Saturday, June 30, 2007

Pupils celebrate 10th anniversary of HK handover to China

Pupils stand around the Chinese characters for "Hong Kong" as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China at a primary school in Hefei, east China's Anhui province.

Source : Chinadaily



Researchers found the clearest ocean waters

As clear as the clearest lakes on the planet, salty as ocean waters, and roughly the size of the Mediterranean – this, say researchers, is the clearest and most lifeless patch of ocean in the world. And it is in the middle of the Pacific.

"Satellite images that track the amount of chlorophyll in ocean waters suggested that this was one of the most life-poor systems on Earth," explains Patrick Raimbault of the University of the Mediterranean, in Marseille, France.

In October 2004, Raimbault and colleagues set out to study the remarkable patch of ocean water on a three month cruise – called BIOSOPE – that left from Tahiti in French Polynesia, passed by Easter Island and ended on the Chilean coast. Along the way, they sampled the water's chemistry, physics and biology.

Marc Tedetti, also from the University of the Mediterranean, was on the expedition to investigate the water's clarity. He was struck by the colour of the water, which he describes as closer to violet than to blue.

Tedetti returned having found "unequivocally" the clearest ocean waters on the planet. "Some bodies of freshwater are equally clear, but only the purest freshwater," Tedetti told New Scientist. "For instance, researchers have found equivalent measurements in Lake Vanda in Antarctica, which is under ice, and is really extremely pure."

Source : NewScientist



Skating Bails



I like watching these guys mess up. I find it so much more funnier if they... ;)

Source : SpikedHumor



Rare orange soft-shelled turtle

Here's a very rare orange soft-shelled turtle, whose belly is white. This unique turtle was captured in Zhejiang Province recently.

Source : jongo



The short list of iPhone disappointments

Here's the short list :

1. Bluetooth is only good for connecting a headset. That's it.

2. There is no file browser on the device at all. Data must be organized (if at all) in the appropriate application.

3. The camera is a simple application that has one button: the shutter. Pictures come out okay on the device, but nothing too fancy on a monitor, especially if it was an attempt at a macro shot.

4. SIM card is damn near impossible to open, if at all.

5. Web browser is slow, even over WLAN. Even the simple OneList web app that was created takes around 20 seconds to load over WLAN. You can not highlight, cut, copy, or paste and text from a website, and you can not save any images you find from a website either.

6. The keyboard sucks. It gets slightly better after the iPhone "learns" you, as the employees said, but even then, it's not a device you can use with one hand comfortably, much less without looking.

7. You can only send one picture at a time in an email.

8. No custom ringtones and the alert tones can not be changed whatsoever.

9. The default ringtones are incredibly lame.

10. The only form of customization outside of a lame default ringtone is the wallpaper, which you'll only see when you need to unlock the device or when you get a phone call.

Source : HowardForums | Picture : PopularMechanics



Amazing tornado rainbow

Here's a great picture show a tornado running into a rainbow!! Just nice...

Source : Best Pic Ever



Jay Cochrane wirewalks across Niagara Falls

This is your chance to meet Jay Cochrane and learn about his life walking in the sky. Returning to Niagara Falls for the third summer in six years, Jay Cochrane's twice daily skywalks are designed to bring his performances "up close and personal."

The 2007 summer skywalks begin June 30th at 4pm with the second show at 8pm. Over the 10 week schedule, ending September 3, Jay will walk over 15 miles and spend almost 3 full days atop the wire. Jay's skywalks are between his specially designed 200 foot (20 stories) towers spaced 1,000 feet apart near the Skylon Tower will take between 20 to 30 minutes to complete. With the majestic falls as the backdrop, his performances are set to music and Jay interacts with the crowds via microphone from atop the high wire.

Following each show, the Skylon Tower hosts Cochrane in its Jay Cochrane Dare Devil Gallery, where he will sign autographs and talk to fans about his "storied" career.

Source : CliftonHill



Man carves cheese into a replica of Mount Rushmore

A cheese carver has accomplished a task that's a real "Muenster" - or make that a "monster" - in size. Troy Landwehr used his carving tools to turn a 700-pound block of Land O' Lakes cheddar into a replica of Mount Rushmore.

