Which One’s the Twig?

These weird and wonderful insects have been caught in a unique set of poses as they form bizarre shapes.

The twig-like praying mantises were snapped by professional photographer Mehmet Karaca in his hometown in Kahramanmaras, a province in Turkey.

He photographed them as they were eating  plants but also camouflaging themselves from predators at the same time.

Bend and twist: These weird and wonderful insects have been caught in a unique set of poses as they form bizarre shapesThese weird and wonderful insects have  been caught in a unique set of poses as they form bizarre shapes
These weird and wonderful insects have been caught in a unique set of poses as they form bizarre shapes
These weird and wonderful insects have been caught in a unique set of poses as they form bizarre shapes

Mr Karaca 27, said: ‘The praying mantises camouflage well with plants and really do look like flowers – sometimes I can hardly recognize them’

Caught on camera: The twig-like praying mantises were snapped by professional photographer Mehmet Karaca in his hometown in Kahramanmaras, a province in TurkeyThe twig-like praying mantises were  snapped by professional photographer Mehmet Karaca in his hometown in  Kahramanmaras, a province in Turkey

Mr Karaca, 27, said: ‘The praying mantises  camouflage well with plants and really do look like flowers – sometimes I can hardly recognize them.’

‘I have been doing photography for three years now and I used a macro lens on my camera to shoot these beauties.’

Mantises are camouflaged, and most species make use of protective coloration to blend in with the foliage.

Various species have evolved to not only blend with the foliage, but to mimic it, appearing as either living or withered  leaves, sticks, tree bark, blades of grass, flowers, or even  stones

Close-up: Mr Karaca uses a macro lens to capture the animals on camera Mr Karaca uses a macro lens to capture the  animals on camera
These weird and wonderful insects have been caught in a unique set of poses as they form bizarre shapes.
These weird and wonderful insects have been caught in a unique set of poses as they form bizarre shapes.
Various species have evolved to not only blend  with the foliage, but to mimic it, appearing as either living or withered  leaves, sticks, tree bark, blades of grass, flowers, or even stones
Can you see him? Mantises are camouflaged, and most species make use of protective coloration to blend in with the foliage Mantises are camouflaged, and most species make use of protective coloration to blend in with the foliage

Attribution: Mail Online

Don’t Try This at Home

With perfect precision, this spear fisherman leaps into the air in a spectacular display of a bizarre spear hunting  technique.

The fisherman shows off his incredible skill  on the Loyalty Islands Province in New Caledonia where the sea clan live almost entirely on fish and other sea creatures.

However, despite the odd way of catching his  food, fisherman Albert is just showing a normal way of life on the islands in the south west Pacific Ocean.

Spear fisherman Albert uses perfect precision to catch fish in this idyllic location on an island in New CaledoniaSpear fisherman Albert uses perfect  precision to catch fish in this idyllic location on an island in New Caledonia

Photographer Stephane Ducandas, 41, who also  lives on the islands, said be believes the fishing technique is  unique.

He said: ‘I have never seen this type of  fishing anywhere else. In New Caledonia, some prawn fisherman use Assegai (a spear or pole-type weapon).’

‘But jumping like this with that incredible precision was absolutely amazing and typical of Loyalty Island.’

Mr Ducandas used a camera with special underwater equipment to capture the incredible moments.

He said: ‘This is the kind of subject that most interests me photographically. It’s all about the moment – one special light, one special relationship between one person and myself.’

‘I’m most interested in photographing human stories and lives. When I meet with someone, I share his world, his job, his family and his life before I get out the camera.’

