NOBODY Loves Clowns, Especially Not Ones That Diss The First Lady

Nobody loves a clown, but [most] everybody loves Michelle Obama. The only thing Michelle hates out loud are the parents of obese children, but maybe we can now add rodeo clowns to the list?

On Saturday, a professional face-painting, big shoe-wearing clown in Barstow, California made a joke at the 2012 Creston Classic Rodeo about the first lady and it did not go over well.

“Playboy is offering Ann Romney $250,000 to pose in the magazine, and the White House is upset about it because National Geographic only offered Michelle Obama $50 to pose for them,” Mike Hayhurst told the audience over the loudspeaker.

He was unavailable for comment due to asskicking from Michelle Obama being thrown off a bull.

Aliens Discovered Near Volcanoes In New Zealand

National Geographic posted a variety of pictures of creatures discovered in Northern New Zealand in “Undersea mountains, continental slopes, canyons, and hydrothermal vents.”

The research area spanned 3,800 square miles around Kermadec Ridge and the species were both new and old to scientists. So maybe they’re not “aliens,” but close enough.

The polychaete worm (above) is a predator with projecting jaws. Other animals included squat lobsters, “Mickey Mouse” squid, “Hairy” crabs, black dragonfish, and tonguefish.  Continue reading “Aliens Discovered Near Volcanoes In New Zealand”

Colorful New Crab Discovered In The Philippines

A new kind of freshwater crab has been discovered on the Philippine island of Palawan. The purple crustacean, called Insulamon Palawanense, is one of four new 1-2 inch wide species in this genus.

German study author Hendrik Freitag says the brilliant color on this inch wide creatures may not serve a purpose more complex than recognition for others of its kind.  Continue reading “Colorful New Crab Discovered In The Philippines”

Lungless, Limbless Amphibian Discovered In India, Neither Worm Nor Snake

With all the endangered and extinct life forms out there it’s refreshing to hear about something new. It may not look like much, but several types of legless and armless amphibians called caecilians were just discovered in northeast India.

These animals, who lay transparent eggs and keep a watchful eye on their young for up to three months, are completely new to us. The team of scientists who found them spent five years and 2,000 hours searching/digging, revealing at least three previously unknown species.  Continue reading “Lungless, Limbless Amphibian Discovered In India, Neither Worm Nor Snake”

NatGeo’s Expedition Week Has Host Sampling Cow Urine And Three Penis Wine

November 4th marked the beginning of National Geographic’s expedition week! Their website describes that first episode as a chance “to see if traditional practices (of ancient cultures) can succeed where prescription drugs, surgery and therapy have failed.”

Seems like this is their more meaningful (or pretentious) version of Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern, where the next episodes sound more orthodox (or boring) since they focus on the Salem Witch Trials, gold, giant squids, Genghis Khan, and a race across Antarctica.

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Perseid Meteor Shower Pics For Space Nerds

NatGeo and Mike Hankey posted some great photos of the Perseid Meteor Shower, the one that people have been blowing up your Facebook over, check them out. (Above photo taken from aboard the International Space Station)

Here they are, as seen from both space and earth. The yearly meteor shower that took place during part of Friday and Saturday. (Above photo taken in Spain)

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