Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Funny And Odd Animals

A goat with a monkey on its back does a tightrope-walking act at a zoo in Fuzhou, Fujian province, China

A baby long-eared bat is hand-reared at Secret Animal Rescue in Somerset. Its ears - not fully formed yet - will eventually sit on the top of its head, not the sides

A tube-nosed fruit bat of the Nyctimene species, which is one of the exotic animals, some completely new to science, which have been discovered by experts from Conservation International on a trip to Papua New Guinea

Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth has adopted four albino Chinese soft-shelled turtles that were donated to them by a student when she left university. The turtles have extremely long necks and tube-like nostrils which they use like a snorkel

Shrek the hairless wombat, who lost his hair due to a fungal condition caused by poor diet and the stress of being orphaned, is seen at the Maryknoll Wildlife Shelter, Melbourne, Australia

This is the appropriately-named blobfish, which can grow up to 12 inches long and lives at depths of up to 900m, making it rarely seen by humans

A baby Yemen chameleon, which has been bred for the first time at the Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford, Oxfordshire and is on show at their Reptile and Amphibian nursery

Can you see the caterpillar on this leaf ? Look closely. Conny Sandland was puzzled when evidence suggested leaves on the mango tree in her garden in Kuala Lumpur were being eaten. She said: "The mystery went on for a number of days before I spotted a flicker of movement on a leaf. I was startled when I looked closer as there was a caterpillar almost completely blending into the pattern of the leaf. I believe it is the caterpillar of the Common Baron butterfly"

A pink-eyed Caedicia, one of the 42 individuals of the leaf katydids (subfamily Phaneropterinae) discovered in the Muller Range mountains in the Pacific highlands of Papua New Guinea by scientists Piotr Naskrecki and David Rentz 

 Christine Nasser and George, a Great Dane from Tucson, Arizona, who has been declared the world's tallest dog. Giant George is the new holder of the title, measuring 43 inches (109cm) from paw to shoulder and 7ft 3in (2.2m) from nose to tail

A greedy chipmunk crams a peanut into its mouth. The ravenous rodent has become a regular sight after plucking up the courage to be fed by hand at the house where she has set up home. Christian Stepien took thise hilarious picture in his mother's backyard in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

A squirrel appears to be practising Tai Chi or Kung-Fu in a park in Moscow. The photographer said: "It was really bizarre. I was photographing the squirrel and it seemed to be making some really odd shapes with its front paws. It did look like it was doing martial arts. I think it had a small nut and was struggling to get to grips with it."

 Mischievous squirrel monkeys appear to be enjoying the free transport as they ride around on the back of a capybara. The monkeys' antics were captured by photographer Sandra Astra at Hilvarenbeek Safari Park in the Netherlands.

A baby monkey named Miwa hangs on to a baby boar named Uribo while they run around in the Fukuchiyama City Zoo, Kyoto 

A lazy monkey hitches a ride to the top of a tree - sitting on the back of a parrot. The squirrel monkey hopped onto the bird and wrapped his arms around its neck to avoid the 26ft climb. He lives with a male and female blue and gold macaw at a countryside hotel, where they always eat and play together. Photographer Alejandro Jaramillo was in San Agustin, Colombia, when he noticed the unusual friendship

A bison bull and a black-tailed prairie dog come face to face in Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Comanche County, Oklahoma

Unusual Bears Jacket

For girls who doesn't like to be separated from their teddy bears even for a second.........

The Bullet Hole Paintings of Viktor Mitic

One of the most controversial artist of our time, Viktor Mitic paints his artworks with semi-automatic rifles, hand-guns and shotguns.

Although he was acquainted with firearms from the time he spent in the National Service for the Serbian Army, in the former Yugoslavia, Viktor Mitic first got the idea of using guns in his art, after an art critic said his art needs to be more penetrating. Then, just before the war in Afghanistan started, he saw a report on a military group who destroyed 2,000-year-old statues of Buddha. ‘I wanted to use similar energy. The weapons had been around for a number of years, but no one has used them to paint with yet. I wanted to use it as a tool of creation, rather than of destruction’ Mitic says.

His bullet hole paintings include a replica of Picasso’s Gurnica, as well as portraits of popular figures the likes of JFK, Marylin Monroe, John Wayne, John Lennon and many others.

8 Rare Flavour of PEPSI

1. Pepsi - Cucumber - Japan
This limited edition pale green tinted, cucumber-flavored Pepsi was sold in Japan in the summer of 2007 though the sheer oddness of the concept garnered it (and Pepsi) much attention in other parts of the world where it was never sold.
Although new actual cucumbers were harmed, er, used in the making of Pepsi Iced Cucumber, execs at Pepsi Japan considered that omission to be besides the point. 'We wanted a flavor that makes people think of keeping cool in the summer heat. We thought the cucumber was just perfect', said one Pepsi Japan spokesman.

2. Pepsi ' Ice Cream - Russia
Not much is known about Pepsi Ice Cream, other than it's sold only in Russia and tastes sort of like cream soda. Pepsi has a long history in Russia, in fact it has the distinction of being the first foreign product officially sanctioned for sale in the Soviet Union. With the fall of communist hegemony in 1991, however, Pepsi became associated with the old regime and the new guy, Coca-Cola, rapidly gained market share. Doh!!

