Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Animals with the Most Prolific Tongues

Animals with the Most Prolific Tongues

The tongue, the primary organ of taste, is a group of muscles that manipulates food for mastication. It also serves as a natural means of cleaning one's teeth. Some animals have unusual tongues.

Here’s a list of animals with bizarre tongues.

1.) Giraffe

Giraffe is a very popular animal for its stunning height and unique markings. As a matter of fact, it is the tallest land-dwelling animals and also holds the record for the longest neck in the world. Likewise, it also has the longest tail in proportion to body size.

Another notable characteristic of Giraffe is its tongue which is considered one of the toughest tongues in the world. The Giraffe feeds on leaves and twigs of trees, preferring Acacia trees in which some species are very thorny but Giraffe’s tongue and lips are tough enough to withstand the hardy thorns of this plant. Not only that, a Giraffe can clean off any bugs that appear on its face with its extremely long tongue which is about 45 centimeters.

2.) Snake

Yes, for sure, you’ve already seen a hissing snake. It’s quite a very scary experience if you ever experience that in reality. Snakes have unique tongues. Snake’s tongue is not used to taste its foods but use it to sniff prey. It uses its tongues to smell and track its victim. Its forked tongue is used to collect airborne particles that are then passed onto special organs in the mouth for analysis.

3.) Cat

I am pretty sure you have already felt the tongue of your pet cat. Their tongues are like sandpapers – they felt very rough. The tongue of cats is composed of rows of hooked, backward-facing spines called papillae. Cats use their tongues to clean their bodies because it can act like the bristles of a hairbrush.

4.) Blue Whale

As we all know, the Blue Whale is the largest of all living creatures in the world so naturally, many of its body parts are amongst the largest in the world. One of the most remarkable large body parts of the Blue Whale is its tongue which weighs about 2.7 tonnes or 3 short tons. That’s really huge! A Blue Whale’s tongue alone can already feed 150,000 people for dinner.

5.) Sea Urchin

One creature with the weirdest structure of tongue is the Sea Urchin. Sea Urchin’s mouth is made up of five calcium carbonate teeth or jaws, with a fleshy tongue-like structure within. Aristotle’s Lantern is the term for the entire chewing organ of Sea Urchin.

6.) Tube-lipped Nectar Bat

The Tube-lipped Nectar Bat is a unique flying creature from Ecuador with a lower lip that extends about 4.8 mm. It has the longest tongue, measuring about 8.5 cm in length, relative to its body size of any mammal. The amazingly long tongue of the Tube-lipped Nectar Bat is 150% the size of its overall body length. The Centropogon nigrican plant with 9 cm long corollas is pollinated by Tube-lopped Nectar Bat.

7.) Salamander

Salamanders are amongst the most powerful creatures on Earth. Some Salamander species can shoot their tongues out so fast that scientists suspect it can’t be done by the direct application of muscle power alone. The salamanders use their tongues to catch flying insects with accuracy. The Salamander’s amazing tongue is launch from its mouth like an arrow from a bow. The estimated maximum speed of a Salamander’s tongue ranges from 6 to 15.7 mps.

8.) Chameleon

Chameleons are among the most intriguing creatures in the world. These creatures are known for their ability to change color. Chameleons possess prehensile tongue designed for catching flying preys. Their extraordinary tongues are very long which usually measures twice the animals’ body length. They could hit their prey in about 30 thousandths of a second. The tongue of the chameleon is a complex arrangement of bone, muscle and sinew.

9.) Anteater

Chameleons have long tongues but Anteaters have extra long tongues. The Giant Anteater has a tongue which is about 60 cm or 2 ft in length. Anteaters coat their tongues with saliva during feeding allowing them to ensnare ants, and can rapidly flick their tongue from their mouth up to 150 times per minute.

10.) Frogs

Frogs are amongst the most diverse of all amphibians. There are hundreds of frog species. Frogs have peculiar tongues too. They have sticky tongues which they used to catch food like flies or other flying insects. In some animals, the tongue is combined with the teeth.

11.) Penguin

Penguins are not just the best swimmer amongst birds they also have a unique tongues which is spiny. The tongue is designed this way so that fish can't slip out of their mouth. Penguins are flightless bird of Antarctica.

