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Badass cat motorcycle helmets from Russia
02.05.2016
10:08 am

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Animals
Design

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cats
motorcycles
helmets


 
I never saw myself writing “badass” and “cat” in the same sentence, but these are some seriously cool cat motorcycle helmets straight out of Russia. I dig the one that looks like an extra evil Cheshire Cat with that devilish grin. That helmet looks like it ain’t gonna take no shit.

The Neko helmets come in 12 different designs and are made by Russian company Nitrinos. The prices can range anywhere from $495 to $595 depending on which style you want.

I’m sure these things have been crash tested, but I wonder how the impact with the ears on the helmet affect the human skull? Is it safe? Perhaps I’m overthinking this?


 

 

 
More after the jump…
 

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Watch world’s largest bat colony leave cave to hunt at night
01.25.2016
09:32 am

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Animals

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bats


 
Let me preface this post by saying I believe this is a GoPro advert. That being said, it’s pretty incredible footage from the vantage point from inside the cave as millions of bats fly out of it. I think I can forgive this being an advertisement because I actually learned something with this one. The cave the bats are flying out of is called Bracken Cave and it’s located in southern Comal County, Texas.

Bracken Cave is the summer home of the world’s largest bat colony. With millions of Mexican free-tailed bats living in the cave from March thru October, Bracken holds one of the largest concentration of mammals on earth.

The emergence of these millions of bats, as they spiral out of the cave at dusk for their nightly insect hunt, is an unforgettable sight.

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From March to October, the bats at Bracken Cave emerge between 6 and 8 p.m. flying southeast on a collision course with bugs such as cotton bollworm moths and army cutworm moths being pushed away from crops southwest by winds.

The bats consume several tons of insects per night, which according to research conducted in 2006, saves cotton farmers in south central Texas about $740,000 a year.

According to studies, there’s an estimated roost of 30 million bats. Incredible. 

 
via Geekologie

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Punk doggies, punk kitties, and their friends the punk rat and the skinhead cat
12.22.2015
09:17 am

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Amusing
Animals
Punk

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cats
dogs
punks


 
We live in an age where the majority of world knowledge is accessible via a few keystrokes. It’s truly an amazing time wherein the Internet grants us nearly limitless access to the full wisdom of recorded human history and thought.

But more often than not, we just want to look at cute animal pix.

Tumblr page Animals in Punk Vests, home to only the punkest furbabies, is our supplier today. The collected philosophies of the great thinkers of the modern world will have to wait. We have animals in punk vests.

Punx is doggies.

Punx is kitties.

And don’t overlook their friends the punk rat and the skinhead cat…
 

 

 

 
More Animals in Punk Vests after the jump…

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Adorably gross ‘Alien’-like frog carries eggs and babies on its back
12.16.2015
01:33 pm

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Animals

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frogs


 
The Dangerous Minds audience has shown an inordinate interest in looking at things on top of other things (sounds to me like a Monty Python category), so we humbly present Cryptobatarchus boulengeri, a frog species that mostly resides in Colombia and resembles a creature from Aliens, perhaps? The mommas of the Cryptobatrachus boulengeri species carry their offspring from egg all the way up to froglet.

The name Cryptobatrachus boulengeri honors a noted Belgian-British zoologist named George Albert Boulenger, and indeed another name for Cryptobatrachus boulengeri is Boulenger’s backpack frog. Boulenger had a notable Donald Trump tendency when it came to naming species, there’s also Boulenger’s burrowing asp, Boulenger’s short-legged skink, Boulenger’s tree agama, Boulenger’s pygmy chameleon, among others…..

If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for your herpetologist friends (that is, lizard and reptile enthusiasts), you could do a lot worse than this page-turner from Boulenger himself: Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History): Volume 2: Iguanidæ, Xenosauridæ, Zonuridæ, Anguidæ, Anniellidæ, Helodermatidæ, Varanidæ, Xantusiidæ, Teiidæ, Amphisbænidæ.

Here’s the full pic of Cryptobatrachus:
 

 
Pics of Cryptobatrachus boulengeri are not too common, but other species also deploy the same strategy, apparently, including Cryptobatrachus pedroruizi:
 

 
And Cryptobatrachus fuhrmanni:
 

 
via Neatorama
 

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Dinosaur egg candle ‘hatches’ baby Velociraptor as it melts
12.15.2015
09:46 am

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Animals

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candles


 
Since we’re cutting it close to the holidays, I thought I’d share this wonderful last minute gift idea for that special paleontologist in your life: an egg that “hatches” a baby Velociraptor when it’s melting. C’mon, this is kind of great, right? Or at the very least, quite clever.

The candle sells for $45.49 + shipping right here.


 

 

 

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Cat got your tongue? Check out these cheeky ‘pussy panties’
12.15.2015
08:28 am

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Amusing
Animals

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cats
panties

3-D printed cat panties
3D printed cat panties
 
If you’ve been on the Internet at all, then you are likely aware that cats OWN IT. From clothes to memes, it’s all about, ahem, pussy.

