Mummified Dog Given Name “Stuckie” Has Been Stuck In Tree For More Than 50 Years

Loggers working cutting down trees were shocked when they came across something very unusual inside a tree. They found a mummified dog, and it came close to being turned to mulch.

Loggers typically come across certain things when they are working cutting down trees. It is not unusual for them to find birds’ nests for instance, but one thing that they did not expect to find nestled inside the middle of a tree they were cutting down was a mummified dog. This is exactly what a team of loggers came across who were working for the Georgia Kraft Corp. while they were cutting down trees during the 1980s.

Dog Became Wedged In Centre Of Tree Chasing Squirrel

The loggers were working in a grove of chestnut oaks in Southern Georgia when they came across the mummified corpse of the dog. They cut off the top of the tree and were loading it onto the back of a truck so that it could be transported away when one of them decided to take a look down into the hollow inside the tree. The logger was surprised and shocked to see perfectly mummified remains of the dog complete with barred teeth as it was fighting for survival after becoming stuck in the middle of the tree.

Experts have studied the dog’s carcass and they came to the conclusion that the dog would have been a hunting dog dating back to the 1960s. The dog might have been chasing an animal such as a squirrel and it went through a hole in the roots of the tree and got into the middle of the hollow tree. It was speculated that the dog went higher up the tree chasing the animal but the higher it went the narrower the tree got.

The experts have said that from the position of the paws of the dog, it had continued to climb up inside the tree and continued to do so until it became tightly wedged in the tree hollow and was unable to move and would have eventually starved to death.

Perfect Set Of Circumstances Led To Preservation Of Dog

They also believe that a perfect set of circumstances might have taken place and although the dog had died it was not forgotten. Experts said that generally a dog that died out in the wild would eventually decay and other animals would eat it. Because this dog died inside the hollow of a tree no other animals were able to reach it and it was not out in the elements.

Another possibility is that the due to the height of the body of the dog in the tree, other animals were not able to smell it. The type of tree also played a part as it lends to natural mummification process. It is said that Chestnut oaks have tannins and this is used in taxidermy and tanning and this is used on animal pelts so that they do not suffer decay. The tannins inside the tree seeped into the corpse of the dog and this stopped it from rotting on the inside and preserved it.

The environment inside the tree trunk was dry, and this gave it shelter from the elements outside while at the same time taking all the moisture from the carcass of the dog. Air that was taken into the tree from the base then created a vacuum and this helped with the drying out process of the body of the dog.

The loggers took the mummified corpse of the dog to a museum where the rare sight is not on display to the world, and the dog has been given the name of “Stuckie” and lives on forever at the Southern Forest World Museum in his wooden tomb.

Wealthy Bristol residents cause uproar by installing ‘anti-bird spikes’ to stop droppings hitting expensive cars

Wealthy residents have attached ‘anti-bird spikes’ to trees in a bid to protect their expensive cars from droppings, outraging environmentalists.

The spikes – which are generally used to stop birds resting and building nests on ledges and nooks on buildings – were nailed to two trees in an exclusive part of Bristol.

The trees, located in the front gardens of privately owned flats in the Clifton area of the city, have been described by a local Green Party councillor as “literally uninhabitable to birds.”

One resident, who asked to remain anonymous, confirmed the spikes were “solely to to protect cars”, which include a number of expensive BMWs and Audis, from bird droppings.

They said: “The spikes are solely to protect the cars, there is no other reason.

“There is a big problem with bird droppings around here. They can really make a mess of cars, and for some reason the birds do seem to congregate around this area.

“We did try other methods to scare off the birds.

“I think we had a wooden bird of prey in the branches, but that didn’t seem to do anything.” 

The ‘anti-bird spikes’ are commonly used in shopping centres – including Bristol’s Broadmead and Cabot Circus – to protect shoppers from bird droppings.

But the use of spikes in trees is much less common, although they are understood to have been attached to the branches some time ago.

One resident said the spikes are there “solely to protect the cars” (SWNS)

Green Party councillor Paula O’Rourke, who represents the area, said: “I’m aware that the landowner might be legally within their rights to do this to the trees as they seem to be on private land.

