Friday, June 11, 2010

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Monday, June 07, 2010

What Seven Million Tires Look Like

Photographer Edward Burtynsky has spent much of his career documenting mankind’s “manufactured landscapes,” from mines and quarries to massive engineering projects that are mind-boggling and dwarfing in scale.

This tire pile in Northern California burned after being struck by lightning in 1998, and so much oil was released as a result that it flowed into a nearby stream — and then that caught fire.

It took nearly ten years to clean up the mess. Back when these photos were taken, it was estimated to be the biggest tire pile in the western U.S.

69,000 tons of tires in just four acres of land, piled six stories deep in some places. The bottoms of those piles had been smashed completely flat.

These photos were taken back in the 90s. These days, massive tire piles are less common because states have taken measures to recycle more and more old tires, turning them into paving material and incinerating them (without releasing smoke) to create power. So scenes like this are a little harder to come by:



7 million tires


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Saturday, June 05, 2010

The Ugliest Creatures in the Ocean


The thing about the Earth’s vast oceans that constantly surprises us is the incredible variety of life that exists within them. However, in the deeps of the sea, amidst the beautiful fishes and sea dragons and turtles and dolphins, live some of the most terrifyingly bizarre creatures you’ll ever see – far weirder than anything you’re likely to find on land. The following are a handful of the weirdest of the weird!

Chimera, also known as ghost sharks or rabbitfish, are one of the oldest species of fish on the planet, having branched off from sharks nearly 400 million years ago. They live in deep water and use a venomous spine near their dorsal fin for defense.

The infamous viperfisfh is one of the most fierce predators in the deep sea. It is believed to lure its prey in with the light producing organ poised like a fishing rod at the end of its forsal spine. The viperfish’s teeth are so big, it wouldn’t be able to close its mouth if the teeth didn’t curve behind its head.

The pelican eel is a deep-sea fish that is rarely seen by humans. Its enormous mouth is much larger than its body. The loosely hinged jaw can open wide enough to swallow fish much larger than itself. Like the viperfish its tail glows pink and occasionally gives off bright red flashes.

With eyes on top of their heads and their large upward facing mouth, stargazers have a face only a mother could love. To catch prey, they bury themselves in the sand and leap upwards in ambush.

Grenadiers have large heads with huge eyes. Their thin bodies taper greatly into a rat-like tail.They like to live in structural oases, such as hydrothermal vents or shipwrecks

Fangtooth’s namesake teeth are so large they’ve evolved a pair of opposing sockets on either side of the brain to accomodate the teeth when the mouth is closed.

Oarfish look like giant silver ribbons floating through th sea. Mistaken by early sailors as sea serpents they can grow up to 36 feet! With no scales and hundreds of dorsal spikes up it’s back, its a truly fantastic fish.

Firefly squid, only grow to be about three inches, but these flashy fish can light up the sea! Each tenticle has a photophore, which produces a bright light, to attract prey. During mating season the firefly squid can light up its whole body like a Christmas tree.

No list of ugly fish would be complete without mention of the blobfish. This fleshy mass lives in depths of extreme sea-pressure and have little in the way of muscle. Their density is slightly less than water.

How could a shark be any more terrifying? What if you gave it a Richard Nixon nose and rows of thin needlelike teeth as jagged and uneven as a weed patch. That, my friend, is the goblin shark.

Just a tip, do not kiss a lizard fish. These spiky fish even have teeth on their tongues! It could probably be cast in Tim Burton’s Beetlegeuce.

Seemingly pulled out of a horror movie, hatchetfish are masters of cameoflage. Using bioluminscence they can make their bodies match the light intensity of the water surrounding them, making them invisible to predators and prey. Their large eyes can collect the faintest light allowing them to scope out food from great distances.

The winner of the cutest marine animal would go to the axolotl. Related to the tiger salamander, the only place on earth you can find these little guys is at Lake Xochimilco in Mexico.

Longhorn Cowfish. Git yer lasso and yer chaps pardner we’re gonna go rope us some cowfish! Unfortunately longhorn cowfish wouldn’t make good steak because they are extremely poisonous.

