WATCH: art from tiny diatoms

The Diatomist is a short documentary about Klaus Kemp, master of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement.

Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification.The best of these arrangements are stunning technical feats that reveal the hidden grandeur of some of the smallest organisms on Earth. Klaus Kemp has devoted his entire life to understanding and perfecting diatom arrangement and he is now acknowledged as the last great practitioner of this beautiful combination of art and science. The Diatomist showcases his incredible work.

Soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bernard Herrmann and Cults Percussion Ensemble.

Matthew Killip is an English filmmaker living in New York. His documentaries have been broadcast on UK television and exhibited in festivals including Sundance and True/False.

Wow! (Via Arbroath)

WATCH: Rabid bat attacks guitarist

"The bat ended up being rabid, something [Derrick Skou, from Gresham, Oregon] only found out after taking it to Multnomah County health officials. He had first tried to take it to the Clackamas County Environmental Health Department, but he says they declined to test the bat."

Rabid bat bit man jamming on guitar

Giant grubs, bug and worms made of gummi


Akai Tento's Yahoo Japan Store features some of the beautiful glistening gummi larvae, worms and bugs for sale in the tiny coffee shop/market stall in Aomori Prefecture, a Japanese fishing district.

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Drop of snake venom turns bowl of blood into Jell-O

I don't want a job as a Russell's viper milker.

Vintage ads for ill-advised pets-by-mail


This weekend in the Vintage Ads LJ: a treasury of horrifying ads for pets-by-mail: Sea Monkeys, monkeys and baby raccoons, "performing" chameleons, ant farms (with magnifying glass -- eww) and more.

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Strange Animals


@Strange_Animals is a recommended twitter feed for fans of Boing Boing's Delightful Creatures tag.

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Mutant giant spider dog

Meet Chica the misunderstood dog spider.

Quadcopter vs. ram

The ram wins. After taking the quadcopter out of commission, the ram goes after its operator.

This honey will make you hallucinate

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"Mad honey," or deli bal as it is call in Turkey, contains a neurotoxin from rhododendrons called grayanotoxin that can cause "low blood pressure and irregularities in the heartbeat that bring on nausea, numbness, blurred vision, fainting, potent hallucinations, seizures, and even death, in rare cases."

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Is moth wing pattern a sign from God or Satan?

puzzling-mothWhen Yvonne Esquilin of Georgetown, Texas found a moth in her house, she interpreted its wing pattern as a sign from God.

"At first it looked like Jesus and I still think it looks like Jesus," she told KXAN news.

After her family shared photos of the moth on social media networks, some people said the image resembles Satan.

“People also saw an image of the Devil which is kind of creepy but after staring at it for so long it almost looks like it,” said Esquilin.

Who is right???

(Via CN)

Adorable cluster of fungus gnat larvae crossing the sidewalk

Cute overload!

Bedbugs continue to wreak havoc in NYC subway system

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!)

WATCH: 23 second horror movie

WATCH: Dog and parrot battle over yogurt container

And this is how wars start. (Via Arbroath)

Unused bed colonized by giant horrifying wasp-nest


Exterminator John Birkett found the bed in a house in Winchester, England, in a spare room that had not been entered for several months. The crocheted blanket was saved.

5,000 wasps found in St Cross bedroom [Andrew Napier/Hampshire Chronicle]

(Thanks, PD Smith!)