Survival of the fittest: The Madagascan moon moth has evolved elaborate decoy ‘tails’ that deflect the sonar of bats so that they often miss the moth’s body.
Filed: Brief Lives
And the winner is: Social media got itself in a tizzy this week thinking that a 1997 episode of The Simpsons had predicted a Portugal vs Mexico World Cup final. (See the video) A nonsense, of course, since they are both in the same half of the draw.
Speaking of which: On the day that Cristiano Ronaldo scored his hat-trick against Spain, the widely ridiculed statue of him at the Madeira airport named in his honour was removed and replaced with one less bizarre, although the new one could be almost anyone.
Naked charity: More than 2,500 women set a new world record for skinny dipping at Magheramore beach in Ireland to raise money for a local cancer charity, beating the previous record that stood at a mere 786 people.
Raising an eyebrow: Researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered that having thick and well-groomed eyebrows is a sign of a narcissistic personality. Read more ›››
Sign of the times: In a sad reflection of the state of the high street, Toys R Us is selling everything from its US headquarters, including their mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe.
Can it: Deputies in Florida managed to take out an armed robber with a couple of well-aimed cans of Bush’s Extra Brown Sugar Baked Beans as you can see from this video. Read more ›››
Teaser: Another of those annoying puzzles – can you spot the lollipop hiding among the ice creams? If not, here is the solution.
Name game: I take umbrage at some of the peculiar names that people give their children these days and it seems that I’m not alone. A writer from Utah has Tweeted the dumbest names from her son’s junior high yearbook that includes the likes of Dezalin, Jaxon and Cambrie. Read more ›››
But is it art? A Turin-based artist has spent months sculpting a life-size Fiat 500 car out of a 15-tonne block of white marble that he sees as a critique of today’s consumerist, throw-away society.