Monday, September 15, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
"Before I went to the protest that day, I stood in front of a picture of the Dalai Lama, and I swore an oath: ‘If I am arrested, I will not give the names of any of my friends.’ They put me through eight months of interrogation. They burned cigarettes on my face. They made me stand in ice for four hours, until my skin froze into the ice, and then they pushed me forward. They gave me electric shocks on my tongue. They told me they were going to kill my father and mother. After eight months, I had a trial. Two guards stood next to me when I testified, and they hid electric shocks in my sleeves in case I said something they didn’t like. I was sentenced to four years. Sometimes I’d get so hungry I’d eat toothpaste. And sometimes I’d get so thirsty, I’d drink my urine. When I finally got out, I weighed 39 kilograms."
Friday, September 12, 2014
Cranefly Airlines by johnhallmen on Flickr.
I love the parasite on his leg… even bugs get bugs!!!
That actually isn’t a parasite, but a hitch-hiking pseudoscorpion! They grab on to flying insects in order to travel vast (to them) distances, dropping off when their vehicle lands somewhere suitable.
They can be found all over the world and probably colonize distant islands this way. They prey on springtails, mites and other equally tiny arthropods and are even common in old libraries, feeding on the booklice.
"I just had the best idea."
"You know how most animals poop out blobs or tubes or little pellets?"
"I’m going to make this wombat poop different."
"I’m going to make it poop cubes!”
"That way the poops won’t roll away when the wombat uses them to mark its territory.”
"I think you’ve finally lost it."
"It’s called ‘innovation,’ my friend."
Source: Flickr / steven-young / licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Thursday, September 11, 2014
These Close-Up Shots of Tropical Bugs Are Beautifully Frightening
Upon seeing Yudy Sauw’s extreme close-ups of insects, you might think he is an entomologist who collects rare specimens from around the world and photographs them with expensive lab equipment.
Turns out he’s a 34-year-old who owns a building supply company in Tangerang, Indonesia. He found these bugs, all of which are quite common in Indonesia, in his yard, often in the garden. His gear is no less common. None of this, however, detracts from the fact that he makes gorgeous, intriguing photos we want to hang on the wall.
“I like bugs and it’s just a hobby,” Sauw says.
She’s gonna burn herself on that pipe if she’s not careful!