12.) Flamingo

Have you seen a Flamingo? Flamingoes possess one of the most extraordinary tongues among animals. Their tongues are spiny just around the edges and serves like a strainer. They will take a big bite of muddy water and then lets everything drain out of its mouth except the seafood.

13.) Common Garden Snail

With the naked eye, snails appear to be toothless. Amazingly, Common Garden Snails holds the record for the “most toothed-tongue” - it has 135 rows of teeth. This is the reason why they do much damage to many plants and crops. 

14.) Forked Tongue

This lady on the picture has Tongue Bifurcation. This type of body modification is also called Tongue Splitting. I don’t understand why some people have to do this.

15.) Blue Tongue Skink

This skink is simply amazing. Why, it has blue-colored tongue. That’s it!

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Intriguing and Unique Insects

Here are some of the most intriguing and peculiar-looking insects in the world.

Faded Eighty-eight (Diaethria astalaNavy Eighty-eight 2.jpg)

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The captivating but intriguing Faded Eighty-eight Butterfly is another butterfly species with number markings on its wings. It is also commonly known as Navy Eighty-eight. This particular photo was taken at La Soledad, Oaxaca in Mexico.

Bee Robber (Acherontia lachesis)

This large moth with a wingspan of up to 13 cm can be found in the Philippines, Japan, and India and in many parts of the Oriental region. This nocturnal Death’s-head Hawk-Moth species is very fond of honey. It has the ability to mimic the scent of honey bees that it can go inside a hive unharmed to get honey. It has a stout and powerful tongue capable of piercing the wax cells and sucking the honey out.

Anna's Eighty-eight (Diaethria anna)

Another butterfly species with markings of the number “88” is the Anna's Eighty-eight. Diaethria annas species is different from Diaethria clymena or 88 Butterfly.

Cryptic Mantis (Sibylla pretiosa)

Cryptic Mantis is a unique mantis species that can be found in southern Africa. It was so named because of its ability to grow asymmetrically to match the vegetation of its environment. It has a unique leaf-like projection on the joint of its four walking legs. In captivity, it has a lifespan of 9 months.

88 Butterfly (Diaethria clymena)

If there is an 89’98 Butterfly there is also an 88 Butterfly which is scientifically named Diaethria clymena. This small but intriguing butterfly species makes people wonder how it obtained such number figures that seems to be artificially printed on its wings.

Dead Leaf Mantis

Dead Leaf Mantises are species of praying mantis that mimic dead leaves. They are very popular as exotic pets. Some of the most popular species are the Philippine Dead Leaf Mantis, Giant Dead Leaf Mantis and Malaysian Dead leaf Mantis.

89’98 Butterfly (Diaethria phlogea)

The insect is a unique and intriguing butterfly. The Diaethria phlogea is a species of butterfly that is not so colorful but is intriguing for having the numbers 89 and 98 on its wings. This unique butterfly can be found in Colombia.

Conehed Mantis (Empusa pennata)

Another unique-looking species of praying mantis is the Conehead Mantis. In Spanish, this creature is known as Mantis Palo. It can be found in Europe, specifically in France, Portugal and Spain.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

20 Amazingly Unique Architectural Designs of Houses From Around the World | Quazen

20 Amazingly Unique Architectural Designs of Houses From Around the World | Quazen

More list of unique houses in the world. Modern house designs and ancient house designs that are still widely use.
People around the world live in houses or dwellings that are very different from one another. Culture, geography, climate and materials all affect the final look and design of the dwelling. Where culture and economy permit, modern house designs are prevalent, but in many places around the world it’s the ancient house designs that are still widely used.

Mardin Stone Houses: Turkey

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This Arab-style architecture is located in Mardin, a city in southeastern Turkey.  It is commonly recognized for its Arab-style architecture, and it also has a strategic position on a rocky mountain overlooking the plains of northern Syria.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

20 Most Bizarre Congenital Defects/Abnormalities | HealthMad

20 Most Bizarre Congenital Defects/Abnormalities | HealthMad

Some peculiar abnormalities found here.
Congenital disorder or malformation is a birth defect. It is a result of genetic abnormalities, the intrauterine (uterus) environment, errors of morphogenesis, a chromosomal abnormality, or a complex mix and unknown factors.
Here’s a list of some of the most unusual birth defects.


