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News Mash: Afraid of bugs, then NOT afraid of bugs, but then? Afraid of bugs again.

Many people have this issue.

Don’t like bugs…

Afraid of bugs even, are a tad bit phobic?

Check out these amazing pictures…

They may just change your mind.

[via GizmodoEthereal Insect Photographs Will Cure Your Phobia of Bugs

Malaysian photographer Lee Peiling created images so fantastic, it feels like you’re peering into another world.

A world populated with helpful praying mantises and ants ready to lend a helping hand.

The photographer utilized the Bokeh photography technique to achieve the ethereal quality of the macro-photos. The bokeh technique emphasizes the aesthetic quality of out of focus areas and how those blurred areas render light.

The highlights in those blurred areas usually produce a halo of light.

[...] [Lee Peiling via Colossal] [Read More]

So…

How’d it work?

Think of bugs a bit differently now…

Do you think they are not so bad and nothing be afraid of?

Good.

Now…

Think again!

[via Geekologie] This shrimpy looking beast was dragged up from the ocean floor 4-miles down off the coast of New Zealand. But it’s not a shrimp, it’s an amphipod, a group of insect-like organisms that rarely grow larger than a sea-monkey. [...]

…These tiny animals don’t often grow more than 1cm in length, except the Supergiant viariety of course, which can exceed 11 inches head to tail. “They actually don’t feel real,” Alan Jamieson, University of Aberdeen lecturer and expedition leader, told OurAmazingPlanet of the November 2011 find. “They feel like plastic toys. They have a waxy texture to them.”
The creature, along with other specimens, was captured in a deep-water trap located four miles down in the Kermadec Trench, one of the deepest on Earth. “We pulled up the trap, and lying among the fish were these absolutely massive amphipods, and there was no inkling whatsoever that these things should be there,” said Jamieson.

No kidding, Alan. Didn’t you ever stop to think that maybe you didn’t expect them to be there because they SHOULDN’T have been there? Know what I’m saying? [Read More]

OK, Mother Nature…

You scary!

Just what are you up to with this fiendish, insecticidal beast?

Should we be worried?

*duh*

Immortal Vampire Or Brain Hungry Zombie? What Are You?

Should we believe our eyes? 

Maybe.

   via io9.com Was Nicolas Cage a vampire during the Civil War? This $1,000,000 photograph holds the answers

Do you sit around wondering if the fellow née Nicolas Kim Coppola is an immortal Confederate soldier who feasts on human blood?

Then have I got an eBay purchase for you, pilgrim!

Behold this recent auction titled “Nicolas Cage is a Vampire / Photo from 1870 / Tennessee”:Original c.1870 carte de visite showing a man who looks exactly like Nick Cage.

Personally, I believe it’s him and that he is some sort of walking undead / vampire, et cetera, who quickens / reinvents himself once every 75 years or so. 150 years from now, he might be a politician, the leader of a cult, or a talk show host.

 

 

This is not a trick photo of any kind and has not been manipulated in Photoshop or any other graphics program.

 It’s an original photo of a man who lived in Bristol, TN sometime around the Civil War.I’ve had a lot of questions asking where I purchased this.

As followers of my website know, I collect antique memorial photography – images of dead people – from the 1800s.

This photo was found in the very back of album that contained an unusual number of Civil War era death portraits (which is why I purchased it). All of the other people in the album, living and dead, were identified by name – this man was not.

Photographer is Professor G.B. Smith. A contact of mine forwarded this interesting article (link) about the photographer, Smith. Turns out he was a confederate Civil War prisoner of war photographer.

Guaranteed to be an original 1860s-70s photograph and not a modern reproduction, copy or photo manipulation.

Cage has dabbled in vampirism before and is a man to speak in phantasmagoric riddles, so Nosferatuness isn’t a total improbability. Read more 

 What do you think?

Is it him or not?

Nicolas Cage is a vampire?

This obsession with vampires and zombies is not new.

The people of 8th century Ireland were afraid of zombies, too

via io9.com What’s the best way to keep the dead from un-deadifying?

Sure, these days we do it by bashing their brains in — but back in the 8th century, people did it by ramming a rock between their teeth.

A team of researchers led by archaeologist Chris Read recently discovered two skeletons at a burial sight in Ireland with large stones jammed forcefully between their jaws.

“One of them was lying with his head looking straight up.

A large black stone had been deliberately thrust into his mouth,” said Read, head of Applied Archaeology at the Institute of Technology in Sligo, Ireland.

“The other had his head turned to the side and had an even larger stone wedged quite violently into his mouth so that his jaws were almost dislocated.”

