Saturday, 31 January 2015
Friday, 30 January 2015
20-year-old Finnish photographer and self-proclaimed squirrel whisperer Konsta Punkka probably has a special vibe that draws animals to him as if he’s their buddy. Of course, the photographer’s secret tool - food – also helps attract squirrels, birds, foxes, and other Finnish wildlife to pose for his cute portraits of them. Their expressions are truly priceless and worth every acorn!
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
In fact, the Gympie-Gympie sting is so dangerous that it has been known to kill dogs, horses and humans alike. If you’re lucky enough to survive, you only feel excruciating pain that can last several months and reoccur for years. Even a dry specimen can inflict pain, almost a hundred years after being picked!
With the exception of its roots, every single part of the deadly tree – its heart shaped leaves, its stem and its pink/purple fruit – is covered with tiny stinging hairs shaped like hypodermic needles. You only need to lightly touch the plant to get stung, after which the hair penetrates the body and releases a painful toxin called moroidin. Sometimes, merely being in the presence of the plant and breathing the hair that it sheds into the air can cause itching, rashes, sneezing and terrible nosebleeds.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Each September the Alaskan wood frogs freeze. Two-thirds of their body water turns to ice. If you picked them up, they would not move. If you bent one of their legs, it would break. Their hearts stop beating, their blood no longer flows and their glucose levels sky rocket. But then during the spring, they thaw out and return to normal.