“However, I will be looking into this at the council.

“Whether allowed or not though, it looks awful and it’s a shame to see trees being literally made uninhabitable to birds – presumably for the sake of car parking.

“Sometimes it’s too easy to lose sight of the benefit that we all gain from trees and green spaces and from the presence of wildlife around us in the city.”

Twitter user Jennifer Garrett wrote: “Our war on wildlife: now birds are not allowed in trees…?! Pigeon spikes spotted in Clifton, Bristol above a car park. Has anyone seen this before? How is it allowed?!”

Ms Garrett’s comments have been retweeted more than 2,000 times, with many other users condemning the tree spikes.

 

Source www.independent.co.uk

UNIVERSITY LECTURER CLAIMS TO HAVE CAPTURED REAL-LIFE FAIRIES

A 50-year-old photographer and university lecturer says that he has been taking photographs of real-life fairies for the last two years. He said that in the beginning he did not know what he was capturing in his photos and when he blew them up he got a shock. He said that following this he went back and took more photos of the gnats and flies but they did not look the same. FAIRIES OR INSECTS?

Of course, people might want to cast their minds back to 1920 when Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright said that they had captured photos of fairies playing at the bottom of the garden. It wasn’t until the 70s that the photos were debunked and revealed that the photos included cardboard cut-outs. So is this another hoax or are the fairies in the recent photographs nothing more than flying insects?

A university lecturer is claiming to have photographed these ‘fairies’ flying through the air in the British countryside  

John Hyatt is going to be displaying the fairy photos in the Rossendale Whitaker Museum and he said that there are stranger things in life than fairies. Looking at the photographs blown up it does seem that there are wings on either side of what looks like a body, with arms and legs dangling down underneath. A CLOSER LOOK

John Hyatt, 53, says his series of photos which were taken over the past two years prove that they do exist in the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire 

Hyatt said that people should look at the photographs with an open mind and then decide for themselves just what the creatures are in the photographs. He went on to say that it was one of the situations where people had to see something to believe. He concluded by saying that many people had seen them and said that the photographs had brought magic into their hearts.

WOMAN ALSO CAPTURED PHOTOS OF REAL FAIRIES This is not the first time in recent years that someone has said they have captured a photograph of a real life fairy. In 2015 Lisa Wildgoose was out taking photographs in the forest and she stopped to take a close up of some bluebells. It was only when she got home and uploaded the photographs taken that day to the computer that she found a mysterious figure that was hovering near to the bluebells.

In the bottom left hand corner of one of her photographs there does seem to be a very tiny creature with wings and when enlarged to that part of the photograph it looks like the creature has blonde colored hair and wearing trousers. Wildgoose said that she had believed in fairies when growing up and Tinkerbell used to be her 

favorite from Peter Pan. She said that when she saw the photograph she had been shocked and she showed it to her girls, who also said that it, was a fairy. In 2009 Phyllis Bacon from South London claimed she had taken a photograph of a real-life fairy at the bottom of her garden. She said that the fairies had been enjoying themselves flying around the garden and the pictures she had taken were beautiful and were enough to make people believe in fairies again. COTTINGLEY FAIRIES WERE MOST ELABORATE FAIRY HOAX The Cottingley fairy photographs were one of the most elaborate hoaxes involving fairies in Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. Elsie Wright, aged 16, said that she took photographs of her cousin playing at the bottom of the garden with fairies. Wright along with Francis Griffiths had got into trouble previously when she fell into a stream at the bottom of the garden and said that it happened when she was playing with fairies. Shortly after getting into trouble they devised a plan that would go on to make headlines and which would take many years to prove it was a hoax. Elsie said they should take photographs of fairies to prove to her mother they were telling the truth and so they drew fairies, cut them out and pasted them onto cardboard. Little did the two realize that they would create photographs that would be some of the most reproduced in history?

The girls arranged four fairies on bushes and Frances was staring at them and the photos were taken. Her father exposed the photographs in a dark room and the children said that they were proof fairies were real. The photos spread fast and the pair stuck to their story for many years, until Frances reached the age of 76 and confessed. A joke that should have lasted just hours lasted 70 years.

