Startled Amazon Tribe

Startled tribal men in a remote part of the Amazon basin in Brazil shake their spears as they are pictured from above.

The pictures, shot from a plane earlier this week, were taken of the isolated tribe on the Peruvian border.

It is thought the tribe have had little to no contact with with the outside world.

Startled: An isolated tribe reacts to a plane flying over their community in Brazil's Amazon basin on the border with Peru

Lake Skateboard Ramp

There is rarely any doubt that skateboarding is a sport with a capacity for coolness – especially if the skateboarder in question is a master of tricks and flicks.

The problem for less accomplished participants, of course, is that there is always the chance of a misplaced wheel or a loss of balance – and a painful collision with terra firma.

So how to remove the risk of crashing into the concrete while also ensuring that your skateboarding ramp still has that air of the thrillingly cutting edge?

Simple. Build it in the middle of a lake.

A high place for a day on wheels: Lake Tahoe sits at an elevation of 6225ft in the Sierra Nevada mountains

A high place for a day on wheels: Lake Tahoe sits at an elevation of 6225ft in the Sierra Nevada mountains read more

Fish Tank Bursts

Diners at a Florida restaurant got a fishy surprise Monday when a huge aquarium burst open, sending the tanks water gushing across the room and even onto some customers.

T-Rex Café in the Downtown Disney entertainment complex in Walt Disney World turned from family-themed fun to outright chaos as the stream of gushing water from the circular tank forced workers to grab nets and empty trash cans in a desperate bid to save the aquarium fish.

As employees saved what they could, parents were forced to flee with their no-doubt distressed children from the inundated dinosaur-themed eatery.

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All wet: Chaos broke out in the sea-themed area of T-Rex Cafe on Monday night after a giant fish tank burst, making it more than just themed

Slot Machine Ripe for Payout?

An outdated three-reel slot machine is drawing in bigger crowds than a Celine Dion show at Las Vegas casino MGM Grand.

The Lion’s Share has failed to produce a single jackpot in almost 20 years, and has attracted a legion of dedicated gamblers who believe it’s going to pay out millions of dollars any day.

The Lion’s Share is the lone survivor of a slew of $1 progressive slot machines from the early 1990s.

Growing daily: The Lion's Share and its ever-growing jackpot

 

According to Nevada law, slot machines are required to pay out 75 per cent of the money that goes in to them.

Therefore, the Lion’s Share isn’t going anywhere, at least not until somebody wins the jackpot.

The machine is the oldest three-reeled slot on the MGM gaming floor and has the highest level of ‘occupancy,’ or daily time played, of all 1,900 of the casino’s machines, Justin Andrews, the MGM’s executive director of slots, told the Wall Street Journal. read more

Tasmanian Snotfish

 

Scientists are working to classify a new species of giant jellyfish that washed up on an Australian beach, describing it as a ‘whopper’ that took their breath away.

The 1.5-metre (4ft 11inch) specimen was found by the Lim family in the southern state of Tasmania when they were collecting shells on a beach in Howden.

They took a picture and contacted a marine biologist who said the type of jellyfish had been seen in the past, but she had never seen one so big, or one that has become beached.

The 4ft 11 inch (1.5-metre) specimen, pictured, was found by a family in Tasmania. Scientists now have enough pictures and samples to begin a proper analysis to classify and name the creature. Yet much remains unknown, including how it eats and breeds, and its habitat

Next-Gen Snorkel

Ok, this is Cool!

Exploring the world’s treasures in crystal clear oceans can be an exhilarating experience.

But not if you feel like you’re drowning from wearing snorkels that are difficult to use and constantly steaming up.

A new mask that lets you breathe through your nose claims to combat this problem and make first-timers feel like they’re professionals.

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The £33 Easybreath claims to feel more natural than traditional snorkeling and prevents fogging

The £33 Easybreath claims to feel more natural than traditional snorkeling and prevents fogging read more

Is the Castaway Legit?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Okay. This is simply an observation. We’ve read reports or at least heard of the real life castaway,  Jose Salvador Alvarenga.

NBC News reported that “he had survived for more than a year in an unforgiving sea, drifting 6,000 miles from a Mexican fishing village to a remote Marshall Islands atoll”.

Jose claimed he was out fishing in November of 2012 with his friend Ezequiel Cordoba when a sudden storm sent their 24 foot boat off course. Shortly after, the boats engine died and the two were set adrift in the pacific ocean.

Alvarenga says that his friend died several weeks after — succumbing to hunger and thirst because he could not stomach the raw fish and birds they caught with their hands, after which Jose threw Cordoba’s body overboard.

Allright. So this sounds like both a human tragedy and a miracle. I am however, just a bit skeptical.

We’ve seen pictures of this guy. Yes he looks haggard. unkempt and generally worse for wear. But take a closer look. Look at a before and after picture. read more

Hooray! Top Gear Is Back for Season 21

Top Gear, series 21, episode 1 review

Gerard O’Donovan reviews the first episode of the new series of Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May’s motoring show

4 4 out of 5 stars
James May, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond

Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May Photo: BBC

Turning 21 has never been any guarantee of maturity (alcohol-induced   infantilism is more common, in my experience). So it was no surprise that,   to celebrate the start of Top   Gear’s 21st season, the presenting trio of Jeremy Clarkson (53),   Richard Hammond (44) and James May (51) preferred not to embrace the wisdom   of age but, instead, to revisit lost youth – with a show that revelled in   the gloriously adolescent belief that the root of all entertainment lies in   high speed, low humour and massive explosions. In other words, for Top Gear   it was business as usual.  read more

3,000-Year-Old Inscription Found

A small fragment of ancient pottery researchers believe shows the first wine label could prove that the reigns of King Solomon and King David actually occurred.

The 10th century BC ‘Ophel Inscription’ was unearthed last year, and scientists were initially baffled by the bizarre language that was inscribed on the remains of a jug.

A new translation reveals the contents of a jar was ‘lousy’ plonk intended for slaves – and sheds new light on society at the time.

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The label dates from second half of the 10th Century BC and was discovered in the Ophel area of Jerusalem, south of Temple Mount

The label dates from second half of the 10th Century BC and was discovered in the Ophel area of Jerusalem, south of Temple Mount

 

The word on the pitcher reads 'yayin' or wine and he believes it should read 'in the year [¿ ]M, wine, part, m[¿]' in a form of ancient Hebrew, according to professor Galil

The word on the pitcher reads ‘yayin’ or wine and he believes it should read ‘in the year [¿ ]M, wine, part, m[¿]’ in a form of ancient Hebrew, according to professor Galil read more

Back to the Moon

America is to pay the moon a visit for the first time since Apollo 17 touched down there more than 40 years ago.

The privately-owned MX-1 will blast off in 2015 on a reconnaissance mission ahead of plans to mine the moon for minerals.

The unmanned spacecraft, unveiled last night at the Autodesk University show in Las Vegas, will scoop up rock and dust samples from the lunar surface to be ferried back to Earth for testing.

 
MX-1: The unmanned spacecraft, unveiled last night at the Autodesk University show in Las Vegas, will scoop up rock and dust samples from the lunar surface to be ferried back to Earth for testing
MX-1: The unmanned spacecraft, unveiled last night at the Autodesk University show in Las Vegas, will scoop up rock and dust samples from the lunar surface to be ferried back to Earth for testing
 
 
Moon mine: The privately-owned MX-1 will blast off in 2015 on a reconnaissance mission ahead of plans to mine the moon for minerals
Moon mine: The privately-owned MX-1 will blast off in 2015 on a reconnaissance mission ahead of plans to mine the moon for minerals read more