10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #45

Oleg Shupliak's swirling surrealism and optical illusion art

Haere mai and welcome to another edition of the internet-famous 10 Interesting Things edition 45. This week we roll out the red carpet for some mystical delights and delightful folks for your viewing and listening pleasure.


Phillip Peris – “Lightning & Thunder” Didjeridu Dreamtime

Hypnotic, earthy and mystical music that’s great for focus and concentration…


The strangeness of the discovery of the platypus in 1798

From the always fascinating blog about animals, Nature Nook.

Aboriginal legend says that the platypus is a hybrid between a duck and a water rat.
Aboriginal legend says that the platypus is a hybrid between a duck and a water rat.

Even though the scientific establishment conceded that the platypus was a real animal, it took another 30 years before they accepted it was a mammal. True, it had fur – a unique and defining mammalian characteristic – but, unlike most mammals, the platypus had a single, all-purpose rear vent, a cloaca, like that of a bird or reptile, through which it does all its defecating, urinating, mating and birthing. To further complicate matters, no one could find those all-important mammary glands – and in any case, some scientists thought that an animal with a large, flat bill couldn’t possibly suckle.


In time, some of the mysteries of the platypus were solved. When specimens of baby platypuses reached Europe, scientists realised that they would have no difficulty in suckling because they hadn’t yet developed the bill that would otherwise have made it very awkward [1]. But it hardly mattered anyway because it was also discovered that female platypuses do not possess nipples; they simply ooze thick milk from modified pores in their skin, which the young suck from tufts of hair on their mother’s underbelly.

NATURE NOOK

Oleg Shupliak’s swirling surrealism and optical illusion art

Oleg Shupliak is an immensely talented Ukrainian artist born in 1967 in Ternopil. In 1991 he graduated from the Architecture Department of the Lviv Polytechnic National University. He’s known for his artistic works including optical illusions and is best known for his imaginative portrait heads named ‘Hidden Images’, where he profiles icons from different periods of history. Via Saatchi Art


Cruisy, chilled out vibes at the edge of the pool

An enjoyable mash-up of 90’s R&B, elevator muzak and spacey electro sounds. Here is a chirpy 27 minutes to spend splashing around in this fluorescent coloured pool, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


The Hungry Hungry Trees of Ireland

In Ireland, the Ents – I mean trees, are so ravenous that they consume park benches and wrought-iron furniture! Courtesy of the quirky and enjoyable blog E Morfes.


Latin insults and swear words

If someone really pisses you off, here’s some ways to creatively respond…

Latin insults and swear words
Latin Boner Al Fresco
  • Faex – shit
  • Irrumator – Bastard
  • ede faecam- Eat shit
  • Mentula – Penis
  • Meretrix – Prostitute
  • Bovis Stercus – Bullshit
  • Futue te ipsum – Go fuck yourself
  • Es scortum obscenus vilis – You are a vile, perverted whore
  • Es mundus excrementi – You are a pile of shit
  • Moecha Putida – Dirty slut
  • Podex perfectus es – You’re a complete arsehole
  • Potes meos suaviari clunes – Kiss my arse
  • Futue te ipsum! – Go fuck yourself!
  • Perite – Fuck off!
  • Fututus et mori in igni – fuck off and die in a fire

Via Reddit


Catepillars wearing high vis tracksuits and other slimy cute things


Share your favourite music memory: Man V Music

Man V Music has a wonderful blog about different kinds of music and also the philosophy and thoughts about music. As a fan of weird and wonderful music, I love to contribute my thoughts there. Here he gets his friends to share their favourite music memory. I encourage you to follow him and contribute your own memories to the thread! Here’s mine…

One of my earliest memories, I think I was about 3 or 4 was riding with my dad in his truck and both of us singing ‘We built this city on Rock and Roll’ by Starship; He worked on cranes on big buildings and I literally thought at the time that he built the city and that cities could be built on rock and roll. It’s still a great song and it still gives me a happy, energised feeling to hear it now. I think I still love 80’s electro now because of this song and others.


When you’ve got a PhD in Astrophysics but you’re working in a McDonald’s Drive Thru…

Sometimes you need to dress as a pink bean to do an epic drums solo


Softness is not weakness

“Softness is not weakness. It takes courage to stay delicate in a world this cruel.” Beau Taplin

Raffaello Sorbi – An Italian Girl with Doves. Via Twitter


Dean and Nala stay in St Florian’s Monastery in Austria

Expect a lot of human/cat snuggles and cosyness.


I hope you enjoyed this week’s tidbits let me know what you think below…


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8 thoughts on “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #45

  1. I’ve been listening to ‘We Built This City on Rock and Roll’ so much recently (for no particular reason except that it’s a great song) and I was so delighted to see it mentioned! I actually also associate it with my dad who funnily enough was also in construction (he was an electrician and did residential wiring). He was also a musician who loved this type of 80’s rock. Thanks for this list – some intriguing finds as always! Hope you’re doing well. 🙂

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    1. That’s so cool! It sounds like we had very similar childhood memories with music then hehe. It is definitely the kind of song that you can’t help but feel happy listening to. Your dad must have been a cool guy too if he was a musician. My dad wasnt a musician but he collected a lot of vinyl and had a top of the range sound system which we were not allowed to touch, but I used to create synchronized dance moves to 80s pop. I can’t help but think, your dad and my dad would have gotten on and 3 year old you and 3 year old me would have had fun dancing to this music too! I’m going well I hope you are too my dear. Are you still in Edinburgh? Big hugs to you xxx

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      1. Haha yes our toddler selves probably would have loved rocking out to the 80’s pop tunes! (TBH I still rock out to them now today!). Yes I’m still in Edinburgh – a beautiful city but I’m a bit stir crazy. We’re traveling up to the highlands soon for a few days. I can’t wait. Hugs to you too and hope you’re doing well! 🙂

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      2. Yes me too! I love dancing and singing to these songs even now hehe. I can understand how you feel with going crazy being stuck in one place too, I feel the same, but they are now lowering restrictions so we can travel too. Hope you have loads of fun in the highlands! Xxx

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