So we’ve got ebola, we’ve got ISIS. Now we have giant spiders. Like something out of a Tolkien novel, researchers have found a giant slider living in the rainforests of Guyana:
Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat.
“When I turned on the light, I couldn’t quite understand what I was seeing,” said Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.
A moment later, he realized he was looking not at a brown, furry mammal, but an enormous, puppy-size spider.
Known as the South American Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi), the colossal arachnid is the world’s largest spider, according to Guinness World Records. Itsleg span can reach up to a foot (30 centimeters), or about the size of “a child’s forearm,” with a body the size of “a large fist,” Naskrecki told Live Science. And the spider can weigh more than 6 oz. (170 grams) — about as much as a young puppy, the scientist wrote on his blog.
Now how long do you think it will take to make it to the US for “study”. (7)
I’ve been talking about DC’s New 52 almost since it debuted. Some of it I liked, but most of it I passed on. Instead of reading the comics themselves Newsarama has been my source for information about what’s happening. And by the end of last month, boy did they let out a bomb.
Vulture.com gives a taste of what’s in store for Aretha Franklin’s forthcoming, delayed, surprise, secret album. Like a reverse Frank Sinatra’s Duets Aretha sings other artists songs. Wow — I’d hate to be them.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, March 9th is the date for what could be one of the most significant trials in Hollywood history. The stakes could not be higher. Not since the Twilight Zone movie has the principals of a production company been sued and held liable for the death of a crew person(s). But after months of investigating the state of Georgia has set a trial date on the involuntary manslaughter case of assistant camera person Sarah Jones.
A quick follow up to my previous post regarding the ongoing feud between Marvel Comics and one of the fathers of the Marvel Universe Jack Kirby.
The family of the famed artist had been working for years to assert creative rights over key Marvel characters such as Spider Man, the Hulk and Captain America. Infamous lawyer Marc Toberoff even sent cease and desist letters to Sony, Fox and others asserting the family’s intents.