The cheese carver and winemaker was commissioned by Cheez-It snack crackers to make the monumental carving.

He's heading to New York City in coming days to appear on TV and promote the work on Times Square.

Then the carving hits the road on a publicity tour, while Landwehr heads home to Little Chute.

The carving eventually will end up in Oklahoma and be cut into cubes to become a snack itself.

Source : seattlepi



The topless flipflop

Cool design!! The topless flipflop - a sandal with no straps and no apparent way of staying on your foot. The secret is the tacky water-based glue that keeps the foamy sole in place but does not come off on skin.

In the two weeks since the sandals have gone on sale - under the slogan "flip-flops that don't flip or flop" - an astonishing 3,000 pairs have been sold, despite minimal publicity.

"They do need more tender loving care than the usual sandal - a regular brush in soapy water to keep them sticky. And they work more easily with girls rather than heavy men, although mine are still working."

The flip-flops, which come in five designs, including beach, rainforest and aloha sunset, cost £12.50 each and are available in three sizes - small, medium and large.

Invented in the U.S. and made in China, they have already proved a hit in Australia and Canada, where thousands of pairs have been sold.

Source : DailyMail



"Oldest European tooth" unearthed

Scientists in Spain say that they have found a tooth from a distant human ancestor that is more than one million years old.

The tooth, a pre-molar, was discovered on Wednesday at the Atapuerca site in northern Spain's Burgos Province.

It represented western Europe's "oldest human fossil remain", a statement from the Atapuerca Foundation said.

Jose Maria Bermudez de Castro, co-director of research at the site, said that the newly discovered tooth could be as much as 1.2 million years old.

It was not yet possible to confirm to which species the tooth belonged, the statement said, but initial analyses "allow us to suppose it is an ancestor of Homo antecessor".

Mr Bermudez de Castro said the tooth appeared to come from an individual aged between 20 and 25.

Source : bbc



The origin of Lohan collapse drama

Troubled star Lindsay Lohan reportedly had cocaine and nearly twice the legal amount of alcohol in her system when she was arrested after crashing her car last month.

The actress was charged with driving under the influence after smashing her car in Beverly Hills, Calif. She checked into rehab facility Promises shortly afterward.

According to TMZ.com, Lohan was heavily intoxicated on both cocaine and alcohol at the time of the accident.

Beverly Hills cops are currently sending reports on the Lohan case to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office for consideration.

Source : SFGate



iPhone almost stolen on live TV



Crazy man... This desperate guy tries to steal an iPhone from another guy being interviewed on live TV by Fox News. He can't get it and instead takes the reporter's microphone.

Source : SpikedHumor



Friday, June 29, 2007

Crotchy : The weird looking toy with pink button anus


Does anybody have any good ideas to play around with this weird looking toy???

Presstube is proud to present 'Crotchy', the first collaborative project of Jen Ham & James Paterson. It is a one of a kind toy hand made by Jen. It will be auctioned at Ebay starting July 9th, and ending July 16th.

Crotchy is:
- 12" tall
- Made of cotton
- Free standing
- Posable

Crotchy has:
- Puffy crotch panel
- Pink button anus
- Long lady legs
- Awesome 'Mom' tattoo
Source : Presstube



Time to put a Cork in it - Absolutely hilarious

If you are looking for a good laugh, these news can make you laugh out loud. This is an absolutely hilarious true story regarding a radio show competition-words that weren't in the dictionary yet could still be used in a sentence that would make logical sense. Read it and have laugh :)

Source : Tinypicbc via digg



The Royal Norfolk Show in Norwich : Flying cannonball man



Blasted out of the smoking cannon, this daredevil appears to have mastered the impossible art of flying. But seconds later Mike - the Bullet - Smith loses his inevitable battle with gravity and lands 50 yards away on a giant safety net.

The cannonball man, wearing a special red jumpsuit and safety helmet, was the star attraction at the Royal Norfolk Show in Norwich. Thousands of spectators clustered around the waterlogged field on Thursday to watch him execute a perfect arc across the sky.

