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    • A perfectly preserved cake taken to Antarctica by a party in Captain Robert Falcon Scott's expedition over a hundred years ago has been found near the South Pole. 

      The fruitcake, made by former Reading-based biscuit makers Huntley & Palmers, was found in a remote hut in Antarctica wrapped in paper and encased in a tin.

      Remarkably, researchers from New Zealand charity the Antarctic Heritage Trust said the cake looked - and even smelled - like it was still edible. 

      Lizzie Meek, a manager from the charity, said the cake would have been an 'ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions' and is still a favourite on modern trips to the far south. 




      She added: 'With just two weeks to go on the conservation of the Cape Adare artefacts, finding such a perfectly preserved fruitcake in amongst the last handful of unidentified and severely corroded tins was quite a surprise.'

      It is believed the cake belonged to the Northern Party - a group that split off from Captain Scott's main party - because documents show they took the popular brand with him on the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition between 1910 and 1913.

      The cake was found on a shelf in a hut based at Cape Adare used by the Northern Party in 1911, which is the year the researchers believe it was left there.

      Scott and his team - who had left the Northern Party at Cape Adare - reached the South Pole in 1912, 34 days after their Norwegian rivals, but the entire party died on their return journey.

      But the Northern Party suffered its own troubles - it was moved from Cape Adare 250 miles south to Cape Evans in 1912, where they suffered from frostbite and hunger and were forced to eat seal meat.  

      Conservators have been working on Antarctic artefacts from Cape Adare since May last year and have accrued almost 1,500.        

      The huts at Cape Adare were built by the Norwegian Carten Borchgrevink's expidition of 1899 but later used by the Northern Party.

      They are the first buildings constructed in Antarctica and are set to undergo conservation work by Antarctic Heritage Trust workers. 

      But all objects taken from them - including the cake - must be returned after being spruced up, in accordance with rules governing the Antarctic Specially Protected Area.  





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    • GEORGE TOWN  - A Chinese temple in Penang has been drawing visitors from as far as Singapore for the past six months - thanks to four huge fishes.

      People have been queueing up for a chance to touch the fishes after many claimed that it has changed their luck and allowed them to even strike a small fortune in 4D after doing so.

      The Hean Leng Kong temple in Jalan Aziz Ibrahim, Sungai Nibong, is especially packed if the weekends coincide with the first or 15th day of the lunar month, considered as "good days".

      The fish is of the Arapaima gigas species - which can grow up to 2m and 200kg - and is known locally as the dragonfish.

      Considered one of the largest freshwater fish in the world, the species is not indigenous to the country and is from the Amazon basin in South America.

      Waitress Alice Tan, 60, said that after touching the fish, she struck third prize with the number 4093.

      The number 093 is for the goldfish in the Cheng Jee Tor (Thousand-Number Guide in Hokkien), a booklet of numbers from 000 to 999 representing an item or an action.

      Tan said one must first offer prayers to the God of Prosperity at the temple before touching the fish.

      "After coming into contact with the fish, you must use the water in the pond to wash your face, hands and legs.

      "Don't bathe or wash yourself until the lottery results are out. If you bathe, this means that you will wash away your ong (luck)," said Tan, who scooped a bottle of water from the pond to "clean" the number plate of her motorcycle in the hope of striking another number.

      Stall helper Kee Bock Cheng, 55, said she struck a small fortune after a friend recommended her the temple.

      "You must touch the fish from head to tail. If you only manage to touch the tail, this means you can only strike the bear sai (consolation prize in Hokkien)," she said. "If the fish doesn't come to you, this means that you are luckless."

      Kee said from her observation, only those who were lucky could come into contact with the fish.

      Landscape worker B. Muniandy, 36, said he joined in the fun only after seeing so many people trying to touch the fish.

      "Hopefully, I can strike it rich after this," he said.

      Temple vice-chairman Low Ah Lek, 70, said there used to be five dragonfish before one of them died after jumping out of the pond.

      The fishes, he said, were put in the pond by the temple's former chairman last year.

