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“The chrysalis of the butterfly looks, close up, alien and perhaps even a little frightening. Yet it is one of the four stages of the life of a butterfly and without these bizarre looking enclosures we would not have the beauty of butterflies. There always has to be a beginning in this process and above you can see a Painted Lady caterpillar beginning the transformation… Chrysalids come in a variety of sizes but the shape is generally similar throughout. What is quite remarkable, of course, is the emergence of a creature so vastly different in its adult form than it was in its immature period. Here a gorgeous monarch butterfly emerges from its chrysalid.” w/ photos
“Disney says The Lion King’s similarities to a 1950s Japanese anime series called Kimba are total coincidence. You make the call.”
“So the movie ‘Horrible Bosses’ comes out today and I have to say it looks promising… at least the Jason Bateman and Charlie Day parts. Horrible bosses are nothing new in the world of television and film — many a hit show and movie have been centered around bosses from hell. Here’s my by-no-means definitive list of fictional horrible bosses!” w/ photos
“A Chinese Proclaimers fan got more than she bargained for when she jokingly told her boyfriend she would only marry him if he walked 1,000 miles. Ling Hsueh, 23, made the comment in reference to the Scottish duo’s song 500 Miles after Liu Peiwen, 29, proposed to her. The chorus goes: “But I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more, just to be the man who walked a thousand miles, to fall down at your door.” But before Ling got around to telling Liu that she was only joking, he had bought a rucksack and set off from Henan province on the marathon hike. He said: “The distance from here to her hometown in the Guangdong province, in southeastern China, is 1,600 kilometers – which is exactly 1,000 miles. “When I get there I hope she is waiting for me and I will ask her again – and I hope she says yes. Ling told local media: “He’s such a fruitcake. I would have married him anyway and was only joking when I said he had to walk a 1,000 miles.” w/ photo
“A group of young Oamaru larrikins have brought a whole new meaning to the term ‘car pool’. Police officers on patrol in central Oamaru saw water splashing out of a ‘very rough’ looking vehicle as it drove south over a speed bump on Thames St. The officers stopped the vehicle and discovered tarpaulins over the back seat and front passenger seat – filled with warm water – in which the passengers, aged from their late teens to early 20s, were sitting. “I think they were just having a bit of fun. They didn’t think there were any majors with it,” Sergeant Tony Woodbridge said. The roof of the Mitsubishi saloon had been cut off and the car had been modified “quite majorly”. The seat-belts had been cut out and it had not been warranted or registered for some years.” w/ photo