February 2, 2017

MIscellany #56

Best Drone Photos, Out Of 27,000 Contenders. #1 is Exploration by Hanbing Wang/SkyPixel

 Winner Best Drone Photo

English has 3000 words for being drunk: 'ramsquaddled’, ‘obfusticated’, ‘tight as a tick, etc.

There used to be 4 billion American chestnut trees, but they all disappeared The kings of the Eastern forest now die as shrubs.

 American Chestnut

Scientist cracks mystery of the frog’s powerful tongue. It’s called spit

....frog spit can change physical properties, transforming from a glue more viscous than honey to a thinner fluid and back again.The interplay between this reversible frog saliva and extra-soft frog tongues...allows the animals to capture meals in the amount of time it takes a human brain to think of and speak a word..

The home-schooled, self-taught teen who creates exquisite dresses, most historically inspired

Angela Clayton, 19, spends her days lost in eras bygone, designing and sewing dresses that look straight out of a Jane Austen novel or a 16th-century portrait. She also models the creations on her Web sites (including AngelaClayton.Crevado.com).

 Angela Crayton Dress

Garage Door Covers

 Garage Door Cover.Horses

There are Giant Clouds of Alcohol Floating in Space

Ten thousand light years from earth in a constellation far, far away, there is massive cloud of alcohol....1 000 times larger than the diameter of our solar system. It contains enough ethyl alcohol to fill 400 trillion trillion pints of beer.  It’s space booze.

How Trees “Talk” To One Another  Trees form complex relationships with one another to survive...

Forester Peter Wohlleben’s 2015 book, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World,  invites readers to understand the capabilities of trees as social beings who rely on a network to communicate amongst themselves, much in the same way as any group of people or animals might.    Wohlleben found that the groups of trees he studied formed friendships, used electric signals to communicate, and even kept their fallen comrades alive for several additional years, even centuries.

Shetland pony broke into pub, got drunk and had to be coaxed out with bar snacks  Video at link.

Your Dog Really Loves Reggae Music

 Reggae Dog  Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Goth Chicken Is Completely Black from Its Feathers to Its Bones


To call the Ayam Cemani the world’s most unique chicken is an understatement. The black chicken isn’t just dark, but it’s entirely black—down to its bones! Indigenous to Indonesia, these Goth fowls’ internal organs and muscles are also inky-colored. It’s eggs, however, are a pleasant shade of cream. ...  This blackness is caused by genetics, a mutation that “produces about ten times as much melanin [black pigment] as you’ll find in a normal chicken.” As a result, the Ayam Cemani’s feathers shine with iridescent greens and purples for a “riveting” effect.
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