odditiesoflife:

sciencecenter:

The Bite That Heals

It’s hard to see—but essential to avoid—a stonefish on a Pacific reef. If venom from its dorsal spines doesn’t kill you, the pain is so great that you may find yourself begging for the affected limb to be cut off.

NatGeo takes a look at the possible medical value of venoms. Read the feature article or check out the photo gallery.

“The Bite That Kills” would be a more fitting title. That thing is terrifying to even look at.

odditiesoflife:

sciencecenter:

The Bite That Heals

It’s hard to see—but essential to avoid—a stonefish on a Pacific reef. If venom from its dorsal spines doesn’t kill you, the pain is so great that you may find yourself begging for the affected limb to be cut off.

NatGeo takes a look at the possible medical value of venoms. Read the feature article or check out the photo gallery.

“The Bite That Kills” would be a more fitting title. That thing is terrifying to even look at.

odditicystesoflife:

Talking to the Dead - A Brief History of the Ouija Board

The Ouija board (Wee-ja), also known as a spirit board, is a flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, numbers 0-9, and the words “yes”, “no”, and  “hello” and “goodbye”. The invention of the original design in unknown but the first patent was granted in 1891 to Elijah J. Bond as the inventor and the assignee as Charles W. Kennard. Kennard stated that he named the spirit board “Ouija” because the board named itself and said that the word meant ‘Good Luck.’

Through generations of families and different toy companies, the look of the board kept changing. It was not until 1897 that William Fuld held the sole legal right to manufacture and sell the boards.

The Ouija board was regarded as a harmless parlor game unrelated to the occult until American Spiritualist Pearl Curran popularized its use as a divining tool during World War I.  Mainstream religions and some occultists have associated the use of the Ouija board with the threat of demonic possession and have cautioned their followers not to use them.

Despite being repeatedly debunked by the efforts of the scientific community, the Ouija board remains popular. There are many who claim that it can indeed communicate with the dead. Television is filled with shows about hauntings that began with the use of the board.

People have claimed that using the board has made their lives, literally, a living hell. It is believed that demons, disguising themselves as deceased friend or family member, can trick the users of the board and unwittingly invite “it” into their homes. To be rid of such hauntings or negative paranormal phenomena, experts in the paranormal advise either burning the board or disposing of it in a lake since spirits are believed to not be able to cross water.

odditiesoflife:

A Sea Slug That is Able to Detach, Re-grow and Re-use its Penis has Surprised Scientists. 
Japanese researchers observed the bizarre mating behavior in a species called Chromodoris reticulata, which is found in the Pacific Ocean. They believe this is the first creature known that can repeatedly copulate with what they describe as a “disposable penis”. The study is published in the Royal Society’s journal Biology Letters.

Sea slugs are not the only animals who abandon their penis. Orb weaving spiders are known to lose their male organs after sex, as does a sea creature called the periwinkle and land slugs belonging to the genus Ariolimax.
However the researchers believe that Chromodoris reticulata is the first creature known that can re-grow its appendage - and its disposable penis gives it a sexual advantage.

odditiesoflife:

A Sea Slug That is Able to Detach, Re-grow and Re-use its Penis has Surprised Scientists.

Japanese researchers observed the bizarre mating behavior in a species called Chromodoris reticulata, which is found in the Pacific Ocean. They believe this is the first creature known that can repeatedly copulate with what they describe as a “disposable penis”. The study is published in the Royal Society’s journal Biology Letters.

Sea slugs are not the only animals who abandon their penis. Orb weaving spiders are known to lose their male organs after sex, as does a sea creature called the periwinkle and land slugs belonging to the genus Ariolimax.

However the researchers believe that Chromodoris reticulata is the first creature known that can re-grow its appendage - and its disposable penis gives it a sexual advantage.

oldrags:

Mourning ring, ca 1787 England, the Victoria & Albert Museum

This ring and its pair are inscribed ‘Cease thy tears, religion points on high/ CS ob.25 Jan 1787 aet 70/ IS ob. 18 Sep 1792 aet 72’.  They are mourning rings, possibly for a couple with the initials CS and IS who died aged 70 and 72. On the front of the ring, a vase of drooping gem-set flowers symbolises mourning.

oldrags:

Mourning ring, ca 1787 England, the Victoria & Albert Museum

This ring and its pair are inscribed ‘Cease thy tears, religion points on high/ CS ob.25 Jan 1787 aet 70/ IS ob. 18 Sep 1792 aet 72’.  They are mourning rings, possibly for a couple with the initials CS and IS who died aged 70 and 72. On the front of the ring, a vase of drooping gem-set flowers symbolises mourning.

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odditiesoflife:

The Haunted 1000 Steps at Greenwood Cemetery

According to local legend, the staircase at the Greenwood Cemetery in Spokane, Washington, is more than just a little haunted. If you walk up the stairs without any lights on, the story goes, you will see the faces of men, women, and children when you reach the top. Those brave enough to climb the stairs will also hear, they say, the shrieks and cries of the dead and they will feel something akin to rain on their skin.

Supposedly the site of satanic rituals, the staircase was dubbed “1000 steps” because nobody can make it to the top according to the legend. The stairs lead from the side of an access road up to the cemetery. Renovations made years ago have rendered the staircase unnecessary and it sits decaying and rarely, if ever, used by standard visitors stopping to spend time with the cemetery’s residents.