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Hungry Snake Picked The Wrong Dinner

by Justine Alford

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Researchers on Golem Grad Island, Macedonia, stumbled upon a rather intriguing and wholly disgusting find whilst looking for snakes –  a dead young viper with the head of a huge centipede protruding through its body. What a way to go! The report has been briefly described in the journal Ecologica Montenegrina.

Nose-horned vipers (Vipera ammodytes) are venomous snakes found in southern Europe, the Balkans and certain parts of the Middle East. They can grow up to 95 centimeters and possess a characteristic “horn” on the snout, hence the name. They’re also considered to be the most dangerous European viper because their venom is highly toxic, but they’re a pretty docile species that tend to only bite when provoked.

Adult nose-horned vipers usually feed on lizards, smaller snakes and rabbits on Golem Grad, whilst the juveniles eat lizards and a particular species of centipede, the Megarian banded centipede (Scolopendra cingulata). It is not uncommon for snakes to consume potentially dangerous prey, and there have been numerous reports of death due to them “biting off more than they can chew”. Although, as mentioned, these vipers are known to eat this particular species of centipede, it seems that this cocky snake may have underestimated his dinner this time.

S. cingulata can be pretty savage killers themselves; they’re opportunistic carnivores and will eat almost anything that’s not larger than themselves. The authors of the paper note that it’s exceedingly difficult to kill a full-grown Scolopendra. Some people even keep these creepy crawlies as pets. Each to their own I suppose.

The team measured the viper and the centipede; the centipede was found to be 84% of the viper’s trunk length, 112% of its body width and 114% of its body weight. This isn’t hugely impressive compared to the size of animals that snakes have been found to consume previously. But what is interesting/disgusting is that upon dissection, the snake was missing all of its visceral organs- the centipede was occupying the entire volume of the snake’s body. They think it’s possible that the snake swallowed the centipede alive, but the centipede ate its way through the snake in an attempt of freedom, bursting its way through the snake’s abdomen (I am going to have nightmares now…). But unfortunately the poor little guy didn’t make it and died inside the snake with his head poking out. So close… Yet so far…

If you’re scarred for life from reading this, have some emergency comedy of a rare bird humping a photographer’s head.

Source : I Fucking Love Science

10 Things That Indians Need To Stop Doing In Goa

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Anisha Ralhan
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India’s cheap version of Thailand, Goa for ages has been the prison break we need in our lives. The sultry beaches, the sizzling food, the smashing babes. All of this, infuses us with Duracell rabbit like energy to party all night to wake up feeling like Bradley Cooper from Hangover, next morning. While it scores ten on ten on fun, beauty and debauchery, it’s not entirely devoid of eyesores. Here’s a list of must don’ts you might wanna pack in your bagpack if you’re planning a trip to Goa.

Disclaimer, keeping them in mind may or may not get you laid, but it will up your coolness, I promise.

 

1. Flashing Rupa underwear and Banyaan.

Admit it guys, you look nothing like this while coming out of the sea.

 

2.Wearing bridal make up and jewelry to the beach.

Agreed darling, you just got married but do you really think the red flowers on your swimsuit match with your red bangles.

 

3. Walking up to women on the beach with fraandship requests.

Honestly, It’s creepier to hear “Hey wanna a nice company to party” in person.

 

4. Couples on the beach, posing like Jack and Rose from Titanic.

Give us a break, it’s not 1997 folks.

 

5. Drunk, I-don’t- know- where -we- are- going -or- who- we- will- run -over -now-driving.

Be a serial kisser, not a serial killer.

 

6.  Speaking in queer accent to pick up foreigners.

Each time I hear an Indian boy say “Whar yoo from?” I just feel like telling him”Can you please repeat this in English”.

 

7. Imposing trance music on anything that moves.

I feel like slapping every bloke who thinks Goa is fun only for trance lovers.

