Thanks to the website ‘Daily Stuff’, for these quirky photos of exceptionally large animals.
A huge bull.
An enormous horse.
A very large cat.
Giant Red kangaroo, strong enough to crush a metal bucket.
Huntsman Spider, the largest by leg span.
A huge Vulture.
Flying Fox, the largest type of Bat. (Five feet long)
The biggest butterfly, The Atlas Moth Butterfly.
A very big Flemish Rabbit.
The world’s biggest ant, found in the Amazon Rainforest.
A Goliath Beetle, the largest beetle known.
I found a few more!
America superimposed on one side of The Moon.
Japan in relation to America.
Countries that can all fit into Australia.
The genuine size relation of countries in the world. (Forget Mercator’s projection, Africa is enormous!.)
I always enjoy finding these, and have posted many previously. Here are some new ones.
California compared to the whole of Italy.
Forest distribution in the USA.
In 1279, the Mongolian Empire was the biggest empire by immediate landmass that the world had ever seen, and it retains this title to this day.
Light pollution recorded in the United States.
Texas compared to Africa.
The United States has a population size of just over 334 million. You would think that Americans would be evenly dispersed throughout the States, but this is not the case. This is the population dispersal.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear rocket launchers, shall not be infringed.”
They must have obviously foreseen rocket launchers in 1791. What other possible explantion could there be?
(I hope he was satisfied with his sandwich, or there could be trouble. Still want to visit America as a tourist? I don’t)
I admit this a personal rant, before anyone complains.
For more than the last 25 years, I have watched characters in British films and TV shows happily eating with chopsticks. They seem accomplished in what I consider to be an ‘Ancient Chinese Art’.
Now I have eaten in many Chinese restaurants since my late teens, including many of the best Chinese restaurants in London. This one, for example.
But not once have I managed to master the art of eating any food with chopsticks. I am English, brought up to use a knife, fork, and spoon. Chopsticks have been a mystery to me for over 50 years, serving only to drop food onto my napkin, or worse, into my lap.
I love Chinese food, and I was able to eat it during my adult life by asking for a spoon and fork. (Occasionally a knife too, depending on the dish ordered.)
It now seems that I am uneducated in the ‘correct way’, to eat Asian food. What did I miss? Is it because I was never an actor?
Let me know if you think it is okay for English people to be expected to know how to use chopsticks.
Or is it just me? I hope not.
The idea of the perfect English village has been promoted in books, films, and television series. Tourists from all over the world come to this country in search of them, and many still exist. Ironically, that fame has changed them in character, if not in architecture. Some can be crammed with tourists during the season, and property prices for the charming cottages in them have exploded.
Wealthy second-home owners snap up most houses that come onto the market, and local people find themselves unable to afford to live where they were brought up. Many of the villages are in the large area known as The Cotswolds, designated as an ‘Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Because so many houses were built using the light-coloured Cotswold Stone, some of the villages are very similar in appearance.
These are considered to be the ‘Ten Best’.
(The photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.)
Abbotsbury, close to the coast in Devon.
Port Isaac, Cornwall.
Castle Combe, Wiltshire.
Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire.
Kensington Palace Gardens in London has the most expensive property prices in Britain. Many of the grand residences there house foreign embassies and diplomats, as well as private homes of the super rich, most of them foreign nationals. At each end of the street are private security guards and armed police checking vehicle access, and most of the diplomatic residences also have armed police officers guarding them.
It is in an ideal spot in London, next to the royal residence of Kensington Palace, and Kensington Gardens, a public park. Also close to Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace, and the shops of Kensington and Knightsbridge. But even a millionaire cannot afford to live there, as the average price for a house is £20,000,000. Some of the larger houses are worth over £145,000,000. No less than ten grand properties on the street are owned by the Saudi royal family.
At a time when many Britons are using food banks, struggling to pay gas and electricity bills, and millions here are barely getting by on the basic minimum wage, I personally find this obscene.
This graphic from a newspaper (The Daily Mail) shows the street and some of the houses that line it.