Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Weird animal costumes (link roundup)

Weird animal costumes spotted at Kid Acne's blog. which I was exploring because there's a set of blind box toys designed by Kid Acne going on sale at Kidrobot next month.

And a few more links:

1. Chinese citizen Shu Chun Teng studied fungus at Cornell in New York in 1923. He spent the next several years traveling through China collecting fungus specimens. When the Japanese invaded China in 1937, he arranged for the specimens to be smuggled to Cornell, where they've been kept ever since. Cornell is now giving them back. Via.

2. If you'd like someone to boo during the baseball season, you won't do much better than Gary Sheffield.

3. Japanese navy used a super powerful "bullhorn" to scare off Somali pirates.

4. During the 70's, America learned that the Soviets were using an underwater cable to send communications. The cable was in an area that was full of listening devices and that was frequently patrolled by Soviet ships. Nevertheless, the US sent a submarine into the area, which deposited a diver. The diver planted a device that wrapped around the cable and recorded the transmissions. It was even designed to fall off if the cable was raised. But the device could not transmit. So every so often, a diver had to return to retrieve it. The mission went great. And then the Soviets found about it... Via.

*Previously: Submarine, airship, and a giant tentacled monster.

*Buy submarine toys at eBay.