Marlène Huissoud uses insect by-products to develop new materials

French designer Marlène Huissoud explains how she produced a range of “glass” and “leather” objects using resin collected from beehives and silkworm cocoons in this movie from Eindhoven.

Vases made from propolis by Marlène Huissoud

Huissoud‘s project From Insects aims to showcase the “unique” and “precious” materials that can be created from insect by-products.

“I’m showing two different materials that come from two different insects,” Huissoud says in the movie, which was filmed at Dutch Design Week last year. “It’s a celebration of the properties of these materials.”

Vases made from propolis by Marlène Huissoud

Huissoud, who comes from a family of beekeepers, has produced a series of vases out of a kind of biodegradable resin called propolis. The resin is produced by bees from plant matter and used to fill small gaps in a beehive.

 

“The bees collect it and use it as a sealant,” Huissoud explains. “Once a year the beekeeper has to remove this material in order to extract the honey.”

Huissoud discovered that by purifying and heating the material, she could blow it like glass.

“[Propolis has] different properties depending on the trees [the bees produce it from],” she explains. “The one that I’ve been exploring is from rubber trees. It has a really unique glass-like aspect.”

With a much lower melting point, the material is easier to manipulate than glass, Huissoud says, but produces similar – if slightly smellier – results when set.

“The smell comes from the beehive and is very strong,” she says. “It will last a long time, so if you want a piece [in your home], you’re going to have a smell with it as well.”

Rug made from a leather-like material by Marlène Huissoud

The second material Huissoud has developed is made from the cocoons of a species of Indian silkworm, which is bred primarily for the food industry rather than silk production.

Silkworm cocoon

The cocoons contain a natural glue called sericin that binds the fibres of silk together when heat and water is applied.

“[The cocoon] is like an onion; it has different layers of fibres and it contains an amazing natural glue,” Huissoud explains. “You can make a really strong paper out of it.”

Huissoud discovered that by combining this paper-like material with propolis, she could make a material with many of the properties of leather.

“I used the bee bioresin as a varnish on top of it,” she says. “This new material is very similar to leather and it can be used in fashion or furniture.”

Vases made from propolis by Marlène Huissoud

Both materials are made from the natural by-products of insects, but Huissoud doesn’t believe the processes could be scaled up to produce more sustainable materials in future. Propolis is actually very rare, with a single hive producing no more than 100 grams a year, she says.

“It is really a craft project,” she explains. “I don’t see it having industrial potential because bee bioresin is so precious.”

This movie was filmed in Eindhoven at Dutch Design Week 2014. The music in the movie is a track called Family Music by local hip hop producer Y’Skid.

 

Source www.dezeen.com

A Village Inside A Volcano! This Really Exists!

This Village Was Built Inside An Active Volcano. The last recorded eruption killed 140 people in 1785. It was pretty quiet until about 50 years later, when people began once again to occupy the island. 

 

 

Aogashima can only be accessed by ferry or helicopter.

Some 200 residents occupy tiny portion of the island that has simple amenities like a school, a post office, a general store, and a helipad. Scuba diving, hiking and camping around the volcano, or relaxing in hot springs and geothermal saunas are just some of the activities residents regularly enjoy.

happy kid with magnifying glass

The scalding hot steam vents on the main volcano are used for practical applications like powering the public sauna, cooking food, or generating electricity. Though it’s a two-hour boat ride south, the island is funded as a portion of Tokyo.

Geologists don’t believe the mountain will erupt anytime soon. So you can relax, enjoy a cocktail and abundant free energy while taking in the amazing beauty of the island.

2,000 used plastic ice cream bins were used to construct a microlibrary in Indonesia. 

This library is the first of a series of small libraries planned to be built through Indonesia.  It’s aim to to enlighten and bring attention to the declining literacy amount the population.  

They hope that these building will become cultural hub by offering a space where people can read, learn, and have access to the internet. 