      "Word of mouth spread rapidly after some claimed that the dragonfish brought them luck. Even Singaporeans would come here to check out the fish. We've applied for a licence to keep the fish and it's still pending," he said.

       

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    • A cat in China has become an Internet sensation after it underwent what seemed like a double eyelid surgery, emerging with bigger eyes.

      Photos of Feifei - meaning Fatty in Chinese - posted on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, showed the feline in Chengdu before and after the surgery.

      Before the surgery, its eyes were droopy and half-closed, making it look lazy and grumpy.

      After the surgery, it was seen with stitches underneath its eyes. Another photo showed Feifei with fully opened eyes.

      The photos have been liked about 35,000 times since they were posted in the middle of this month.

      According to the Weibo user who posted the photos, the cat had to undergo the procedure as its eyelids were folded inwards.

      Veterinarian He Jinyi, who operated on Feifei last month, said the procedure was not a cosmestic one but a necessity. Feifei's condition could have caused irritation or infection if uncorrected, as its eyelashes were rubbing against its cornea, reported the Chengdu Business Daily.

      Feifei had been brought in by two animal welfare group volunteers who found it in March and noticed something wrong with its eyes, according to one of them, known only as Chen.

      Dr He shared that the problem was only discovered when Feifei was brought to the clinic, and the surgery, which cost almost 2,000 yuan (S$403), took about half an hour.

      Chen added that Feifei is now living with a local family.

      "The photos are a hit online because the changes in the cat's eyes are so dramatic," Dr He told Chengdu Business Daily.

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    • True blue flowers are a rarity in nature—they occur only in select species like morning glories and delphiniums. Now, researchers have created a genuinely blue chrysanthemum by adding two genes to the normally pink or reddish flower. The advance could be applied to other species—and it may mean that florists wanting to hawk blooms of blue will no longer have to dye them.

      “This [advance] is of great impact,” says Toru Nakayama, a plant biochemist at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, who was not involved with the work. There are several popular commercial species for which no true blue varieties exist, he notes.

      We all think we’ve seen blue flowers before. And in some cases, it’s true. But according to the Royal Horticultural Society’s color scale—the gold standard for flowers—most “blues” are really violet or purple. Florists and gardeners are forever on the lookout for new colors and varieties of plants, however, but making popular ornamental and cut flowers, like roses, vibrant blue has proved quite difficult. “We’ve all been trying to do this for a long time and it’s never worked perfectly,” says Thomas Colquhoun, a plant biotechnologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville who was not involved with the work.

      True blue requires complex chemistry. Anthocyanins—pigment molecules in the petals, stem, and fruit—consist of rings that cause a flower to turn red, purple, or blue, depending on what sugars or other groups of atoms are attached. Conditions inside the plant cell also matter. So just transplanting an anthocyanin from a blue flower like a delphinium didn’t really work.

      Naonobu Noda, a plant biologist at the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization in Tsukuba, Japan, tackled this problem by first putting a gene from a bluish flower called the Canterbury bell into a chrysanthemum. The gene’s protein modified the chrysanthemum’s anthocyanin to make the bloom appear purple instead of reddish. To get closer to blue, Noda and his colleagues then added a second gene, this one from the blue-flowering butterfly pea. This gene’s protein adds a sugar molecule to the anthocyanin. The scientists thought they would need to add a third gene,

      “That allowed them to get the best blue they could obtain,” says Neil Anderson, a horticultural scientist at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul who was not involved with the work.

      Chemical analyses showed that the blue color came about in just two steps because the chrysanthemums already had a colorless component that interacted with the modified anthocyanin to create the blue color. “It was a stroke of luck,” Colquhoun says. Until now, researchers had thought it would take many more genes to make a flower blue, Nakayama adds.

      The next step for Noda and his colleagues is to make blue chrysanthemums that can’t reproduce and spread into the environment, making it possible to commercialize the transgenic flower. But that approach could spell trouble in some parts of the world. “As long as GMO [genetically modified organism] continues to be a problem in Europe, blue [flowers] face a difficult economic future,” predicts Ronald Koes, a plant molecular biologist at the University of Amsterdam who was not involved with the work. But others think this new blue flower will prevail. “It’s certainly an advance for the retail florist,” Anderson says. “It would have a lot of market value worldwide.”