Source : thisislondon



Pretty cute tatooed parrot fish

Several tattooed parrot fish were spotted in a aquarium at a store in Suzhou city, in east China's Jiangsu province. The fish have attracted a lot of costumers to the store due to their colorful appearance.

The drawing of flowers were tattooed on the scales of the fish using a laser, which pose harmless to the fish. The permanent tattoo will not disappear as long as the scales are on the fish.

At the same time, in accordance with the beautiful appearance, the prices of the parrot fish have also increased.

Source : CRI



Piglet has a dog Mom???

A funny moment is seen in Shenyang, northeast China's Liaoning province. The piglet has been fed by the dog for some 40 days since its mother died soon after giving birth. The dog started feeding the piglet after encouragement by the farmer who placed the piglet with the dog in the doghouse.

Source : Chinadaily



Mysterious clouds shining out of polar regions

A new NASA satellite has recorded the first detailed images from space of a mysterious type of cloud called “night-shining” or “noctilucent.” The clouds are on the move, brightening and creeping out of polar regions, and researchers don't know why.

"These observations suggest a connection with global change in the lower atmosphere and could represent an early warning that our Earth environment is being changed," said atmospheric scientists James Russell III of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.

The clouds form 50 miles above the Earth’s surface, in an upper layer of the atmosphere called the mesosphere. The puffs of water vapor and crystals appear during summer months above the Northern Hemisphere's pole as well the Southern Hemisphere’s pole in summer.

Source : LiveScience



Great... Conjoined Siamese twins separated successfully

An unnamed Siamese twins lie together shortly after their birth in Zurich's Kinderspital (childrens hospital). The twins, conjoined at the navels and breastbones, were successfully separated one week after their birth by Caeserian section.


Source : Chinadaily



Weird and amazing animals around the world...



Here's a video that contains plenty of strange creatures.

Source : SpikedHumor



Potential cure for HIV discovered

In a breakthrough that could potentially lead to a cure for HIV infection, scientists have discovered a way to remove the virus from infected cells.

The scientists engineered an enzyme called Tre which attacks the DNA of the HIV virus and removes the virus from the genome of infected cells by recognizing and then recombining the structure of the virus's DNA, according to the study published in Science magazine.

This ability to recognize HIV's DNA might one day help overcome one of the biggest obstacles to finding a cure: the ability of the HIV virus to avoid detection by reverting to a resting state within infected cells which then cease to produce the virus for months or even years.

The enzyme is still far from being ready to use as a treatment, the authors warned, but it offers a glimmer of hope for the more than 40 million people infected worldwide.

Source : Yahoo News



Amazing summer Moon Illusion

Amazing natural phenomena of Moon Illusion...

On Saturday night, June 30th, step outside at sunset and look around. You'll see a giant moon rising in the east. This full moon is strangely inflated. It's huge!

Sky watchers have known for thousands of years that low-hanging moons look unnaturally big. Cameras don't see it, but human eyes do; it's a genuine illusion.

This weekend's full moon hangs lower in the sky than any other full moon of 2007, so the Moon Illusion is going to be strong. Because the summer solstice was just last week (June 21st), the sun is near its highest point in northern skies. The full moon is correspondingly low.

When you look at the moon, rays of moonlight converge and form an image about 0.15 mm wide in the back of your eye. High moons and low moons make the same sized spot. So why does your brain think one is bigger than the other? After all these years, scientists still aren't sure of the answer.

A similar illusion was discovered in 1913 by Mario Ponzo, who drew two identical bars across a pair of converging lines, like the railroad tracks pictured left. The upper yellow bar looks wider because it spans a greater apparent distance between the rails. This is the "Ponzo Illusion."

Some researchers believe that the Moon Illusion is Ponzo's Illusion, with trees and houses playing the role of Ponzo's converging lines. Foreground objects trick your brain into thinking the moon is bigger than it really is.

Source : Physorg



Apple's iPhone first unboxing



iPhone mad!!! This is the first apple's iPhone unboxing video --- iPhone unboxed minutes after 6 PM EST by WirelessInfo.com

Source : Youtube



Apple's iPhone mad

As the masses continue to queue and camp outside retail stores coast-to-coast for perhaps the most hyped, or even over-hyped, phone launch in history, Apple's iPod-based smartphone finally goes on sale in US stores at 6pm local time today.