3. Pepsi ' Boom ' Germany, Italy, Spain
Now here's a Pepsi flavor you won't be seeing on airline drinks carts anytime soon: Pepsi Boom. Advertised as being free of caffeine, sugar and artificial sweeteners, one wonders why anyone would want to drink Pepsi Boom when water is free of those same things ' and is free, to boot.
You can find Pepsi Boom for sale in Germany, Italy and Spain' which somehow makes sense. Rumors saying that the fridge in der Fuhrerbunker
was stocked with Pepsi Boom are probably not true.

4. Pepsi ' Baobab - Japan
The strangest Pepsi flavor is from Japan (no surprise) and it's also one of the newest; maybe THE newest, as it's due to be released later this month. So forget Mangosteen, Acai, Pomegranate and Goji berries,  Baobab is the new trendy flavor we'll be seeing WAY too much of over the next while. Baobab, also known as the Bottle Tree, is a weird, wide tree native to southern Africa and Australia. Its fruit, called Monkey Bread, is said to have a flavor reminiscent of wine gums ' not a bad basis for a soda.
Baobab fruit is said to be higher in vitamin C than oranges and offers more calcium than a comparable quantity of cow's milk. Very nice, very healthy. Will Pepsi Baobab contain any actual Baobab extract? If history is any guide, very unlikely

5. Pepsi - Samba ' Australia / Spain
Pepsi Samba was a short-lived and, some say, terrible tasting cola concoction offered for a very limited time in Australia and, for some odd reason, selected stores in Spain. Touted as a 'Tropical Flavoured Cola', Pepsi Samba was flavored with mango and Tamarind, a tropical seed fruit with a sour/sweet flavor popular in the Middle East, Latin America, Asia ' pretty much everywhere EXCEPT Australia.
Released in the fall of 2005, Pepsi Samba proved to be wildly unpopular and Australian supermarkets quickly began slashing prices to clear out their stock ' in some cases as low as 15 cents for a 2-liter bottle

6. Pepsi ' Blue Hawaii - Japan
What is it about Japan and bizarre Pepsi flavors? Not to mention colors' which brings us to Pepsi Blue Hawaii, inspired by old Elvis movies and flavored with lemon and pineapple. Pepsi hasn't had a great history with blue drinks ' the blandly named 'Pepsi Blue' being a prime example ' but since Pepsi Blue Hawaii was only intended to be a limited edition I guess the powers that be at Pepsi let this one slip by.
Yoshinoya, a Japanese fast-food chain, featured Pepsi Blue Hawaii as one of three tropical soft drinks available with its Hot & Spicy Sensation meal promotion. They served it in a curious way' with chunks of pineapple. Check please

7. Pepsi - Azuki - Japan
What's an azuki, and why would anyone want to use it to flavor Pepsi? To answer the first part of the question, azuki is a small maroon bean used to add a sweetish taste to traditional Japanese snacks and desserts. As for the second part' lord only knows!
Those who were fortunate (or unfortunate, as the case may be) to try Pepsi Azuki reported that it tasted neither like Pepsi nor azuki' maybe because 'azuki' was conspicuously missing from the listed ingredients. And maybe it's just as well.
Pepsi Azuki was introduced to the Japanese market in late October of 2009, and as it was always intended to be a limited release, it's
difficult to judge whether it was a success or a failure. Pepsi Azuki has not been re-released, so perhaps we can assume the latter.

8. Pepsi ' Shiso - Japan
Another wacky entry from Pepsi Japan, Pepsi Shiso displayed an off-putting brilliant green hue reminiscent of toxic nuclear waste as depicted in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons. Flavored with Shiso ' an aromatic leaf with a slightly similar smell and taste to basil ' the drink was introduced in Japan on a limited time basis during the summer of 2009
Shiso is known by other names including Perilla and ' wait for it ' 'beefsteak plant'. Pepsi Shiso may sound strange but it's got nothing on 'Pepsi Beefsteak'. As for the taste, one blogger who discovered Pepsi Shiso in a Honolulu grocery store's Japanese section described it as being a 'liquid car crash in a bottle.'

The Edible Masterpieces of confectionery glaze

They might look like common oil paintings, to the untrained eye, but these are actually edible masterpieces created with chocolate and food coloring, by artist Jean Zaun.

57-year-old Jean Zaun has always had a passion for oil painting, but working in her family’s chocolate shop, in downtown Lebanon, Pensylvania, she started getting bored and started experimenting with chocolate as an art medium. “I was literally ‘stuck’ in a puddle of chocolate eight hours a day. This was a coping mechanism to alleviate the boredom of being a candy coater and also remind myself that I was an artist” Jean says about her beginnings as a chocolate painter.

After 22 years of working in a chocolate shop, Jean Zaun has now dedicated herself completely to painting in oil, pastels and chocolate. Using white, dark and milk chocolate, food coloring, sugars and confectionery glaze, she is able to reproduce famous paintings like Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Vincent Van Gogh’s Self Portrait, or Edvard Munch’s The Scream, as well as create her own original works. Mrs  Zaun works up to five days on a single painting, after which she encases it in a chocolate frame and covers it with a special glaze.

Although they are made from the world’s most popular sweet, Jean Zaun says her chocolate paintings are to be consumed by the eye, not the stomach. “They are works of art in their own right and are to be kept and cherished as keepsakes”, she adds. That’s easier said than done, especially when you have a sweet tooth and a chocolate painting is the only sugary delight in the house.

Her works have sold for up to $1,440, and they can be found in the private collections of people like Sharon Osbourne or Al Roker, as well as in museums across America.

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