial meltdown to disassemble the reactor of Chalk River Laboratories in Ontario. He was only able to stay in the reactor for seconds at a time because of radiation exposure. – Source

8. Before trees were common, the earth was covered in giant mushrooms – Source

9. Germany builds about twice as much cars as the U.S., while paying its workers twice as much – Source

10. An American former prisoner of war spotted a brutal Japanese official from the POW camp, shopping at Sears in Los Angeles in 1946. That official, a US citizen, was subsequently the last person convicted of treason in the US to date. – Source

11. The U.S. Government believes that very high quality counterfeit United States $100 bills have been made by unknown organizations or governments and they speculate that most likely these notes were produced in North Korea. – Source

12. Sex toys have been illegal in Alabama since 1998. However, you can legally buy them if you have a doctor’s note. – Source

13. Season Two of the TV series “24” featured a terrorist plot that originated from a London mosque. A few months after the season ended, authorities raided the mosque and found that it was indeed a terrorist hub. – Source

14. Once the Babylonians were able to predict when solar eclipses would occur, they would install a substitute king during this period. As they believed that these eclipses were an evil omen and this substitute king could be blamed. He usually was killed after, of course making the omen true. – Source

15. China’s pet markets make most of their money on ill animals. Vendors perform tabletop plastic surgery to make sickly mutts resemble more valuable breeds, then pump them full of new blood laced with painkillers and stimulants. The dogs are known as “week dogs,” because they die in seven days. – Source

 

 

 

16. Our brains have been engineered in such a way that a baby’s cry is hard to ignore. – Source

17. The word ‘Jebus’ as used in the Simpsons is in fact an old name for Jerusalem, named after the tribe who had built it. – Source

18. In 2005, an Ethiopian girl was kidnapped and attacked until a pride of lions chased her attackers off and stayed to defend her until help arrived! – Source

19. The Northern lights make an audible sound in the atmosphere – Source

20. Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi were enemies. Churchill favored letting Gandhi die if he went on a hunger strike. During the Bengal famine of 1943, his response to urgent requests to divert food supplies to India was “if food was so scarce why Gandhi hasn’t died yet”. – Source

21. Chinese films used Chinese actors in “whiteface,” using wigs and nose prosthetics to play Caucasians – Source

22. The song “Chocolate Salty Balls” from South Park reached #1 on the UK singles chart – Source

23. In 2005, during a Muslim Pilgrimage in Baghdad, one man pointed to another and accused him of carrying explosives. 953 People died in the resulting stampede. – Source

24. The world’s largest parrot, the Kakapo, is the world’s only flightless parrot. It is nocturnal, herbivorous, and is one of the world’s longest-living birds with an average lifespan of 95 years. As of 2012, there were only 126 living individuals known and they spend their days hiding from giant eagles that went extinct hundreds of years ago. – Source

25. Nixon’s strategy during Vietnam was called the Madman Theory and it focused on making the enemy think Nixon was insane and if provoked would act irrational. – Source

 

 


Mike Tyson Tried To Fight A Gorilla For $10,000

Mike Tyson Tried To Fight A Gorilla For $10,000

 

Mike Tyson will go down as one of the most savage Boxers in all of history.

In the mid to late 80’s, he was an unstoppable force that left his opponents battered and beaten after he destroyed them with his aggressive Boxing style. This led to him starting his career with a record of 37-0 with 33 of those wins coming by TKO. It wasn’t until his first fight of 1990 that he tasted defeat in the Boxing ring.

Despite Tyson’s loss to Buster Douglas in 1990, he was still a feared man in the squared circle. When a fighter signed up to fight him they were basically signing up to just take a payday and a beating. Even after his loss to Douglas, he was still considered to be the most dangerous man in the world. The only thing that was able to derail him at the time was a prison sentence.

Once he returned to the ring after prison he clearly was not the same Mike Tyson in the ring. Mike has always been a different breed, but after his infamous fights with Evander Holyfield, it was clear that his time at the top was over.

He was ferocious in the ring when he was in his prime.

Aside from being a complete monster in the ring, Mike Tyson was also known for being a little crazy. He kept pet Tigers, he said some of the craziest stuff you ever heard in interviews and press conferences. For crying out loud he once said he wanted to eat Lennox Lewis’s children.

Despite everything Mike Tyson has done, nothing is crazier than when he decided he wanted to fight a Gorilla. He was even willing to pay to fight a Gorilla. Most people are too scared to fight another human being and he wanted to fight a freaking Gorilla. If that isn’t insane I don’t know what is.

Apparently, when Tyson was with Robin Given in the late 80’s the two went to the zoo. Tyson has always been an animal lover. He had bribed a zoo employee to open the zoo after it had closed. The two were strolling along enjoying the animals and when they came up to the Gorilla exhibit. Tyson noticed a Gorilla was bullying all of the other primates. Tyson being the animal lover he is couldn’t stand for this and he offered the zookeeper $10,000 to open the cage so he can go in there and punch the Gorilla.

Mike Tyson really tried to fight a Gorilla.