So it should be of no particular surprise to you that just in time for the holidays, you can purchase cheeky panties with an eerily lifelike 3D image of a cat peering out from the crotch for the various crazy cat ladies in your life. A three-pack of the printed pussy panties will run you about $13 bucks and one single panty will run you anywhere from $2.99 to $5.99, depending on the vendor. Because nothing quite says “I am the queen of crazy cat ladies” like a pussy on your crotch, AMIRITE? 
 
3-D cat panty
 
3-D cat panty flasher
 

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Nightmarish bone-and-metal sculptures of imaginary animals
12.03.2015
08:09 am

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Animals
Art

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Jessica Joslin


 
Art ennobles the human spirit. Through contemplation of the beautiful object, the soul ascends through the subtle bodies. Seeking the reflection of its own sublimity, rising in the realms, it comes, at last, to rest in the world of pure forms, where the angel of the imagination speaks to it in its proper tongue: oy Gott im Himmel, what in the fuck is THAT?!
 

 
If certain senior members of my family had not already perished, Jessica Joslin’s sculptures would certainly kill them dead. Not for my anxious kin, these dead-eyed taxidermic curiosities, sharp of tooth and claw. While I have no reason to think the artist lusts for the blood of the elderly—on the contrary, she’s into the whole ethical sourcing thing and recommends this responsible supplier of “osteological specimens”—the sight of these part-clockwork, part-flesh-and-bone sideshow attractions is sure to induce cardiac arrest in a body enfeebled by age.

I’ll grant that the playful expressions of some of these critters are kind of cute, but the cuteness only makes them more grotesque. They don’t know they’re the spawn of hell. They think this is all some kind of game. Well, let’s see how much “fun” it is when one of them comes to life and breakfasts on your lungs.
 



 
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Scientists name ‘muscular’ fossil fireworm after Henry Rollins
11.23.2015
12:00 pm

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Amusing
Animals
Punk

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Henry Rollins
worms


 
In the never ending mashup of cool nerds and music enthusiasts, a group of scientists from the University of Bristol in the UK and the Natural History Museum in London have named a newly discovered species of particularly muscular fossil fireworms after D.C. hardcore punk rocker (who has worn many creative hats throughout the decades), Henry Rollins.

During a study of the fossilized remains of the Rollinschaeta myoplena (fossilization is a rare event in nature when it comes to worms) the team was able to determine the species was a close relative of earthworms and leeches as well as a member of the “fireworm” (or “Amphinomidae”) family. All of which (unlike Mr. Rollins), have soft bodies. Comparatively speaking, this worm’s got a six-pack, in worm terms.
 
Rollinschaeta myoplena
The fossilized remains of Rollinschaeta myoplena

According to Greg Edgecombe of the Natural History Museum, (the co-author of the study) this was the first time that “any fossil has been identified by its muscle anatomy.” Sadly, the Rollinschaeta is extinct so we can’t all run out and start a new hardcore punk rock worm colony in our basements.

No word on what Rollins thinks of all this, but he joins a growing list of musicians who have had animals speciesnamed after them like Lou Reed, whose name is now synonomous with a species of velvet spider known as Loureedia, David Bowie provided the namesake for a rare type of Malaysia spider, Heteropoda davidbowie, and Frank Zappa who had the distinct honor to have a jellyfish named after him, the Phialella zappai
 

 
Zappa has an even stranger claim to scientific immortality: a type of bacteria that causes pimples was dubbed Propionibacterium zappae:


 

Loureedia annulipes, an underground-dwelling genus of velvet spider discovered in Israel
 

 
‘Spider from Mars’: Heteropoda davidbowie, discovered in Malaysia in 2009.

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Giant sculpture of naked David Cameron ‘with a pig’ to be torched tonight
11.05.2015
09:36 am

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Amusing
Animals
Current Events
Politics

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David Cameron
pig


Photo by Steve Tremlett

I have to admit I kinda love this. In honor of Guy Fawkes Night, a giant paper sculpture of a naked David Cameron with a decapitated pig’s head will go up flames tonight on Lewes bonfire, in East Sussex.

Apparently #PigGate is still not over. Fuck him. The Prime Minister I mean, not that poor defenseless pig he (allegedly) molested

(Once we get footage of the burning “pig fucker,” I’ll add it to this post.)


Photo by Matty
 
via Metro

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A gorgeous pair of human-sized pneumatic wings
10.30.2015
11:20 am

Topics:
Animals
Design

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Alexis Noriega
wings


 
Wow, wow! Laughing Squid hipped me to these jaw-dropping pneumatic articulating feather wings by Alexis Noriega. They were made for her kickass Halloween costume. I can’t wait to see the final product. Noriega says she’s going to post a step-by-step tutorial soon so folks can build their own pair. Excellent.

I wonder how much time and money was put into this wonderful creation? Probably LOTS.

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