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Weird and Awkward Couples

Today, and in this world, finding a soul mate, and a perfect match for you, can be very difficult. You will see lots of things, weird style couples, crazy couples, big age difference between two people in love, and all of the other crazy things. After some time, you will see that these are the hard times, and people have changed, and just because of that, you gotta be really careful, when it comes to finding a significant other. After all, you gotta admit, it’s better to be patient and careful, that sad about getting ex back, which is way harder than that. Today, you can see some really awkward and weird couples, that, after all the odds, find each other. Take a look.

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Amazing Moraga Street stairway

This stairway of 163 steps is located in San Francisco, at Moraga St. and 16th Avenue. Artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher led the creation of the 163 mosaic panels that were applied to the step risers, over 300 neighbors joined in making them, and over 220 neighbors sponsored handmade animal, bird and fish name tiles imbedded within the mosaic.

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Super mouse on duty

The best known mouse species is the common house mouse. It is also a popular pet. In some places, certain kinds of field mice are also common. They are known to invade homes for food and occasionally shelter.

Many people buy mice as companion pets. They can be playful, loving and can grow used to being handled. Like pet rats, pet mice should not be left unsupervised outside.

House mice, deer mice and white-footed mice also go to the bathroom just like any other animal. Your insulation will become a trampled bed of mouse fecal matter and urine.

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Weird way to keep the tree

The precarious or transitory character that we find in most of the themes photographed by Motta is linked, in a complementary way, to a certain desire for permanence. His work is based on patient research in the field, whether in the city or in smaller, more out-of-the-way towns that he visits. Many of his images are taken on the street or on the road – or more precisely, along the side of the these, during his journeys. Interrupted façades, bricked-up trees, provisory constructions, obstacles, gardens that are blended with constructions.

In some cases, digital editing arises as an expedient, as in Natureza concreta, in which the artist photographs trees that have suffered human intervention on their trunks, receiving concrete and bricks to keep them from falling, allying the absurdity of these situations with others in which the elements alien to the trees are created by computer software.

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Amazing Nail Art Pictures

What can be done with a hammer and tens of thousands of nails? You can kill thousands of shelves, hang on a wall thousands of pictures, put together hundreds of thousands of boxes and cabinets. But all that is banal, mundane and boring. Marcus Levin from Yorkshire (England) found for them to use more than the original – it creates from ordinary nails works of art.

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Hammering nails into wooden panels at different distances from each other, Marcus creates incredible pictures.

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nails arts 2 Amazing Nail Art PicturesThe vast majority of work the sculptor depicted the naked human body. Moreover, the sculptor more inclined to the image is of a male body

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nails arts 4 Amazing Nail Art PicturesThe cost of paintings Marcus Levin depends on the number of used nails and the complexity of the work. For example, the creation of these lips took 3,500 nails, and it costs £ 3,500

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nails arts 6 Amazing Nail Art PicturesThe image of mother with baby Levin used the 26,600 nails. This painting is on sale for $ 39.750.

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nails arts 9 Amazing Nail Art PicturesSignificant role in creating these sculptures also played in natural light. Morning and evening sun cast a different shadow on the sculpture, changing them radically.

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Hitler’S Destroyed Bunker

The Führerbunker was located beneath Hitler’s New Reich Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. It was in this subterranean bunker that Adolf Hitler and his wife Eva Braun spent the last few weeks of the war and it was here their lives came to an end on April 30, 1945.

The bunker was initially constructed as a temporary air-raid shelter for Hitler, but the increased shelling of the city lead to its expansion as an improvised permanent shelter. The elaborate complex consisted of two separate levels, the Vorbunker (the upper bunker) or “forward bunker” and the newer Führerbunker located one level below. They were connected by a stairway set at right angles (they were not spiral).

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The complex was protected by approximately four metres of concrete, and about 30 small rooms were distributed over two levels with exits into the main buildings and an emergency exit into the gardens. The complex was built in two distinct phases, one part in 1936 and the other in 1943. The 1943 development was built by the Hochtief company as part of an extensive program of subterranean construction in Berlin begun in 1940. The accommodations for Hitler were in the newer, lower section and by February 1945 had been appointed with high quality furniture taken from the Chancellery along with several framed oil paintings.