This would have ended horribly if it had happened.

Yes, you read that correctly. He was willing to pay $10,000 to get killed by a Gorilla. Now we aren’t trying to doubt Tyson’s ability, but it is a freaking Gorilla. It would have torn him apart.

“I paid a worker at New York’s zoo to re-open it just for me and Robin (his wife),” said Tyson. “When we got to the gorilla cage there was 1 big Silverback gorilla there just bullying all the other gorillas. They were so powerful but their eyes were like an innocent infant. I offered the attendant $10,000 to open the cage and let smash that silverback’s snotbox! He declined.”

Thankfully that zookeeper had some common sense. Have you ever seen a Gorilla fight before? If not watch the video below.

Why anyone would think they could beat that is beyond me.

If you thought Mike Tyson had a chance you are dreaming. That Gorilla would have ripped Tyson in half. Kudos to him for being so confident in his ability, but that would have been one decision he would have regretted.

Maybe it was because he wrestled with is pet tigers that he thought he could beat up the Gorilla. Who knows, but thankfully it never happened. Although I would assume that zookeeper had to think real hard about that decision. $10,000 is a nice amount of money today and it was even more back then. $10,000 in 1989 is actually the equivalent of about $20,000 today.


20 UNBELIEVABLE FACTS THAT YOU BETTER BELIEVE

20 UNBELIEVABLE FACTS THAT YOU BETTER BELIEVE


Pot-Smoking Tipster Finds Tiger In Abandoned House

Pot-Smoking Tipster Finds Tiger In Abandoned House

 

 

A tiger found Monday at an abandoned southeast Houston home is expected to be transported to her permanent home Tuesday.

Crews are set to transport the tiger to an undisclosed animal sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. Before leaving, a vet will possibly give the animal a visual check-up to see if she needs immediate medical attention.


26 INTERESTING PHOTOS FROM HISTORY

26 INTERESTING PHOTOS FROM HISTORY -

1. Sergeant Edward Hill, captured at Dunkirk in 1940, celebrates his release 5 years later in May 1945.

2. The body of a French soldier killed in 1940 is guarded by his dog.

3. A North Vietnamese fighter jet is shot down by an American plane.

4. Danish soldiers prepare to resist the German invasion of their country during WWII.

5. A Great Depression Era farmer outside his home.

6. Fidel Castro and Malcolm X converse.

7. A group of boys listen to a story by a Civil War veteran.

8. British soldiers killed during the Spring Offensives of 1918.

9. An American soldier drags a wounded comrade to safety during the Vietnam War.

10. Hitler Youth enjoy a meal after their capture by American forces.

11. Russian forces in Turkey during the Russo-Turkish War.

12. An American soldier jointly operates a checkpoint with two Russian Guards after the end of WWII in Europe.

13. A Polish soldier carries a wounded donkey on his back.

14. A young girl runs past a burned out Russian APC during the Battle of Grozny.

15. Serbian troops captured by American soldiers during the Yugoslav Wars.

16. East German and West German border guards have a stand off after an East German woman crossed the boundary into West Berlin.

17. A Soviet tanker plays a piano during WWII.

18. Indian Colonial troops meet a young British Boy during the First World War.

19. A Vietcong woman guards a downed American pilot.

20. Oka Crisis in Canada

21. A native American man fishes in the early 1900s.

22. An Afghan man presents a firearm dating back to the East India Company.

23. Line of unemployed Americans during the Great Depression.

24. A young Bill Clinton meets John F. Kennedy.

25. Civil War veterans gather for a reunion.

26. 6ix9ine and Albert Einstein discuss matters of lyrical composition and general relativity.

 


25 MILDLY INTERESTING THINGS THAT MIGHT MILDLY INTEREST YOU

25 MILDLY INTERESTING THINGS THAT MIGHT MILDLY INTEREST YOU

 

1. The size of a Boeing 787 engine compared to a human.

2. It’s a 17-year-old Southern Thai King Cobra next to a 3-week-old Southern Thai King Cobra.

3. 5 generations in one photo.

4. This beautiful piece of Opal was found in the Dominican Republic.

5. This is not a painting, it’s a window.

6. A disinfecting Q-tip.

7. Apartment buildings in a Russian town.

8. A really beautiful and unique piece of art.

9. A scorpion mom carrying her babies on her back.

10. Extra large cucumbers.

11. Odd building looks as if it's textures are still loading.

12. A tiny pet dragon.

13. An albino crow.

14. An unusual sky phenomenon.

15. On the edge of the world.

16. Static electricity.

17. Brutal weather.

18. The leg of a very large animal.

19. Black eggs boiled in a volcano.

20. An invisible wall.

21. Abnormal zones where lamps glow on their own

22. An unusual artifact found on the beach.

23. An amazing library.

24. A giant bat.

25. Black Rabbits, from a parallel universe perhaps?

 


5 Of The Coolest Partnerships Between Animals And Bacteria

5 Of The Coolest Partnerships Between Animals And Bacteria

This Valentine’s Day, send a little love to your bacterial buddies! Our microbes keep us healthy, but some bacteria give their animal companions superpowers, like immunity to poison, or even invisibility!


