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By now everyone knows about the honey badger, one of the most fearless, aggressive animals in the world. And of course there’s the wolverine who, aside from being one of Marvel Comics biggest cash cows, is also a crazy weasel like creature that will attack bears and wolves just for laughs. These are fearless little animals that routinely go up against overwhelming odds. But those are the exceptions, right? Rarely in nature do you see the whole David and Goliath setup working out in favor of the underdog. Normally the big animals eat or at least squash the smaller ones. Usually. But sometimes Mother Nature pulls for the little guy. There are teeny animals out there that simply do not know the meaning of fear or common sense. A few of these munchkins will stand up and throw themselves headlong against behemoths…and win.
1. Epomis Beetle
“The bug in the frogs mouth there is winning.”
Frogs are vicious eating machines. Yes…frogs. They regularly consume scorpions, tarantulas, snakes, birds, you name it. They’re deadly, agile and hungry as a hippo…only shorter. If it fits in their mouth they’ll attack and eat it. But if there is one area where frogs really excel at it’s eating bugs. What with the long tongue, the pouncing and the huge mouths, frogs were tailor made to destroy insects. But apparently no body told that to the Epomis Beetle. This small ground beetle will attack and devour frogs, lizards and salamanders at will. How do we know this? Because scientist set up Thunder Dome like encounters where the beetle won 100% of the time. That’s right, 100%! This isn’t a bug that ‘sometimes’ pulls out an upset. It’s a super beetle that apparently cannot lose. Here’s a horrifying video of a little beetle brutalizing an amphibian several times it’s size:
Their strategy is to jump on the amphibian, which outweighs it by a factor of at least 10 and then they start biting it. Do they have some kind of poison? A paralyzing venom to subdue their hippity hoppity foes? No. They just bite him till he dies. That’s like leaping onto a bull and chewing on it till it stops kicking. And not only do the adult beetles eat frogs, but the larva do too. In fact the baby beetles dine almost exclusively on amphibians. And once again, they never lose. Scientists recorded one instance where a frog actually managed to swallow a larva for two hours…he still lost the fight and was consumed by the bug. How do you eat your opponent and still lose?!?
“How many lions has your newborn consumed?”
Groups of small birds have been known to mob larger predators. They’ll do this to chase them away from their nests. Seals do the same things to great white sharks. It’s a common practice in nature for a group of smaller animals to band together to harass a larger predator. Kingbirds do something like that too, but with just a tad more “Hell Yeah!” mixed in. A lone Kingbird will jump on the back of a hawk and peck the bird in the head mercilessly! This little 2 oz menace will ride on the back of a friggin hawk! That’s like a human leaping onto a great shark and continuously bashing it in the skull with a pipe.
He’s not flitting around harassing it. He’s not posturing or making threats. The Kingbird is riding it bareback and stabbing it in the head. How aggressive and/or mentally unbalanced do you have be to pull this off? The Kingbird will peck the poor hawk relentlessly until it leaves the area. And there’s nothing the alpha predator can do but scream and run. They don’t try to fight back. They don’t hang around plotting their revenge. They get the hell out of Dodge. But the real kicker is that hawks don’t even prey on Kingbirds! They’re way too small. That’s right, the Kingbird is the bully here. He’s beating up the hawk for no reason other than he can.
3. Cookiecutter Shark
Sharks are scary it’s true, but they don’t indiscriminately attack people. Typically shark attacks happen because they mistake humans for seals or all that flailing around in the water makes them think you’re wounded. It really doesn’t want to eat you. It’s not hunting you. Honestly you probably don’t even taste good. In fact, Great Whites have been known to spit people out. Sure, the odds are you’ll still die from the wounds, but that’s not the point. Sharks do not see us as food. They aren’t just mindless eating machines that the movies portray. They won’t just attack you for no good reason…except the cookie cutter shark. It will straight up eat you.
“Awww…look how cute!”
