My apologies for not presenting our weekly Sunday endeavor into Random Goodness last week, but I was still in California with Designer Con. Since I am no longer out of pocket, I can properly display interesting things from the interwebs that are a possible delight.
Above, we see the workings of the creative townspeople in Bideford, Devon, UK, that took it upon themselves to give this poor chestnut tree a “helping hand”. I applaud you good people because this was an awesome thing to do, and brings some flair to the city.
What is this? It looks like a candelabra at a really funky wedding to me, but no, it is actually a living creature. This interesting sea dweller is a sponge! Yeah – a sponge that is in the same family as the thing that mops up some spills in households. As I said when I was a youngling at the age of 6, “nature is rad!”
For the last random goodness of the week, I leave you with this very tiny cephalopod.
I am starting out with a bang this week! From time to time I watch this video to be inspired. Watch Mr. Rogers appear before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts by President Nixon. He went in as calm as could be, spoke from the heart, and earned what was deserved.
These may look like the teacups that made you vomit at Disney, but alas no, they are really awesome balconies in Tokyo. I don’t think these would fit in most places.
Lastly this week, I am posting a really cool image of Black Mastiff Bat embryos. These will make Charity squee for a few hours. The one in the middle looks like he just sneezed.
You know Weekend Weird Web Finds is not a good a name as the term RANDOM GOODNESS because that holds some depth with the Circus Posterus world. So on to this week’s Random Goodness.
Above you see the fish called Fringehead that is found in the Pacific ocean off of North America. Totally looks like some kaiju dude to me.
I learned this awesome tidbit about the term “Mad as a Hatter”; from wiki ““Mad as a hatter” In 18th and 19th century England mercury was used in the production of felt, which was used in the manufacturing of hats common of the time. People who worked in these hat factories were exposed daily to trace amounts of the metal, which accumulated within their bodies over time, causing some workers to develop dementia caused by mercury poisoning. Thus the phrase “Mad as a Hatter” became popular as a way to refer to someone who was perceived as insane”
Plus the pic above is rad.
Now for the creepiest of the week. Have you ever thought what your skull looks like as a youngster with your baby teeth in it? This is a skull collector’s dream, I think. Here is a skull model showing what the jaw looks like with your adult teeth underneath your baby teeth. I must say this is pretty burly looking and pretty cool at the same time.
It was a weird last couple weeks, but I got busy. This week’s weird web finds are off the chain.
Who couldn’t miss the gigantic eyeball that washed ashore in Pompano Beach, Fla and was picked up by a beachcomber. Now at first I thought it just was a discarded glass eye from Ryniak, but it is probably from a huge fish that fell victim of the fish version of Jason Vorhees.
Now how better to adapt a panda back into the wild but to dress up like a panda during all interactions. I’m sure the panda doesn’t notice any smell differences at all. These panda costumes will probably be huge in NY in a couple seasons.
No this isn’t a Dok A piece with a wicked stache!
Now researchers have found a new spider. This creepy crawly was found in Borneo and has yet to obtain an identity. Now when I was in undergrad learning all my biology stuff, I daydreamed of being a taxonomist. If I was a taxonomist I could name this guy whatever I want, but alas my three years of Latin is not strong enough. Actually, that doesn’t matter since modern taxonomists name species whatever they want including their names or a jab at a fellow researcher. I would name the genus species of this guy “FakeStache Spidermangus”, and it would totally rule!
This week I run the gambit from cool animals to really odd. So lets get this week’s Weekend Weird Web Finds started.
Above we have the weekly cool look at another awesome animal of nature. This time it is the bright Giant Leopard Moth or Eyed Tiger Moth. These guys have a wingspan of up to 3 inches, but if it landed on me I would think it was going for my spleen.
Now we move to my love of Star Wars with a Darth Vader Hot Air Balloon. The Sith are going to great lengths to keep an eye on everyone it seems.
I don’t know if this is awesome or odd, but dinosaur high heels is definitely new to me!
We all see hundreds to thousands of weird things on the web every week, so I think on the weekends I will post a few of the weird things I encounter. Fun and odd images just to show the amazingness and the kookiness that is out there.
Up first the Venezuelan Poodle Moth that I found here. This little fella really does look like Killer Moth on the teen Titans or vice versa.
Then we have a love for science with a love of donuts with Mitosis Donuts!
Now this is a blobfish, not Kaiju!
Last we have this amazing swamp sculpture that can be found at Victoria’s Way in Ireland.
More interesting images next week after I see some more weird web oddities.