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Psychotria Elata or Hooker’s Lips: The Most Kissable Plant
These gorgeous pair of red, luscious lips belong to a plant known as Psychotria elata, a tropical tree found in the rain forests of Central and South American countries like Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador. Affectionately, Psychotria elata is called Hooker’s Lips or the Hot Lips Plants. The plant has apparently evolved into its current shape to attract pollinators including hummingbirds and butterflies. According to Oddity Central, the bracts are only kissable for a short while, before they spread open to reveal the plant’s flowers. #amusingplanet.com #nature #lips #redlips #plantlife #plants #hooker #flowers #kissable #lucious
The huge “Mother Earth” Mosaiculture at this summer’s Montreal Botanical Garden competition. A Mosaiculture is a creation of living plants limited only by what the plant artist can imagine. Some Mosaicultures are so big and impressive that they’re beyond anything you’ve likely seen a plant do. The technique isn’t very well known in the United States, but there’s an international competition in Mosaiculture that’s held every 3 years where 48 different Mosaicultures are on display until Sept. 29. I’d rate it as the most amazing horticultural event I’ve ever seen.
The most mind-blowing to me is the 50-foot-tall “Mother Earth,” created by Canada’s team. Set next to a pond, Mother Earth’s head and face are made out of trimmed green santolina with a variety of colorful trailing plants streaming down as the hair. Jutting out of the pond is Mother’s huge forearm and hand – also made out of green santolina – with a waterfall pouring down from her open palm. Mosaiculture horses and deer romp in the lawn and wildflower meadow in front.
That’s just one of the 48 plant sculptures scattered throughout the 185-acre Montreal Botanical Garden, which also happens to be a terrific public garden even without Mosaicultures. (The Chinese Garden is particularly big and superb.). Each Mosaiculture is supposed to tell a story and/or represent a part of the culture of the team creating it.
If you want to see more of Montreal Mosaicultures, there is a Photo Gallery from the 2013 show at http://georgeweigel.net/photo-galleries. Or check out the Mosaicultures Internationales web site.
So smooth!! Tuaca (Italian pronunciation: [tuˈaːka]) is a brand of liqueur originally produced by the Tuoni and Canepa families of Livorno, Italy. The liqueur is sweet and golden brown in color. Its ingredients include brandy, essence of orange, and vanilla. Vanilla is the dominant flavor. It is bottled at 70 proof (35% ABV).
#liquor #liqueur #tuaca
This liqueur is made from elderflowers that are gathered from the hillsides in the French Alps during a short four- to-six-week period in spring. The picked flowers are bicycled to a collection depot (yep, bicycled) where they are immediately macerated to preserve the fresh flavors of the bloom. Extracting the flavors of this flower is not an easy process, and the Saint Germain company keeps theirs a family secret. Each bottle of Saint Germain ($30-$35 for 25 oz) is individually numbered, reflecting the year in which the flowers were picked. #smooth
A photographer was left "all shook up" after spotting the face of Elvis on the back of a bug. With markings on its back resembling human eyes, nose, mouth, and a pompadour hairdo, the unusual stink bug bears an uncanny resemblance to the King of rock 'n' roll.
Photographer Darlyne Murawski spotted the Pentatomoidea bug, also known as a giant shield bug, by chance.
Darlyne was on a photographic assignment with National Geographic in the Khao Chong Forest Reserve in southern Thailand when she came across the unusual creature sitting on a leaf.
