October 31, 2008

0 Doctored Photograph Of The Day

Yeee Hah!!

0 Vocabulary Of The Day

0 Giant Spider Eating A Bird Caught On Camera

Photographs of a giant spider eating a bird in an Australian garden have stunned wildlife experts. The pictures show the spider with its long black legs wrapped around the body of a dead bird suspended in its web. The startling images were reportedly taken in Atheron, close to Queensland's tropical north. Despite their unlikely subject matter, the pictures appear to be real.

Joel Shakespeare, head spider keeper at the Australian Reptile Park, said the spider was a Golden Orb Weaver. "Normally they prey on large insects… it's unusual to see one eating a bird," he told ninemsn.com. Mr Shakepeare said he had seen Golden Orb Weaver spiders as big as a human hand but the northern species in tropical areas were known to grow larger. Queensland Museum identified the bird as a native finch called the Chestnut-breasted Mannikin.

Mr Shakespeare told ninemsn the bird must have flown into the spider web and become stuck. "It wouldn't eat the whole bird," he said. "It uses its venom to break down the bird for eating and what it leaves is a food parcel," he said. Greg Czechura from Queensland Museum said cases of the Golden Orb Weaver eating small birds were "well known but rare". "It builds a very strong web," he said. But he said the spider would not have attacked until the bird weakened. The Golden Orb Weaver spins a strong web high in protein because it depends on it to capture large insects for food.

October 30, 2008

0 Don't Die For Your Company

0 Animals Disappear Using Camouflage

As many humans may wish they could, these animals, including this purple crab spider, have the ability to simply vanish.

With general resemblance, an animal will use colour to stealthy effect, from something tiny like this Goldenrod spider to a large crocodile.

Animals that take advantage of their surroundings to keep hidden, such as this green frog, do so in one of two ways; general resemblance or special resemblance.

The grey cicada proves that although the chameleon is the best known animal to utilise camouflage, it is not the only creature that has the ability to hide from its predators or indeed, its prey.

Special resemblance is where an animal will use a combination of colour, shape and behaviour to help them appear like something in their habitat. This grizzly bear's behind becomes just another rock in the North American wilderness.

Colour helps the animals merge into their surrounding environment like the harlequin crab.

They become part of the scenery, like this locust.

A white and pink orchid mantis blends into its namesake in Malaysia.

Special resemblance technique is demonstrated by this mimic octopus. It lives up to its name by taking on the colour and texture of the sand in the Maldives.

Animals may just use their cunning and guile to remain out of sight. This rock ptarmigan chick's mother has chosen the location of its nest very wisely.

A goldenrod spider looks like another plant in a bog in France. Thousands of miles away, in Costa Rica, the fur of a three toed sloth is covered in algae to make it indistinguishable from a tree trunk.

This technique is adopted most notably by chameleons, but other creatures will employ it too, for example, this spotted scorpionfish.

For many animals, like this Merlet's Scorpionfish, the ability to make oneself invisible is their most powerful ally in the constant struggle to survive in the harsh natural world.

0 Past And Present Hair Colour

Quite a year: Barack Obama this week (left) compared to in January this year.

Tony Blair shows his ten years in office. 2007 (left) and 1997 when he became Prime Minister.

George W Bush now compared to at his inauguration in 2001.

0 Amusing And Absurd Sign Language

The perfect after-work club?

So full?

A pharmacy in Ecuador that sells ice scream and sun scream

This is taken looking from Conwy Mountain to the Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Dibyn is Welsh for ‘steep’, not ‘sheep’. Serth can mean ‘drop'

No dictator-style speeches, no walking rocking-dogs, no prancing around in your underwear... Really, what are you allowed to do at the fortress?

Taken outside a church in Singapore; they are obviously worried about the influence of JK Rowling on their flock.

October 29, 2008

0 George W Bush In Loving Memory

America will soon have a new president, but before George W Bush leaves office, let's take a look back at some of our favourite moments from his presidency. We'll miss the facial expressions, ...

... the chest bumping, ...

...tub thumping, ...

and fist bumping.

The winking at inappropriate moments ...

... and at inappropriate people.

We'll miss the dancing ...

... and the way serious photo opportunities ...

... were an opportunity for horseplay.

But, mostly, we'll miss the dancing!

We'll have fond memories of his displays of sporting prowess, ...

... and we'll remember how sporting events ...

...could get him hot and bothered!

We'll miss the photo opportunities with babies, ...

... bicycles, ...

... beans ...

....and binoculars (though we'll try to forget that the lens caps appeared to be left on!!)

We'll miss the macho posturing ...

... and the weapons of mass construction.

We'll miss how the animal love him.

We'll miss his ability to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Yes, we'll miss a lot of things about George W Bush when he's gone.

But, mostly, we'll miss the dancing!!!

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