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Fluorescent Pink Slugs! Cool!

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Article and picture taken from HERE.

It would seem to be something you’d see only in a cartoon or at a Phish concert, but according to park rangers in New South Wales, Australia, dozens of giant, fluorescent pink slugs have been popping up on a mountaintop there.

“As bright pink as you can imagine, that’s how pink they are,” Michael Murphy, a ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “On a good morning, you can walk around and see hundreds of them.”

The eight-inch creatures have been spotted only on Mount Kaputar, a 5,000-foot peak in the Nandewar Range in northern New South Wales.

Scientists believe the eye-catching organisms are survivors from an era when Australia was home to rainforests. A series of volcanoes, millions of years of erosion and other geological changes “have carved a dramatic landscape at Mount Kaputar,” the park service wrote on its Facebook page, and unique arid conditions spared the slugs from extinction.

They “probably would have long since vanished, if a volcano had not erupted at Mount Kaputar about 17 million years ago,” Ben Cubby wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald. “The result of that eruption is a high-altitude haven for invertebrates and plant species that have been isolated for millions of years, after Australia dried out and the rainforests receded.”

And they’re not the only unusual inhabitants on the mountain.

“We’ve actually got three species of cannibal snail on Mount Kaputar, and they’re voracious little fellas,” Murphy said. “They hunt around on the forest floor to pick up the slime trail of another snail, then hunt it down and gobble it up.”

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in animals, bugs, nature, weird news

 

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TROGLORAPTOR SPIDER DISCOVERED

A new family of spider was discovered in a cave in Oregon, called the Trogloraptor (Cave Robber) due to its front claws. It’s the first new spider family discovered in North America since the 1870s and about the size of a half dollar. Nobody knows what it eats yet as it is very shy.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2012 in animals, geekery, weird news

 

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FRANKENSTEIN MUMMIES!

Some scientists in Scotland just discovered some 3000-year-old mummies that are composed of up to 6 different bodies! That is so cool! Now they just need to figure out WHY. Here’s the article, the photo links to the original page.

Researchers say that a pair of 3,000-year-old mummified corpses that were recently discovered in Scotland are actually composed of body parts originating from six different people.

The mummified corpses were discovered in Cladh Hallan, an archaeological site on the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. It is the only location in Great Britain where prehistoric mummies have been discovered.

National Geographic reports that isotopic dating and DNA experiments revealed the unusual pairing of body parts. The tests also revealed that the body parts were assembled and buried together more than 600 years after death, meaning that the assemblage was almost certainly deliberate.

However, it remains unclear exactly why the Frankenstein-like pieces were put together. The merging of mummies and Frankenstein sounds like something out of an unproduced 1930s Universal horror film. But lead researcher and University of Manchester professor Terry Brown says the answer could be simple and somewhat morbid: The original body parts may have simply been plugged in as a convenience to replace missing pieces.

“Maybe the head dropped off and they got another head to stick on,” he said.

Meanwhile, fellow researcher and University of Sheffield professor Mike Parker Pearson tellsLiveScience the parts could have been more specifically put together to show the connected lineage between families other time.

“Rights to land would have depended on ancestral claims, so perhaps having the ancestors around ‘in the flesh’ was their prehistoric equivalent of a legal document,” Parker Pearson said.

“Merging different body parts of ancestors into a single person could represent the merging of different families and their lines of descent,” Parker Pearson said. “Perhaps this was a prelude to building the row of houses in which numerous different families are likely to have lived.”

Brown tells National Geographic he believes researchers will discover more composite-like bodies on the island. In fact, he said such mummified corpses may have already been discovered but can only be verified by comparing the DNA of various body parts.

“I think you’d have to go back to a time when the rituals were more bizarre,” Brown said of finding similar corpses. “You’d have to go back to the mists of unrecorded time.”

 

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2012 in geekery, weird news

 

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NEW SEA CRITTERS IN THE PHILIPPINES

On the National Geographic website there are a couple of articles on newly discovered sea creatures. Of course, these critters have been around for a very long time, but a recent research expedition is cataloguing them in an effort to protect the Philippines’ rich oceanic biodiversity.

A beautiful purple crab.

A sea "pancake" that makes me think of a blini, sour cream, and caviar.

A sea pen. Apparently the part of the creature that looks like a quill pen is buried in the sand.

A brightly hued sea slug on a colorful landscape.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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MY BLOG SEARCH STATS

If you have a blog, you can look at your search stats and see how many hits your blog got when people searched for a certain term. In the past I have had many hits from searches using the word “penis” or “gay.” I think this is funny. Here are some of my more recent search stats that are amusing.

  • Sad  (37!!)
  • Squirrel penis
  • ophiocordyceps
  • Deer horns woman
  • Girls named Appelina!!
  • Gargoyles penis
  • Slide house (still going strong!)

So still some penis searches, but nowhere near as many as I’ve had in the past. And so this isn’t just a text-only post, here’s a rock formation that looks a bit like a penis.

 

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2012 in weird news

 

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RARE ALBINO CYCLOPS SHARK

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not only is this dusky shark fetus albino, which is very rare, but it is a “cyclops”. The fisherman who caught it (below), Enrique Lucero Leon, has preserved it in alcohol and considers it a prize. The woman standing next to him is researcher Marcela Bejarano-Alvarez. Nature is cool. The full story is at National Geographic (see link below pictures).

The cyclops shark is pictured above with ‘normal’ examples of its species. That is so funky! Scientists also say because it’s albino and it had several deformities, it wouldn’t have survived long in the wild anyway.

 

Pictures: Rare “Cyclops” Shark Found.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in animals, nature, weird news

 

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BATTLE CARNIES

Carnies, or carnival workers, are the stuff of legends. Like American gypsies, they have their own culture, which outsiders seldom penetrate.

Picture from sfgate

Recently I came across a news article from 1957 that mentioned a riot at a fair in Palo Alto. I found it quite entertaining. Here is a direct quote from it:

“Hey, Rube,” the traditional battle cry of carnival people, rang out and show workers rushed forward with tent stakes, wrenches, and anything else they could grab.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in quotes, weird news

 

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