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(11-26-2015 06:42 PM)Serpentine Wrote:  theguardian.com: "Police rush in after man heard screaming 'I'm going to kill you'; discover noise caused by him attacking spider"

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2...cking-wife

Quote:Officers in Sydney respond to reports of man shouting threats and furniture being thrown – only to find a ‘quite embarrassed’ man on his own in an apartment (...)

I love this story, hahaha ~ having screamed at the sight of a big spider or bug before myself. Tongue

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It's Australia, though; chances are it's a genuinely deadly spider. Big Grin



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-35337185
Man completes China ice bath chess challenge

17 January 2016 Last updated at 12:54 GMT


Buried waist-deep in ice for more than an hour, wearing nothing but a pair of swimming shorts, the man known in China as "Polar Bear" shivered as he played chess.


Cui Deyi won several games of Chinese chess as he took part in the challenge, in the city of Handan.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34679788
Photographing America's creepiest houses

31 October 2015 Last updated at 04:08 GMT


Cleveland photographer Seph Lawless has travelled across the United States in search of the spookiest abandoned properties.


Some of them have their own horrific urban myths attached, involving murder and mysterious disappearances.

With their stunning architectural features, Mr Lawless says they epitomise the perfect haunted mansion.

Thirteen of them are displayed in all their ghastly splendour in his new book, 'Hauntingly Beautiful.'

But does he believe ghosts are for real? He spoke to BBC World Update's Dan Damon.
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Spider News! (No pictures, no arachnaphobia - click if you dare).

New "monster" Daddy Long-Legs spider found in Oregon - "Cryptomaster behemoth."
http://www.kezi.com/news/Behemoth_Daddy_...regon.html
Quote:SOUTHWESTERN OREGON -- Researches say a new monster has made its way to the Pacific Northwest, in the form of a freshly discovered Daddy Longlegs species.
In a journal published to Zoo Keys, experts nicknamed the arachnid 'Cryptomaster Behemoth.' It is closely related to another similar species found in Oregon called the Cryptomaster Leviathan, named for its large size and tendency to stay hidden.
The study says the new species, too, likes to hide under logs and rocks in forested or mountainous areas of southwestern Oregon.


New Tarantula named after Johnny Cash, "man in black":
http://m.livescience.com/53616-tarantula...-cash.html
Quote: One of the new spider species, Aphonopelma johnnycashi, had a particularly well-known namesake — famed singer and songwriter Johnny Cash. The spider was abundant near Folsom State Prison in California, which had inspired Cash's song "Folsom Prison Blues" and where he performed and recorded a live album in 1968. And the tarantula's dark coloration reminded Hamilton of Cash's preference for head-to-toe black attire, which had earned Cash the nickname, "The Man in Black."

"It immediately fit," Hamilton said.

But with 14 new spiders, the scientists had to come up with a lot more names, and A. johnnycashi was the only one inspired by a celebrity. "We tried to tie them into something about the species," Hamilton told Live Science.

Some were named in reference to where they were found, like A. saguaro (Saguaro National Park) and A. superstitionense (the Superstition Mountains). Hamilton named A. moellendorfii to commemorate mentor, educator and fellow arachnologist Dave Moellendorf, who introduced Hamilton to tarantula distribution in Texas and supported his early interest in the spider group. And A. xwalxwal (pronounced “hwal-hwal") got its name from the word for "a type of small spider" in the language of Cahuilla Native Americans.

"As a Native American myself — a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma — I do try to look for ways to tie Native Americans into new species, if possible," Hamilton said.

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Not keen on spiders!

I have found an article about a badger who turned into an archaeologist:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-35523757


Bronze Age burial near Stonehenge discovered by badger


9 February 2016

From the section Wiltshire

Archer's wrist guard and shaft straightenersImage copyright Wiltshire Council CMAS Image caption An archer's wrist guard and shaft straighteners were among the objects discovered
A Bronze Age cremation burial has been discovered near Stonehenge after being accidentally dug up by a badger.

