Make Some Noise : Amnesty International Ad

This print advertisement for Amnesty International nicely delivers the message to the public. It was done for a 2007 concert. The ad agency was DDB, Hungary with Milos Ilic as Creative Director, Lukasz Brzozowski as Art Director and Copywriter. Photographer was Gabor Mate.

Most Pierced Woman in the World

The person on this photograph is Elaine Davidson, the "Most Pierced Woman" in the World. As of May 2008, Davidson's piercings total 5,920. She was born in Brazil in 1965 and now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland.

When examined by a Guinness World Record official in May 2000, Davidson had 462 piercings, with 192 in her face alone. By August 2001 when she was re-examined she was found to have 720 piercings. Performing at the Edinburgh Festival in 2005, the Guardian reported that she now had 3,920 body piercings. She has more piercings in her genitalia than in any other part of the body - 500 in all, externally and internally. The total weight of her jewelry is estimated to be about 3 kilograms. As of May 2008, Davidson's piercings total 5,920.

Whales stranded in Senegal

Last week, more than 100 long-finned pilot whales swam ashore in the Yoff neighborhood of Senegal's capital, Dakar and became stranded overnight. At least 30 whales died. Local fishermen managed to dislodge 48 others and send them back to the ocean. According to environmental experts, this was the biggest mass stranding of whales for 30 years in Senegal.

Photo from Mars by Phoenix probe

First images of Mars, sent by NASA's Phoenix space probe after successful landing on the planet. Phoenix landed at the north pole of Mars on 25 May.

Want to take a nap?

Want to take a nap? Wait, in order to take a good nap, you may not always need a good bed! Don't believe me? Take a look at these photographs. Got it?

The Chapel of Human Bone

Look at the picture above. This is Sedlec Ossuary, a small Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec, Czech Republic. Wait! This is not just another chapel. It contains approximately 40,000-70,000 human skeletons, artistically arranged to form decorations of the building and it's furnishings. So, this is the "Chapel of Human Bones".

But, what inspired to build this chapel of human bones? Let's give some lights on the history behind this chapel.

During the Black Death in the mid 14th century, and after the Hussite Wars in the early 15th century, many thousands of people were buried Sedlec and the cemetery had to be greatly enlarged. Around 1400, a Gothic church was built in the center of the cemetery with a vaulted upper level and a lower chapel to be used as an ossuary for the mass graves unearthed during construction, or simply slated for abolition to make room for new burials. After 1511 the task of exhuming skeletons and stacking their bones in the chapel was, according to legend, given to a half-blind monk of the order.

Between 1703 and 1710 a new entrance was constructed to support the front wall, which was leaning outward, and the upper chapel was rebuilt. This work, in the Czech Baroque style, was designed by Jan Santini Aichel. In 1870, FrantiĊĦek Rint, a woodcarver, was employed by the Schwarzenberg family to put the bone heaps into order. The macabre result of his effort speaks for itself. Four enormous bell-shaped mounds occupy the corners of the chapel. An enormous chandelier of bones, which contains at least one of every bone in the human body, hangs from the center of the nave with garlands of skulls draping the vaults. Other works include piers and monstrances flanking the altar, a large Schwarzenberg coat-of-arms, and the signature of Master Rint, also executed in bone, on the wall near the entrance. Wikipedia

Donkey Car!

Look at the picture above. Is it what we call a "Donkey Car"? Another one below. I think, the owners of these cars are very clever, as they can enjoy a car ride without paying for petrol. But, I am sure that animal activists will give them a good lesson. What you say?

World's Largest Moth

The Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is a large moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, southern China, common across the Malay archipelago, Thailand and Indonesia. Atlas moths are said to be named after either the Titan of Greek mythology, or their map-like wing patterns. Atlas moths are considered as the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area (upwards of c. 400 square cm or 65 square inches). Their wingspans are also amongst the largest, from 25-30 cm (10-12 inches).

In India, Atlas moths are cultivated for their silk in a non-commercial capacity. Unlike the silk produced by the Silkworm moth (Bombyx mori), Atlas moth silk is secreted as broken strands. This brown, wool-like silk is thought to have greater durability and is known as fagara. Atlas moth cocoons have been employed as purses in Taiwan.

The females are appreciably larger and heavier. Their bodies are hairy and disproportionately small compared to their wings. Patterns and colouration vary among the many described subspecies. Male Atlas moths are distinguished from females by their smaller size, more tapered wings, and larger, bushier antennae. Neither sex possess fully-formed mouth parts and therefore do not feed; throughout their 1-2 week adult life they survive entirely on larval fat reserves that they build up while they are caterpillars.

World's Largest Spider

Take a look at the creature in the picture. It is the Goliath Bird Eating Spider or the Birdeater, the "Largest Spider in the World". It belongs to the Tarantula family and it's scientific name is Theraphosa blondi. These spiders have up to a 30 centimeter (12 in) long leg span when fully extended and can weigh over 120 grams. The spider was named by explorers from the Victorian era, who witnessed one eating a hummingbird and reported the sighting to the Western world.

The Goliath Bird Eating Spider is found in the rain forest regions of northern South America. Wild goliath birdeaters are a deep burrowing species, found commonly in marshy or swampy areas. Goliath birdeaters usually live in burrows in the ground that they have either dug themselves or have been previously abandoned by rodents or other similar creatures.

The female birdeaters mature in 2.5-3 years and have an average life span of 15 to 25 years. Males die soon after maturity and have a lifespan of 3 to 6 years. Birdeaters have hair on their bodies, abdomens, and legs. Their colors range from dark to light brown with faint markings on the legs. The goliath birdeater has poor eyesight and mainly relies on vibrations in the ground that they can sense from their burrows.The female lays anywhere from 100 to 400 eggs, which hatch into spiderlings within two months.

The goliath birdeater is fairly harmless to humans. Like all tarantulas, it has fangs large enough to break the skin of a human (1-2.5 cm). They do carry venom in their fangs and have been known to bite humans when threatened. But this venom is relatively harmless and its effects are comparable to those of a wasp's sting.

The Tiger Temple of Thailand

The Tiger Temple or "Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua", is a Buddhist temple located in the Saiyok district of Thailand's Kanchanaburi province. It was founded in 1994 as a forest temple and sanctuary for numerous wild animals. Now the major attractions of the temple are the tigers that walk around freely once a day and can be petted by tourists.

As of 2007, over 21 cubs have been born at the temple and the total number of tigers is about 12 adult tigers and 4 cubs. These tigers spend most of the time in cages, being fed with cooked chicken, beef and dry cat food.

The Tiger Temple opens daily for visitors at about 1pm, and the tigers are walked back to their enclosures at around 4pm. The entry fee is 300 Baht. The most common way of visiting the temple is to go on a tour from nearby Kanchanaburi for 300 Baht per head, or to hire your own Songthaew from the bus station for a group for less than 1000 Baht. Day trips are also available from Bangkok. Prices current as of July 2006 and do not include temple entrance fee. The temple now receives 300 to 600 visitors a day and above the 300 Baht admission fee, there are donations boxes all over the temple. To get photos with the tigers, visitors are asked to give a donation.