The microlibrary was built using simple construction techniques. The first floor of the steel structure made from l-beams and concrete slabs is clad in an unlikely material-ice cream buckets. The buckets were placed in-between vertical steel ribs and slightly tilted towards the outside to repel rainwater.

Due to the mild climate in Indonesia, there is no need for air conditioners. The 2000 buckets were a cost efficient solution which lets daylight reach the interior and facilitates natural ventilation.

 

Source: inhabitat

Mysterious fanged sea creature washed up during Hurricane Harvey identified

After high winds and heavy rains brought by Hurricane Harvey, a mysterious sea creature with fangs and no face washed up on the shoreline in southwest Texas – giving the Internet a challenging task: to identify it.

Preeti Desai, social media manager at the National Audubon Society, posted pictures of the critter earlier this month on Twitter, asking, “What the heck is this??”

Desai, who said she had accompanied conservationists assessing the damage from the storm, spotted the creature on a beach in Texas City, about 15 miles from Galveston.

(Twitter/@Preetalina)

The Internet gave its best guesses:

A gulper eel.

A “bloated” moray eel.

No, an alien.

“I follow a lot of scientists and researchers,” Desai told BBC News about her plea for answers on social media. “There’s such a great community of these folks that are very helpful, especially when it comes to answering questions about the world or identifying animals and plants.”

She said someone suggested that she contact Kenneth Tighe, a biologist with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Tighe, an eel expert, told Earth Touch News that the creature was most likely a fangtooth snake-eel, or Aplatophis chauliodus.

Fangtooth snake-eels live in burrows 100 to 300 feet down in waters stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to French Guiana, “with only snout and eyes exposed, darting to feed on other fishes and crustaceans,” according to FishBase, an online database for fish species.

(Twitter/@Preetalina)

Other possibilities? Bathyuroconger vicinus or Xenomystax congroides.

“All three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth,” Tighe told Earth Touch News. “Too bad you can’t clearly see the tip of the tail. That would differentiate between the ophichthid and the congrids.”

Desai told BBC News that she left the dead eel alone to “let nature take its course.”

She wrote in a post Sept. 8 on Audubon’s website that in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, she traveled to Houston to help document “the effects of the hurricane on birds and their habitats.”

“I joined Audubon Texas’s Coastal Conservation program manager, Victoria Vazquez, and coastal warden, Dennis Jones, to visit some of the rookery islands off the coast of Galveston and assess the damage,” she wrote. “They wanted to take a look at things like how much land had been lost and how much plant cover was missing due to being uprooted or washed away. Changes like these could affect the number of species that will be able to nest on the habitat in the future.”

“Audubon Texas and partner organizations like Houston Audubon collectively own or lease more than 170 coastal islands, some of which appear and disappear as currents shift and waves wash over them. These islands, even when they’re no more than sandbars, are supremely important for many colonial water birds – birds that gather in groups – as they nest and breed during the spring and summer months. Visit at the right time and you’ll find American Oystercatchers, Brown Pelicans, Least Terns, and more. (But be careful – birds are especially vulnerable during nesting season and no visitors are allowed on the islands from February through August.) Brown Pelicans in particular were at risk of extinction in the 1970s, and although they’ve made a comeback since then, their nesting areas (and those of many other species) are now in trouble due to rising sea levels and stronger storms caused by climate change. So it was a positive that most of the chicks had fledged by the time Harvey hit.”

Still, people on social media were more interested in – and spooked by – the sea creature she stumbled upon while she was there.

 

Source www.independent.co.uk

Video Of Bizarre ‘Alien Creature’ Crawling On Floor Leaves Everyone Baffled

In today’s bizarre alien news, some believers think they’ve found proof that other-worldly mutant species roam Earth.

Spotted in Hsinchu, Taiwan by Huang Meilan, this writhing creature may or may not be evidence of extraterrestrial life on this planet – an oxymoron that is lost on literally nobody – depending how gullible you are, or how desperately you ant to believe UFOlogists on YouTube.

See for yourself:

The strange creature was compared to ‘an alien life form that has got lost on Earth’ after it was seen creeping around rocks.

