Meet Venus, the Amazing Chimera Cat

No, dear reader, the image above has not been photoshopped. This is Venus, an adorable kitten with more than a passing resemblance to a certain two-faced Batman villain. Venus’ furry face, as you can see, is distinctively split into two halves: the left is covered in black fur and features a yellow eye, while the right is covered in ginger fur and features a blue eye. Widely thought to be a chimera (google it), she looks like two completely different cats spliced into one.

“She’s as sweet as can be…. gentle, loving, and has this little tiny kitten like “meow” even though she is 3 now,” says her currently nameless owner. “She acts like a big baby in the way that she loves to be babied. She doesn’t bother any furniture with her claws and uses a scratching post. She does not have one single bad habit. She’s perfect!”

Venus was adopted from a North Carolina dairy farm in 2009. Images of her curious appearance, taken by “mommy,” have just recently gone viral. She has her own official Facebook page, which has now garnered over 5,000 likes, and has been named the “coolest cat ever” over on Reddit, understandably so. [Read more...]

We come in peace

The Mars Curiosity rover has peaked interest in celestial bodies. Looking back on humanity’s space aspirations allows us to see just how far we have come in the last 60 years.

 

Man on the moon

The Apollo program carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was the first and only program of it’s kind and was the first and only program to land humans on Earth’s Moon(1969 through 1972). Conceived during the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Apollo began in earnest after President John F. Kennedy proposed the national goal of “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth” by 1969 in a May 25, 1961 address to Congress.

Kennedy’s goal was accomplished when the Apollo 11 mission (astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin) landed the Lunar Module ,”Eagle”, on the Moon and walked on its surface (July 20, 1969).

“Walter Cronkite: “Neil Armstrong, 38 year-old American, standing on the surface of the moon, ont his July 20th , nineteen hundred sixty-nine.”

Neil Armstrong: “That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”

 

Venera 9 images from Venus

Venera 9

Venera 9 (Russian) was a USSR unmanned space mission to Venus. It consisted of an orbiter and a lander and was launched on June 8, 1975. The orbiter was the first spacecraft to orbit Venus, while the lander was the first to return images from the surface of another planet. This makes Russia the second country to successfully land on a celestial body.

 

Images returned from Viking 1 lander

The Viking Program

Viking 1 was the first of two spacecraft sent to Mars as part of NASA’s Viking program. It was the first spacecraft to successfully land on Mars.

 

Pathfinder snaps a photo of Sojourner in action (1997)

Mars Pathfinder and Sojourner rover

Mars Pathfinder was an American spacecraft that landed a base station with a roving probe on Mars in 1997. It consisted of a lander, renamed the Carl Sagan Memorial Station and a wheeled robotic rover named Sojourner.

 

Opportunity digs up some dirt on the surface of Mars.

Spirit and Opportunity

Launched from Earth in 2003, both Rovers greatly exceeded their life expectancy; becoming one of the most successful JPL missions in history. The amount of data collected by each  rover is still being reviewed and new discoveries are made regularly.

 

The first images from the inhospitable surface of Jupiter’s moon, Titan

Huygens probe/Cassini probe

The Huygens probe (Cassini)  was specifically designed to survive landing on land or liquid. It was thoroughly drop-tested to make sure it could withstand impact and continue functioning for at least three minutes. However, due to the low impact speed , it continued providing data for more than two hours after it landed.

Curiosity waking up on a new world

The Curiosity rover is a robotic, car-sized rover exploring Gale Crater on Mars. Curiosity carries a radioisotope powered, mobile scientific laboratory and is part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory. The MSL mission has four main scientific goals: investigation of the Martian climate, geology, and whether Mars could have ever supported life, including investigation of the role of water and its planetary habitability. Curiosity has been billed as humanity greatest chance yet to find life on another planet.

 

Walking on Mars

Into the future

With many more planned rover and lander missions in the coming years. Along with the first Manned mission to Mars in the 2030′s. Humanity’s need to expand from our lonely blue marble has never been more promising.

Top 5 Star Wars Characters Recast

If we were to recast the characters of Star Wars into new movies today, in what movies would they appear?

Darth Vader in “The Expendables III”

1. Darth Vader would reappear with the Joker, Hannibal Lecter, Lord Voldemort, Norman Bates and Michael Corleone as a part of the villainous recast of “The Expendables”.

 

Han Solo in “Armageddon Remade”

2. Han Solo would appear in “Armageddon Remade” in which Harrison Ford and Bruce Willis die in a fiery death together, saving the world from unknown asteroids and leaving young women swooning at their aging manliness.

 

Princess Leia in “Cathouse the Movie”

3. Princess Leia would star in a movie version of HBO’s series “Cathouse” wherein geeky young men would be able to not just “pretend” they were sleeping with Princess Leia, but would shockingly actually sleep with Princess Leia. Preferably the young version, right out of the movie.

 

Obi Wan in “Celebrity Rehab the Movie”

4. Obi Wan would reappear on a movie version of Dr. Drew, Celebrity Rehab, offering life counciling for those poor adrift celebs that can’t seem to get or stay straight. His sage wisdom may not have helped Anakin, but certainly the celebs should benefit from some “let the force be with you”.

 

Yoda in “ET II”

5. Yoda would join the cast of E.T. II saying things like “phone home, you must”.   They would both ride off into the sunset together, moving to Massachusetts where they could have their relationship legally recognized. And, by the way, if that seems like “not that far of a stretch”, that’s because ET did actually appear in Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace.

#Olympics News According To Twitter

#Olympics News According To Twitter In case you missed it in the last 24 hours, we’ve brought you some of the best moments, comments, quotes, and oops of the Olympic games so far.

Most Offensive Olympic Moment

Leading in the race for “most offensive moment” is when the North Korean women’s soccer team took to the field  - or didn’t take to the field - when the SOUTH Korean flag was flown instead of the proper one.  Wonder who lost their job over that one?
Equally offensive and somewhat more ingenious is the Borat theme song replacement of the Kazakhstan National Anthem. That “oops” certainly has to have been deliberate.

Sexist Olympic Tweets

In other twitter news, less likely to incite an international incident is the funny, yet sexist Mark Hughes as he writes about the women’s soccer team and their unfortunate (and hungry) men.   A Mitt Romney parody laments London’s lack of preparedness due to no Mormon Temples etcetera and so on.
Stay tuned for more Olympics Oops, Offense and Outrage all month long as ThisBlogRules follows Twitter to stay on top of the Best #Olympic Moments in London.  Post your favorite #Olympics tweet below for future consideration.

Internet cafe under fire. Defense by old man.

In case you haven’t seen this age old battle of young vs old (young, would-be criminals against old, pro-gun vigilant), it’s worth a quick look.  Watch to the 50 second mark as the whole thing repeats.  No gore, just good old fashioned “Oh, crap, this didn’t go the way I thought it would” scrambling from the two teens.   It’s an aborted attempt by two teens to rob a internet cafe, only to get shot by a pistol packing grandpa.