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As if we didn’t already have enough to worry about, there is now such a thing as a Fire Tornado.
One appeared in Brazil:

 

 

And one in Hawaii, where emergency responders watched it only briefly before saying “that’s it, we’re out of here”:

 

 

 

It seems that paleontologists may never stop debating the cause of the great dinosaur extinction which occurred 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous period. The following visual aids have been prepared to aid the layman in understanding the competing extinction theories currently in vogue.

 

The first theory blames the great lizards’ downfall on their own poor intelligence due to Nature’s supplying them with brains the size of walnuts. This is known as the "Dinosaurs Were Just Dumb" hypothesis and can be summarized thusly:

 

extinctiontheory1

 

Most researchers today, however, subscribe to the belief that the dinosaurs were done in by an unavoidable airborne catastrophe. This is referred to as the "Death From Above" theory and goes something like this:

 

extinctiontheory2

 

And so the debate rages on.

 

 

first image by dan regan of shoeboxblog

second image: bizarroblog

 

The Wooly Tuna. The Giant Arctic Bullfrog. The Hyperweasel. For all of Mother Nature’s magnificent creations, she still left some notable gaps in the splendorous tapestry that is life on planet Earth. At the Uncyclopedia, an effort has been made to catalogue those diverse and fascinating animals that are conspicuously absent from our favorite blue-green world.

Follow the link below to learn more about such fabled creatures as the Electric Eagle ("capable of taking down deer, jaguars, or William Shatner") or the feared Transparent Tiger, which is completely invisible and therefore "not particularly popular in zoos".

 

Behold the Fire-Breathing Hamster:

Fire breathing hamster 

Though fierce in appearance, the Saber-Toothed Rabbit poses no threat to humans. Its main food source is the Giant Carrot.

sabertoothrabbit

 

Caution: Some of the animals may be frightening to small children, such as the Great Horned Spider Monster, the Vampire Chicken, the Werecow…

 

Link: Animals That Don’t Exist but Should

 

While the traditional media focused on disruptions to air travel caused by ash from the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallaj√∂kull , here at the Zima Zone we are more concerned with the volcano’s impact on everyday life.

 

eyjafjallajokull

 

As the photo above shows, the eruption came with disastrous timing, occurring at the height of Iceland’s annual marshmallow harvest. Experts in the field of marshmallow futures predict a significant rise in price for the sweet confection, likely to affect this summer’s campfire activity and raise the cost of S’mores to previously unheard-of levels. Though Iceland’s proud marshmallow farmers are a famously independent group, many have now petitioned the European Union for financial aid. Let us all pray that this crisis passes before any further damage is done.

 

More awesome volcano pics can be seen at boston.com (via Utterly Boring)

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