Livejournal user _crazy_one_ is sure a big fan of Pearls Before Swine comic strip series by Stephan Pastis. Being inspired by Pastis’ Da Brudderhood of Zeeba Zeeba Eata graphic novel he has depicted series’ characters on his car.
This is the world’s largest tunnel boring machine built by Herrenknecht AG for Shanghai Changjiang Tunnel & Bridge Construction Development Co., Ltd. Two of them were used to dig 7.5 kilometers long double tunnel under Yangtze river in Shanghai.
The machine is 15.42 meters in diameter, 135 meters long and 2,300 tonnes of weight. It was digging 26 meters of a fifteen and a half meters wide automobile tunnel each day. Totally, 2.7 million cubic meters of ground have been excavated and removed during tunneling.
Pemba flying fox was endangered and almost extincted specie endemic to the Pemba island in Tanzania. These very large (up to 650 grammes/one and a half pounds of weight and 1.85 meters/six feet of wingspan) fruit bats were almost totally exterminated for their delicious meat in 1990s. But thanks to Fauna & Flora International organization and its conservation program the population of the Pemba flying foxes have increased form just a several species in the mid 90s to 36 thousands nowadays. However, Pemba fruit bats (scientists call them Pteropus voeltzkowi) status is still vulnerable.