Monday, September 27, 2010

Bizarre Cat Without Eyes - 13 Pictures

You are looking cute Kitty who was born without any eyes but despite that he lives a life of a normal kitten like other cats. They say that people who are short one sense are more acute in their others. He enjoys the life and explores the world, plays with people and its mom.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

5 Awesome Yet Deadly Animals

Striking combinations of red, yellow, green and black are all too often seen wrapped around the bodies of very deadly, poisonous species. Flaunting these glaring colours is not about beauty, but actually about warning – advertising to passing predators that they either hold poison, a sting or a foul taste as a clever tactic of self protection. So let’s take a look at ten of the most vibrantly coloured and deadly species out there!

1. Deadly Glamour – the Sea Slug

Like most of its soft bodied relatives the sea slug is lacking in shell, however, its main protection against lurking predators is its exotic plumage. Composed of a diverse colouration, the warning colours display to predators the slug's remarkable capability of secreting strong acids and poisons, stored in the glands just below the skin on its back. This glamorous marine slug can be found in the sea off Japan.

2. Deadly Colours That Flip – Oriental Fire Bellied Toads

When gazing down at the fire bellied toad their colours appear more modest and calm – in fact the colours provide an example of camouflage, making the toad almost impossible to see on the rainforest floor. When this is not enough to avoid the predator's gaze, and they become threatened, the fire bellied toad flings its body into the air, flipping belly side up, throwing the gleaming red and black underside into the predators face. This is an instant warning of its poisonous glands that settle under its skin.

3. Brightly Ringed Warnings of Deadly Neurotoxins – Blue Ringed Octopus

The bright blue rings on this small octopus are a vital warning of is deadly nature. When agitated or threatened, these markings, just like a disco light, pulse a vivid and iridescent blue allowing others to see that they are ready to strike. This often puts predators and passers-by off the blue ringed octopus – escaping its deadly venomous saliva. If not clever enough to leave, this deadly saliva is capable of subduing or killing predators. This species is not alone and shares very similar characteristics with five other venomous blue ringed octopuses.

4. Toxic Skin – Poison Dart Frogs

The family of poison dart frogs are extremely popular for their vivid, bold colours that paint their slippery skin to advertise their extreme toxicity and unpleasant taste. These bright colours, and the corresponding toxicity, have developed through an evolutionary adaptation to the many predators in the rainforests of America. The reason behind this is that a lot of snakes and spiders have become resistant to the many mild toxins that thrive within the environment. Evolution has forced these poisonous dart frogs to develop stronger toxins that alternate across each species.

The most toxic species of frogs have become very confident and hunt for insects out in daylight, knowing that their extreme colourations will soon scare off predators with their toxins. These toxins have been used by the Amerindians to poison the tips of blowpipe darts. The poison of harlequin frogs inside contains a painkiller more powerful than morphine and stronger than antibiotics which protects the frogs from the disease-carrying bacteria that plague most rainforest amphibians.

5. Yellow and Blacked Striped Venomous Injection – European Hornet

One of the most famous scourges of them all is the European Hornet that so easily sends people off their backsides and feet when approached by the yellow and black stripes of the insect. Like all wasps, the hornet is protected by a powerful sting and one big enough to deter predatory birds and lizards. The bright yellow stripes are key indications of their painful sting and the capability of releasing alarm pheromones! When close to their nests these summon other hornets, resulting in predators and even humans suffering from multiple stings

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Strange Man Without a Face


Jose Mestre has been born as a normal child with a birth mark on his upper lip. Brought up in Lisbon, Portugal, he has led a normal life until he realized that the so called “birth mark” has started to grow covering his whole face at the time of puberty. The mark was actually a symptom of ‘haemangioma’, a tumor formation due to vascular malformation caused as the blood which should be like a stream of flowing river has turned into a lake thereby leading to deformation of face and it’s features.

The tumor started growing when he was 14 and has continued to grow even more smothering his lips, nose and one of eyes.

It’s now a 40cm wide, 5kg shockingly massive tumor.

He never treated his tumor due to medical misinformation, lack of finances and religious beliefs. Doing tasks like brushing, eating or drinking is an ordeal that he faces everyday.

The tumor has blinded him in one eye and has mode the jaw so massive that he requires the effort of his hands to open and close them.

Unable to find a job or more likely people willing to offer him job, Mestre has been supported by his sister for all financial and psychological needs.

A Discovery Channel series “My Shocking Story:The Man With No Face” has tried to capture what it feels to be like Mestre with people staring, ridiculing and taking photographs as if it was some caged animal walking freely.

But now one of Britain’s leading facial surgeon has proposed to treat Mestre off his curse. Using ultrasound technique to coagulate blood before operation the doctors have tries to cure Mestre.

Meanwhile rumors have it that Mestre has dies during his operation but no source has confirmed it so far.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Strange hen that walks like a penguin

A strangely behaved hen has appeared in Jiang Su Province, China. The strangeness began when the hen was learning to walk, the hen’s owner noticed that it walked exactly like a Penguin – it stood straight up while walking, and forgot how to fly back to the roof-top chicken coop with the other chickens, and can only stay on the ground alone.

According to the owner, the hen was bought in the Spring, and when it was young and learning to walk stood out from the others, and now walks just like a Penguin. The more the owner watched the hen’s unique walk, the more they came to like her, and now treat the hen just like a pet.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Strange Big Bambu Artistic Installation Made by Beacon Duo

Two brothers from New York, Mike and Doug Starn are performing pretty unusual kind of art. They are artist duo known by the Beacon name and they perform some rooftop art. This year they performed in Metropolitan Museum where they made amazing artistic installation of bamboo trees called Big Bambu. The whole construction is made of bamboo poles connected by the ropes. The construction has a shape of huge bridge. They used about 3200 bamboo poles. The most unusual thing was they allowed visitors to climb on their artistic installation. If you missed this event and would like to climb or see their construction live, you could do it at the South Ferry subway station where they set up permanent public installation for visitors.
Big Bambu at the Metropolitan Museum

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wonderful Black-and-white Portraits of the People at the Margins

The excellent black-and-white photos made by Dr. Vaggelis Fragiadakis, amateur photographer and professional mathematician. He was born in Greece, on the island of Crete, where he lived in the Mediterranean environment, but very poor. After completing his University of Athens, he decided to leave Greece and go into the unknown. After much difficulty he found himself in the U.S., where he lives and works today. From his native Greece he took a Mediterranean spirit and understanding for the poor and older people. His love for art and the world that surrounds him, he tried to focus on the photography, for which definitely has talent. He is fascinated by the portraits of old wrinkled people, anguished by hard work and life. Traveling around the world, Fragiadakis photograph these people on the streets in various situations, primarily, immerse oneself in their character, supporting each person’s individuality and placing human dignity above everything. For him they are not statistics, but someone who has his soul and his character, and who wears his life on his face. He likes people who everyone else avoided, and with black-and-white photo he succeed to highlight what is important for him: the shadows, brightness, contrast, wrinkles, texture of clothing… It is currently actively involved in helping the homeless, as well as education of youth. And his life motto reads: You work hard, and if you can, give your contribution to the world! It’s wonderful, is not it?

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