(Photo courtesy of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry)
Aglossia is the absence of tongue at birth. This tongue anomaly is frequently found in persons who have other congenital or developmental defects particularly limb and other cranio-facial defects.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Bizarre Deadly Diseases Transmitted by Animals to Humans Two | HealthMad

Bizarre Deadly Diseases Transmitted by Animals to Humans Two | HealthMad

Japanese Encephalitis

One of the most prevalent diseases is the Japanese encephalitis. This is a disease caused by the mosquito-borne Japanese encephalitis virus. Domestic pigs and wild birds are reservoirs of the virus, transmission to humans may cause severe symptoms. This disease is most prevalent in Southeast Asia and the Far East.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Deformities Caused by Bizarre Diseases or Physical Anomalies | Healthmad

Deformities Caused by Bizarre Diseases or Physical Anomalies | Healthmad


Elephantiasis is the final chronic stage of a filariasis caused by the presence in the blood and lymph of a parasitic nematode worm. It is characterized by the thickening and hardening of the skin, together with an enormous enlargement of the part affected, usually the lower extremities. Its proper medical name is “neurofibrome.”

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Spectacular Trees From Around the World | Scienceray

Spectacular Trees From Around the World | Scienceray

Trees are some of the most beautiful things created by God. They provide food, water, shade, fresh air and other things.
I cannot imagine what life would be without trees. Here’s a list of some of the most wonderful trees from the six continents.
  1. Tree of Life – Bahrain

    The Tree of Life is a 400-year old mesquite tree in Bahrain which is considered a natural wonder. This unique tree stands alone in the desert about 1.2 miles (two kilometers) from the Jebel Dukhan. The source of water for this tree still remains a mystery, because it stands in a place completely without water supply. Mesquites yield yellowish gums used in making mucilage, candies and dyes.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Bizarre and Unique Marine Animals

Bizarre and Unique Marine Animals

There are thousands of different species of aquatic creatures found on the different oceans
of the world. Many of these are amazing, some are unusual and some are simply unique and
bizarre.  Here's a list of bizarre and unique marine animals.

Banjo Shark

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Banjo Shark or Eastern Fiddler Ray (Trygonorrhina sp.) is a unique species of guitarfish with pattern of pale lilac bands edged with dark brown and distinctive triangular pattern behind its eyes found in southern and eastern coasts of Australia. It grows to a length of 92 to 120 cm. The eastern fiddler is found to a depth of 120 meters and the southern fiddler to a depth of 180 meters.


Friday, July 2, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

12 Animals with the Longest Lifespan in the World

Methuselah was the oldest man who ever live on Earth. According to the Bible he was 969 years old when he died. Well, how about the longest-living animals to date? Check this out.
Content Source: Bukisa - 12 Animals with the Longest Lifespan in the World

Monday, June 7, 2010

13-year-old Thad Phillips Escaped 43 Hours of Bone Breaking Torture | Newsflavor

13-year-old Thad Phillips Escaped 43 Hours of Bone Breaking Torture | Newsflavor

This is a guest post from Jo Oliver, one of Triond's most prolific writers. 

I was surfing the T.V. for something…anything to watch last night. Just as I was about to decide there was nothing worth watching, I ended up finding something on Discovery. It was a series called “Escaped. ” The specific episode was titled, “Torture in Suburbia.”

I guess because of my love of the news and reporting true and weird crime, nothing seems to shock me anymore. It seems someone is always abusing, killing, or hurting someone else. However, this show, “Torture in Suburbia,” managed to shock me. It went beyond any imaginable wrong that one human can do to another.
Chris Steiner, a 14-year-old Baraboo, Wisconsin boy, disappeared from his home on July 4th, 1992. There were muddy shoe prints inside of his home and a slashed screen door. Five days after he went missing, he was found tangled in a tree in the Wisconsin River. An autopsy determined his cause of death to be drowning. It remained unclear if the drowning was an accident or foul play, and with no evidence to point in either direction, the case went cold.





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