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The 7 Most Terrifyingly Huge Things in the History of Nature

The 7 Most Terrifyingly Huge Things in the History of Nature
We may be the undisputed kings of the food chain, but when it comes to being pant-soilingly huge, we come up a bit short. We can hang out with tiny dogs and house cats until we feel like the T-Rex of our home -- but in the back of our mind, we know. Nature has produced terrifyingly huge and horrific organisms that could kill us without noticing, either by stepping on us, accidentally swallowing us the way we might swallow a fly or simply stopping our heart with sheer terror. A Crab as Big as Your Car They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Via Wikimedia CommonsIn this case, almost all of them are some variation of AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Japanese spider crabs, in what we can only assume is a cruel joke from God, possess all the most terrifying qualities of each of its namesakes. Long spindly legs to help it creep through your nightmares.A terrifyingly disproportionate body just to freak you out.The ability to trigger the primal arachnophobe inside us all. Via NHM And from crabs it has: Related:  dinosaurs and extinct animal fossils

Eyes 500 Million Years Old, Australian Scientist Says | Paleontology Prof Trevor Lamb of the Australian National University has published a major scientific review of the origin of the vertebrate eye and vision, summarizing the results of hundreds of studies. The origin of vertebrates, over a time-scale from roughly 700 to 400 million years ago. The red curve indicates our direct ancestors, beginning with early metazoans, and the numbers along the curve denote major branchings that are significant to the evolution of the vertebrate eye (Trevor D. Prof Lamb said that the eyes are one of our most remarkable and precious organs, yet their origins have been shrouded in mystery until quite recently. “There are profound questions about the eye which are still not easy to answer because it appeared so very long ago. The deep origins of ‘sight’ go back more than 700 million years when the earth was inhabited only by single-celled amoeba-like animals, algae, corals and bacteria. “For the first time animals begin to ‘see’ the complex landscape which they inhabit.”

Aproximación al Estudio de los Restos Momificados * Estudiante de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. Ciencias Antropológicas - Orientación Arqueológica. ** Estudiante de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. Ciencias Antropológicas - Orientación Sociocultural. ÁREA TEMÁTICA: BIOARQUEOLOGIA Palabras Clave: Momificación - Estudio - Conservación - Metodología Introducción: Se entiende por MOMIA a todo cadáver bien conservado, en el cual se observan presentes tejidos blandos, músculos, cabellos, piel, etc. La palabra Momia es originaria de Persia y deriva de la palabra MUMMEIA o MUM, que significa asfalto o piche, sustancia empleada para tratar los cuerpos. 6 Things You Won’t Believe Got Banned By Modern Governments As much as we love thinking of ourselves as the rebellious kids fighting against an oppressive society run by unreasonable old men, the truth is that most things that are illegal are illegal for a reason. Society just doesn't enjoy your public urination as much as you do. But sometimes, the grownups get it wrong. Hilariously wrong, in fact. #6. Good old 1998. Via canceledmodillionKah! We're talking about Furbies, some kind of nightmarish mechanical rabbit with a beak that quickly became the must-have toy for Christmas in 1998 and 1999. Via Chris FritzBecause Fridays are only "Bring your Cabbage Patch Kid into Work Day." In 1999, an internal memo was sent out officially banning Furbies from the NSA's headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland because officials were worried that people would take them home, and that the spiritual predecessor to Tickle Me Elmo would overhear, and proceed to talk about classified information. But, it's easy to see how the NSA wouldn't know that. #5. #4.

6 Things That Shouldn't Explode (But Did Anyway) Michael Bay is right: Somewhere, right now, something is exploding. And we're not talking bombs and tankers either. As it turns out, there are objects all over the place that will suddenly explode the shit out of themselves for absolutely no reason at all, and often when you least expect it. Things like... Imagine this scene: You sleep through your alarm and have to skip a shower to make the bus on time, only the elevator to your apartment jams and you miss the bus anyway and have to take a cab. Basically you are Peter Parker. Utterly defeated, you sink into your ergonomically designed desk chair, which then blows the fuck up like Danny Glover's toilet in Lethal Weapon 2. Sound like John Woo's Office Space? "I heard a sonic boom and suddenly my asshole was pregnant." How worried should you be? We suppose that should make us feel better, but all we can think of is if it happens tomorrow, we'll have the added bonus of going down as the first person in history to die from anal chair rape.

5 Amazing Abandoned Wastelands ... Within Walking Distance Abandoned places have a certain exotic appeal. There's something in these haunting images that speaks to us about the crumbling of society's facades, the fleeting nature of civilization, the implacable will of nature and the ability to throw bottles at shit without The Man giving you guff. But short of something horrible, like a major apocalyptic disaster or a mid-length hike, how could you ever get to see the post-apocalyptic world of tomorrow, today? Well, hell, son: These things are all around you. Some of the craziest abandoned places in the world are here in the cities we live in, in some cases literally right beneath your feet at this very moment. #5. North Brother Island is a 20-acre plot of land in New York that lies completely empty. In the 19th century, a hospital for infectious diseases was housed on North Brother Island. "Triple" is perhaps aiming a tad low. Unfortunately for breathless blue-eyed vixens everywhere, the public is not allowed to visit the island. #4. #3.

