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Monday, February 28, 2011

World's Hairiest Girl!

LITTLE Supatra Sasuphan is celebrating after being named the World's Hairiest Girl.

The 11-year-old, from Thailand, used to be teased about her looks and was often reduced to tears by jibes including 'wolf girl' and 'monkey face'.

Even when she was brought home from the hospital neighbours asked her parents what SIN they had committed to end up with such a hairy child.

But now Supatra, who has thick hair growing all over her face, ears, arms, legs, is delighted after her new found fame has helped her become one of the most popular girls in school.

Supatra's title was confirmed after a quick grilling from Guinness World Record executives.

She said: "A lot of people have to do a lot to get in.

"All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me." 

 Delighted ... world record breaking Supatra is now the most popular girl at school
Bronek Kaminski / Barcroft Media
Supatra, nicknamed Nat, is one of only 50 documented cases of Ambras Syndrome since the Middle Ages. Before the disease was understood, sufferers were branded 'werewolves' but the condition is actually caused by a faulty chromosome.

She has attempted to remove the hair in the past with lasers but the treatment proved unsuccessful and it just kept growing back.

Supatra said: "There were a few people who used to tease me and call me monkey face but they don't do it any more.

"I'm very used to this condition. I can't feel the hair as it has always been like this. I don't feel anything.

"It does sometimes make it difficult to see when it gets long.
"I hope I will be cured one day." 

When she was born she needed two operations just to be able to breathe. 

Dad Sammrueng, 38, said: "She was not very healthy because her nostrils were only one millimetre wide. 

"For the first three months she was kept in an incubator to help her breathe. 

"She then had an operation to expand the nostrils by one and a half millimetres."

Belgian Blue Cattle- BodyBuilders of the Bovine World

Belgian Blue cattle may look like they’ve spent most of their lives pumping iron, but they owe their double muscle characteristics to years of careful breeding and genetics.

Like the name implies, this incredible bred of cattle originated in Belgium. In the second half of the 19th century, Shorthorn bulls from the United Kingdom were sent to Belgium to improve the muscle structure of the native cattle population, which was mostly of the dairy type. Until the 1960s, a balanced animal, which provided average quantities of milk and had averagely lean meat was desired, but in response to the demands of the meat industry and the general economic climate, the Belgian Blue began being bread for its meat. This is when the “double muscling†breakthrough was achieved, after farmers began breeding their most muscular animals to each other. The size of its muscles, low fat and especially the tenderness of the meat made the Belgian Blue a very popular breed.

Some people believe “double muscling†means these cattle have two of every muscle, but that isn’t the case. The term refers only to the size of each muscle, meaning that muscles of Belgian Blue cows and bulls are at least twice as developed as normal cow muscles. Genetic scientists have managed to achieve this by “breaking†the gene that controls the secretion of Myostatin – a protein that inhibits muscle growth after a certain point of development. By suppressing the production of Myostatin, they’ve created a kind of Arnold Schwarzenegger of the animal world.

If you’re having trouble understanding just how big and muscular these animals are, you should know some bulls weigh over a tonne. And to think that’s mostly muscle…Some countries, like Denmark, have advocated eliminating the strain, but considering Belgian Blue is for meat what the Holstein breed is for milk, I doubt breeders will stop raising these animal bodybuilders anytime soon.

Wayne Kusy and His Impressive Toothpick Fleet

Chicago-based artist Wayne Kusy uses thousands of ordinary toothpicks and gallons of glue to create impressive-looking models of famous sea vessels.

50-year-old Kusy remembers he built his first toothpick model when he was just a child in the fifth grade. It was an Indian tepee and it got him a B+ in class, but toothpicks were to play a much bigger part in his life. He moved on to build a house out pf toothpicks, then a year later he started working on a ship that didn’t come out perfectly, but wasn’t far off the mark either, so he decided to build another one. And, before he knew it, he was pretty much obsessed with toothpicks.

