This Weird Green Ribbon Worm Looks Likes Something From Another Planet

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For one fisherman in Penghu, Taiwan, the “catch of the day” wasn’t something he snagged with his rod, but a creature he caught on video.

Wei Cheng Jian captured footage of a long green worm-like animal with a pink protrusion that looks like another worm crawling out of it.

The creature is believed to be a ribbon worm, or nemertea, according to the Telegraph. The ribbon worm generally lives at sea but has been known to crawl onto land — possibly just to give people nightmares.

The pink worm-like appendage that appears to have a mind of its own is called a proboscis, which the worm uses to obtain food.

Smithsonian reports that when attacking prey, the ribbon worm will compress its body to push out the proboscis, “like the finger of a latex glove turned inside-out.”

The proboscis of some types of ribbon worms are sticky, while some have suckers for grasping prey and others have a spike for stabbing, Smithsonian said.

UPI reports that ribbon worms average 7.9 inches long. While there is no size given for the one in the video, the fishing pole next to it suggests it’s roughly two to three feet long.

Some types of ribbon worms are much longer. According to Guinness World Records, a species of ribbon worm known as the bootlace worm (Lineus longissimus) is the longest of all worms. A specimen that washed ashore in the U.K. in 1864 was measured at 180 feet in length.

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Minnie Mouse And Hello Kitty Headed To The Slammer For Fighting In Times Square Brawl

Winnie ArrestedThere are ample ways to scar your children for life while on a visit to New York City — but seeing their most beloved cartoon characters fight, and then take their heads off, might take the cake.

The war between costumed characters and tourists in Times Square raged on this week, as Minnie Mouse and Hello Kitty were arrested on Thursday for fighting each other. The New York Daily News identified them as Sandra Mocha, 34, of Queens, and Giovanna Melendez, 40, of New Jersey, and reported that the spat was over tips.

 

 

 

Twitter user Jake Rullman snapped photos of Minnie — without her mousy mask on — getting cuffed:

The pair were charged with assault, and as Gothamist points out, probably ensured “a thickening of child therapists’ wallets nationwide.”

If you weren’t already aware, most of the costumed characters in Manhattan aren’t sanctioned by the city, or by any business. They’re just regular folk trying to make a buck. According to The New York Times, they’ve been fighting with the city for years for the right to accept — and, in some cases, demand — tips for photos. The New York City Council has also been pushing to get characters fingerprinted, as well as to have them pay up to $170 for a two-year license in order to accept tips.

Meanwhile, there’s a constant civil war going on between many of the characters, as they battle for territory and tourists’ wallets. In 2013, a New York Post reporter tried to join their ranks as an undercover Winnie the Pooh, and the response wasn’t exactly friendly.

“A dangerous character could be hiding in a cuddly character,” New York Council member Peter Vallone said in 2013, after a costumed Elmo was jailed for allegedly trying to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts of the USA.

In one of the most famous cases of bad character in Times Square, a man dressed as Spider-Man punched a police officer.

That said, most of the characters are honest people whose daily interactions with tourists are civil. Yahoo News introduced a number of the people behind the masks in a video late last year.

“Most of us are just trying to make a living,” said Edwin Garcia, an Elmo who supports a wife and 7-month-old daughter in New Jersey.

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Broncos Fine Players for Farting During Team Meetings

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Von Miller has broken the rules a number of times, but his latest infraction really stinks. The Denver Broncos linebacker is back at organized team activities after an All-Pro season in 2014. After a recent session, though, Miller let it slip to the Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala that a certain habit has taken some significant air out of his wallet.

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Yes, the Broncos have a Fart Tax, and Miller is a frequent offender. When asked to expand, however, the 26-year-old didn’t hold his feelings in.

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We feel for Miller a bit here, as it’s clear his farts don’t have nefarious intentions. Still, it’s hard to blame the Broncos for policing the issue in an effort to keep the gas leaks to a minimum.

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16 Words You Probably Wouldn’t Believe Are Names Of Colors

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We’re all familiar with colors such as red, blue, green, and yellow. But what about carnelian? Bisque? Zaffre? They sound a bit unbelievable, don’t they? Read on to explore a new kind of rainbow.

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Aureolin

If you could capture a drop of the sun, it would look a lot like this. Aureolin is known for its vibrant and bright yellow hue. This lively shade could be described as a rich and sunny gold.

Jonquil

Jonquil

Taking its name from a Mediterranean plant, jonquil is a hue of yellow. Named for the interior of a flower, this hue is a vibrant and sunny shade of light gold. Like the daffodils in a meadow, jonquil is a happy and pleasant color.

