A few curious things

November 7, 2007 at 3:00 am Leave a comment

Lalida photo This week I’m having a bit of a rest. No reading on surveillance or privacy issues (do I hear a collective sigh of relief?!). No reading on climate change – I’ve been delving into the work of meteorologist and hurricane expert, William Gray, who appears to refute climate change due to human activity and prefers to believe that global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated. He has some theory that the increasing evidence of wild and furious hurricanes is due to fluctuations in the Thermohaline Circulation (THC) – still trying to get my head around all this. A future post.

But while researching, I have come across some interesting and curious bits and pieces. So today’s post brings you a few of the ones I’ve saved up.

Now, what do you think this is a picture of? Not the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen that’s for sure. But apparently it’s a bit like a cockroach. Sort of can’t be destroyed. You can boil them (eeewww), zap them with radiation, hang them out to dry in exposed harsh, open spaces, freeze them, fling them into space and after 200 years, they’ll still be alive. Mmmmm…..sounds like a few people I’ve had to report to in my working life! Indestructible. Organisation never gets rid of them. But this is a photo of a tardigrade AKA water bear (much better name) or moss piglet (not so great name). Never heard of it; never seen one. But they can live in extreme weather conditions. They were discovered in 1773 by aquatic zoologist, Johann August Ephraim Goeze. These little critters are everywhere in the world. They can be found hanging around at 6000 metres in the Himalayas or enjoying a spot of swimming in deep ocean at 4000 metres below sea level. They grow to about 1mm. Here are some more photos of these very curious water bears:

I must say I find them strangely attractive! And if you cook one at 181 degrees Celsius for a couple of minutes, here’s what it looks like:

Awesome! Once we’ve finished stuffing up the planet, guess these creatures will be the only thing left standing. Oh and maybe cockroaches and a few managers I’ve had to work with. Source: Dark Roasted Blend.

I love LOLCats – totally ridiculous stuff but I love them. But I can’t believe that someone is actually translating the Bible into LOLCat and using a wiki to undertake the task! Known as the LOLCat Bible Translation Project, some people with an awful lot of time on their hands are busy translating the Bible into kitty pidgin (which is the language of LOLCats in case you didn’t know). From what I can tell, the photo below started the whole thing off and someone thought why not tackle the whole Bible from a different perspective.

So here’s a taste of Genesis 1 translated into kitty pidgin:

1. Oh hai. In teh beginnin Ceiling Cat maded the skiez An da Urfs, but he did not eated it.

2. Da Urfs no had shapez An haded dark face, An Ceiling Cat rode invisible bike over teh waterz.

3. An Ceiling Cat sayz, i can haz lite? An lite wuz. 4. An Ceiling Cat sawed teh lite, to seez stuffs, An splitted teh lite from dark but taht wuz ok cuz kittehs can see in teh dark An not tripz over nethin. 5. An Ceiling Cat sayed light Day An dark no Day. It were FURST!!!1

6 An Ceiling Cat sayed, im in ur waterz makin a ceiling. But he no yet make a ur. An he maded a hole in teh Ceiling.7 An Ceiling Cat doed the skiez with waterz down An waterz up. It happen.8 An Ceiling Cat sayed, i can has teh firmmint wich iz funny bibel naim 4 ceiling, so wuz teh twoth day.

Should you wish to learn correct pronunciation of kitty pidgin, go here to listen to an audio version of Genesis 1. Okay this is probably enough to get me back onto reading about privacy and surveillance issues!! There is also a LOLCat Church. The picture accompanying this post is a cat in Thailand – possibly the only cat on the planet that hasn’t appeared on icanhascheezburger.com!

Sources: icanhascheezburger.com; LOLCat Bible; The Presurfer





Entry filed under: Animals, Curiousity, LOLCats, Wikis.

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