Don’t step on this stone! Stonefish hide in the sand and when they are stepped on or bumped into, their spines excrete horrible venom.

While the Wolf Fish has teeth like Edward Cullens, it probably isn’t getting too many dates. It’s powerful teeth crush its prey into edible pieces. These fish are incredibly aggressive and can injure divers and fishermen.

This little cutey, is a species of sea-cucumber known as scotoplanes, also called a sea-pig. They wallow around on the ocean floor extracting nutrients from the mud. Don’t you just want to cuddle with it? No? Me, neither.

You may need to change your pants after this  one. Lamprey are ancient parasites that have sucked the blood of fish for as long as their have been fish. Like giant leeches with razor teeth.

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men think with their head and women with their heart

I never quite figured out why the sexual urge of men and women differ so much. And I never have figured out the whole Venus and Mars thing.  I have never figured out why men think with their head and women with their heart.


One evening last week, my girlfriend and I were getting into bed. Well, the passion starts to heat up, and she eventually says, 'I don't feel like it, I just want you to hold me.'

I said, 'WHAT??!! What was that?!

'So she says the words that every boyfriend on the planet dreads to hear...'You're just not in touch with my emotional needs as a woman enough for me to satisfy your physical needs as a man.'

She responded to my puzzled look by saying, 'Can't you just love me for who I am and not what I do for you in the bedroom?'

Realizing that nothing was going to happen that night, I went to sleep.

The very next day I opted to take the day off of work to spend time with her. We went out to a nice lunch and then went shopping at a big, big unnamed department store. I walked around with her while she tried on several different very expensive outfits. She couldn't decide which one to take, so I told her we'd just buy them all. She wanted new shoes to compliment her new clothes, so I said, 'Lets get a pair for each outfit.'

We went on to the jewelry department where she picked out a pair of diamond earrings.

Let me tell you... she was so excited.  She must have thought I was one wave short of a shipwreck.  I started to think she was testing me because she asked for a tennis bracelet when she doesn't even know how to play tennis

I think I threw her for a loop when I said, 'That's fine, honey.'

She was almost nearing sexual satisfaction from all of the excitement. Smiling with excited anticipation, she finally said, 'I think this is all dear, let's go to the cashier.'

I could hardly contain myself when I blurted out, 'No honey, I don't feel like it.'

Her face just went completely blank as her jaw dropped with a baffled, 'WHAT?'I then said, 'Honey! I just want you to HOLD this stuff for a while. You're just not in touch with my financial needs as a man enough for me to satisfy your shopping needs as a woman.'

And just when she had this look like she was going to kill me, I added, 'Why can't you just love me for who I am and not for the things I buy you?'

Apparently I'm not having sex tonight either....but at least that bitch knows I'm smarter than her.           

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Friday, June 04, 2010

Special report: Living in denial

Special report: Living in denial

(Image: Woods Wheatcroft)

From climate change to vaccines, evolution to flu, denialists are on the march. Why are so many people refusing to accept what the evidence is telling them? 

In this special feature we look at the phenomenon in depth. What is denial? What attracts people to it? How does it start, and how does it spread? And finally, how should we respond to it?


When a sceptic isn't a sceptic

There are clear lines between scepticism and denial, but telling them apart can be tricky in the real world, says Michael ShermerRead more


Why sensible people reject the truth

Denialism satisfies deep emotional needs. That makes it easy to encourage and hard to counter, saysDebora MacKenzieRead more


How corporations manufacture doubt

If the truth is inconvenient, put up a smokescreen instead. It works wonders for big business, argues Richard LittlemoreRead more


Unleashing a lie

It's easy to send a lie flying around the world, and almost impossible to shoot it down, says Jim GilesRead more


Questioning science isn't blasphemy

Michael Fitzpatrick argues that calling an opponent a denier is illiberal, intolerant and ineffective. Read more


The truth is our only weapon

We must let denialists be heard, and respond with patience, vigilance and tireless rebuttal, says Michael ShermerRead more

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Pie Packed Art Work

Mario Klingemann is analyzing colors within famous artwork, and then recreating the artwork with the data from the original image."

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Tea Party Logic

Too good to pass up..