      As for Noda and other scientists, the blue blooms mean that at long last, they understand the biochemistry of this remarkable color.

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    • Early July, as part of Ágitagueda art festival, hundreds of umbrellas are hung over promenades in the streets of Águeda, a municipality in Portugal. The beautiful tradition started only 3 years ago, but has already earned world fame for the place.

      The installation not only adds a vibrant splash of color to the otherwise plain streets, but also creates a much needed shade from the heat.

       

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    • Swiss wildlife photographer Franco Banfi and a team of scuba divers were following a pod of sperm whales off the coast of Dominica Island in the Caribbean Sea, when suddenly the large creatures became motionless and fell into vertical slumber. This phenomenon was first discovered only in 2008, when a team of biologists from the UK and Japan inadvertently drifted into a group of sperm whales floating just below the surface, completely oblivious to their surrounding. It was only when one of boats accidentally bumped into one of the whales, did the animal woke up and the entire pod scurried off.

      Until then it was thought that sperm whales, like other toothed cetaceans, slept with one side of their brain turned on to do important things that require physical activity, such as swimming or coming to the surface to breathe or avoid predators. It’s like keeping one eye open at all times, never fully letting their guard down.

      The 2008 incident suggested that whales might sleep with both sides of the brain turned off. The researchers also discovered that whales take short, but periodic, bouts of sleep throughout the day with periods ranging between 6 and 24 minutes, but drift into deep sleep for only about 7 percent of the time. These these brief naps might be the only time the whales sleep, which would make sperm whales possibly the least sleep-dependent mammals known to man

       

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    • Most trees grow vertically straight, but under challenging conditions where individuals have to compete for light, or when mechanical stress is intense, trees may grow at an angle.

      Araucaria columnaris, or Cook pines —named after Captain James Cook, whose second voyage around the globe carried the first botanists to classify the tree— is a tree endemic to New Caledonia in the Melanesia region of the southwestern Pacific Ocean, but have since been planted in temperate, subtropical, and tropical areas throughout the world. When grown outside of its native range, the Cook pines have a pronounced lean that’s so ubiquitous that it is often used as the identifying characteristic for the species. But until recently, nobody paid much attention to which direction it leaned or by how much.

      Matt Ritter at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo was researching the Cook pine for an upcoming book on the urban trees of California, when he realized that the pines always leaned south. To ascertain whether that’s always the case, he rang up a colleague in Australia and was surprised to learn that the trees down under leaned north.

      Intrigued, Matt Ritter and his team expanded their efforts and studied 256 Cook pines scattered across five continents ranging from latitudes of 7° and 35° north, and 12° and 42° south. They found that the trees always leaned towards the equator, and the magnitude of the lean increases the further they went from the equator. On average, the trees tilt by 8.50 degrees, although one specimen in Australia was found to be leaning at nearly 40 degrees.

      It’s not clear why the Cook pines exhibit this peculiar behavior, but the researchers feel it’s due to phototropism—the same phenomenon that causes houseplants to lean towards the sun. It’s possible the Cook pines bend themselves to better catch the slanting rays of sunlight at higher altitudes. In most trees, the tendency to lean towards the sun is counterbalanced by their sensitivity to the Earth’s gravitational pull, a phenomenon called gravitropism, that keep trees upright. The researchers speculate that the Cook pines might be lacking this ability.

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    • Protecting crops from raiding elephants is not an easy task for Africans farmers where wild elephants often roam free, until a group of British researchers working in Kenya made a remarkable discovery —elephants are naturally scared of honey bees. Zoologists found that elephants would quickly move away if they heard so much as the sound of a buzzing hive. These elephants have even adopted a special call used to warn the rest of the herd when they are in the vicinity of bees.

