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Photos - May 2008

Odd Couples of the Animal Kingdom

May 30th 2008 12:48
Thanks to ABC news, here is a collection of animal relationships you wouldn’t expect to see.

Odd couples of nature - Iguana and manta ray
An Iguana hitches a ride on a Manta Ray.

Strange relationships in nature - Mouse and Frog
Mouse scrambles on a frog's back in floodwaters.

Unusual animal friends - Tiger cub and Orangutan
Tiger cub snuggles up to a baby Orangutan.

Dog feeding tiger cubs - animal relationships
Dog feeds Tiger cubs.

Unusual animal friendships - Tiger and pig
Piglet friends with a Tiger Cub.

*These images used with permission from Damn Funny Pictures.


National Geographic has one of the most vast and impressive collections of photos in the world. Below are some of the best of the best. If you find these mind blowing, visit the source here.

Best of National Geographic - Glen Canyon

National Geographic Pictures - Dragonfly close up

Greatest Nat Geo pics - California wild

Volcano - National Geographic amazing picture

Birds and waterfalls - National Geographic Photo

*These pictures used with permission from Damn Funny Pictures.

X-Ray Art

May 26th 2008 11:55
Contemporary artist Nick Veasey presents: The inside becomes the outside. See more of his work here.

X-Ray art - Front end loader

X Ray of a flower

X-Ray pictures - Shoe and electric chair. Nick Veasey

X-Ray of an energy saving light globe

X-Ray art - Running shoes

*These pictures used with permission from Damn Funny Pictures.


Red Back & Snake

May 23rd 2008 14:23
Don’t underestimate a Red Back!

Spider vs Snake

An office receptionist got the shock of her life earlier this week when she found a 14cm long snake entangled in the web of a deadly spider.
A receptionist at an electrical firm , came in to work on Tuesday and spotted the strange sight next to a desk in her office.
The snake, which had obviously died from the spider's poisonous bite, was off the ground and caught up in the web.
Spider catches a snake in its web

Leon Lotz of the arachnology department at the National Museum said it was only the second time that he had heard of a snake getting caught in a spider's web.
It is believed the snake got caught in the web on Monday night.
But it did not take the spider long to bite it.
A red mark on the snake's stomach was evidence of where the spider had started eating it.
Red Back spider catches a snake

Throughout Tuesday, the spider checked on her prey, but on Wednesday she rolled it up and started spinning a web around it.
She also kept lifting it higher off the ground, while continually snacking on it.
Even a fly that accidentally landed on the snake was chased off aggressively.......
Red Back spider vs snake

Red Back Spider catches a snake in its web

Snake coiled up in red Back's web


WWII Russian tank found with German markings after 62 years

It's not often you get to pull a WWII tank out of a lake, especially one that had been used by the Russians and the Germans. Even though it had been submerged for 62 years, with a little "tinkering" the diesel engine started right up.

A Komatsu D375A-2 pulled an abandoned tank from its archival tomb under the bottom of a lake near Johvi, Estonia. The Soviet-built T34/76A tank had been resting at the bottom of the lake for 56 years.
According to its specifications, it's a 27-tonne machine with a top speed of 53km/h.

From February to September 1944, heavy battles were fought in the narrow, 50 km-wide, Narva front in the north-eastern part of Estonia.
Over 100,000 men were killed and 300,000 men were wounded there.
During battles in the summer of 1944,the tank was captured from the Soviet army and used by the German army. (This is the reason that there are German markings painted on the tank's exterior.) On 19
September 1944, German troops began an organized retreat along the Narva front. It is suspected that the tank was then purposefully driven into the lake, abandoning it when its captors left the area.

At that time, a local boy walking by the lake Kurtna Matasjarv noticed tank tracks leading into the lake, but not coming out anywhere For two months he saw air bubbles emerging from the lake. This gave him reason to believe that there must be an armoured vehicle at the lake's bottom few years ago, he told the story to the leader of the local war history club 'Otsing'.
Together with other club members, Mr. Igor Shedunov initiated diving expeditions to the bottom of the lake about a year ago. At the depth of 7 metres they discovered the tank resting under a 3-metre layer of peat.