The bug has previously been spotted in the forests of Singapore, where it was likened to the Sesame Street character Bert. #weird #bugs #insects #creation #notevolution
One of the weirdest animals I’ve ever seen: The ball-bearing treehopper, native to South America. My favorite "go home evolution, you're drunk" insect. The purpose of the balls on the pronotal extensions has yet to be definitively explained. #creation #notevolution #insectoftheday #bugoftheday #wow
This blinged-out 22-karat gold toilet paper, which sells for a staggering $1.3 million per roll, could be for you. Believe it or not, an Australian company has come up with a roll of 3-ply 22 Karat gold toilet paper. For the low price of $1,376,900. While I’m sure that this is meant to be a status symbol, and not something you would actually use, it does boggle the mind to think that somebody out there thinks this is a good idea. In case you’re having trouble deciding whether or not to make this purchase, they sweeten the deal by delivering it personally…with a bottle Champagne. Classy! "As you use the toilet paper 22-carat gold flakes will fall onto the floor and your behind taking you to another level of sophistication. #truestory #toilet #paper #karat #gold #millions #foolish #australian #22 #toomuchmoney #useless #why #somebodyexplain #instafact #picoftheday #smh #yougottaseethis
You really do learn something everyday. I've never heard of a Fire Whirl. Fire whirls, also known as fire devils, fire tornadoes or firenados, are whirlwinds of flame that may occur when intense heat and turbulent wind conditions combine to form whirling eddies of air. These eddies can tighten into a tornado-like structure that sucks in burning debris and combustible gases. A fire tornado consists of a core—the part that is actually on fire—and an invisible pocket of rotating air that feeds fresh oxygen to the core. The temperature inside the core of a fire tornado can reach up to 2,000 °F (1,090 °C)—hot enough to potentially reignite ashes sucked up from the ground. Often, fire tornadoes are created when a wildfire or firestorm creates its own wind, which can turn into a spinning vortex of flame. Combustible, carbon-rich gases released by burning vegetation on the ground are fuel for most fire tornadoes. When sucked up by a whirl of air, this unburned gas travels up the core until it reaches a region where there is enough fresh, heated oxygen to set it ablaze. This causes the tall and skinny appearance of a fire tornado's core. Fire tornadoes can set objects in their paths ablaze and can hurl burning debris out into their surroundings. The winds generated by a fire tornado can also be dangerous. Large fire tornadoes can create wind speeds of more than 100 miles per hour (160 km/h)—strong enough to knock down trees.
Fire tornadoes can last for an hour or more, and they cannot be extinguished directly. #dailyfacts #interesting #fire #instafacts #knowledge #ididntknowthat #learnsomethingneweveryday #amazingfacts
Beautiful Danger: the Stinging Rose Caterpillar looks like it was handcrafted from blown glass. The vivid highlighter yellows, reds, purples, and oranges are just breathtaking. However, don’t be tempted by its beauty into thinking that you can handle it safely. As its name implies, this guy packs quite the sting! A prick from one of its spiked horns results in an irritating skin rash, a hypersensitive reaction, and other complications serious enough to be called stinging rose caterpillar poisoning.
Moral of the story: look but don’t touch! #insectoftheday
The "Gay Bomb" is the informal name for a theoretical non-lethal chemical weapon that a United States Air Force research laboratory speculated about as an actual proposal for warfare. The chemical would discharge female sex pheromones to be dropped on enemy troops which would cause "homosexual behavior". The documents described the aphrodisiac weapon as "distasteful but completely non-lethal". When news of the program broke Marine Captain Daniel McSweeney told reporters that the memo was among hundreds of suggestions for non lethal weapons sent to the Pentagon each year, and said, “‘Gay Bomb’ is not our term. It was not taken seriously. It was not considered for further development.” Other chemicals discussed: “chemicals that attract annoying creatures to the enemy position and make the creatures aggressive or annoying.” Rodents and stinging and biting bugs were suggested as suitable targets.
The second class of chemicals would “make lasting but non-lethal markings on the personnel,” making them “easily identifiable (by smell or appearance) weeks later, making it impossible for them to blend with the local population.”
How have we missed a bug with fiber optic butt hair for so long?! This tiny unidentified creature, which is only 5 millimeters long, was found in the Suriname rainforest by ecologists who discovered 60 new species on a research expedition last year. The little planthopper is thought to be partway through metamorphosis in this photo. The bug's wild "hairdo" is actually waxy secretions from its abdomen that are thought to be a defense mechanism to distract predators from its more vulnerable parts, according to conservation biologist Trond Larsen, who discovered the bug on a trip to the South American rainforest last year. "It could be that they fool a predator into attacking the wrong part of the insect, and the wax breaks off while the insect jumps to safety."
This is what Marijuana looks like under a microscope. Now we know how the colors came about. If I use hashtags, I'm sure this would be my most popular pic, lolol 😂😂😂...don't want to encourage or promote drug use so I'll pass.
They say silence is golden – but there’s a room in the U.S that’s so quiet it becomes unbearable after a short time. The longest anyone can bear Earth’s quietest place is 45 minutes.
The ‘anechoic chamber’ at Orfield Laboratories in South Minneapolis holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s quietest place. It’s 99.99 per cent sound absorbent and if you stay there too long you may start hallucinating. The longest that anyone has survived in it is just 45 minutes.
