China has been offering bizarre souvenirs for some time, however these living keychains go too far from quirky to inhumane.
Little, live animals, for example, turtles, fish, salamanders , and frogs are caught in a little plastic air pocket loaded with water, beads, and other decorations. The air pockets are scarcely sufficiently huge for the animals to move so they simply stay there suspended. One vendor told CNN that the water contains crystallized oxygen and other nutrients to keep the small animals alive for a few days.
The vendor advises people to free the animals after the air runs out so the creatures don’t die, but obviously that doesn’t always happen. Besides, the best case scenario here is that these animals are freed, and then end up as pets to unprepared owners.
These trinkets have been met with a lot of backlash from animal activists, who condemn then as “unnaturally cruel.” The psychological cruelty of trapping a living creature in a plastic bubble filled with glitter is immeasurable. There’s even a Facebook page called “Like if You’re Against Living Keychains” where they circulate petitions to stop the cruelty these tiny creatures are subjected to.
It’s just another way human beings try to profit off of the weak and vulnerable. What do you think? Should these keychains be banned? Or is it harmless? Let us know!
The truth is stranger than fiction, sometimes there are such incidence or acts/objects that defy the comprehension boundaries of a human being yet these unbelievable facts exist, forcing us to shed our previously held beliefs, widening the windows of our knowledge. These 22 facts are the incontrovertible proof that sometimes bizarre is normal.
1. This mind-bending illusion is called Anamorphic Illusion. It’s all about perspective!
Anamorphism is an optical illusion, a form of art that dates back to 1500’s. This painting technique causes a distortion of an image and requires the viewer to see the image from a particular angle to get the perspective of the whole image. It is considered to be the 3D tech of its time as it allowed the objects to be portrayed with depth(something that could not be done in any other way).(source)
2. Researchers have printed the tiniest color picture ever, this picture measures 80 µm x 115 µm. That’s about the cross-sectional area of a human hair.
Researchers from ETH Zurich and it’s start-up company Scrona have created the smallest inkjet printed color image of a clown fish around their sea Anemone home using the innovative 3D NanoDrip printing technology. The image is the size of a single pixel and has been created using quantum dots – nanoparticles engineered to emit a specific color. These quantum dots provide depth and vibrancy to the color. The printed color picture is so small, one requires a special microscope to see it.Guinness World Records have announced that Scrona Ltd. and the ETH Zurich are the official World Record Holders for the smallest inkjet-printed color image.(source)
3. Michael Jackson’s autopsy report confirms that he was bald and wore wigs to conceal it.
The autopsy on the King of Pops’s Michael Jackson revealed some shocking details about the last days of the legend. The singer had shrivelled away to a mere 112 pounds and there was virtually no food in his stomach apart from partially dissolved pills. There were numerous needle marks on his hips, thighs and shoulders believed to have come from the painkiller injections. His hair had fallen out and was reduced to a fuzz, Michael had taken to hiding his bald pate with a wig.(source)
4. An Indian construction worker has surprisingly survived being impaled by a two-metre iron rod that skewered his skull.
When it comes to “Infinity” and cosmos, these Facts about the universe remind us what can be categorized as incomprehensible and sometimes unbelievable. We are a tiny bunch when compared with the unending vastness galore in the universe. So sit down tight, hold on to your hats and read what are some absolutely incredible facts about space.
25. You are as old as the universe because matter cannot be created or destroyed.
According to a study by Australian researchers at the Australian National University, there are 70 sextillion stars in the universe. To put it into perspective, the figure contains 7 followed by 22 zeros. The team of researchers calculated one strip of sky- using two of the world’s most powerful telescopes, one at the Anglo-Australian Observatory in northern New South Wales state and one in the Canary Islands- and within one strip of sky, some 10,000 galaxies were pinpointed and detailed measurements of their brightness were taken to calculate how many stars they contained. (Source)
23. Not only are there rogue planets floating through space completely alone, not orbiting any stars, but it’s possible that these pitch-black lonely planets support life.
Rogue planets- the name which is given to those planets that drift out into space away during the chaotic birth of their solar systems-have been theorized to support life. According to Caltech planetary scientist David Stevenson, if these rogue planets retained a hydrogen atmosphere, they could stay warm enough to have liquid water on their surface. This would enable them to have a subsurface ocean without an atmosphere. This essentially means that humans can live on such planets that do not have sunrise or a sunset due to their lack of tethering with any star. (Source)
22. The largest galaxy in the observable universe is elliptical galaxy, IC 1101. It has 100 trillion stars and is 6 million light years in diameter! By comparison, the Milky way has a mere 100 billion stars and is 100,000 light years in diameter
IC 1101 is classified as the biggest galaxy in the observable universe which is estimated to be at a distance of 1.04 billion light years away from Earth. IC 1101 has a diameter of 6 million light years (1 light year = 5.9 trillion miles) and is known to house 100 trillion stars. If our galaxy were to be replaced with this colossal galaxy, it would swallow up both Magellanic clouds, the Andromeda galaxy, the Triangulum galaxy, and almost all the space in between. The reason for its insanely unimaginable size is due to the process of smaller galaxies getting attracted to one another and colliding over billions of years, thereby, creating extremely large galaxies. (1, 2, 3)
21. 100,000,000,000 solar neutrinos pass through every square inch of your body every second.
“Flux’ is something that is used by Scientists to measure the rate of flow of material and similarly it is used to measure the number of solar neutrinos that reach us on the earth. The solar neutrino flux for us on Earth is about 65 billion neutrinos, passing through just one square centimeter of area on earth, every second. This means that every second, about 100 trillion neutrinos are passing through our body since we are also transparent to them. To go further with this fact, over the course of our lifetime, about 10^23 neutrinos will stream through our body – that’s almost a trillion trillions. Talking about the mass of these neutrinos, it is postulated that a combined weight of about 10-13 kilograms of neutrinos will stream through our body over the course of our lives. (Source)
20. The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles) from Earth. In the photograph, Earth is shown as a fraction of a pixel (0.12 pixel in size) against the vastness of space.
What is about animals that we love so much? Is it their lack of guile or the fact that they have survived so far. Our admiration for the animal prods us to acquire more animal facts. There are some facts that come as an expected surprise and some that stun us. Here are 18 astounding animals facts that will leave you asking for more.
1. There exists a species of Kangaroo that lives in the trees. Known as Tree Kangaroo or Matischie Tree kangaroo, they are restricted to Papua, Papua New Guinea, and Australia.
The endangered Tree kangaroo is restricted to the rain forests of West Papua, Australia, and Papua New Guinea. Matschie’s live in mountainous rain forests at elevations of up to 3,350meters. The tree kangaroos do not sweat! They lick their forearms and allow the evaporation to cool their body.
The Matschie tree kangaroo can leap 18 meters (60 feet) to the ground from trees without getting injured.(source)
2. “Devil worm” – A new species of nematode live 2.2 miles below the surface of the earth.
Image Courtesy: GAETAN BORGONIE, UNIVERSITY GHENT
Devil worm is a new nematode species. They were found in a gold mine at depths of 2.2 miles. Scientists previously believed that only microbes lived in those depths. The Isotope dating of the water hosting these microorganisms revealed that the nematodes were 3000 to 12,000 years old.
The deep living organism can withstand high heat and extreme pressures.(source)
3. The Aquatic Sea Anemone resembles a flower. But they are a carnivorous animal that feeds on small fish and shrimp.
Scientists have found that mammals and birds avoid the pylons because they see them as a row of flashing lights. The regular flash of lights is not visible to human eyes. But the animals are able to see the ultraviolet and are terrified by it.(source)
5. Blue whales vocalizations are the loudest sound made by any animal. Blue whale sounds can be heard at a distance of 800 km (500mi).