Myrtle

Myrtle

On any lovely summer day you’ll likely confront the deep and earthy green of a healthy tree’s leaves. Myrtle is a shade of green that was named for the leaves of the myrtle tree. Myrtle can be distinguished by its natural and green, earthy hue.

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Skobeloff

Skobeloff is a deep, opulent shade of cyan. This color combines rich and complimentary greens and blues. This hue, something like a dark teal, is rich and cool in color.

25 Celebrities Who Married ‘Regular’ People

Hollywood can be pretty incestuous at times. When you’re a celebrity who’s surrounded by even more rich, famous, and gorgeous celebs, then you’re probably going to date within that pool. These superstars, however, broke out of the Hollywood bubble in finding their true loves.

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CHRISTIAN BALE
Back in 2000, Bale secretly married Sibi Blazic, who was the assistant of his “Little Women” co-star and friend Winona Ryder. The couple has two children together.

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TOBEY MAGUIRE
Jennifer Meyer was working as a jewelry designer when she married Tobey Maguire in 2007. The couple has two children together, Ruby and Otis.

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ELIZABETH BANKS
Banks met her husband Max Handelman on her very first day of college in 1992. The two went on to get married in 2003.
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MATT DAMON
Damon met Luciana Barroso when she was bartending at a bar in Miami. They started dating and got married two years later in 2005.

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MERYL STREEP
When Streep needed a new place to live back in 1978, her brother’s friend Don Gummer graciously allowed her to crash at his apartment. Gummer, who is a sculptor, began dating Streep, and the two married the same year.

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JEFF BRIDGES
Bridges has been married to Susan Geston for nearly four decades. They actually met while Bridges was filming “Rancho Deluxo,” which was shot at a ranch that employed Geston as a maid.
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REESE WITHERSPOON
From 1999 to 2007, Witherspoon was half of a celebrity marriage to Ryan Phillippe. Three years after her divorce to Phillippe, she began dating talent agent Jim Toth. The two got married in 2011 and have a son, Tennessee James Toth.

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Paul met Lauren Parsekian at Coachella, and they got married in 2013. Parsekian founded a nonprofit anti-bullying charity called the Kind Campaign.

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Cross married stockbroker Tom Mahoney in 2006. She underwent in vitro fertilization shortly after her wedding, and gave birth to twins Eden and Savannah.
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SETH MEYERS
Meyers dated human rights lawyer Alexi Ashe for five years before they got married in 2013.

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VINCE VAUGHN
Vaughn had a very public relationship with Jennifer Aniston in the mid-2000s, so when he started a serious relationship again, it was a more low-key one with Canadian realtor Kayla Weber. They married in 2010.

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JULIA ROBERTS
Roberts met Danny Moder on the set of her film “The Mexican.” He worked as the cameraman. At the time, Roberts was married to actor Benjamin Bratt and Moder was married as well. Both couples broke up and Roberts and Moder got together and married in 2002.
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PATRICK DEMPSEY
In 1999, Dempsey married makeup artist and hairstylist Jillian Fink. They’ve been married for over 15 years, but they recently filed for divorce.

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JIMMY FALLON
Nancy Juvonen is a film producer. She married Jimmy Fallon in 2007, and they have two daughters via gestational surrogacy.

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LISA KUDROW
In 1995, Kudrow married French advertising executive Michael Stern. The couple has one son together, and Kudrow’s pregnancy with him was written into her role as Phoebe on “Friends.”
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BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG
Green Day’s frontman met Adrienne Nesser at one of his concerts in 1990. The two married quickly and Nesser discovered she was pregnant the day after their wedding.

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TINA FEY
Fey began dating pianist Jeff Richmond a couple of years after joining the comedy troupe, Second City. The pair married in 2001.

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JERRY SEINFELD
Seinfeld met his wife, Jessica Sklar, at his gym. Sklar had just returned from her honeymoon, but divorced her husband and married Seinfeld in 1999.
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ANNE HATHAWAY
Hathaway began dating Adam Shulman in 2008. They tied the knot in 2011.

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ELLEN POMPEO
In 2003, Pompeo began dating music producer Chris Ivery. They married in 2007, and have had two daughters, Stella Luna and Sierra May.

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CYNTHIA NIXON
Education activist Christine Marinoni met “Sex and the City” co-star Cynthia Nixon while at a rally in 2004. The pair finally married in 2012.
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson of “Modern Family” met Justin Mikita at the gym, and the two wed in 2013. Mikita is a lawyer, and the two of them started a nonprofit called Tie The Know to raise money for marriage equality.

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KEVIN JONAS
Jonas married hairdresser Danielle Deleasa in 2009. Shortly after marrying, the two starred on their own E! reality show “Married to Jonas.”