The footage was captured and shared to social media by a ‘shocked’ Meilan, who said:

I found this on the ground and it caught my eye. I’ve never seen anything like it before. It was so strange and people said different things about it. But I wanted to know what it actually was.

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Miffy Chu wrote:

It could be a new creature made from a genetic mutation that we’ve never seen before. It’s a bit freaky watching it, it looks like an alien life form that has got lost on earth.

Perhaps this off-Earth, cocktail straw resembling creature came from the skies, as seen on Twitter:

What’s that, dead link? Spooky!

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Spoiler: It’s a worm. A number of horsehair worms mating, to be precise. Honestly, the spectacle is weird enough to watch without imagining it’s supernatural.

 

Source www.unilad.co.uk

Mystery of the slimy brain-like ‘alien blobs’ found in a Canadian lagoon that appear to be SPREADING

They might look like props from a low-budget horror film, but these mysterious slimy brain-like blobs are in fact colonies of hundreds of tiny creatures.

The pond-dwelling jellies were recently spotted for the first time in Stanley Park in Vancouver, Canada, when they were exposed by low water levels.

The creatures, known as bryozoans, have been around for hundreds of millions of years, long before the first dinosaurs walked the Earth.

And now, it appears, they are spreading – but scientists are unsure why.

Th species found in Stanley Park, known as a magnificent bryozoan or Pectinatella magnifica, normally only dwells east of the Mississippi river.

Scientists claim that warming global temperatures may have forced the bizarre organisms north of their normal habitat – but they can’t be sure.

Another theory is that they have always been there, but are simply difficult to spot.

Experts recently studied one specimen found in a small body of water in a southern part of the park known as the ‘Lost Lagoon.’

‘It’s kind of like three-day-old Jello — a bit firm but gelatinous,’ Kathleen Stormont, from the Stanley Park Ecology Society, told the Vancouver Courier.

Bryozoan clumps are actually hundreds of creatures, each a fraction of a millimetre (0.04″) long, living together in a slimy mass.

‘They’re a colony of tiny organisms that like to hang out together,’ Ms Stormont said.

‘They have a very ancient lineage that hasn’t changed for hundreds of thousands of years.’

The tiny invertebrates, known as a zooid, are hermaphroditic and spread through clumps of cells on the organism known as statoblasts.

BRYOZOANS

Bryozoan clumps are actually hundreds of creatures, each a fraction of a millimetre (0.04″) long, living together in a slimy mass.

The tiny invertebrates, known as a zooid, are hermaphroditic and spread through clumps of cells on the organism known as statoblasts.

Each statoblast can reproduce asexually if it breaks off from a colony, allowing bryozoan clumps to spread in large numbers in the right conditions.

Fossil records show that ancient bryozoans date back as far as 470 million years, long before the first dinosaurs walked the Earth around 230 million years ago.

The creatures, known as bryozoans, have been around for hundreds of millions of years, long before the first dinosaurs walked the Earth
The creatures, known as bryozoans, have been around for hundreds of millions of years, long before the first dinosaurs walked the Earth

Each statoblast can reproduce asexually if it breaks off from a colony, allowing bryozoan clumps to spread in large numbers in the right conditions.

The zooids stick together for safety in numbers, Ms Stormont said, as a single organism on its own is easy prey.

Fossil records show that ancient bryozoans date back as far as 470 million years.

Bryozoans are often hard to spot because they stick to the bottom of ponds and lakes, where their brown-ish green colour camouflages with the murky water.

The species found in Stanley Park, known as a magnificent bryozoan or Pectinatella magnifica, is normally only found east of the Mississippi river
The species found in Stanley Park, known as a magnificent bryozoan or Pectinatella magnifica, is normally only found east of the Mississippi river
Scientists claim that warming global temperatures may have forced the bizarre organisms north of their normal habitat
Scientists claim that warming global temperatures may have forced the bizarre organisms north of their normal habitat

Once one of the creatures was spotted as part of a 24-hour ‘Bio-Blitz’ in which amateur nature lovers were invited to help experts catalogue the park’s many species, the lagoon was found to be teeming with them.

