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Woman reels in weird fish with two mouths

Image Credit: Facebook / Debbie Geddes

Why does this fish have two mouths?

Debbie Geddes had been fishing in Lake Champlain with her husband when she caught this peculiar specimen.

The bizarre fish, which is believed to be a trout, has what looks like two separate mouths.

“When it bit, it felt like I had a nice fish on,” said Geddes. “I actually commented, ‘I hope it’s as big as it feels’. When we got it in the boat I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! Two mouths! And yet this fish was healthy and thriving! Pretty amazing! We quickly took a few pictures and released the fish.”

Photographs of the unusual catch later went viral, leading to a great deal of speculation over the nature of the fish on social media.

Some have speculated that the fish could be a mutant that was born with two mouths, while others subscribe to the theory that the second ‘mouth’ developed due to an injury the fish sustained.

“I just can’t believe all the attention this has received,” said Geddes.

“The public’s responses and theories are quite interesting. I personally believe it was caused by a previous injury, most likely from another angler.”

Source: Independent


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Captain Dick Stevenson, Inventor of the Yukon’s Legendary Sourtoe Cocktail, Has Died

The inventor of the Sourtoe Cocktail willed his own toes to the Downtown Hotel for use in future drinks, and instructed his daughter how to remove and preserve them.

Inventor of the Sourtoe Cocktail Captain Dick Stevenson
Captain Dick Stevenson, inventor of the Sourtoe Cocktail

According to Dick Stevenson, he found the first toe in a cabin he bought in Dawson City in the early 1970s. It turned up in a pickle jar while Stevenson was cleaning out the cabin. A dried up human toe in a jar, frostbitten, supposedly cut off a prospector decades earlier.

Naturally, Stevenson thought it should go in a drink, and that’s how the Sourtoe Cocktail was born.

The mummified toe was placed in a beer glass full of champagne for those brave enough to accept the challenge. But to join the exclusive Sourtoe Cocktail Club at the Downtown Hotel, there is one rule: “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips must touch the toe.”

“I thought maybe only 10 or 12 people would ever do it,” Stevenson said in a 2017 interview.

But now, 50 years later, the club is 90,000 members strong and growing.

Sourtoe Cocktail
The Sourtoe Cocktail

“As a young man, he hitchhiked his way across Canada, working on cattle ranches and in logging and mining camps,” Canada’s CBC writes. “In 1956, he thumbed his way to Yukon and found a home in the Klondike. He worked as a fish warden in Dawson City for a while, but then became Captain Dick when he bought a boat and began offering tours on the Yukon River. He did that until his retirement.”

“Captain Dick was a true colorful five-percenter who changed Dawson’s brand,” Visit Dawson City tweeted. “His legacy is cemented with the Sourtoe Cocktail, but we’ll always remember him for his undying love of Dawson City. Thanks for everything Dick, we’ll toest one for you tonight.”

Over the years, the Downtown Hotel has accepted more than 10 amputated toe donations to help replace those that have been swallowed or stolen. And now, Stevenson’s own big toes will join the collection.

“I’m pretty sure I’m the only daughter in history that has to, following my dad’s will, make sure that his toes are removed and dried and make it up to Dawson City,” Stevenson’s daughter Dixie said. “He kept telling me how I’m supposed to dry his toes. So one day I said, ‘Dad, you have to come so I can type this out, because I’m not going to remember it.”

On her way to pick up containers and pickling salt for her father’s toes, Dixie added, “So as morbid as that sounds, this is what I’ll be doing for the next few weeks.”

Mummified human toe used in the Sourtoe Cocktail
One of the preserved human toes used in the Sourtoe Cocktail

Stevenson, surely an honorary member of the Cult of Weird, spent his final years in the Macauley Lodge Retirement Home with a briefcase. Inside, he kept a leather-bound registry of Sourtoe club members and a small collection of dried human toes.

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Australopithecines were less intelligent than modern apes

Our ‘Ancestor’ – Australopithecus (Australopithecus), the most famous skeleton that Lucy is known for is, as it turns out, was less intelligent than modern apes.

Lucy knew how to walk on two feet and looked far more humanoid than a chimpanzee. Her brain was larger than that of a chimpanzee, but Lucy’s blood was circulating more slowly to her brain.

Lucy – Reconstruction

The rate of blood flow to the brain indicates the speed of its metabolism and the level of intelligence of its owner.

There are special channels for the arteries in the skulls of anthropoid apes and humans. The wider they are, the more blood goes into the brain.

Scientists have examined the size of these channels in 96 skulls of modern chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, as well as in the skulls of 11 Australopithecus, including Lucy.


It turns out that modern gorillas have the same brain size as Lucy, but the blood flow rate in their cranial ducts is twice as high as hers.

When the skulls of Australopithecus are compared to the skulls of chimpanzees and orangutans, it turns out that with all these monkeys, blood flow to the brain is also faster than that of Australopithecus.

Scientists believe these results are incredible. It turns out that Australopithecus is much less “sensible” or, in other words, more stupid than modern anthropoid apes.


In the evolutionary branch, Australopithecuses are between apes and humans, based on a number of traits, including those related to brain size and the development of intelligence. However, such a classification seems to be incorrect.

Prof. Roger Seymour, lead author of the study, says:

“At first glance, the connection between brain size and intelligence seems logical, since size is related to the number of neurons. However, the capacity for knowledge depends not only on the number of neurons, but also on the number of synapses – the connections between them. These connections control the flow of information in the brain, ie. more synaptic activity leads to more information being processed. “

The human brain consumes 70% of its energy for synaptic activity. The amount of energy proportionally depends on the blood supply that supplies the brain with oxygen.

Although our brain represents only 2% of our body weight, it consumes 15-20% of the energy produced by the body and accounts to 15% of the blood used to provide it with oxygen.

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Astronomers complain that SpaceX satellites are blocking their view

Elon Musk’s spacetech company SpaceX is trying to bring broadband to the globe by sending up to 12,000 tiny satellites into low-Earth orbit. But not everybody is thrilled.

Astronomers complain that SpaceX satellites are blocking view of stars

Astronomers are finding that the 122 satellites that the SpaceX launched so far are already ruining the night sky, appearing as extremely bright trails of light in the observations.

Clarae Martínez-Vázquez, astronomer at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in northern Chile, tweeted:

“‘Wow!! I’m chocked!!. The huge amount of Starlink satellites crossed our skies tonight at @cerrotololo. Our [Dark Energy Camera] exposure was heavily affected by 19 of them!

Crowded skies

The space company sent 60 new Starlink microsatellites into Earth’s low orbit on November 11, and many more launches are planned. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission approved SpaceX’s request to launch an additional 7,518 satellites, bringing the total number of approved units to nearly 12,000.

This means that if SpaceX follows its plan, the problem will only get worse.

Martínez-Vázquez yet wrote:

The train of Starlink satellites lasted for over 5 minutes!! Rather depressing… This is not cool!

Radio interference

The International Astronomical Union has highlighted the issue in a june statement arguing that Starlink reflective satellites could “impair the sensitive capacities of large terrestrial astronomical telescopes” and that “aggregate radio signals emitted by satellite constellations can still threaten astronomical observations at radio wavelengths.”

Some astronomers are even turning the problem into a meme:


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