Albert shows off his spear and what he can catch on the island where people live almost entirely on fish and other sea creatures Albert shows off his spear and what he can catch on the island where people live almost entirely on fish and other sea  creatures
Local fisherman jump with precision in a way not seen anywhere else says photographer Stephane DucandasLocal fisherman jump with precision in  a way not seen anywhere else says photographer Stephane Ducandas
Albert looks down into the water, waiting for the perfect moment to pounce on his preyAlbert looks down into the water, waiting for the perfect moment to pounce on his prey
Proud catch: A local shows off a caught fish as another throws out a fishing net in the Loyalty Islands Province A local shows off a caught fish as another  throws out a fishing net in the Loyalty Islands Province
A local using a sea shell in the shallows on the island in the south west of the Pacific Ocean A local using a sea shell in the shallows on the island in the south west of the Pacific Ocean
A local boy relaxes in the sun by the crystal clear waters where fisherman catch food for their sea clan A local boy relaxes in the sun by the crystal clear waters where fisherman catch food for their sea clan
Seaside stroll: A local woman walks along the amazing coastlineA local woman walks along the amazing coastline

Attribution: Alex Ward

Joke of the Day

Actual Children’s quotes:

1. Never trust a dog to watch your food. – Patrick, age 10

2. When your dad is mad and asks you, ‘Do I look stupid?’ don’t answer him. – Michael, 14

3. Never tell your mom her diet’s not working. – Michael, 14

4. Stay away from prunes. – Randy, 9

5. Never pee on an electric fence. – Robert, 13

6. Don’t squat with your spurs on. – Noronha, 13

7. Don’t pull dad’s finger when he tells you to. – Emily, 10

8. When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair. – Taylia, 11

9. Never allow your three-year old brother in the same room as your school assignment. – Traci, 14

10. Never hold a dust buster and a cat at the same time. – Kyoyo, 9

11. You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. – Armir, 9

12. Felt markers are not good to use as lipstick. – Lauren, 9

13. Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat. – Joel, 10

14. When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she’s on the phone. – Alyesha, 13

15. Never try to baptize a cat. – Eileen, 8

Beauty Falls from the Sky

When it slammed into the surface of Earth, there was little sign of the beauty that lay inside.

But cutting the Fukang meteorite open yielded a breathtaking sight.

Within the rock, translucent golden crystals of a mineral called olivine gleamed among a silvery honeycomb of nickel-iron.

The rare meteorite weighed about the same as a hatchback when it was discovered in 2000, in the Gobi Desert in China’s Xinjiang Province.

It has since been divided into slices which give the effect of stained glass when the sun shines through them.

An anonymous collector holds the largest portion, which weighs 925lb. This piece was expected to fetch $2million at auction at Bonham’s in New York – but it remained unsold.

It is so valuable that even tiny chunks sell in the region of $32 to $48 per gram.

Arizona’s Southwest Meteorite Laboratory, which holds about 70lb of the rock, says the remarkable find will turn out to be ‘one of the greatest meteorite discoveries of the 21st century’.

It says the Fukang specimen outshines all other known examples of the pallasite class, which makes up just one per cent of all meteorites. However, it is not the biggest – in 2005 space rock hunter Steve Arnold dug up a 1,400lb sample in Kansas.

The Arizona lab’s experts say pallasites, whose make-up of half nickel-iron, half olivine gives them their mosaic-like appearance, are ‘thought to be relics of forming planets’.

They are believed to originate from deep inside intact meteors created during the formation of the solar system about 4.5 billion years ago and very few specimens are

Golden olivine meets silvery nickel-iron to create a stunningly beautiful mosaic effect

thought to have survived their descent through Earth’s atmosphere.

February 2005 saw the Chinese space rock transported all the way to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, in Tucson, Arizona.

The U.S. lab claims their polished slice of the original meteorite is the world’s biggest pallasite cross section, measuring 36in by 19in.

Attribution: Daily Mail

The Real Political Science

 Even as climate alarmists amplify their call for a worldwide tax on carbon dioxide emissions in the name of preventing global warming – penguins, polar bears, Himalayan glaciers and Arctic sea ice are all thriving.

With dire proclamations of ice free Arctic summers vehemently debunked, the latest data indicates that both wildlife and the environment in earth’s coldest regions has not experienced the catastrophic devastation predicted as a result of man-made climate change.