This two-foot monster will attack anything, people, dolphins, whales, submarines. It literally does not care who or what you are. If you move you’re food. And yes, it has actually been known to attack submarines. The navy has had to replace rubber seals and coatings after these vicious little monsters grubbed on them. It’s called a cookie cutter shark because it swims past at high speed ripping a chunk of flesh out with its melon baller like teeth. The only reason you don’t hear about more attacks on people is because they’re nocturnal hunters. So be careful if you go swimming in shark infested waters at night…although lets be honest, you probably deserve to be eaten anyway.
“Awww…look how cute!”
4-Jack Jumper Ants
No one is surprised that ants will attack creatures several times their own size if their hive is threatened or if they have a team to back them up. They routinely throw away their lives just because. But then some ants take it to the next level, like the Jack Jumper Ant of Australia and Tasmania.
This is the Jack Jumper of Australia and Tasmania. He’s throwing himself at a huntsman spider who incidentally eats ants for breakfast. The ant didn’t stumble upon the spider by accident. The spider didn’t come too close to the nest. This lone ant saw a spider and launched itself over a cliff to attack it. Why? Because Jack Jumper Ants will attack anything on sight. And unlike most ants they can see quite well and they can leap 20 cm into the air. If you get within the range you’re food. Period. They are extremely aggressive and they will attack anything. Also unlike most ants the Jack Jumper is very independent minded so they’re solo hunters. This little insect can single handedly take down a bee or a wasp. It’s only one ant, but it’s wicked enough to capture and kill a friggin wasp on it’s own.
They’re also amongst the most poisonous creatures on earth. They kill more humans in their native Tasmania annually than spiders, snakes, wasps, and sharks COMBINED. Yes, this ant is the most deadly killer in an area renowned for its deadly killers. They sting their prey (or anything that’s pissing them off) repeatedly, releasing a venom that ignites the allergic reaction in most humans, leading to death if medical attention is not sought right away. And don’t think thick clothing will protect you, they can sting right through it.
5 – Common Krait
“He always hogs the covers.”
Most snakes are kind of skittish. They don’t have legs. They aren’t very tall. They know better than to hang out around larger creatures that can crush them. The math is pretty easy on this one. If you’re a small animal that crawls around on your belly then stay away from things that can smash you. Even very poisonous snakes are reluctant to bite people because they themselves might be hurt in the process. That’s why rattlesnakes make all that racket. They’re saying ‘hey, I’m over here don’t stomp on me because I will totally kill you, ok.’ But the common Krait of India is either the bravest or stupidest snake in the world. It will actually climb in bed with people.
And this isn’t a case where the snake accidentally blunders into an empty bed because he thinks it’s a good place to hide. They will slither beneath the sheets while people are there. No one is exactly sure why they do this. Maybe they’re cold. Maybe they just like to snuggle. Maybe it’s the fabric softener you use. Whatever the reason it’s a recipe for disaster when you consider that it’s more poisonous than a cobra and it’s bite is almost painless. It’s not uncommon for people to die in their sleep. Sleep tight!
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WTF Toy #1. You Can Shave The Baby.
Yes, now you can shave the baby! The Baby’s pubic hair that is…
The Red Headed baby with armpit and genital hair can only be found in Japan (we wonder why?) We’ve heard of toy babies that fill up diapers, burp, and even breast feed, but even we are scratching our heads at this one. There is also some added hair at the sock line for some reason which only leads us to do one thing. Find the Japanese Bable bot translation for “What the hell were you guys thinking?”
WTF Toy #2. The Placenta Teddy Bear
If you think Placentas are gross, you would probably be shock to know that some people (mostly women we think?) eat their placenta after birth. Possibly to be more like the animals in nature or possibly because of the tangy taste is has, were not sure. Either way, you don’t have to worry if cannibalism is not your thing, now there is a way you and your baby can cherish it for a life time.
The Placenta Teddy Bear by Alex Green.
To make one of these cuddly contraptions, you need to dry out the placenta and cure it with sea salt. Then, after it is dried out, you must add an emulsifying mixture of tannin and egg yolk to make is soft and pliable. Then, its just a matter of imagination and a sewing kit!