The crowds have been camping for a week to get it, and the media can't shut up about it. Finally, six months after Apple chief executive unveiled the device to the public, the iPhone goes on sale for the first time this evening across the US.

The product, which melds a phone, web browser and digital media player, deepens Apple's transformation from a maker of stylish-but-niche computers into a broader consumer electronics powerhouse with interests in audio and video hardware, content, software as well as desktop and mobile computers.

Customers are pitching camp outside Apple and AT&T stores across America, major newspapers and news websites have plastered their front pages with iPhone stories for days, and no tidbit has been too small to report for the galaxy of enthusiastic tech blogs. People are even working a good trade in selling their services as queue position holders, charging upwards of $200 a time to stand in line for you while you get on with your life.

Source : ITPro


3G iPhone for Europe to be announced Monday?

From engadget

Apple is set to announce a four-way deal: Vodafone and T-Mobile on the carrier front with Carphone Warehouse out in front as the MVNO. Hmmm, well, this kind of deal would certainly provide Apple's upstart mobile phone with far broader coverage than a Vodafone exclusive could muster while providing a solid brick-and-mortar base on a continent (mostly) void of Apple stores. Best of all for Europeans, the announcement expected on Monday will be 3G. That's right, while you're queuing up for EDGE data, Europeans might be unwrapping an HSDPA iPhone in a 4-way press release. Here's the rub, bub: do you really think Apple will provide Europe a 3G iPhone before the end of the year and not release it in the US at the same time? Now the tough choice: stand in line for your 2.5G iPhone or wait and see what happens on Monday with this rumor (and we repeat, it's just rumor at this point).
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Cryptozoology - Bizarre animals



These animals are pretty weird, but kind mystical too.

Source : SpikedHumor



Japanese toy makers unveiled playable air guitar

Air guitars just got real. Japanese toy makers unveiled "air guitar" gadgets at the annual Tokyo International Toy Show that, thanks to heat and motion sensors, actually make music.

"This is a toy that allows anybody to sound and feel like a rock star," said Keishi Abe, who was demonstrating Takara Tomy Corp's "Air Guitar Pro."

The gadget has 10 songs, including Deep Purple's "Smoke On the Water," programmed to play automatically and is set to hit the market next month.

It can also be connected to an MP3 music player or a speaker system, the manufacturer says.

Manufacturers also showcased air guitars that could be attached to your wrist and which blasted music as you moved.

"You just put it on your wrist and shake your arm once so it will play one phrase. In order to play an entire song, you just keep moving your arm so even children can easily play music," said Nana Kaneko, who was playing "Air Musician" by Tokyo-based toy maker Mega House.

Source : FoxNews



Tiny wooden replica of the Taj Mahal

Indian miniature artist Jaspal Singh Kalsi displays his creation of 1.5 cm high (0.59 inch) wooden replica of the Taj Mahal, in Amritsar, India.

Source : Yahoo News



The Ultimate Beach Bars

There's more to a great surfside bar than high-octane punch and Coppertone-covered clientèle.

"Ambience is first when it comes to throwing a top-notch beach party," said Michael Penrod, president of Nikki Beach clubs and resorts, with locations in Miami, Sardinia and Marbella, Spain, among others. "Great products and great service are also important. When you have those three, you can't be beat."

At Nikki Beach Bar in Miami, guests sip Moleca Caipirinhas (Moleca Gold Cachaça, lime and sugar) on natural wood and linen banquettes that pepper the shoreline. In the evening, a dance floor is laid out and international DJs serve up house beats.

Throw pretty people into the mix and it's a party nonpareil. To ensure exclusivity, many venues rely on the velvet rope. The door policy at Nikki Beach, for example, is strict; bouncers adhere to a guest list and weed out hangers-on. Not on the list? It's best to arrive with no more than two other people, wearing proper attire (trendy but not trashy).

Though the emphasis is undoubtedly on partying with the posh, not all beach bars are just about boozing.