Two Billion Year Old Fossils Point to Early Terrestrial Life | Paleontology A new study, published in the journal Precambrian Research, describes evidence that primitive forms of life existed on land 2.2 billion years ago. Bright, irregularly shaped structures are Diskagma buttonii (Gregory J. Retallack et al) New evidence involves very small fossils connected into bunches by threads in the surface of an ancient soil from Hekpoort Formation near Waterval Onder, South Africa. “They have been named Diskagma buttonii, meaning ‘disc-shaped fragments of Andy Button,’ but it is unsure what the fossils were,” explained lead author Prof Gregory Retallack of the University of Oregon. “They certainly were not plants or animals, but something rather more simple.” Diskagma buttonii are very small – about 0.3 – 1.8 mm long. Prof Retallack said that there is independent evidence for cyanobacteria, but not fungi, of the same geological age, and these new fossils set a new and earlier benchmark for the greening of the land. Reconstruction of Diskagma buttonii (Gregory J.

Grand prismatic spring (8 votes, average: 4.50 out of 5) Loading ... Posted in Images on August 1st, 2008 by egosumnemo | Report This Post | Add to favoritesTags: Nature, Science! The vivid colors in the spring are the result of pigmented bacteria in the microbial mats that grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water. The deep blue color of the water in the center of the pool results from a light-absorbing overtone of the hydroxy stretch of water.[6] Though this effect is responsible for making all large bodies of water blue, it is particularly intense in Grand Prismatic Spring because of the high purity and depth of the water in the middle of the spring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Prismatic_Spring

The 6 Most Childish Things Ever Done in Congress As an institution, you can't get much less respect from the public than the U.S. Congress does. Ask people why and they'll talk about under-the-table deals, lobbyists and in general not doing a whole lot to fix everyday problems of the working man. And we're talking "drunken bar brawl" ridiculous here. Congressman Lyon Yields the Floor with Congressman Griswold's face There's a lot of tough talk on the floor of the House of Representatives, but how often do these loudmouths actually back it up with their fists? This brings us to the skirmish between congressmen Roger Griswold of Connecticut and Matthew Lyon of Vermont on Feb. 15, 1798. "Yes, as a matter of fact, and I'll thank you not to make a fuss of it." Defending your manhood was a big deal on the floor of Congress back in those days, so Lyon replied that he had been in many a fight with people from Griswold's state. It was on. The dude in the armchair appears to be having the time of his life. Strom Thurmond and the Piss Bucket

6 Ridiculous Sex Myths (That Are Actually True) The only thing more awesome than an urban legend turning out to be true is if that same legend involves some sort of nefarious sex or groin related hilarity. Luckily, all of these qualify. The Legend: "Dude, I can totally tell he's gay! Look at his fingers!" This sounds like one of those playground urban myths that adolescent males use as an excuse to punch each other. Yeah, right. The Truth: Incredibly, this is a real thing. Apparently if you have a longer ring finger, it means you got more testosterone as a fetus and are more likely to be hyperactive, aggressive and disgusted by anything featuring Hugh Grant. A longer index finger, on the other hand, means more estrogen, making you more neurotic and sensitive. Actually, no. So... how far into this entry did you get before you stopped to look at your fingers? The Dong Stuck in a Pool Filter So you're swimming around the pool and you pass by the humming filter, sucking debris out of the water. "I bet I'll never have to touch some dude's dong."

7 (Thankfully) Extinct Giant Versions of Modern Animals The animal kingdom is loaded with some pretty formidable creatures, a few of which we as humans are only barely able to keep in line even with modern technology. As it turns out, many of these species are the diminutive descendents of giants so mind bogglingly huge and terrifying that they could probably take over the entire world with minimal effort. Meganeura, The Giant Dragonfly Meganeura were enormous dragonfly-like insects with wingspans the length of an average toddler, making them among the largest flying predatory insects in the history of the world. Their diet consisted mainly of other insects, small amphibians and the dreams of children. Some scientists think that Meganeura were actually too big to be able to survive in the current atmosphere, citing the higher oxygen concentration in the prehistoric world as the only way an insect its size would be able to breathe in enough to support its massive body. Why it's a Good Thing They're Dead: That. Did we mention the claws? Exhibit A.

Rock microbes found in WA's Pilbara could be earliest signs of life on Earth Updated Wed 13 Nov 2013, 12:54pm AEDT Researchers say they have potentially discovered the earliest signs of life on Earth in Western Australia's Pilbara, a breakthrough that may help scientists better understand the solar system. The international team has found evidence of a complex microbial ecosystem in well-preserved sedimentary rocks that are almost three-and-a-half billion years old. University of Western Australia researcher David Wacey says the microbially-induced sedimentary structures, or MISS, were found in a rock unit called the Dresser Formation, west of Marble Bar. "They could be the oldest evidence for life on Earth," he said. "We have found micro-fossils and stromatolites of about the same age, but they are generally a little bit younger, so this could just push back evidence for life on Earth by a few more million years." A city of microbes communicating with each other He says it gives a new insight into what the microbes were doing.

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