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Some of the corridors of the bunker still exist today, although now in disuse and sealed from the public.

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Strange way of keeping things

Chinese artist Song Dong treats hoarding as an artwork, with both cultural and familial resonances. Waste Not, his astonishing installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery, is composed of more than 10,000 objects that his mother Zhao Xiangyuan had collected over decades in her Beijing home. Carefully sorted, arranged, and displayed in the gallery, along with the wooden frame of one of the rooms of her house, these objects include everything from cracked wash basins, chipped tea cups, old radiators, and burnt-out light bulbs to flattened toothpaste tubes, yellowing newspapers, ripped nylon stockings, and empty containers of every description. And all in startling multiples.

Many of the components of this installation are rusty, broken, torn, or tattered, well past a condition of apparent usefulness. Transposed to an art gallery, however, they take on another role, demonstrating how entrenched the practice of wu jin qi yong—of never throwing anything away in case some other use can be found for it—has been for older generations of Chinese people.

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Entire life in one picture

Photographers King Jung Huang and Ma Hong Ji traveled across China, photographing different families with all their possessions handed down from the house and put next to the photographed family members.

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Trees covered with colony of bats

Do you think that is why these trees in the distance dark brown?

These brown spots hundreds of thousands of bats due to flooding in Australia were forced to leave the place where they lived.

There are about 1,100 bat species worldwide, which represent about twenty percent of all classified mammal species. About seventy percent of bats are insectivores. Most of the rest are frugivores, or fruit eaters. A few species such as the Fish-eating Bat feed from animals other than insects, with the vampire bats being the only mammalian parasite species. Bats are present throughout most of the world and perform vital ecological roles such as pollinating flowers and dispersing fruit seeds. Many tropical plant species depend entirely on bats for the distribution of their seeds.

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Beautiful tree bark by Cedric Pollet

Cédric Pollet a botanical photographer, and landscape architect. In 1999 he entered the Department of Horticulture and Landscape at the University of Reading, England. It was on this occasion that the self-professed lover of English gardens used a film camera for the first time. As luck would have it, the tormented trunk of a venerable centuries-old oak literally opened his eyes to a world that was hitherto completely unknown to him: the world of bark. It was a revelation that changed the course of his life.

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And so he decided to observe trees from a much different angle and began his research on bark, a topic almost never addressed in the horticultural literature. Bark is an absolutely vital part of a tree, often overlooked and yet so magical, it reveals, to those who know how to look, a surprising and infinite pictorial diversity. In a large number of countries around the world he has, since 1999, tracked down the most fascinating bark from trees of forests, parks and botanical gardens, accumulating more than 20,000 images covering around 500 species.

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Cedric Pollet has visited an incredible 30 countries over 10 years on a mission to capture the beauty of tree bark on camera. In the first study of its kind Cedric’s pictures look almost like fine art and are all close ups showing the brilliant and extreme differences in colour, shape and texture of tree bark around the world.

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Fish With “Hands”

This is the appropriately named “Hand Fish”. It has hands and walks with them. Should fish have hands?

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Using its fins to walk, rather than swim, along the ocean floor in an undated picture, the pink handfish is one of nine newly named species described in a recent scientific review of the handfish family.

Only four specimens of the elusive four-inch (ten-centimeter) pink handfish have ever been found, and all of those were collected from areas around the city of Hobart (map), on the Australian island of Tasmania.

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The previously known spotted handfish, is found on sandy sediments at the bottom of Tasmania’s Derwent Estuary and adjoining bays. The fish use their fins to walk along the seabed, where they eat small invertebrates such as worms and crustaceans.

Handfish’s slow movements and tendencies to stay within tightly confined habitats would seem to make the fish easy targets for predators. But researchers think handfish have a secret weapon: a toxic skin that kills most attackers.

