Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Brave People of Russia's RedIndians‏

One of the Moscow photo-centers has held an exhibition called “The Itelmens - Indians of Russia”.Itelmens are a small ethnic group, who are original inhabitants of the Kamchatka peninsula. Their population today (speaking only of pure-blooded Itelmens) is about 1500. Their name is indeed a Russian-adapted pronunciation of the ethnically correct “itenman” which means “existing” or “living here”.

Royal Gorge Bridge Colorado

Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado
built in 1929, soars 1200 ft. above the Arkansas River.
The bridge span is one quarter of a mile.

Monday, April 26, 2010

5 Unusual Armored Animals

Indian Rhinoceros
These massive beasts have some noticeable physical differences from their African relatives. Their segmented hide looks like a formidable coat of natural body armor. It functions a bit like one also: Flexible skin between the thicker hide “plates” allows them to shift as the rhinoceros moves.

Thorny Devil
The Thorny Devil is on average about 20 cms long, and they feed on a wide variety of ants. An intimidating array of spikes cover the entire upper side of the body, these thorny scales are a defence against predators. Camouflage and deception may also be used to evade predation. Despite its appearance, it is totally harmless.

Three-banded armadillo
The skin is modified to form a double-layered covering of horn and bone over many of the surfaces. Three-banded armadillos are blackish brown in color. Most animals have three moveable bands, although some possess only two, and others may have four. Members of the genus Tolypeutes are the only armadillos that can completely enclose themselves in their own shell by rolling into a ball.

The pangolin (also called the scaly anteater) is an unusual mammal that is covered with tough, protective scales made of keratin. The pangolin has scales that cover everything except the belly, snout, eyes, ears, and undersides of the limbs. The pangolin has short legs with huge claws; it uses its claws to dig into ant hills and termite mounds. The sticky tongue is up to 27 inches long. The pangolin ranges from 24-62 inches long. The pangolin has no teeth. The long tail is prehensile; the pangolin can even hang from its tail.

Alligator Snapping Turtle
Alligator snapping turtles are the largest freshwater turtles. They weigh between 155 and 175 pounds (70 to 80 kg). They are characterized by three large, pronounced ridges, or keels, that run from the front to the back of the carapace. With powerful jaws and a large head, they are unique among snapping turtles for having eyes on the side of the head. The alligator snapping turtle looks very primitive and has been called the dinosaur of the turtle world.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Antiques Utensils Modifies the Old Dishes (Star Wars Art)

Angela Rossi (Angela Rossi), the daughter of a Los Angeles collector of antiques, modifies the old dishes, by drawing on it using a special technique images heroes movie Star Wars (Star Wars). Plates with the image of Darth Vader, Chewbacca and other Star Wars characters available on the website of the artist in price from $ 15 to $ 80.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

White Cyclone Huge Scary Roller Coaster in Japan

White Cyclone - 42 meters (approximately 14-storey building),
length of 1.7 km, maximum speed 100 km / h