      So Oxford zoologist Lucy King and his colleagues took the idea to its logical conclusion —the creation of a fence containing beehives. This so called ‘beehive fence’ was first deployed as a test in Kenyan farms by a charity organization called “Save the Elephants”. Farms were fenced off by nine beehives hung under small thatched roofs. Each beehive was placed ten meters apart and were linked together by wire. Researchers found that farms protected by beehives had far less human-elephant conflict than unprotected farms.

      That was in 2002. Beehive fencing is now a growing phenomenon in Africa and Asia. The fences are easy to make using only locally sourced materials, and they cost a fraction compared to the cost of concrete barriers and electrified fences. Even with the hives empty of bees, elephants are wary of nearing them as the smell of the hives is enough a deterrent. The hives are connected by wires so that if an elephant tries to cross the barrier, the interconnecting wire shakes the hives releasing the bees.

      The resident communities also benefit from the bees, through the harvest and sale of honey. Pollination work of the bees can also increase biodiversity and even increase the yield of the crop that they protect.

      Researchers are not sure why elephants are scared of bees, because an elephant’s skin is too thick for bees to cause any damage. But there are areas where bees can do sting elephants, for example, around eyes and inside of the trunk. It’s possible that elephants avoid bees to prevent such an experience.

       

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    • Usually, when we think about cats, we think about how easy their lives are - eat, sleep, and play, all day long. But have you ever thought about the actual struggles they face? Especially first world cats.

      From feeling absolutely crushed after their human closes the bathroom door to spending all day catching a mouse yet their human still doesn't eat it - the struggles are real.

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    • Street art is there to surprise and inspire us, to shake up the often dull urban environments in which it can usually be found in order to give us a fresh perspective on our otherwise familiar neighborhoods and streets. But sometimes street art goes one step further than that by not only altering the world around it, but actually interacting with it. Check out the pictures below to see what the mean.

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    • If anyone tells you that posing near a sculpture is boring, it's only because they don't know how to do it properly. The sculptures are alive, and you only need to turn on your imagination to see that. To illustrate what it means, they have collected this list of funny images showing how creative people can be. The sculptures are taking selfies, shaving their armpits and even beating the poor tourists.

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    • PETALING JAYA: If you are ever in California and see a four-wheel drive go by with a “Kopi O” licence plate, relax.

      He’s not that kind of “kopi-O licence” driver Malaysians are all too familiar with, but someone showing how much he loved his time in Malaysia while announcing his favourite drink to fellow motorists.

      After returning home from a round-the-world trip, 29-year-old Scott Burkhalter decided to register the personalised plate, or vanity plate, because he developed a taste for kopi-O (black coffee) on his visit here and also as a reminder of his travels.

      “I love coffee, and since my car is black and the new vanity plate is in California’s classic black, I thought black coffee would be the most suitable.

      “Getting that in English would be fine, but I thought it would be more unique to get something related to my travel experiences. ‘Kopi O’ was the perfect choice!” said Burkhalter, a tow truck driver for a police department.

      During his 26-month trip, Burkhalter and his girlfriend visited Australia, South-East Asia, India and Europe.

      They visited peninsular Malaysia last year and wanted to leave after only three weeks as they did not feel a strong connection to the country.

      However, things changed when they were invited by outdoor travel company Radak Adventure to volunteer at the company’s guest house in Gopeng, Perak.

      “We helped prepare the Gopeng Guesthouse for its opening, worked at the riverside camp for the company, enjoyed observing Ramadan with our crew, and had plenty of kopi O,” Burkhalter said.

      “Two months went by and I grew to love Malaysia. I made lots of new friends and developed a deeper understanding of local life.”

      Radak Adventure founder Mohd Hasrol Kamis, who introduced the drink to Burkhalter, said the adventurous American drank kopi-O every morning.

      “Today he texted me. He said he just got a new car, a new job in the US, so he will put ‘Kopi O’ as his licence plate to show that he really loves and wants to come back to Malaysia,” Mohd Hasrol said.

      Burkhalter said his relationship with kopi-O was love at first taste.

