If the thought of creepy, crawly things bugs you, you may want to skip to the next story. For those of you brave enough to continue reading, you've been warned. What some are speculating to be the largest insect in the world has been discovered by Mark Moffett, an insect enthusiast from Colorado. The giant weta was found on Little Barrier Island in New Zealand. It is a cricket-like bug that weighs as much as three mice, and it's bigger than some birds. The look of the giant weta, with its 7-inch wingspan, makes some people uncomfortable and queasy. Some people on Twitter describe it as terrifying and spine-tingling. But pictures show Moffett not only holding the arthropod, but also feeding it a regular-sized carrot. So how did it get so big? Scientists say this species has a lack of predators in its habitat and has therefore been able to thrive. One person on Twitter called the carrot-eating bug "the stuffRead More »from The Web is Bugging Out Over Monstrous Insect Discovery
- Melissa Knowles | Trending Now – Fri, Dec 2, 2011
- Melissa Knowles | Trending Now – Thu, Dec 1, 2011
Walking a tightrope and maintaining your balance in itself is an amazing accomplishment that takes tremendous skill and concentration. Ever thought about what it would be like to up the ante? That's exactly what 23-year-old Mich Kemeter does when he's highlining, which is similar to tightrope walking, but the rope is loose and bouncy, instead of taut, and elevated at extreme locations. Kemeter upped the ante even higher when he decided to highline without a harness at Yosemite National Park at 3,000 feet above ground. Kemeter walked 82 feet of rope three times with a safety harness attached to his ankle; he removed it on his fourth time. Midway through the walk, he even knelt to pray. Kemeter holds a number of world records, including walking on a 525-foot rope 25 feet above a freezing-cold lake in Austria. Kemeter told the Trending Now team that highlining is like "meditating" for him.
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How much are the stars just like us? Apparently quite a bit, right down to our to-do lists. Beatles legend John Lennon's handwritten to-do list is going up for auction at a starting bid of $3,000. The list, written for Lennon's personal assistant Fred Seaman, is being sold by auction house Gotta Have Rock and AP ImagesRoll. It lists details for meeting the "HBO Guy," and household chores that include picking up marmalade, getting a book back from a friend, and repairing a hook on the bathroom door. Some might describe the list as mundane and not noteworthy. But the New York-based auction house says the list provides "an amazing look into the everyday-ness of rock 'n' roll's most important icons." The list is being shared all over the Internet, and people on Twitter are saying the auction is scraping the bottom of the barrel and calling the list another "trivial Beatles artifact." This isn't the first piece ofRead More »from John Lennon’s Trivial To-Do List Up for Auction, and Why Patagonia Tells its Customers ‘Don’t Buy This Jacket’
What would inspire you to make a computer from scratch? When Wei Jin-Long wanted to get an iPad for his girlfriend, but couldn't afford it, he decided to build one himself. Jin-Long, who is a student at the Art & Design Department at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China, said he studied Internet video programs on how to make tablet PCs and then bought a refurbished laptop computer to start with. The old laptop came with a main board, video card, CPU and screen. Jin-Long bought the touch screen and the battery online to complete his masterpiece for a grand total of about $125. He even hand-carved and polished all the holes to give it a more professional look. Completing the custom tablet took him ten days to finish, but he told The China Daily News that it allows its user to "read, download, watch movies, [and] play games by just touching the screen." After receiving her gift,Read More »from Man Makes Homemade iPad to Surprise his Girlfriend, and a Teen in Trouble over Negative Tweet about Kansas Governor
A video of a dog in a small village in China has the web buzzing about his devotion. When 68-year-old Lao Pan died earlier this month, the only surviving member of his family was a small yellow dog that he left behind. His little companion has refused to leave his burial site since his owner's death. When villagers noticed the dog lingering around the grave, they began bringing him food and water since he had not eaten in a week. Some villagers even tried to coax the dog away and back to the village, but he always finds his way back to the grave site. Now villagers are planning to build the dog a kennel near the site where his owner is buried. Social media is loving this dog. People have been tweeting that this story is "heartbreaking," and saying that it made their heart smile and cry simultaneously. The loyal canine is also reminding people of the 19th century's legendary Greyfriar'sRead More »from Heartbroken Dog Refuses to Leave Owner’s Grave, and Facebook Rewrites Six Degrees of Separation
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