WTF Toy #3 Grade up to Elite Cow
This game was put out by the British Beef Association as a way to desensitize kids to the screaming moos cows make in the slaughter house. A wonderful game to play while waiting for dinner, Grade up to Elite Cow will make everyone a little less hungry.
The board game teaches children how beef is processed and graded. Oh, and did we mention? The game starts out at a bull semen auction. Enjoy!
WTF Toy #4. The Nimbus 2000
Yes, Harry Potter was all the rage back in the day. However, “Rage” was the feeling some parents had when they realized their kids were playing with a lookalike broomstick from the Harry Potter movies.
Why you ask?
Because the broomstick came with a wonderful feature that allowed it to vibrate.
Yes, the Nimbus 2000 was a children’s toy that began to vibrate when it was wedged into the child’s crotch area. It was pulled from the shelves pretty fast. We’re not sure who at Mattel was responsible for letting this one out in the first place.
WTF Toy #5. The Peekaboo Stripper Pole…….for Kids!
Yes, it arrived in the U.K. Back in 2006. The peekaboo stripper pole was banned almost immediately. It came complete with a cd of music to strip to, a lacy garter, and a wad of play money, all to be used in conjunction with a collapsible stripper pole.
This one just speaks evil.
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We all want to smell like something other than armpits, sweat, and food remnants that get released through our pores. More importantly however, we want to smell like something the opposite sex is likely to want (which unlike us, is desirable).
Knowing this, fragrance designers around the world have spent millions of dollars they didn’t have through questionable research applications trying to find the perfect scent. Why? So that they may put it in a bottle and use it to disinfect humanity from its own stench.
From Political fragrances that smell like democrats, republicans, or independent voters, to colognes that make the wearer feel like a soon to be dead red shirt wearing extra in a low budget Star Trek episode, there is most likely now a cologne for literally any occasion.
Below are just a few of the geekiest colognes we could find while surfing the internet pretending to be working…..
The First is….
Play Doh Cologne
If you think that Play Doh cologne is meant for old men who expose themselves to children at Disneyland, you’d be wrong.
Play doh cologne is meant for `highly-creative people, who seek a whimsical scent reminiscent of their childhood.” according to the Play Doh cologne manufacturer.
As everyone knows, life always gets worse, which in turn makes our past and childhood seem happier than it really was. This is why we are always looking back on the “good old days” and why it is never the “good old days” right now. Companies know this and attempt to cash in on this imaginary happiness via means of nostalgia.
The hope here is that people will associate the Fragrance with bright colored crayons, finger painting, sculpting, (and all the other creative things we learned that that we can’t make a dime off in today’s modern world) and believe once again that someone like our boss will come down and say. “That’s an exceptionally artistic pie chart you made. Good Job.“
For those of you who love the smell of bacon, there is now a way to attract love interests of the same nature. Although we believe that bacon would be a better scent to attract men to women (in perfume), bacon cologne could land you an obese wife or possibly a really good licking poodle.
On a darker side, if you’ve seen the movie deliverance, you may want to avoid wearing it on hunting trips.
Flame –Burger King Cologne
The legendary Burger King Cologne that lets you smell like what every woman wants. A juicy piece of meat!
Yes, its possible that if you don this cologne, you may offend a few vegetarian women, but look on the bright side….Just think of how well groomed you will be after licking yourself all day.
Star Trek Pon Far Perfume
What is a Pon Farr you ask?
If you’re not a Geek and are somehow reading this anyway, you may not know that “The Pon Farr” refers to the deep rooted repressed emotions that a Star Trek Vulcan experiences once every 7 years. Because Vulcans repress all their emotions, all their rage, fear, love, lust and suffering gets buried deep inside them only to be let out orgastically when they are in “heat” during the mating time of “Pon Farr”
Pon Farr perfume could help you land anything from a Nelix to a Captain Kirk.
Warning! Kirks at Comic Con may be geekier than they appear.
