Vide – Ohs: NYC’s Largest Cat – Samson

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MEET Samson, New York’s biggest cat – weighing 28 pounds and measuring an incredible four foot in length. The hulking feline is chauffeured around in his very own super-size carriage and spends his down time playing fetch – just like a dog. The four-year-old Maine Coon breed has now reached celebrity status due to his impressive stature -and has amassed over 104,000 followers on Instagram. The insatiable kitty eats six cans of food a day to feed his massive appetite.

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GatorZilla – Giant Alligator Roams in Florida

Let’s face it, alligators look prehistoric. I am sure many people who have seen an alligator in its natural habitat has thought about the reptile-prehistoric animal link. They naturally look like something out of a monster movie. Of course they are not quite the same size as Godzilla was rendered to be, but there is one alligator in Florida that is pretty big. I mean this one is much bigger than most gators!

Watch the video below to see whether or not you agree that this gator is a relative of Godzilla; there is a family resemblance IMHO.

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Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 97 (Now That’s A Pine Cone!)

foot long pine cone 

Large pine cone found along the Valley Loop Trail

We live in the desert of Arizona and while we have some drought-tolerant pine trees with pine cones, they are nowhere near the size pictured above. Even when we lived on the east coast, we couldn’t find cones this large.

My shoe size is ten-and-a-half, triple E so that may provide a mode of comparison. We were in Bishop, CA several days before reaching Yosemite and they did have pine cones equal to or larger than this as well.

NOTE – While taking a shuttle bus to Glacier Point, the driver explained that it was a violation of federal law to remove anything natural, including pine cones, from the park. National Parks are home to many life forms including insects, rodents, mammals, etc. and they use the resources of the park to create a living environment for themselves. Pine cones, for example provide food for a variety of wildlife.

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Earth Is Just A Speck in The Universe And We Are Smaller Yet

“On Earth there are more people inside this tiny circle than outside of it:”

Hard to believe how many people live in such a small area of the world

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It is amazing how big Africa is relative to the other land masses of the world.

Many of the world’s land masses would fit inside Africa

Kai Krause / Via

I don’t think many people appreciate how large some of the comets flying around earth actually are. At one time I was skeptical that a comet hitting the earth at any speed could wipe out a city, but after seeing the image below, I have changed my mind!

Comets can be the size of a city!

Matt Wang / Via

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