Warning: If you get motion sickness easily (as I do), then I do not recommend watching this. Or take some Dramamine first and then watch.
A video camera meant to capture footage of some crocodiles in the Australian outback was stolen by a White-Bellied Sea Eagle who believed that capturing his flight and his image for posterity was much more important than some stupid crocodiles.
Because who wants to watch crocodiles when you can get a sweet view of this eagle?
ALL HAIL THE SPINNING ICE DISK OF NORTH DAKOTA.
This 55 foot in diameter spinning circle of ice was discovered by retired engineer George Leogering (which is a fantastic name, by the way) in the Sheyenne River. It’s an occurrence in nature that happens incredibly rarely, as the conditions for it to form have to essentially be a perfect storm.
Allen Schlag, a National Weather Service hydrologist in Bismarck, and Greg Gust, a weather service meteorologist in Grand Forks, said a combination of cold, dense air last weekend and an eddy in the river likely caused the disk.
“It’s actually quite beautiful,” Schlag said.
The cold, dense air — the air pressure Saturday in nearby Fargo was a record high for the city for the month of November, according to Gust — turned the river water into ice, but since the water was relatively warm it didn’t happen all at once. Floating bits of ice got caught in the eddy and started to spin in a circle.
“It’s not a continuous sheet of ice,” Schlag said. “If you were to throw a grapefruit-size rock on it, it would go through. It’s not a solid piece of ice — it’s a collection of ice cubes.”
The size of the disc is apparently unusual for a smaller river like the Sheyenne, as one with that diameter would most likely better form on a larger river like the Missouri. But I ain’t gonna question Mother Nature. I’m gonna let her do her thing so that I can sit here and stare at that beautiful ice. I wanna lay on it and pose like Rose in Titanic…just maybe not naked, because BRRRRRR.
Some incredible firsthand footage of the tornado that swept through Washington, Illinois shows just how harrowing of an experience that a natural disaster can be. This isn’t your typical weird end of the night video; this is legitimately scary stuff.
The man in the video, however, has enough wits to gather his daughter and their dog and then get out of the now unstable house. He also goes to check on neighbors and to help others who might need it.
Nature is powerful and sometimes we are at her whim.
Footage from Typhoon Haiyan shows exactly what a storm surge looks like.
It’s been a month full of crazy weather that I’m sure is just going to steadily get worse through the coming years. You know. Cause climate change.
Even though the comic says “Tokyo”, I feel the sentiments are basically the same when it comes to the giant, deadly hornets that are injuring hundreds of people and have taken the lives of at least 42 people in China since July. Here’s what these treacherous insects look like:
The stingers on the Asian giant hornet, or vespa mandarinia, measure 6mm long and their venom is some of the most deadly in large amounts. On the ends of their orange heads, they have a black tooth which is used for burrowing, according to etymologists. Local authorities dispatched police officers to destroy the hives; as of right now, 710 have been destroyed. The epidemic of hornets is most likely due to the warmer than normal temperature and the fact that the hornets become more aggressive during the Fall breeding season. Those who are stung can remain in the hospital for days, even months, while receiving dialysis treatments to rid the toxins and to wait until the craters in their bodies heal where stingers punctured the skin.
Regardless, if you see one of these coming at you, kill it with fire. Or just burn yourself alive.