The Lobed-tooth Crabeater Seal

"The mouth of a crabeater seal is uniquely adapted to feed on Antarctic krill by acting like a sieve. A hungry crabeater will take a mouthful of water, close its jaws, squeeze the water out through its teeth and filter out all the krill, which it then consumes.These microscopic krill comprise over 90% of the crabeater seal’s diet (despite its name, the crabeater seal does not actually feed on crabs).”

In very rare circumstances it is possible to see a full 360 degree rainbow from an airplane.

In very rare circumstances it is possible to see a full 360 degree rainbow from an airplane.

Going to keep it a little casual today. Just for fun.

Been watching these back to back all day with the friend who first got me into QI years ago after I declared my hatred for gameshows near & far with the one exception of Whose Line is it Anyway?. 

Anyone unfamiliar: QI (Quite Interesting) doesn’t award points on the merit of right answers only & you don’t lose points for wrong answers. The panel is all pro comedians (most of the time). You get points for interesting answers, right or not. The panelist with the most boring/obvious answer tanks. 

Been some years since I’ve watched & so why not pass on a little good entertainment to you folks while I’m at it? 

Give it a try, see if you like it, especially if you hate gameshows.

Having an easy, nice time atm.

Earthrise

"Earthrise is the name given to a photograph of Earth taken by astronaut William Anders in 1968 during the Apollo 8 mission. Nature photographer Galen Rowell declared it ‘the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.’ 

This had been preceded by the crude 1966 black-and-white raster earthrise image taken by the Lunar Orbiter 1 robotic probe.

An audio recording of the event is available with transcription which allows the event to be followed closely. Excerpt:

Anders: Oh my God! Look at that picture over there! There’s Earth coming up. Wow, is that pretty.

Borman: Hey, don’t take that, it’s not scheduled [joking].

Anders: [laughs] You got a color film, Jim? Hand me that roll of color quick, would you…

Lovell: Oh man, that’s great.”

C. J. Schrat

"Well, I went to go hunt for a martini glass yesterday because I broke my favorite one, and went into one of the local thrift stores. As luck would have it the woman happened to keep parakeets and sell the ones her birds had. As I was walking around looking for a glass I liked, one bird in particular caught my eye as it followed me every time I walked by it’s cage. Now I was intrigued. I approached it and it began making lil cheeps at me. I decided ‘why not, let’s see what happens if I try and pet it through the cage’. It immediately began rubbing against my finger affectionately and cheeping louder, and yah. Fuck. I went to possibly buy a martini glass, and came home with a bird I’ve named Martini."

Smoke Ring - 1,000 feet wide, after demo shot, Al Anbar Province, Iraq (2005)

Smoke Ring - 1,000 feet wide, after demo shot, Al Anbar Province, Iraq (2005)

Trevor Paglen - They Watch the Moon (2010)

"This photograph depicts a classified ‘listening station’ deep in the forests of West Virginia.

The station is located at the center of the National Radio Quiet Zone, a region of approximately 34,000 square kilometers in West Virginia and parts of Maryland.

Within the Quiet Zone, radio transmissions are severely restricted: omnidirectional and high-powered transmissions (such as wireless internet devices and FM radio stations) are not permitted.

The listening station, which forms part of the global ECHELON system, was designed in part to take advantage of a phenomenon called moonbounce.

Moonbounce involves capturing communications and telemetry signals from around the world as they escape into space, hit the moon, and are reflected back towards Earth.

The photograph is a long exposure under the full moon light.”

James L. - Lenticular Clouds Over Mt. Rainier (2004)

James L. - Lenticular Clouds Over Mt. Rainier (2004)

Klaus Leidorf - Chapel and Ground Station Near Raisting (2006)

Klaus Leidorf - Chapel and Ground Station Near Raisting (2006)

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