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DAVID SCHWIMMER
In 2007, Schwimmer began sating part-time photographer Zoe Buckman. The couple got married in 2010 and had a daughter, Cleo.
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Bowen, also of “Modern Family,” married real estate investor and software engineer Scott Phillips in 2004. They have three sons, Oliver, John, and Gustav.

20 Celebrities Who You May Not Know Have Insane Phobias

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Channing Tatum Has a Fear of Porcelain Dolls

The fear of dolls is called “pediophilia,” and Channing Tatum suffers from it, more specifically when it comes to porcelain dolls. He admitted his phobia to Ellen Degeneres saying, “I just think they’re freaky.” But Ellen made him face his fears by bringing out some dolls for him to play with. Did it work?

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Oprah Winfrey Has a Fear of Gum

It’s weird, but it’s true. Oprah Winfrey has a fear of gum, aka “chiclephobia.” Winfrey attributes it to her grandmother’s habit of lining up pieces of chewed gum in a cabinet. Winfrey has reportedly banned gum from the offices of Harpo Studios.

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Johnny Depp Has a Fear of Clowns

“Coulrophobia” is the fear of all clowns (not just evil clowns), and even though Johnny Depp has played some weird characters, playing a clown is not in his future. Depp has been quoted as saying “something about the painted face, the fake smile” is what makes him petrified of clowns. It was even reported that he banned his wife Amber Heard from watching American Horror Story: Freak Show due to the clown in the cast.

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Diddy Has a Fear of Long Second Toes

Music icon Diddy confessed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that he has a huge fear of a “long second toe” (“podophobia”). The other guest of the night, Kate Beckinsale, then showed her toes to Diddy, and he freaked out. It’s just… weird.

Is Your Toothbrush Is Covered In Your Roommate’s Poop

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No matter what you do to clean your toothbrush chances are that it’s still covered on poop. There’s poop on your toothbrush, and your cleaning your teeth with that poop. Do you have a roommate and/or share a bathroom with anyone? There’s an 80% chance their poop is on your toothbrush. A recent study at Quinnipiac University found that over half the tootbrushes in the world (or at least the ones they tested) have poop on them (54.85% of all toothbrushes tested were found to have fecal bacteria), and when a person shares a bathroom there was an 80% chance that the fecal coliform bacteria (poop stuff) is from the poop of a roommate. I feel the need to stress this point with you, bros: there’s poop on your toothbrush, and that poop on your toothbrush is probably your roommate’s poop.

No matter what you do (hot water, cold water, sterilizing it in mouthwash) your toothbrush likely has poop on it. Also, where you keep the toothbrush in your home has only a minimal effect on whether or not your poop or the poop of your roommate ends up on those bristles rubbing against your gums.

The DailyMail reports:

According to a new study, there is a 60 per cent chance your toothbrush is covered in poo, regardless of how well you clean it.
And that’s not all. If you share a bathroom, around 80 per cent of that faeces will belong to another person.
The research looked at the spread of something known as fecal coliforms in communal bathrooms at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.
Fecal coliforms are rod-shaped bacteria found in human faeces and can spread onto a toothbrush through the air through actions such as flushing the toilet.
‘The main concern is not with the presence of your own fecal matter on your toothbrush,’ said Lauren Aber, a student involved in the study at Quinnipiac University.
‘[It’s] when a toothbrush is contaminated with fecal matter from someone else, which contains bacteria, viruses or parasites that are not part of your normal flora.
All toothbrushes in the study were collected from participants using communal bathrooms, with an average of 9.4 occupants per bathroom.
Regardless of the storage method, at least 60 per cent of the toothbrushes were contaminated with faeces.
There were no differences seen with the effectiveness of the decontamination methods between cold water, hot water or rinsing with mouthwash.
And all of the toothbrushes regularly rinsed with mouthwash had growth indicating fecal contamination.
Fecal coliforms were seen on 54.85 per cent of toothbrushes, which has been seen in previous studies.
There is an 80 per cent chance that the fecal coliforms seen on the toothbrushes came from another person using the same bathroom.
‘Using a toothbrush cover doesn’t protect a toothbrush from bacterial growth, but actually creates an environment where bacteria are better suited to grow by keeping the bristles moist and not allowing the head of the toothbrush to dry out between uses,’ said Aber.

So the poop bacteria flies into the air when you flush and lands on your toothbrush. Solution: NEVER FLUSH. That, or get an extremely low-flow toilet. But the better solution is to obviously NEVER FLUSH YOUR TOILET AGAIN.

If there’s no flushing then there’s no poop bacteria flying in the air to land on your toothbrush, and there’s no poop in your mouth (which there is right now).

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