I have done articles before about frogs being found embedded in stones but I am still going to post this one as I never tire of them.
Sometimes it seems fairly clear how the frog managed to get into the position it is found in like these posts I have done in the past, a protoplasmic sandstone frog, and this frog who was cruelly sealed up in the cornerstone of a West Texas court house and released, still alive 31 years later.
This frog found inside a block of bluestone is an interesting one and one of those that doesn’t have enough details for us to make up our own minds as to whether the frog actually spent any length of time in the stone or just found its way in there last night.
We don’t hear about these kinds of things in the news anymore do we? I wonder if it means that the well of Frog in a Rock has dried up recently or if people are a little more likely to notice things like convenient cracks in those frog bearing rocks.
Perhaps it is because much of our digging is done by heavy machinery these days. Quarries throughout the world contain poor frogs that have spent eons awaiting rescue. Only seconds after they emerge, blinking in the light, a large tyre squishes them… 😉
This is an interesting story. A sneezy New Zealand girl in 1894 spent several days ejecting worms through her nose. Ick.
These worms were identified as common earthworms and it was suggested that their eggs had entered her nose when she was smelling some flowers. Hmm..
I usually love the explanations people come up with when faced with the unexpected but this one suggesting she sniffed worm babies off flowers… Really? Surely that would stretch the credulity of anyone who had ever looked at a flower before!
I have sniffed lots of flowers and seen a lot of worms, they are never in the same place at the same time. Generally the worms are not found at the flowery end of a plant, are they? It would make things easier for the birds if they were though!
I suspect that they were actually a kind of parasitic worm that looked like a garden variety worm. I had a quick google and found a few that you could mistake for earthworms if you wanted to, none of them were coming out of someones head though.
I could post a link but then I would be denying you the joy of finding them for yourself, so, off you go. What? You’re going to take my word for it? Don’t blame you 🙂
This article is fantastic. I wonder what on earth was in the grass in New Zealand?
According to this article the grass was so potent in 1892 that the wethers on one farm started giving milk. Wethers are castrated male sheep, not really much need for milk there.
Another farm had to stop breeding as ‘their progeny were so precocious under the influence of the abundant feed’ that maiden ewes and wethers also gave milk years earlier.
If this amazing grass caused sterile males and unmated females for give milk, what do you think could have happened to the sheep that were supposed to give milk! Yikes!
One year ago today we all heard the news that there had been a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. 185 people died and many were injured or displaced. Across the ditch, we hung on the news reports of rescues and the visions of the bravery of rescuers.
Christchurch and its surrounds have always been on shaky ground, and in the last year there have been regular tremors (more than 5000), including another large quake just before christmas, keeping the population on their toes.
Over 1400 buildings, homes and businesses, needed to be partially or totally demolished due to damage after the 2011 quake and some places have been abandoned altogether. Rebuilding has begun in the city, but at a slow pace due to the ongoing shakes.
Two minutes of silence will be observed at 12:51 New Zealand local time today, the time the quake hit, and afterward some of the people who helped in various ways at the time will be presented with awards.
The people of Christchurch and the other affected areas will always remember the events of that day, but they are nevertheless going on with the business of living in their beautiful place.
Leathery skin, with one large tusk protruding from its large head and a narrow tail. Not sure what this long alligator-like (but interestingly no mention of legs), creature is but it sounds interesting.
A Taniwha is a creature of Maori legend that inhabits deep, dark water, and this article notes that there has been much marine disturbance in the area that may have caused the arrival of the body on the beach.
Regardless of what it is, I would not want to encounter it if I was having an early morning swim at Waimarama beach!