Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Imagine a fight between insects...

The post today is for people who are afraid of insects. The most common phobia related to this animals is the phobia of spiders, called arachnophobia.

A curiosity that I found about diseases related to spiders is that the kind Lycosa tarantula was accused of causing a disease called "Tarantism", which threatened the city of Taranto, Italy, between centuries XV and XVII.

To cure this disease, whose symptoms were sweating, tremors, insomnia, pain, stiffness and body weakness, people believed that the patient should to dance frantically for four days. That seems joke, right? While in some places the disease became associated with madness, in other became a pretext for orgias or festivals of dance, which led to the famous "tarantela". That is, spiders may not only cause fear, but be reasons to party!

Well, but to illustrate this post I found a site that has nothing to funny. He is frightening, especially for people who are afraid of insects (include me in that classification)!

Returning to the title this post, did you imagine a fight between insects? Then, now see!

In this site you can find videos of insects of all kinds fighting! That same. Two types of insects are chosen and they are placed in the same place to fight!

I admit that many of these videos I can't see! For those who are afraid of animals like these, the feeling is that any time one of them will rising in his foot.

For the brave, go ahead!

Ah, fun with the Japanese's way of talking!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The real Taz

This post is dedicated to an animal that only has the frightening name! For who believe that the character Taz of Looney Tunes was invented, there is the inspiration. It is the Tasmanian Devil, an animal that has nothing frightening and lives in the state of Tasmania, Australia.

Like the Taz, the Tasmanian Devil eat of all! Fish, birds, frogs, reptiles, mammals and even insects. But don't worry, it don't attack humans, unless it feel threatened. Moreover, when bred in captivity, the Tasmanian Devils become very docile.

You must be asking: why these creatures so cute have the name "devil"? It is because long ago, when European settlers arrived in Tasmania, they heard terrifying noises that came from forests. Then, they gave the name to those animals of "devil". Later they discovered that they are very pleasant.

You can check this in the video below.

Visit also the site of the Boomajaril, a private rainforest property in the North West of Tasmania that protects these animals: