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The 5 Greatest Teachers in the Science Fiction Universe.

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft

For those of us who grew up in a world where cinematic technology brought science fiction to life there have been many great lessons from the universe of fantasy and science fiction. These lessons were usually passed down from a teacher to a hero, or if you were an evil child from Sith Lord to apprentice.

Because we at Daft Gadgets prefer to walk the path of the Jedi, we have not included Darth Plagueis, (the teacher of Darth Sidious) in our list of great teachers from the world of Science Fiction and instead are beginning our list with…..

Yoda

A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge. Never for attack.

"A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge. Never for attack."

Yoda trained only the most loyal and committed students in the Jedi Ways of the force. Before joining the Jedi council his lived life aboard the Jedi training ship known as “Chunthor” not to be confused with “Gunther” from the show friends

Not a Jedi training ship.

Not a Jedi training ship.

The focus of Yoda’s teaching was based upon the understanding that as you become closer to nature you become closer to the force, becoming most powerful in death when you become one with the force entirely.

“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is.” Yoda would say, So in some ways he can be viewed as a crazy religious suicide cult leader.

However to his students, he was much more than that.

As nice and peaceful as Yoda was, he was not easy on his students. he exposed them to tests of endurance, strength and skill and well as potentially traumatizing psychological battles. He was known for sending his students into evil trees that would create a dark side based version of victims who entered. This taught students that they were their own greatest enemies and that potentially all fear is fear of oneself.

When Yoda was asked what was in the tree he would respond “Only what you take with you.”

Words of Wisdom from Yoda:

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”

“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is.”

“Careful you must be when sensing the future, Anakin. The fear of loss is a path to the dark side.”

“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”

“No! No different! Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned.”

Luke: “I don’t believe it…”
Yoda: “That is why you fail.”
―Yoda to Luke[src]

“When all choices seem wrong, choose restraint.

“If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are … a different game you should play.”

“On many long journeys have I gone. And waited, too, for others to return from journeys of their own. Some return; some are broken; some come back so different only their names remain.”

“When you fall, apprentice, catch you I will.”
―Yoda to Dooku

“Honor life by living, Padawan. Killing honors only death: only the dark side.”
―Yoda

“To be Jedi is to face the truth, and choose. Give off light, or darkness, Padawan. Be a candle, or the night, Padawan: but choose!”

“When you look at the dark side, careful you must be … for the dark side looks back.”
―Yoda

The Next Great Teacher from the Sci Fi Universe to break the list is…

Jor-El

Now we know what you are thinking, how Smart can someone be whose family is from the house of “L” and has a giant “S” as their family logo? Well, it turns out pretty damn smart!

Jor-El was a brilliant scientist who served on Krypton’s ruling council loyally for many years. He later married a girl named Lara (not be be confused with “Lara Croft” who later gave birth to the boy who would become superman (partially due to Jor-Els teaching and training)

Not a Jedi training ship

Not Superman's Mom

Jor-El is also known for being a bit of a cold hearted bastard, but in his defense, he purposely withheld his emotions from the crystals he transferred his brainwaves to so that he would not be too easy on his son. This way Superman would learn to survive on earth without becoming an evil threat to humanity.

Some of Jor-El’s best teaching quotes are:

The evil is you, Kal-El. The greatest threat Earth will face is coming. It preys on wavering souls like yours. Once this darkness consumes you, you will be Earth’s greatest enemy.

“Each time you let your emotions guide you, the fate of the entire planet is at risk. That is your weakness, Kal-El.”

“The tide of fate is impossible to stop. Even if you are able to alter one course of events, the universe will find others.”

“Your determination is strong, Son, but just as your passion will be your greatest strength, so, too, will it be your greatest obstacle.”

“You cannot be a beacon of hope when you have darkness in your heart.”

