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Archives for January, 2008

Hermit Crab in a Glass Shell

A FEMA home for a New Orleans crab? “George Bush doesn’t care about hermit crabs.” This photo is begging for a back story. We propose a competition: Who can write the best description of what you see here? We will give out awards for most creative, heartwarming and disturbing in a couple of days. Thanks…

The Schmidt Sting Pain Index

Our recent coverage of the Cracked story “The 5 Most Horrifying Bugs in the World” made reference to the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, something we felt the need to explore further. Apparently Dr. Justin O Schmidt, an entomologist recently retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Tucson Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, felt the need…

The Science of Bubble Rings

Great video of cooped up dolphins blowing underwater bubble rings to pass the time. Before we get all out of sorts that this is some sort of compulsive, depressive behavior from being locked up, note that this been observed in the wild as well. I just can’t help but look at that and wish that…

The 5 Most Horrifying Bugs in the World

We don’t like posts that simply link to other sites because we want you to hang out here. We picture you sitting at home in a bathrobe, drinking coffee, wearing bunny slippers and chortling with an English accent as you peruse Zooillogix. Sometimes we have to make exceptions though… This article in Cracked is crude,…

Fish Tanks Are Hard to Clean…

…but this one must have been an absolute nightmare. Hope they had lots of sucker fish. This fabulous fish tank was once a main attraction at the Liquid Potion Lounge, a long defunct coffee bar in Evanston, IL (my sort of current hometown). As the pictures attest, the fish did actually use the bridges/tunnels (I…

We know this story has been covered by everyone from LiveScience to Perez Hilton, but we thought we’d do our part as well to promote awareness. Chinese giant salamander….very tasty. An initiative known as EDGE (Excited Dachshunds Grinding with the Elderly) has released its list of unique and critically endangered amphibians, hot on the heels…

Incredible Mantis Pics Round III

We’ve brought you some of Igor Siwanowicz’s incredible work in the past (Round I and Round II) but wanted to share some of his newer photos. Please visit his site and hire him to do the photos for your daughter’s bat mitzvah or something… A whole series demonstrating Igor’s outstanding head shots below the fold…

Parasites Turn Ants into Berries

Just when Andrew and I decided once and for all that ants couldn’t get any more delicious looking, along comes a new parasitic roundworm that turns our whole world on its head! The newly discovered nematode enters the ants when they eat bird droppings and causes their abdomens to resemble ripe, tasty berries. This in…

You’d have to be mentally deficient to believe Japan’s claims that their hunting of 900 whales is being done for “research” purposes. But how far should people go to stop the slaughter? The Australian government has condemned the killing. People have waged protests. But it seems nothing can stop those wacky Japanese from persisting with…

Any snail enthusiast knows that their favorite creatures’ shells follow certain stead-fast rules: They are cone shaped, right handed, and spiral on a single axis logarithmically. Well, let me just tell you what a shock it was to the snail community when scientists recently discovered the Opisthostoma vermiculum in Malaysia. The snail version of James…