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    Fish Story
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    Fish Story

    November 11, 2019


    I can’t even imagine how many times
    I’ve made you tell this story now. That you’ve made me tell the story, I think … … five, certainly, that I can remember. I’m saying ‘tell the story’
    like I’m some kind of raconteur. – How does it come up?
    – So it came, it came up … How does it come up
    when I don’t bring it up? It comes up because I’m discussing
    my stupid name, Caspar Salmon. Once from the top. In the past, in I think 1986 or 1987 possibly 1988 In the 80s, when I was a child my grandmother was invited to
    attend the opening of some kind of sea … … thing. Sea thing? Yeah, well I couldn’t remember
    what it was, d’you see? Cos I was a kid, I couldn’t think
    what thing she’d been to. And then I subsequently had it
    confirmed to me. It was the Anglesey Marina. So she attended the opening
    of the Anglesey Marina and she attended it in the company of other people from the area in North Wales,
    where she lives, who also happened to have fish surnames because my grandmother’s called
    Pauline Salmon. So there would’ve been a Mr. … You know, Mr. and Mrs. Crab, or … Carp Cos this is a key point as well, actually,
    that I’ve not really scrutinised. How many fish surnames are there? – Cos, for instance, you’ve listed two.
    – Yeah. And I’ve never heard of a Carp. Jenny Carp. There are loads of others. Think of more fish, there are them. – Like …
    – Anchovie. Uhh … Pollock. Jackson Pollock. – Okay.
    – Fucking eat it. – Cod.
    – Yeah. Okay, no one’s called Cod. So they get there … They get there, and everybody who is there including the Crabs and the Herrings
    and everybody else receives … uhh … A copy … I keep saying a copy,
    what’s the word for … They receive their own surname as a fish as a present. So the people who are called Salmon
    receive a salmon and the Herrings receive I suppose more than one herring
    cos a herring is a smaller fish. But you got a version of your name so my grandmother received a salmon
    and she was able to take it home and cook it and it was given to her by Sir Michael Fish the weather presenter from the BBC who was there to open the marina officially,
    so he was the person … and he was there
    giving out the fish to everyone. What point in Michael Fish’s career is this? Sir Michael Fish of the BBC. Well, I think this is … This is the thing I’m not sure about cos he had the nadir of his career when he
    failed to predict a hurricane I think maybe. Good afternoon to you. Earlier on today apparently a woman rung
    the BBC and said she heard that there was a hurricane on the way. Well, if you’re watching,
    don’t worry, there isn’t. I think that was in 1988 or something
    and if I’m correct then … In 1986 he’d have been at the height
    of his powers, and fame. And wonderfully he fit the theme perfectly,
    because he was famous and … … his name is Fish, and
    the theme was fish. Your call cannot be taken at the moment,
    so please your message after the tone. Hi, I’m looking for Mr. Bass It’s about the opening of a marina in the 1980s
    that I’m hoping he might know something about Is that Mrs. Crab? It is. I’m looking into the opening of a marina
    in the late 1980s. I don’t suppose that rings any bells? Where was the marina?
    What town was it in? On Anglesey somewhere. There are lots of places on Anglesey. The reason I ask is that apparently
    the organisers filled the opening with people from the area who
    had fish-related names. You’ve been trawling through
    the directory, have you? More or less. Please leave a message after the tone. Hello, I’m hoping to reach the Mullet family regarding the opening of a marina. Hello, is that Mrs. Haddock? Yes. Is that Ms. Pike? Yes. Is that Mr. Plaice? Hello. … fish-related surnames, like yourself. I think we went there, perhaps,
    when the kids were little but I don’t think we got invited there,
    you know, with a fish-related name. Hello? Is that Mr. Whiting? It is, yeah. … to get as many people there as possible
    with fish-related surnames. That’s a new one on me. Hello? Hi, is that Mrs. Turbot? Yes. I’m calling about the opening
    of a marina in Anglesey I don’t know anything about it. – The reason I ask is …
    – Okay, thank you, goodbye. Maybe it was because of the
    time I called, or just because young people don’t
    really have landlines any more … Right. … but most people were in the right
    sort of age bracket to have been around at the time … Okay. … and the most common response was
    one of amused bafflement. But so, perhaps it’s a lie. Well, so I also reached out to
    Michael Fish’s agent and let me read you the response I got back. Oh god, this is a nightmare. Hi Charlie, I’m afraid that this
    isn’t for Michael as first and foremost he doesn’t
    remember opening a marina in Anglesey so possibly you don’t have the correct person. Best, Nick Oh my god. But there are a lot of fish people in
    this phonebook, so I figured I’d keep trying. 449? Ooh, hello. Is that Mrs. Herring? Yep. I’m calling cos I’m looking into
    the opening of a marina, in Anglesey and the reason I’m phoning you is cos
    for the opening, the organisers invited people from the local area, from North Wales,
    who had fish-related surnames. As far as I’m aware, this was