      “Beverages, and how to order them, are unique to Malaysia. The first time I ordered kopi-O, I didn’t know exactly what I would get, and like all the other drinks (in Malaysia), I loved it immediately,” he said.

      After leaving Malaysia to continue his travels, he felt a need to return to Gopeng to see his friends and savour the food again before going back to California.

      “We returned to Malaysia once more before ending our long trip to see Gopeng Guesthouse open and running, and reunite with our friends, and of course indulge in the amazing food!”

      Burkhalter may have left Malaysia, but with “Kopi O” on his car, he will always have a reminder of the country with him wherever he goes.


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    • They’re beautiful when alive but once they shrivel up and die, things get a bit creepy.

      Meet the Snapdragon flower seed pod which bears the stark appearance of a human skull (or a human face screaming in agony).

       

      The Snapdragon flower (aka Antirrhinum or dragon flower) can be found in many household gardens and gets its name from its flower which resembles a dragon’s head (squeeze the snapdragon flower and the “dragon” mouth will open and close making it “talk”). Yet once the flower has died it leaves behind a seed pod with the macabre appearance of a human head

      The Snapdragons name (Antirrhinum) comes from the Greek words “anti,” meaning like, and “rhin,” meaning nose.  Many years ago, people thought the plant possessed mystical powers and would place them around their homes to shield the house from curses and witches. In Victorian days, the flower was a symbol of deception, suspicion, and mystery. Legend has it that concealing a snapdragon in your clothes makes a person appear fascinating, gracious, and cordial.  Today they are a favorite in gardens around Europe, United States, and North Africa because, well, they look like dragon heads!

      If you are itching to grow one, know that they are cold-season plants that do best in the sunlight. You can plant them right before the spring season starts. Keep them well watered for the first few weeks and after that, give them about 1 inch of water every week. When grown, they stand from 6 inches up to 3 feet tall. When dead they’ll leave behind the creepy tokens you can collect for display.

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    • Shocking images show people turning into ‘zombies’ after taking drug Spice



      Men and women in a comatose state are believed to be victims of a dangerous new strand of the former ‘legal high’, which combines a mixture of herbs and potent chemicals.

      A bus driver, Gavin Rodda, took the images at Wrexham bus station in Wales last week, where he described the people like something out of the horror series ‘The Walking Dead’.





      ‘They are clearly not in control of their body while under the influence of this drug and they are within a few steps of moving buses in a busy bus station which sees around 11,000 people pass through it each day’, 

      The 27-year-old said he started noticing an increase in drug users hanging around the bus station two years ago, while Spice was still legal.

      Earlier this week shocking pictures emerged of people passed out in the street after allegedly taking the drug.

      They were filmed in Manchester where there has been a surge in emergency admissions to hospital as a result of the drug.

      One man who said he took it said: ‘I have used it for about two years. It’s cheap in bundles and they are going for daft prices.

      ‘Heroin users are saying it’s the worst stuff going. It’s dangerous.’

      However, there are fears that a more dangerous strand of the drug is now circulating on the streets of Manchester.

      A blanket ban was imposed on all legal highs in Britain, May last year. This included Black Mamba which has similar side effects to Spice.

      Senior lecturer in criminology at the University of Manchester, Robert Ralphs, told Mail Online that the drugs have the ‘physically addictive qualities of heroin and the psychologically addictive qualities of crack.’

      Spice and Black Mamba is described as a ‘crumbly, green mix’ that can be smoked or made into a tea.

      Former user, Carl, told Mail Online he became addicted after buying a packet from a shop selling legal highs.

      He said: ‘It’s awful to come off it — you rattle. I’ve tried to get off it, but it’s harder than gear [heroin].

      ‘I smoke this because it’s better for me than injecting with needles — better for my health.’

      Police are said to be patrolling the streets at night looking for potential users.

      Video footage emerged yesterday allegedly showing a prisoner getting high in his cell at HMP Buckley Hall in Rochdale by smoking Spice through a makeshift pipe.