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Spot Walk Handfish

The red handfish, a previously known species, is listed as vulnerable in Australia, where it’s found only around the southern island state of Tasmania.

Not much is known about handfish, because their populations are low and they are not often seen in the wild. But researchers suggest handfish lay fewer eggs than most other fish species, which means their long-term survival is a concern.

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Newly described as its own species, the Ziebell’s handfish typically has yellow fins, as seen in photo, but the species can also appear with a mottled purplish coloration. Ziebell’s handfish is found only in small, isolated populations off Tasmania and is listed as vulnerable in Australia.

Today all handfish are found only around southeastern Australia. But about 50 million years ago the animals likely inhabited regions around the world.

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10 Of The Craziest Nail Designs

There is no denying that nails are hot business right now. Lately it seems a look is not complete without your nails being painted to match your outfit and this trend is rising and showing no signs of waining any time soon. Magazines are constantly reporting the latest colours for the season and nail care products such as cuticle oil, hand and nail cream, nail polish and nail strengtheners to look after your nails are becoming a huge industry.

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Celebrity endorsement is also helping nail design to be the hot new accessory. Katy Perry recently received a lot of publicity for her nails which had Russel Brand (her now husband) on them and the likes of Beyonce, Rhianna and Lady Gaga have recently been photographed sporting the new Minx nails trend. This resembles a kind of armour for your nails which comes in a variety of metallic, hundreds of standard designs and graphics, plus Minx can be customised with any pattern or photo.

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Rihanna Minx Nails 221x300 10 Of The Craziest Nail DesignsSo it seems gone are the days where we would do our own nails or even go in simply for a manicure. lady gaga just dance 150x150 10 Of The Craziest Nail DesignsLately it seems that the crazier the nail designs are the better. From leopard print to faces on our nails we are experimenting with It all. However, it seems like even though we are just catching up to this trend another is already on the horizon. Forget animal print or funky colours that is nothing compared to some of the sheer crazy nail designs that are now appearing. Just be sure to have applied your lipgloss before trying these girls as you need pretty long talons to pull these off!

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Now, I cant even imagine how long these nails would have taken to complete but i’m guessing a while from the unimpressed look on the girls face for starters! These nails are more like a piece of art with the intricate detail on the flowers. I can’t imagine how she is going to do the housework like that though.

Faces on Nails

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This design showcases serious artistic talent. The intricate detail and the likeness of the subjects is incredible. So would you have your family and friends or a celebrity you adored sketched on your nails? If so just be sure that you are patient enough to be the subject as no moving is allowed for what i’m guessing is a while.

Christmassy Nails

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Maybe splashing out for the holidays when it comes to your nails sounds like your kind of thing. Feel ultra festive with Santa and Rudolph looking up at you and get creative by wrapping your nail up like a present or a Christmas tree!

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So, I am trying to find something positive to say about these particular nails but to be honest I am just left a little speechless! I can appreciate that a lot of hard work has gone in to creating them but they are very weird. This person surely had to take them straight back off again but I do think the workmanship and creativity is brilliant! There is a definite obvious theme anyway.

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Fancy hiding your hands under a brightly coloured cloth and attacking people when they reach in for what they believe to be the sweeties?! Well now you can have the perfect Halloween trick for next year! Fast food brands have also been drawn on peoples nails. The obvious downside being that every time you look down to admire them you are gonna become peckish!

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Although undeniably beautiful and intricate I can‚Äôt help but think that again these would be a tad unpractical I mean how is she supposed to use her hands for the next week? Hence, in my humble opinion, opt for a crazy nail design that doesn‚Äôt tie your hands together and is well…less crazy!

Thai Art

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Nets, flowers, birds and leaves Рthese nails really do have it all! I’m sure of they had the time these nails could go on and on and on! I like that this woman is a little more practical and leave some fingers free on her hands so that she is able to feed herself for the next little while.

Red Rose Nails

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This nail design depicts red roses that are growing up a vine and i’m absolutely confused at how this girl gets anything done with the sheer length of them and the fact that they seem to curl around almost 360 degrees rather than lying flat.