Forecasts that Canada’s polar bear population would significantly decline due to global warming have been proven completely inaccurate. The latest study shows that the Hudson Bay area polar bear population has remained steady at around 1000 – the same number found by a 2004 study, confounding the “doom-and-gloom” predictions of environmentalists about the demise of the polar bear (which) have failed to come true,” reports the Canadian Press.

“We are not observing these impacts right at this moment in time. And it is not a crisis situation as a lot of people would like the world to believe it is,” said Drikus Gissing, Nunavut’s director of wildlife management.

Gissing added that their survey of Polar Bear population could yield twice as many as earlier predicted.

Meanwhile, Live Science reports, “A new study using satellite mapping technology reveals there are twice as many emperor penguins in Antarctica than previously thought.”

Using state of the art technology that can single out penguins from other birds, researchers counted almost 600,000 penguins around the coastal regions, almost double the previous estimate of 270,000-350,000.

But it’s not just wildlife that is contradicting the claims of climate change alarmists, the environment itself is not behaving as global warming data models predicted.

Satellite data produced by French researchers shows that glaciers in the western Himalayan region are “putting on mass” rather than melting completely as doomsayers had warned in a 2007 UN IPCC report, which claimed that most of the region would be ice-free by 2035.

Despite the findings, BBC News, an ardent promoter of climate change propaganda, blamed the thickening of the glaciers on man-made global warming. When the earth last showed similar activity back in the 1970′s, the same scientific establishment, which now pushes anthropogenic global warming, blamed the changes on global cooling.

New research from the Arctic’s Bering Sea also found that ice is thickening.

“The amount of floating ice in the Arctic’s Bering Sea – which had long been expected to retreat disastrously by climate-alarmist organizations such as Greenpeace – reached all-time record high levels last month, according to US researchers monitoring the area using satellites,” reports The Register.

The article points to a 1999 Greenpeace prediction that sea ice in the area “could vanish altogether,” another piece of alarmist propaganda debunked by reality.

Despite a multitude of data that continually serves to eviscerate the pseudo-science behind man-made global warming, illustrating again that the earth has gone through natural warming and cooling cycles since its very genesis, climate change snake oil salesmen like NASA’s James Hansen, who this week will call for a global tax on CO2 emissions, continue to ignore real science in pursuit of their political agenda to exploit heartfelt environmental concerns for profit and power.

 Attribution: Paul Joseph Watson

Shark-Away

Divers often resort to metal armour, harpoons or simply staying in a cage to protect themselves from sharks, but researchers have shown that magnets could be the way to ensure ‘safety beneath the waves.’

Chemist Eric Stroud runs a research company called SharkDefense, and he’s proved that some sharks cannot bear to be near magnets.

He first discovered this in 2005 when he accidentally dropped one into his shark research tanks in Oak Ridge, New Jersey.

The resident lemon and nurse sharks inside raced away from the magnets as fast as they could.

He demonstrates just how effective magnets are at repelling sharks in a video (below) in the Bahamas.

The footage shows one of his collegues coaxing a small lemon shark into a sleep-like state by holding it gently upside down.

Mr Stroud then holds a piece of card next to the shark to make sure it can’t see what’s coming and moves a magnet right next to its head.

The shark instantly bends away from it, unable to stand being close by. Mr Stroud believes the process that’s taking place, is the magnet interfering with the shark’s electrical sensors, called the ampullae of Lorenzini.

These are used by the creatures to find their way around, because they tune in to the electric fields of ocean currents.

Mr Stroud said, ‘It’s probably something like a bright flashlight across your eyes. It’s just temporarily blinding, and you’re startled. And it’s not pleasant.’

Mr Stroud believes his work can not only help to keep swimmers and divers safe, but protect shark populations, too, which often get caught in nets and on fishing hooks.