 

8. Bragging about their amazing alcohol capacity.

Big deal, if you develop a live-in relationship with beer in Goa, you will probably die of liver failure before you turn 40.

 

9. People please spare us your Goa: Fun in the sun album where you have tagged all the food you ate there.

Let’s take a minute to remind ourselves that Goa isn’t Miami and we aren’t in the 90′s.

 

10. Guys clicking pictures of semi-clad women behind their sunglasses.

You really that that trick goes unnoticed?

Source: ScoopWhoop

This Invention From India Is Going to Change The Way We Live Forever!

Rohildev from Kerala, is the creator of this unique invention called Fin and it could revolutionize the way we interact with technology. His crowd funding  initiative for his project was an overwhelming success and managed to raise over $200,000 USD from over 2000 people to fine tune and develop this amazing invention.

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With voice calling, Android 4.2.2, 3G, Dual SIM & more. Know more! In case you have been living under a rock, Kerala, India-based creator Rohildev has come up with a unique invention called Fin that looks to revolutionize the way we interact with technology. Now, there are reports that the device is experiencing great response from fans with a big number of pre-orders also complimenting its popularity. Developed by Kerala-based Rohildev, 23, the device has just managed to conclude an extremely successful campaign on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

Fin is basically a tiny hardware product that users can wear on their thumbs as a ring. The ring will then convert the user’s whole palm into a gesture interface. The project has already raised about $200,000 from some 1,600 people around the world who have already pre-ordered the product. Previous to this, Fin’s initial target for the project was to raise $100,000. However, back in mid-February when it found that its target was getting accomplished faster than expected, the campaign’s deadline was extended to March 9, and this resulted in the doubling of its monetary collections. Recommended: Top 10 Best Smartphones To Buy In India Under Rs 40,000 Fin, which is worn as a ring on the thumb, is made up of sensors that can diversely recognize each segment (phalange) of the fingers. It also has Bluetooth connectivity that can be used to link Fin to other devices like smartphones, TVs or other similar wearable device. What this means is that now users can assign different functions to each finger segment, while also having the ability to perform a function by just making the thumb touch the segment in question. As of now, this is just the second such Indian startup to have experienced a great backing via a crowdfunding platform in recent times. Last year, Gecko, a coin-sized electronic device, offering a host of uses, was developed and marketed by a Bangalore startup. The project raised orders worth $135,485, which was more than double the previously set target of $50,000.

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Indian Headshakes – What do they mean?

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A lot of people have been confusing themselves about what the great Indian head shakes mean and how to communicate using the same. Here is an earnest attempt at explaining the different types of head shakes are and their meaning. Enjoy!

Hilarious Animated Short Film Explains Exactly What Happens In Your Mind When You Meet Your Crush

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Check out this great CGI animated short film by the talented Josiah Haworth, Joon Shik Song and Joon Soo Song! Presented by Ringling College of Art and Design and debuting online exclusively in Cartoon Brew’s 4th annual Student Animation Festival. For more information about this short film

Govt wants to extend Bangalore nightlife, cops wary

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BANGALORE: The city may stop going to bed early. The state government is open to the idea of extending the 11pm deadline for nightlife to 1am.

The government plans to seek the opinion of all stakeholders and different sections of society before taking a decision. Asked about the government’s stance, chief minister Siddaramaiah said the government is seriously considering the proposal. “Many people have asked me to extend this deadline. Eminent people from the IT sector, like Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and TV Mohandas Pai, also met me about this issue.”

Asked whether he’d set a timeline for implementing it, he declined to comment.

But it’s unlikely that champagne may flow beyond Cinderella hours, for police are firmly opposed to extending the deadline for bars. They want the extension to apply to eateries, but not to pubs and bars.

“I was informally told about the government’s deliberations to extend the deadline for bars and restaurants from 11pm to 1am. However, I haven’t received any official word. If the government decides to go ahead with an extension, it’s a policy matter, and it’ll be followed. But when the opinion of the city police commissioner is sought, I’ll express my reservations,” police commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar told TOI.