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    • New Delhi - Shakeel Ahmad wanders the cramped alleyways of Old Delhi offering water from a goat hide canteen slung over his shoulder, a centuries-old service welcomed by thirsty vendors toiling under the baking Indian sun.

      Ahmad is one of last Bhishtis, a community of water carriers fading into history after generations of quenching thirsts in Delhi's old quarter.

      Bhishtis have been supplying businesses, pilgrims and passersby with swigs from their swollen canteens since the Mughals ruled India, an era before piped water sounded the death knell for their trade.

      "I spent my childhood doing this. My ancestors too spent theirs," Ahmad told AFP at the footsteps of Jama Masjid, a towering mosque built at the height of the Mughal empire.

      "Now I am the last. I'm not sure if my children, if the next generation, will do this or not."

      For centuries, Bhishtis have sourced water from an underground basin deep beneath the warrens and Mughal-era monuments of Old Delhi -- a bustling quarter hidden away from the modern Indian capital that grew up around it.


      Inside a small Sufi shrine, Ahmad -- like countless Bhishtis before him -- draws water from a deep well, filling his large goat skin canteen known as a mashaq to the very brim.

      "The water in this well hasn't stopped since it was dug," said Ahmad, gesturing to the murky depths of the pit below. 



      "It dried up just once when construction began on the Delhi metro... But then it just came back on its own."

      It is back-breaking work hauling a full mashaq around the crowded, cobbled streets in the blistering Indian summer, where daytime temperatures regularly exceed 40 degrees celsius.

      A full canteen carries roughly 30 litres -- enough to earn a Bhishti a mere 30 rupees ($0.50), a pittance for the hard labour involved.

      "My children will find it difficult to do this job. I am the last (of my family)," Ahmad said.

      The advent of piped water, and cheap bottled options, has decimated their business, but there's still a handful calling out for Ahmad as he treads the lanes with his dripping flagon.

      Old shopkeepers, parched in the midday sun, cup their hands for a mouthful of water, while street vendors have him fill cooling units and drink buckets to ward off the worst of the heat.



      Problems with the piped water supply -- not an unusual occurrence in the creaky old neighbourhood -- is a godsend for Ahmad, even if a nuisance for everyone else.

      "When they have their regular supply, no one bothers to call," Ahmad said.

      Business may not be booming but tourists and pilgrims still double take when they see the elderly Bhishti in his white Muslim tunic and prayer cap carting his water skin, a flashback to a bygone era.

      "Many people are amazed to see that this profession still exists... that something from the time of the kings still exists. They are surprised and happy to see us," he said.


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    • £9k will get you a pair of 24 carat gold Aussiebums – or you can win a pair.

      Australian brand Aussiebum has just designed and manufactured what they claim is the world’s most expensive underwear.

      The 24-carat gold yarn was created in Germany, knitted into a fabric in Queensland, and now it is on sale for the princely sum of AUD $14,695 – nearly nine thousand British pounds – or a few hundred 3 pacjs of Calvin Klein briefs.

      The trunks were designed by Aussiebum founder Sean Ashby, and one pair has already been sold, to a “huge fan of the brand” who wishes to remain anonymous. Sean Ashby, perhaps?

      “The Gold Rush era was one of the most exciting and prosperous times of Australian history. I’m mesmerized by the thought that people travelled from around the world to seek their fortunes in Australia. Now, people don’t have to travel down under to find their fortunes, they can find it online at aussieBum.com.”

      Says Ashby.

      And still feel great “down under”, no doubt

      “If you doubt yourself, wear something else”, is the company mantra. Don’t think you can pull off 24 carat gold undies? Us neither, even if they do come with special “ENLARGEIT” technology, which sounds kind of handy, and should you win, the trunks will be tailor-made to fit your waist.

      Aussiebum say they sold more than one million pairs of underwear in the last financial year – they won’t be selling a million of these however.

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    • Claw machines are one of the most popular arcade games in China.

      However, a shop has put live cats in one of its claw machines, sparking an outcry among the internet users. 

      A recent video clip shows the machine, located in an unspecified city, allows customers to try picking up the cats and dropping it into the funnel.