Enthusiasts from the club, under Mr Shedunov's leadership, decided to pull the tank out. In September 2000 they turned to Mr Aleksander Borovkovthe, manager of the Narva open pit of the stock company AS Eesti Polevkivi, to rent the com pany's Komatsu D375A-2 bulldozer.
Currently used at the pit, the Komatsu dozer was manufactured in 1995, and has 19,000 operating hours without major repairs.

The pulling operation began at 09:00 and was concluded at 15:00, with several technical breaks. The weight of the tank, combined with the travel incline, made a pulling operation that required significant muscle. The
D375A-2 handled the operation with power and style. The weight of the fully armed tank was around 30 tons, so the active force required to retrieve it was similar. A main requirement for the 68-ton dozer was to have enough weight to prevent shoe-slip while moving up the hill.

After the tank surfaced, it turned out to be a trophy tank, that had been captured by the German army in the course of the battle at Sinimaed (Blue Hills) about six weeks before it was sunk in the lake. Altogether, 116 shells were found on board. Remarkably, the tank was in Good Condition, with NO RUST, and ALL SYSTEMS (except the engine) in working condition. This is a very rare machine, especially considering that it fought both on the Russian and the German sides.
Plans are under way to fully restore the tank. It will be displayed at a war history museum, that will be founded at the Gorodenko village on the left bank of the River Narv.

Russian German Tank in Estonian Lake

Top of WW2 tank in Estonia

Russian WWII tank coming out of Estonian Lake

WWII tank with Nazi markings in Estonia

World War 2 Russian Tank pulled out of Lake in Estonia

World War II Russian tank with German markings pulled out of Estonian lake


Monsters of the Deep

May 19th 2008 11:51
Thanks to ABC news, today's pictures are of some supersized sea monsters.

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Whether it be due to global warming, deforestation or pollution, these well known travel locations are in danger. If they're on your to-do-before-you-die list, you might want to move them up a little.

Endangered species - Orangutan
Orangutans of Borneo.

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Dangerous Art of Li Wei

May 14th 2008 11:41
Chinese artist Li Wei

As reported on Lei Wei is a contemporary artist from Beijing who produces gravity defying artwork depicting himself in impossible and dangerous situations.
Li Wei - Gravity defying basketball

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Colossal Squid

May 12th 2008 10:57
On February 22, 2007 the largest known Colossal Squid was captured. The specimen measured 10 m (33 ft) in length and weighed 495 kg (1,091 lb). The animal was caught in the freezing Antarctic waters of the Ross Sea. It was brought to the surface as it fed on an Antarctic toothfish that had been caught off a long line. It would not let go of its prey and could not be removed from the line by the fishermen, so they decided to catch it instead.
Giant Colossal squid when caught
The Colossal Squid when caught in February 2007.

They managed to envelop it in a net, hauled it aboard and froze it. The specimen was frozen in a cubic metre of water and transported to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand's national museum. Scientists at the museum were considering using a giant microwave to defrost the squid because defrosting the squid at room temperatures would take days and it would be likely for the outside to rot while the core remains frozen. However, they later opted for the more conventional approach of thawing the squid in a bath of salt water. Although initially thought to be a male, dissection of the specimen which began on April 30th showed it to be a female

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Weather Phenomena

May 9th 2008 13:17
Here are some amazing and unusual weather events that are rarely seen. You can see many more at here.

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Lions in the Snow

May 7th 2008 13:40
Snow isn't part of the natural habitat for Lions, but as this picture of a pride of Lions demonstrates they can handle it in style!

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Deadliest Dinosaurs - T-Rex Tyrannosaurus rex
Tyrannosaurus Rex

Most dangerous dinosaurs - Majungasaurus crenatissimus
Majungasaurus Crenatissimus

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Best Book Covers

May 2nd 2008 10:58
What makes a good book cover? Does it convey the ideas behind a book? Does it catch your eye? Does it need to be original or creative? Whatever makes a good cover, these are some of the best of all time. They came from

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