“You are mistaken to think that we are so different from humans. Our sacred book of Rao teaches that wherever there is light, there is darknes”

Albus Dumbledore

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

Albus Percival Wulfic Brian Dumbledore is known for both his prowess as a wizard and profoundly wise teacher to some and probably mistaken for Santa Clause by others.  However, unlike Santa Clause, Dumbledore is merely fictional.

According to his creator Dumbledore is the “Epitome of goodness.” He has a deep understanding of the magic of love which allows him  extraordinary powers like turning invisible without an invisibility cloak.

As a teacher, Dumbledore gives off an aura of serenity and composure even though he is extremely eccentric and slightly effeminate. The use of humor puts his students at ease making him very well liked by his students, but his best quality of teaching is probably his overwhelming faith in his students.

Some quotes from the Legendary teacher of Hogwarts are:

I will only truly have left this school when none here are loyal to me. Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.

“After all to the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

“Do not pity the dead Harry.  Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.”

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

“It is a curious thing, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. “

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

“It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated.”

“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.”

“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

“It’s the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”

Professor Xavier

“Oppression is no excuse for vengeance”

“Oppression is no excuse for vengeance”

With the X-men hitting movies in the 21st century, more people are becoming aware of the comic book universe and the vast collection of great teachers and lessons found within their stories. The stories are becoming so popular that characters like professor X have reached mainstream media print like Business Week. According to BusinessWeek, Charles Xavier is listed as one of the top ten most intelligent fictional characters in American comics. Now we’re not sure why BusinessWeek would stoop down to list writing with the like of us, but we welcome the company.

Professor Xavier (Professor X) is known for teaching minorities (mutants) to live in peace with members of the majority (humans) He teaches his students to act responsible with their abilities so that there is no need for others to fear their power and create war. However, living in a fictional universe allows him many teaching abilities that other may not have. For example, Professor X can read one persons mind, learn the material, and then transfer that material to another persons mind.

This power would also be a good way to create and rule a totalitarian society if Professor X was evil, but superheroes like him rarely use their powers for personal gain. Like other great teachers on this list, Professor X is all about peace, unity, teamwork, freedom and love, and according to his creators, was clearly inspired by the civil rights rhetoric of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some quotations of Professor Xavier’s wisdom are:

“Oppression is no excuse for vengeance”

“True focus lies somewhere between rage and serenity”


The Oracle

Lifes too short. Thats not a prediction.

Life's too short. That's not a prediction.

The Oracle is known as “The Mother” of the Matrix. She possesses an emotional intelligence that opposes the misguided logic of the Architect of the matrix and she uses this power to guide the organic beings who are living oppressed in a world dominated by machines.

She possesses the power of foresight, which allows her to not only mess with the heads of her students but also order them around like puppets if she chooses. However, she also chooses to use her powers for good and doesn’t use her powers of foresight to play the lottery or make money in the stock market.

The Oracle is unlike any other teacher in that she has almost a Socratic way of asking her students questions that they already know the answersto, while providing them with faith in her predictions on their path to find faith within themselves.

Some words of wisdom from the Oracle are:

It means know thy self. I wanna tell you a little secret, being the one is just like being in love. No one needs to tell you you are in love, you just know it, through and through.

Everything that has a beginning has an end

Cookies need love like everything does.

Life’s too short. That’s not a prediction.

If you think you would make a great teacher in the Science Fiction universe, check out our Jedi Space Rug in our Daft Gadgets shop.

9 Camouflaged Species Found in Nature’s Army

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft, Funny But True

1.Ambush bugs

Not to be confused with the fictional character from DC comics seen below, ambush bugs stem from nature’s group of assassin bugs.  Known as masters of camouflage,  ambush bugs blend in to their surroundings so well, its as if they attack out of thin air.

Armed with mantis like forelegs, ambush bugs routinely capture prey ten or more times their own size.

Ambush Bug from Action Comics

Ambush Bug from Action Comics

2. The Scops Owl

Trust us, its in there if you look close enough.

