Bedbug infestations are notoriously difficult to eradicate. Hotels are terrified of them because they will get reported on Yelp and Trip Advisor. Now bedbugs have taken to the subways of NYC. The lilliputian turnstile jumpers are biting conductors and shutting down trains. Officials have deployed bedbug-sniffing dogs to help out in their efforts to rid the subway system of the blood sucking insects. (Thanks, Carla!)
And this is how wars start. (Via Arbroath)
Wikimedia says a photographer's request to pull a lucrative photo of a monkey from Wikipedia is bananas. The monkey in the photo picked up the photographer's camera and pressed the camera shutter button herself, so the photographer has no claim to the image.
[British nature photographer David Slater] now claims that the decision is jeopardising his income as anyone can take the image and publish it for free, without having to pay him a royalty. He complained To Wikimedia that he owned the copyright of the image, but a recent transparency report from the group, which details all the removal requests it has received, reveals that editors decided that Mr Slater has no claim on the image as the monkey itself took the picture.
Mr Slater now faces an estimated £10,000 legal bill to take the matter to court.
This video of a bear walking upright through a neighborhood is downright creepy. I'm going to walk on all fours through the forest to settle the score. (Via Arbroath)
I saw the movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes over the weekend and was amazed by its greatness. I applauded at the end with the rest of the audience. The acting, by both the humans and the “apes,” was superb. The revolutionary special effects – using “performance capture” cgi technology in ways never used before, created the most realistic digitalized characters I’ve ever seen. And the engaging and moving storyline with its themes on war, trust and humanity tied it all together into a perfect package. I love the rare science fiction film that surpasses expectations on every level, and this one hits every mark with incredible precision. So it was with great interest that I opened up Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films, a book that looks behind the scenes and explains the incredible ingenuity and talent that went behind the two latest movies in the Planet of the Apes franchise. With tons of photos that show how the effects were created along with a fascinating narrative that tells the journey of creating these films, this is a behind-the-scenes book that any Planet of the Apes or special effects fan will thoroughly enjoy.
See high-res sample pages from the book at Wink.
My wife and I gave our kids a pair of tiny bearded dragons for Christmas. They are now probably 10 times heavier than when we got them 6 months ago. My kids aren't that interested in the beardies any longer, but I am.
They love to eat meal worms. I don't let them eat too many, because they need to eat their vegetables.
I like the beardies because they don't bite, they enjoy being held, they are active in the day, and they don't poop on me. As far as reptiles go, Link and Rosa are great pets.
Daoíz and Velarde are 142-year-old bronze make lions that sit in front of the Spanish Parliament in Madrid. Velarde has testicles, but Daoíz does not. A campaign to endow Daoíz with testicles has met resistance from José Ignacio Wert, the Minister for Education and Culture.
Genitalia made from a different metal could have 'harmful effects' on the statue. 'This can be a particularly serious problem for metal sculptures as adding a different material can cause galvanic corrosion,' Wert said.
When I was a kid my friend and I caught some little frogs. My friend liked his frog so much he smothered it to death in his hand. Lenny, the mentally challenged giant in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, squeezed living creatures to death because he loved them so much. Why do people do this? Two Yale graduate students, Oriana Aragon and Rebecca Dyer, are conducting experiments to find out.
Some things are so cute that we just can't stand them. We think it’s about high positive-affect, an approach orientation and almost a sense of lost control. It’s so adorable, it drives you crazy. It might be that how we deal with high positive-emotion is to sort of give it a negative pitch somehow. That sort of regulates, keeps us level and releases that energy.
"This aggression may be the brain’s response to the overwhelming joy incurred by such creatures (similar to how some people cry when intensely happy)."