Wayne Kusy’s amazing toothpick fleet began to take shape when he bought a plastic Revell model of the Titanic, studied the blueprints and deck plans, and spent the next three years recreating it with 75,000 flat and square toothpicks. It was impressive to look at, but it was so big that his small Chicago apartment could barely accommodate it, and there was no way to move it out without hitting the corners of his home and damaging the ship. The Titanic lost a lot of toothpicks on its maiden voyage out of Wayne’s apartment, but it taught the artist a valuable lesson – from there on he designed his ships so they could be reassembled from multiple segments.

 After the Titanic, Wayne needed a bigger challenge so he set out to create a replica of the Lusitana, which took a full year, and 193,000 toothpicks to complete. Only 25-pounds-heavy, this 16-foot-long model features a honeycomb-like skeleton which makes it as strong as if it was built out of hard wood. His next project was a toothpick model of the Queen Mary, a 25-foot-long replica made of approximately 814,000 wooden toothpicks that took another three years to complete. He has also patiently constructed models of the Cutty Saek and other popular ships.
 A freelance web graphic artist by trade, Kusy says “”I’d always thought of this as a hobby, but people started saying it was art and calling me an artist,”. Whether he considers himself an artist or not, Wayne Kusy’s toothpicks ships are true artistic masterpieces exhibited at various museums across America.

Top 10 Most Expensive Foods in the World....

Rich people like to eat exotic foods. Here are some of the most expensive foods that one can ever eat. Most of us can only read this post and that's about it.

10. Matsutake Mushrooms – $1000/pound

9. The World’s Most Expensive Bagel – $1000

8. The Zillion Dollar Frittata – $1000

7. Wagyu Steak – $2800

6. Samundari Khazana, the World’s Most Expensive Curry – $3200

5. Domenico Crolla’s "Pizza Royale 007″ – $4200

4. Dansuke Watermelon – $6,100

3. Yubari Melons – $22,872

2. Almas Caviar – $25,000

1. Italian White Alba Truffle – $160,406

Future Cars

Audi e-tron Spyder.
The combination of speedster body, electric motor and diesel engine shouldn't work at all, but the e-tron Spyder looks ace. Its hybrid-electric drivetrain makes it good for 128mpg, but it's also extremely fast.

Audi Quattro Concept
Some are already calling the Quattro Concept a successor to the original Quattro coupé - the car that began the whole four-wheel drive thing for Audi. Audi has categorically stated that the 408bhp turbocharged two-door won't be produced. They always say that, though.

Lotus City Car Concept
Almost the forgotten car on the Lotus stand, given the sensational quintet of sportscars on display, the City Car Concept could nonetheless prove important. It's a range extender capable of emissions-free driving and could become Lotus' volume seller, making enough profit to support the company's supercar ambitions

Kia Pop
A concept in the purest sense - there's no way anything like the Pop show car will be at a Kia dealership any time shortly. Obviously it emits zero emissions, and obviously it has a boudoir-spec purple interior.

Vauxhall GTC Paris
The Vauxhall GTC Paris is two concepts in one: it previews both the Astra Sport Hatch (the three-door) and the hot version thereof, possibly called VXR when it arrives in the UK - but maybe GTC.

Peugeot HR1
The HR1 could become a Nissan Juke rivalling car, though Peugeot's not saying. It's a small 'SUV-coupé' with modular seating and controls that work using hand motions rather than buttons. Your passengers will be impressed, but to those outside you'll look like an idiot.

Renault DeZir
There's talk of this spectacular concept previewing Clios and Méganes of the future. No chance, really, but it does remind us that Renault can knock together a stunning car. Its electric drivetrain has 148bhp and a 100-mile range.

Renault Zoe
At first glance this looks like a production-ready car, but the headlamps and interior detailing say it isn't. Still, the electric Zoe is very close to the Renault Clio you may think about buying in a few years' time.

Furtive eGT
Exagon Motors, French maker of the Furtive eGT, says this car will hit 62mph in 3.5 seconds, but can eke 250 miles from the battery if driven at a constant 31mph. If restraint sounds unrealistic, there's an optional range extender engine.

