Why are they using puppy as a size reference?
Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat.
“When I turned on the light, I couldn’t quite understand what I was seeing,” said Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.
A moment later, he realized he was looking not at a brown, furry mammal, but an enormous, puppy-size spider.
Known as the South American Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi), the colossal arachnid is the world’s largest spider, according to Guinness World Records. Its leg span can reach up to a foot (30 centimeters), or about the size of “a child’s forearm,” with a body the size of “a large fist,” Naskrecki told Live Science. And the spider can weigh more than 6 oz. (170 grams) — about as much as a young puppy, the scientist wrote on his blog.
Some sources say the giant huntsman spider, which has a larger leg span, is bigger than the birdeater. But the huntsman is much more delicate than the hefty birdeater — comparing the two would be “like comparing a giraffe to an elephant,” Naskrecki said.
The birdeater’s enormous size is evident from the sounds it makes. “Its feet have hardened tips and claws that produce a very distinct, clicking sound, not unlike that of a horse’s hooves hitting the ground,” he wrote, but “not as loud.”
When Naskrecki approached the imposing creature in the rainforest, it would rub its hind legs against its abdomen. At first, the scientist thought the behavior was “cute,” he said, but then he realized the spider was sending out a cloud of hairs with microscopic barbs on them. When these hairs get in the eyes or other mucous membranes, they are “extremely painful and itchy,” and can stay there for days, he said.
With this handy tip, you’ll be able to draw a circle with ease.
Life hacker Dave Hax demonstrates a great trick to draw a nearly perfect round circle with just a piece of paper and a pen.
How to draw a perfect circle. Learn this simple technique to help you draw a near perfect circle freehand. Could be useful for drawing charts and diagrams, and sketches, or just use it to challenge your friends in a ‘who can draw the neatest freehand circle’ competition!
If you have watched enough movies, your next move is a no brainer….run at the door shoulder first, right? Wrong. This technique may be uber-manly, but it will probably dislocate your shoulder. It is better to employ a more forceful and well placed kick.
Check to see which way the door opens by checking the hinges. If the door opens towards you, kicking it down is going to be next to impossible. Kicking a door down is best employed on a door that swings away from you.
Kick to the side of where the lock is mounted (near the keyhole). This is typically the weakest part of the door.
Using a front kick, drive the heel of your foot into the door. Give the kick forward momentum and keep your balance by driving the heel of your standing foot into the ground. Don’t kick the lock itself; this could break your foot.
The wood should begin to splinter. Today most doors are made of soft wood and are hollow. They should give way fairly easily, especially since the lock’s deadlock bolt extends only an inch or less into the door frame. Older, completely solid doors will prove more resistant. Just keep on kicking until the door gives way and you can save the day.
Avoid jump kicks. While you may be tempted to employ this manly move, jumping diminishes your stability which causes you to lose power.
Think dogs are dumb and sheep are stupid? Think again because these are some seriously clever creatures.
Learn more with the 10 most intelligent animals species.
WWE Pro Wrestler Randy Orton is digitally inserted into fail videos performing his signature ‘RKO’ finishing move.
Randy Orton is everywhere at all times.
He was there that time you drank peppermint schnapps and went ice-skating. He dropped the hammer the first time you set foot on a skateboard.
What scientists won’t tell you is that “gravity” is just the invisible hands of Orton, always waiting at the ready to rock-shock-kaboom you into the Earth’s mantle with a signature “RKO” knockout.
Vine magician Steve Ozzie has gone to incredible lengths to visualize the WWE forces at play when people eat it, and now, thanks to YouTube user jp oshannassy, all his Orton-centric work can be viewed in one video.
This is Orton slithering and RKO-ing his way through some of the most painful and funny tumbles on the Internet.
This video is a true work of poetic art. It reminds everyone what’s truly important in our lives, proving that words can affect, inspire and even change people.
“Technology has given us everything we could ever want, and at the same time, stolen everything we really need.”
You need not delete your social networks or destroy your cell phones, the message is simple, be balanced, be mindful, be present, be here.