The Mysterious Catatumbo Lightning
The Catatumbo Lightning (Relámpago del Catatumbo) is a fascinating natural phenomenon located on the mouth of the Catatumbo river in Venezuela. It is a cloud-to-cloud lightning that forms a voltage arc more than five kilometer high during 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours a night, and as many as 280 times an hour. With its cloud-to-cloud discharge intensity and great frequency, it is considered the greatest single generator of ozone in the planet and some local environmentalists hope to put the area under the protection of UNESCO.
Freaky Tree Climbing Goats
These tree climbing goats can be found in Morocco. They only climb these specific trees to eat argan fruit which is like an olive. Farmers often follow these herds of goats to collect nuts which they spit out and make argan oil out of them. Argan oil is used in cooking and cosmetics.
Freaky Toilet Restaurant
This weird restaurant called Marton Theme Restaurant is located in Taiwan. It has a toilet theme with colorful toilet seats as dining chairs. The restaurant is named after the Chinese word “Matong” for toilet and is doing really well. Most of their customers think the restaurant’s disgusting theme makes the dining experience really fun.
Strange Two-Headed Turtle
This strange creature used to be a mascot for an animal shelter in New York, before it was stolen only a few days earlier of being featured in the local newspapers.
Freaky Vegetarian Spider
Bagheera Kiplingi, a South American species, eats leaf buds and is thought to be the only non-carnivorous spider out of about 40,000 species. Its diet includes nutritious wild acacia plants and it has no need to spin a web to catch preys.
Tuna Eyeball As Food
Here is a picture of tuna eyeball as food, which is eaten in Japan and China.
Freaky Foot-Binding Tradition
The origin of a foot-binding tradition called lily feet is uncertain. But it is believed that it appeared during the Five Dynasties (907–960).
According to legend, a king asked a lady-in-waiting named Ruiniang to bind her feet and dance on a golden lotus flower, so it was called three-cun lily feet. After that, the custom of foot-binding emerged. But this custom ceased after the founding of New China, and shoes for lily feet entered the museums.
(Source: Chinese Shoe Culture Museum)
Smallest Horse in the World
This little horse named Thumbelina was born to Paul and Kay Goessling, who specialize in breeding miniature horses. But even for the breed, Thumbelina is particularly small: she is thought to be a dwarf-version of the breed. At just 60 lb and 17-inch tall, she is the world’s smallest horse.
Freaky Giant Camel Spider
The story of the Giant Camel Spider (Arachnid Solifugae) is told by the United States Servicemen in the Persian Gulf War and afterwards from the Iraq War. It was said that a giant camel spider crawled into the sleeping bag of a soldier, biting the man while he was asleep. Fortunately, the giant desert camel spiders native to Iraq aren’t venomous. It uses its claws to catch its prey, which is never bigger than the arachnid itself.
Freaky Orchid Mantis
The Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus Coronatu), is a variety of flower mantis usually found in Indonesia and Malaysia. The unique bug camouflages itself in orchid flowers, waiting for other delicious bugs to prey on.
Freaky Transparent Frog
The Glass Frog or Crystal Frog (Hyalinobatrachium Pellucidum) is called such because you can see through its transparent flesh (including its guts). This frog is endangered, so this finding is heartening for environmentalists.
Hyalinobatrachium pellucidum, also known as the glass frog or see-through frog is a species of frog in the Centrolenidae family. The frog is named for its skin which is translucent to the point that internal organs and surfaces immediately behind the frog can be seen. It is endemic to Ecuador. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist mountains and rivers. It is threatened mostly by habitat loss, although conservation programs have begun to help save this interesting creature. This frog is about the size of a fingernail.
Largest Frog in the World
The Goliath Frog (Conraua Goliath) is the largest species of frog on Earth. It can grow up to 13 inches (33 cm) in length, and weighs up to 8 lb (3 kg). This animal has a relatively small habitat range, mainly in West Africa (near Gabon). The Goliath Frog can live up to 15 years and eats scorpions, insects and smaller frogs.
Smallest Frog in the World
Although higher altitude usually means larger animals, the world’s smallest known frog species lives high in the Andes Mountains of southern Peru, between 9,925 and 10,466 feet.