Scops owls hunt from the darkened decrepit hallows of old trees. Their favorite meals are insects, reptiles, small mammals (like bats or mice) and other small birds.

The owls will also eat earthworms, frogs and aquatic invertebrates

3.Dead Leaf Butterfly

Although no match for a human with a rake, the dead leaf butterfly can easily fool your typical bird brained….uh….bird.

4. Three Toed Sloths

The sloth’s color and its sluggish habits make it hard to spot. Generally it hangs quietly from trees resembling a bundle of leaves.

Their huge claws are used more for sleeping in trees than any type of weapon (they sleep 15-18 hours per day)

On a Daft Note, female sloth mating calls are said to sound like a human woman screaming “Ay Ay!”

5.Fennec fox

The sandy coat of the Fennec Fox helps it hide from its arch nemesis “The Eagle Owl” while also reflecting the heat from the harsh Sahara desert sun.

(Yes an eagle owl can swoop down and steal your Chihuahua as well.)

6.Hooded Grasshopper

This is a Hooded Grasshopper is found in India, although it is rarely seen due to its excellent camouflage.

7.Orchid Mantis

The sneaky mantis lies in wait for a small lizard or bumble bee.

8. Peppered Moths

Caterpiller 1:Hopefully no one will twig to our presence.BR Cateriller 2: Shut up, Twigs cant talk!

Caterpiller 1:"Hopefully no one will twig to our presence." Cateriller 2: "Shut up, Twigs can't talk!"

The caterpillar of the peppered moth is a twig mimic.

9. Tawny Frogmouth

Unlike owls, most frogmouths don’t usually eat small mammals (Although they do make exceptions now and again for the occasional after dinner amphibian.)

They do hide in much the same way as the scops owl and are also much harder to spot  when their eyes are shut.

Now you know for sure that its not the Government, CIA, or Aliens who are watching you, but Mother Nature’s Army.   If you want to fight back, Daft Gadgets only has one weapon  certified to be used on animals, and that’s the Airzooka!

The 8 Part Dinosaur Abomination Too Badass for Jurassic Park 5

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft

The Megasaurus

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For those of you who read Mr. Skinner’s book titled “Billy and the Cloneasaurus” you are probably familiar with the idea of scientists in the future bringing dinosaurs back from the dead using advanced cloning techniques.

At Daft Gadgets we figured if the scientists were so advanced, why are they still making copies of things mother nature did over a million years ago? Why not splice a little and see if you can improve upon the design. After all, the original dinosaurs were a failure, and everyone knows two wrongs don’t make a right, so what do we have to lose?

Here is a design for the ultimate dinosaur, the best of the best to rule them all!

#1. Deadliest Bite

Tyrannosaurus Rex

First and foremost, a dinosaur has to have a killer bite. Yes, we contemplated a poisonous bite like a snake and a bacterial bite like a Komodo dragon, but in the end we figured it was probably best to just clone the T-Rex’s head.
T- rex could gulp you down whole or masticate you into mush, depending on its mood. It had the strongest jaws of all the dinosaurs and huge teeth for chowin’ down

#2. The Smartest Dinosaur

The Troodon

In a dino eat dino world, a big bite is important to survival. However, a well developed brain means a more clever and cunning bread of dinosaur.

The Troodon had a very large brain size for its body, and was probably the smartest of the dinosaurs. Unfortunately is was still probably dumber than today’s modern birds, which finally proves Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “The birds” is a scarier in concept than Hollywood’s “Jurassic Park.”

#3. The Fastest Dinosaur

Dromiceiomimus

The Dromiceiomimus may have had a stupid beak looking face, but it also had the fastest legs in town. Capable of running 60 km per hour, this dino was like a 12 foot long greyhound.

#4. The Longest Necked Dinosaur

Mamenchisaurus

Anyone who has ever played a game of Street Fighter II against the annoying Dhalsim knows that reach is one of the most important aspects of any fight.