    some point in the late 1980s … 1980s? No, we didn’t come here til ’88. The only thing we’ve done is …
    we went to a thing at, um … Anglesey Sea Zoo with Michael Fish. You are kidding. Yes, yes. So it wasn’t a marina then, it was a … It was at the Sea Zoo,
    at Anglesey, on Anglesey. Sea Zoo? Is that like an aquarium? Yeah yeah yeah, big aquarium. I don’t suppose, while you were there,
    you were given anything? Um, hang on, me husband’s here,
    he might remember a bit more, hang on. Love? What was we given? We was given two of our fish,
    weren’t we? We was given herrings, weren’t we? On a white tray. Oh my god, this is brilliant. So it was a bit vague, but she was
    very specific about where it was which was this Anglesey Sea Zoo which is an aquarium. – Okay.
    – Not quite sure why they’ve called it a Sea Zoo. As though the word aquarium didn’t come
    to mind when they were doing the naming. So three weeks from now, on May 27th,
    I’m going up to Anglesey – No!
    – On the 8am train, via Chester. Yes. – Have you done that route?
    – A million times. What should I look out for? There’s nothing there, absolutely nothing. There’s nothing to do. Go to Anglesey, and just look at the sea,
    and go and see … … the lighthouse, that’s nice and then get the hell out. Oh no, and go and see the bridge as well. Thingy did a bridge there,
    Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Very nice bridge. Actually I’ve been an arsehole,
    Anglesey is lovely. I’m thinking of Colwyn Bay which is just awful. I honestly can’t tell you how
    excited I am to be here. Maybe we could start by talking
    about what makes the Sea Zoo special? I love talking about what makes
    the Sea Zoo special, that’s why I’m here. We are completely unique because
    we have only native species, all British species. Our water comes from the Menai Strait,
    which is right on our doorstep so all our systems are natural systems,
    they’re sustainable systems. The seasonality, the temperatures,
    everything is the same as the sea around Wales. It’s amazing how many people in Britain know
    absolutely nothing about what’s in the sea in Britain. I love that aspect to it, I love the fact
    that we get adults, teachers, even OAPs coming here, who say,
    ‘my god, I never knew that, that’s amazing.’ You know, they learn something, they learn
    something new when they come and visit. And how long have you been here? I bought it myself nine years ago. It was launched by four partners I believe,
    or maybe three originally and then two of the partners
    were a couple They sold the business to me so they actually branched out to
    do Halen Mon Sea Salt next door so they are still using the water
    from the Menai Strait but they’re using it to make salt now. So you two opened the Anglesey Sea Zoo. You’re the de facto heroes of the entire film. Bit scary, isn’t it? First off, why don’t you tell me whether
    the whole thing is actually true? – It is true.
    – Absolutely. It was a pivotal moment of the Sea Zoo. It was really important cos we’d invested
    everything we had in the Sea Zoo and we’re on a remote island. At that time it was pre-Internet, pre-email and we wanted to tell people about it but we had no budget to do it but as soon as we floated the idea
    we produced a press release – Floated, see what you did there.
    – Yep. ‘Calling Mr. Piranha,’ it said ‘Officials doubt whether they’ll find
    a Mr. Piranha to invite …’ ‘… but there are plenty of other
    fishy names in the phone book.’ But we had to get herring, carp,
    spratling, pike, haddock, winkle, cockles And jelly. We had to make them
    a jelly in the end, didn’t we? The Jelly family came from Mold
    and they were some of the winners We did relax the rules for the Jellys because
    they came from Mold, we just couldn’t resist that one and they were very nice, weren’t they?
    They were very pleased. And we were in everything we were on the BBC World Service
    and we were in The Sun It seemed to be like a good news story
    and it worked beyond our wildest dreams, really. ‘Michael’s a star catch’ and
    ‘Top Fish is put in his plaice’ Every subeditor produced every
    corny thing they could come up with. – And now you’re over here making salt?
    – Yep. What did you do when you opened this place? We bought a birthday cake in
    the shape of the building. Hard to beat Michael Fish isn’t it? If there was a weatherman called Mr. Salt … Yeah, who could you get?
    You’d have to get, uh … You could get Salt from Salt & Pepa. Oh, great! So I’ve brought you back
    a gift from Anglesey Oh my goodness! This is amazing! So that is Michael Fish,
    at the opening of the Anglesey Sea Zoo and not only a salmon, but the salmon
    that was given to your grandmother That’s impossible! That’s ridiculous. Oh, I’m gonna cry. I’m not gonna cry. ♫ Rock music plays ♫ I have no recollection whatsoever
    of opening an aquarium in Anglesey cos I’ve opened so many aquariums
    that they all blend into one, as it were No, I never regretted having the name. Thinking back, it was probably an asset
    rather than anything else. It seems like it’s got you a fair bit of work? I had a song all about me as well. ♫ I wish, I wish ♫ ♫ He was like Michael Fish ♫ ‘Cute and cuddly and quite a dish’ When was this? That was about twenty years ago now,
    I’m not cute and cuddly any more.