21 MILDLY INTERESTING THINGS THAT MIGHT MILDLY INTEREST YOU

21 MILDLY INTERESTING THINGS THAT MIGHT MILDLY INTEREST YOU -

 

1. Jim Thorpe at the 1912 Olympics. Somebody stole his shoes right before he was set to compete. He simply put on two other shoes someone had tossed in a trash can. They were different sizes, so he had to wear extra socks on one foot to even them out. He went on to win two Gold medal

2. Sniffer Dog Busts 256 Pounds Rhino Horn Haul In South Africa Airport. This is what $1.3 million in smuggled rhino horn looks like.

3. Ever wondered how accurate the lost child age progression photos are?

4. Mouthgaurds can only do so much

5. The undercarriage of a Tesla

6. The Chimbu, an isolated tribe in Papua Nee Guinea, dress in skeleton body paint to intimidate their enemies

7. Boohoo doesn’t photoshop out the stretch marks on this model

8. Former President George W. Bush went out of his way to thank his Secret Service staff, who are currently working without pay due to the government shutdown, by bringing them pizza

9. Bill Gates waiting in line for a burger at Dick’s

10. A large sculpture of a spoon that was placed outside Purdue Pharma headquarters as part of a protest against the opioid crisis

11. Man Survives Gunshot to the head, Bullet stopped at the bone

12. Winston Churchill’s Doctor wrote him a prescription for booze when he visited the USA during the alcohol prohibition days

13. Referee shirt after a boxing match

14. This School IDs have these on the back. Every school needs This

15. Asthma inhaler for a cat

16. This is what Bruce Buffer’s notes looks like when he’s announcing UFC fights

17. Smoking vs Non Smoking

18. This is an Anti Wolf Heck Collar. The purpose of the collar is to protect the dog wearing it when and if it has to fight wolves. The collar base protects the dog’s throat and carotid arteries, while the spikes are intended to deter bites to the neck or even injure wolves trying to do so

19. During the economic crisis in the 1990s, Russian teachers were paid in vodka bottles

20. 6’9, 330 pound riot officer in the Tulsa PD

21. Elizabeth Hurley is 53


14 Rattled Zookeepers Share The Craziest Things They've Seen Animals Do

14 Rattled Zookeepers Share The Craziest Things They've Seen Animals Do

 

 


31 'I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING' GIFS WITH MORE PLOT TWISTS THAN THE GAME OF THRONES

20 'I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING' GIFS WITH MORE PLOT TWISTS THAN THE GAME OF THRONES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


15 TRUE FACTS – FUN FACTUAL ACTUAL FACTS

15 TRUE FACTS – FUN FACTUAL ACTUAL FACTS

 


20 UNBELIEVABLE FACTS THAT YOU BETTER BELIEVE

20 UNBELIEVABLE FACTS THAT YOU BETTER BELIEVE

 

 

 


Deadly Predators And How Prey Fight Back

Deadly Predators And How Prey Fight Back

How does nature prevent being killed and also.... kill? In this episode we take a close look at some of natures most deadly hunters and how their prey fight back to stay alive.


10 Bizarre Parasites and Their Petrifying Ways of Taking Over Their Hosts

10 Bizarre Parasites and Their Petrifying Ways of Taking Over Their Hosts

 

 

We have heard of parasites and how they can feed off another organism, nourishing itself while devoiding the host of nourishment. They can be dangerous—as dangerous as bringing about a drastic environmental change or causing the death of a human being. On Earth, there are many bizarre parasites that can do things that are like themes in our nightmares.  The word “parasite” comes from the Greek word “parasitos” which was a term for a person who is eating at another’s table. “Parasitos” is a combination of the two Greek words “para” which means “alongside” and “sitos” which means “food.” Here is a list of some bizarre parasites and their dangerous ways.

1. Toxoplasma gondii is a brain parasite spread through cat feces can be transmitted to humans. It can cause humans to care for their cats excessively along with causing several neurological disorders. It brings about a “fatal attraction” in mice towards cats and slows them down, making them easy prey.

Image credits: Jitinder P. Dubey/ars.usda, pixabay

Found across the globe, Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) is known to have affected 50-80% of the human population at some point in time according to serological studies. In France, the highest concentration of infected persons (84%) has been found. It can affect all warm-blooded animals but can multiply only through cats. This deadly parasite is known to cause the same alterations in a human mind as it causes in mice. When mice are infected after ingesting the oocysts (the offspring of the parasites) shed in the feces of the cats, their guard is let down making them less risk-averse and they become slow and are an easy prey for cats. To make matters worse, the fear in the minds of the hosts, including mice, vanishes causing the “fatal attraction phenomenon” where the mice are attracted to the cat’s odor. Even male humans who were infected found the odor of cat urine to be “more pleasant” than the ones who were not infected. In women, the effect was the opposite.

