A pig who can walk on two legs has become a local celebrity in China. She is known by villagers as “Zhu Jianqiang” (Strong-Willed Pig) after she was born with only two front legs and learned to balance on them well enough to walk. According to her owner, Wang Xihai, she was one of nine piglets born in a litter.
He said: “My wife asked me to dump her but I refused as it’s a life. I thought I should give her a chance to survive, and unexpectedly she survived healthy.”
Several days after her birth, Wang decided to train the two-legged piglet to walk by lifting it up by her tail. He said: “I trained her for a while each day. After 30 days she can now walk upside down quite well.”
Wang said since the birth of the pig, his home has been besieged by visitors. A circus even offered to buy for the pig for a large sum but Wang refused to sell. “She proved to us that no matter what form life is it should continue to live on. I won’t sell it no matter how much the offer is.”
Great Whites Live Twice As Long As Thought
by Thomas Sumner
Great white sharks are longer in the tooth than we thought. Traditionally, researchers age a great white (Carcharodon carcharias) by tallying the alternating light and dark bands that form on the animal’s vertebrae as it grows, similar to rings on a tree. Using this method, experts believed the species had a life expectancy of about 30 years.
But now, scientists have harnessed radioactive remnants of the Cold War to conduct the most precise age measurements of great whites ever—and their results blow the previous estimate out of the water. Hundreds of nuclear bomb detonations in the atmosphere prior to a 1963 test ban treaty doubled the amount of radioactive carbon found in the ocean. Great white sharks absorbed this radiocarbon into their continuously growing skeletons. As the radiocarbon in the ocean dissipated, so did the amount taken in by the sharks.
After measuring the amount of radioactive carbon in a great white’s vertebrae, the researchers calculated the age of the shark. The oldest great white aged by the researchers lived a staggering 73 years, the team reports today in PLOS ONE…
(read more: Science News/AAAS)
images: Greg Skomal/MA Marine Fisheries; (inset) Tom Kleindinst/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
His name was H. H. Holmes and he is also thought to be THE Jack the Ripper because he was in London at the exact same time and was a medical professional. He went to medical school to learn how to kill people. He is fucking scary.
And Supernatural did an episode on him. I first saw it when I was like 10 and it still creeps me out to this day.
I read a book about him. He had multiple wives at the same time, almost all of whom he killed after separating them from and or killing their children. He was said to be incredibly charming and charismatic, and killed almost all the women he seduced.
Fun Fact: His documentary is on Netflix.
Multiple people involved in convicting H.H and sentencing him to death died bizzare deaths shortly afterward including members of the jury, the doctor who pronounced him dead, and even a priest that visited him before he died.
There is now a post office where the murder castle used to stand (it was burned down after Holmes was executed, thought they never determined the cause of the fire) and it is extremely haunted. Other people have claimed seeing him in the Museum of Science and Industry because it’s one of the only building in Chicago left from that time.
The Museum of Science and Industry is in one of the buildings originally built for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. H.H. Holmes exploited the large numbers of young single women coming to town for the fair and preyed upon them. His killing spree largely coincided with the fair, which was a hugely influential event in urban planning and modern trends of architecture.
There is a fantastic book about this, “Devil in the White City” by Erik Larsen. It’s about both the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and about H.H. Holmes, two interconnected events. I originally read the book because I was so relieved that someone had finally written about Holmes (who’s strangely unknown in general knowledge) but I wound up fascinated by all the World’s Fair stuff.