Citroen Lacoste
Rumour has it this French golf buggy will go into production within the next few years, only mildly watered down. The inflatable roof is one of the things being watered, which is probably good because if actual water rained down on it, the noise would probably be unbearable.

Nissan Townpod
Nissan just can't get enough of making small electric cars. Its latest, the Townpod, is a tiny van aimed at homebound business folk. Why that is we're not sure

The SEAT IBE first appeared in white at March's Geneva Motor Show. Now it's painted red and has iPhone compatibility, both of which make it slightly cooler, but not necessarily new.

BMW 6 Series Concept Coupé
The only things 'concept' about this 6 Series are the wheels and the tailpipes, and even those are hardly harbingers of future wheel and tailpipe design. Nope, aside from the name this is the 6 Series you'll be able to buy from 2012.

MINI E Scooter
MINI has a cool, British heritage to uphold. And what's cooler and more British than a mod-inspired scooter, right? Well, here it is. The electric MINI E Scooter features plenty of detailing inspired by the cars, but no word on production.

Smart Ecoscooter
Like MINI, Smart liked the idea of an electric scooter to youth-ify the brand in a very eco-conscious way. Smart's electric two-wheeler does 62 miles on a charge and has an airbag, just in case it's involved in a very specific type of frontal collision.

Unique Wildlife In British Overseas Territories

ARKive: Unique wildlife in the British Overseas Territories

discover the world's most endangered species

ARKive, an initiative of the UK charity Wildscreen, aims to create an audio-visual library of all animal and plant species on earth. This year, with support from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, it is focusing on species found in the British Overseas Territories, many of which are endangered. Pictured is the beautiful queen triggerfish (balistes vetula) which lives in the coral reefs of Bermuda.

The endangered Barbary macaque (macaca sylvanus) is the only primate, humans excepted, to live in Europe, and the only macaque which lives outside Asia. 200 of them live on the Rock of Gibraltar.

The ctenella coral (ctenella chagius) is found in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian ocean. The coral reefs of the British Indian Ocean Territory cover around 4,000 square kilometres, one and a half per cent of the total global area of coral reefs.

The Anegada ground iguana (cyclura pinguis) is only found on the island of Anegada in the British Virgin Islands. It is a critically endangered species, with no more than 200 thought to be alive.

The West Indian whistling duck (dendrocygna arborea) is found throughout the Caribbean, particularly in the wetlands of the Turks and Caicos. Often hunted for sport, or for its eggs, it is extremely endangered.

The Cayman Island blue iguana (cyclura lewisi) is one of the most endangered lizards on the globe. There are believed to be no more than 25 in the wild.

Anguilla, in the Leeward Islands, plays host to the Leeward Island racer (alsophis rijersmai), one of the most endangered and rare snakes in the Lesser Antilles.

The black-browed albatross (thalassarche melanophrys) is also an endangered species. 60 per cent of the population is found on the Falkland islands in the South Atlantic

This curious-looking creature is definitely not endangered. The Antarctic krill (euphausia superba) is one the most abundant organisms to be found in the Antarctic, playing a central role in the food chain as prey for penguins, whales and seals.

The "mountain chicken" (leptodactylus fallax), also known as the giant ditch frog, is a critically endangered species native only to the Caribbean islands of Dominica and Montserrat. Hunting, habitat loss, and outbreaks of fungal disease have wiped out much of the population.

The king penguin (aptenodytes patagonicus) is found in the sub-Antarctic, on islands including South Georgia and the South Sandwich islands.

The endangered Henderson petrel (pterodroma atrata) breeds only on Henderson island, one of the four Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific Ocean.

The black cabbage tree (melanodendron integrifolium) is found on the South Atlantic island of St Helena. Only around 1000 trees are said to remain.

The Akrotiri salt lake in the British Sovereign Base Area of Cyprus is home in winter to around 30,000 greater flamingos (phoenicopterus roseus). They are also found in Gibraltar. 

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