In humans, this parasite can cause several pathological behavioral alterations and serious neurological disorders such as schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, aggression, and bipolar disorder. In healthy individuals, it produces mild flu-like symptoms, but in infants and patients with weak immunity, it can cause a disease called “toxoplasmosis” which can be fatal. It makes humans love and care for their cats more than usual, and that is the reason why toxoplasmosis is dubbed as the “Crazy Cat Lady Syndrome.” It could be a reason why some people obsess over cats. (1,2)

2. Cymothoa exigua is a parasite that severs the blood vessels of a fish’s tongue and becomes a new functional tongue itself. It is the only known parasite to replace an entire organ in the host organism.

Image credits: Marco Vinci/wikipedia

Also known as “tongue-eating louse,” Cymothoa exigua (C. exigua) enters a fish’s body through its gills. The male attaches itself to the arches beneath fish’s gill and the female attaches itself to the fish’s tongue. This 8-29-millimeter-long parasite severs the blood vessels of the fish’s tongue causing it to atrophy from lack of blood, eventually making it fall of its mouth. C. exigua then becomes the fish’s new tongue and feeds on the fish’s blood and mucus to survive. When the fish dies, it detaches itself and hangs on the outside of the fish’s body. What happens to the parasite after that is not known. Another striking feature of this parasite aside from it being the only known one to replace an entire organ of its host is that the male can turn into a female once it becomes 10 millimeters long.

Found in the waters of the south of Gulf of California to the north of Gulf of Guayaquil, Ecuador, the parasite is also found in Atlantic waters. C. exigua is not believed to be harmful to humans currently unless the parasite is picked up alive by a human. When that happens, it can bite a person. It is a shocking fact that isopods like C. exigua are often found attached to aquatic animals and consumed by humans regularly. They are not poisonous to humans. (source)

3. Phronima is the alien in the movie Alien which was inspired by a transparent, deep-sea parasite that eats other creatures from the inside out and then takes over their bodies to ride the seas in the carcass and lay its eggs.

Phronima adds more weight to the saying “truth is stranger than fiction.” This parasite, more technically, a “parasitoid,” inspired the fictional, extraterrestrial species character who is the antagonist in the movie series AlienPhronima is found throughout the world’s oceans except in the polar region and is unique. The female, which attacks the salps (a zooplankton), then uses its claws to eat the animal, forming a hollow in its body. It then enters the barrel-like, hollow body of its prey and travels the waters using it as a vehicle. In the same gelatinous barrel, the females lay their eggs and nourish their larvae. The structure of the barrel enables the parasite to be more buoyant in the water. The characteristics of Phronima is not completely known as it needs to studied alive and that is very difficult. Many of the aspects of Phronima’s life remain a mystery to science. (source)

4. Spinochordodes tellinii is a parasitic worm that develops in grasshoppers which, when fully grown, makes the grasshopper jump into the water, causing it to drown.

Spinochordodes tellinii (S. tellinii) is one vindictive parasite. This parasitic worm that can grow into a size that is three to four times longer than the host grasshopper, enter their host’s body in the form of larvae through the intake of food. Eventually, taking nourishment from the grasshoppers and crickets, they grow strong enough to control their behavior. It influences the grasshopper to jump into a water body where it can easily drown. It does this so that it can leave the body of the grasshopper and reproduce in the water. The parasite does not influence the grasshopper to actively seek water but does so only when it near to a water body. It was revealed in a study in 2015 that the infected grasshoppers create different proteins in their brains than the uninfected ones which are directly a result of the infection by S. tellinii. (source)

5. Naegleria fowleri is a freshwater parasite that can enter the human brain through the nasal cavity while swimming in freshwater lakes or poorly sanitized pools. The parasite destroys human brain tissue and has a fatality rate of 97%.

Image credits: cdc.gov

Known as the “brain-eating amoeba,” Naegleria fowleri is an organism that will make you think twice before you jump into a water body to swim next time. Found in warm, freshwater lakes and rivers and in poorly sanitized pools, the parasite targets children and teenagers. Once infected, the chances of survival are only 3%. It causes a swelling in the brain called “primary meningoencephalitis,” and within days, a person can die. However, infection from this parasite is rare and in some cases, can be treated. Only 34 cases were reported in the United States from 2004-2014. Scientists are concerned that climate change could help this parasite thrive as it needs warm water bodies.

Naegleria fowleri can only enter the human body when the water enters inside the nasal cavity. It burrows into the olfactory nerve that leads directly to the brain. Using its suction-cup like structures, it feeds on the brain tissue giving rise to the very first symptoms of infection—a loss of smell and taste. As the infection progresses, it can cause hallucinations, seizures, and confusion. As the body fights against the infection, it causes inflammation and extreme pressure on the skull which pushes the brain downwards severing the connection with the spinal cord causing death. Using nose plugs and not immersing the head under the water can help in preventing the infection. (source)

6. Acanthocephala is a parasite that causes some animals to lead themselves to their death because a parasite is “brain-jacking” them. Acanthocephala is one such parasite which infects crustaceans and forces them to swim to the water’s surface so they’re eaten by ducks.

