Nineteenth-century poet, playwright and social critic Oscar Wilde is credited with once saying “an idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”
While the quote certainly sounds nice and idealistic, one can’t help but wonder if he would say the same thing in the viral age—with its condom-snorting, Tide pod-gobbling, and KiKi-dancing challenges, among many others, that have landed countless wannabe viral celebs in the hospital or worse.
And now we could have the latest dangerous “challenge” on our hands, this time brought to us by a woman from China who was seeking nothing less than — what else? — viral fame.
Introducing the “Eat-A-Live-Octopus Challenge.”
In the 50-second video, a young woman from the Jiangsu city of Lianyugang, decided to throw caution to the wind and prove her fearlessness by attempting to eat a living Pacific octopus.
The video begins in a strange manner, with the mollusk firmly affixed to her face as she appears to be calmly bonding with the sea creature.
In an unexpected — or wholly predictable — turn of events, the video rapidly transforms into a real-life horror flick as the woman, nicknamed “seaside girl Little Seven,” shrieks in terror while desperately attempting to remove the octopus’ tentacles from her face.
During the struggle, she can be heard telling fans to “look how hard it’s sucking” while a tentacle is attached to her upper lip. She then screams that the octopus is “painful” and that she “can’t remove it” while trying to pry it off of her face. Meanwhile, her lower eyelid is stretched to a grotesque degree before she finally frees her face of the stubborn sea creature.
After realizing that the octopus had used such strong sucking power that it left a bloody wound on her face, the video blogger cried out: “My face is disfigured!”
She also promised her fans that in her next video she would actually eat the octopus.
“Seaside girl” shared the live video to the social media platform Kuaishou, according to the Daily Mail, and is a big-time seafood lover, according to her account.
According to Business Insider, one social media user commented:
“That will teach her a lesson not to play with Octopus. Poor baby must have been terrified and eaten alive.”
Another user on China’s Twitter-like platform Weibo noted:
“She deserves it. She tried to eat the octopus and the octopus tried to eat her too.”
In their mature stage, giant Pacific octopuses have 280 suckers on each of their eight arms, with each sucker equipped with thousands of chemical receptors. The octopus uses its tentacles both to wrap its arms around other animals and to defend itself from predators, as it brilliantly did so in this viral video.
On the bright side, the young vlogger did accomplish at least one of her missions—in a recent video, she had griped that none of her “clips ended up on the trending topics chart.”
Not only is her video now trending across China and worldwide, but chances are her face won’t be forgotten any time soon either.
Police Rescue Dogs Trapped In Car on Sizzling Hot Day, Owners Complain About Broken Window
Police in the UK acted quickly to save a two dogs locked inside a car in sizzling hot temperatures by smashing open a window, upsetting the car’s owner over the damage.
Officers responded Sunday to reports that a beagle and another dog were trapped in a car parked in the seaside British city of Brighton on a day of boiling heat.
In video captured of the incident, an officer can be seen jamming his baton through a rear window before finally shattering it to free the pooches.
This prompts the car alarm to go off as the car’s owners can be seen rushing toward it, upset over the police intervention.
A woman, standing with her shocked family, says: “You broke my window out!”
One of the officer responded: “It’s a hot day. You shouldn’t be leaving the dog in the car in this weather.”
The incident happened on a day when people across the region flock to the seaside resort city to dip into the beaches amid surging hot temperatures.
The onlooker who filmed the incident noted that the owners seemed unaware of the dangers posed to their pets by weather conditions.
“Where they had parked there is just no shade,” they told The Sun. “It’s directly on the seafront in 25°C (77°F) weather outside – I’ve got no idea what it was inside the car.”
The family was indignant over what they claim was an overreaction by the police.
“At first it was ‘what the f*** are you doing, why did you break my car window? I was only gone for 10 minutes,’” another witness explained.
“The bloke obviously thought he was completely in the right,” they added. “He didn’t really seem to have much empathy.”
According to UK animal welfare group RSPCA, outside temperatures of 22°C (71°F) can reach a brutal 47°C (116.6°F) inside a car within an hour.
“Police officers attended and tried to get a contact number for the owners of the car but were unable,” a Sussex Police spokesperson said. “Officers had no choice but to smash the side window to gain access and a kind member of the public donated a bottle of water.”
Authorities added that the officers let the pet owners off with a stern warning, without ticketing the family or separating their dogs from them.
Golden Retriever Filmed Giving Woodchuck Ride Across Massachusetts Lake
There are some occasions when the natural world resembles something we might think belongs to the realm of Disney films but no – it’s simply the animal kingdom in motion.
Such was the case when a dog owner captured amazing footage of her dog giving a ride to a small rodent across a lake in Massachusetts.
Lauren Russel was with her dog, Wally the golden retriever, at Hickory Hills Lake in Lunenburg last month when the dog encountered a woodchuck in the water.
So Wally did one any good dog of his breed would do – he gave his new friend a ride back to shore.
“He was about 100 meters out and a woodchuck, I think, just crawled right up on his back and he swam back to shore with him,” Russell told WCVB on Monday.
She always knew that her Wally was a friendly pooch, but she never imagined something like this.
“We were flabbergasted. It was unbelievable. We couldn’t believe what we were seeing,” Russell continued.
To top things off, once they arrived onshore, Wally and his fast friend gave each other what appeared to be a kiss.
“They like touched snouts and then he ran away,” Russell said.
You can watch the video of the touching event here:
Tiny Creature Frozen for 24,000 Years is Brought Back to Life
A microscopic creature has come back to life and reproduced asexually after 24,000 years of lying dormant in the permafrost of Siberia.
Russian scientists found the tiny freshwater creature, called the bdelloid rotifer, in the rich soil of the Alazeya river of Russia’s far northern Siberan region of Yakutia.
The multicellular organism is common throughout the world and is known to be extremely resilient, capable of surviving extreme cold, dryness, starvation and low oxygen.
While previous research found that it could survive a decade when frozen at -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit), the new study published by the journal Current Biology offers a stunning testimony of the survivability of the tiny animal – which is by far the longest survival period known of any creature in the world.
“Our report is the hardest proof as of today that multicellular animals could withstand tens of thousands of years in cryptobiosis, the state of almost completely arrested metabolism,” said Stas Malavin, an author of the study, in a statement.
Malavin’s Soil Cryology Lab in Pushchino, Russia, used a drilling rig to extract the miniscule organism from roughly a dozen feet below the remote Arctic location.
Once the ancient organism thawed, it reproduced on its own through a process of parthenogenesis. Researchers then found that it could withstand repeatedly being frozen and thawed dozens of times due to its innate processes of cell and organ protection.
“The takeaway is that a multicellular organism can be frozen and stored as such for thousands of years and then return back to life – a dream of many fiction writers,” Malavin said.
“Of course, the more complex the organism, the trickier it is to preserve it alive frozen and, for mammals, it’s not currently possible,” the scientist added. “Yet, moving from a single-celled organism to an organism with a gut and brain, though microscopic, is a big step forward.”
Researchers hope that the knowledge gleaned from studying the microscopic organism will bring further insights on how to preserve animals’ cells, tissues and organs – including those belonging to human beings.
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