Posts tagged "national geographic"

Disgruntled Fornicating Tortoise Confronts Cameraman In World’s Slowest Chase

A few days ago, National Geographic explorer Paul Rose in the Seychelles came upon two turtles mating. In fact, his surroundings were so quiet that the turtles were all he could hear: "there's...no sound on this island at all, so it was the sound of them mating that alerted us to walk [toward them]." I'm not exactly sure…

By: Claire Hannum / March 24, 2015

Be My Pet: Fanged Dwarf Porcupine Dinosaur

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Pegomastax africanus, a newly discovered dinosaur about the size of a house cat, with self-sharpening fangs and porcupine-like quills. It looks vicious, but scientists believe Pego (that's its nickname from now on, OK?) was an herbivore who used those fearsome teeth for nothing more than foraging yummy plants and defending it…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 4, 2012

Learning More About Looners

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the looner community, i.e. those who have a thing for inflatable pool toys. I know you've been sitting around obsessing about how balloon fetishists, or looners, do their thang. Well, today is your lucky day. This National Geographic video about Dave, a 27-year-old dude who is "infatuated"…

By: Ami Angelowicz / July 31, 2012

National Geographic Tackles Infantilism

I know what I'm watching this evening. This week's episode of National Geographic's "Taboo" features Stanley Thorton, an adult baby. The 29-year-old sleeps in a crib he built himself, plays with Legos, and is spoon and bottle-fed by Sandra Diaz, his "caretaker." No, they are not lovers. And yes, in case you were wondering, he…

By: Ami Angelowicz / May 4, 2011

A Real Live Flying House!

Two engineers were so taken by the scene from "Up" where the house takes flight that they tried to recreate it for a new National Geographic series "How Hard Can It Be?" The answer is that it was very hard, but possible. After inflating many, many giant balloons, the miniature yellow house did lift off.

By: Ami Angelowicz / March 7, 2011

How Do You Stack Up Against The World’s Most Typical Person?

A little science for ya, about the world's most typical person. National Geographic did some really extensive research of seven billion people to find out what a average human is like. As I suspected, I am completely atypical. I'm a left-handed female with a bank account who uses way too much water, not a 28-year-old…

By: Ami Angelowicz / March 4, 2011

The Original Plastic Flamingo Company Is Bankrupt

The company that manufactured those fabulous (or tacky, depending on your point of view) lawn flamingos for 50 years filed for bankruptcy last week. But have no fear, your lawn ornament needs will be met by another company! The molds and copyrights were sold to another company last year for $263,748, and since the flamingo…

By: Catherine Strawn / July 10, 2008

History Of The Bra

National Geographic takes us back through the history of bras. Did you know that by forgoing wearing corsets during World War I, women freed up enough steel to build two battleships?

By: Catherine Strawn / April 9, 2008