The Manenchiasaurus had the longest neck of all the dinosaurs, stretching up to 45 Feet! In our version, the scientists of the future adapt the neck so that it can enter into its protected body like a turtle (or Bowser from Super Mario if you prefer) and it can strangle you like an anaconda.

If you think this is too far fetched you really need to re-read Billy and the Cloneasaurus.  It explains everything.

#5. The Best Armor

Anklyosaurus

Armor built like a tank war machine the Anklyosaurus boasted a club like tail and even fully armored eyelids! It’s name actually means stiff lizard, but there are too many jokes that can be made about this so we are moving on to the next aspect.

#6. The Deadliest Tail

Stegosaurus

The Stegosaurus carried the most lethal tail of them all, called a “Thagomizer.”  The Thagomizer was basically a tail with 3 foot long (1 meter) spikes at the end used to bash other dinosaurs brains in. The Stegosaurus didn’t have to worry about getting its brains bashed in however,  since its brain was only the size of a ping pong ball.

#7. The Most Vicious Claws

Utahraptor

Correct us if we’re wrong but we feel that retractable slashing claws are probably one of the better weapons to have if you live in Jurassic Park.

The Utah Raptor definitely had the most vicious claws of all the dinosaurs at  12 inches long. They have an almost “Thumb like” appearance which means they could probably grab hold of some pretty big prey.

#8. Best Singing Voice

Parasaurolophus

Nothing says I love you like a song, and we all know that procreation is the most important aspects to the survival of a species.

The Parasaurolophus was like a musician. It could trumpet though hollow crest that emerged from the back of its head. This could be used to scare off attackers, communicate with offspring, call or signal for help, or it could have been used in some sort of mating ritual.

After all, with a trumpet in their head they’re bound to get horny every once in a while……..

….Yes we know that pun was horrible and we kept it in anyway.

If you want to dig up a dinosaur at home you can check out the T-Rexcavator Game for some archeologist type fun!

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5 Common Badass Plants that Might Kill You!

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft, Funny But True

Depiction of a native being consumed by a Ya-te-veo (I see you) carnivorous tree of Central America, from Land and Sea by J.W. Buel, 1887.

Depiction of a native being consumed by a Ya-te-veo ("I see you") carnivorous tree of Central America, from Land and Sea by J.W. Buel, 1887.

Unless you’re a zombie, you wont remember  a story way back in the mid 1800s about the German Explorer Carl Liche.   According to Australian authorities Mr Liche saw a Ya te Veo (“I See You”) plant grab a woman with its tentacles and swallow her whole

In its time, this story captured notoriety across the globe. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the story was debunked by a group of know it alls who felt that it was probably more likely that either the German Explorer killed her himself and attempted to cover it up to avoid going to jail (authorities were easier to fool back then) or that the German Explorer named Carl Liche never truly existed.

Now, our research shows us that such plants don’t exist, but we have found some similar (although toned down) versions of some pretty dangerous and badass plants that you really don’t want to mess with.

First lets take a look at a “Real” Pitcher Plant.

The largest of the pitcher plants is known as Nepenthes, and eats small rodents and lizards. (Who knows? Maybe the Dinosaurs went extinct from an abundance of giant carnivorous plants?)

Now this is the biggest of all the picture plants, and it still probably couldn’t handle a really freaked out squirrel (although we believe it would be funny to find out) so this type of plant is not really a threat to humans.

Now lets look at some that are:

#1. Deadly nightshade

Ralph: "I ated the purple berries!" Bart: "How do they taste Ralph?" Ralph: "It tastes like ... burning"

Deadly Nightshade Sounds like a really badass name for a female ninja. Why do we think that? because at Daft Gadgets we have a thing for Femme Fatales.

