Posts tagged: sweden

Ball-Cutter Pacu Fish… Brings Tears To My Eyes Just Thinking About It

By , August 14, 2013 9:10 pm

Known as a PACU, the “ball-cutter” fish has a set of chompers very similar to that of a human.

Usually found only in warm waters of the Amazon River, the Pacu, a relative of the Piranha, can grow up to a length of 90cm and a weight of 25kg.

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So it came as a complete surprise when a 21cm Pacu was caught in an eel trap in Oresund Sound off the south coast of Sweden.

Although the Natural History Museum of Denmark is testing the DNA of the fish to confirm that it is in fact a Pacu, they issued a very succinct warning to the public: “Keep your swimwear on if you’re bathing in the Sound these days – maybe there are more out there!”

This is absolutely no joke – this species of invasive fish has become infamous for attacking human testicles. In fact, Pacus have reportedly killed fishermen who have bled to death after losing their testicles.

According to fish expert Henrick Carl of the Natural History Museum, the freshwater fish bite “because they’re hungry, and testicles sit nicely in their mouth”. He continued by saying to local news media, “They are almost identical to the piranha… It’s just that they have different teeth. Flatter and stronger, perfect for crushing.”

“It normally eats nuts, fruit, and small fish, but human testicles are just a natural target. It’s not normal to get your testicles bitten off, of course, but it can happen …,” said Mr Carl.

BALL-CUTTER INDEED!! WTH??

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Source: Aussie Pete

Until Death Do They Part! World’s Most Evil Couple

By , February 1, 2012 8:51 pm

Firstly, my apologies to my dear regular readers for the unusual delay between articles – I’m still travelling right now and the access to my usual ‘online tools’ is somewhat intermittent using VPN to get through the ‘Great Firewall of China’.

Nevertheless, I’ve written before about weirdos and psychopaths that fall into the ‘cannibals’ and ‘vampires’ categories. So when I read a particular article recently, I was blown away enough to tolerate the slow internet speeds and get this ‘deviant love story’ on to my blog.

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To be honest, I think it shows a real lack of justice for this kind of relationship to be allowed to flourish.

Infamous flesh eater, Isakin Jonsson and the self-professed vampire who worships satan, Michelle Gustafsson, have announced their engagement… setting themselves up as the world’s most evil couple.

This bizarre love story blossomed at the secure psychiatric unit where they both reside.

According to reports, 33-year old Jonsson asked 23-year old Gustafsson to “join him in unholy matrimony”.

Jonsson was found guilty of slitting the throat of his then partner, Helle Christensen (who was also the mother of five children), sawing off her head and eating flesh cut from from her body, while Gustafsson had stabbed to death a young father, Daniel Stenman before drinking his blood.

Above: Isakin Jonsson with the unfortunate woman he ate - Helle Christensen

Above: Isakin Jonsson with the unfortunate woman he ate - Helle Christensen

Of this demonic relationship, Jonsson was quoted as saying, “I love Michelle — have never met anyone like her… I want to live a non-criminal life”.

Both of the killers have seemingly expolited Sweden’s judicial process – which allowed the pair to opt for “indefinite psychiatric treatment at a secure medical facility” instead of life in prison.

WTH??!!

Stabbing victim Daniel Stenman, who had his blood consumed by Michelle Gustafsson

Stabbing victim Daniel Stenman, who had his blood consumed by Michelle Gustafsson

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Mini Nuclear Meltdown In Man’s Kitchen!

By , August 4, 2011 11:08 pm

I have no problems with anybody having ‘quirky’ hobbies… but I don’t think that I’d feel very comfortable if my neighbour was spending time trying to split atoms in his kitchen!

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A Swedish man has been arrested for doing just that.

The 31-year old quasi-physicist, Richard Handl, has admitted to being in possession of the radioactive elements ‘radium’, ‘americium’ and ‘uranium’ at his home in southern Sweden.

Police charged him with ‘unauthorised possession of nuclear material’.

Mr Handl said that he had been trying to set up a nuclear reactor in his apartment for months, and posted regular articles on his blog describing his activities. He claimed that at one time he actually created a ‘small meltdown’ on his stove.

I’m guessing that Mr Handl is not the brightest kid on the block – he was only discovered by authorities when he contacted Sweden’s Radiation Authority to ask if what he was doing was illegal.

If found guilty, Mr Handl will face up to two years in jail.

He said of his ordeal, “I have always been interested in physics and chemistry… I just wanted to see if it’s possible to split atoms at home… From now on, I will stick to the theory”.

Source: Aussie Pete

From Trash To Treasure – A Piece Of Junk Worth S$1.5 Million

By , June 20, 2011 12:07 am

Folks – be very careful what you are throwing or giving away.

The following story is an absolute windfall for this unnamed retired Swedish lumberjack – perhaps he could rub some of his luck off this way!!?

