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The glowing frog who wanted a light snack and swallowed a Christmas bulb

In an ultimate case of crossed wires, a tiny tree frog's bug-catching antics left it with a bellyful of bulb.

The Cuban tree frog took on an unnatural glow when it swallowed an entire fairy light in a botched bid to catch an insect.

The unlucky amphibian had been hunting in the back garden of wildlife photographer James Snyder when it made a bid for the snack.



James, who lives in Palm Beach, Florida, had decorated his back yard with colourful lights after noticing that frogs had worked out lights attracted bugs.

But one night he discovered that one of the little beasts had bitten off far more than it could chew.

James, 29, said: 'A bug landed on the bulb and when the frog went for it he got a little bit extra.

'I have a large mango tree by my patio and my wife and I have Christmas lights wrapped around the trunk and main limbs to light it up from underneath.

'I took my dog out back when I noticed the frog glowing on the tree and at first I thought that the frog was sitting on top of the light.

'I quickly put my dog back inside and grabbed my camera, but I was convinced that he would be gone by the time I returned but when I got back he was still sitting there glowing away.

'I began taking a few pictures from about four or five feet away because I did not want to scare him and make him move.

'I zoomed in and noticed that the wire was actually going into the frogs mouth, he had swallowed the entire light, he wasn't sitting on it at all.'

James, 29, said he feared the frog had been killed after it ate the bulb.

He said: 'I figured that he must be dead and because there was no fear of spooking him I got very close and continued taking pictures.

'But after few minutes I noticed one of his legs had moved, death spasm I thought for a second until he repositioned his entire body.

'Now with the realisation that the frog was indeed alive I wanted to keep him that way.

'So I fired off a few more shots, then gently grabbed the wire next to the bulb and slowly pulled it out for his mouth.

'He seemed a little lethargic, maybe drunk on the heat from the bulb, but he came to and slowly crawled away.'

Seemingly none the worse for wear from his ordeal the frog has been seen again by James in the garden, but has kept well clear of the mango tree.

10 State Nickname Explanations

1. North Dakota is the Peace Garden State. The International Peace Garden falls across both North Dakota and the Canadian province of Manitoba and offers the state a much nobler nickname than the Flickertail State (it’s a type of ground squirrel).



2. Arizona used to be called the Valentine State. That might seem like a pretty random nickname, but when you consider that it was made a state on February 14, 1912, it all starts to make sense… and so do those “Arizona is for Lovers” shirts.



3. Delaware has the distinction of being the First State to ratify the constitution, and that’s what you’ll usually see on Delaware license plates. Surely that’s only because “Uncle Sam’s Pocket Handkerchief” won’t fit, which is a reference to Delaware’s diminutive size and its patriotic origins.



4. When I read that Colorado is sometimes called the “Switzerland of America,” I briefly thought, “Because it’s neutral?” Um… no. Because of the mountains. Duh.



5. Arkansas may have been letting it be known that they are not a state to be messed with when they called themselves the Toothpick State. The Toothpick was a large knife, similar to the Bowie Knife, but longer and more throw-able. Speaking of which, Arkansas also has the nickname “The Bowie State” because the blacksmith who made the Bowie knife for Jim Bowie lived in Arkansas and popularized the blade there. Officially, Arkansas is “The Natural State.”



6. “The Goober State” might sound like a pretty rude nickname for Georgia, but it’s really not – “Goober” is a term for peanuts, and since Georgia is famous for producing peanuts, it makes sense



7. The state we usually know as the Free State (Maryland, in case you haven’t been brushing up on your Jeopardy! questions lately) was once called the Cockade State. I know… it sounds slightly questionable. A cockade is actually a ribbon ornament worn on hats as decoration (pictured), and this Revolutionary War-era nickname was coined when someone wrote that Maryland’s young soldiers wore brilliant cockades.



8. You likely know Tennessee as the Volunteer State, especially if you’re a sports fan, but back in the day, it wasn’t uncommon to hear it referred to as “The Butternut State” (or likewise for Tennessee natives to be called butternuts). It’s not because the area is so rich in squash, though – it’s because the tan uniforms Tennessee soldiers wore during the Civil War resembled the color of butternut squash, and eventually the name spread to the whole state.



9. Oklahoma is obviously the Sooner State, but what does that mean? Well, way back when Oklahoma was called the Unassigned Lands, “Sooner” was a derogatory term referring to people who showed up and staked claim on the land before they were legally supposed to be able to.



10. And, of course, Iowa. We’re the Hawkeye State because of literary origins, surprisingly enough. Well, maybe. There are two schools of thought there. #1: Natty Bumppo of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales (which includes Last of the Mohicans) also goes by the nickname of Hawkeye, and Judge David Rorer of Burlington, Iowa, is said to have suggested the name after reading the novels. Story #2: we’re named for Chief Black Hawk, a Sauk tribe leader. Take your pick.

Man turns BLUE after he self-medicates for a skin condition

A man who turned blue after self-medicating for a skin condition says his hue is lightening.

