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“Try competing with this balloon artist and you would definitely be wasting your breath. Mark Verge has been perfecting the art form for more than 16 years and has created a 39ft life-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex out of 1,400 balloons. It was just one of the sculptures made by the model-maker along with a triceratops, spinosaurus, stegasaurus and utahraptor for his show in Ontario, Canada. Mr Verge, 43, who is originally from Nova Scotia, first started making balloon animals in 1995 after coming across a book about the hobby. Since then he has developed his own techniques and uses a variety of different-sized balloons to build the delicate creations. It was his collection of fossils that first gave him the idea to make model dinosaurs. His sculpture of the T Rex won Mr Verge first prize in the world balloon-sculpting competition.” w/ photos
“The cyclops shark was an unborn pup that was removed from a large female bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas, captured off of Mexico in the Sea of Cortez. Even though the photo of the cyclops shark is totally real and confirmed by scientists who have seen the shark pup, there’s a natural tendency to dismiss the photo as an excellent photoshopping job. But it isn’t.” w/ photos
“A Gold Coast man has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal his identity, covering his face in bubble-wrap before he robbed a convenience store at knifepoint. Police have released footage of the robber in the hope that someone may recognize him. The man, believed to be between 20 to 30 years of age, was wearing a black zip-up hooded jacket, board shorts and thongs when he robbed the Main Beach store. He had eye and nose holes cut out of the makeshift bubble wrap mask, which was tied around his head. Gold Coast Police Detective acting Inspector Mark White said the robbery was ‘opportunistic’ and believe the robber stole his plastic wrapping from the back of a ute, which was parked about 328ft down the road.” w/ video + photo
“For many, the praying mantis is one of the coolest creatures nature has to offer. With their long forelegs, prayer-like stance, compound eyes and long antennae, mantises already look like alien creatures. What’s more, when mantises go steampunk, with the best of what one’s toolbox has to offer, our jaws quite simply drop in awe — while the retro-futuristic creatures get ready to pounce on us! Here are seven of the best.” w/ photos