“I’ll be happy to look at such a proposal if it comes to me,” he added.

Elaborating on the police position, Auradkar said over the past few years, the crime rate in Bangalore has come down. “If you look at crime at night, drunken brawls, including those leading to murder, are rampant. My force, already understaffed and overburdened, may have to deal with more such incidents, and the crime rate will go back to what it was earlier,” he explained.

Asked how cities like Mumbai and Chennai are managing late deadlines, he said: “We don’t have a police force as big as the ones in Mumbai or Chennai. Mumbai police officials did not want to extend their deadline on New Year’s eve fearing an increase in crime.”

Home minister KJ George admitted there’s both demand for and opposition to the proposal. “We will convene a meeting of all departments concerned, like the police, tourism and excise, and other stakeholders to discuss it. We’ll also convene a meeting of representatives from a cross-section of society, including media and resident welfare associations, to elicit their opinions. Based on the outcome, a decision will be taken.”

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Extending the nightlife deadline in Bangalore has gotten reduced to a heated debate on keeping pubs and restaurants open till longer than the current 11.30pm cutoff. But that’s just one part of the story. Allowing all kinds of business establishments to stay open longer is a better argument as that puts more feet on the streets and makes the city safer than when only those looking for a late-night meal and drink are out. It also means that many other supplementary services like public transport have to also extend their timings. The authorities can start this experiment in the Central Business District and, based on the response, extend it to commercial centres of other areas.

Source: Times of India

Dam Funk & Snoop Zilla “Do My Thang”

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Check out the latest video “Do My Thang” from Snoopzilla & Dam-Funk’s project 7 Days of Funk, out now on Stones Throw Records. Get your copy of the album on iTunes today! http://smarturl.it/7daysoffunk

“Do My Thang” also features both artists wearing Snoop Dogg’s latest paisley and rose printed Neff collection, available now at Tilly’s.

Director – John Mazyck
Executive Producer – Ian Mallitz
Producer – Frank Vasquez
Producer – Ron Alvarez
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Kanye West unveils bloody Yeezus short film

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Kanye West unveils bloody ‘Yeezus’ short film starring Scott Disick and w’s BFF Jonathan Cheban.

Kanye West has tapped into his girlfriend — and mother of his first child – Kim Kardashian‘s circle of friends for his latest project, enlisting the help of Scott Disick and Jonathan Cheban to star in an American Psycho-inspired short filmto promote his latest album, Yeezus.

In the clip, which is now airing on the rapper’s official website, Disick channelsChristian Bale‘s Patrick Bateman character from the famous 2000 horror flick. Meanwhile, Cheban acts as the businessman’s rival Peter Allen, who was played by Jared Leto in the film.

True to the Brett Easton Ellis adaptation, the homage has plenty of bloodshed as an axe-wielding Disick hacks Cheban to pieces while listening to West’s “New Slaves.”

20 Clever Inventions You Probably Didn’t Know Were Made By Indians

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Indian inventions and discoveries have been instrumental in shaping the face of the current modern world. We picked up 20 such interesting findings out of a whole bunch that will make you go, “I didn’t know that”.

1. Buttons

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Buttons were first used in Mohenjo-daro for ornamental purpose rather than for fastening. They were first used in the Indus Valley Civilization by 2000 BCE.

 

2. Chess

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Chess developed out of Chaturanga, which is an ancient strategy board game developed during the Gupta Empire in India around the 6th century AD. Now you know why Vishwanathan Anand is such a pro, rag rag me is tarah… ;)

 

3. Prefabricated home and movable structure

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In 16th century Mughal India, during the reign of Akbar, the first prefabricated & movable structures were invented.

 

4. Ruler

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Rulers were first used by the Indus Valley Civilization prior to 1500 BCE. Made of ivory, the rulers found during excavation, reveal the amazing accuracy of decimal subdivisions on it.