Other Sci Fi Geek Fragrances include: Slave Lei Perfume:
Which guy hasn’t fantasized about princess lea in a golden bikini? The Slave Lea perfume is so seducing, it even blocks out the hideous image of Jabba the Hut being in the room with you.
Of course, if your guy is a known gambler and scoundrel, there is the Eau d’ Lando cologne for men.
Well, they say chicks digg money. But Liquid money comes in both perfume and cologne, so perhaps great minds think alike in this case.
Not exactly for geeks, The idea of the “Money” Cologne is that you can create your own personal scent of success. Since, Geeks are slowing taking over the world, we think this cologne would be better off smelling like the fear of high school bullies now being chased by geek built killer robots, but money does bring back some nostalgic forms of success from the 1980s we haven’t felt since we began ranting about the blatant societal discrimination towards Generation X.
To get you in the mood for money, we’ve included Gordon Gekko’s famous speech on Greed below.
“Greed is good.”
“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures, the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge of mankind and greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the U.S.A “
Quote: Gordon Gekko, Wallstreet.
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Some of you may have heard of “The Legend of The Emerald Tablet” a.k.a. “The Secret of Hermes” and wondered, “Is there any reality to this wizardry?”
The answer is yes.
Now lets be clear. At Daft Gadgets we would like nothing more than to prove that anyone of us can turn into a Jedi Knight or some cooler version of Harry Potter, but that doesn’t mean we distort evidence to prove the existence of mythical beings.
According to “The Secret of Hermes” (based upon Hermes Trismegistus), the emerald tablet revealed the secret of the primordial substance and its transmutations. (Take That Darwin)
Hermes was said to have been clutching the emerald tablet in his arms in his death bed.
Although this legend is in fact “A legend,” there have been some true wizards through out the ages that you may not have heard of.
The frist being….
1. Roger Bacon aka Doctor Mirabilis
The name “Dr. Mirabilis” is a medieval praise meaning: “Wonderful Teacher.”
This Wonderful teacher was known as an English philosopher and Franciscan friar who studied nature through empirical methods. He is sometimes credited as one of the first European advocates of the modern scientific method that was inspired by early Greek philosophers.
As one of the first real wizards, Roger Bacon:
-revealed the role of air in burning, and
-predicted inventions of the future including cars, ships and aircrafts.
His Opus Majus contains treatments of mathematics, optics, alchemy (and the manufacture of gunpowder), the positions and sizes of the celestial bodies and how they could possibly influence the fate of humans.
He was also sent to jail at one point for being a magician or “Wizard” possibly due to his arcane knowledge of alchemy.
2. John Dee 1527-1608
John Dee was a noted English mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occultist, navigator, imperialist who devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination and Hermetic philosophy.
Basically…he was a wizard.
To some of his contemporaries, Dee was an “Evil Wizard.”
This may have been due to the fact that he was always trying to speak with angles through their universal language of creation in order to bring the apocalypse.
To be fair, Dee was actually trying to bring the Pre-Apocalyptic unity of human kind with a one world religion. Unfortunately, some saw this as just another step closer to the apocalypse, which was a pretty scary thought for most people, and may have led to his charges of treason and “calculating” in the year 1555.
The Calculating charge was for casting a horoscopes of Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth and was just the first of many slander cases against the wizard.
Dee was an intensely pious Christian wizard who believed that the nature of the universe was an act of numbering and that mankind had the potential for divine power, if they could unlock the secrets to this number through mathematics.
His goal was to recapture the knowledge of the universe through the pure theology of the ancients and bring forth a unified world.
3. Paracelsus 1493 1541
“Many have said of Alchemy, that it is for the making of gold and silver. For me such is not the aim, but to consider only what virtue and power may lie in medicines.”
Paracelsus means equal to or greater than Celsus (Celsus being the 1st century Roman medical encyclopedist.)
The real name of this wizard was Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (yes its a mouthful).
Paracelsus pioneered the idea of small chemicals to treat illness which was the basis for our modern day pharmacology
He is also recognized as giving Zinc its name, which is really important if you can imagine a world without zinc! (see video below)
4. Trithemius – 1462 1516
Trithemius’ most famous work is the Book Steganographia.
