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Internet Discovers That A Phallic-Looking “Penis-Flytrap” Exists In Remote Forests

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Pictures began to circulate on the internet of a strange plant that appears to have a phallic shape. A page called “Pictures in History” seems to be where the picture originated, and the caption described the plant as a “penis-flytrap.” Curiosity and controversy followed, with many people unsure if the image was real. Facebook fact-checkers were soon on the job to verify that this was, in fact, a real plant.

According to Snopes:

“In March 2019, images of a plant dubbed a “penis flytrap” — a play on words that evokes the comparatively less phallic Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) — went viral. These posts all described the plant as belonging to the Nepenthes genus. Though the provenance of the image shown above is uncertain, we have no reason to doubt this is an authentic photograph of a plant that belongs to the Nepenthes genus.”

Snopes emailed Clinton Morse, the living plant collections manager at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology for some more information about the photos.

It is certainly a Nepenthes species and certainly looks like an authentic image. … All Nepenthes have a similar passive pitfall trap that develops with a closed trap, and as the trap matures the ‘lid’ opens up. The pitchers in the attached image are just starting to open thus giving them a rather penile appearance. I’ve never heard of them being called “penis fly trap,” but it is a rather accurate descriptive name,” Morse said.

It turns out that “penis flytrap” was a fitting nickname for this strange plant because just like the Venus flytrap, this plant also catches its prey with its strange appearance.

Plants of this genus utilize a passive method of attraction and entrapment to capture and digest their insect quarry. The lip of the pitcher, a ridged double-edged collar called the peristome, is characterized by the presence of nectaries that attract insects to the pitcher opening. A lining of several layers of epicuticular wax on the upper region of the pitcher causes the insects to lose their footing while foraging and to slip down the steep walls of the pitcher into its base where they are trapped in a fluid,” a scientific review discovered by Snopes said.

The trap contains a fluid that the plant produces itself. The fluid often becomes watery or syrupy and is used to drown the insect prey.

“Research has shown this fluid contains viscoelastic biopolymers that may be crucial to the retention of insects within the traps of many species“, according to Wikipedia. The fluid in the traps is incredibly efficient, especially for trapping winged insects.

The plant is often described as a “carnivorous climbing vine” which can sometimes grow up to 4m high. The plant creates passive pitfall traps which are produced at the tips of the leaves. This species is most often seen in mossy forests between 800 and 2000 m above sea level. In Sumatra, it grows from the rocks along the coast up to a height of 1600 m, according to the University of Connecticut.

In addition to insects, Nepenthes may even occasionally catch small vertebrates, such as rats and lizards.

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The lower part of the plant’s trap contains glands which absorb nutrients from captured insects. Along the upper inside part of the trap is a slick, waxy coating which makes it impossible for prey to escape. Surrounding the entrance to the trap is a structure called the peristome or “the lip” which has bright colors to attract prey, and a slippery surface that traps them. The colors are often seen as light-green, with light or dark-red or violet spots.

The genus name Nepenthes was first published in 1737 in Carl Linnaeus’s Hortus Cliffortianus. The name is a reference to a passage in Homer’s Odyssey, where a potion called “Nepenthes pharmakon” is given to Helen by an Egyptian queen.

After its discovery, Carl Linnaeus said of the plant, “If this is not Helen’s Nepenthes, it certainly will be for all botanists. What botanist would not be filled with admiration if, after a long journey, he should find this wonderful plant. In his astonishment past ills would be forgotten when beholding this admirable work of the Creator!”

Michelle Williams is a New York native and Cornell University alumni currently living in Los Angeles and working as a journalist for numerous Midialab ventures. Williams began her career working as a copy editor for a large television production firm and then moved on to entertainment writing after developing some industry contacts in LA.

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Student’s 9/11 Chilling Footage Taken From Her Dorm Room

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A horrific video clip was taken of the second plane crashing into the world trade center towers nearly two decades ago. The video was taken by Caroline Dries, who was a  New York University student at the time. She took the video from her dorm room at the university on the 32nd floor.

