Thursday, December 27, 2007

Humongous 5000 pound Manta Ray

Merry... whatever. Okay? Okay!

Did you know that manta rays can get goddamned gigantic? Check these two newspaper scans out, nearest I can tell they're real - Wikipedia, ever the scholarly source, says that "The manta ray, or giant manta (Manta birostris), is the largest of the rays, with the largest known specimen having been about 7.6 m (25ft) across, with a weight of about 2,300 kg (5,000 lb)."

I love how they shot it. PSA: "Although [mantas] may approach humans, if touched, their mucus membrane is removed, causing lesions and infections on their skin."

Don't do that shit.

Modern Mechanix


Saturday, December 22, 2007

Feral children

'Werewolf boy' - who snarls and bites - on the run from police after escaping Moscow clinic

Russian police are hunting a "werewolf boy" - who snarls and bites - after he escaped from a Moscow clinic just a day after being rescued from the wild.

Doctors expressed shock saying he was found living with a pack of wolves in a remote forest in the Kaluga region of central Russia.

Wikipedia says, "A feral child (feral, - wild or undomesticated) is a human child who has lived isolated from human contact from a very young age, and has no (or little) experience of human care, loving or social behavior, and, crucially, of human language." I've always thought Kaspar Hauser was interesting, but there are dozens of cases of this sort of thing.

Also:, and the incredibly uplifting Wikipedia article on child abandonment!


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tiny, harmless bird terrorizes senate press room

Birdie Senate chase

A bird gets loose in the Senate Press gallery, and a chase with nets and granola crumbs ensues. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports
(bird in the senate? Get it? I think I'm funny.)

"Journalist" Jeanne Moos might make this video nearly unwatchable, but the reactions of the press critters are priceless. My favorite part is when one of them gets pooped on, but it's okay because "he's a bald guy."

Bonus: footage of bison breaking into a tennis court.


Deer vs. Swing

hee hee hee


Monday, December 17, 2007

How many five year olds could you take in a fight?

How many five year olds could you take in a fight?

While only related to animals fighting in the strictest sense, I felt that this was important enough to the development of humanity to add here. As it turns out, I could take nineteen five year olds in a fight. I'd say I'm satisfied with that result, and indeed hope to be able to verify it some day.


Sunday, December 16, 2007

Man spends ten years training inspirational turtle to do tricks

Plus small, disturbed children. Comedy gold:
"I thought it was really cool that you can train a turtle to do that, and I thought that anything is possible."

Human interest stories at their best.


Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bears in ill-fitting hats

There seems to be a photo pool on flickr for bears in ill-fitting hats. It's called, perhaps surprisingly, the bears in ill-fitting hats photo pool.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Trout Escape!

Photographer captures trout's great escape

The owners of a trout farm were left baffled when fish were going missing. But then a wildlife photographer caught their extraordinary escape route on camera.
He pictured the trout making giant leaps out of their pond straight into the metal feed pipe three feet above the water level.
They then fought against the current for 30 feet until they reached the end of the eight inch wide pipe, which emerges underwater in a tributary of the River Itchen near Alresford, Hants.

Also at Environmental Graffiti.


Friday, December 7, 2007


A Tony Hawk Favorite
Why I love it:
There are plenty of novelty "extreme" dog videos, but Pete has SKILLS. You can actually see him leaning on the wakeboard and his kickturns are ridiculous. Truly gnardog.

Tony Hawk, I wish I had half the command of obscure English vernacular that you do.


Thursday, December 6, 2007

World of Warcraft: State-of-the-Art Moosefight Training Simulator

Boy attacked by moose "feigns death," thanks WoW

A Norwegian news site is reporting that a young boy and his sister were attacked by a moose (same thing happened to my sister once), and the boy reportedly "taunted' the moose away from his sister, and then feigned death, causing the moose to lose aggro and leave. "Just like you learn in level 30 in World of Warcraft," the boy is reportedly quoted as saying.

In Norwegian.


Monday, December 3, 2007

Cat Tormented in Zero Gravity

Jesus, sorry. This'll be sparse for a week or so.