Posts Tagged ‘weird’

When I hear the word Lotus, my mind immediately goes to thoughts of the wonderful mechanical creations of Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman, CBE, but this is a bit different and not about those clever devices at all.

Indeed, it is about a mysterious event on the Lotus River in Lotus County, China, where on two recent occasions slicks of something appeared on the river and morphed in the shape of a lotus flower. Some were more perfect than others. They’re quite pretty, really. But I do hope they’re not dangerous, as…

They look rather like some sort of pollution, a leakage or seepage of some oil-based compound from under the ground, what with the rainbow patterns and colorful disappearing central discs. Indeed, an intrigued member of the ATS forum spoke of his related experience thusly… “I remember when I was younger and was repainting a dock on the water, I would see similar patterns form when drops of the paint would drip into the water. The shapes and colors created were stunning.”

Interesting that the event happened twice and in such a localized manner. Interesting also that apparently this has occurred in the past as well.

I am not aware of any tests being done to provide us with any sort of definitive answer.

Well, there’s not much more to say at the moment, so, see what you come up with…

Published on Jul 23, 2012 by 

貢井區蓮花鎮鎮政府門前的河岸邊站滿了當地居民,路過附近的居民們也紛紛只住了腳步,居民們的雙眼死盯著腳下只有五六米寬的河面。這麼多人站在河邊看什麼呢?原來一出奇特­的景象正在居民們的腳下發生——河水中開出了「蓮花」。

流傳:因為鎮上河中會開出「蓮花」所以先輩們將鎮名取為「蓮花鎮」

「我活了這麼多年了,這還是頭一次看到這種景象。」84歲的當地居民盧楚雲感嘆道,「那麼難得遇到的景象,我居然看到了,真是有幸啊!」盧楚雲說,之前他聽自己的長輩說起­過,在很久以前,河中曾出現過開「蓮花」的景象,但他的長輩們也從來沒有親眼見到過。「由於流傳著河中開『蓮花』的傳說,所以,我們的長輩們把從鎮上流過的這條沒有名字的­河稱為:蓮花河。」

57歲的當地居民肖發君告訴記者,他也聽自己的父親說起過,河中開「蓮花」一事,「那可是一百年不遇的喲!」肖發君說,父親在十多年前已經離開了人世,「要是我父親還在世­的話,現在已經有100多歲了。」肖發君的父親曾給其講起過關於蓮花鎮的由來,「我父親告訴我,就是因為鎮上的河中會開出『蓮花』,所以先輩們才將這個地方取名叫『蓮花鎮­』。」肖發君補充道,「是不是真的,如今已經很難考證。但經過今天我親眼所見後,我相信了關於蓮花鎮的傳說。」

解密:目前還沒能得出科學解釋

對於,蓮花河中開出「蓮花」現象的科學解釋,記者諮詢了不少當地居民,但居民們都不知道具體原因。隨後,記者帶著疑問,諮詢了相關部門,在相關部門中也未能得到具體的解釋­。關於蓮花河中開出「蓮花」現象的科學解釋。
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In Sichuan province, these lotus flower patterns began appearing in a river on July 13th. They seem to grow out of nowhere, but every few minutes, they form these distinct lotus flower shapes — complete with white petals. The remarkable phenomena happened again six days later (19.07.2012).

Interestingly enough, this river is called Lotus River, and the town — you guessed it, Lotus County. Apparently the river was known for producing these lotus flowers in ancient times.

The incredible “lotus flowers” have baffled locals. Some say they’re simply oil patches in the water, others say it’s nothing short of a miracle.
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蓮花是佛的象徵。
朵朵蓮花從河底上升到河面,寓意眾佛從最髒的底層已經達到潔淨的高層。
河中的蓮花最初的形狀是圓形,象徵歸源,表示回到生命源頭的地方。
然後蓮花的形狀從圓形變成了蓮花形狀,寓意生命回到源頭時將會成佛。
眾多蓮花逐一出現,寓意有許多生命將會成佛。
蓮花鎮,蓮花河 開出「蓮花」
巧合嗎?非也。
是神的特意安排。
蓮花鎮,蓮花河 開出「蓮花」寓意三花碰頭。
碰頭也叫聚首。首為人的頭部,也即頂部。
三花聚首,即三花聚頂。
三花聚頂是世間法修煉的最後一個過程,之後就是出世間法的狀態。
此現象寓意眾佛即將出世。
蓮花顯現後,保持一段時間最後消失了。
象徵眾佛離開人間,功德圓滿,成就正果。

http://blog.boxun.com/hero/201207/morishenpan/7_1.shtml

And also watch this English language news report.

Published on Jul 26, 2012 by 

In traditional Chinese culture, lotus flowers are symbols for purity. They grow out of muddy waters yet maintain their beauty. But very rarely do we see this kind of lotus flower.

