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Giant Species of Hornet Kills Dozens in China

The insect responsible for the deaths is the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia). This species of hornet has a 6 millimeter stinger that injects its victim with venom containing a neurotoxin that is powerful enough to dissolve human tissue and make holes in our flesh.

The Asian giant hornet is the largest species of hornet in the world. They can grow up to 1.5 inches and the queens can grow up to two inches. These wasp-like creatures can be found specifically in China, Korea, Japan, India, and Nepal.

In China, quite a number of people are being stung by hornets. Since July of this year, 42 people have died and about 1,675 have reported more minor suffering from being stung by hornets.

source 1, 2

As someone who is allergic to bees, wtf. Human tissue dissolving neurotoxin?!

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Parisian Dreaming

I had a dream the other night.

We were just outside Paris for some reason or other.  Near enough to see the Eiffel Tower from where we were, but not quite in the city.

We stood there on a bridge looking at the Eiffel Tower from a distance, and I said to Eric, “I wish we could go to Paris city proper.  It’d be neat to see the Eiffel Tower. I know it’s smaller than it looks in all the pictures, but there are some really nice streets I want to visit, and I hear there are some great boulangeries there that I’d like to try.”

This complete stranger was standing next to us and said “You don’t want to go there. That’s where you get the clap.”

Completely nonplussed, I can’t help but stare at this stranger and all I can manage to utter is “What?”. Dream self even felt the expression of ultimate confusion form on my face.

The stranger said “You know what the Moulin Rouge is like.”

I realise that he misheard boulangerie and somehow thought I was talking about the Moulin Rouge. Which I suppose do sound kind of similar.  And I find myself stuttering “Oh, um. I meant like a bakery. Not a place of entertainment.”

At this point, I think I broke my own brain. The dream kind of stopped abruptly while brain did a stacktrace to find out what the hell just happened.

When I later recounted this dream to Eric, he burst out laughing and there were some slanderous slurs against the sanctity of my brain function. Couldn’t really dispute it though.

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Seriously? This is a thing? You can’t use clotheslines in the US because it’s unattractive?

I believe this warrants a “what is this, I don’t even”.

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(via tudozsido, davidberes):
He really wasn’t so close to the finish that he could just start cruising… Good going, guy in blue.

(via tudozsido, davidberes):

He really wasn’t so close to the finish that he could just start cruising… Good going, guy in blue.

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poochin:

オフィスでの護身術から恋愛術まで!八極拳などの中国拳法を日常生活で使ってみた。(livedoor) - MOVIE ENTER~映画情報サイト - livedoor ニュース

I’m really confused about this article.  I think the headline says “From self-defence in the office, to the art of romance! See how you can use the Eight Extremities Fist Chinese martial arts in everyday life.”
And then it goes on about how a ministry investigation has revealed an increasing trend in violence in everyday life. So here’s an introduction to martial arts techniques you can use in everyday places from the office to your love life.
Of course, my Japanese is pretty horrendous at the moment. It could be that I’ve just really badly translated the whole thing, but come on, look at that animated gif. I’m pretty sure I’m close.

poochin:

オフィスでの護身術から恋愛術まで!八極拳などの中国拳法を日常生活で使ってみた。(livedoor) - MOVIE ENTER~映画情報サイト - livedoor ニュース

I’m really confused about this article.  I think the headline says “From self-defence in the office, to the art of romance! See how you can use the Eight Extremities Fist Chinese martial arts in everyday life.”

And then it goes on about how a ministry investigation has revealed an increasing trend in violence in everyday life. So here’s an introduction to martial arts techniques you can use in everyday places from the office to your love life.

Of course, my Japanese is pretty horrendous at the moment. It could be that I’ve just really badly translated the whole thing, but come on, look at that animated gif. I’m pretty sure I’m close.

(via tofu)

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rhodeskc:

I’ve had one bad experience with a big dog in Woodinville, but for the most part I only ever seem to encounter dogs while riding with someone else. Usually it goes down something like:
“Oh hey, a dog” “ARF ARF ARF” “You’re on your own, buddy!!!” *pedal off laughing*
The Woodinville encounter was different though. The young man was walking a dog that was barking aggressively, heckles raised and he looked at me before deliberately letting go of the leash after I’d ridden past on the Sammamish River Trail. He might have laughed, but I wasn’t paying attention.  I jumped off the bike, lay it down on the grass as quickly and gently as I could between the dog and I & pulled my Spyderco out of my pocket. Once the knife was out, the dog walker quickly realized I wasn’t going to stand for that shit and ran after the dog, which was now barking about 2 ft from the bike, while I stood on the other side of the bike.  It took him about 20s to get to the dog and pull it back on the lead, at which point I put the knife away, berated the owner and called 911 with a description of the owner, the dog and the direction they were headed in.
I found out later that he’d been terrorizing a bunch of cyclists on the trail, and that several people had emailed the work cycling alias about the dog chasing after them. The cops never did anything about it.