    The Ocean is Way Deeper Than You Think
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    The Ocean is Way Deeper Than You Think

    November 7, 2019


    The ocean is really, really
    deep, deeper, in fact, than most of us realize. If you were to shave
    off all of the land from the tops of every continent
    and island in the world and fill up the ocean’s
    deepest points with that land, then the entire earth
    would be covered in an ocean 2 miles deep. Three fourths of our
    planet is already covered in water though,
    and it goes a lot deeper than just two miles. Let’s start with
    a sense of scale. This dot right here is the
    size of an average human. This slightly larger dot
    is the size of an elephant. And this is the size of the
    largest ship ever built, the Knock Nevis. With that in mind, let’s
    start going under water and see what we find out. The first milestone
    is at 40 meters below the surface, which is
    the maximum depth allowed for recreational scuba diving. A little further
    down at 93 meters is where the wreck of the
    Lusitania was discovered, which is interesting
    because the Lusitania itself is 240 meters
    long, which means that it sank in water
    shallower than it is long. So if the ship was standing
    on its stern or bow, it would be sticking
    out of the water. Just slightly deeper
    than that at 100 meters is where diving can become
    seriously fatal if you’re not careful because of
    decompression sickness. But that didn’t stop a man named
    Herbert Nitsch to accomplish the free diving world record
    at a depth of 214 meters. This guy swam down to this level
    with just one single breath. But a little further
    down at 332 meters, we have the scuba
    diving world record which was accomplished by
    another man named Ahmed Gabr. If he had swam down
    another 111 meters then he would have reached the height
    of the Empire State Building if it was submerged under water. And a little further
    than that at 500 meters below the surface, we
    arrive at the maximum dive depth of Blue Whales, the
    largest creatures on the planet and also the limit of the
    US Seawolf Class Nuclear Submarine. At 535 meters we can
    witness the maximum dive depth of Emperor Penguins. And this is one we must bring
    up the intensity of water pressure. At this level below the
    surface, the water pressure exerted on a person
    or the penguins would be roughly
    equivalent to a polar bear standing on a quarter. So further down the
    depths at 830 meters would be the height of the Burj
    Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world. Once we hit 1,000 meters
    below the surface, we begin to enter
    the scary zone. Light from the surface can no
    longer reach beyond this point, so the rest of
    the ocean below is shrouded in permanent darkness. On top of that,
    the water pressure you would experience at this
    point would be about the same as if you were standing on the
    surface of the planet Venus, meaning that you would
    die very quickly. You would also meet the
    Giant Squid at this sea level if the water pressure
    didn’t already kill you. At 1,280 meters we reach
    the maximum depth dived to by the Leatherback Sea Turtle. And further down
    at 1,828 meters we would reach the deepest
    part of the Grand Canyon were it to be
    underwater with us. Down at 2,000 meters, we start
    to encounter some of the more terrifying sea creatures
    like the ominously named Black Dragonsih, a carnivorous
    beast with a stomach that doesn’t allow light to
    be emitted through it. Meaning that since we are
    in total darkness underwater at this point, the only way
    you would ever see this thing is with a flashlight. A little further
    down at 2,250 meters we would reach the
    maximum depth dived to by both Sperm Whales and the
    very frightening Colossal Squid. Sperm Whales often have
    sucker marks and scars left on their bodies from
    battles with the Colossal Squid that likely take place at
    these incredible depths. The squids themselves can
    grow to be 14 meters long and weigh up to 750
    kilograms with eyes the size of a dinner plate
    and razor-sharp sickles in the middle of
    their tentacles. So yeah, good luck
    with that down there. Way further down
    at 3,800 meters we can find the wreck
    of the RMS Titanic. And a bit past that
    at 4,000 meters, we start to enter the
    Abyssal Zone of the ocean. Water pressure is at an
    astonishing 11,000 pounds per square inch down here. And there are numerous
    strange, almost alien like creatures that
    inhabit these depths, such as the Fing Tooth,
    Angler Fish, and Viper Fish. Down at 4,267 meters
    is the average depth of the ocean where
    you would normally expect to hit the floor. But there are parts of the ocean
    that go significantly deeper than even this. At 4,791 meters rests the
    wreckage of the battleship Bismarck, sunk
    during World War II. And way down at 6,000
    meters is the beginning of the Hadal Zone, named after
    the underworld Hades, itself. The water pressure
    down at these depths can become 1,100 times
    what you would experience way back on top at
    the surface, which is roughly equal to an elephant
    balancing on a postage stamp, or a single person carrying
    the weight of 50 Boeing 747 jumbo jets. Down at these depths, you
    would be crushed immediately without any outside protection. But life still exists down
    here in various strange forms. At 6,500 meters we
    reach the maximum depth that the DSV Alvin can
    dive to, a popular research submarine that helped
    to discover the Titanic. Way further down at 8,848 meters
    below the surface and we have arrived at the height of Mt. Everest, were it to be upside
    down and placed underwater. And then way further past
    even that at 10,898 meters, we arrive at the depth reached
    by James Cameron in 2012 during the Deep Sea
    Challenger Mission. The deepest point of the
    ocean yet reached by humans was back in 1960
    though, when two men named Don Walsh and
    Jacques Piccard reached a depth of 10,916 meters using
    their [? Trieste ?] submarine. It took them five hours to
    descend through the ocean to this depth. And they only stayed
    for 20 minutes before a window cracked and
    they began to resurface. Just a bit further
    down from there at 10,972 meters and we’ve
    reached the average flight altitude of a
    commercial airliner. So if you’ve ever looked out
    of a window while on a flight and looked down to
    the ground, that’s a very good sense
    of how incredibly deep down into the abyss
    that we are currently at. Finally, when we
    hit 10,994 meters we have hit the bottom
    of the known ocean, called the Challenger Deep,
    right here on this map just about 300 kilometers
    southwest of Guam Island. However, it is believed that
    there are almost certainly even deeper parts of the
    ocean than this that just haven’t been discovered yet. It wasn’t until
    1997 after all that the Sirena Deep was discovered
    with a depth of 10,732 meters, making it the second deepest
    known point in the ocean. It is estimated that only
    about 5% of the ocean’s floor has been accurately mapped,
    leaving the other 95% to be currently a mystery. It may be only a matter of
    time before an even deeper part of our ocean is found. And who knows what we
    may discover there. So thank you for taking the
    time to watch this video. If you’d like to stay up to date
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    for watching this video and we’ll see you
    again next time.

    Americans Eat KOREAN PENIS FISH & LIVE OCTOPUS | Seoul Street Food Market South Korea
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    Americans Eat KOREAN PENIS FISH & LIVE OCTOPUS | Seoul Street Food Market South Korea