Icy Nail Design

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I definitely would not be upsetting the proprietor of these icicle nails! The detail is exquisite and the design manages to remain pretty and delicate looking at the same time.

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These have to be the longest and craziest nails of them all. Creating a banzai tree and a bird and balancing them on your nails must be extremely hard but these show true artistry. Still, I wouldn’t like all that plonked on my nails!

So there you have it, 10 of the craziest nail designs but will you be following this trend?

An eye for an eye

Many are fond of freaky stuff, such as fake vampire teeth and plastic skeletons. Maybe these kinds of people were the ones that these workmen know are interested for their product. This product is actually another out of the ordinary decoration, made for the strong hearted.
This decoration can be placed in boxes, individually, or it can be put in a bouquet, along with similar products. No, it is not a flower, but a very realistically built glass eye. It is made completely out of glass, worked and painted manually, and it seems to have success to people.
The best time of the year in which this decoration is most sold is around Halloween. Apparently it has a great appeal to the public, and it helps people kick up a notch the scariness of their decorated houses. But if you aim for a goth like look for your home, these may be suitable all year long.

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Five largest moved monoliths in the world

A monolith is a large stone which has been used to construct a structure or monument, either alone or together with other stones. In this list at least one colossal stone over ten tons has been moved to create the structure or monument.

In most cases the ancient civilizations had little, if any, advanced technology that would help the moving of these monoliths. The most notable exception is that of the ancient Greeks and Romans who had cranes and treadwheels to help lift colossal stone.

The Thunder Stone 1,250 t

For the pedestal, an enormous boulder known as the Thunder Stone was found at Lakhta, 6 km inland from the Gulf of Finland in 1768. The Thunder stone gained its name from a local legend that thunder split a piece off it. Falconet wanted to work on it in its original location, but Catherine ordered it be moved before being cut. Embedded half its depth in marshy terrain, new methods needed to be developed to move it. A Greek gentleman from the Island of Kefallonia, then part of the Republic of Venice, named Marinos Carburis, lieutenant-colonel in the Russian Army offered to undertake the project.

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The Transportation of the Thunder-stone

After waiting for winter, when the ground was frozen, it was then dragged across the countryside. This was done by means of a metallic sledge which slid over bronze spheres about 13.5 cm in diameter, over a track, a process similar to the later invention of ball bearings. Making the feat even more impressive was that the labour was done entirely by humans; no animals or machines were used in bringing it from the original site to the Senate Square. Once a method to move it was devised, it took 400 men nine months to move the stone, during which time master stonecutters continuously shaped the enormous granite monolith. Catherine periodically visited the effort to oversee their progress. The larger capstans took 32 men at once to turn, this just barely moving the rock. Further complicating the issue was the availability of only 100 m of track, which had to be constantly relaid. Nevertheless, the workers made over 150 m of progress a day while on level ground. Upon arrival at the sea an enormous barge was constructed exclusively for the Thunder Stone. The vessel had to be supported on either side by additional two full-size warships. After a short maritime voyage, it arrived at its destination in 1770, nearly two years after efforts to move it began. A commemorative medal was issued for its arrival, with the legend ‘Close to Daring’

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The Bronze Horseman

Ramesseum 1,000 t

The Ramesseum is the memorial temple of Pharaoh Ramesses II. It is located in the Theban necropolis in Upper Egypt, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. Ramesses II modified, usurped, or constructed many buildings from the ground up, and the most splendid of these, in accordance with New Kingdom Royal burial practices, would have been his memorial temple: a place of worship dedicated to pharaoh, god on earth, where his memory would have been kept alive after his passing from this world. Surviving records indicate that work on the project began shortly after the start of his reign and continued for 20 years.

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Aerial View of Thebes' Ramesseum

The design of Ramesses’s mortuary temple adheres to the standard canons of New Kingdom temple architecture. Oriented northwest and southeast, the temple itself comprised two stone pylons (gateways, some 60 m wide), one after the other, each leading into a courtyard. Beyond the second courtyard, at the centre of the complex, was a covered 48-column hypostyle hall, surrounding the inner sanctuary.