Sourc : abc News



Bodybuilding dog?

Amazing..... bodybuilding dog?? This dog really look strong!!!

Source : Flickr



$100 million travel ticket!!

You don't have to pack your bags quite yet, but passenger travel to the Moon is on the flight manifest of a space tourist company.

The price per seat will slap your wallet or purse for a swift $100 million - but you'll have to get in line as the first voyage is already booked.

Space Adventures, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, is in negotiations with the customers who will fly the first private expedition to circumnavigate the Moon.

"I hope to have those contracts signed by the end of the year," said Eric Anderson, Space Adventures' president and CEO.

Anderson outlined the future for his space travel firm during Flight School, a workshop for commercial space and private aviation ventures, held here June 20-22 at the Aspen Institute.

Source : Space



MSNBC anchor (Mika Brzezinski ) tears up Paris script

Mika Brzezinski, co-presenter of MSNBC's Morning Joe programme, refused to read out the story of the celebrity socialite's release from jail ahead of items on Iraq and developments at the White House.

In a scene reminiscent of Paddy Chayefsky's classic film Network, it shows Ms Brzezinski repeatedly refusing to read the Hilton script and arguing with her co-presenters about its place as the lead item.

She told viewers: 'I hate it and I don't think it should be our lead.'

She went on: 'I just don't believe in covering that story, at least not as the lead story on the newscast, when we have a day like today.'

Ms Brzezinski, whose father is Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former National Security Adviser under Jimmy Carter, first screwed up the script and refused to read it.

Then, on the next bulletin, she refused to read it again, took a co-presenter's cigarette lighter, and tried to burn the script.

Later, she refused to read the script for a third time and took it straight to the shredder in the studio, where she fed it into the machine.

When producers played images of Hilton leaving jail, where she served her sentence for a probation violation after her drink-driving conviction, Ms Brzezinski was shown with her head in her hands as the cameras returned to the studio.

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski refuses to talk about Paris Hilton on Morning Joe!!!



Source : Metro | Video : SpikedHumor



The ultimate green racing car : Eco One

Another great effort for our only home! Green car, an environment friendly car make up from really unusual materials......

It may have a shell made of hemp, wheels made of potatoes and be powered by fuel made from fermented wheat, but it can still do 0-60mph in under four seconds and has a top speed of 150mph.

This is Eco One, the ultimate green racing car (cost £20,000 to make
). The car is 95pc recyclable and biodegradable and the ultimate in environmentally friendly engineering. The hemp shell can be thrown on the compost heap and only the chasis is made from steel and aluminium, which can both be recycled.

It has been put together by boffins at a Warwick research centre but yesterday it was on show at the John Innes Centre, in Colney, and school children were being given a chance to get to grips with the way it works.

The car was being used as part of a project to help school children across the county learn about bioenergy as part of a three-day science event.

Eco One was brought to the John Innes Centre by one of the scientists who had seen the vehicle at the Eden Project in Cornwall and thought it had fantastic learning potential for the young minds seeking out renewable resources.

Source : Evening News 24



Thursday, June 28, 2007

Sky-high priced dining table

The 5th International Hospitality Equipment & Supplies Fair (HOSFAIR), Guangzhou, China was held in at the Chinese Export Commodities Fairground, Pazhou Complex. This expo held on June 28, 2007, attracted few hundred of hospitality-related exhibitors nationwide.

A sky-high priced dining table exhibits by a company from Foshan was the most uniquely design product in the exhibition. The total surface area of the two layered table is 25 square meters. The lower layer is a classically luxurious hardwood carving of dragon and phoenix intervals. The upper layer equip with auto-rotator where automated thermal sensitive electric steamboat spaced out in short distances so that dishes can be placed around the steamboats. There is a mini garden at the center of the table with a few mini musical fountains. The musical fountains are able to dance rhythmatically along with a built-in MP3 player inside the table.