    November 6, 2019


    We have octopus that is still squirming and then it’s been topped with sliced penis fish. Penis fish. Penis fish. Ok. OMG. It’s like…… It’s a squirter. What’s up, guys? Welcome back to Vagabrothers. Right now we are in the GwangJang Market in Seoul, South Korea, and it’s dinner time. It’s a traditional street food market, and we’re going to be trying everything from the delicious to the disgusting. So let’s get into it. I’m hungry. I don’t know what to get. We’re going to be meeting up with the girls from “DoStuff” who are locals here, and they’re going to show us exactly what to eat. Hi VagaBuddies and internet fans. I’m Soo Zee. I’m Leigh. What are we getting into tonight? What is on the menu? I think we’re going to start with one of my favorite street foods ever Honestly, the smells that are just taking over my nostrils right now…are so different…never smelled anything like it, but it smells good. My stomach is rumbling, and I’m ready to eat. First time you pay money. First you pay money, dude. Oh, I see. Sorry, sorry. Duh! I got that. He’s speaking English. I know. I’m sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry. We’re going to learn how to pour some rice wine. We always hold with two hands first. Also the receiver, also two hands. Ok. Everyone holds two hands. It’s very polite. Sometimes you can do this or this, but never go like this. You do the first one, and I will….[laughter] You’re like a child holding a cup My cup is empty. We’re having an impromptu drinking lesson, a crash course in Korean culture Kombe Look at me. I’m speaking Korean. Wine is good. Oh gnarly It’s carbonated. It’s carbonated. It’s thick. Thanks for the wine. Bye. I hope they have some noodles… you know, like Korean BBQ Pork, regular piece of pork. Alex is such a drama queen. When it comes to eating food, Alex is always like…. but there is some stuff here that will push anyone’s boundaries. Marko is brave with tastebuds. I’ll give you that, Bro, honestly. You are a brave eater. Right here we have Beongdegi, which is fermented silk worm larvae. This lady’s just got it right there boiling in a big vat. I have a cup. It’s full of insect larvae, and here we go…my first big bite. It’s really not that bad. Insects aren’t really that bad. If you get past the creepy, crawly bit, although, I’m not going to lie. When I took that bite, the left side of my face kind of just went numb. What was the name of that movie from the 90s? Starship Troopers. I don’t know if you remember Starship Troopers, but that one big ol’ bug who came out and slurped that guy’s brain. That’s what this is. These are the baby ones. It’s not that bad. Interesting thing,though back in the day, you guys have seen the Marco Polo series on Netflix? Silk worms, super protected technology in China from the silk road, and now here we are eating them. Next on our dinner menu tonight is chicken feet, pig feet, and fermented shrimp and fish. Yummy. This is pig’s ear. This is lung. This is liver. Sometimes they give you heart. I think that’s heart down there. We’re going to be going first on pig trotters, as in pig’s feet. I’m sure the flavor is going to be like pork, but it does look fairly intimidating. I’m kind of speechless This is a lot of food that a lot of people probably wouldn’t want to eat, and we have all of them at one time. Let’s do it. It’s like a corn on the cob except it’s just a pig on a foot. When foreigners see food like this in Korea, what are some of the most common misconceptions? Misconceptions? People actually eat all of these, right? People do eat all of these. Yeah, true. When you’re in America, usually the only time you ever have chicken, it’s a breast, or fish, it’s fillet. Here when you order fish, they give you the whole fish. That’s how it is in a lot of other parts of the world. I feel we’ve been conditioned to think that meat doesn’t come from parts. Meat comes in plastic wrapper from the supermarket. Exactly. A lot of this food actually has to be warm, and it’s not a street food. Now, every time I see a chicken running around with its gnarly claw, I know exactly what it tastes like. Wow. Have you eaten that before? No. Never. It’s the first time you’ve eaten it? You going to try it? No. No. You are? yeah. Good luck. Ready? Ready. OMG. It’s alive. Those are the penis fish. Ladies, I’ve got a cultural question. What is the deal? Why does it have to be alive? Why is it called a penis fish? Why is it still squirming? It’s supposed to be for stamina. You mean for male virility? Male virility. The penis fish or the octopus? The octopus. They’re both squirming together right now. Both, yeah. We have eaten fermented rotten shark. We’ve eaten fermented herring in Sweden. We’ve eaten lamb’s face in Iceland. This to me is the least appealing, most intimidating dish I think we’ve ever seen. I’m not going to lie to you, this fish’s name is not nearly as exciting in Korean. What does it mean? Which means what? The original, factual name of it is because it looks like dog’s penis. A dog penis. A dog dick. It does. OMG Now that you say it, it totally looks like a dog dick. We’re in Seoul, Korea. We’re eating live octopus and penis fish. Welcome to Vagabrothers. Not that bad. The fact that it’s still squirming on the plate. It’s a huge turn- off. Let’s be real. I’d much prefer the octopus to be squirming than the penis fish. If the penis fish were squirming around, I’d be like [say] “Leave that thing alone.” This is like a sea urchin, right? You want to do a sea urchin? Let’s just say like this: when she pulled the penis out of the aquarium and she squeezed on the end, it squirted. It gave a little hello. You just lost your penis. It’s slippery. Slippery when wet. Here we go. 3-2-1. Penis in the mouth. Pretty good. I’d order this again. Before you tell how good it is, let me tell you how bad it is. You might see that we have a bit of a dynamic here. It is so chewy and slimy on top of squirming octopus or look at it inside the shashimi. What is that? Salmon. Oh. Salmon. Thank god. Kombe All the way down the hatch? Yep. Kombe We just filmed a K Pop challenge with the boys from We Fancy, and right now they’re going to show us Korean BBQ done properly. Let’s go. So hungry.

    What Actually Happens in the Bermuda Triangle – Mystery Revealed
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    What Actually Happens in the Bermuda Triangle – Mystery Revealed

