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Scientists at Vanderbilt University have discovered Electric Eels can send out electric shockwaves much stronger than previously thought.
According to Kenneth Catania, a professor of biological sciences, we have always known that electric eels put out the biggest jolt of electricity from their heads. They can also put out a good charge from their tale, but not quite as strong.
In a new study by Catania, it has been discovered that the eel can deliver even more power than that supplied by head or tale. It does this by curling the tail around and discharging electrical voltage from both the tale and the head at the same time.
How Mr.Cantania discovered this, has been described by Scientific American magazine as, “Catania rigged up a sort of eel chew toy by attaching a dead fish to a piece of wire. The fish was fitted with electrodes that could measure the voltage produced by the eel. Then, Catania stuck the chew toy in the tank with the eel and wiggled the toy around, simulating struggling prey. Sure enough, the eels tended to wrap themselves around the fish, and when they did so, they delivered at least twice their usual zap of electricity, Catania found.”
“When the eel curls its positive and negative poles together and sandwiches the prey in between, you get a focusing of the electric field,” Catania said.
But electric eels don’t actually double the amount of electricity they produce when they go after large prey; they just direct the charges from both ends of their bodies to one specific area, which makes the charge feel more powerful to unfortunate prey items. This is a good tactic for an eel to use, said Catania, adding that the zappy critters don’t have to expend any more energy than usual when they curl up like this, but they could still end up with a bigger meal.
First there was a UFO looking thing spotted in the night sky of Southern California. Then there was an dead alien creature found in the backyard of of a woman in San Jose, California. And then, my email box was filled with links to Facebook showing both events and asking, “Bill is this real? Or is it fake?
Ok, well first lets just have some fun and consider what it could be. I’m going with, Alien ship passes over Southern California for some close up pictures to send back home. But onboard, there is trouble. Two female aliens are in love with the same male alien. The situation is so tense between the two females, that one kills the other and throws her body out the back door of the spacecraft before leaving the atmosphere of planet earth. The body falls into the backyard of an earth woman who’s first thought is, “wow, this would be a great post on Facebook!”
If the above story were true, it would make for one of the best viral internet stories ever! But I just made that up so it is highly unlikely anything of what I wrote could be true. So now lets turn to one of the best internet researchers I know, Kyle Darkkova, and see what he can find.
Within a matter of minutes, Kyle came back with a newspaper story from Outdoorhub that claimed the UFO was nothing more than a trident missile fired by the navy, and the dead alien was nothing more than a deer fetus that has been ejected from it’s mother’s womb for unknown reasons.
Even the debunker of all debunker websites had a story on this deer fetus. Snopes.com reported that the photo of the fetus was not even taken in Southern California, but in Missouri on November 5th, a few days before the UFO was spotted over Southern California. And on that front, Snopes even posted a tweet from a Southern California Sheriff’s Office confirming the UFO was indeed a rocket fired by the navy.
So, folks, despite my hope that some real UFO drama had come to earth, we are still just here all alone in the universe with our rockets and dead deers to keep us company.
My thanks to Kyle for researching this story and Daryl Watts,AllOfYour Enemy, Reagan Harris, Time 2 Music, Jeppe Møldrup, Adrian Flores, Connor Bowe, Kodhi Gush among many others for submitting this story.
A TV news channel in Melbourne, Florida USA is broadcasting a picture taken by one of it’s viewers that claims to show a bobcat attacking a shark. The viewer, John Baily, said he witnessed it himself and claims it is real!
But is it?
Bailey said he noticed the bobcat staring into the water at a shark close to the shoreline. The bobcat leaped into the surf and bit down on the 4 to 5-foot shark, dragged it out of the water onto the beach. The bobcat then ran off with its soon-to-be dinner into the woods.
The television station showed the fish to Florida Fish and Wildlife officials to see if it was real or a hoax.
F.W.C. officials agreed, they believe it is authentic and have no reason to believe it is not real.
David Hitzig, director of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, rescues and rehabilitates Florida bobcats. Hitzig said the incident captured on camera is a real possibility. He said Florida bobcats frequently hunt along local beaches to catch crabs and other animals all the time.