The book appears to be about magic at first glance, however scientists now belive the book was actually about cryptography. Now, Trithemius was accused of dealing with the occult. It was probably the view of those who couldn’t read the secret messages, that if someone is hiding something, it must be evil magic (actually all magic was evil back then)
Steganographia was the first book on secret codes.
5. Nicolas Flamel 1330-1417
According to some, Flamel was the greatist european alchemist of his time.
This posthumous reputation is mostly due to his reputed work on “the philosopher’s stone.” (no he didn’t write the Harry Potter book) Yes, that’s right, Flamel is said to have created the “elixir of life” and developed the ability to turn lead into gold!
Although no formal proof of this wizard’s claims exist, Flamel and his wife were noted for their wealth and philanthropy as have provided many other interpretations on the subject of alchemy.
He has also been referenced by great names like Victor Hugo, and Issac Newton, as well as pop culture references like Indiana Jones and Harry Potter.
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6. Raining Frogs and Animals
You may have heard the old saying “Its raining cats and dogs” and thought to yourself “Where the heck did this saying come from?”
Or maybe you haven’t. Either way, we at Daft Gadgets have sought out the answer for you.
Although there has never been a report of cats and dogs falling from the sky, there have been quite a few real reports of raining animals from across the globe.
Some historical examples of raining animals include:
- in 1873 Kansas City, Mo experienced a shower of frogs.
- in 1968 Acapulco Maggots fell from the sky
- in 1996 Tasmania rained jellyfish. A popular raining animal, Jellyfish fell from the sky in Bath, England, in 1894
So how does this happen? What causes the weather to start raining animals?
Raining animals is a phenomenon that scientist can’t actually explain. It happens so rarely that there is not enough concrete data for anyone to analyze effectively, although many have theorized a range of possible causes.
The French physicist André-Marie Ampère was one of the first scientists to actually believe that raining animals was more than just some whopper of a tale from a group of local drunkards.
Ampère suggested that at times frogs and toads travel in very large numbers, and are small enough that a violent wind could swoop them up from the ground carrying them great distances.
Newer scientific theories favor the phenomenon of tornadic waterspouts. The Tornadic Waterspouts are powerful enough to suck up small animals and debris, sending them soaring into the air.
Scientists believe that some of these tornadoes can suck up a entire pond and all its aquatic inhabitants, and when the tornado lets the water fall, the marine life falls with it, creating the illusion of raining animals.
Although a very convincing theory, it does not explain how all the animals involved in each individual incident would be from only one species, and not a group of similarly-sized animals from a single area.
5. Fire Devils
What is a Fire Devil
A “Fire Devil” is the colloquial name for a fire whirl. Its comprised of hot air shooting up as it flames spins into the cooler air above, pulling up terrifying ropes of fire that whirl furiously into the sky.
So its kind of like Ghost Rider’s Chain
One of the most devastating fire devils occurred in Japan in 1923 during the Great Kanto Earthquake. The Earthquake ignited a gigantic fire devil that killed 38,000 people in fifteen minutes.
Most of the larger fire devils are spawned from wildfires. They are usually 10-50 meters tall but can be up to a Kilometer in height and contain winds over 160 km/h, uprooting trees in their fire tornado havoc.
Where can I see a Fire Devil?
You can see some pretty impressive fire devils at the annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. On Saturday night you get the burning man, on Sunday you get the burning temple.
4. Ball Lightning
What is Ball Lightning?
Is it plasma? (hot electrically charged gas) or plasma trapped by aerosols (floating dust or droplets)
Glowing Silica (A Crystal compound) vaporized when lightning strikes soil?
Although reported from many independent sources, ball lightning is a phenomenon that science still knows very little about.
Ball lightning is thought to be any type of electrically charged ball ranging from the size of a pea to a few meters in diameter. It is said that after ball lightning explodes, it lets out a sulphur like smell, similar to the Lightning Ball like benefactors of the science fiction novel “Orbis” by Scott Mackay.