    August 29, 2019


    The Bermuda Triangle is an area in the Atlantic
    Ocean. How much area it covers is not very specific,
    but it’s thought somewhere between 1,300,000 to 3,900,000 km2 (500,000 to 1,510,000 sq.
    miles). If you look at it on a map you can imagine
    a triangle whose tips reach Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda. That doesn’t mean there is an exact line
    down each side of the triangle and after that nothing spooky can happen, but it’s more
    or less an estimate of the area. Since the middle half of the 20th century
    people have been saying something paranormal happens occasionally within this triangle,
    while others have said this is nothing but superstitious balderdash. First of all, no one is making up a story
    that ships and planes go missing or are destroyed in this area. That’s not fake news or old wives’ tales,
    it’s just some people believe there is something other-worldly at work, and others just say
    the rotten luck of those that died was down to the whims of the weather or human error. This is also a very busy part of the ocean,
    and for the most part people travel safely through it. We’ll let you decide what happened. You can go back to the time of Christopher
    Columbus as to when the mystery caught fire. In his case, he actually saw a fire in the
    sky when travelling through the triangle. He even said his compass readings started
    to act abnormally. Perhaps the first big modern disaster that
    is on record was the loss of twelve men who set off from the US on the US Navy PBM3S patrol
    seaplane. They went missing in the area and were never
    seen again. No wreckage, no sign of an accident, was ever
    found. Then just a few months later something even
    stranger happened. Five US bombers carrying 14 men departed from
    Florida and disappeared. A plane carrying 13 men went in search the
    same day, and guess what, they disappeared, too. No sign of the men or their planes was found. The US navy issued a report stating, it was
    “as if they had flown to Mars.” The 40s were a bad time for US planes and
    the Bermuda triangle, with the largest loss of life being 39 people in 1948 when their
    Douglas DST airliner went missing. Again, this was somewhat of a mystery being
    that the plane was never found. Now you are starting to get the picture as
    to why this part of the watery world has a devilish reputation. It was worse of course at sea, and many tragedies
    occurred through the 19th century. Then on 4th March, 1918, the US saw its worst
    naval disaster that wasn’t related to fighting. That was when the USS Cyclops went down in
    the Bermuda Triangle, and yet again, the cause is unknown. 306 crew and passengers, as well as the ship,
    were never seen again. The strange thing is, the Cyclops had three
    sister ships, and they all sank, Two of them met their fate in the area we are talking
    about today, and again, they vanished without a trace. So, not surprisingly, people began to wonder
    about the mystery of these disappearing ships, and this was in an era before fake news and
    interminable Reddit conspiracy theory threads. In 1964 a man called Vincent Gaddis coined
    the term “Bermuda Triangle” when he wrote a story about all the missing ships and aircraft. A decade later author Charles Berlitz wrote
    a book about this mysterious place and since then scores of writers have been penning works
    about the Bermuda Triangle involving aliens, monsters, underwater cities, and holes in
    time. More disasters have happened after the ones
    we have talked about, but they are too numerous to mention. Even moving underwater is a dangerous game. In 1968 the nuclear submarine USS Scorpion
    went missing, as well as the 99 crew on board. While those who like to believe in the mystery
    of the Bermuda Triangle have written this is another paranormal disaster, others have
    impugned this theory stating it was outside of the area, and anyway, saying such a thing
    is insulting to the families of those that died. Still, it remains a mystery as to what actually
    happened. The wreckage was found, but people haven’t
    agreed about what went down. Many theorists blame the Soviets and state
    it was destroyed by them. The last Bermuda Triangle event we can find
    was in 2017 when three people, including the well-known event space entrepreneur Jennifer
    Blumin, succumbed to what the New York Times reported was likely bad weather. Debris of the plane was found in this case,
    but not the bodies. So, what are the theories? In 2017, the UK’s Independent wrote a piece
    with the headline, “Scientist ‘solves’ mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.” The scientist is called Karl Kruszelnicki,
    and he said the only things you can blame are human error and bad weather, rather than
    aliens or the Lost City of Atlantis. ““The number that go missing in the Bermuda
    Triangle is the same as anywhere in the world on a percentage basis,” he said. Other British media wrote about the 75 planes
    and hundreds of ships that have gone down in the fateful area, and their conclusion
    was much the same: just bad bloody weather. On top of that they offered a hypothesis of
    Methane Hydrates, which are underwater gas explosions mostly due to drilling. These explosions release gas and reduce the
    density of the water. This could be a reason why so many ships sink. Another new theory is that of hexagonal clouds. These clouds, measuring between 20 and 50
    miles (32.1 km and 80.4 km) cause massive blasts of winds of up to 170 mph (273.5 kph). One scientist explained, “These types of
    hexagonal shapes in the ocean are in essence air bombs. They’re formed by what is called microbursts
    and they’re blasts of air.” So, they bring down planes and also cause
    huge waves. They seem to appear a lot over the area of
    the Bermuda triangle. There is also something known as electronic
    fog, which when it wraps around a ship causes all the electrical equipment to malfunction. Another theory is the unusual sea floor, that
    has massive crevices and craters and so affects the water above. That’s what science says, anyway. Some other people believe in the more fantastic. One such theory is that The Lost City of Atlantis
    is down there and still with it are the energy crystals the city needed to have power. These crystals are so powerful they can drag
    ships down. In the book we mentioned earlier by Charles
    Berlitz, he writes about the possibility of the disappearances being “engineered by
    entities from inner or outer space.” The thing is, there is just nothing out there
    to back this theory up. It’s as credible as saying Mickey Mouse
    did it, or the ships were hit by a giant Toblerone. Still, here at the Infographics Show we believe
    in healthy skepticism and always to remain curious, and there’s no doubt that this
    area of the world does seem to see a lot of mysterious events. We’ll now open this to you, so please tell
    us what you think in the comments. Does anything said seem possible? And as always, don’t forget to like share
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    Animals Worth a Ton of Money
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    Animals Worth a Ton of Money

