Twin babies that rock

August 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Noah’s flood did happen: “When J Harlen Bretz uncovered evidence of giant floods in eastern Washington in the 1920s, it took most of the 20th century for other geologists to believe him. Geologists had so thoroughly vilified the concept of great floods that they could not believe it when somebody actually found evidence of one. The waters, he eventually realized, could have come from catastrophic drainage of Lake Missoula, an ancient, glacier-dammed lake in western Montana. Recognition of the Missoula flood helped other geologists identify similar landforms in Asia, Europe, Alaska, and the American Midwest, as well as on Mars. There is now compelling evidence for many gigantic ancient floods where glacial ice dams failed time and again”

Man posts himself to girlfriend as a prank – but almost dies when couriers lose delivery address: “A fun-loving boyfriend decided to surprise his partner by posting her an unusual present – himself. But the joke went horribly wrong when the delivery was delayed and he almost suffocated to death. Hu Seng, from Chongqing city in southern China, made a friend tape him into a box that he had paid a courier firm to deliver to his girlfriend, Li Wang. Another friend was waiting at his girlfriend’s office to film the surprise when he jumped out. In a horrifying twist of fate, however, the unsuspecting couriers mixed up the address and instead of 30 minutes in the sealed box, Mr Seng was trapped inside for nearly three hours. the box had very little air inside and was too thick for Mr Seng to make a hole in it. By the time the package had arrived at his girlfriend’s office – where a friend was waiting to record her surprise on camera – Mr Seng had passed out and had to be revived by paramedics.”

Fish that have their reproductive organs on their HEAD: “A new species of fish with a rather unique feature has been discovered in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. The Phallostethus cuulong is just 2 centimetres long, and is part of little known group of fish where the males have their reproductive organs on their chin. The newsly discovered specimen is only the 22nd known priapiumfish, which are named after the ancient Greek fertility deity, Priapus. Researchers say they are baffled as to why the fish has its sexual organs on its head. ‘We don’t know why priapiumfish evolved their peculiar arrangement,’ said Lynne Parenti of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. ‘It’s not just the reproductive organs that are attached to the priapiumfish’s head: so too is its bottom”

Chimps have secret handshakes too: “Chimpanzees pass down a ‘secret handshake’ through the generations, according to a new study. Researchers found that troops of chimps pass on traditions, including the handshake, from one generation to the next – and they differ from group to group. When chimps are cleaning, they adopt a ‘grooming handclasp’ – two chimps clasp onto each other’s arms, raise them in the air and groom each other with their free hand. Previous research suggest this handclasp may be a cultural phenomenon – like how people greet each other – but only some chimpanzee colonies practise this grooming behaviour. Researchers looked at chimps on the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust in Zambia – finding some prefer to clasp hands, while others clutch onto another chimp’s wrist. Edwin van Leeuwen, of the Max Planck Institute, said: ‘We don’t know what mechanisms account for these differences. ‘But our study at least reveals that these chimpanzee communities formed and maintained their own local grooming traditions over the last five years. Observations also revealed grooming behaviours are transmitted to the next generation of potential handclaspers:

Bomb ship in London river: “Officially, this wreck is known as the SS Richard Montgomery but locals have another name for it… When it sank in these waters towards the end of the World War II, the Montgomery was loaded with 7,000 tons of wartime bombs. It’s estimated that anything from 1,400 to 3,000 tons of explosives are still packed in its water-logged hull, and it has been said that their detonation would cause one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions ever — 700 times the size of the bomb which claimed 168 lives in Oklahoma City in 1995. One expert has suggested that it might kill thousands of people in the immediate surroundings, and others that it would create Britain’s first tsunami, and cause shock waves which would blow out windows as far away as East London, 30 miles upriver. No wonder the Montgomery is also known as the Doomsday Ship.”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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