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Bird? Reptile? Mammal? All three?

If it has a bill and webbed feet like a duck, lays eggs like a bird or reptile but also produces milk and has a coat of fur like a mammal, what could the genetics of the duck-billed platypus possibly be like? Well, just as peculiar — an amalgam of genes reflecting significant branching and transitions in evolution.

More at “Platypus Genome”

May 7, 2008 Posted by | animals, Strange | | 1 Comment

He didn’t notice this before he bought it?

A German court has ruled car maker Volvo has to pay compensation to a man who claimed his feet were too big to use the accelerator on his new car. A judge in the southern German town of Wiesloch said the car makers should have catered for Michael Herzog’s size 12 feet.

He went to court complaining the area around the accelerator of his new Volvo C70 coupe was too small to accommodate his feet. The court ruled his feet were not abnormally large and the judge said the dealer should give the German five per cent off the price of his new car.

Link to “Volvo puts foot in it”

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I couldn’t resist posting this

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Nessie’s cousin? The Lake Pepin Sea Monster.

There’s one creature in Minnesota that’s so hard to track that $50,000 reward is out for proof it exists. Ever since the 1800s, residents around Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minn. say they’ve spotted a sea monster. They call him, Pepie.

“It was very strange,” said Larry Nielson, who says he’s seen the mysterious creature. “We watched it for quite a while and we watched it for about 15 minutes and could not figure out what it might be.”

Steve Raymond shares the same story. “Now, I’m the third person who’s reported it. I distinctly remember three humps, with one hump looking like a head,” recalled Raymond about his experience on Lake Pepin.

The first sighting of the creature was in April 1871. An artist has tried to show what the monster, with a hypnotic red-eye and demon-like head, might look like. It’s said to live within the depths of Devil’s Abyss.

“So you never know what you’re going to see out here,” said Nielson. “There have been stories of something mysterious here.

More at ‘Capture’ It For $50,000

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