    August 18, 2019


    In no particular order, here are animals worth
    a ton of money! Wait until you find out why that liquid in
    the thumbnail is so valuable! 10 – Bear
    Bear Gallbladder?! Wait what! Yes, we’re in the same boat as you. We had no idea bear gallbladders are expensive. In places such as Korea, they were at one
    point selling for $15,000 dollars. In 2009, the market price for legally sold
    gallbladders in Hong Kong had risen to between $30,000 and $50,000 per kilogram! So why are gallbladders from bears in high
    demand? Unsurprisingly, it’s for medicinal benefits
    that science kinda backs up. Inside of a bear’s gallbladder is a whole
    lot of ursodeoxycholic acid, which breaks down molecules containing cholesterol. Apparently, this is an effective non surgical
    treatment for gallstones in humans. It also has shown promise in the treatment
    of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s kinda a big deal, but the thing is,
    it can be made synthetically. So people don’t need to harvest it from
    bears. And honestly, it’s way easier than getting
    it from a bear. 9 – Ambergris
    While we’re talking about waxy substances, let’s talk about Ambergris. Would this whale waste ever cross your mind? Probably not! The highest-quality ambergris is sold for
    a whopping Twenty thousand dollars per kilogram! Sperm whales produce an intestinal waste that
    bobs around the ocean for a while. Then it hardens, floats to the surface and
    some of it ends up on shore. This rock like substance it’s actually a
    super important part of the fragrance industry. High end brands such as Chanel use this substance
    to help make their fragrances. In the U.S, Ambergris is banned in the fragrance
    industry because Sperm Whales are endangered, but other countries such as France seem to
    be cool with it. Fresh ambergris is useless. Fresh ambergris is jet black in color, and
    it has a pliable, sticky texture. That and it basically smells like manure? So why would anyone want this in their fragrance?! Well, it lightens and smells better with age
    because of oxidation from the salt water in the ocean. Well, the smell is subjective, but hey, experts
    at Chanel think so. And that’s why, the lighter the color, the
    more valuable it becomes! 8 – Pangolin
    Before we get into how much the scales of a Pangolin cost, let’s talk about what a
    Pangolin is. Found in parts of Africa and Asia, they hold
    the distinction as the only mammals in the world with scales! And those scales are surprisingly valuable. Or maybe not surprisingly, because people
    will always want to grind something rare into a powder, cross their fingers, and hope it
    works for whatever problem they have! Pangolins are one of the most trafficked animals
    in the world because of the demand for their scales, which go for roughly $600 per kilogram. Some people believe their scales contain healing
    powers. Do we need to tell you guys that pangolin
    scales work about as good as healing crystals do? In some countries such as China, and Vietnam,
    they’re considered a delicacy. In southern China, a whole pangolin can go
    for up to $1,000 in restaurants! While most countries ban the Pangolin trade
    in an effort to conserve their shrinking population, it’s a tough task. Their scales look similar to fish and snakes,
    and the scales are often packaged with them for disguise. 7 – Cobra
    As one of the world’s most dangerous snakes, Cobras have some of the most toxic venom in
    the world. And the theme seems to be, the more venomous,
    the more valuable! And that’s totally true of the Cobra. Cobra venom is used to make life saving anti-venom. Making this anti-venom can be complicated. Typically it involves using a donor animal
    such as a horse or sheep. These donor animals get injected with the
    venom, and then their bodies produce antibodies. And that’s what’s given to someone that’s
    been bitten by well, a snake! So with that in mind, Cobra venom can cost
    roughly $153,000 per gallon. Of course, no snake is producing anywhere
    near that amount. We’re talking milligrams at a time! Aside from producing anti-venom, many different
    types of snake venom have a variety of different applications. For example, cobra venom has a compound that
    can be used to make a pain reducing medicine roughly 20 times more powerful than the strongest
    ones available on the market! 6 – Stag Beetle
    We bet you didn’t know that there used to be a Stag beetle price bubble! Back in 1999, a Japanese man paid NINETY THOUSAND
    dollars for an unusually large stag beetle! Of course, the bubble burst on the stag beetle
    market and nowadays, stag beetles don’t nearly go anywhere for that much. However, in Japan, there’s a Stag Beetle
    named Spike that’s extremely valuable. And it’s not for his size! It’s because he makes art that his owner
    sells! Spike’s art can sell for more than $1,100
    a pop. He even has his own twitter following, with
    more than 120 thousand followers! Spike lives with his owners in Japan and can
    hold all kinds of objects with his mandibles. This includes pens and markers, which he uses
    to draw. Now, this isn’t exactly Monet or Van Gogh
    level work here. But considering that it’s a stag Beetle,
    people are willing to cough up some cash for his work! Spike’s owner is an English teacher named
    Mandy. She first learned of Spike’s abilities when
    she was playing around with him one day by giving him various objects to hold onto. When she gave him a marker, to her surprise,
    he began drawing patterns! So she went on Twitter to tell her story,