However, modern day ball lightning has yet to attempt to enslave humanity.
Where Can Ball Lightning be Seen?
Once form of ball lightning occurs commonly in the valley of Hessdalen, Norway, and has been reported since the early 1940s. It is suggested that these “light balls” or “Hessdalen Lights” are the product of alpha particles creating the ionization of dust and air during radon decay in the atmosphere.
Apparently over 5% of Americans have witnessed ball lightning when they were sober. (Or at least so they claim)
3. St Elmo’s Fire
You may have heard the term “St Elmos Fire” and pictured in your mind something like this:
Or perhaps you envisioned a tickle me Elmo doll burning in heaven. Either way, you would be wrong. The St Elmos Fire we are referring to looks more like pink balls of fiery light that dance on the masts of ships.
What causes St Elmos Fire?
Its thought to be caused by the buildup of static electricity, which in turn then heats up the air and turns it to a plasma. The Nitrogen and Oxygen in the Earths atmosphere causes St. Elmos’s fire to fluoresce with indigo colored light.
At least, that’s the going theory.
2. Bloody Snow
Back in 1818 ships encountered ice cliffs in the arctic that seemed to be streaming with blood. Back then, something like that might lead to a little superstition paranoia and possibly a human sacrifice.
Today however, bloody snow usually just make people think someone was recently murdered, and they go about their business as usual.
What is Bloody Snow?
Bloody snow is actually snow mixed with red algae named Chlamydomonas Nivalis. For some reason it is said to have a faint scent of fresh watermelons.
Where can I see Bloody Snow?
Bloody snow is common in the summertime in alpine and coastal polar regions worldwide. This includes the Sierra Nevada of California in the USA.
1. Red Sprites
Above a Thundercloud you can see giant red lightning pillars called sprites, huge pancakes of lighting named elves, and beams that shoot up from the top of the cloud known as blue jets.
Sprites are triggered by the discharges of positive lightning between an underlying thundercloud and the ground. They occur high above a thunderstorm cloud and form in many cool shapes.
Sprites get their name from the mischievous air spirit named “Puck” in Shakespear’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream”
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As everyone knows, the re-emergence of 3D in Hollywood is gaining some exuberance. With record setting movies like Avatar and upcoming expected blockbusters like “Tron Legacy” hitting theaters in December 2010, 3D is all the rage. Just as old VHS flicks were converted to DVD, you can expect all the sci-fi classics of yesterday to be re-released into theaters or reformatted in 3D for home video.
More money for Hollywood means the re-release of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Terminator, Aliens, and pretty much any movie with a laser beam. Of course, you never know, 3D may even find its way into classics like Casablanca or Gone with the wind.
3D is beginning to emerge in the video game industry also, as the gaming industry begins to move in the direction towards virtual reality, the next step in technology following 3D.
Interactive Movies of course would be the next step after 3D cinema. Unlike video games, the virtual reality of movies have only been accomplished through the combination of books and imagination.
Imagine if you will a “choose your own adventure” book where the path of the hero isn’t chosen by the reader, but by the votes of a group of readers. This of course isn’t possible for a book, but could be accomplished via theater audience or through home movie options (kinda like when the DVD feature lets you see the alternate ending)
With Audience members voting on the different paths a character should take, the traditional “night at the movies” would take on a whole new experience. This means you could essentially watch the same movie over and over, each time getting a new experience.
Have you ever been to a highly anticipated movie on its first day. A movie filled with fans, excitement, and camaraderie? If you have, you know it’s a whole different experience. A “choose your own adventure” movie would help bring about a united audience atmosphere, making the whole film an adventure in itself.
Sure some actors may have to put in more scenes, but more tickets sold means more money for them. As well, voting themes will give movie makers more insight as to what their audience wants to see. Its a “win win” for everyone.
Maybe someone, somewhere will have the guts to try a blockbuster Hollywood release online in a “pay per view” “choose your own adventure” movie. The way I see it, the worst that can happen is we get another Hollywood flop. 🙂
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