Thursday, August 9, 2012

Top 10 Animal Species With Most Number of Legs

Animals including humans have legs not just for locomotion but also to balance the weight of the entire body. But some animals, including insects are unique. They standout for the number of legs they exhibit. These animals have various attributes for the number of legs they have. Now, let’s take a glimpse in the life of those animals with multiple legs...

1. Millipede-Illacme plenipes - 750 Legs

This is a type of millipede that is found in California. It tops this list of having the most. However, the average is usually around 600, which still makes it to the number one spot. One should be advised that they are part of the phylum Arthropoda family which literally means jointed legs.

2. Centipede-Himuntarum Gabrielis - 354 Legs

These are also anthropodes which literally means jointed legs. They are known to have odd number of legs and never even. They have a rounded and flat face with antennas that are at a forward margin, 4 mandibles and 4 maxilae.

3. Centipede-Haploophilus subterraneus - 178 Legs

This is a different type of centipede then the one that was previously discussed. It should be noted that centipedes can have as little as 20 legs and as big as 354.

4. Millipedes-others - 30 Legs

Other millipedes other than the type in # 1 position are average. Many common species of millipedes have around 36 to 400 legs. It is still hard to count since there are 10,000 species which are distributed into 13 orders and 115 families.

5. Symphyians - 24 Legs

They are better known as garden centipedes and are basically soil-dwelling anthropods. They look like centipedes, but are smaller and shiny. As many of them get older, they grow more legs at each moult.

6. Caterpillar - 16 Legs

Did you know that caterpillars are really moths and butterflies? When caterpillars mature they go through the larval stage and become moths and butterflies. Shedding skin is quite common, especially in the final stage when they fasten themselves to a branch.

7. Woodlice - 14 Legs

These are basically cockroaches with flattened bodies. Interestingly enough, they have 19 pairs of appendages and 7 pairs of legs on their anterior part.

8. Crab / Shrimp - 10 Legs

It is hardly noticeable when we eat these foods that they have so many legs. I was really surprised about the crabs. How many of us knew?

9. Spider - 8 Legs

This is probably the least surprising. Most of us knew that spiders have 8 eyes and 8 legs.

10. Other Insects - 6 Legs

Ants, crickets, flies, mosquitoes are in this category. These insects have 6 legs. Many probably saw flies but never knew this.

Breathtaking Beauty of Niagara Falls Light Show - 20 Photos

From the beginning of November until the first week of January, the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights takes place. During these two months a decorated six-kilometer route stretching from Dufferin Islands along the Niagara Parkway, an area known as the Niagara Parks, is illuminated by nearly three million lights and over 100 lighting displays, including fireworks over the falls.

Although the Niagara Falls is illuminated all round the year, the Winter Festival offers a special spectacle. In spring and summer, the colored lights shine for just three hours, but with less daylight in winter, curtains of color wash over the falls each night for up to seven hours.

Crowds gather along the sidewalk and railing on Niagara Parkway to see the show as colored mist rises from the falls in front of them. The display starts with patriotic themes - red, white and blue on the American Falls, red and white for the horseshoe-shaped Canadian Falls. The light beams emanate from a bank of 21 spotlights, each 30 inches in diameter, sitting atop a raised stone bunker across the road.

Lighting the Niagara Falls was first attempted more than 150 years ago, in 1860, to honor the visit by the Prince of Wales. About 200 coloured and white calcium, volcanic and torpedo lights were placed along the banks above and below the American Falls, on the road down the bank of the Canadian side of the gorge and behind the water of the Horseshoe Falls. The lights were ignited along with rockets, spinning wheels and other fireworks, creating a grand and magical effect.

Illumination of the Falls using electricity first occurred in January 1879, during a visit by the Marquis of Lorne, Governor-General of Canada. Colored lights appeared in 1907 when gelatin films were included in a 36-light system near the base of the gorge designed by General Electric Co. of Schenectady.

In 1925, a group of interested businessmen created the Niagara Falls Illumination Board, to finance, operate and maintain a new, permanent illumination system. Since then the Falls have been illuminated most nights except during World War II when the lights were turned off to conserve power and during subsequent years when generating facilities could not keep pace with electrical requirements of the construction boom. It was not until January 1950 that the Illumination Board was able to guarantee enough power to operate the lights on a regular basis. Now let's take a look at some more stunning photos of this colorful Niagara fall...

Top 10 Myths about Losing Weight Effectively

Our human body is a complex machine and the metabolism is different from person to person. In this busy lifestyle people are finding a quick and effective way to lose their weight. If you are one of them, who is trying hard to lose your weight and acting upon every appropriate advice, but still couldn’t find impressive results then you need to read the following article and stop doing things, you observed up till now to be the most effective ones in losing weight. So, here is a list of 10 common myths that people will come across while trying to reduce their weight. Take a look...
Myth No. 10 - Drinking Chilled Water burns Fat.

Fact: There is no proven fact that cold water will shock your body system and tries to maintain your body temperature and in doing so burns fat.

Myth No. 9 - You has to do cardio with your empty stomach in morning to burn fat.

Fact: Our Body’s metabolism is at its lowest stage in morning because you haven’t been eating for last 8 hours. Eat a balanced diet so as to maintain your metabolism rate and then exercise.

Myth No. 8 - Cardio is the only way to lose weight.

Fact: Some people believe that they can only reduce their weight by doing Cardio, this is not true. Cardio is good for heart and increases endurance, but it’s not a good way to lose weight. Our muscles have higher energy stores in them; the body will actually begin to feed off those after extended cardio regimes, rather than fat.

Myth No. 7 - You can eat whatever you want as long you exercise.

Fact: Losing heavy fat happens when you have a caloric defect. However intense caloric defect works the opposite. Muscles need to feed so your diet needs to be a balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

Myth No. 6 - You can spot reduce or tight abs or toned arm.

Fact: The more repetitions you do just create muscle memory, reducing the effectiveness of the workout and causing your body not to burn as much fat. Working out all body parts reduce muscle memory and allows to burn more quickly.

Myth No. 5 - Chug a protein shake after work out.

Fact: The only best way to gain proteins is from yogurt, beef, mutton and nuts.

Myth No. 4 - Low intensity exercise burns more fat.

Fact: The more intensely you exercise higher will be the proportion of fat burn.

Myth No. 3 - Your weight is the end all, be all.

Fact: Your weight has much little to do with your fitness level. Muscles weigh more than fat, so it’s common to see an increase in weight while performing work out. Measure by observing your clothes tight and performance of your body.

Myth No. 2 - Heart rate will let you know how hard you are working.

Fact: Monitors can falter depending upon your type of exercise. Your own body is better at telling how hard you are working.

Myth No. 1 - Your cardio machine is calculating your calorie burn.

Fact: Caloric burns depend upon age, fitness level, BMI and sex. Different sexes at different fitness level burn different amount of calories.