One man's trash is another man's treasure, as the saying goes — but for French computer entrepreneur Eric Becker, it's more like a treasure island, one complete with a hotel, two swimming pools and a karaoke bar. Mr Becker's 'L’île Flottante' — or 'Floating Island' — resort bobs about the surface of the lagoon in Abidjan, the economic centre of West Africa's Ivory Coast, on a platform made of around 700,000 plastic bottles and debris. The island was built to foster greener and more mobile tourism — such that is less harmful to coastlines and seas than tradition, fixed, resort constructions — with the hope of inspiring similar projects elsewhere. Scroll down for video One man's trash is another man's treasure, as the saying goes — but for French computer entrepreneur Eric Becker, it's more like a treasure island, pictured, one complete with a hotel, two swimming pools and a karaoke bar Mr Becker's 'L’île Flottante' … [Read more...] about Incredible floating island off the Ivory Coast made from 700,000 pieces of plastic waste aims to foster ‘green tourism’ with 100 visitors a week
EVER since childhood, most of us have had it drummed into our heads that you need to cover up on the beach. If you were a child of the ‘80s there’s every chance this message was bought to you by a seagull with a lisp who strongly encouraged you to slip, slop, slap (slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat). This woman in the blue, who is minding her own business on a beach in Nice, France would get two enthusiastic thumbs up from the Cancer Council. A woman enjoys the sunshine in Nice.Source:Diimex But unfortunately for her, the beach is just a short distance from the site of the Bastille Day terrorist attack. And authorities in this particular area have decided to ban the burkini (the cover-up swimsuit favoured by Muslim women) because it could “cause offence”. The police officers demanded that the woman take her long-sleeved shirt off, and fined her. Her ticket, seen by AFP, read she was not wearing “an outfit respecting good morals and … [Read more...] about Why these photos are so ridiculous
You may have an uncle whose beer fridge is stocked only with Schlitz, or a grandpa who will accept no substitutes for his ride-or-die Miller Lite. In the modern era of craft beer, your younger relatives and friends might still have a favorite mass-market lager, but it’s unlikely that it’s the only six-pack in the fridge. They’ll stock Coors Light for a party, say, but they’ll also have a few craft IPAs on hand, plus a growler from the new brewery in town, plus a few hard seltzers or bottles of wine for good measure. Have we reached the end of brewery allegiances? Is the idea of a go-to beer outdated? Read enough about beer sales and customer behavior, and you’ll see the word “promiscuous” more than a few dozen times. It’s the preferred term to describe beer drinkers in 2019, who, it’s often said, are relentless in the pursuit of the latest trend, the freshest specialty release, the next new Untappd check-in. Craft beer drinkers seem … [Read more...] about Is beer loyalty dead?
Orca whales have claimed the life of another great white shark by eating its liver and leaving it for dead, making it the fourth such gristly death in less than two months.During a four-day period in early May, researchers reported finding the bodies of three great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) that had washed ashore along South Africa's Western Cape province. All of these sharks were mysteriously missing their livers, necropsies (animal autopsies) showed.Now, a fourth dead, liverless shark has washed ashore, according to a post today (June 26) on the Marine Dynamics blog, a site hosted by a shark cage diving company. The newly discovered 13-foot-long (4 meters) male shark was missing its liver, testes and stomach, according to the blog post. [See Photos of the Shark Necropsies]No one saw the sharks' last moments, but their injuries indicate that orcas, also known as killer whales (Orcinus orca), were the culprits, the researchers said. "This is the fourth … [Read more...] about 4 Dead, Liverless Sharks Wash Ashore in Weird Whodunit
The first video of an alleged "vampire" squirrel surfaced recently. It shows the bushy-tailed mammal walking through forests in Borneo. That got us thinking: What other vampiric animals are out there?Vampire BatsBlood-drinking bats are probably the most famous of all the Earth's vampiric beasts. Vampire bats are nocturnal animals that live in central and south America. There are three different species: Two of them are rare and mostly feed on birds. The main one, the common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus), feeds on large animals, such as cattle, deer and horses—and has been known to suck the blood of humans, but usually only when people sleep outside without protective netting. Although they fly to get around, they approach their prey on all fours, using the terrifying gait seen below. At this point, they use specialized receptors on their noses to find warm areas to sink their teeth into. These receptors can recognize heat, or infrared radiation, from a distance of eight … [Read more...] about The Real-Life Vampire Animals Stalking Planet Earth