Freaky Dragon Blood Tree
The Dragon Tree (Dracaena Cinnabari) is a strange-looking, umbrella-shaped tree native to the Socotra archipelago. It is also referred to as the Dragon Blood Tree and Socotra Dragon Tree. Its red sap was the dragon’s blood of the ancients, sought after as a medicine and a dye. It was first formally described by Isaac Bayley Balfour in 1882.
Most Resistant Plant in the World
Namibia’s plant, Welwitschia Mirabilis can truly claim to be one of its kind. It can survive up to five years with no rain and consists of only two leaves and a hard stem with roots. These plants can grow to be almost 2 meters high and 8 meters wide and their estimated lifespan is 400 to 1500 years. The plant is said to be very tasty either raw or baked in hot ashes, and this is how it got its other name, Onyanga, which means onion of the desert.
Freaky Bottle Tree
Baobab is the common name of a genus (Adansonia) containing eight species of trees, which is native to Madagascar and also known as the Bottle Tree. Not only do they look like bottles, but these trees typically store around 300 liters of water! It is no wonder why they often live for over 500 years!
Largest Flower in the World
There is one exotic and rare plant you wouldn’t likely want to grow anywhere near your garden no matter how cool it is. That would be growing the largest flower in the world. This exotic, very rare, though may not be pretty, rust colored flower is called Rafflesia Arnoldii.
Rafflesia Arnoldii, is the biggest individually produced flower in the world. It gets to be 3 feet across and weighing a whopping 15- 24 pounds. That’s pretty darn big but still you would not like this flower in your perennial bed. Why not? If you could mimic a rainforest type environment for this plant, it gives off a most offensive odor when in bloom. This scent is somewhat like rotting meat. This is why it is often called the Corpse Plant by some natives of Indonesia where it originates.
Freaky Shy Plant
Mimosa Pudica (pudica = shy), or the Sensitive Plant, is literally shy: the leaves fold inward and droop when touched or shaken and reopens within minutes. The species is native to South America, Central America and Southeast Asia countries.
(One of) World’s Smallest House
The really small house pictured above is located in Toronto, Canada. It has a living room, a kitchen and a bedroom. The entire house is built on a parcel of land 7.25 feet wide and 113.67 feet long and its interior surface is just under 300 square.
Tree House Sold For £7,600
Tree houses are meant for children, but this “log cabin” has been sold on eBay after being advertised as an ideal home for fist-time buyers.
The property – which is 42 ft in length is sold for £7,600 on the online auction website.
It even comes with an already attached wheels so the new owners can tow it to wherever they want it to be.
But anyone attracted by the idea of living inside a tree should not get too excited – the home may look like a hollowed-out trunk but has actually been constructed from plywood, foam and fibreglass.
The tree house was originally used to promote environmental tourism on the Australian island state of Tasmania but was put up for sale earlier this month by its most recent owner, the entrepreneur Alan Jennison.
The cabin sparked a small-scale bidding war between two interested parties after being featured in the local press, eventually selling for AU $14,000.95.
Freaky Spiderman Lizard
The Rock Agama (Agama Mwanzae) which is native to Kenya is almost uncannily like that of the Marvel superhero, and comic book fans have been flocking to exotic pet shops to snap them up. It is unable to throw webs, but can change colour. The brightly coloured males will change brown at night or change if they are frightened. They can also run on their hind legs, and like Spidey, can scale vertical walls.
Agamas like the Spider-Lizard, as it has become known make good pets, as they become tame and docile if handled regularly. However, they require specialist equipment in the UK to maintain their temperature.
It can grow up to a foot long, and the squeamish may find it a problem to feed – a balanced diet for an agama includes locusts, crickets, mealworms and waxworms.
Talented Dog Who Paints
Tillamook Cheddar is a Jack Russell Terrier from New York, also known as the world’s most regarded canine artist, she has already had seventeen solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe.
The artist’s primary process is a dynamic color transfer technique. In preparation for each of Tillie’s works, her assistants assemble a touch-sensitive recording device by affixing pigment-coated vellum to a sheet of lithograph paper backed by mat board. The artist takes the prepared “canvas” in her mouth and brings it to her workspace. Working on the outside surface, she applies pressure with teeth and claws in a methodic ritual marked by dramatic shifts in tempo and intensity. The resultant sharp and sweeping intersecting lines complement the artist’s delicate paw prints and subtle tongue impressions, composing an expressionistic image that is revealed on the paper beneath when she is finished. She works with shocking intensity, sometimes to the point of destroying her creations.