Caroline and her roommate were woken up just before 9am by the sound of an explosion, which was the first airplane hitting the tower. She knew that something important was happening so she began filming right away.

The two women were watching the scene unfold and wondering what was happening, but once the second plane hit they realized that terrorists could be responsible for the attack.

“It’s terrorists…what do we do?” one of the girls can be heard shouting.

After leaving their dorm one of the girls can be heard saying, “I don’t want to be on the 32nd floor of this building any more.”

After graduating, Caroline went on to become a successful television producer who worked on hit shows like Smallville and The Vampire Diaries.

The video can be seen below:

On that day nearly twenty years ago, four passenger airliners were hijacked. Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, later crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, which led to a partial collapse of the building’s west side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was initially flown toward Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania, because passengers revolted.

The attacks resulted in 2,977 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries, and numerous long-term health consequences for first responders. 9/11 is recognized the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history and the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed. Other buildings nearby, such as the World Trade Center building 7.

Weeks after the attack, the death count was estimated to be over 6,000, which is more than twice the number of deaths eventually confirmed. The city was only able to identify remains for about 1,600 of the World Trade Center victims. The medical examiner’s office collected “about 10,000 unidentified bone and tissue fragments that cannot be matched to the list of the dead”.

Bone fragments were still being found in 2006 by workers who were preparing to demolish the damaged Deutsche Bank Building. In 2010, a team of anthropologists and archaeologists searched for human remains and personal items at the Fresh Kills Landfill, where 72 more traces of human remains were recovered, bringing the total found to 1,845. DNA profiling continues in an attempt to identify additional victims. The remains are currently being held in storage in Memorial Park, outside the New York City Medical Examiner’s facilities.

The attacks were quickly blamed on terrorists in the Middle East, and the US government began multiple wars that are still taking place today.

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Man Used Internet Registry to Track down and Beat up Pedophiles

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A 43-year-old man, Jason Vukovich was sentenced to 23 years in prison, in February of 2018, for numerous assault and robbery charges. However, many people believe that Vukovich is actually a vigilante hero because all of his victims were pedophiles.

At one time, Vukovich called himself an “avenging angel seeking justice,” but has since shown regret for his crimes. Vukovich will be eligible to apply for parole once he’s served six years of his sentence.

It was revealed in court that Vukovich was a victim of abuse himself. In his testimony, he said that he was sexually and physically abused by his stepfather as a child. Vukovich now says that the rampage of revenge was not worth it. He now says that he takes “full responsibility for his actions.”

According to the charges, Vukovich found three different men through his state’s online sex offender registry list. This rampage took place during five days of violence in June of 2016. Vukovich reportedly knocked one of the targets unconscious by hitting him in the head with a hammer. He also robbed the man, going so far as to steal his laptop and his truck.

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Prosecutors say that Vukovich had a notebook that contained a hit list with the names of pedophile targets, including his victims, Charles Albee, Andres Barbosa, and Wesley Demarest.

Superior Court Judge Erin Marston told him during his sentencing that “vigilantism is not something that we accept in America.”

Marston pointed out that the men who were hunted down and attacked in this case may have been guilty of terrible crimes, but they had already paid their debts to society and were required by law to keep their names on the registry.

In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors decided to drop over a dozen charges. In a five page letter to Anchorage Daily News, Vukovich made an emotional plea for other people to not turn to violence as he has.

“If you have already lost your youth, like me, due to a child abuser, please do not throw away your present and your future by committing acts of violence. There is no place for vigilante justice in an ordered society. I thought back to my experiences as a child and felt the overwhelming desire to act. I took matters into my own hands and assaulted three pedophiles,” Vukovich said in his letter.

I began my life sentence many, many years ago, it was handed down to me by an ignorant, hateful, poor substitute for a father. I now face losing most of the rest of my life due to a decision to lash out at people like him. To all those who have suffered like I have, love yourself and those around you, this is truly the only way forward.” the letter added.