 

5. Shampoo

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The word ‘Shampoo’ is derived from chāmpo (चाँपो). It was initially used as a head massage oil for the Nawabs of Bengal during the Mughal Empire around 1762. It evolved into shampoo over the years.

 

6. Snakes and Ladders

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The game, Snakes & Ladders,  was invented in India as a game of morals. Later it spread to England and eventually introduced in the USA by game pioneer Milton Bradley in 1943.

 

7. Cotton cultivation (We clothed the world, yay!)

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The ancient Greeks used to wear animal skins and were not even aware of cotton. But Indians were sort of cool ;) and started cultivating cotton during the 5th – 4th millennium BCE in the Indus Valley Civilization. The word spread to the Mediterranean and beyond and soon everyone was ordering one from Flipkart. Well, pretty much.

 

8. Fibonacci Numbers

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The Fibonacci numbers were first described by Virahanka, Gopala  andHemachandra as an outgrowth of earlier writings by Pingala.

 

9. Decimal System, Quadratic formula and Zero!

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It was in 7th century CE when Brahmagupta found the first general formula for solving quadratic equations. The decimal system (or the Hindu number system), which was a precursor of the Arabic numeric system, was developed in India between the 1st and 6th centuries CE.

 

10. Suits Game

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The popular game of cards originated from India & was known as Krida-patram (which literally means “painted rags for playing”).

 

11. Cataract Surgery

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Indian physician Sushruta (6th century BCE) had the knowledge of performing cataract surgery. It spread to China from India. Greek scientists would visit India to get operations done and also to learn the nitty-gritties.

 

12. Diamond Mining

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Worldwide, India was the only source of diamonds until the discovery of mines in Brazil in the 18th century. Almost 5000 years ago, diamonds were first recognized and mined in central India.

 

13. Water on Moon

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ISRO’s Chandrayaan-1 made the startling discovery that our moon is not a dry ball of rocks. The discovery of lunar water is attributed to the Chandrayaan mission.

 

14.  Radio/Wireless communication

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We all know that Marconi received a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1909 for contribution to the development of wireless telegraphy. But the first public demonstration of radio waves for communication was made by Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose in 1895, two years prior to Marconi’s similar demonstration in England.

Sir Bose was posthumously credited (more than a century later) for his achievement. The fact remains that this discovery truly shaped the face of modern wireless communication.

 

15. Flush Toilets

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Flush toilets were first used in the Indus Valley Civilization. These existed in most homes and were connected to a sophisticated sewage mechanism. The civilization was prominent in hydraulic engineering.

 

16. Binary Code

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Binary numbers were first described by Pingala (c. 200 BC). Pingala is the traditional name of the author of the Chandaḥśāstra, the earliest known Sanskrit treatise on prosody.

 

17. Ink

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Many ancient cultures and civilizations independently discovered and prepared ink for writing purposes. The source of carbon pigment used in Indian Ink (called musi) used in ancient India, was India. Since 4th century BC, the practice of writing with ink with a sharp pointed needle was common in South India.

 

18. Steel & Metal works

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Ancient Indians were pioneers in metallurgy. High quality steel was produced, almost two thousand years before it was understood by the West. One of the most remarkable feat in metallurgy: creating a seamless celestial globe, was invented in Kashmir. It was earlier considered impossible to create a metal globe without seams.

So thanks to India, Iron Man can wear his suit now.

 

19. Fiber Optics

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Named as one of the 7 ‘Unsung Heroes’ by Fortune Magazine, Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany, is widely recognized as the ‘Father of Fiber Optics’ for his pioneering work in Fiber Optics technology. Watch him speak eloquently on his entrepreneurial journey.

 

20. Plastic Surgery

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Yes, you heard it right. Indians were pioneers in Plastic Surgery too. It was carried out in India as early as 2000 BCE.

So, we’ve always been a cool country. ;)  History is testimony to it. So what’s stopping you from being innovative? Go, win the world.

Source : Storypick.com