The Spider-Tailed Viper

 

When the first species of Spider-Tailed Viper was collected in 1968 in western Iran, it was thought to have a defect or tumor at the end of its tail. Since 2006, we now know that his tail is perfectly deliberate, and works wonders as bait for birds who are eager to feed their babies.

 

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Music of the Day

 

Finnish musician Antti Ohenoja shows off his incredible xylophone skills while recording the track “Girlfriends Medley” with jazz band Dallape at a recording session in Mimixstudio in Espoo, Finland. He took four takes; each one was flawless. Amazing.

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Han Dynasty Compass

From video description:

This is a modern replica of the oldest instrument in the world which is known to be a compass. The spoon or ladle is of magnetic lodestone, and is supposed to be a symbolic representation of the Great Bear. The handle of the ladle points towards the South, and these compasses are sometimes called ‘South Pointers’.

 

The professor from this channel is a long-time collector of unusual toys and things, and he shows each one in short little clips. The things he presents are always fascinating, and his simple presentation of them is quite charming. It is easy to lose time perusing his little videos.

Here’s another.

 

 

Music of the Day

 

Indie Band “Shout Out Louds” created a 7″ record made out of ice for their record called Blue Ice. I’ve never heard of this band, but their idea is clever, and it’s amazing how clear a sound can be produced from frozen water (it’s best we stayed with plastic though).

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