Paul Karason, 58, has the strange Papa Smurf look as a side effect of using a silver compound which he used more than a decade ago to treat a bad case of dermatitis on his face.

But he told NBC's Today Show that his skin is lightening because he is now using the self-administered doses of colloidal silver less.



'I’m in a place right now where it’s very difficult for me to make my own, and my resources are limited and it’s very expensive,' he explained to host Matt Lauer, a year after first appearing on the programme.

Colloidal silver is a suspension of silver in a liquid base - in this case, distilled water.

Silver has antibacterial properties and has been used to fight infection for thousands of years.

But it went out of use when penicillin, which is far more effective, was developed.



It continued to be used in some over-the-counter medicines until 1999, when the FDA banned it because it causes argyria, which is a result of the silver reacting with light the same way it does in photography.

The silver collects in the skin and other organs and does not dissipate, meaning Karason will be blue for life.

Karson also revealed he has recently broke off his relationship with partner Jackie Northrup during his interview today, who he was engaged to when he last appeared on the U.S. show.

He said: '[My skin] has lightened up, it is not major but it is lightening up. I am actually going to try green.'

Driver's miraculous escape after car plunges 200ft over cliff

A motorist has had a miraculous escape after his car plunged down a 200 feet high cliff.

The car was seen to drive over the sheer cliffs at Hartland Quay in North Devon at 5am on Sunday morning.

Around 25 minutes later, coastguard rescue teams found the car and the driver who was able to talk to them.



He was cut free from the silver coloured car and flown by RAF helicopter to hospital at Barnstaple, North Devon.

The extent of his injuries are unclear.

Swansea coastguard watch manager Steve Jones said: 'It beggar's belief. He is very lucky to have survived.

'It is miraculous that someone can survive a fall like this but people suffer a trivial fall and it can result in fatalities.

'We are still uncertain as to the circumstances of why the car was driven over the cliff.'

The rescuers were fortunate that the weather was calm which helped them cut the driver free from the wreckage.

The electronic device that allows blind people to 'see' using their tongue

A groundbreaking electronic device will allow blind people to 'see' using their tongues, scientists have claimed.

The extraordinary technology takes pictures filmed by a tiny camera and turns the information into electrical pulses which can be felt on the tongue.

Tests show that the nerves send messages to the brain which turn these tingles back into pictures.

People using the device, which resembles a pair of sunglasses attached by cable to a plastic lollipop, say that with fewer than 20 hours training they can make out shapes and even read signs.



Scientists say learning to picture images felt on the tongue is similar to learning to ride a bicycle.

The BrainPort vision device is expected to go on sale later this year.

It collects visual data through a small digital video camera about one inch in diameter that sits in the middle of a pair of sunglasses worn by the user.

This information is transmitted to a handheld control unit, which is about the size of a mobile phone.

The unit converts the digital signal into electrical pulses and sends this to the tongue via the lollipop that sits on the tongue.

The lollipop contains a square grid of 600 electrodes which pulsate according to how much light is in that area of the picture.

White pixels have a strong pulse while black pixels give no signal.



Densely packed nerves on the surface of the tongue receive the incoming electrical signals, which tingle a little like champagne bubbles.

The control unit allows users to zoom in and out and control light settings and electric shock intensity.

People can begin interpreting information via the BrainPort within 15 minutes of using the device, says William Seiple, research director at vision healthcare and research organisation Lighthouse International which has been testing it.

Dr Seiple works with four patients who train with the BrainPort once a week and says they have learned how to quickly find doorways and read letters and numbers.

They have also been able to pick out cups and forks at the dinner table without having to fumble around.

Dr Seiple said: 'At first, I was amazed at what the device could do. One guy started to cry when he saw his first letter.'

Robert Beckman, president of Wicab which is developing the BrainPort, said: 'It enables blind people to gain perception of their surroundings, displayed on their tongue.

'It enables them to identify objects, like a ball, or distinguish letters of the alphabet.

'They cannot necessarily read a book but they can read a sign.'

Mr Beckman envisages the device being used to improve people's mobility and safety.

Wicab neuroscientist Aimee Arnoldussen said: 'It becomes a task of learning, no different than learning to ride a bike.

'The process is similar to how a baby learns to see.'

Users must learn to move their heads around to survey images, objects, and surroundings - just as sighted people move their eyes.

Arnoldussen structures the training to encourage users to first identify what they know, putting contextual knowledge to work in deducing an object’s identity or spatial orientation - such as recognising that the vertical lines under a chair are likely to be its legs.

By building exercises around perceiving directional orientation and shape of objects, discerning letters and shapes of various sizes, following black-line pathways delineated on a warehouse floor, and recognising standing and suspended barriers in an obstacle course, Arnoldussen has led over 20 blind subjects to remarkable levels of success.

Wicab, based in Middleton, Wisconsin, is submitting BrainPort to the US Food and Drug Administration for approval this month.

It could be approved for market by the end of the year at a cost of about £6,000.

Wicab, which has collaborated with Lighthouse International and the University of Pittsburgh in America, is looking to work with UK organisations as well.