Literal thinkerMay 27, 2016 at 2:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Odd news from around the world
Australia: Giant earthworm set to gain extra protection: “Local councils in Gippsland are moving to protect the habitat of the region’s rare and protected giant earthworm. A small area of west and south Gippsland, east of Melbourne, is the only remaining place where the giant Gippsland earthworm, a state and federal protected species, can be found. Expanding housing developments are threatening the earthworm, with experts hearing anecdotal evidence of a population decline. The worm can grow to up to three metres long, and it is one of the world’s longest species of earthworm. A native Australian species, the giant Gippsland earthworm’s scientific name is Megascolides australis. The worms live entirely underground in their own burrows, and are hermaphroditic, with breeding occurring in spring and summer. Mr Stampton said the council was prepared to do its bit to protect the rare invertebrate”
Swarm of 20,000 bees takes over woman’s car: “Carol Howarth, 65, described the “incredible” ordeal after a team of beekeepers, a park ranger and members of the public gathered to help and contain the swarm after it settled onto the back of her silver Mitsubishi Outlander. Mrs Howarth had parked her car in Haverfordwest, in West Wales, to do a spot of shopping on Sunday when thousands of bees descended onto the vehicle. It was believed the queen bee had flown into the car and thus, the bees followed. “I was the first beekeeper [on scene] and I realised it was in a dangerous place, I tried to brush the bees into a box, I was successful and they all trooped in,” Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association. Dr Roger Burns told Hughesy and Kate. “The following day we had a phone call at about midday saying there was a swarm of bees on the same car,” Mr Burns described. The bees were finally removed that night.
World’s largest sponge found in Hawaii waters: “Scientists say the discovery of the world’s largest known sea sponge in deep waters off Hawaii happened by accident. The ancient giant, which has its own ecosystem, was discovered by a United States National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration research project exploring waters in the Pacific Ocean. The unusually shaped sponge is more than 2 metres wide and over 3.5 metres long, comparable in size to a minivan. “It looked like a folded blanket,” Dr Christopher Kelly, a research scientist with NOAA and co-lead for the expedition, told Pacific Beat. Dr Kelly said the discovery within Hawaii’s World Heritage-listed Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument was a pure accident. Massive sea sponges act as filter for seawater, and also provide habitat for smaller animals.
Incredibly rare 2,300-year-old Ancient Greek gold crown found: “An incredibly rare gold crown believed to be more than 2,000 years old has been discovered under a bed in a Somerset cottage. The delicate Greek myrtle wreath, which is thought to date to 300BC, was found in a tatty cardboard box in the modest Taunton property. Its elderly owner, who wants to remain anonymous, was stunned when he found it. Needless to say his shock gauge went through the roof when an auctioneer then told him the valuable artefact it is worth at least £100,000. Valuers from Duke’s of Dorchester in Dorset attended the pensioner’s home to look at some items he had inherited from his grandfather. ‘It is eight inches across and weighs about 100 grams. It’s pure gold and handmade, it would have been hammered out by a goldsmith. ‘The wreath is in very nice condition for something that’s 2,300 years old”
Robber messed with the WRONG woman: “This is the moment a hapless robber got a taste of his own medicine when the woman he targeted forced him to strip naked and run through the streets in Colombia. Footage shows the victim grabbing the young offender by the hair after he tried to rob her with a knife in the Colombian capital Bogota. After disarming the attacker, she screams at him and slaps in around the head before searching his pockets and ordering him to kneel down. As a crowd of onlookers gather around, she then completes the robber’s humiliation by ordering him to strip naked – before he sprints off down the street covering his private parts with his hands. The video starts by showing the furious woman dragging the would-be thief around by the hair and shouting in his ear. It is played out against the backdrop of a loud alarm from a system that warns neighbours when a crime is being committed, according to LiveLeak, where the video appeared. Crowds then cheer as he is ordered to run off down the street, chased by a small dog”
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