This unique table is able to accommodate 25 people to dine at a time without crowdedness. The costs 148 thousand yuan to construct and usually sold to luxurious hotels, both local and abroad. No doubt, it is selling very well too. Link



Big harvest in Thousand-island Lake

Nice photo!! Fish jump out of the water as fishermen trawl the net in Qiandao Lake(Thousand-island Lake) in Chun'an, East China's Zhejiang Province, June 28, 2007. Seasonal closings of fishing in this lake have paid off when local fisheries harvested 860,000 kilograms of fish as of Thursday this year.

Source : Chinadaily



Scientists turned peanut butter into diamonds!!!

Peanut butter is being turned into diamonds by scientists with a technique that harnesses pressures higher than those found at the centre of the earth.

Edinburgh University experts say the feat is made possible by squeezing the paste between the tips of two diamonds creating a "stiletto heel effect".

The scientists also revealed they can turn oxygen into red crystals using the same method.

Professor Malcolm McMahon, based at the Centre for Science and Extreme Conditions at Edinburgh University, is one of the scientists involved.

He said: "Pressure can cause extraordinary changes in all kinds of materials and can create completely novel materials.

Dr Colin Pulham, who is also based at the Edinburgh University, said: "Submitting substances to extremely high pressure is a valuable means for understanding their stability.

"High pressure testing of pharmaceuticals is becoming a useful technique to screen new and existing drugs.

Source : bbc



Perfect reflection

Great image!!! A frog submerged with a perfect reflection.

Source : Flickr



Creative bookends

Cool bookend designs!!!

Keep your favorite books upright with this set of bookends by designer Chris Collicott. At the same time, these bookend men will help add an artistic touch to your den.

Source : wrapables



Kid speaks a lot of different languages



This is amazing... Kid can speak a lot of different languages apparently trying to sell peacock fans.

Source : SpikedHumor



World's smallest school in China

An elementary school in China has just one teacher and one pupil. Li Yongchun, 61, has been teaching at the school in Dasu village, Longjing region for over 25 years.

"In 2000, the city education bureau decided to shut down the school after the graduation of the last student. New kids can register and board at another school in nearby Sanhe town, which is a two-hour drive away."

But the family of a third grader named Han Hongyang can't afford the boarding fee, so she became the last remaining student.

"We have been like this for more than half a year. She is my only student, and I'm her only teacher," says teacher Li.

Teacher Li teaches his student six subjects - Chinese, Mathematics, Korean, History, Geography and PE.

Source : Ananova



New type of rodent embryonic stem cell find "missing link"

A new type of rodent embryonic stem cell, which is more similar to its human counterparts than current mouse stem cells, has been discovered, according to the Nature Wednesday.

The new mouse embryonic stem cells could provide a useful model to further understanding of human stem cells, which effectively constitute a "missing link" between mouse and human embryonic stem cells, according to Roger Pedersen, leader of the Cambridge group.

"The real advantage is that you now have another model to look at the underlying mechanisms related to stem cells becoming differentiated," said Paul Sanberg, professor of neurosurgery and director of the University of South Florida Center for Aging and Brain Repair in Tampa. "It's not a clinically oriented study, but it can be used for core research."

Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent, which means they have the ability to develop into virtually any cell type in the body. The hope is that these cells may one day lead to treatments or cures for diseases such as diabetes, liver failure, spinal injury, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and heart disease.

Source : Xinhua



The world’s largest corn maze, “Journey of Bravery” appeared in China

The world’s largest corn maze, the 340 mu “Journey of Bravery”, was built recently in Dalian city, China. The maze located at Dengshahe (beside Danda high-way), Jinzhou district covering an area over 450 mu, including the 340 mu (1 mǔ ~0.1647 acres) maze.

The company who built the maze has invested RMB 500 K in building this unique maze.

Center of the maze is made up of a piglet named Britten (布瑞), with a body length over 1200 meters long spreading over 40 mu of land. Thus, visitors can expect to walk a one hour journey just to finish the shortest route in the maze.

It is predicted to open to public in the month of July and will become a brand new spot for summer vacation. Link



Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Poland riles Germany with a lewd take on the motherland

A glossy magazine cover depicting a bare-breasted Angela Merkel suckling the nationalist twin rulers of Poland reignited tensions between Berlin and Warsaw days after a bad-tempered European summit nearly collapsed because of Polish resistance to a German blueprint on how to run the EU.

