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And you thought picnic ants were a bug problem…

Australia is known around the world for its large and deadly creepy crawlies, but even locals have been shocked by the size of the giant venomous spiders that have invaded an Outback town in Queensland.

Scores of eastern tarantulas, which are known as “bird-eating spiders” and can grow larger than the palm of a man’s hand, have begun crawling out from gardens and venturing into public spaces in Bowen, a coastal town about 700 miles northwest of Brisbane.

via Giant spiders – Times Online.

There’s more at the link, complete with pictures.

May 6, 2009 Posted by | animals | , | Comments Off on And you thought picnic ants were a bug problem…

Hotfoot floor

Mount Etna
Image by DBarefoot via Flickr

An Italian family fear their house could be haunted after the floors mysteriously got so hot they began to ‘boil’. It happened on Sicily which is home to the almost constantly erupting Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanos.

But Italian experts say there were no geological or scientific reasons for the freak temperatures at the family’s home in Riesi.

Temperatures reached more than 100 degrees and the surfaces were so hot steam was coming from them.

Terrified mum Maria Fiandaca said: “The floor was getting hotter all week but then it suddenly started boiling and we called the police and the firemen.”

“It is very frightening,” said a neighbour. “When science and the natural world have no answers you have to think it was the supernatural world getting in touch.”

via Ananova

Maybe they need different “experts.” If you lived on an island with a nearly continuously erupting volcano and the floor of your house began to get hot and steam, wouldn’t you suspect that maybe the volcano was suggesting that you get out?

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Holy Salami!


A south Florida woman found scorch marks on her fried salami that she believes spell “God” and is now trying to figure out how to preserve the “holy” meat. Funny, it looks like it spells “Goo” to me.


May 6, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on Holy Salami!