The orchid mantis, also known as the hymenopus coronatus, is characterized by brilliant coloring and a structure finely adapted for camouflage, mimicking parts of the orchid flower. The four walking legs resemble flower petals, the toothed front pair being used as in other mantises for grasping prey. First stage nymphs mimic bugs of the family Reduviidae, which have a powerful bite and are foul tasting. The mantis can change its colour between pink and brown, according to the color of the background. Continue reading for more.
Another day, another person who becomes internet famous, and this time, it's pro arm-wrestler Jeff Dabe. His massive hands and arms have caused others to nickname him "Popeye" and / or "Wreck-It Ralph." According to official measurements, his forearms are 49cm in circumference and his palms look like they could crush a watermelon. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
Summer officially begins in just a few days (for some of us), and what better way to kick things off than by looking at an actual hotel made from a decommissioned Boeing 727. This one-of-a-kind suite at the Hotel Costa Verde in Costa Rica is set inside a 1965 Boeing 727 airplane that transported globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines. Each piece was transported individually from the San Jose airport to its current resting place on a pedestal 50-feet above the beach. Continue reading for a video tour and more information.
It looks like a snake, probably moves similar to one, but is actually the Dynastor darius darius, a harmless caterpillar with mind-twisting camouflage. When the larvae transform into butterflies or moths, this creature - native to Trinidad - mimics the head of a Gaboon pit viper to successfully fool even the toughest of its predators. The transformation takes approximately 13 days, a time in which this mimicry is its only line of defense. To make it even more believable, the chrysalis hangs on the underside of forest leaves at a carefully selected angle. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Touted as the world's largest running motorcycle, the Gunbus 410 measures in at a massive 11.6-feet long and 4.9-feet high. It's been equipped with a 38-inch wheel up front, and a giant 42-inch wheel in the rear. The Gunbus tips the scales at 1433-pounds, and powered by a 6.7L twin-cylinder engine that generates 350-horsepower as well as 523 lb-ft of torque. One caveat: it costs $350,000. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
Abandoned villages are nothing new, but over time, nature slowly reclaims them. This fishing village on Gouqi Island in China is one of them, and Tang Yuhong, a photographer based in Nanning, shows us just how mystical they can be. Gouqi Island belongs to Shengsi, an archipelago at the mouth of China's Yangtze River, that consists of 400 islands. It'll only be a matter of time before it becomes popular with photographers. Continue reading for more pictures.
While many have dismissed the mysterious Black Knight Satellite as just a thermal blanket, others believe it's still an other-worldly satellite that was sent to Earth to monitor life on this planet. Nikola Tesla claimed to have picked up "intelligently controlled signals" that originated "from another world" in 1899, long before Sputnik and NASA. Those signals were later decoded by Duncan Lunan, a scientist from Scotland. He plotted a vertical axis of the transmitted pulse sequence with a horizontal axis of echo delay time. This resulted in an image of the constellation Bootis as seen from Earth 13,000 years ago. Astronomer Clyde Tombaugh was hired by the U.S. Department of Defense to look for it, and sure enough, a famous article about the Black Knight was published in both the St. Louis Dispatch and The San Francisco Examiner on May 14th 1954. At that time, there were no known man-made objects in Earth orbit. Adding to the mystery, NASA captured many images of this anomaly, like this one from Apollo 10, but they have all been removed. Continue reading for a video, more pictures (including newspaper clippings) and additional information.
Lab technician Tasha Sturm at Cabrillo College in California has just released a mind-boggling photo series that illustrate the wonderful, yet slightly creepy, world of microbes that lives on human skin. This colorful petri dish filled with microbes, including yeast and fungi, are that of her 8-year-old son's hand after he finished playing outside. Continue reading for up-close shots and more information.
Researchers have not been able to explain what this turquoise UFO which appeared in the sky over Holland really is. Nature blogger Harry Perton spotted this anomaly as he was taking pictures outside, of a storm in Groningen, Holland. However, when he checked his camera to review some of the pictures, this jellyfish-like UFO was seen floating in the night sky emitting an eerie flash of green light. Perton said: "I saw from my window hauntingly beautiful skies and I waited for the rain to subside before I went out." Continue reading for an up-close shot and more information.
In case of zombie apocalypse, you'll probably need a lot more than the shirt on your back to survive. While everyday things, especially fresh water and food, may be scarce, there are items, such as a "Safe House", that would ensure your survival if you were already well off to begin with. Our favorite? Definitely the SkyRunner, which can not only sprint to 60mph in just 4.3-seconds on the ground, with a top speed of 115 mph, but also take to the skies. Simply open up the parasail while cruising down an open strip of land, and the 125hp, 147 lb-ft of torque engine kicks in to help this 1,000 pound off-road vehicle lift off. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including a monstrous catch.