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Temple of Ramesses II, Luxor

Only fragments of the base and torso remain of the syenite statue of the enthroned pharaoh, 62 feet (19 metres) high and weighing more than 1000 tons. This was alleged to have been transported 170 miles over land. This is the largest remaining colossal statue (except statues done in situ) in the world. However fragments of 4 granite Colossi of Ramses were found in Tanis (northern Egypt). Estimated height is 69 to 92 feet (21 to 28 meters). Like four of the six colossi of Amenhotep III (Colossi of Memnon) there are no longer complete remains so it is based partly on unconfirmed estimates.

Trilithon  800 t

A trilithon is a structure consisting of two large vertical stones (posts) supporting a third stone set horizontally across the top (lintel). Commonly used in the context of megalithic monuments. The most famous trilithons are those of Stonehenge in England and those found in the Megalithic temples of Malta.

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The word trilithon is derived from the Greek “having three stones” (τρι- – tri- “three”, λίθος – lithos’ “stone”) and was first used by William Stukeley. The term also describes the groups of three stones in the Hunebed tombs of the Netherlands and the three massive stones forming part of the wall of the Roman Temple of Jupiter at Baalbek, Lebanon.

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A group of three horizontally lying giant stones which form part of the podium of the Roman Jupiter temple of Baalbek, Lebanon, go by the name “trilithon”. Weighing ca. 800 tons each, they are among the largest ancient monoliths and even of the whole of history. The supporting stone layer beneath features a number of stones which are still in the order of 350 t. In the quarry nearby, two Roman building blocks, which were intended for the same podium, even surpass 1,000 t, lying there unused since their extraction in ancient times.

Colossi of Memnon 700 t

The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the past 3400 years (since 1350 BC) they have stood in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. The twin statues depict Amenhotep III (fl. 14th century BC) in a seated position, his hands resting on his knees and his gaze facing eastwards towards the river.

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The Colossi of Memnon

The statues are made from blocks of quartzite sandstone which was stone quarried at el-Gabal el-Ahmar and transported 675 km (420 miles) overland to Thebes. (They are too heavy to have been transported upstream on the Nile.) The blocks used by later Roman engineers to reconstruct the eastern colossus may have come from Edfu. Including the stone platforms on which they stand (about 4 metres (13 ft) themselves), the colossi reach a towering 18 metres (approx. 60 ft) in height and weigh an estimated 700 tons each. The two figures are about 15 metres apart.

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Amenhotep III's Sitting Colossi

The original function of the Colossi was to stand guard at the entrance to Amenhotep’s memorial temple (or mortuary temple): a massive cult centre built during the pharaoh’s lifetime, where he was worshipped as a god-on-earth both before and after his departure from this world.

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The Alexander Column also known as Alexandrian Column, is the focal point of Palace Square in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The monument was erected after the Russian victory in the war with Napoleon’s France. Named after Emperor Alexander I, who ruled Russia between 1801 and 1825, the column is an interesting piece of architecture and engineering.

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The Alexander Column in the Palace Square

The Alexander Column was designed by the French-born architect Auguste de Montferrand, built between 1830 and 1834, and unveiled on August 30, 1834. The monument — the tallest of its kind in the world — is 47.5 m (155 ft 8 in) tall and is topped with a statue of an angel holding a cross. The statue of the angel was designed by the Russian sculptor Boris Orlovsky. The face of the angel bears great similarity to the face of Emperor Alexander I.

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The Alexander Column in scaffolds

The column is a single piece of red granite, 25.45 m long and about 3.5 m in diameter. The granite monolith was obtained from Virolahti, Finland and in 1832 transported by sea to Saint Petersburg, on a barge specially designed for this purpose, where it underwent further working. Without the aid of modern cranes and engineering machines, the column, weighing 600 tonnes (661 tons), was erected by 3,000 men under the guidance of William Handyside in less than 2 hours. It is set so neatly that no attachment to the base is needed.