Source: Aussie Pete

The elderly man was downsizing to a new home, so after cleaning up an decluttering, he decided to send several boxes of unwanted items to a small auction house in Stockholm… one of the items was a painting, which had been left to him by his late wife. It had been hanging on his wall for almost 10 years, and he considered it worthless.

A note that accompanied the boxes of unwanted goods, stated, “Will you accept these things? Sell what you can and leave the rest to the Red Cross!”

The ‘worthless’ painting was then put up for auction on the internet – starting price around S$1,500-S$2,000, however the piece quickly well exceeded what was expected.

The Battle of Bomarsund by Ivan Aivazovsky - 1858

The Battle of Bomarsund by Ivan Aivazovsky - 1858

The owner of the Auction house then called in Uppsala Auction House, which has access to experts in Russian art.

Trash to TreasureNext thing you know, Mr Knut Knutson of the auction house, decided that he should visit the retired lumberjack in person to deliver the news that the ‘worthless’ painting had in fact, been authenticated as an original masterpiece from 1858, by Russian master Ivan Aivazovsky – entitled “The Battle of Bomarsund”.

Knutson, was interviewed by ‘The Local’. He was reported as saying to the owner, “We are thinking of a starting price of five or six…” before he was interrupted with, “surely, you don’t mean five or six hundred thousand (kronor) do you?”

Knutson proudly replied, “No, actually I mean five or six million…” – the moment of truth!

The painting finally sold Tuesday just gone by to a Russian collector, for a staggering 7.6 million kronor (almost SGD 1.5 Million)!

There you go – as the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” – in this case, it was really, “one man’s trash is the same man’s treasure”something that was almost given away to charity, created an instant millionaire!

Treehotel Opens – Living It Up In Nature

By , July 19, 2010 9:52 pm
 
The Treehotel is situated in the forests of Harads (northern Sweden) overlooking the Lulea River valley.

The Treehotel is situated in the forests of Harads (northern Sweden) overlooking the Lulea River valley.

If all the plans went ahead according to schedule, it’s now possible to spend your next vacation in absolute luxury in the forests of Harads in Northern Sweden high up in the trees, with awesome views of the Lulea River valley.

This is not your usual treehouse adventure – one night will set you back around 3500 Kronor (S$660).

The Tree Sauna under construction - designed by Bertil Harstrom / Inredningsgruppen

The Tree Sauna under construction - designed by Bertil Harstrom / Inredningsgruppen

The inspiration for this high-end designer Treehotel comes from the movie Trädälskaren (video in Swedish). The rooms all have a unique story and each is designed by different architects. While there, you can also take in the beautiful views of the river basin and stunning forest while relaxing in a spa and sauna high up in the treetops.

The Treehotel will be open all year round… but I don’t think I’d want to visit in winter, given that temperatures can drop as low as 30 degrees celsius below zero (even though each room has electric under-floor heating systems).

The designers have been very wary of causing any impact to the natural habitat or environment, so the rooms have been constructed from wood and glass and feature a water efficient hand basin and eco-friendly incineration toilet. For the ‘Mirrorcube’ room, they also decided to apply a special film to the glass (that is visible only to birds) so as to prevent our feathered friends colliding with it.

The “Mirrorcube” is four metres high and four metres wide… a cube made of glass and built around a tree trunk. Inside is a double bed, kitchenette, living room, roof terrace and bath. 

The interior of the 'Mirrorcube'

The interior of the 'Mirrorcube'

The rooms vary from 15-30 square metres and sit between 4-6 metres from the ground, with access via a ramp or stairs.

The other ‘themed’ Treerooms, include the UFO, the Cabin, the Blue Cone and the Nest.

I think I’ve found the ideal location for my next wedding anniversary (as long as we can book for the summer season)!!

The new hotel features six uniquely themed Treerooms created by five different architects - the UFO, the Cabin, the Blue Cone, the Nest and the Mirrorcube

The new hotel features six uniquely themed Treerooms created by five different architects - the UFO, the Cabin, the Blue Cone, the Nest and the Mirrorcube

 

The room vary from 15-30 square metres and range from between 4-6 metres above the ground

The rooms vary from 15-30 square metres and range from between 4-6 metres above the ground

 

The "UFO" room will suit those looking for an 'off this planet' holiday. It features round porthole windows, separate levels and four beds.

The "UFO" room will suit those looking for an 'off this planet' holiday. It features round porthole windows, separate levels and four beds.

 

The 'Bird’s Nest' room - designed by Inredningsgruppen

The 'Bird’s Nest' room - designed by Inredningsgruppen

 

The 'Mirrorcube' being lifted into position

The 'Mirrorcube' being lifted into position

 

Absolutely awe-inspiring - Reflections of the sky!!

Absolutely awe-inspiring - Reflections of the sky!!

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