Steven Orfield, the company’s founder and president, explained that the room is so silent that whoever goes becomes the sound of the area. “When it’s quiet, ears will adapt. The quieter the room, the more things you hear. You’ll hear your heart beating, sometimes you can hear your lungs, hear your stomach gurgling loudly”, he adds. You can read the rest of this amazing article at the link below or just google quietest place on earth.
Jus wanted to share the uniqueness of the artwork. (no need for any comments, debates, or opinion on Nelson Mandela and his life). The Nelson Mandela Sculpture in Howick KwaZulu-Natal South Africa. The artist of the sculpture is Marco Cianfanelli. The sculpture is made up of 50 poles that symbolize the 50th Anniversary of his arrest in Howick KwaZulu-Natal. The poles range in height from 5 meters to 10 meters. When one walks through the poles, the practical pattern gives the effect of a gunshot which symbolizes the political uprising of the ANC . The Length of the sculpture is 20 meters. The front of the sculpture is a portrait of Mandela, it has vertical bars which represents his imprisonment. The portrait of Mandela can only be viewed at 35 meters from the front of the sculpture when all the poles line up.
Strange and unusual animals you did not know existed. Thorny Dragon:
Coloured in camouflaging shades of desert browns, this lizard has a “false” head, which he presents to his predators by dipping the real one. #lizard #dragon #desert #photooftheday #picoftheday #igers #iphonesia #instalike #instadaily #instagood
Strange and unusual animals you didn't know existed. Umbonia Spinosa:
These thorn bugs are related to cicadas, and use their beaks to pierce plant stems to feed upon their sap. Their strange appearance still poses many questions to scientists. #strange #animals #weird #unique #unusual #intetesting
#Crinoids are marine animals that live both in shallow water and in depths as great as 6,000 meters. There are only about 600 existent crinoid species but they were much more abundant and diverse in the past. #red #marinelife #ocean
The idea for TAK Studio's Turbine Lights works like this: cars drive by on the highway, creating wind that spins the turbines built onto the streetlights. The turbines then turn and generate electricity, which powers the streetlights at night or, we hope, gets fed into the grid. #coolidea #turbines
These sheep in Bathgate, Scotland have been dyed by the farmer who owns the land (with non toxic dye so just smile and enjoy) since 2007. When asked why he does it, the farmer says that he likes to entertain passing travelers. I'm sure it helps to prevent theft too. #colorful #sheep
The Dragon’s Blood tree (Dracaena Cinnabari) is a rare type of tree that contains a marvelously red resin called Dragon’s Blood, which has been used for a variety of purposes throughout history. Starting in the first century AD, Dragon’s Blood was used as a dye and medicine to treat respiratory and gastrointestinal problems.
Later uses include a blood coagulant and treatments for diarrhea, fever, dysentery, ulcers in the mouth, throat, intestines and stomach, as well as an antiviral for respiratory viruses. Often touted as “red rock opium,” the resin is often sold as a narcotic, although its effects are mild at best when smoked. The bizarre shape of the blood tree helps it survive arid conditions and areas with limited soil. The shading helps the seedlings survive in the harsh environment. #dragonsbloodtree #tree #bleedingtree #bloodtree
You may not recognize what this is but it is truly one of the most beautiful of nature's most breathtaking, phenomenal, and elegant displays of creation you will ever see. It's called Starling Murmuration. I call it a Bird Ballet. So what is a murmuration? One of the most stunning examples of collective behavior [in animals] is the spectacular and mesmerizing act typically seen at dusk throughout Europe, between November and February. Each evening, shortly before sunset, starlings can be seen performing aerial maneuvers, before choosing a place to roost for the night. These range in number from a few hundred to tens of thousands of birds. Murmurations exhibit strong spatial coherence and show extremely synchronized maneuvres, which seem to occur spontaneously, or in response to an approaching threat. Experts are uncertain about why starlings flock in this way. What scientists do know is that there is an exact method to the exquisite madness. The birds flock in patterns that are reminiscent of cutting-edge physics. Each starling in a flock is connected to every other. When a flock turns in unison, it’s a phase transition. Depending on the flock’s size and speed and its members’ flight physiologies, the large-scale pattern changes. Check out this awesome video of the Bird Ballet