It’s been a while since I’ve come across a good infographic, but with great patience comes great reward… The infographic below is not that reward; It’s just another informative poster packed full of info with no practical use. Still, it’s kind of interesting.
This bad-boy comes from the Trends page at Mint.com:
I don’t know if it was just my group of friends growing up, but the McDuck lineage has always been a topic of hot debate… The discussions usually ended with an agreement that something incestuous was going on.
We also agreed that there was some serious neglect and emotional abuse: Heuie, Dewey and Louie are bounced around from uncle to uncle with no sign or contact with their parents. Even if there’s a reasonable explanation for this (perhaps their parents are dead?), the ducklings still never go to school and are constantly put in dangerous situations, often putting them in contact with three fat, Beagle escaped cons.
Anyway,I’m happy to report that there doesn’t appear to be any incest in the McDuck gene pool. Check it out for yourself:
I’m a bit too young to really remember the controversy that came about when Mortal Kombat blew up in North America… I just remember that a lot of people were pissed. I didn’t really understand it for a couple reasons: 1. I just didn’t have the capacity to understand what the big deal was and 2. I was always really bad at Mortal Kombat and could never pull off a good finisher… The whole thing was pretty mild in my mind. I was around when Manhunt came out in 2003 though, and I definitely understood the controversy. That game was f**ked and it was totally intentional… I loved it.
Mortal Kombat and Manhunt weren’t the only games that the powers-that-be disliked. Here’s a little clip of some others by Zoomingames:
Here’s something truly original and, to be honest, a bit disturbing. This little time-lapse was created by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto and it documents all 2053 nuclear explosions between 1945 and 1998.
Try and be patient as it starts a little slow, but it is a true time-lapse after all… Just wait it out until 1958 when things really go bananas. Enjoy!
Those smart asses at Cracked are at it again… well, actually they’re always at it. I’ve sung their praises multiple times, so I wont shoot anymore rainbows and sunshine bolts up their asses, but seriously give their science editors some props in the form of some regular visits.
In the meantime, here’s a little peek at a recent favourite of mine… Spiders! I’m terribly arachnophobic, so I get a bit more of a buzz off these ones. still…
The 6 Real and Terrifying Spider Superpowers
It’s hard to be scared of spiders, because no matter how many legs they have, at the end of the day, look at how much bigger you are. The size of your feet will always trump the amount of poison they may have stored up in their tiny bodies. They’re not superheroes or anything.
In reality, spiders are more like Spider-Man than we think. Though they have yet to master the make-out session, they have racked up some other pretty crazy abilities. Such as …
Have you ever seen a prison break movie where the prisoner tosses a few pillows under his blanket and makes it look like he’s still sleeping, when in fact he’s tunneling out? It sounds crazy, but some spiders have apparently seen those movies. There’s no other explanation.
Some spiders, incredibly, have been observed taking dead bugs and webs and constructing life-size models of themselves to distract predatory wasps.
Apparently they’ll let just anybody fly one of these.
To defend themselves, orb spiders build body doubles out of bug corpses and silk. To us it looks like bundles of junk have cluttered up their webs, but to predators those lumps of moldering insect pieces look just like lunch. That’s because orb spiders, like all spiders, have bodies that reflect ultraviolet rays. By wrapping up bundles of trash with UV webbing, orb spiders are creating decoys that are not only the same size, but also the same color. The dummy spiders are such a good distraction that wasps will attack the wrong target 60 percent of the time. They’re basically guessing.
Totally not creepy and disturbing at all.
Possibly even more unusual, the common garden spider has been known to trick insects into thinking its web is a flower. It turns out that flowers give bees and other insects explicit instructions on where to find the good stuff. They use UV coloring to highlight their nectar snatch. Striations in their petals that botanists describe as a “bull’s-eye pattern” guide pollinators exactly where they need to go. It’s like landing lights for bugs.
“Be the flower, Frank. Be the flower.
The garden spider, who must have Googled “striations” and “bull’s-eye pattern,” just like we did, produces a special type of nonadhesive silk and weaves it into its web. The zigzag patterns act like a neon beacon for the innocent buglings, guiding them in to their deaths. How effective are the spiders’ deadly decorations? Research shows that they catch 50 percent more insects with their evil artwork than without. It’s like a lion’s den built to look like a Denny’s.
#5. Glue Lasso
In the movies, heroes and villains will often use exotic weapons like whips and chains, spinning them around with deft skill. But that’s the movies — nobody uses these things in real life. Unless it’s a bolas spider, however; that thing will Indiana Jones you in the face.
“Anybody got a tissue?”
The bolas spider is a night hunter that uses webbing to catch its prey, like most spiders, but with a unique twist: It produces a cord of silk with a sticky glob of glue weighing down one end. This spider makes a lasso, or bolas, that it twirls around with one of its spindly legs to fling at passing moths. It’s like fishing for pterodactyls with a bungee cord and a grappling hook.
To lure the moths in, the bolas spider can produce the pheromones that sexy female moths give off (so yes, only the males get eaten). And not just one type of moth, either. Researchers discovered that at different times the spider will produce different chemicals to call to the moth species that is currently active. When they get close enough …
Spiders can bring the battle to their enemies from a distance; in fact, spiders have evolved multiple types of missile attacks. The green lynx spider, for example, is known to spit venom like a freaking cobra. This half-inch-long spider can hurl venom about 5 inches, or roughly 10 times its body length. Though the poison isn’t fatal to humans, there’s at least one report of a soldier taking a squirt to the eye and being blinded for two days.
The spitting spider does things differently: It can actually fire sticky silk out of its fangs. Not just its backside (after all, most spiders shoot their webs out of their spider butts), but out of its very mouth. Yes, web shooters actually exist.
At a range of less than half an inch, it doesn’t have the reach of the green lynx spider, but then again, spewing a Kevlar net from your mouth is probably a tad more difficult. As if this weren’t unusual enough, the webbing is venomous. In effect, this means that the spider doesn’t have to bite you; all it needs to do is put you in contact with its bodily fluids and then it can watch you die slowly under a net of poison glue.
To make sure the prey is subdued, because everyone knows that spraying you in the face with poison is just child’s play, spitting spiders have been observed swaying in a Z pattern while they fire, maximizing the spray. It’s your standard Super Soaker rules.
And they look like walking skulls. Just in case you weren’t sure if they were evil incarnate.
Videos of laypeople sending crap to space on giant balloons are a dime a dozen these days, but this one stuck out to me a bit… first, because it’s a dad and a kid and a train and who doesn’t love that… second, because the train’s face when the balloon pops and again when it lands is bloody priceless: