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Here’s looking at you: giant squid has world’s largest eyes

Lots more at Giant squid eyes

Marine scientists studying the carcass of a rare colossal squid said Wednesday they had measured its eye at about 11 inches across — bigger than a dinner plate — making it the largest animal eye on Earth.

One of the squid’s two eyes, with a lens as big as an orange, was found intact as the scientists examined the creature while it was slowly defrosted at New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa. It has been preserved there since being caught in the Ross Sea off Antarctica’s northern coast last year.

“This is the only intact eye (of a colossal squid) that’s ever been found. It’s spectacular,” said Auckland University of Technology squid specialist Kat Bolstad, one of a team of international scientists brought in to examine the creature.

“It’s the largest known eye in the animal kingdom,” Bolstad told The Associated Press.

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April 30, 2008 Posted by | animals | , , | Comments Off on Here’s looking at you: giant squid has world’s largest eyes

Dung beats out meteorite at auction

dung sells – Yahoo! News

(The image is of the meteor,  not the dung.)

meteorite

Some dinosaur dung was snapped up at auction in New York even as a 4.5 billion year old meteorite which was supposed to top the sale went unsold. The two chunks of 130-million-year-old coprolite, otherwise known as fossilized dinosaur dung, fetched $960 (482 pounds) at Bonhams in New York on Wednesday, the auction house said.

The Jurassic-era rocks were sold for more than double their maximum estimate, said spokeswoman Staci Smith.

A 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite, on which a Chinese desert hiker habitually ate lunch before he discovered it was valuable, failed to meet the minimum reserve however. Bonhams had expected the space rock to sell for $2.25 million to $2.75 million.

April 30, 2008 Posted by | Astronomy, People | , , , | Comments Off on Dung beats out meteorite at auction

Today’s Quote

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
George Orwell
English essayist, novelist, & satirist (1903 – 1950)

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Is your name Marsters? Do you know anything about this man?

Pacific islanders’ West Country accent

Researchers have discovered why the entire population of a tiny Pacific island speaks with a West Country accent. It’s because they’re all descended from one Gloucestershire man, William Marsters, a carpenter and barrelmaker who settled there in 1863.

Researchers had long been puzzled by the strong rural drawl spoken by the 63 inhabitants of Palmerston Atoll, reports the Daily Telegraph. Now linguists have matched their accent to that of their very distant cousins 12,000 miles away in Gloucestershire.

Mr Marsters had four wives, 17 children and 54 grandchildren on Palmerston Atoll, one of the smallest and most remote of the Cook Islands, before his death in 1899.

John Roberts, a former BBC journalist, is researching his story and wants to contact anyone who thinks they may be related to Mr Marsters to solve the mystery of his origins.

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Mr. Roberts is from Warrington, Cheshire but I have no further information on contacting him.

April 30, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Is your name Marsters? Do you know anything about this man?

Blind (and) drunk driver.

Blind drunk driver

Estonian police were shocked after stopping a car in a city centre and finding the driver was not only drunk but also blind.

Traffic police in the southern Estonian city of Tartu said Kristjan Gradolf, 20, who is completely blind, was being given directions by a pal in the passenger seat.

A breath test revealed Gradolf was two and a half times over the legal drink drive limit.

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Crime tip: Aim high, but not this high. And leave the pot and gun home.

Star-Telegram.com: $360 billion check

An aspiring record label owner is singing the blues after he was arrested last week for allegedly trying to pass a $360 billion check at a Fort Worth bank. Employees at the Chase Bank…grew suspicious after seeing all those zeroes (10 to be exact) and called the check’s owner…

[Charles Fuller] was arrested on suspicion of fraud, along with unlawfully carrying a weapon and possession of marijuana after officers found less than 2 ounces of the drug and a .25-caliber handgun and magazine in his pockets.

While inside a patrol car, police say Fuller blurted out that he is starting his own record label and had been given the money by his girlfriend’s mother to help him start it.

April 30, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook | , , | Comments Off on Crime tip: Aim high, but not this high. And leave the pot and gun home.

He bit a police car?! (Did I mention he was drunk?)

More at WISH TV 8:

A Ball State professor is under arrest after fighting police officers,slamming a door on an officer’s knee and biting the police car Saturday night in Muncie, Indiana.

But the part that is most fun is that he called 911 himself.

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Need a haircut? Flirt with girls and get one free.

Lancashire Evening Post

Men who flirt publicly with women in northern Saudi Arabia are to be punished by being given haircuts. Prince Fahd bin Badr ordered police to administer the trims after seeing a group of men with long hair pestering female students as they left school in the town of Skaka.

April 30, 2008 Posted by | People, Strange | , | Comments Off on Need a haircut? Flirt with girls and get one free.