Worlds Top Most Poisonous Animals

March 4th, 2010
The Venomous Poison Dart Frog

The Venomous Poison Dart Frog

King Cobra: The Ophiophagus Hannah or the King Cobra as it is better known, growing up to 5.6 mt in length is one of the most venomous snakes in the world. A single bite of this snake-eater can prove fatal for humans. Though the venom of King Cobra is not so toxic, it is dangerous as it can inject 5 times more venom than other venomous snakes.

Blue-Ringed Octopus: As opposed to the size of the Blue-Ringed Octopus, it contains venom that can kill any human. Recognized as world’s most venomous animals, the painless bite of this octopus causes numbness leading to cessation of breathing & ultimately death.

Poison Dart Frog: The small & colorful looking poison dart frogs of Central & South America are venomous enough to kill about 10 adult humans. They are named so since the toxic venom of these frogs is used by Amerindians on their blow-darts to poison the tips. The poison of this frog is contained in its skin.

Box Jellyfish: Leading the list of the world’s most venomous animals is the box jellyfish. It is found mostly in the waters around Australia & Asia. The toxic & painful venom of this jellyfish attacks the heart, skin cells & nervous system causing the victim to go in a state of shock & ultimately death.

Stonefish: While talking of venomous fishes, the Stone Fish leads the line as being one of the most venomous fishes of the world. Resulting in the worst known kinds of pain in the victim, the venom of this fish also causes paralysis, shock & tissue death. These are mostly found above the Tropic of Capricorn & the shallow marine waters of Indian & Pacific Ocean.

Marbled Cone Snail: Though a small beautiful looking animal, the venom of the marbled cone snail is powerful enough to kill over 20 humans. Thriving mostly in warm salt water environment, the venom of this snail causes unbearable pain, numbness, muscle paralysis & breathing failure.

Legends behind St. Valentine Day

February 12th, 2010
Cupid the Love Symbol

Cupid the Love Symbol

Though the day today is celebrated with much fun & frolic & stands for most people as a symbolic day for couples to express their love, St. Valentine Day has several legends to support its true origin.

Cupid or the Roman god of love is one of the earliest symbols of this day. A popular legend suggests that 14th Feb is the day when Valentine, a Christian priest was beheaded because of his teachings & a miracle that he had performed on the jailer’s daughter. He is also supposed to have received love notes from children & friends who missed being with him.

Another legend suggests that Valentine was an Italian bishop who had been imprisoned just because he used to get couples married secretly, which was contrasting to the Roman laws.

At one time, Feb 14 was also a Roman holiday when young men chose their sweethearts to accompany them on a date. It was only in about AD 496 when Feb 14 was declared as the “Valentine’s Day”.

The legends behind the origin of this day are as varied as the ways in which it is celebrated today, with couples & friends expressing their love for the other through gifts, roses, cards or candies. Not to be left behind in the celebration are the print & electronic media who provide a wide platform for people from far & wide to enjoy this love day to the fullest!!