The right-wing Warsaw weekly magazine Wprost, which backs the conservative nationalist regime of the prime minister, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and his twin brother, the president, Lech Kaczynski, has the cover of its latest issue as a montage showing "a beaming chancellor Merkel as "Europe's stepmother" baring her breasts to nourish the infant Polish twins.

In an article in the magazine, a Polish government official reacted to the weekend summit in Brussels, at which Poland stood alone threatening to wreck a deal and won big concessions from Mrs Merkel, by arguing that Germany was treating its eastern neighbour "neo-colonially" and refusing to accept it as a European partner. He accused Mrs Merkel of "humiliating" Poland at the summit because she was "full of complexes herself".

The magazine's treatment of Mrs Merkel was condemned across the political spectrum in Germany yesterday. "This montage is tasteless and does nothing to help German-Polish relations," said Rainer Brüderle, of the liberal Free Democrats.

Source : Guardian



Amazing zebrahorse hybrid!!

It looks as if someone tried to give a zebra a respray. . . then ran out of white paint halfway through the job. But in reality there is no artificial colouring on display here. This amazing but natural coat belongs to Eclyse the zorse.

Her father is a zebra, while her mother is a horse. And she's walking proof of how a child inherits genes from both parents.

The one-year-old zorse was the accidental product of a holiday romance when her mother, Eclipse, was taken from her German safari park home to a ranch in Italy for a brief spell.

There she was able to roam freely with other horses and a number of zebras, including one called Ulysses who took a fancy to her.

The foal was promptly given a name that is in itself a hybrid, of her parents' names.

Now she's become a major attraction at a safari park at Schloss Holte Stukenbrock, near the German border with Holland, where she has her own enclosure.

Source : DailyMail



Human statues in Shanghai

The crowds were attracted by two artists in Shanghai. These two guys have painted themselves gold and put on Chinese-style armor, making themselves into golden Terracotta Warriors.


Source : Jongo



Sudden rainstorm turned Beijing into darkness

A sudden rainstorm strikes Beijing at about 13:30 Wednesday, making the day as dark as the night.

Source : Chinadaily



Rare "smiling" bird photographed in Colombia

The rare recurve-billed bushbird, recently rediscovered by scientists in Colombia after a 40-year absence, sports a curving beak that gives the illusion of an enigmatic smile.

This photograph, taken by a conservationist with the Colombia-based nonprofit Fundación ProAves, is the first ever taken of a live bushbird.

The elusive species had not been spotted between 1965 and 2004, due to its limited range and remote habitats. It was seen recently in Venezuela and in a region of northeastern Colombia, where it was photographed.

Researchers found the bird in a 250-acre (101-hectare) reserve next to the Torcoroma Holy Sanctuary near the Colombian town of Ocaña, where in 1709 locals claimed they saw the image of the Virgin Mary in a tree root.

Source : National Geographic



Galapagos islands has been declared an endangered world heritage site

Galapagos islands, the isolated Pacific archipelago whose wildlife inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, has been declared an endangered world heritage site, after Ecuador admitted it could not properly protect the islands.

The UN's World Heritage Committee made the ruling yesterday.

In a letter to the committee, Ecuador proposed an international conference to seek funds and technical help for preserving Galapagos, which earns the South American nation more than $200 million U.S. a year in tourism income.

But Canadian maritime conservationist Paul Watson yesterday said Ecuador itself is to blame for the deteriorating state of Galapagos, where increasing numbers of illegal fishermen over the last decade have become the biggest threat to unique and indigenous marine life such as turtles, seals and sea birds.

Source : ottawacitizen via Naturelle



Japanese Dancing Gorilla!



So You Think You Can Dance??? Japanese gorilla could also dance very well!!!

Source : YouTube



Mini solar racer : The worlds smallest solar powered car!

Mini solar racer measures just 33 x 22 x 14 mm is the smallest solar powered car in the world. Zooms along when the sun shines on the solar panel. It is selling for only £8.50 in U.S.

"Not for under 3s due to small parts."

Source : selectsolar



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