Freaky Cat Who Predicts Death
Oscar was adopted as a kitten from an animal shelter and grew up in the third-floor dementia unit at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The unit treats people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and other illnesses, most of whom are in the end stage of their illnesses (where death is imminent) and are generally unaware of their surroundings.
After about six months, the staff noticed that Oscar, just like the doctors and nurses, would make his own rounds. Oscar would sniff and observe patients, then curl up to sleep with certain ones. What surprised the staff was that the patients with whom Oscar would sleep would generally die within two to four hours after Oscar’s arrival. One of the first cases involved a patient who had a blood clot in her leg that was ice cold at the time. Oscar wrapped his body around her leg and stayed until the woman died. In another instance, the doctor had made a determination of impending death based on the patient’s condition, while Oscar simply walked away, causing the doctor to believe that Oscar’s streak (12 at the time) had ended. However, it would be later discovered that the doctor’s prognosis was simply 10 hours too early – Oscar later visited the patient, who died two hours later.
Oscar’s accuracy (currently standing at more than 25 reported instances) led the staff to institute a new and unusual protocol – once he is discovered sleeping with a patient, staff will call family members to notify them of the patient’s (expected) impending death.
Most of the time the patient’s family has no issue with Oscar being present at the time of death; on those occasions when he is removed from the room at the family’s request, he is known to pace back and forth in front of the door and meow in protest. When present, Oscar will stay by the patient until he or she takes their last earthly breath – after which Oscar will sit up, look around, then depart the room so quietly that one barely notices.
Abilities aside, what makes his “last hour” companionship more puzzling is that Oscar is described by Dr. David Dosa as “not a cat that’s friendly to [living] people.” One example of this was described in his NEJM article. When an elderly woman with a walker passed him by during his rounds, Oscar “[let] out a gentle hiss, a rattlesnake-like warning that [said] ‘leave me alone.
Extreme Frog-Like Baby
On 2006, this bizarre-looking baby was born in India, attracting a huge number of onlookers to witness the astonishing sight.
The bizarre baby, however, died after half an hour of its birth, Suntali, the mother, informed. It was taken to the hospital after its death. The news about such a baby being brought to the hospital spread like wildfire and there were hundreds gathered at the hospital to have a look. The police had to be deployed to control the crowd.
Extreme Three-Armed Baby
This 2-month-old baby from Anhui Province, China, was born with a third arm on 2006. Doctors successfully removed the extremely rare and well-developed third arm, but the baby required long-term physical therapy to gain function in his remaining hand, which has no palm and flexes in either direction. “We’re hoping to exchange information with doctors who’ve dealt with similar cases anywhere in the world,” said Chen, head of the orthopedics department at Shanghai Children’s Medical Center. “This is so rare that we have virtually no information to go on.
Extreme One-Eyed Baby
On 2006 in India, this baby was born with a only one eye. Medical staff who helped deliver the child believe that the child’s condition was caused by an experimental anti-cancer drug. Another cause written in the report by the hospital was that it could also be the result of a chromosomal disorder. The child was diagnosed with a rare chromosomal disorder, known as cyclopia. She was born with a single eye in the center of her forehead, no nose and her brain fused into a single hemisphere. With such severe deformities, it was a miracle that the girl survived even a few minutes after delivery. The baby died days later.
Largest Baby in the World
On 2007, a Siberian woman gave birth to her 12th child and was stunned to find that little Nadia weighed in at a massive 17.1 lb (7.75kg). “We were all simply in shock,” said Nadia’s mother, Tatyana Barabanova, 43. “What did the father say? He couldn’t say a thing – he just stood there blinking.” “I ate everything, we don’t have the money for special foods so I just ate potatoes, noodles and tomatoes,” she told the reporter, adding that all her previous babies had weighed more than 5 kg.
Tiniest Baby in the World
On October 24th 2006, Amillia Taylor was born at 21 weeks and six days. No baby born at less than 23 weeks gestation had ever survived, but 10 ounce Amillia was able to pull through (and even was trying to breath and cry on her own at birth).