The Blue whales communicate regularly by sound. Sound travels better in water than in air. Divers have reported that the vocalization of blue whales can be ‘felt’ more than heard. They make a deep low-pitched sound that can be heard at a distance of over 500 miles. The low-pitched rumbling has been recorded as high as 188 decibels at one mile away from the source of the sound.(source)
Whether you are someone who believes that the Universe always has a plan or someone who believes in taking life as it comes, real-life and historical coincidences have always been events that surprise even the best of us. So, here is a list of coincidences that are so unbelievable that you’d write them off as bad writing had they been used in a movie script…
1. BBC reporter asks man if he remembers 1967 Everton vs Liverpool derby. He replies: “I played in it!”
Tommy Lawrence was an ex-Reds goalkeeper and represented Liverpool between the years 1957 and 1971. He was also a fan favorite among the Anfield faithful and had a nickname “the flying pig” because of his ability to dive around the penalty area despite having a heavy frame.
The BBC reporter was interviewing the public before the Merryside derby about the 1967 game and had a pleasant surprise when the gentleman answered that he had played in it. (source)
2. The sun and moon appear to be the same size because of an astonishing coincidence: The moon is 400 times smaller but 400 times closer.
Our solar system exists as a result of many events that took place since it was born, including the exact placement of the planets, their satellites and orbits. And it so happens that there is another such unique geometrical relationship between the Sun, the Moon and the Earth. The apparent sizes of the Sun and the Moon are roughly the same when viewed from Earth, which is one of the reasons why we have complete solar eclipses. However, since the orbits are elliptical, the Moon has a 10 percent difference between its near and far points.(source)
3. In 2001, a ten-year-old named Laura Buxton, released a balloon with her name and address in the hope of finding a pen pal. The balloon traveled 140 miles before coming down and was found by an almost-ten-year old also named Laura Buxton. They share a number of other similarities.
It all began when Laura Buxton’s grandfather encouraged her to have a bit of fun with one of the helium balloons at her grandparents’ 50th anniversary. Laura wrote her name and address with an instruction to write back to her which resulted in a unique coincidence when another girl with the same name found it and they became pen pals. Their name isn’t the only similarity they share. They both have a 3-year-old female Labrador, a rabbit and a guinea pig. They are both of almost the same age, the same build and eye color.(source)
4. A burglary suspect was left embarrassed when he realized that the judge presiding over his case was his middle school playmate!
An unexpected reunion occurred when Mindy Glazer, a judge in Miami, was presiding over a burglary and theft case. When she saw Arthur Booth, the man on the stand, she calmly asked him if he had been to Nautilus Middle School. Then he recognized that they used to play football back in school and broke down emotionally because of the circumstances in which they had met again. According to his cousin, he used to be a scholar and an athlete before drugs took over his life and he turned to crime.(source)
5. In 1913, Hitler, Stalin, Trotsky, Tito and Freud all lived within a few miles of each other in Vienna, with some of them being regulars at the same coffee houses.
The time before the First World War was the golden time for intellectuals in Vienna. Many people, including Stalin and Trotsky sought solace in the city. Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, was already well established there, while Tito sought employment and good times there. Adolf Hitler, who was at that time 24, was twice rejected by the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and so lodged in the city. In the Viennese coffee-houses, intellectual discussions and debates were quite common, and were a melting pot for the who’s who of the intellectual world. So, not just these five, but there might have been even more such people who frequented those cafes.(source)
6. This 3,000 year old Egyptian bust mildly resembles Michael Jackson.
The Egyptian bust belongs to the New Kingdom Period which existed between 1550 BC and 1050 BC, around the same time as the famous Egyptians Ramesses and King Tut. The limestone statue has slightly gaunt cheeks, big slanted eyes, a thin and tipless nose which strikingly resemble the King of Pop. The bust’s popularity raised significantly when he died in 2009 and his fans blogged about it because of the resemblance. To protect the statue, the museum officials have put it in a glass case and banned visitors from touching or kissing it.(source)
7. A man named Walter Summerford was struck by lightning 3 times in his life. After his death, his gravestone was also struck by lightning.
Though hundreds of lightning occurs every day all over the world, being struck by one of them is definitely not a pleasant experience. Major Walter Summerford was a sportsman who was struck by lightning three times when he was alive and a fourth time on his grave. Another man named Roy Sullivan, a park ranger who spent most of his working time outdoors, was struck by lightning seven times.(source)