Ever wonder what giant people eat? Ever have the feeling that you're a "weird eater"? Ever feel like you need some inspiration to eat more? EliteFTS, a website geared mostly towards selling powerlifting gear and educating competitive strength athletes, has put together a list of what their staff and sponsored athletes typically eat for lunch
. [more inside]
Stephen "Hoppy" Hopkins reports finding a large-bodied earthworm
, tentatively identified as Martiodrilus crassus
, in Provincia de Napo, Ecuador. The internet weighs in
? [more inside]
swarms of giant fish-eating spiders into the waterways of Britain. [more inside]
'By most accounts, Bill Walton stands well over seven feet tall. But during his NBA career, Walton always insisted that he was 6'11" because he didn't want to be considered a freak. When I read that fun fact in David Halberstam's The Breaks of the Game, it hit a chord. I've been doing the exact same thing as Walton for my entire adult life. I'm not as tall as Walton. I'm not even one of the less-than-70 seven-footers in my age bracket in the U.S. But I'm close. Another quarter-inch, and I'd pass the seven-foot barrier. But anytime anyone asks my height, I say that I'm 6'11". I don't mention the extra three quarters of an inch. People don't need to know about that.
In any case, I'm still pretty fucking tall. And being pretty fucking tall is a weird thing to wrap your head around.' [more inside]
In 1912, ten year old May McMurray wrote a letter
to her father saying how much she missed him and ending in "Dada this is my first letter". Her father never saw it, perishing aboard the Titanic two days later. This weekend, French company Royal De Luxe
tells her story with the Sea Odyssey Giant Spectacular
in the streets of Liverpool, England. [more inside]
has a dream: The Giant Spider Robot Project
. First he needed some infrastructure; a Palacial Megadome
(with trampoline floor
) in the woods, his own hand made road
, a Banana Building
, and of course his own lumber mill
. He also recently started the Adventure Builders Club
for anyone else who likes building stuff. Whole lots more videos in his channel
Photos: World's Biggest, Strongest Spider Webs Found
: "Unlike most spiders, Darwin's bark spiders will sometimes wrap several insect corpses into a single cocoon, creating a snack pack for later consumption."
Spencer Elden now works for Shepard Fairey
– or, to put it another way, the Nirvana Nevermind baby
now works for the Obama Hope
guy. Or, to quote Kottke
, "Yo dawg
, I herd you like pop culture, so I put some pop culture in your pop culture so your brain can fucking explode from all the popular you've cultured."
Legends from New Zealand
held that there was a large predator bird, known as pouakai
, that was big enough to carry human beings off to its nest or den. Some people associated stories of Pouakai with the giant flightless Moa
, extinct in 1773
. Others thought it might be another extinct giant bird on the South Island
, Haast's Eagle
). The eagle, locally known as Te Hokioi, has been extinct for 500 years, overlapping with the early settlers
by some 200 years. There was some speculation that the giant eagle was a scavenger due to partially protected nasal openings
, which are benefit to protect nasal cavities when digging into carcasses, analogous to features found on accipitrid vultures
. Recent studies have provide there is proof that the Haast's Eagle was a fearsome predator
, with talons like tigers and the ability to dive on prey at 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph)
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From the greats of the silent era to the modern masterpieces of the 21st century, the medium of film has never truly achieved artistic perfection. Until today.
You know it's a good day to be a reporter when you can use the phrases "giant inflatable dog turd
" and "wreaks havoc
" in the same story.
The Control Master
a new animation from Run Wrake (Rabbit
are parasite carriers
, agricultural pests,
and totally delicious and nutritious!
could you ask for in a slowly invading slimy
overlord? Just be sure to protect your brains.
Giant Crab, Enemy Crab
After a Sony exec gave gave a really bad demo at E3 for an upcoming PS3 game, mean gamers re-edited the embarrassing footage to segue into a cool dancefloor remix.
Capable of balancing a dozen short stacks on its head.
An American Giant Dies
Who can fill Matthew McGrory's 29 1/2 shoes?
The Royal de Luxe Parade
in Nantes, celebrating
Jules Verne from what I can gather
. A staggeringly beautiful
event, go see! I may weep. (via the greatwaxy.org
and previously discussed
, the world's largest collision
took place in Antarctica when a 115km (71mile) long iceberg collided with the Drygalski ice tongue in McMurdo Sound.
show the results of the collision quite clearly, but somehow fail to convey the sheer scale of the event.
It's a Giant Sperm!
Whale! The Chilean sea blob is revealed to be the carcass of a Moby Dick.
Giant Gambian Pouched Rats!
Curious about these two-foot-long African rodents that have inadvertently gifted
our nation's prairie dogs, children, and medical workers with monkeypox? Mary Ann Isaksen writes for the Rat & Mouse Gazette about keeping one of these cute li'l critters
as a house pet.
'A colossal squid
has been caught in Antarctic waters, the first example of Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni retrieved virtually intact from the surface of the ocean. ' Related (old news from January) :-
giant squid attacks boat
More squid sites :- Search for Giant Squid
a Smithsonian exhibit about a 1999 expedition. 'Whether living or extinct, on land or at sea, in literature or in life, large animals have long fascinated people. The largest animals have been known and hunted since prehistory: whales, walruses, elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, and large fishes... However, one large animal has gone almost unnoticed or certainly unobserved in its habitat. That animal is the giant squid. Although these animals have been found in the nets of commercial fishermen, in the stomachs of sperm whales, and washed ashore on different continents, no scientific information has been gathered by direct observations of live giant squid ... '
The UnMuseum's article on the giant squid
MMmmm, doughnut. (NYT link, reg. req'd)
Lots of great philosophical answers to the old universe question, like our galaxy is in some giant's fingernail, and others. How about this one? Our universe is the shape of a doughnut! (more inside)
An Aussie defends Big Things.
I love the idea of the Big Things
. It all started in 1963 with an American immigrant so in love with his own banana plantation that he wanted everyone driving through to stop in and see it. So he built a gigantic banana
. Soon there were lots of other imitators, like the Big Pineapple
in Nambour, the Big Prawn
at Ballina, and the Big Bull
at Wauchope. (Bill Bryson
writes in Down Under
that the Big Bull has testicles that actually sway in the breeze.) There are now more than 80 Big Things dotted all over the country. Some people think they're tacky. Personally, I want to visit 'em all
Giant, rare, and slow bloomer Amorphophallus titanum
or the Penis Plant is now blooming in the Netherlands. Charming photo
of a grining woman reaching for the tip.