      The footage, which captures a man playing the claw machine, has drawn extreme comments on the social media.

      The machine has a sticker near its funnel, which said 'Master, bring me home'.

      One man can be seen moving the claw towards the white cat.

      As the video continues, one of the cats sitting at the back was alerted. It looked scared when the claw started to move towards it.

      The claw hit the neck of the white cat, but it failed to pick it up.

      The cat escaped, but the cats in the machine seemed to be frightened.




      It is unclear whether or not the machine belonged to a pet shop. 

      Web users have different opinions towards the video. 

      Some web users were tempted to try the machine with live felines as they were interested to see the cats' reactions.

       'Look at the cat's shocked face, how cute,' said  web user with the screen name 'Songhua107s'.

      'I want to try! Tell me where is this and I will bring some toys,' said another user 'k1ng'.

      But animal lovers disagreed and blamed the owner of the machine for the animal rights.

      'The sharp claw will hurt the cats! I am scared,' said user 'Auztheplanet'.

      'The cats were scared!' Another user, 'fantassyso', commented

      Other people felt such a marketing stunt has already brought negative mental impact on the cats.



       

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    • When it comes to pets, people around the world don’t always mean dogs, cats or birds — few have a love of exotic animals too. From iguanas to lizards and even snakes, people love adopting unusual animals, including tarantulas! Yes, the creepy, scary hairy arachnids. Well, now imagine living with not one or two about 1,500 of them.

      Meet 28-year old Ming Cu, a woman from Indonesia who has been collecting tarantulas since 2010 as a hobby. But with time her interest grew and now she shares her home in Bandung City with 1,500-odd spiders. She even started out a website called Spider Lover Pet Shop to sell the unusual pets online in 2012, and has a large base of consumers.

      According to reports, Cu’s obsession with tarantulas began when she found a beautifully coloured tarantula in her backyard. She only took some photos of it, but the more she looked at the pictures, the more fascinated she became with the eight-legged creatures. She started looking for sellers online and finally got her first one and before she knew it she had built quite a collection. With so many pets, came great care and a proper setup to nature and store her pets and in the past seven years, Cu has spent over $55,000 on tarantulas.

      The business venture started out with a friend who has quit over time, but Cu still is in awe with the insects, even though she has been bitten “several times.”

      Cu also breeds the eight-legged creature and admits there are difficulties. “The challenge in breeding and keeping thousands of tarantulas is that I’m actually doing it alone, at first, and so it takes me time, personal time, there is no me time at all,” she told Ruptly.

      The Indonesian spider enthusiast, who graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology in Product Designing, keeps her hairy pets in jars and glass terrariums and sources them from around the world.

      Her bizarre obsession has also earned her fame and is known as “Queen Tarantula”, a nickname she’s quite proud of it.

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    • Birdy & Roades - Let it all go

      Jasmine Sokko - 1057

      Within Temptations & Tarja - Paradise

      Eclipse - Never look back

      Sandro Cavazza - What is feel like, Don't hold me

      Louisa Johnson - So good

      Honey Blood - Super Rat

      DNCE - Cake by the ocean, Kissing strangers

      Jojo Siwa - Boomerang

      The Unity - No more lies

      Rimi Natsukawa - Nada sou sou

      Rock Goddess - It's more than rock n roll

       

      If music is the food for the soul, play on.....

       

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    8,182 posts since May '05
    • A resident of England was able to take a picture of an albino squirrel, living in a city park. But the image of the small mammal with a rare mutation does not look as nice as you can imagine. Instead, I remember that they are often compared to conventional urban mice.

      Tim Clifton from Sussex was able to take pictures of a rare albino squirrels, which they have seen several times in the Hastings town park. When the man realized it, he at first did not understand what kind of animal, and rodents mistaken for a seagull. Identified a protein, Tim took some pictures while she begged the man for a meal (like the usual urban protein).

      -When I saw him, I could not believe it. I thought how big he is. I sat down on the bench, and he came up to me. He looked at me as if to say, “You have something for me-Mr. Said Clifton’s publication.