More Of The Schmidt Pain Index (Every Other Tuesday)

Hello fellow Entomologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, its time for us to take a look at some more dangerous insects. Now, let’s begin!

  • Maricopa harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex maricopa) Size: The tip of your finger Pain Index: 3 Diet: Seeds Habitat: Arizona 

This species of harvest ant is mainly found in Arizona. It has a bright, red body and a very potent venom. The ant species harvests seeds for consumption, and make their homes in gravel or rock-rich environments. The sting is infamous for being extremely painful, and 12 stings call kill a mouse. Schmidt describes the pain as: “A drill wedged into an ingrown toenail.” o_O! To make matters worse, the pain can last for up to four hours!

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  • California carpenter bee (Xylocopa californica) Size: 12-25 mm Diet: Nectar Habitat: California, Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah Sting Index: 2.5

The California carpenter bee is a large, black bee with big wings, powerful mandibles, and a stinger. The females are the only ones who sting, while the males focus on pollination. Schmidt describes the pain as: “Swift, sharp, and decisive, like slamming a fingertip in a car door.”

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Yokai Wednesdays (Every Other Wednesday)

Konichiwa, everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more fascinating yokai. Now, let’s go on a journey to the “Land of the Rising Sun”!

  • Basho no sei are extremely unsettling creatures of Japanese mythology. They are the spirits of banana trees that grow in Okinawa. They appear to have human faces, and will scare people by appearing behind them. While not initially hostile, women are warned not to walk past them after 6 pm. There have been legends of the yokai attacking and even impregnating women.

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  • Hososhi are divine beings of Japanese folklore. They’re depicted as armed, robed priests with powers of purification. It has the face of a 4 eyed oni that punishes evil in every direction.

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More Bizarre Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Art (Every Other Friday)

Hello fellow duelists! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more strange card art. Now, it’s time to duel!

  • Soitsu 4 stars Type: Fairy Attribute: Wind  ATK: 0 DEF: 0 Normal Monster

I never was a big fan of these “paper airplane monsters.” They’re a pain to summon, and they only provide a large attack boost to those in their archetype.  All of these creatures are missing eyes and are completely useless alone. Soitsu is a green colored, nude humanoid with a pronounced butt. He’s also flexing both of his arms. 

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  • Tongyo Normal Type: Water/Fish 4 Stars ATK: 1350 DEF: 800

UGH! What the hell is this abomination?! It appears to be some kind of fish with an extra long tongue. It has sharp, blue teeth and eyes that are bulging and crossed. I guess this is what happens when you give a fish cocaine!

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More Fascinating Food and Drinks From Around The World (Fridays)

Hello fellow foodies! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more delicious foods and drinks. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Bandrek is a warm beverage that comes from Indonesia. It’s made from palm sugar, ginger essence, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, black pepper, lemongrass, coriander, and cardamom seeds. It’s usually drunk on cold nights.

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Food and Drinks From Around The World (Fridays)

Hello fellow foodies! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more unique foods and drinks. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Injeolmi is a cracker that comes from Korea. It’s made from gluttonous rice flour, dried beans, and sesame seeds. It’s extremely popular as a paryt food in Korea. 

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  • Sikhye is a traditional drink that comes from Korea. It’s made from malt water, pine nuts, and cooked rice. It’s usually drunk after a meal.

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More Obscure Music Genres

Hello everyone! It’s time for me to bring back an old favorite! About a year ago, I jumped into the fascinating world of obscure music genres. I have always found this topic to be quite interesting with new genres added almost daily. Now, let’s dive into the most unique and weird genres that music has to offer!

  • Noise Rock Created: 1968 Prominent Bands: Melt-Banana, Metz, Big Black

Noise Rock is a Punk-inspired genre with large distortion levels,  occasionally unintelligible vocals, sharp and intense sounds, and blindingly fast guitar riffs and strange lyrics. Many Japanese bands of this genre also started to rise in the early 60’s. While most of it is very painful to the ears, some is quite enjoyable like Sonic Youth and Velvet Underground.

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  • Glitch Hop Created: 1997 Prominent Producers: Virtual Riot, Mr. Bill, GRiZ 

Glitch Hop is a subgenre of Glitch that uses malfunctioning electronics and fusion of Hip Hop to create incredibly catchy, video game-inspired pieces. It’s also influenced by Dubstep and drum and bass. The pieces are usually played at 110 BPM.

 

Nature is Awesome (Every Other Tuesday)

Hello fellow nature lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take another look at some awesome creatures and plants. Now, let’s start exploring!

  • Blue Dragon (Glaucus atlanticus) Size: Up to 3 cm Habitat: The Indian and Pacific Ocean  Diet: Carnivorous 

The Blue Dragon is an absolutely gorgeous species of sea slug. It’s a very tiny creature that is extremely poisonous. It can feed on the Portuguese man o’ war, and uses the poison to fend off predators. It’s makes you shocked to find out that this creature is more dangerous than the giant menace it feeds upon.

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  • Baseball Plant (Euphorbia obesa) Size: 15 cm Habitat: South Africa 

The Baseball Plant is a very strange flora that’s indigenous to South Africa. As the name states, the plant is shaped like a green baseball, with 8 ridges that resemble stitches. It contains a reservoir of water to use in droughts. It’s also quite toxic, and will cause horrible skin problems if held.

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