Jack has discovered that by playing dead he can scare the shit out of Archie. pic.twitter.com/IE98Ir1HKl— Sam (@sam_mhull) October 3, 2016
Sam says, "Jack has discovered that by playing dead he can scare the shit out of Archie." Read the rest
Jim Jones writes, "I have been playing The Warren, Marshall Miller's role playing game about being rabbits, with my three kids for a little over a month. We play in an area based on our suburban neighborhood. My second grade daughter chose to do a diorama of a suburb for school so she could talk about our game and we built it so that it appeared in the rule book for the role playing game itself." Read the rest
Waffle, a baby Shai-Hulud (terrestrial name: Kenyan sand boa), enjoys his new sandbox. His human companion, Jenny Gaines, says:
He's one of my "Reptile Ambassadors" in my educational reptile show business, Waffle & Friends Reptile Shows. My goal is public outreach to help spread understanding and appreciation of reptiles - especially snakes, who are so unfairly treated.Read the rest
This wide-eyed kitty is enthralled by Hitchcock's Psycho.
Here's what the kitty's watching (spoiler!):
Probably staged, but still. Read the rest
Someone sent a wind-up robot tottering into a nest of Australian bull ants, a species "characterised by their extreme aggressiveness, ferocity, and painful stings." It's a delight to watch these formicidaen bullies spend themselves impotently on the unfeeling skin of a toy, thus proving the superiority of humans over jerky ants. (via Beyond the Beyond) Read the rest
Woolly mammoths became extinct (from hunting and/or habitat shrinkage) 4,000 years ago. But you can buy remains for a reasonable price. This hair sample, for instance, is $15 on Amazon. You can also purchase pocket knives with handles made from Siberian Woolly Mammoth teeth for a couple of hundred bucks.
A full skeleton runs about $400,000.
A feral kitten with its head stuck in a jar is rescued by a jolly hammer-wielding Azerbaijanian. It takes a few whacks to free the poor little critter. Read the rest
I like the way every time the mother moose turns around, the bear pretends to be paying attention to something else. Read the rest
Entomologist Justin O. Schmidt has written a book called The Sting of the Wild, about his mission to "compare the impacts of stinging insects on humans, mainly using himself as the gauge." Here's how he poetically describes a few bug stings, based on his own 4-point "Schmidt Pain Scale for Stinging Insects."
Red fire ant (1): "Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet and reaching for the light switch."
Anthophorid bee (1): "Almost pleasant, a lover just bit your earlobe a little too hard."
California carpenter bee (2): "Swift, sharp, and decisive. Your fingertip has been slammed by a car door."
Western yellowjacket (2): "Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W.C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue."
Fierce black polybia wasp: (2.5): "A ritual gone wrong, satanic. The gas lamp in the old church explodes in your face when you light it."
Velvet ant (3): "Explosive and long lasting, you sound insane as you scream. Hot oil from the deep frying spilling over your entire hand."
Florida harvester ant (3): "Bold and unrelenting. Somebody is using a power drill to excavate your ingrown toenail."
Tarantula hawk (4): "Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair dryer has just been dropped into your bubble bath."
Bullet ant (4): "Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like walking over a flaming charcoal with a 3-inch nail embedded in your heel."
Warrior (or armadillo) wasp: "Torture. You are chained in the flow of an active volcano. Why did I start this list?"
Are they happy, mad, or experiencing an emotion that's utterly alien to us? Read the rest
Ten years ago a fisherman from the Philippines pulled up his anchor and found it was attached to a giant clam. Inside the clam was a massive pearl. He brought it home and kept it under his bed for good luck. Recently his shack burned down and he showed the pearl to a tourist officer, who encouraged him to get it appraised. Early estimates put its value at $100 million. Read the rest