In another interview, Vukovich insisted that he was not proud of his actions, and does not want to be celebrated.

“I’m far from perfect — a flawed and imperfect individual like everyone else. However, it’s important to me that someone else who was born and raised in Alaska who had a similar upbringing doesn’t end up with this outcome because quite candidly, it sucks,” he said in an interview with the newspaper.

As it stands, Vukovich was sentenced to 28 years in 2018, five of which have been suspended.

Ember Tilton, Vukovich’s attorney, says that he is a person who needs psychological treatment, not prison.

“I don’t think he needs to be punished. He’s already been punished. This whole thing started out as the punishment of a child who didn’t deserve to be treated in that way,” Tilton said.

Criminals do not take kindly to pedophiles, who are often targets for vigilantes, especially in prison. Last week, we reported that a notorious pedophile faced street justice while behind bars at a prison in Milan, Michigan. 40-year-old Christian Maire was sentenced to 40 years in prison for running a child exploitation and pornography ring.

However, the inmates at the prison decided that death was the proper penalty for his crimes. The medical examiner determined that Maire died of multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma to the head. The incident is being investigated as a homicide, but no suspects in the case have been announced.

It is true that society would get very messy if everyone took justice into their own hands. However, the actions that some of these vigilantes take are understandable, considering that the law often lets these predators fall through the cracks.

In another recent story we reported on, a pedophile in the UK managed to avoid jail time after the third time of getting caught with a large stockpile of child abuse images and videos. On the final time he was caught, there were over a million files on his hard drive.

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14 Soldiers Were Photographed Before, During, And After War

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A Filmmaker by the name of Lalange Snow shot a photo series that captures how different a person looks before, during and after going to war. Snow photographed and interviewed 14 members of 1st Battalion from The Royal Regiment of Scotland multiple times through their process of going to war in Afghanistan. Close up photos were taken of the soldiers faces just before they left for duty, as well as three months after deployment while they were in the middle of the war, and then again one final time days after they came back home from battle.

Snow’s series is called “We Are The Not D-ead,” and the purpose of the project was to show the physical and psychological toll that war takes on a person, just by showing their face at different stages in the journey.

A similar theme is echoed through many of the photos, with the enlistees appearing somewhat timid and nervous. The photos showing the soldiers in the midst of war are very cold and serious when compared with the others, while the final photos show a mixture of relief and regret.

The photos can be seen below:

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Interviews with the soldiers in the photo series showed that they lived through some very terrible things, and many of them had regrets about their time in the military. It is extremely common for soldiers to come back from war with P-TSD, a psychological condition that affects people who are exposed to extreme and violent situations. In the case of the soldiers interviewed for this project, many of them came back home and struggled with mental health and readjusting to life as a civilian.

In the interviews, the soldiers also expressed doubt in their mission, and sympathy for many of the people who they killed in the line of duty. Many of them said that they don’t even know what they were fighting for or why they were there, halfway around the world. This sentiment is common among many veterans, who saw the carnage and senselessness of war up close and personal.

The United States and allied NATO countries have been at war in Afghanistan since October 7th, 2001.

There have been unconfirmed rumors that the Trump administration was planning to pull out of the Afghanistan war, but many of his advisors are warning strongly against it.

In early September, nine former senior U.S. diplomats issued a press release through the website of the military-linked think tank The Atlantic Council, urging the Trump administration to stay in Afganistan to prevent the current civil war from spiraling out of control, NBC reported. The press release warned that pulling the United States military out of the region could have a catastrophic impact on the entire middle east and allow ISIS to develop a stronghold.

The rumors of a possible troop pullout came from US presidential envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who claimed that the United States and the Taliban had come to an agreement about the withdrawal of 5,000 American troops within 135 days. The envoy said that the agreement was simply awaiting the approval of US President Donald Trump.

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