Image credits: Omar Mohamed Amin, Richard Anderson Heckmann and Nguyen Van Ha via wikipedia, Ferran Pestaña/flickr

Also known as “thorny-headed worms,” Acanthocephala has spines through which they pierce and hold the gut wall of their host. Their life-cycles are very complex and involve at least two hosts who could be mammals, fishes, birds, or amphibians. They begin their life-cycle by occupying vertebrates who live in marine or freshwater bodies. A small crustacean, Gammarus lacustris, is often preyed upon by the parasite. The crustacean’s innate nature is to avoid light and remain in the depths of the water to avoid being preyed upon by ducks. But once infected, the parasite influences the crustacean’s behavior making it swim on the surface by attracting it to light. It can also make the crustacean latch itself on a rock or plant so that ducks can spot it and eat it. For the Acanthocephala to thrive, it is necessary for the duck (second host) to eat its first host.

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Their life cycle goes like this… the host excretes the parasite’s egg through its feces which is then ingested by a crustacean or another arthropod. It develops when in the body of the intermediate host and grows mature and mates in the body of its final host. The process then repeats. There have been a few cases of human infections but they are treatable. (source)

7. Pleistophora mulleri is a parasite that makes shrimp consume much more of their own kind drastically increasing their cannibalism and making them take much less time to consume their prey.

Image credits: University of Leeds/eurekalert

Parasites can be ruthless and Pleistophora mulleri is an example of that. It can make the indigenous shrimp Gammarus duebeni celticus consume its own kind much more than its usual eating patterns. Researchers have found that the parasite drastically increases the indigenous shrimp’s cannibal-like traits and also makes them more voracious leading them to consume their prey in a far shorter time than the uninfected ones.

The parasite relies on the host for food, and millions of them latch themselves in the host’s body. It is because of the increased demand for food that the shrimp become more voracious and cannibalistic. The Irish waterways have seen the shrimp species Gammarus duebeni celticus replaced by the invasive species Gammarus pulex. Researchers have stated that the parasite is responsible for the weakening the resistance of the former. (source)

8. Nycteribiidae and Streblidae are two families of the species of horrifying parasites which are flies that attach themselves to a bat’s head and suck its blood.

Image credits: Gilles San Martin/flickr

If you thought bats were horrifying, wait until you hear about the bat flies. About 275 species in the Nycteribiidae family and 225 in the Streblidae family suck bat blood. The bat flies belonging to the Nycterbiidae family are wingless and have a spider-like appearance, while the ones in the Streblidae family have functional wings. These bat flies who have evolved over millions of years spend their entire life cycle clinging to the bodies of bats, particularly to their fur and wings. Researchers believe that 20 million years ago before these flies evolved, they would have consumed bat’s sweat, feces, and dead skin. Two days after being separated from their host bat, the bat flies die. (1,2)

9. Ribeiroia ondatrae is one of the most horrible parasites on the planet. It forces frogs to have several defects like multiple legs that jut out at weird angles to affect their mobility to put them in danger of predators.

Image credits: Brett A. Goodman, Pieter T. J. Johnson/journals

A flatworm parasite, Ribeiroia ondatrae, infects frogs when they are still developing their limbs. It leads to several defects in the amphibians like no legs or multiple legs that pop out at weird places in the body. This makes it difficult for the frogs to move and makes it easy for the predators to feast upon them leading to an early death. This parasite, which is a grave threat because it is constantly moving, can also land in an area where endangered or threatened species form a habitat. Scientists have been trying to predict the places where these malformation-causing parasites could exist to prevent further harm to the animals.

The life-cycle of this parasite begins with a ramshorn snail where it asexually clones itself, converting the snail into a “parasite machine” of a kind. Hundreds of parasites are released by the snail every night looking for their second hosts, the tadpoles. The tadpoles grow up to become a frog with defects which are quickly eaten by birds. The birds are the third host. The parasite reproduces inside the birds, the eggs are released to the feces of the birds, and the cycle repeats. (source)

10. Diplostomum pseudospathaceum is a parasite that lives inside the eyeball of a fish and controls its behavior. When young, the parasite protects the fish. When it grows, it leaves no stone unturned to get the fish eaten by birds.

Image credits: Ron Caswell/flickr, dailyparasite

Imagine a parasite pulling the strings from inside the eyes of a fish! Diplostomum pseudospathaceum is a parasite that changes its host’s behavior to fit its needs. Beginning their life cycle with a snail, the parasite then finds its way into the eyeball of a fish by penetrating the skin of the fish in the water and hiding out until maturity. When young, it protects the fish so that it can grow, but once it is mature, it will do all it can to get the fish eaten by a bird so that its life cycle can continue inside the bird’s body. The parasite mates in the bird’s digestive tract and its eggs are released through its feces like many other parasites. In a 2015 study, it was revealed that fish infected with the immature parasite swam slower than the uninfected ones making them less visible to prey. It was also found that the fish that were infected with the mature parasite swam much more actively than the uninfected ones. (source)

 


Wild Monkeys With Killer Herpes Are Breeding Like Crazy In Florida

Wild Monkeys With Killer Herpes Are Breeding Like Crazy In Florida

A quick reminder: there’s a band of feral monkeys running wild in Central Florida that carries a type of herpes lethal to humans. The mischievous simians—who are not shy around people—can transmit deadly disease with just a scratch, nip, or fling of poo.