However, “Deadly Nightshade” is actually the moniker for a more commonly known plant named “Bella Donna” which literally translates into Pretty Lady. (We’re using lady over woman to not add confusion with the Richard Gere Julia Roberts film that will eventually become a #1 Broadway musical)’

Bella Donna takes its name from the historic use by women to become more attractive. Yes, we know what you are thinking, intoxication makes “Other” people attractive from the perspective of the drunk, not the other way around.  However, for whatever reason women used to take this drug to enlarge their pupils believing big pupils to be very attractive?

“Hey Lindsay, check out the pupils on that one!”

“Hey Lindsay, check out the pupils on that guy!”

Belladonna is rarely used cosmetically in modern times due to the minor visual distortions, inability to focus on near objects, and increased heart rate, and blindness caused from prolonged usage.

That and their size fetishes have moved to other parts of the body.

“What’s so Dangerous about it?”

Well the symptoms associated with “using” too much belladonna generally dilated pupils, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, tachycardia (fast heartbeat), loss of balance, staggering like a fool, headache, rashes, slurred speech, confusion, hallucinations, delirium, and convulsion.

Now we know a lot of these symptoms sound like something from your local neighborhood drunk, so to give you an idea of just how badass this poison is, think about it like this

It takes:

  • 2-5 berries to become lethal to children
  • 10 – 20 for adults.
  • Its root is toxic, and
  • one single leaf can kill a human.

“This sounds dangerous, where will I come across belladonna?”

Other than most recreational psychedelic endeavors, the most common place to come across such a substance in during laser eye surgery.  Lasik vision correction and other eye surgery uses atropine, one of the poisons in deadly nightshade, to dilate the patient’s pupils before operating.

Eye surgery on a hallucinogenic is definitely something we can only believe would be a really bad trip, but apparently, doctors know best.

#2. Castor bean

“This thing doesn’t look scary at all, it kind of looks like a nice Christmas mistletoe. What’s so dangerous about it?”

Its the most poisonous plant in the world. A lethal dose of Castor beans is around 4 – 8 seeds. Once you ingest them you can look forward to a burning in throat, abdominal pain, pooping blood, and other wonderful ailments.

Don’t worry though, if it goes untreated these horrible symptoms only last for 3-5 days.  Then death usually cures you.

Now unchewed seeds may pass without harm, so to get accurate readings some scientist probably crushed them up and fed them to the following innocent animals in order to find out how to keep you safe, so pay attention

It takes:

  • 4 seeds to kill a rabbit,
  • 5 seed to kill a sheep,
  • 6 seeds to kill oxes or horses,
  • 7 seed to kill a pig, and
  • For some odd reason Ducks can eat up to 80 seeds!

“These things sound kind of dangerous where will I run into them?”

This highly poisonous plant is used as a decorative in parks and other public areas, and particularly as a “dot plant” in traditional bedding schemes. So you may find it on a local Greece sidewalk or in your home town park.

Luckily most people nowadays don’t go around eating trees.

#3. Rosary Pea

“What’s do dangerous about the Rosary Pea?”

Well, less than 3 micrograms of ab­rin in the body is enough to kill, which means there is more than enough poison in one pea to kill you.

“Wow, this thing sounds dangerous, where will I come across it?”

Possibly from your spouse or lover. The rosary pea gives new meaning to the phrase “Till death do us part.” Commonly used in jewelry, it has long been a symbol of love in China. Its Chinese name is xiang si dou, or “mutual love bean”.

Often used in jewelry, the rosary pea poses a greater danger to the jewelry maker than to the wearer. There are many reported cases of death when jewelry makers prick a finger while handling the rosary pea, so making the jewelry must also be a labor of love.

You may also find it on your quest to destroy the ring of power.

In Trinidad in the West Indies the brightly colored seeds are strung into bracelets and worn around the wrist or ankle to ward off jumbies or evil spirits and “mal-yeux” – the evil eye

#4. Water Hemlock

I Killed Socrates!

"I Killed Socrates!"