Zooids only survive in waters warmer than 15.5°C (60°F), and scientists claim that global warming may be helping the creatures to spread north.

The invertebrates filter feed on algae in nutrient-rich waters, and a spike in their numbers could upset the balance of a freshwater ecosystem.

They have also been found to clog up pipes and sewage systems in larger numbers.

The bizarre creatures were recently spotted for the first time in Stanley Park in Vancouver, Canada , when they were exposed by low water levels
The bizarre creatures were recently spotted for the first time in Stanley Park in Vancouver, Canada , when they were exposed by low water levels

Source www.dailymail.co.uk

THE MAN WHO CHEATED DEATH SEVEN TIMES, THEN WON THE LOTTERY

Depending on how you look at it, Frane Selak, a now 85 year old retired music teacher from Croatia, is either the luckiest, or unluckiest man in the world, having lived a life that resembles the plot to Final Destination; except after cheating death seven times, rather than be killed by a falling sign, he won £600,000 in the lotto in 2005.

His first brush with death was while traveling from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik in 1962 on a train. During the trip, the train jumped the tracks and ended up in the river, which at the time was icy cold.

Despite the situation, Selak suffered only a broken arm, and managed to swim to shore, though thanks to the cold, he also had hypothermia when emergency personnel showed up. But this was much better than what happened to the seventeen people who drowned in that incident.

In 1963, Selak took his first and only plane trip; no doubt not being a fan of trains at this point.  During the flight, a door in the plane burst open. Selak was thrown from the aircraft and found himself skydiving without a parachute.

Miraculously, he landed safely on a large haystack, though was unconscious when emergency personnel found him. He woke up in a hospital with only minor injuries. Other passengers were not so lucky. The open door caused the plane to crash, killing the other 19 aboard.

Three years later, a bus he was on went over an embankment into a river, drowning four.  Being no stranger to this sort of sudden plunge into a river while on some form of mass-transportation, once again, Selak was able to swim to safety, this time suffering only cuts and bruises.

Selak was now given a four year respite from Death messing with him, but all good things must come to an end. Despite obvious signs that he should barricade himself in his home and invent a line of bubblewrap clothing, having nearly died aboard a train, a plane, and a bus, Selak decided it would be a good idea to drive around in his car. Unfortunately, his car caught fire as he was driving. He jumped out and ran away from the car, getting away just shortly before the car was engulfed in flames, followed by the gas tank exploding.

Rather than switch to simply riding bikes, he got a different car and decided to risk automobile travel once again… mistake.  Fire once again claimed one of his cars three years later, when a defective fuel pump sprayed gasoline over the hot engine. The resulting flames that suddenly shot through the air vents burned off most of Selak’s hair and caused him a couple other burns, but that was the extent of his injuries.

Selak must have been lulled into a false sense of security because it was over twenty years before his next near-death experience happened. No doubt deciding walking was the best way to safely get around, Selak was doing just that in Zagreb when he was hit by a bus… He was knocked down and (say it with me) only walked away with minor injuries.

At this point, in 1996, Selak must have considered himself invincible, so he thought it would be safe to take a drive through the mountains… Mountains!  This is just a near death experience waiting to happen. And, indeed, that’s what occurred.

He came around a corner, only to see a large truck coming straight for him. With nowhere else to go to avoid a head-on collision, he crashed through a barrier to a 300 foot cliff. (Technically, I think this should count as two near death experiences, but that’s just me.)

Besides the extra lives, Selak apparently also has reflexes like a cat because, as his car was in the process of going over the cliff, he was able to leap clear and grab onto a tree overhanging the cliff, James Bond style. From there, he had a great view of his car smashing into the ground at the bottom of the cliff.

At this point, Death apparently having had his fun, apparently decided to throw Selak a bone. In 2003, Selak, who people had been telling for decades was “extremely lucky”, despite the fact that he felt the opposite (particularly having also been married five times in his life up to this point- with him saying of the first four, “I guess all the earlier marriages were disasters too”), purchased a lotto ticket.