When Read and his colleagues first unearthed the curious remains, their initial guess was that that the stones had been placed as a preventive measure against vampires, who were once believed to be capable of spreading the plague by gnawing on their burial shrouds.

But the skeletons were dated to the 700s — which would put the dates of their burials about 800 years prior to the widespread emergence of vampirism in European myths.

In this case, the stones in the mouth might have acted as a barrier to stop revenants from coming back from their graves,” explained Read.

Revenants (which is just an awesome way of saying zombies) were believed to be capable of coming back to life and seeking revenge on members of the living. But in order to do so, their bodies required the spark of reanimation:”

[The mouth] was viewed as the main portal for the soul to leave the body upon death,” explains Read. “Sometimes, the soul could come back to the body and re-animate it or else an evil spirit could enter the body through the mouth and bring it back to life. Read more

In a passage in his epic poem The Giaour (1813), Lord Byron alludes to the traditional folkloric conception of the vampire as a being damned to suck the blood and destroy the life of its nearest relations:

But first, on earth as vampire sent,
Thy corse shall from its tomb be rent:
Then ghastly haunt thy native place,
And suck the blood of all thy race;
There from thy daughter, sister, wife,
At midnight drain the stream of life;
Yet loathe the banquet which perforce
Must feed thy livid living corse:
Thy victims ere they yet expire
Shall know the demon for their sire,
As cursing thee, thou cursing them,
Thy flowers are withered on the stem.

But . . .

If you are Keanu Revees no need to worry,

You are already immortal.

Day And Night, Night And Day,They Are The Same Edition

Day is full of light,

While night is full of darkness, right?

Right.

But why?

Why is there day and night?

via StarChild.gfsc.nasa Clearly, when you see the Sun shining in the sky, it is day, and when you don’t it is night. So the real question is “why is the Sun in the sky at some times and not at others?”

We can see that the Sun seems to move across the sky starting in the east in the morning, moving toward the south at noon, and then toward the west as the day ends. How does this happen?

Long ago, people believed many weird things about the Sun and how it traveled across the sky. The ancient Greeks believed that the Sun rode across the sky in a chariot drawn by four white horses driven by the god Heleius!

These days, we know that the Sun appears to move across the sky because the Earth rotates on its axis.

So how does the turning of the Earth lead to the Sun’s motion across the sky? It is easy to see this if you shine a bright light on the side of a globe in a darkened room. Find where you live on the globe.

Now slowly spin the globe on its axis so that if you look down on the north pole, it is rotating counterclockwise.

Watch what happens to the place where you live. Do you see that it is sometimes pointed toward the light (which represents the Sun) and sometimes away from the light?

 So, how fast does the Earth have to rotate in order to make one complete spin in 24 hours? At the equator, the Earth is rotating at a speed of about about 2200 kilometers per hour. Good thing we human beings can’t feel this motion! 

Day and night are the part of the same circle.

Recently, the photographers made pictures that  capture day and night in the same frame.

via mymodernmet.com Photographer Stephen Wilkes has created a project called Day to Night where he merges together beautiful day and night photos of various iconic New York places seamlessly into one. How does he do it? For a minimum of 10 hours, he photographs one scene from the same perspective until he captures day to night within a single frame. 

His wonderful series will be on display at Chelsea’s Clamp Art Gallery in New York starting September 8 and ending October 29. If you’re in the area between those dates, make sure to check it out.    

 

This photo of a bridge in Finland has both a night sky and a cloudy day. (Photo: Christoph Baumann / Gizmodo.com)
Here, Church Street Station in Orlando gets the day to night treatment.
 
Night and day, light and the darkness are two parts of the same coin. 
If you are still unbeliever listen to the Old Blu’ Eye Frank Sinatra   
 
 
And then to Harry Connick jr.
 
 
They are like Night and Day.

If you missed the March 19th Supermoon, check this out!

Otherwise detained (by work) I missed the supermoon.

Luckily though, there are numerous pics of said moon that make up for it, like THIS one…

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Click the link and check out other amazing supermoon shots and live the magic all over again!

Voldemort to take out Justine Bieber?

Yes…

Indeed he is.

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Yeah, yeah…

Before you say it?

Yes, I know whoever made this spelled ‘Voldemort’ wrong in the Tweets. But it’s cool, I appreciate the effort and I love the message.

Get the Biebs.

Even from Lady Gaga, and you know how big a fan I am of that (Wow – Great aim!)…

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Strange alliance – AR propping Gaga? Sure.

But in an effort to defeat evil…

We do what we gotta do.

Forewarned Biebs…

Forewarned.