Monday, December 13, 2010

10 Weirdest New Animals Of 2010

At least seven of these will end up on a Vietnamese restaurant menu, you watch.

From National Geographic.


This tube-nosed fruit bat—which became a Web sensation as "Yoda bat"—is just one of the roughly 200 species encountered during two scientific expeditions to Papua New Guinea in 2009, scientists announced in October.

Though seen on previous expeditions, the bat has yet to be formally documented as a new species, or even named. Like other fruit bats, though, it disperses seeds from the fruit in its diet, perhaps making the flying mammal crucial to its tropical rain forest ecosystem.


Nosing around for "lost" amphibian species in western Colombia in September, scientists stumbled across three entirely new species—including this beaked toad.

"Its long, pointy, snoutlike nose reminds me of the nefarious villain Mr. Burns from The Simpsons television series," expedition leader Robin Moore said in a November statement.


You could call it the surprise du jour: A popular food on Vietnamese menus has turned out to be a lizard previously unknown to science, scientists said in November.

What's more, the newfound Leiolepis ngovantrii is no run-of-the-mill reptile—the all-female species reproduces via cloning, without the need for male lizards.


Using its fins to walk, rather than swim, along the ocean floor in an undated picture, the pink handfish is one of nine newly named species described in a scientific review of the handfish family released in May.

Only four specimens of the elusive four-inch (ten-centimeter) pink handfish have ever been found, and all of those were collected from areas around the city of Hobart, on the Australian island of Tasmania.

(See the rest at National Geographic)

Instructional Video Of The Day: Spirit Dance

Hey, don't knock it. This shit is hard. I've been practicing like mad and still can't master the Double Dream Hands. I won't give up, though. I plan to do this dance at my 40th birthday party.

Best Of The Worst Christmas Albums, Vol. 1

The soundtracks of Christmas. In Hell.

"O come all ye faithful, joyful and triZZZZZZZZZZAPPPPPPPPP!!!!!"

Unless it's "I will never sing again," I don't want to hear it.

Tastes like chicken shit.

It's official: Billy sold out.

No, thanks. I can go to my in-laws' for that.

Hungover and hungry.

Dick in a bag.

Still suckin' after all these years

This is the time... to shoot yourself.

No no no.

Cats in Christmas Trees of the Day (videos)

Here are a few of the reasons why I didn't put up a Christmas tree this year. Inspired by Simon's Cat.

- Heidi Renée

Turnabout is fair play:


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