In Sichuan province, these lotus flower patterns began appearing in a river on July 13th. They seem to grow out of nowhere, but every few minutes, they form these distinct lotus flower shapes — complete with white petals. The remarkable phenomena happened again six days later.

Interestingly enough, this river is called Lotus River, and the town — you guessed it, Lotus County. Apparently the river was known for producing these lotus flowers in ancient times.

The incredible “lotus flowers” have baffled locals. Some say they’re simply oil patches in the water, others say it’s nothing short of a miracle.

Peace.

Uploaded by on Apr 30, 2007

Pistol shrimp blowing a blast of water a speed of 100km/h with temp 4700C.

Now this is cool. Nature always delivers the most fascinating designs. A gun built into your arm, with an endless supply of bullets…

From this creature’s Wikipedia page:
(Sorry about using Wiki as they are
such a tool of the wrong people, but I’m lazy today and for this sort of thing they’re truthful…)

I find the first paragraph pretty darn interesting…

Pistol shrimp have also been noted for their ability to reverse claws. When the snapping claw is lost the missing limb will regenerate into a smaller claw and the original smaller appendage will grow into a new snapping claw. Laboratory research has shown that severing the nerve of the snapping claw induces the conversion of the smaller limb into a second snapping claw. This phenomenon of claw symmetry in snapping shrimp has only been documented once in nature.[10]

Snapping effect

The snapping shrimp competes with much larger animals like the Sperm Whale and Beluga Whale for the title of ‘loudest animal in the sea.’ The animal snaps a specialized claw shut to create a cavitation bubble that generates acoustic pressures of up to 80 kPa at a distance of 4 cm from the claw. As it extends out from the claw, the bubble reaches speeds of 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) and releases a sound reaching 218 decibels.[11] The pressure is strong enough to kill small fish.[12] It corresponds to a zero to peak pressure level of 218 decibels relative to one micropascal (dB re 1 μPa), equivalent to a zero to peak source level of 190 dB re 1 μPa at the standard reference distance of 1 m. Au and Banks measured peak to peak source levels between 185 and 190 dB re 1 μPa at 1 m, depending on the size of the claw.[13] Similar values are reported by Ferguson and Cleary.[14] The duration of the click is less than 1 millisecond.

The snap can also produce sonoluminescence from the collapsing cavitation bubble. As it collapses, the cavitation bubble reaches temperatures of over 5,000 K (4,700 °C).[15] In comparison, the surface temperature of the sun is estimated to be around 5,800 K (5,500 °C). The light is of lower intensity than the light produced by typical sonoluminescence and is not visible to the naked eye. It is most likely a by-product of the shock wave with no biological significance. However, it was the first known instance of an animal producing light by this effect. It has subsequently been discovered that another group of crustaceans, the mantis shrimp, contains species whose club-like forelimbs can strike so quickly and with such force as to induce sonoluminescent cavitation bubbles upon impact.[16]

The snapping is used for hunting (hence the alternative name “pistol shrimp”), as well as for communication.

Jebus! What will Mother come up with next? Ha! Okay, how about this guy…?

Uploaded by on Dec 27, 2006

Animal Olympians: Featherweight boxing. A maritime creature that is 4 inches long and more powerful than a point 22 calibre pistol. Big things certainly do come in small packages!

Good gracious!

From this creature’s Wikipedia page:

Mantis shrimp or stomatopods are marine crustaceans, the members of the order Stomatopoda. They are neither shrimp nor mantids, but receive their name purely from the physical resemblance to both the terrestrial praying mantis and the shrimp. They may reach 30 centimetres (12 in) in length, although exceptional cases of up to 38 cm (15 in) have been recorded.[2] The carapace of mantis shrimp covers only the rear part of the head and the first four segments of the thorax. Mantis shrimp appear in a variety of colours, from shades of browns to bright neon colours. Although they are common animals and among the most important predators in many shallow, tropical and sub-tropical marine habitats they are poorly understood as many species spend most of their life tucked away in burrows and holes.[3]

Called “sea locusts” by ancient Assyrians, “prawn killers” in Australia and now sometimes referred to as “thumb splitters” — because of the animal’s ability to inflict painful gashes if handled incautiously[4] — mantis shrimp sport powerful claws that they use to attack and kill prey by spearing, stunning or dismemberment. Although it happens rarely, some larger species of mantis shrimp are capable of breaking through aquarium glass with a single strike from this weapon.[5]

Did you catch that last sentence? Yikes!

I am impressed by this next video… burrow too confining? No worries, mate, I’ll fix it!

Uploaded by on Aug 27, 2010

at about 23 seconds, manty makes more room for him/herself
rip manty

The ocean fascinates me endlessly because it is just as exciting as space, maybe even more so, as it is nearly totally (98%) unexplored and it is right here! It is said we know more about the moon than our oceans. This is quite true.

Just think what would discover if the monies used for war were used to explore the wonderful planet we live on.

Peace.