Caught short

March 11, 2016 at 2:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Amazing spider: “A NEW species of spider which can surf, swim and catch fish has been discovered in Queensland. Australian researchers have named it Dolomedes briangreenei, or Brian for short. Brian, a native of Brisbane, is about the size of the palm of a hand and uses vibrations on the surface of the water, or waves, to navigate and find prey. It eats fish, frogs and tadpoles as well as the dreaded cane toad. In fact, researchers say Brian is making a significant contribution to the management of the pest. The spiders are also good swimmers, usually working from the sides of pools and off rocks. They can also been seen sculling across the surface with their two middle pairs of legs. When disturbed or hauling in captured fish, they will plunge through the surface of the water and swim quickly to hide on the bottom.”

The terrifying ‘alien fish’ with wings and glowing eyes: Rare long-nose chimaera: “Greek mythology has stories about Chimaera, a monstrous fire-breathing lion, goat and snake hybrid and one has been recently caught off the coast of Newfoundland. But this creature is a deep sea fish with a slimy body, green glowing eyes and ribbed fins that look like feathered wings. The group branched off from sharks, its closest relative, around 400 million years ago and have remained a distinct, and distinctly odd, lineage ever since and have been basically unchanged since they shared the Earth with dinosaurs. Like sharks and rays, chimaeras have a skeleton made of cartilage. Its beady eyes are designed to find food along the dark sea floor, which only glow if they are exposed to light. It feeds on shrimp and crabs and is completely harmless to humans. The fish was caught during a commercial fishing excursion off the Grand Banks and St. Pierre and Miquelon”

It’s a frog-eat-frog world!: “Stunning photos have emerged of a greedy cannibal green tree frog devouring one of its own. Callan Snow, 23, stumbled upon the gruesome scene while walking through his cane-toad infested backyard in Lismore, north-eastern NSW. Concerned that the green tree frog had bitten off more than it could chew, Mr Snow took the lifeless ornate burrowing frog from the clutches of its predator and threw it into the bush. ‘It was just at my feet and I got down on the ground and took the photos,’ he told 7 News. ‘I couldn’t believe what was happening.’ ‘We threw it (the toad) into a nearby field, it didn’t look like it had much life left in it.’ Mr Snow, who was with a family friend at the time, stayed with the green tree frog for over an hour – convinced it had tried to eat a deadly cane toad and would soon die from its toxic poison. But Dr Matthew Greenlees, Herpetologist at the University of Sydney, told Daily Mail Australia that the pudgy brown amphibian was in fact a harmless ornate burrowing frog.

The white shirt that claims to be impossible to stain: “There is now a range of unstainable white shirts. You can pour a cup of coffee down your front and the liquid will simply bead on the surface and slide off. Should any residual marks be left, you can rinse the shirt under the tap, and, without even getting wet, the stain will wash off. Unstainable shirts don’t claim to be completely bomb-proof – Biro, make-up or really ground-in dirt won’t just rinse off in the same way but even they should shift in a normal 40-degree wash, minus detergent or softener with bleach to protect the anti-stain magic. Exactly how it works is a trade secret but the gist is that the shirt is covered in millions of microscopic hairs, 100,000 times smaller than a grain of sand, that are applied to natural fibres such as silk or cotton. Water or other liquids hitting the fabric then sit above the surface on these hairs instead of penetrating it so they just slide off or can be rinsed away.”

There are still two McDonald’s in the US selling MCPIZZA: “Most people thought that the McDonald’s McPizza was extinct – but it’s been revealed that two of its restaurants still serve them. Not only that, but their customers can even customize their pizzas with a range of toppings. The McPizza was launched in the late 1980s and abandoned a decade later. But not in Ohio and West Virginia. And in keeping with the low-cost philosophy of the fast-food chain, individual pizzas are just $3 (£2.11) rising to $6 (£4.23) for a family sized offering. Available toppings for custom-made pizzas are pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions and green peppers. The product was first launched in Canada and according to Canada.com McDonald’s invested $25million into ovens across the country in a bid to make it a success”

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