I am currently reading Ward Six by Chekhov. Mostly because I want to be able to tell people I’ve read some Chekhov, and Ward Six is short.
The giant squid (genus Architeuthis) is a mysterious, gigantic and private chap. Science has known about them for some time, but they remained elusive, seemingly not keen on having their photos taken.
I used to think that balloons were harmless harbingers of fun, but it turns out that en masse they can be pretty dangerous. Balloonfest ’86 shows us just how wrong things can go when balloons are involved.
You may have heard about the fungus based “fairy rings” that spring up in the countryside. If you’re lucky you might have even come across one on a sunny country ramble.
WOMAD 2016 is fast approaching. I’ve taken a little time to listen to the wealth of musicians who are set to be playing this year’s event.
If you are planning to venture down to the beaches of Qingdao, China, you are pretty much guaranteed to witness earth’s newest bit of beachwear – the facekini.
The sand cat (Felis margarita), also known as the sand dune cat, is the only cat that spends the majority of its time in true deserts.
The following works of art come to us courtesy of Matthew Simmonds. British born, Simmonds studied art history and became an illustrator.
Criminals in Nebraska in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s looked a lot classier than they do today. Check this (literallY) bad boys and girls out.
I’ve got absolutely loads of exquisite photos from Russia for you this afternoon. I hope you have a wonderful time gazing lovingly at them.
Megalopyge opercularis, variously known as the southern flannel moth, puss moth, opossum bug, puss caterpillar, tree asp, and the asp caterpillar is such an odd creature that even Wikipedia has a hard time keeping a straight face when describing it: The inch-long larva is generously coated in long, luxuriant hair-like setae, making it resemble a tiny Persian cat.
You don’t get to see roll clouds all that often from my rainy little isle, or anywhere else for that matter, so I’m happy to live vicariously for now.
Recently the incredible image below of a weasel riding a woodpecker went viral. At first glance it looks like the two creatures are larking about and having fun, the woodpecker appears to be giving the poor tiny weasel a lift home, or something along those lines.
Whether our little blue planet is heating up or not and whether it is our fault, has been a debate that has been roaring on for decades.
Vietnamese paper master Hoàng Tiến Quyết uses a technique called wet folding to create origami masterpieces with a literal twist.
Recently a solar powered LED lit bike path was opened in the town of Nuenen, Netherlands. The town was once home to Van Gogh so the path has been named after him by the design team from Studio Roosegaarde.
Everyone’s heard of cock fighting, but less people are aware of cock throwing. Also known as cock-shying and throwing cocks, it was slightly less popular than cock fighting, but it was still a common sight in England until the end of the 18th century. Cock throwing was popular with the gentry and the poor folk and children were particularly fond of it.
Everyone above the age of 5 knows that the biggest creature on earth is the blue whale, not quite so many people know who comes in second place.
I’m not one to post up things that make you go “awwwwww cute!” (well, not too often) but that’s what’s happening here I’m afraid.
Rosa Verloop is a Dutch artist who makes sculptures in a less than standard medium. Her chosen sculpting material is nylon stockings.