A closer inspection of the photo by billschannel experts reveals no signs of fakery by photoshop or anything else, so I’m calling this picture….
HUGE THANKS TO Jacob Smith and Mandy Sonnier, for sending me this picture!
Hey speaking of Real or Fake “animal on animal” attacks. Here is one I researched a while back. It is said to show a mule killing a mountain lion. Check it out!
Photos of a white dragon have been flying into my inbox this week. The story that usually comes with the photos is that it was shot and killed in somebody’s house in Malaysia or China. So what the heck is going on here? Is it possible that dragons are running around in this world? Or are we all being subjected to yet another internet hoax.
To make this brief becuase I know your time doesn’t allow you to linger… the answer is HOAX.
What we are looking at is a sculpture – the pictures of which have been published thanks to an internet site in Malaysia. There are no details to go with the picture, but as you can see, it is the same creature from the photos.
This reminds me of the Mermaid Hoax along the same lines. You can check out my report on that one… right here.
A winged spider? That’s a new one. It was sent in by billschannel viewer Mr. ZombZomb 115 with a familiar question I hear a lot around here. Is this real or fake? Well, Mr Zombzomb, spiders are only very, very distantly related to any animals possessing wings — but apparently belief in the existence of such a winged spider has spread across the internet as the result of that image you sent me. Is the spider real? No — it’s a fake.
The photo is essentially just a doctored image of a spider — with wings added, and done up to look like it’s an article in an old, faded newspaper clipping. Here is the photo the hoax was based on. Look Ma, no wings!
Undoctored photo of common fishing spider (Dolomedes sp) Image Credit: Snopes.com
As was reported in Planetsave, “Arachnids (and hence spiders) separated from their relatively close relatives the insects several hundred million years ago — well before wings and flight first developed in insect species. The only way then that there could be a winged spider is if wings evolved completely independently in spiders — in which case there would likely be many species of winged spiders, and they would be very known. Perhaps more important than any of that though is the fact that the ecological niches that almost all spiders fill would have no use of flight — most spider species are extremely successful ambush predators which rely on traps, deception, and complex strategies, to catch their prey, there wouldn’t be much purpose to the addition of wings.”
When Billschannel viewer Kelvin Ayala sent me this picture, he asked if it was real or fake. Together we did a little research and it turns out to be real. According to a number of reliable new sites, this is a 19 Foot (5.7 Meter) Python that fell through the roof one night at a thrift shop in Queensland, Northeastern Australia.
Owners of the store came in the morning to find a hole in the ceiling and floor covered in vomit, but no snake. They called the police who investigated it as a burglary, but later a shop worker spotted the snake hiding along a wall.
Police now suspect the python entered the store through the roof, which was damaged in a cyclone two years ago.
The animal then plummeted through the ceiling, knocking over dishes, clothes and other items, before relieving itself on the floor. It somehow managed to hide from officials until discovered later by staff.
A local snake catcher was called in to capture the reptile, which has been relocated to nearby wetlands.
Convinced that one day he”ll find a proper use for them, George Gottbrecht saved around 2,000 car wheel rims, over 16 years. In 1982 he had a vision of how to turn his impressive collection into an artwork that the whole town would admire. He decided to build a giant turtle statue, in honor of the famous Turtle Mountains state park.
Some people have mistaken it for a cricket so Mr. Gottbrecht installed a motor to make the turtle head bob up and down. Unfortunately, kids started trying to climb up and ride the bobbing head so the motor was permanently halted.
The best time to visit the W’eel Turtle, in Dunseith, is during the winter holidays, when its head is covered with a giant, red Santa Claus hat.
I did some looking around, and the picture can be found all over the internet And many of them claim it is the biggest crocodile in the world. but what’s the real story here? Check out my video to get the truth about this picture.
Viet Nam recently had 93 million frustrated internet users after a shark bit into an undersea fiber optic cable. The resulting network blackouts or slow-downs caused frustration among home users and businesses alike. One group that did not seem to upset were the millions of students who had the best excuse ever for why they didn’t finish their report papers.
A spokesman for Google Figer, which has over 100,000 miles of fiber optic cable cross the pacific ocean, recently told a newspaper that Google was going to reinforce their cable so sharks can’t bite through it.