    and soon after, Spike began gaining a following! Before you know it, he’s selling his own
    artwork. Whose with us on starting a Stag Beetle art
    factory?! 5 – Rhinoceros
    Rhinoceros are in high demand, and to be specific, it’s Rhino horns that people really want. Rhino horn can go for up to $60,000 per kilogram! The South African government placed a ban
    on the trade of rhino horns back in 2009 but that hasn’t stopped anything. Rhino horns have been sold on the global black
    market for years. One interesting little tidbit about these
    horns is that they’re made of keratin, which is the same material as human fingernails,
    so there’s no real use. But what’s driving the demand? Medicinal and recreational use of rhino horn
    comes mostly from Vietnam. Even if it’s just the same stuff as fingernails! The South African government lifted the ban
    on trade in 2017 in an attempt to reduce poaching and help save the rhino population. There are actually huge stockpiles of legally
    harvested horns. Some of these come from conservationists who
    have dehorned Rhinos to protect them. Plus, the government has confiscated a whole
    lot of horns from poachers that might as well be sold anyway. Aside from government regulations, there have
    been plenty of campaigns in Vietnam trying to stop the belief that rhino horn does anything. 4 – Totoaba Fish
    The Totoaba fish bladder is a delicacy in China! The bladder averages about 20 thousand dollars
    a kilogram! Found in the Gulf of California in Mexico,
    the Totoaba can grow up to six and a half feet long and weigh up to 220 pounds! Their meat is sold on the black market and
    can also be used to make soups. This market is partially driven by the false
    belief that bladders can cure skin, circulatory, cholesterol and fertility problems. In reality, it does none of these things. Since 1975, there’ve been laws against fishing
    Totoaba. In recent years, the Mexican government has
    been proactive in protecting these fish. But because it’s extremely expensive, only
    super rich people buy it. Enforcement is very weak because the issue
    isn’t a top priority to China and probably because it involves such rich and powerful
    people. The hunt for Totoabas has practically driven
    another species extinct. The vaquita is a rare porpoise that keeps
    getting caught in nets intended for totoabas! Watch our rarest animals video to find out
    more. 3 – Deathstalker Scorpion
    Generally speaking, Scorpion venom seems like a good thing to avoid. But it’s actually extremely valuable! So much so that scorpion venom can cost $39
    million dollars a gallon?! We’re supposed to believe that?! Well…….maybe. Say hello to the Deathstalker scorpion. Native to desert regions in North Africa to
    the Middle East, it’s considered to be one of the most venomous and most dangerous scorpions
    in the world. So why’s their venom so valuable? Their venom contains some compounds that are
    helping scientists develop breakthrough medicines. Chlorotoxins in the venom, for example, can
    be used to identify the size and locations of tumors. Also, the venom is rich in Kaliotoxins, which
    may help cure bone diseases. So that $39 million price tag we were talking
    about really isn’t relevant nor practical. A single scorpion produces just two milligrams
    of venom at a time. No one is exactly selling the stuff by the
    gallon, because to get the venom, the scorpions have to milked by hand. $130 will get your a droplet smaller than
    a grain of sugar! 2 – Horseshoe Crab
    Did you know Horseshoe Crab Blood is blue? That’s because of high levels of copper
    in their blood. And as weird as that is, it’s not even the
    most interesting fact! It can be used to detect bacterial contamination
    in small quantities, making it vitally important for the FDA! So how expensive is it? Try 60 grand a gallon expensive. It’s used to make a gel called LAL, which
    is used to detect bacteria. Before horseshoe crab blood, scientists had
    no easy way of knowing whether a vaccine or medical tool was contaminated with bacteria. However, drop a minuscule amount of LAL on
    a medical device or vaccine, and the LAL will encase any gram-negative bacteria in a jelly
    cocoon. While it can’t do anything to bacteria,
    it basically sets off an alarm alerting scientists to the presence of them! An estimated 600,000 Horseshoe crabs are caught
    each year and have about 30 percent of their blue blood drained. 1 – Elephant We’re pretty sure you guys aren’t surprised
    that Elephant ivory are in high demand. Demand has been consistently rising for illegal
    ivory. Poachers risk punishment in order to cash
    in on ivory for about $1,500 per pound. And a single tusk can weigh over 200 pounds
    for the largest examples. It’s estimated that poachers took out nearly
    a third of the African elephant population between 2007 and 2014. Historically, many cultures have prized ivory. It’s up there with gold in some cases. People make ornaments, jewelry and art out
    of ivory. In the US there’s already pretty much a
    complete ban on ivory. But other countries haven’t exactly followed
    suit. For example, although it’s technically illegal
    in China, ivory is still culturally valued and the black market is rampant. Politicians have promised to crack down on
    illegal trade, but we don’t think anyone is exactly holding their breath for that promise. Existing bans just aren’t enough to stop
    the poachers. Watch this next video to find out about facts
    you had no clue about rattlesnakes!