“It looks okay, what’s so dangerous about it?”

The water hemlock is considered by many to be the most deadly plant on the continent.  The water hemlock’s white roots are also sometimes mistaken for a parsnip plant, which is a potentially fatal error. For those unlucky enough to taste this parsnip impostor, the onset of illness is rapid. The cicutoxin contained in the plant causes violent and painful convulsions, nausea, vomiting, cramps and muscle tremors. Those who survive the poisoning experience long-term health conditions, such as amnesia, which is really bad if they don’t remember that the hemlock is poisonous and end up eating it again.

Additional neurological symptoms may include hallucinations, delirium, tingling, pricking, or numbness of a person’s skin, dilated pupils, and coma

“This thing sounds horrible, where will I come across it?”

The wildflower, which grows to 6 feet (1.8 meters), thrives along stream banks, in marshy areas, and in low-lying, damp meadows. Typically, they grow in wet habitats by ponds and streams, marshes, swamps, or other areas that country kids like to play in.

Its most commonly found throughout Northern North America, but can also be found in central Europe.

#5. Oleander

“This flower is beautiful, what’s so dangerous about it?”

The gastrointestinal effects can consist of nausea and vomiting, excess salivation, abdominal pain, diarrhea that may or may not contain blood and can include drowsiness, tremors or shaking of the muscles, seizures, collapse, and even coma that can lead to death.

In fact, an oleander’s poison is so strong, that it can poison a person who simply eats the honey made by bees that have digested oleander nectar!

It is one of the most poisonous plants in the world and contains numerous toxic compounds, many of which are deadly to people, especially young children. it only takes a single ingested oleander leaf to kill a child.

“Wow, that does sound dangerous especially to children. Where will I come across this dangerous plant?”

Yes, oleander is often grown in school yards. However it is native to Mauritania, Morocco, and Portugal eastward through the Mediterranean region and the Sahara (where it is only found sporadically), to the Arabian peninsula, southern Asia, and as far East as Yunnan in southern parts of China. It typically occurs around dry stream beds.

In the USA Oleander can be found as far north as the Outer Banks of North Carolina or commonly as a highway divider in Southern California, which is probably just one more reason to stay in your car.

If you know of any common poisonous plants that people may accidentally come across, please share.  Knowledge is power.

7 Real Sea Monsters that Look Very Familiar

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft, Funny But True

#1. Henodus Chelyops

(“Turtle-Faced Single Tooth”) Late Triassic Period (200 Million years ago)

What did the Henodus look like?

No Fred Flintstone didnt run over him.

No Fred Flintstone didn't run over him.

Kinda like that turtle you ran over with your car.  Although scientifically it kind of looks like the estranged love child of a manta ray and a turtle, The Henodus doesn’t actually trace its lineage to either one.

How big was the Henodus?

It measured 1 meter in length.

What the hell was it?

Part of the ancient group of marine reptiles called Placodont’s. The Henodus is distinguishable by single tooth on each side of its mouth that was probably used for opening tasty shellfish like a cheap nutcracker.

Henodus remains have been found in non marine deposits, so it may have lived in freshwater lagoons, and likely enjoyed an amphibious nature that allowed it to lay its eggs on land, proving once and for all that the egg actually did come before the chicken.

#2. Dakosaurus

What did the Dakosaurus look like?

When the first Dakosuarus skull was unearthed in Patagonia, Argentina, the scientists quickly named it “Godzilla” due to its dinosaur type snout, and lizard like appearance. Its body was streamlined for hydrodynamic efficiency with paddles instead of feet and a finned tail.

What the Hell was a Dakosaurus anyway?

The Dakosaurus was neither a Dinosaur nor a Fish, but actually a prehistoric crocodile belonging to an extinct genus within the family Metriorhynchidae. They lived during the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous period

The name Dakosaurus actually means “Tearing Lizard”, and is derived from the Greek Dakos- (“to tear”) and -sauros (“lizard”).