Last year, experts warned that the rhesus macaques are a public health threat. It now seems that the monkey business is likely to get worse, with a wildlife expert revealing that their population is set to double in the next few years.“It’s going to be a problem… Continual growth of that population is going to occur without intervention,” Steve Johnson told Florida ABC-affiliate WFTV in a report published January 3. Johnson is a professor and wildlife expert at the University of Florida and part of a team of researchers that has followed the monkeys for years.

Early last year, Johnson and colleagues published a study estimating that about 25 percent of Florida’s population of free-wheeling monkeys carries the deadly virus, known as macacine herpesvirus 1 (McHV-1), herpes B, or monkey B virus. The study appeared in the February issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The monkey’s herpes affects them much like human herpes (HSV-1 and HSV-2) affects us. The virus infects nerves and can go dormant until the immune system is stressed or weakened, at which point the virus can erupt, typically around the mouth or genitals.

But in humans, McHV-1 can cause a flu-like illness that can progress to neurological problems, such as double vision and paralysis. At that point, an infected person is likely to die of the infection.

So far, researchers have only documented 50 cases of McHV-1 spreading to humans, all of which came from captive, not wild, monkeys. But with a feisty population of monkeys running amok around Central Florida, researchers say the potential for the virus to jump from the wild to humans is real—particularly with more monkeys around.

Currently, Johnson and colleagues estimate that there are about 200 monkeys in Florida’s Silver Spring State Park. “By the year 2022, there are probably going to be around 400 animals,” Johnson said.

The population got its start during the 1930s and 1940s when the captain of a glass-bottom boat released a handful of macaques on an island in Florida’s Silver River to amuse tourists. The monkeys, which are excellent swimmers, established in the surrounding Silver Spring State Park and nearby Ocala National Forest.


20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

 


Animals That No Longer Exist Because Humans Suck

Animals That No Longer Exist Because Humans Suck

Humans are the most intelligent species on Earth, even if sometimes we don't behave that way. Yet all of our perceived shortcomings are in fact evolutionary success stories. Our greed ensures that we survive at all costs- in the wild it's far better to overindulge today when food is available then try to ration or be altruistic and risk famine or disaster tomorrow. Our complete disregard for the environment is likewise the pinnacle of natural evolution- despite what your hippy best friend may tell you, there is no balance in nature. Balance is achieved only through death- a species will overpopulate and overconsume until resource scarcity forces it 'into balance' by starving most members to death. While we may be nature's greatest success story, we have exacted a terrible price on other animals that share the world with us.


10 Totally Disturbing Creepy-Crawly Videos

10 Totally Disturbing Creepy-Crawly Videos

 

While nature is often beautiful, it can also be downright disturbing. Look under a log, search around a shed, or check out your bathroom, and you’re bound to find a few creepy-crawlies lurking about. Eerie insects, awful arachnids, and parasitic pests are everywhere, and if you’re carrying a camera, you might just a capture a scene straight out of a horror movie.

Warning: Most of these videos are truly not for the faint of heart.

 

The Freakishly Big Spider-Worm

It’s an undeniable fact that spiders are eight-legged demons from Hell. It’s also a fact that parasites are disgusting monsters that need to be wiped off the face of the Earth. And when the two get together, you end up with a YouTube video that’ll make the staunchest of animal rights activists reach for the nearest rolled-up newspaper.

In January 2013, Brent Askwith found a disproportionately large arachnid crawling around his home. Instead of going for his shotgun (like a sane person would), Askwith grabbed a can of spray and killed the creature . . . well, at least one of the creatures. Suddenly, a disturbingly long worm started unspooling from the spider’s abdomen. Appropriately describing it as a “fricken alien worm,” Askwith videoed the parasite as it writhed on the floor before finishing it off with a final blast of spray.

So what was Askwith’s mystery monster? Well, in an interview with The Huffington Post, Harvard entomologist Dr. Brian Farrell explained the spider was host to a parasitic nematode or, more specifically, a roundworm. A creature that often shows up in uncooked pork. So the next time you’re frying bacon, just remember what came crawling out of that spider and make sure you do a thorough job.

The Toad-Killing Beetle

Beetles are everywhere. According to the University of California Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley, there are over 350,000 known species. That’s a whopping 22 percent of all species described by man! With so many sheath-winged critters running around, it should come as no surprise that scientists are learning new things about our six-legged neighbors every day . . . and some of these discoveries are pretty gruesome.

