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PEOPLE ARE STRANGE

On the stats page for my blog I can look at the search terms that brought people to my blog. Anybody with a blog can do this. I only wish I could see which particular post they went to. But some of these search terms are VERY strange. Here are some from the past week that I have no idea what post they went to (complete with typos):

  • cool penis
  • gay porn cum penis
  • girls using the toilet to shit movies onley no pitchers
  • woman beheading into pieces
  • painting a wood duck
  • gay penis
  • scary movies that came on cable today were bugs come out lady mouth (my personal favorite)
  • nurse butt
  • outdoor gay sex
  • asansör kapıları (I have no idea what that means)
  • mallard anas penis
  • nurse ass

Are there any nurse posts on my blog? What is bringing people looking for nurse bottoms? There are also several searches for gay sex in the Ramble in Central Park.  Isn’t the internet wonderful? You can find anything.

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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in weird news

 

ZOMBIES!!

I thought this article was fascinating, if a bit creepy. This article and photos are taken from the National Geographic wbsite.

A stalk of the newfound fungus species Ophiocordyceps camponoti-balzani, grows out of a “zombie” ant’s head in a Brazilian rain forest.

Originally thought to be a single species, called Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, the fungus is actually four distinct species—all of which can “mind control” ants—scientists announced Wednesday.

The fungus species can infect an ant, take over its brain, and then kill the insect once it moves to a location ideal for the fungi to grow and spread their spores.

All four known fungi species live in Brazil’s Atlantic rain forest, which is rapidly changing due to climate change and deforestation, said study leader David Hughes, an entomologist at Penn State University.

Hughes and colleagues made the discovery after noticing a wide diversity of fungal growths emerging from ant victims, according to the March 2 study in the journal PLoS ONE.

“It is tempting to speculate that each species of fungus has its own ant species that it is best adapted to attack,” Hughes said.

“This potentially means thousands of zombie fungi in tropical forests across the globe await discovery,” he said. “We need to ramp up sampling—especially given the perilous state of the environment.”

—Matt Kaplan

Published March 3, 2011

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2011 in animals, nature, weird news

 

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Prehistoric Willi found in Texas!!

So I haven’t posted since November 1st. One reason is I’ve been lazy, which is the main reason, and another is that I’ve been working hard at my current consulting job which means I can’t post while at work, which is when I used to do it. And of course my first post back is a nerdy one. Some paleontologists in Texas just found the most complete dimetrodon skeleton ever. And today I learned that a dimetrodon isn’t really a dinosaur, because it predates dinos by millions of years, but is actually more of an ancient mammal. Who know? Here are some quotes from the Livescience.com article:

Paleontologists have unearthed a nearly complete fossil of a dimetrodon, a reptile-like predator that roamed the Permian landscape 287 million years ago.

This weekend, the team is working to transport the 400-pound animal’s torso from its resting place in north Texas to Houston, where the fossil will be prepped for display in the newly renovated Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) paleontology hall in 2012.

Famous for the enormous fin on its back, dimetrodon is often mistaken for a dinosaur, although dimetrodons predated dinosaurs by millions of years. The creature could easily pass as a reptile, but dimetrodon wasn’t precisely reptilian, either: It was a synapsid, a category that includes modern mammals.

The dimetrodon, dubbed “Wet Willi” by the researchers after Samuel Williston, a paleontologist who dug at the site 100 years ago, was found in north-central Texas in the remains of an ancient sinkhole. The site has been a rich source of dimetrodon bones for decades, but the Houston team began the first meticulous exploration of the area five years ago. Since then, the researchers have turned up a number of partial dimetrodon fossils as well as the bones of smaller reptiles and amphibians.

But until this year, the researchers and their teams of volunteers hadn’t turned up anything as complete as Willi. The fossil was first discovered on a steamy day in June. David Temple, the associate curator of paleontology at the Houston museum, was digging a drainage ditch in the fossil site when he came across the dimetrodon’s jaw, full of steak-knife teeth.

At first, the team didn’t realize how intact the find was. Then a volunteer, children’s book author Kathleen Zoehfeld, uncovered the thin bones that once held up the animal’s sail.

“You’re constantly waiting for the bone to end and then that’s all there is, and you’ve got a fragment or something like that,” Temple told LiveScience. “But in this particular case, you know, we got the whole thing.”

And here is a picture of the skeleton, the bones in red showing those that were unearthed (Image care of the Houston Museum of Natural Science):

 

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2010 in geekery, weird news

 

THE SECRET TO IMMORTALITY

Or at least living a really long time, according to the world’s oldest man, Walter Breuning:

Cigarettes, whiskey and wild, wild women — and a good sense of humor.

This was taken from here.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2010 in birthdays, weird news

 

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MUMMIFIED BABIES IN A TRUNK

I don’t know if any of you are following this story. I find it fascinating. Two women in MacArthur Park were in the basement of their building which is used as storage. There were some trunks down there that had been unclaimed for years, so the two women were going through them. They found some interesting items, and at the bottom of the trunk were two doctor’s bags. The women opened one bag and removed something wrapped in newspaper from the 1930’s. Unwrapping it carefully, it turned out to be a mummified baby. Afraid to open the second bag, they called the police. During the police investigation it was discovered that there was another baby in the other bag. It appeared as though one was a fetus and one had been carried to full term. Now the quest began to find out who these babies were, what happened to them, and who the family was.

In the next several weeks investigators tried to track down the owner of the trunk. And today they release their new findings, along with this picture:

I love the picture, which is why I wanted to post the story. It was found in the trunk, along with the fur wrap she is wearing. Here is the full story from the LA Times.

Please pardon the gruesomeness of this post, but I think it is absolutely fascinating the way the cops are unraveling this mystery. They are going to be performing DNA tests soon on the babies and the surviving relatives of the woman in the picture. They still don’t know how the babies died. I’m going to guess that the mother had a miscarriage with one and a stillbirth with the other. The father, being a dentist, had access to the doctor’s bags. However, being in the 30’s and still recovering from the Depression, they were unable to afford funerals but did not want to just discard the bodies. So they wrapped them up, possibly to bury them later. I don’t know why they never did. But I don’t think the babies were killed, they were probably natural deaths.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2010 in weird news

 

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PITCHER PLANT OR TOILET?

I just read this cool article about a pitcher plant in Borneo that survives not only on insects but on the poo of shrews. It has evolved into a toilet! Darwin would be so proud. Here is a picture with the acompanying article.

Pitcher plants are carnivorous and usually eat insects for nutrients and nitrogen. But in the highlands of Borneo there are not enough for it to survive on insects alone, so the pitcher plant evolved into a toilet plant, complete with standing lid that serves an unusual purpose.

Dr. Jonathan Moran, Assistant Professor at the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Road University in Victoria, described it to Bob McDonald of Quirks and Quarks, a Canadian science radio show. It is really quite amazing.

The plant is big, almost the size of a football, The lid is covered in nectar, which attracts the tree shrew with a yummy snack; the bowl is shaped precisely to catch the shrew’s poop. There is even some thought that the nectar might have laxative properties, because it certainly collects a lot of the stuff, which provides needed nitrogen for the plant.

McDonald calls it “an unusual example of mutualization.” The shrew is common at all altitudes, but the adapted plant is found only at the high altitudes, so all of the adaptation has been by the plant.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2010 in nature, weird news

 

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IT’S POO-TASTIC!

Husband saw this in the coupons yesterday. I think whoever approved this ad was insane. It’s from a diaper or baby wipe ad.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2010 in weird news

 

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