How big was the Dakosuarus?

All currently known species would have been approximately four to five meters in length making them larger than our modern crocodiles. Try and picture a great white shark with a dinosaur head, and you’ll get the idea.

#3. Kronosaurus

3000 years before Mike Tyson said it and jonathan swift proposed it, Cronos was doing it!

3000 years before Mike Tyson said it and jonathan swift proposed it, Cronos was doing it!

What did the Kronosuarus look like?

Kind of like a cross between a Playpus and a Dinosaur, the Kronosaurus was the biggest and baddest marine predator in the western queensland of Austrailia. It has appropriately taken its name from the greek deity Kronos.

What they hell was it?

It came from an extinct genus of short-necked pliosaur, and once one of the largest of the group, hence the reference to Kronos

Just How Big Was This Thing?

It had a head the size of the average human, teeth the size of a bananas, and an approximate length of 9–10 meters (30–33 feet).

“Uhhh, is that a Banana in your mouth or are you just happy to eat me?”

#4. Tylosaurus

What did a Tylosaurus look like?

I was happier when I was doctor conners

"At the peak of my evolution I became Dr Conners"

The Tylosaurus resembled a cross between a monitor lizard and a serpent. A distinguishing characteristic of Tylosaurus is its elongated, cylindrical nose which may have been used to ram and stun prey or possibly even used for combat between its own species. (Tylosaurs were known to eat each other)

How big was this thing?

It measured about 50 feet (15 meters)

Just What the hell was a Tylosaurus?

Deriving its name from the Greek word “tylos” (protuberance, knob) and the word “sauros” (lizard) the Tylosaur was a mosasaur, (a large, predatory marine lizard closely related to modern monitor lizards and to snakes.) Of course its eating habits were probably closer to quoll or tasmanian devil of the ocean since the Tylosaurus had a varied diet that included fish, sharks, smaller mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, flightless diving birds, and pretty much anything it could torpedo down its gullet.

#5. Archelon

What did an Archelon look like?

The Archelon kind of looked like its closest living relative, the leather back turtle. It didn’t carry with it solid shell, but instead used a skeletal framework that supported a leathery or bony carapace. The Archelon can be distinguished by a pointed tail, a narrow skull, a high-vaulted shell, and a pronounced overbite.

How big was it?

Archelon (Greek meaning ruler turtle) is a genus of extinct sea turtle, the largest that has ever been documented. The live weight of an Archelon ischyros is estimated at more than 2000 kg (4500 lbs).

As big as it was however, this turtle couldn’t retract its head or flippers making it vulnerable to attacks from other predators.

#6. Temnodontosaurus

What did a Temnodontosaurus look like?

It sort of looked like flipper with an elongated snout jam packed with pointy teeth.

What the hell was a Temnodontosaurus?

The Temnodontosaurus was an ichthyosaur from the Early Jurassic, some 198 and 185 million years ago (Hettangian – Toarcian), in Europe (England & Germany). It is the only genus in the family temnodontosauridae

How big was this thing?

The Temnodontosaurus or “cutting tooth lizard” was larger than a double decker bus. Its dolphin like body exceeded 12 meters (40 ft) in length, while the eyes of the Temnodontosaurus were the size of dinner plates. Their eyes measured approximately 20 cm (8 in) in diameter making them some of the largest eyes of any known vertebrate.

All the better to see you with

#7. Enchodus

What does it look like?

It looked like its distant cousin we know as a salmon, just add a set of Sabre Teeth. Its skull had an appearance somewhat reminiscent of modern deep-sea fishes, such as the anglerfish and viperfish.

What the hell was it?

Enchodus were part of an extinct genus of bony fish with large fangs.

How big were the Enchodus?

Well, their fangs measured 6+ cm in length. Their the total body length was only about 1.5 meters, but we suspect they would give an modern fisherman a good run for their money.

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