Take for instance the Epomis beetle, bane of frogs and toads everywhere. In 2011, researchers from Tel Aviv University discovered that from the moment they hatch, Epomis larvae are driven by a serial killer urge to murder amphibians. In fact, it’s all they eat. Frogs and toads are attracted by movement, so the larvae lure their prey by performing a ritualistic dance, swaying their antennae while opening and closing their mouthparts. The excited frog moves in closer and closer as the larva moves faster and faster. Then the frog shoots out its tongue, expecting an easy snack, only the larva dodges and springs onto the frog’s face. The little Dracula starts draining the frog of its precious bodily fluids, and once it’s quenched its thirst, the larva eats skin, flesh, organs—everything but bones.

These battles are staggeringly one-sided. The Tel Aviv researchers were shocked to find out that, out of 400 tests, the Epomis larvae almost always won. Once, a toad managed to swallow the bug and keep it down for two hours . . . before throwing it back up and being killed by its dinner, a lovely scene you can watch here.

When larvae grow up, they learn to appreciate other delectable creatures but still have a fondness for a fine frog filet. In the above video, the adult Epomis beetle takes on a toad, and things don’t end well for our amphibian friend. Oblivious to the danger, the toad nears the insect, and suddenly, the beetle is all over him. The Epomis is like a deranged bull rider, holding tight as the toad bucks and jumps in vain. The insect uses its powerful jaws to slit open the toad’s back, severing the muscles attached to the toad’s rear legs, paralyzing it. The beetle then helps itself to the toady smorgasbord, taking hours to devour the entire amphibian. And yes, as the great Alan Grant once said, “You are alive when they start to eat you.”

 

The Worm-Eating Snail Of New Zealand

New Zealand is home to all kinds of weird creatures like giant wetas, takahes, and hobbits, but none are quite so tarrying as the Powelliphanta snail. The giant gastropod grows up to 9 centimeters (3.5 in) across and spends its days lurking under leaves and logs. When the sun finally sets, the snails creep out of their hiding places for a night of sex (which is pretty easy considering they’re all hermaphrodites) and food. And while it’s one big, slimy party for the snails, it’s pretty terrifying for earthworms.

While most snails prefer chomping on veggies, the Powelliphanta is a major carnivore who likes its food a little more wriggly. This stealthy hunter slowly—very slowly—tracks down earthworms and slugs, and when it finds an unsuspecting annelid, it sucks the worm up like a long, slippery noodle. Death by Powelliphanta is pretty unpleasant, akin to ending up inside a Sarlacc. The snail’s mouth is full of tiny, backward-facing teeth that latch onto the poor worms while digestive enzymes dissolve their flesh. Spaghetti, anyone?

Ants Mate With Eaten Queen

Drone ants have one purpose in life: As the only males in the colony, their sole job is to mate with the queen (after which they kick the bucket). To get the guys in the mood, the female releases chemical stimuli that drive the dudes wild. And once they’re turned on, the drones can only focus on one thing. In fact, they’re so stirred up they’ll even copulate with a corpse, something Adrian Skippy Purkartfound out first hand.

The Slovakian wildlife photographer took the above video, which involves a group of amorous winter ants, one dying queen, and a rather menacing crab spider. During the mating ritual, the arachnid snared the female and starting sucking out her innards. But as the predator drank her head dry, the queen continued releasing pheromones, encouraging the drones to keep on at it. Totally ignoring the spider just a few centimeters away, the ants carried on with business as usual, all while their lady fair was having her brains slurped up. Talk about twisted.

Praying Mantis Hunts Hummingbird
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Hummingbirds might look like they haven’t a care in the world, but in reality, their lives are scarier than a Wes Craven slasher flick. While they hover from flower to feeder, they’re constantly watching their backs, keeping their eyes peeled for predators. Not only do they have to worry about run-of-the-mill meat eaters like cats, hawks, and snakes, but thanks to their diminutive size, they have to worry about creatures like frogs, spiders, and fish. Even wasps can deliver a sting powerful enough to kill a full-grown hummer. When you’re the smallest bird on the planet, the world is full of dangers.

However, there’s one hummingbird hunter that’s particularly unsettling. Enter the praying mantis. We’ve already read quite a bit about this meditative monsterand know it’ll eat just about anything, from bugs to lizards. Still, the idea of a bug devouring a cute bird is a tad upsetting, especially since mantises are so calculating. Like an assassin stalking a victim, mantises will stake out flowers or feeders where they’ve spotted a lot of hummingbird activity. Like the hunter in the above video, they’ll patiently wait for a hummer to get too close and then snag the bird with Jedi-like reflexes. Their spiked foreclaws impale the poor birdand, assuming no nosy humans get involved, they’ll spend up to two days munching on their feathery snack.

The mantis in the video isn’t quite strong enough to score a meal, but at least you can admire its patience and speed. If you want to see a luckier mantis chowing down, you can check it out here. Be warned. It isn’t for bird lovers.

 

Feeding The Bedbugs

Ever heard the old expression “sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite”? Well, Louis Sorken certainly hasn’t. Or maybe he just doesn’t care. An entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History, Sorkin is particularly fond of bedbugs, the blood-drinking vampires that turn hotels into all-night buffets. While there are quite a few critters that prefer dining on bats and birds, Cimex lectularius only craves Homo sapien hemoglobin. Lurking in mattresses, slippers, or any crack they can find, they wait for their dinner to fall asleep (night or day) before moving in for the main course.