I believe this sort of behaviour calls for a photograph of the jerk to be put on the internet, and/or sent to the local community paper as a public awareness notice. After you are safe from mauling, of course.
This kind of behaviour is disgusting.  And the poor dog who has such an awful human.

rhodeskc:

I’ve had one bad experience with a big dog in Woodinville, but for the most part I only ever seem to encounter dogs while riding with someone else. Usually it goes down something like:

“Oh hey, a dog” “ARF ARF ARF” “You’re on your own, buddy!!!” *pedal off laughing*

The Woodinville encounter was different though. The young man was walking a dog that was barking aggressively, heckles raised and he looked at me before deliberately letting go of the leash after I’d ridden past on the Sammamish River Trail. He might have laughed, but I wasn’t paying attention.  I jumped off the bike, lay it down on the grass as quickly and gently as I could between the dog and I & pulled my Spyderco out of my pocket. Once the knife was out, the dog walker quickly realized I wasn’t going to stand for that shit and ran after the dog, which was now barking about 2 ft from the bike, while I stood on the other side of the bike.  It took him about 20s to get to the dog and pull it back on the lead, at which point I put the knife away, berated the owner and called 911 with a description of the owner, the dog and the direction they were headed in.

I found out later that he’d been terrorizing a bunch of cyclists on the trail, and that several people had emailed the work cycling alias about the dog chasing after them. The cops never did anything about it.

I believe this sort of behaviour calls for a photograph of the jerk to be put on the internet, and/or sent to the local community paper as a public awareness notice. After you are safe from mauling, of course.

This kind of behaviour is disgusting.  And the poor dog who has such an awful human.

(Source: cyclistthings)

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"A German student “mooned” a group of Hell’s Angels and hurled a puppy at them before escaping on a stolen bulldozer, police have said."

BBC News - Puppy thrown at German biker gang

(via Michael - FB):

Writers, you can stop now. Someone has now crafted the world’s greatest opening sentence.

I’m sad that a puppy had to be harmed for this opening sentence to come into being. But it really is a work of art.

Also:

"After making his getaway on the bulldozer, he had driven so slowly that a 5km tailback built up behind him on the motorway."

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legitimate rape

I read about this in the Australian news today. I don’t even know where to begin.

Does he think there’s a switch in your body that goes “Far out, is this rape? Is it legitimate rape. Let’s see. Did the human consciousness I’m attached to say ‘no’ when she really means ‘yes’? I’m not sure. Well… actually, she seemed like she really meant it. Right then, blocking all reproductive operations now!”

Is this the state of the American education system? That a man his age has nfi how the human body works?  Or did he completely skive off during the human biology bits? Does he also think that virgins can’t get pregnant when they have sex for the first time?

And he said he was advised this by doctors. Which doctors? Can we have their names so that we can ensure they never practice ever again?

amandapalmer:

“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin said, referring to conception following a rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”

-representative todd akin on abortion in the case of rape.


whole article here:

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-rep-todd-akin-no-pregnancy-from-legitimate-rape-20120819,0,7447581.story

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theresalighton:

worldfamousprofessor:

thelandofwtf:

Finishing off my drink when something tickles my lip, look down to see a huge fucking NOPE taking a dip. 

this is exactly the moment when i would have killed myself

I know a few people whose worst nightmare this would be. I’d be far more upset if it was a wasp/bee/bluebottle, personally.

If this were me, we’d be one mug down, and one brown milky smear on the opposite wall up.  There may also be some very girly screaming and an overturned chair.
There would also be no photo.

theresalighton:

worldfamousprofessor:

thelandofwtf:

Finishing off my drink when something tickles my lip, look down to see a huge fucking NOPE taking a dip. 

this is exactly the moment when i would have killed myself

I know a few people whose worst nightmare this would be. I’d be far more upset if it was a wasp/bee/bluebottle, personally.

If this were me, we’d be one mug down, and one brown milky smear on the opposite wall up.  There may also be some very girly screaming and an overturned chair.

There would also be no photo.

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Re: British family shocked after pet hamster comes back from the dead.
Oh wow, you are so right. They said it happened over Easter weekend!  Pet zombie messiah hamster.  Bet the prophecies didn’t see that (Second) coming.

Re: British family shocked after pet hamster comes back from the dead.

Oh wow, you are so right. They said it happened over Easter weekend!  Pet zombie messiah hamster.  Bet the prophecies didn’t see that (Second) coming.

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