Friday, December 13, 2013

Funny video shows venomous snake on windshield shocking Aussies

Two Australians were driving along in Brisbane when suddenly they noticed a snake crawling along the base of the windshield outside the car. Not just any snake, mind you, but a venomous red-bellied black snake. They stopped the car, and Ben Lehmann shot video as the two tried to determine the best method of removing the creepy crawler. “Do we hit the wipers?” Lehmann asks. “I don’t want to hurt him.” When he decides to hit the windshield wipers, the reaction is hysterical. Watch the edited and bleeped version of this funny video from 9News National:

Lehmann wrote on his original post on YouTube, “Driving down a 3 lane road at 70 km/hr when this little fella pops his head up and says G’Day. Excuse the swearing. I got a little excited.”

You can watch the original funny video in its entirety here, though it is filled with expletives, as is the follow-up video that shows how the snake finally drops off the car.

Fortunately, 9News National gives us the entire episode in edited form, along with informing us that the red-bellied black snake venom is rarely fatal but causes blood clots, and muscle and nerve damage.

Wrote one commenter, “[It’s] not as bad as finding a giant Huntsman spider INSIDE the car whilst you are driving.”

We suspect video of that could be just as hilarious.

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Sea creature that glows is no longer a mystery

We now can identify the glowing, alien-like sea creature that was spotted swimming on the surface of Bristol harbor in the U.K. on Tuesday night. It was a Publicitii stuntus.

Or in plain English: a publicity stunt.

The elaborate hoax that fooled many in the British city—including a member of Parliament, Kerry McCarthy, and the BBC Bristol, which called in an expert from the Bristol Aquarium to help explain the bizarre sea creature sighting on a breakfast show—was concocted to promote “The Happenings,” a new television show in the U.K.

Take a look at video of the mysterious sea creature that had people fooled:

“In ‘The Happenings’ magicians Barry and Stuart use techniques of illusion to bring incredible movie-like experiences to British and American towns,” Steve Hornsey, general manager of UKTV channel Watch, told The Telegraph.

“This new series on Watch is all about unforgettable and extraordinary events that capture the imagination. The Bristol Harbour Alien was designed to replicate this sense of magical excitement in a real world setting.”

The glowing jellyfish, or Bristol Harbour Alien, as they’re calling it, certainly captured the imagination. The Telegraph reported that the subject of the sea creature on Twitter exceeded 3.5 million tweets in the last 24 hours with guesses ranging from “freaky glowing squid” to “giant jellyfish.”

A marine biologist had told the London Evening Standard that the sea creature could be a marine salp, which had drifted off course because of the weather. Another suggestion was bioluminescent hydrozoan jellyfish.

Dr. Steve Simpson of the School of Biological Sciences at Bristol University told MailOnline that the glowing jellyfish was “very unusual” and that he hadn’t “seen anything like it before,” and concluded, “This is either a very interesting animal or someone’s very cool interpretation of a marine creature.”

As it turned out, it was someone’s very cool interpretation of a marine creature.
And a pretty good one at that.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Optical illusion makes it look as if this is a flying dog

The photo above is real. Yes, it is a dog. Yes, those are wings. But the dog isn’t spreading its wings and attempting to fly. No, it’s merely a unique optical illusion, a photograph snapped at just the right moment, making it look as if the dog is about to take flight.
A dogbird is what many are calling it.
In reality, it’s just a dog running toward a mostly obscured seagull, which spreads its wings to fly away from the approaching canine. Megan Whiteley took the well-timed photo just before the seagull lifts off.
Whiteley posted her photo on Quora, a question-and-answer website, and answered the question, “What are some well-timed photos?”
“I took this photo at Opotiki beach, New Zealand,” Whiteley wrote. “This dog was obsessed with chasing seagulls, and I was zoomed right in as it ran up to a sitting bird, and managed to get a perfectly timed photo just as the bird took off, making it look like a flying dog!”
We learn from the U.K. Daily Mail that “dogbird” is a friend’s dog named Snoopy, and that the 22-year-old photographer followed the dog, taking photos with a zoom lens on sports mode “to capture shots quickly.” The Daily Mail also has an earlier photo showing the seagull sitting on the beach and the approaching dog just moments before the special moment.
The dogbird photo, also posted on Whiteley’s Facebook page, subsequently showed up on Imgur, where it’s getting quite a bit of attention.
“I’ll believe this when dogs fly,” wrote one commenter. “Oh, I guess I believe you then.”

