I can’t imagine being interred in the ground for most of your existence. You can understand why zombies are so quick to escape the confines of the earth and go all cadaverous rampage on the local populace. This daikon radish, which was unearthed in Hyogo, Japan, probably wont be feasting on your squishy grey matter any time soon, but it sure as hell looks like it needs to get someplace in a hurry. Run, radish, run! For now you are free!
Graters Gonna Grate
Summer is setting in at the Birsa Munda Zoological Park in Ranchi, India, and the tigers are giving plenty of photoops!
NO! Bad tiger! Stop ripping the arms off the zookeepers or I’ll squirt you again!
The Walk Of Faith is a glass walkway built off the side of a cliff 1,430 meters in the air. This 60 meter long walk is not meant for the faint of heart.
The path is located on Tianmen Mountain in China’s Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park.
Having a panic attack just thinking about this mixed with my fear of heights
See I want to think I could handle this but I can’t even be cliffside while riding in a school bus or even a car really. I get massive dizzy spells that can sometimes lead to crying. I sadly learned this traveling in Europe.
why is this a thing??
I want to do this! I already sat on the ledge at the Sears Tower (see my icon), & it was great.
oh yes, i am definitely doing this
What, no polarizing filter?
This is Makpal Abdrazakova, she is 25, and she lives in Aksu-Ayuly, central Kazakhstan. She cuts an awesome figure, doesn’t she? She is making headlines for something she’s been doing since she was 13. Makpal is a golden eagle hunter, a berkutchi, and participates in competitions that evaluate how well her eagle, 10-year-old Akzhelke, can catch and kill prey. She has won several of the local contests, which also demonstrate the bond between the bird and its master.
The bond in her case began with feeding the golden eagle when her father Murat was away. He taught her the ancient sport after getting the approval and blessing of the local elders, since it has traditionally been practiced only by men. Since 2003, they and the professional hunters have welcomed her, and she remains the only woman in Kazakhstan to compete.
She does not, however, want to be the last: “I hope that in the future there will be more berkutchi-girls,” she says in her native language (see video here). Golden eagles have been used in falconry for centuries (see slideshow here) and are among the world’s fiercest birds, with the ability to fly at their prey at 190mph with their razor-sharp talons. They weigh up to 15lbs, grow up to 3’ tall, and have a wingspan of up to 7’.
Makpal describes, “The bird can be difficult, but if she gets used to her master, who tames her, she learns. She begins to understand human language, and further training is easy. If the bird has a good relationship with someone, she begins to see the person within her master.”
A traditional saying in Kazakhstan states, “As a man trains his eagle, so too does the eagle train his man.” Makpal and her bird may have trained each other, but the woman has also been training in law. “I don’t need to give up being a berkutchi. I will do both things at once.”
How completely awesome!
[via Quigley’s Cabinet]
NICE! I like!