Objects found in a burial mound at Netheravon, Wiltshire, include a bronze saw, an archer's wrist guard, a copper chisel and cremated human remains.

Experts believe the burial may have been that of an archer or a person who made archery equipment.

The artefacts date back to 2,200-2,000BC, senior archaeologist Richard Osgood, of the MOD, said.
Ceramic sherdsImage copyright Wiltshire Council CMAS Image caption Sherds of pottery from a cremation urn were dug up by a badger Sherd of pottery with badger claw marksImage copyright Wiltshire Council CMAS Image caption Claw marks can be seen on bits of the pottery
The burial mound, about five miles north of Stonehenge, lies on MOD land.




Mr Osgood, from the MOD's Defence Infrastructure Organisation, said it was "an exciting find".

"It was utterly unexpected. These are wonderful artefacts from the early Bronze Age, about 2,200-2,000 BC," he said.

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Map of archaeological sites in Wiltshire
Other archaeological finds in Wiltshire:

1. Bronze Age burial discovered by a badger

2. Soldiers uncover 27 ancient bodies at Barrow Clump on Salisbury Plain

3. Researchers find large Neolithic site at Durrington Walls

4. Stonehenge dig finds 6,000-year-old encampment at Blick Mead

5. Bronze Age child's skeleton discovered at Wilsford henge

6. Bronze Age jewellery discovered in a Wiltshire field

7. Iron Age woman's footless body found near West Knoyle

8. Bronze Age hoard found near Tisbury

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Also among the finds were shaft straighteners for straightening arrows, and pieces of pottery.

Mr Osgood said the badger had dug out the cremation urn and sherds of pottery were lying on the surface when they were spotted.

A full archaeological dig was then carried out on the site.

Mr Osgood said: "There are badger setts in quite a few scheduled monuments - the actions of burrowing animals is one of the biggest risks to archaeology in Britain - but to bring out items of this quality from one hole is unusual.
Bronze Age chiselImage copyright Wiltshire Council CMAS Image caption A copper chisel, which still has its decorated bone handle attached, was one of the objects unearthed
"We would never have known these objects were in there, so there's a small part of me that is quite pleased the badger did this... but it probably would have been better that these things had stayed within the monument where they'd resided for 4,000 years."

Injured military personnel and veterans helped to excavate the site.

The items are due to be put on display at Wiltshire Museum in Devizes later this year.
Part of a Bronze Age sawImage copyright Wiltshire Council CMAS Image caption Experts think the bronze saw may have been used by somebody who made archery equipment Bronze Age toolImage copyright Wiltshire Council CMAS Image caption Tools made from bone and antler were also among the discoveries
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Albino Turtle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-35538538
Rare albino turtle hatchling found on Queensland beach

1 hour ago


An extremely rare albino green turtle hatchling was spotted on a beach in Queensland, Australia.


Dubbed "Alby" by the volunteers that found him at the weekend, he defied stubborn blades of grass, to make it to the sea.
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Yay for Inky! Big Grin

theguardian.com: "The great escape: Inky the octopus legs it to freedom from aquarium"
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/ap...d-aquarium

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03rr9z6

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Aberforth??

bbc.com: "'Goat man' Thomas Thwaites pretends to be a goat in the Swiss Alps"
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-36302856

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Today there's been yet another article in the (German) news about a kingsnake found in a wardrobe, in the town of Lage:

http://www.gmx.net/magazine/wissen/schla...n-31604710 (07/06/2016, in German)

I've been trying to find an account of this in English, but there doesn't seem to be any (yet?)... however, I did find several articles about snakes turning up elsewhere in wardrobes, cupboards, drawers, toilets (adventurous fellows!):

"Woman finds kingsnake in drawer" (Scotland, 07/04/2016)
https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/2016/...ke-drawer/

"Jack the terrier sniffs out 5ft California kingsnake hiding in owners' cupboard" (Essex/UK, 29/07/2014; also mentions another snake found in a toilet in London)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...tchen.html