Unless, that is, they’re trapped inside a jar. Sorkin has at least two collections of the six-legged Nosferatus and—well—somebody has to feed them. Since you can’t run down to the local pet store and buy a bag of bedbug treats, Sorkin supplies the meals himself. Once a month, the scientist takes an insect-filled jar, tilts it over, and places it on his arm. The voracious bugs rush toward the opening, stick their little mouthparts through a mesh cover, and drink their fill. Sorkin says it doesn’t hurt, although afterward there’s an enormous red lump on his arm. Now, imagine if someone poured that jar onto your bed and let those things feed all night long. Better check your sheets tonight.

A Mosquito In Action

While we’ve all encountered mosquitoes before, we usually only get an outside glimpse of what’s going on when they stab us with their nasty needles. However, researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Paris decided to change that. With the help of an anesthetized mouse and a high-powered microscope, they watched as several malarial mosquitoes (it was a study on malaria) bit the rodent and searched for blood. The resulting video is pretty darn creepy.

The eeriest part is how the mosquito’s mouthparts can bend back and forth. According to science writer Ed Young, the mosquito’s “needle” is actually made up of six parts, some of which you can see in the video. There’s a set of mandibles and a set of maxillae that are clearly visible at 0:24. Actually, the maxillae are quite sharp and sink into cells like cleats digging into a soccer field. They allow the mosquito to push deeper and deeper as its needle hunts around like the NTI probe from The Abyss.

On an interesting side note, the scientists found that malarial mosquitoes had a harder time finding blood vessels than healthy ones. They theorize the Plasmodium parasites might have hijacked the insects’ nervous systems or altered genes in the mosquitoes’ mouthparts. Either way, infected mosquitoes take a longer time looking for food, which gives the malaria parasites plenty of time to invade a new host. However, when the mosquitoes do find a blood vessel, it’s amazingly disgusting.

The Man With Mites In His Ear

Pray you never suffer from otoacariasis. It’s not life threatening. It’s just incredibly gross. The condition involves mites . . . camping out inside your ear.

For those of you brave enough to click “play,” the above video shows a Taiwanese doctor performing an otoscopic examination on a 70-year-old man. The septuagenarian gentleman claimed he’d been experiencing “a sense of fullness” in his right ear for about two months. As the camera probed deeper, the doctor eventually discovered an entire colony of house-dust mites crawling around his ear canal. As mites tend to do, these guys were munching away on the elderly man’s skin. And when they weren’t dining on his derma, they were getting it on with other mites and laying lots of eggs. That’s right. His ear canal had become an incubator for an entire family of arachnids.

Fortunately, doctors prescribed an anti-mite medicine that worked wonders, wiping out the little arthropods in about two months. And don’t worry. That “fullness” you’re feeling in your ear right now is probably just wax. Probably.

The Goliath Birdeater vs. The Fer-De-Lance

 


Ladies and gentlemen, this is the main event of the evening. Introducing first, we have Bothrops asper, aka the fer-de-lance. The deadliest serpent in South America, this sharp-nosed reptile is responsible for 50 percent of all snakebites in Costa Rica. And now, introducing the champion, we have the Goliath birdeater The largest tarantula on the planet, this beast can have a leg span of 30 centimeters (1 ft) and eats a lot more than just birds.

In this unsettling showdown, the spider uses its incredible speed and agility to pounce on the pit viper. Despite the snake’s best efforts to wriggle its way free, the birdeater has a firm grip and won’t let go. While the tarantula’s bite can’t harm a human, its venom is more than adequate to murder a snake. Using 1.2-centimeter (0.5 in) fangs, the spider penetrates the reptile’s scaly skin and injects a deadly mixture of venom and enzymes that turns the serpent’s innards into oatmeal. It just goes to show that eight legs are better than none.

The Worm In The Eyeball

Ever had a speck of dust stuck in your eyeball? Or ever suffered from that notorious ailment known as “pink eye”? Then you know how irritating it is when your eye starts itching. Blink and rub all you like, but it only gets worse. That’s probably how PK Krishnamurthy, a 75-year-old man from India, felt back in 2012. His right eye was giving him quite a bit of trouble, and no amount of scratching or pawing could soothe the dreadful itch.

Frustrated, he visited Fortis Hospital in Mumbai and had doctors take a peek at his peeper to see what was going on. They were probably shocked to see something long and threadlike slithering just below the sclera. Fifteen minutes later, a doctor armed with a pair of tweezers managed to pull a 13-centimeter (5 in) worm out of Mr. Krishnamurthy’s eyeball. How had the parasite gotten there? Well, doctors aren’t sure. Somehow, the worm entered the elderly man’s bloodstream and swam its way into his eye. Perhaps it’d entered through a cut on his foot or sneaked in aboard an improperly cooked piece of pork. Either way, doctors said Krishnamurthy was lucky the parasite didn’t work its way into the brain. He really wormed his way out of that one.


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