The mimic octopus is essentially a species of shape-shifting octopus capable of impersonating other local species and/or predators. They can instantly change their skin color and / or texture in order to blend in with their environment, such as algae-encrusted rock, a poisonous sea snake, and even nearby coral through pigment sacs known as chromatophores. It's currently the only known marine creature that can imitate as diverse a range of forms in order to elude predators. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of someone who hacked a black & white television for HDMI gaming fun.
The Petzi Treat Cam is exactly as it sounds, a connected device equipped with a 720p camera and microphone, enabling owners to watch and interact with their pets when away from home. Not just a camera, this device also holds and dispenses pet treats, which can be controlled via its accompanying smartphone app. Once activated, a tone sounds, alerting your cat / dog that you're connecting and to expect treats. You can affix the dispenser to a wall, strap it onto tables, or just let it sit on a counter. Get one here now. Continue reading for a full video review and more information.
There's Grumpy Cat, and then Smoothie, currently the internet's most photogenic cat, or many would like to think. She's a British Longhair living in Luxembourg with her owner, with thousands of Instagram fans. Apart from its coat length, the British Longhair is identical to the British Shorthair. The coat is lustrous and physique is stout in general. The head is broad, and round or even squarish, with bright circular eyes and short ears. Continue reading for a video and more information about the breed.
The Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko may look like a Pokemon character, but it's actually a real species of gecko, native only to the island of Madagascar. It was first described in 1888 by George Albert Boulenger. They appear to be just a dead leaf at first glace, as its veins are visible, and look just like the ones found on a leaf. The gecko's also looks like it has been rotted or nibbled by insects. Continue reading for another video and more information.
A mysterious 13-foot-long sea creature washed ashore on Bonfil Beach, in the city of Acapulco, in the south-west Mexican state of Guerrero, and it's baffling researchers. Civil Guard and Fire Brigade, Rosa Camacho, reports that the animal appears that it has just died, but oddly started to rapidly decay. "We have no idea what type of animal this is, but I do know that it does not smell bad or have a fetid aroma. It is four meters long and was found on Bonfil Beach," said Camacho. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a fascinating viral video of magnetic fields visualized.
Russian architect Vasily Klyukin knew that snakes symbolized treasure and esoteric knowledge in China, so he designed a cobra-shaped tower to reflect this. To start things off, its round base rises like a serpent's body and extends to form an open-mouthed head, which could be used as a terraced restaurant or nightclub. The body itself is perfect for offices or luxury apartments. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
This isn't a giant geothermal spa, but rather a strange river that flows deep through the Amazon rainforest in Mayantuyacu, Peru. It has been known to boil small animals instantly, with temperatures ranging from 50-90 °C (122-194 °F), and in at least one area, it almost reaches the boiling point of 100 °C (212 °F). The locals have known about the "Boiling River" for centuries, and ancient legend has it that the hot water is unleashed by a giant serpent named Yacumama (mothers of the waters). The river's existence was officially documented in 2011 by geothermal scientist Andres Ruzo. Click here for more pictures of the boiling river. Continue reading for an in-depth video explaining how it was discovered.
Disney may eventually release a Star Wars crossover film, television series, etc., but until that time comes, we'll have to settle for fan-created art. This latest series comes from artist Phil Berry, who reimagines the famous Disney princesses that everyone knows, as Star Wars Jedis, starting with Ariel. Our favorite detail? The mechanical legs, which have replaced the tail. Continue reading for more.
A gamer who goes by "CatastrophiCreations" online has turned an entire room into a stage from Super Mario Brothers. You'll find Bullet Bill, a coin block, and most importantly, functional warp pipes. "Our favorite video game is now actively getting played in our living room...by our cats. Complete with bullets and cannon balls to jump from," said its creator. Continue reading for more pictures.
Photographer Benjamin Von Wong's latest series may look fake, but a model / freediver was actually secured underwater with sharks swimming around her. This all took place in Fiji in several 2-hour windows between the hours of 11-1pm, in which the sharks would be active and to achieve optimal lighting with sun rays piercing the water. After 3-days, and 6-hours of shooting, Amber Bourke completed the incredible shots you see above. Continue reading for more pictures and information.