Of course, he won- a jackpot of £600,000 (nearly $1 million).  Having been married four times before, he decided to try for lucky number 5, proposing to his girlfriend.  She accepted.

Five years later, at the age of 81, he started giving away what he hadn’t spent of the million dollars to family and friends, as well as selling his home on a private island, and moving back to his old home south of Zagreb in the Republic of Croatia, where he lived prior to winning the lottery. He said he had everything he needed to keep him happy and didn’t need the money anymore. He did, however, keep enough money to pay for a hip replacement surgery and to build a shrine to the Virgin Mary.

Also, let’s be honest, a private island for this guy isn’t probably the best idea.  Yes, the lack of mass transportation could be good for his safety, but you notice, besides bikes, what one major mode of transportation hasn’t yet resulted in a near death experience for him?  Boats.

While people nicknamed him “The Luckiest Man in the World,” for cheating death so many times and winning the lottery, Selak disagrees.

I never thought I was lucky to survive all my brushes with death. I thought I was unlucky to be in them in the first place but you can’t tell people what they don’t want to believe.

Selak has apparently changed his lifestyle to avoid further mishaps. He was asked several years ago to star in an Australian TV commercial for Doritos. While he initially accepted the job, he quickly changed his mind. Turns out he didn’t want to test his luck by flying to Sydney to film the commercial.  Fool me once, shame on you, and all that. 😉

Bonus Facts:

  • Even if you thought Selak was lucky, you most definitely won’t think Roy Sullivan was.  Sullivan was born in 1912.  Before he killed himself in 1983, he had 7 doctor documented instances in which he was struck by lightning.  This doesn’t include what he claims was the first time when he was a boy, which wasn’t documented, so wasn’t included in the final tally by the Guinness World Records.
  • In addition to the 7 or 8 strikes, he was out helping his wife take hanging laundry down before a storm when she was struck by lightning.  Needless to say, late in life, he claims many people started avoiding him, particularly when there was a storm nearby.
  • The first documented time Sullivan was struck by lightning, the lightning was seemingly determined to get him.  There was a large lightning storm, so he took cover in a lookout tower.  Oddly enough, the tower had no lightning rod installed, and thus was a prime target up high on the mountain.  After the tower was struck “7 or 8 times”, Sullivan claims that fire was “jumping all over the place” and he had to get out.  Of course, pretty much as soon as he exited the tower, he was struck by lightning.
  • During his second documented strike, the lightning also seemed equally determined to get at him.  Despite the fact that he was in a truck at the time, which should have functioned as a nice Faraday cage, the lightning came through the window and hit him, among other things knocking him unconscious.  This almost killed him not because of the injuries from the lightning, but because his truck almost went over a cliff just after, gradually slowing to a stop just shy of the edge where he found himself when he woke up.
  • The fourth documented strike was equally improbable, occurring when he was indoors in a ranger station at Shenandoah National Park.  He stayed conscious after this one, though, with the main damage being all his hair on his head burning off.
  • The last time he was struck by lightning, directly after the strike, he also had the good fortune to encounter a bear who was trying to steal the fish Sullivan had just caught before being struck by lightning.  As an experienced Ranger who was no stranger to encounters with bears, he managed to drive the bear off by hitting it with a large tree branch.

Family Dog Gives Birth to Litter of Puppies. When Owner Looked Closer at One Puppy, She FROZE

One puppy was unlike the rest and was unlike anything they had ever seen before. This little puppy – the only girl of the bunch – was born GREEN! No, that’s not a joke!

As shocking and false as it might sound, this is something that can actually occur to a puppy during birth. This colorful cutie earned the name Fifi, after Princess Fiona from the movie Shrek. I couldn’t imagine a more fitting name!

It was indeed all natural. Experts say that though it is rare, it can happen when light-colored puppies come in contact with a substance called Biliverdin, which is naturally found in the placenta.

While the color will fade in time, she sure has made quite an impression thus far! Have you ever seen anything like this before?

This is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. This is just proof that nature is far more amazing than we ever imagined. Watch the video clip below to see it for yourself. She’s seriously so cute!

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