Friday, November 8, 2013

Mysterious fish caught by fisherman in Malaysia

A fisherman from Malaysia caught a mysterious fish in the South China Sea that features a large head, a nose with two sharp spears and sharp spines covering its foot-long body.

Fisherman Sapar Mansor from Taman Ceria, Permyjaya was at a loss to identify the weird-looking fish, as were many others.

“This is the first time in my life that I have seen this type of fish,” Mansor told The Borneo Post. “I brought it home to my wife and informed her of the rare catch.”

His wife, Siti Kadariah, was surprised to see such a strange fish.

“When my husband brought the fish home, both my children were stunned because of its shape and uniqueness.”

The kids started calling the strange creature an "Armour Fish," which is a pretty good guess since it’s actually a Satyrichthys welchi, aka a robust armoured-gurnard.  

At a fish market in Ormoc City in the Philippines the fish is simply called a Pineapple Fish.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Mermaid makes little girl’s dream come true

Today, we present the heartwarming story of Lauren Cosgrove, who was born prematurely in 2005 with several health issues. She weighed only 2 pounds and spent the first year of her life in a hospital.

Watch how a mermaid makes her dream come true:

From Mermaid Linden’s YouTube post:
After spending the first year of her life in the hospital in Scotland where she was born, Lauren's amazing family, friends and a team of dedicated physicians saved her life. Today, Lauren is like many little girls - she loves to ride bike, she loves her siblings and is a little ray of sunshine in everyone's life she touches. Obsessed with mermaids for most of her life, Lauren has ONE meet a mermaid! In October, this wish came true thanks to the Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity. Professional Mermaid Linden Wolbert swam all the way from Los Angeles to Scotland to surprise little Lauren on the bonnie bonnie shores of Loch Lomond. 
The Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity relies on donations and sponsorships to makes wishes like Lauren's come true. Please visit them at:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tiger shark pushed away by ‘Shark Whisperer’ in dangerous encounter

Tiger sharks are among the most dangerous of sharks, known for their unprovoked attacks throughout the world. They are the leading attack species around the Hawaiian Islands.

So when you’re swimming with tiger sharks, you do so at your own risk, as noted big-wave surfer Mark Healey has done quite a few times. So many times, in fact, he’s known as the Shark Whisperer.

His latest encounter shows a tiger shark coming dangerously close, promptly Healey to reach out and brazenly push the tiger shark away. We presume this is filmed off the waters of Hawaii since he is a North Shore waterman.

Mark Healey might be the Shark Whisperer, but if he’s not careful, one of these days he’ll become Shark Bait. 

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Humpback whale gives underwater photographer a head slap

Underwater photographer Chris Coates was diving at his favorite spearfishing spot in waters off the eastern coast of Africa when a humpback whale and its calf started swimming right at him.

Coates called it the craziest thing he's seen out while diving, and captured the "scary" moment on video. Watch as the humpback whale swims right at him as he attempts to tell it to go the other way: 

Perhaps the humpback whale was attempting to give Coates a high-five and failed miserably.

“But I must admit, I got quite a shock when it swam right up at me,” Coates told Mike Skogmo, according to GrindTV Outdoor. “At one stage it was only one foot away, and even though I know that they generally don’t hurt people, it’s so big and strong, it is still scary.”

And fun at the same time.