    Mutant Fish Taking Over Waters Around the World
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    Mutant Fish Taking Over Waters Around the World

    August 18, 2019


    – [Narrator] Behind
    running, fishing is the most popular outdoor activity
    for adults aged 25 and up. It’s largely a totally innocent,
    wacky-event-free venture, even being described as relaxing or fun. But all around the world, bizarre creatures are being reeled in, and it’s doubtful that their captors would describe their catches
    as normal or relaxing. Here are 10 mutant fish taking
    over waters around the world. Number 10, cyclops shark. A bizarre discovery was
    made in La Paz, Mexico, in the Sea of Cortez. A pregnant bull shark was
    caught, and its fetuses removed. One of them was an albino with one eye. Pictures of the cyclops
    shark were posted online, and some experts thought it was a hoax. Filipe Galvan, a well-respected
    Mexican scientist, inspected the shark and
    wrote a paper about it, which is under review. Lending further merit to the
    authenticity of the incident, Tracy Ehrenberg, the general
    manager of Pisces Sportfishing, conducted an interview with the fisherman who made the discovery. The man said that the pregnant shark was dead when they pulled it up, and that during the process
    of filleting the shark they found ten fetuses. The other nine fetuses were fairly normal, both in color and the amount of eyes. And, although it’s sad to think that someone still fishes for sharks, even though many species are endangered, and that they caught a pregnant one, this little albino cyclops
    shark is almost cute enough to star in his own Disney adventures. Number nine, mutated two-headed dolphin. A two-headed, mutant dolphin washed up on the shore of Ismire on
    the west coast of Turkey. It’s believed to have only been around a year old when it died, as it was only a meter long. It was discovered by a schoolteacher, who watched in horror
    as the mutant dolphin washed up on the shore. He then called the police, who took the dolphin’s
    body away for testing. Preliminary eyewitness reports said that the eyes and blow hole of one of the heads weren’t open, which may mean that there were further deformations in the creature, other than the glaringly obvious one, which could have contributed to its death. No one knows whether this is a
    rare case of conjoined twins, a natural type of deformation, or deformation caused by contaminants. Another incident of a
    two-headed dolphin-like creature was reported in the Netherlands. They reported the first ever case of conjoined harbor porpoises. It was thrown back into the ocean because the fishermen
    thought it might be illegal to have it in their possession and generally thought it was
    a good idea not to risk it. They did take pictures before
    throwing it back, however. There are a lot of things that indicate that the creature died
    shortly after birth. It’s tail had not stiffened, which is something that
    porpoises need in order to swim, its dorsal fin had not
    become vertical yet, and it still had hairs on its upper lip, which porpoises shed after birth. Conjoined twins are rare, even in humans. But they’re even more rare in cetaceans, a group of animals that include porpoises, dolphins, whales, and
    other similar creatures. In fact, the porpoise was only the 10th conjoined cetacean case at
    the time of this writing. Many people have a soft spot
    for dolphins and porpoises, so the thought of having two times the fun of a dolphin-like creature
    in one animal is exciting. It’s very unfortunate that this story turned out the way it did, instead of resulting in one
    of the coolest animals ever. Number eight, pug nose striped bass. This mutation is fairly
    common in striped bass. They’re called pug-nosed
    because the mutation causes them to have a large, lumpy head. One recent incident involves
    one being caught in Maryland. The mutation doesn’t affect
    whether you can eat it or not, and doesn’t have any
    harmful effects on the fish, other than making it look really weird. Number seven, fish with horns. A fisherman in Siberia was stunned when he reeled in two pike that had horns on the tops of their heads. He referred to them as underwater dragons because of their appearance. The fish, which were identified as pike, had been pulled from the
    River Irtysh in Russia. Locals blamed nuclear debris from Russian missile launch
    experiments for the mutations. The fisherman dried and preserved the fish’s heads and keeps them in his garage, which is probably a good thing because the last thing we need is horned, nuclear dragon fish swimming about. Number six, mutant fish in Russia. A gigantic fish had been
    terrorizing locals in Siberia for months before it was finally caught. It had been attacking and trying to bite anyone who came near it. With a giant head, piranha-like teeth and a broad tail that resembled an oar, it’s not surprising that
    the locals were freaked out. However, It didn’t turn
    out to be a mutant. Experts say it was a wolffish, a type of endangered
    bottom-feeding predator. But, with the amount of attacks, its appearance and just
    the fact that a giant, massively aggressive fish was attacking anything that came near the water, it’s really no surprise
    that locals thought this was either some sort of
    mutant or monster fish. Before I reveal the next example, you should subscribe if
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    on some amazing knowledge that could have filled your brain. Now let’s get back to it. Number five, giant fluorescent blue fish. Residents in Gaston
    County, North Carolina, are trying to figure out
    what this huge fish is and where the video was taken. It was uploaded on Disclose
    Screen’s YouTube channel and simply said that the fish was from a lake in Gaston County,
    but not which one. The fish appears to be
    around four feet long and Disclose says it’s around 30 lbs. Many are speculating that
    it’s some sort of carp, but they have no explanation for its fluorescent blue coloration. About one in a million
    times a rainbow trout will be blue to due to
    a rare genetic variant, but that occurs in approximately
    one in a million cases. If this is what the fishermen saw here, they stumbled across an
    extremely rare creature. Still, its a pretty large fish, and although its coloration
    makes it appear to be some sort of wild Pokémon
    that’s appeared in the lake, it’s most likely not. So, don’t go wasting balls on it. Number four, Russian fish with two mouths. This fish is simply terrifying! It has one mouth on its face, one on its neck, and a bizarre tail. It has a weirdly round body
    that shouldn’t belong to a fish. But even more creepy is the
    fact that it has an odd, bulbous protrusion that appears to be filled with some sort of liquid. The fisherman who caught it speculated that the liquid could be eggs, meaning that there was the possibility of more of these creatures. This isn’t the first fish of
    its kind to be caught though. A Reddit user posted a video that appeared to show a two-headed fish. For a bit, speculation
    was all over the internet about what it was and
    how it had come to be. It wasn’t a conjoined twin, and it hadn’t grown up
    near a nuclear plant, as neat as that would be. Experts said it was a grass
    carp that had been deformed. The second mouth was
    actually a large hole formed because the gill arches
    weren’t connected to its mouth. There was also a fish caught in Australia that had two mouths. Garry Warwick, the fisherman
    who landed this bizarre catch, caught the fish in Lake
    Bonney, South Australia. He told ABC “Both mouths are
    actually joined together. “The top one opens and closes, “but the bottom one
    looks permanently open.” Although he’s been a commercial
    fisherman for over 30 years, he says he’s never seen
    anything like this. Facial deformities in which
    the creature or person has more than one of a
    particular facial feature, in this case two mouths,
    is called diprosopus. It’s commonly associated
    with conjoined twins, although it’s not the result
    of two embryos fusing together, nor is it the result of
    them not fully separating. It’s caused when facial
    patterning acts abnormally. Unfortunately, creatures
    with two faces don’t usually survive because they
    usually have some degree of deformation in their
    internal organs as well. Number three, fish with human teeth. An emperor fish was
    caught by a schoolteacher in the West Papu region of Indonesia. The teacher was astounded
    to find that the fish had flat, molar-like
    teeth that looked human. He gave the fish to a student, who took it home to his family. They were all equally shocked when they discovered its teeth. Rather than eat the fish, they decided to freeze and preserve it. That’s probably a good thing because whatever unholy alliance
    that was forged in order to create this fish is probably
    not safe for ingestion. Number two, the monsterous
    fish from Thailand. A Thai fisherman was out fishing and hoping to catch
    something worthy of a meal. Instead, he pulled in something
    that is pure nightmare fuel. This fish has a long body
    that looks a bit like an oar, a giant mouth filled
    with sharp-looking teeth, and, probably most notably,
    it doesn’t seem to have eyes. No one knows quite what it is. But, the bigger mystery here is where are its eyes and how does it see? Number one, bird fish. This bizarre fish was recently
    caught in a river in Guizhou. It looks like a completely
    normal fish on the bottom half, but the head is where things get mad. Some people say that it looks a bit like the face of a pigeon. Others say it looks like
    the face of a dolphin. What it definitely does not look like is the ordinary head of a
    carp that matches its body. Some people blame its apparent deformation on water contaminants. Others think that this is
    some sort of hybrid creature, but those in favor of the hybrid theory are not in agreement with what animals parented this bizarre creature. Unfortunately, testing cannot be done to shed light on its parentage, either, as the fish was released back
    into its natural habitat. What exactly is a bird fish’s
    natural habitat anyway? Did it fly away or swim? Most of the entries on this list died, either before or after discovery, which makes for an alarming mystery. What entry did you think
    was the most interesting? Let me know in the comments down below, and thanks for watching.