"Snakes in a drain! Video captures the horrific moment a Mexican Black Kingsnake poking its head out of the ground into couple's back yard" (Loncolnshire/UK, 03/09/2013)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...round.html

"Wardrobe snake harmless intruder" (06/10/2007, County Antrim, Northern Ireland/UK)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/north...031485.stm

"Snake that slithered from toilet in San Diego may have been seeking water" (08/01/2015, San Diego, US)
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me...story.html

"Snake In Toilet Bites Man’s ***** During Bathroom Trip" (16/07/2013, Israel)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/16...00341.html

"Python bites Thai man's ***** in terrifying toilet encounter" (27/05/2016, Thailand)
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/27/asia/t...index.html

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theguardian.com: "Spice gull: seabird turns orange after falling into vat of curry"
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2...kka-masala

Quote:A seagull turned bright orange after it fell into a vat of chicken tikka masala.

The bird fell into the container while trying to scavenge meat from a food factory bin on Monday. It was rescued by workers at the site in Wales, and picked up by a volunteer for Vale wildlife hospital, near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

Staff at the hospital used washing-up liquid to remove the bright orange from the seagull’s feathers. They returned him to its original white colour but have not been able to wash away the smell of curry.

Lucy Kells, veterinary nurse at the hospital, said: “He really surprised everyone here – we had never seen anything like it before. He had fallen into a waste vat of curry that was outside, it was chicken tikka masala. The thing that shocked us the most was the smell. He smelled amazing, he really smelled good.

“He cleaned up surprisingly well at the hospital, we used washing-up liquid a few times.”

The bird, which has been nicknamed “Gullfrazie” on Facebook, was put into a cage after his ordeal. Staff are feeding it meat, dog and cat food and pieces of chopped fish to build up his weight.

“He is a bit skinny so we are building his strength up a bit,” Kells said. “I guess that’s why he was trying to get a piece of meat from the vat and fell in.”

The bird will be transferred to an outside aviary to re-waterproof his feathers in the coming weeks before being released into the wild.

“I’ve been a veterinary nurse for 25 years and I have never seen this happen before,” said Kells.

The seagull is thought to be over two years old because of the colour of his feathers.

Vale wildlife hospital, a registered charity, was established in 1984 and cares for 5,000 animals a year.

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I love Tikka Masala so I can understand why the seagull fell into it. Tongue

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"Talk about the circle of life! Python sheds his skin in one perfect piece but gets trapped inside and slithers in circles for three hours before breaking free" (20/06/2016)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...z4CVfmiigr

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Hard to find it in English, apart from a few blogs... but this was IMHO just too "Parseltongue News"-ish to not share here Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

(FYI: In Germany it is obligatory to have a warning triangle in the car to warn others in case of e.g. a car breakdown or something similar, and place it at a certain distance from the car after such an incident, otherwise you get a fine. This Lithuanian driver had a car breakdown and apparently knew that now he had to place such a warning triangle, but didn't have one in his car... so he got creative Wink )

"Lithuanian driver didn't have a warning triangle, so he put on the highway... a bowl with tomatoes and paprikas. German policemen were so amused, they didn't fine the driver, but took this photo instead."
http://rebrn.com/re/lithuanian-driver-di...e-2795210/

German sources:
" POLIZEI - A2: Paprika und Tomaten als Warndreieck aufgestellt"
http://www.neuepresse.de/Nachrichten/Pan...ufgestellt

"Kein Bußgeld - Paprika-Warndreieck auf A2"
http://www.mdr.de/sachsen-anhalt/magdebu...i-100.html

"Bei Magdeburg - Litauer stellt Paprika-Warndreieck auf Autobahn 2"
http://www.focus.de/regional/sachsen-anh...77820.html

"Kein Bußgeld für Kreativität - Signalrote Paprika statt Warndreieck auf A2"
http://www.haz.de/Nachrichten/Panorama/U...enauto-hin

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"This vampire cat totally slays at being adorable"

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5818eb...weird-news

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„Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th Just Arrived for the Last Time“

http://fortune.com/2017/10/13/friday-the...-helsinki/

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