To this end repelsharks.com already sells magnetic fish hooks developed by SharkDefense, while Stroud suggests that rows of underground magnets would be a far better way of keeping swimmers safe, while at the same time ensuring the sharks come to no harm.

However, not everyone is convinced of the effectiveness of magnets at keeping sharks at bay. Popular TV show Mythbusters conducted a series of experiments to test the theory and found that magnets only work with some species of shark, and not in every circumstance. It showed that lemon sharks ignored the magnets when there was food attached to them.

Attribution: The World

Joke du Jour

A Groaner

Two robins were sitting in a tree.

“I’m really hungry,” said the first one. “Let’s fly down and find some lunch.”

They flew down to the ground and found a nice plot of newly plowed ground that was full of worms. They ate and ate and ate till they could eat no more.

“I’m so full, I don’t think I can fly back up into the tree,” said the first one.

“Let’s just lay back here and bask in the warm sun,” said the second.

“OK,” said the first.

So they plopped down, basking in the sun. No sooner than they had fallen asleep, when a big fat tomcat came up and gobbled them up.

As the cat sat washing his face after his meal, he thought…

“I JUST LOVE BASKIN ROBINS.”

Joke of the Day

A man went to the confessional. “Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.”

“What is your sin, my son?” the priest asked.

“Well,” the man started, “I used some horrible language this week, and I feel absolutely terrible.”

“When did you use this awful language?” asked the priest.

“I was golfing and hit an incredible drive that looked like it was going to go over 250 yards, but it struck a power line that was hanging over the fairway and fell straight down to the ground after going only about a hundred yards.”

“Is that when you swore?”

“No, Father. After that, a squirrel ran out of the bushes and grabbed my ball in his mouth and began to run away.”

“Is that when you swore?”

“Well, no. You see, as the squirrel was running, an eagle came down out of the sky, grabbed the squirrel in his talons, and flew away!”

“Is that when you swore?” asked the amazed priest.

“No, not yet. As the eagle carried the squirrel away in his claws, it flew toward the green. And as it passed over a bit of forest near the green, the squirrel dropped my ball.”

“Did you swear then?”

“No, because as the ball felt it struck a tree, bounced through some bushes, careened off a big rock, and rolled through a sand trap onto the green and stopped within six inches of the hole.”

The priest signed, “You missed the putt, didn’t you?”

Joke of the Day

A cocky State Highway inspector stopped at a farm and talked with an old farmer. He told the farmer, “I need to inspect your farm for a possible new road.”

The old farmer said, “OK, but don’t go in that field.” The arrogant Highway employee said, “I have the authority of the State Government to go where I want. See this card? I am allowed to go wherever I wish.”

So the old farmer went about his farm chores.

Later, he heard loud screams and saw the State Highway employee running for the fence and close behind was the farmer’s prize bull. The bull was madder than a nest full of hornets and the was gaining on the employee at every step!!

The Inspector, running at break-neck speed, shouted to the farmer, “Help, what do I do?”.
The old farmer shouted back, “Show him your card!!”

Joke of the Day

A Blonde’s Year in Review

January – Took new scarf back to store because it was too tight.

February – Fired from pharmacy job for failing to print labels……Helllloooo!!!…..bottles won’t fit in printer!

March – Got really excited…..finished jigsaw puzzle in 6 months…..box said “2-4 years!”

April – Trapped on escalator for hours ? power went out!!!

May – Tried to make Kool-Aid…..wrong instructions….8 cups of water won’t fit into those little packets!!!

June – Tried to go water skiing…..couldn’t find a lake with a slope.

July – Lost breast stroke swimming competition…..learned later, the other swimmers cheated, they used their arms!!!

August – Got locked out of my car in rain storm….car swamped….convertible top left open.

September – The capital of California is “C”….isn’t it?

October – Hate M & M’s…..they are so hard to peel.

November – Baked turkey for 4 1/2 days. Instructions said 1 hour per pound – I weigh 108!!

December – Couldn’t call 911…. “duh”….there’s no “eleven” button on the stupid phone!