Smoking Chimp Rescued from Zoo

A chimpanzee trained to smoke cigarettes has been rescued from a zoo in Lebanon and is being sent to a sanctuary in Brazil.

The chimpanzee is named Omega, and originally learned to smoke as entertainment for customers at a restaurant, then after being moved to a zoo, he continued because visitors would throw cigarettes into his cage.

Animals Lebanon is the group responsible for rescuing Omega. They also helped to find all of the other animals alternate homes and worked with the owner to close the zoo.

Omega is 12 years old and has spent his whole life around humans. He has never climbed trees or spent time around other chimps. His life at the sanctuary will be his first experience living as a true chimpanzee.

Lebanon has almost no laws on the books to protect animals, and this situation illustrates the worst aspects of so-called animal “entertainment”. An animal removed from his natural environment, addicted to a man-made poisonous product, and trained to slowly kill himself for the amusement of onlookers.

We may think zoos in America or Europe are different, but the nature of the situation remains the same. When we stop thinking of animals as sentient living beings and start thinking of them as objects created for our amusement, it’s a slippery slope and before we know it, we’re addicting them to poisonous chemicals.

The solution to problems like this isn’t trying to increase the welfare of animals in zoos, or trying to tighten restrictions on animal treatment. The solution is to end all animal entertainment, zoos, circuses, rodeos, bullfights and every other industry that tortures, isolates and kills animals.

Animals do not exist for our entertainment any more than they exist for our consumption. As long as we continue to support the industries that exploit animals, they will continue to exploit animals.

The next time you consider visiting a zoo, think about Omega and wonder if the caretakers at the zoo, the visitors, and the owner of your zoo wouldn’t be doing the same thing to their animals if they could make a decent profit from it and get away with it. We’ve seen time and time again that people who operate zoos don’t care about the lives of their animals.

Go vegan, boycott zoos, circuses, and every other industry that exploits animals for profit. You can make a difference if you choose to.


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Ozone Depletion is Leaving Whales Sunburned

Whales 150x150 Ozone Depletion is Leaving Whales SunburnedA three-year study of endangered and vulnerable whales in the Gulf of California, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found the mammals suffering from lesions and dead cells caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun.

“This is the first evidence that the Sun’s rays can cause skin lesions in whales,” said Laura Martinez-Levasseur of the Zoological Society of London and doctoral student at the University of London. “The increase in skin damage seen in blue whales is a matter of concern, but at this stage it is not clear what is causing this increase. A likely candidate is rising ultraviolet radiation as a result of either ozone depletion, or a change in the level of cloud cover.”

Ozone in the earth’s stratosphere has declined steadily by about 4 percent each decade since the 1970s causing a larger hole over the polar regions. Emissions of chemicals, CFCs, known as man-made ozone-depleting-substances have now been regulated but the recovery of the layer of ozone around the earth that buffers UV exposure is under debate.

Skin samples and high resolution photos of more than 150 fin, sperm and blue whales were gathered by Martinez-Lavasseur, her colleagues and scientists from Mexico’s Interdisciplinary Marine Science Center showed blistering, lesions and dead cells associated with damage from the radiation of the sun. Damaged cells were also found on the lowest layer of skin, meaning the whales were suffering from severe burns.

The skin symptoms worsened during the study, with the lighter skinned blue whales most susceptible to burns. The darker pigments of the sperm and fin whales produce more melanin and leaving them less vulnerable to the sun’s rays.

Martinez-Levasseur said the whales serve as a model for marine animals because “they need to come to the surface to breathe air, to socialize and to feed their young, meaning that they are frequently exposed to the full force of the sun.”

She also pointed out that unlike us, whales are more vulnerable to the sun’s damage since they can’t cover themselves with protective clothing before going out into the sun.

The sun’s rays are added stress to the whale’s survival.  All the species studied in Mexico’s Gulf of California are listed as endangered or vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The researchers will next study how the whale’s genetics adapt to the harsh rays and if they develop darker pigmentation as a result.

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