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18 Massive Animals That Actually Exist!

When we first stop to consider ‘massive’ animals, our minds might wander to giraffes and whales. Today, we are going to blow the lid off of your conventional way of thinking by highlighting 18 animals that are too massive to be real. While it may be hard to believe, each and every animal you are about to see is as real as the cat or puppy in your house. Let’s begin!

1.  Colossal Squid

Imagine that you are floating in the ocean, right off of the deck of your boat. The sun is shining and the water is warm and, wait, what’s that? Did something just brush your foot? The ocean is home to all manner of wonder, but none more incredible than the Colossal Squid. The Colossal Squid can grow up to 90-feet long. For comparison, your average school bus is roughly 45 feet long.

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2. Field Marshall the Bull

We know that bulls can get pretty large all on their own, but this bull is pushing the limit. Named Field Marshall, this 3,682-pound bull became famous in 2009.  The Bull stands over 6’5 feet tall and consumes more than 17 lbs of food per day. The best part about Field Marshall is that he gets to live out a happy retirement.

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3. Moose the Horse

Ignore the silly name and stare in wonder at Moose, the massive horse that has the world talking. Moose stands over 19 feet tall and looks fit to jump over a mountain if he so pleased. Moose comes from a line of horse that was originally bred for the purposes of war.

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4. African Giant Snail

We don’t typically think of ‘massive’ and ‘snail’ in the same sentence unless we’re being sarcastic of course. However, the Giant African Snail is definitely big enough to raise a few eyebrows. This massive creature is the largest land-snail in existence. The Giant African Land Snail reaches heights of 8 inches and widths of 4 inches. You’ll end up tripping over one of these things if you aren’t careful.

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5. Giant Freshwater Stingrays

Unfortunately, these majestic creatures are endangered and that means we’ll likely be seeing them less and less as time goes on. Giant Freshwater Stingrays look like massive creatures ripped right out of the latest ‘Alien’ movie. These stingrays can get up to 16.5 feet long while weighing in at over 1,300 lbs.

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6. Big Cow Chilli

If stingrays and bulls freak you out, how about meeting Big Cow Chilli? A gentle giant above all, this 6’6 cow weighs over a ton and loves scratches on the nose and long walks in the pasture. For comparison’s sake, you should know that Chilli is roughly the size of a small elephant.

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7. Eastern Gorilla

There’s nothing abnormal about the Eastern Gorilla except, perhaps, the fact that they are endangered. Found in a small segment of Africa, the Eastern Gorilla weighs in at nearly 330 lbs. while reaching heights of around 5’6. Incredibly strong and intelligent, it’s a shame to see these creatures slowly wiped off of the planet.

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8. Giant Mekong Catfish

The next time you cast your fishing line, you might want to hesitate when you feel a big tug. In 2005, fishermen from Northern Thailand managed to reel in one of the biggest fish that we have ever seen. The Giant Mekong Catfish ended up weighing in at 646 pounds while reaching a length of nine feet. For a comparison, this fish was as large as a grizzly bear.

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9. Bismarck Flying Fox

Found in New Guinea, the Bismarck Flying Fox looks like something pulled straight out of a Disney cartoon. Also known as the Megabat, the Bismarck Flying Fox was only three pounds but it measured out at nearly five feet. Can you imagine this thing swooping down at you?

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10. Goliath Birdeater

Have you ever wondered what the largest spider in the world looked like? Well, you’ve just found out. The Goliath Birdeater is one foot in length while weighing in at 6 oz. If you’re looking at the raw numbers before deciding to be freaked out, you’re doing it wrong. This spider is as large as a dinner plate and capable of eating birds. Found in the rainforest, you’d be well-served to keep your distance.

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11. Hogzilla

Allegedly, this massive hog threatened to attack 11-year-old child Jamison Stone and his father while they were out hunting. The Stone’s managed to kill the creature with a gun before posing with this picture. Allegedly, the hog was nine-feet long and weighed in at over 1,000 lbs. While the veracity of this specific pig is in question, scientists have unearthed similarly sized hog fossils.

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12. Coconut Crabs

Do you have a crushing fear of giant insects? Oh, good because the Coconut Crab is technically an anthropoid. Found throughout islands in the Indian Ocean, Coconut Crabs look like something pulled out of a Lovecraft novel. These crabs can weigh up to 9 pounds while growing in size comparable to a darn garbage can.

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13. Gibson the Great Dane

We figured that you needed some real eye-bleach, so here is Gibson the Great Dane. The tallest dog on the planet, Gibson is as tall as Shaquille O’Neal. Gibson only weighs 170 pounds so his thin frame is slightly less menacing. Cruella Deville probably wouldn’t want to mess with this pup.

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14. Nomura’s Jellyfish

We’re starting to think that the ocean should be off limits. The Nomura Jellyfish can be found in the Pacific Ocean, near Japan. Nomura’s Jellyfish is the largest cnidarian in the world and is edible, though we wouldn’t suggest trying to wrangle one up yourself. These jellyfish are 6’6 feet long and weigh in at over 450 lbs.

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15. Saltwater Crocodile

Sharks are apex predators, they have no natural enemies. Saltwater Crocodiles have been found to eat sharks. That’s the way the world works. Saltwater Crocodiles can weigh up to 2,000 pounds while growing up to 18 feet in length. This is probably the most terrifying animal on our list.

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16. Cinereous Vulture

Nevermind, the Cinereous Vulture is pretty terrifying. This magnificent bird weighs over 30 lbs and sports a wingspan of nearly 10 feet. We probably wouldn’t let the dogs out when this bird is flying overhead.

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17. Titan Longhorn Beetle

Don’t like bugs? Too bad. The Titan Longhorn Beetle is over half of a foot long and it sports mandibles that can cut pencils straight in half. These creatures hiss and bite and are generally not the kind of bugs we’d want to find in our kitchen.

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18. Japanese Spider Crabs

Did we mention that crabs look like aliens? The Japanese Spider Crab looks too terrifying to be real, but we’re sure that they taste good. We don’t want to go near one of these with a bowl of butter, however, as their massive pinching claws can do some serious damage. Japanese Spider Crabs can reach lengths of up to 12 feet.

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Gold Miners Dig Up a Lot More than Ancient Gold

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Gold miners are used to finding all sorts of things from ancient times. It’s not uncommon to find relics of prior miners, old habitats, animal remains and even dinosaur fossils as they dig deep into the earth or excavate large areas. However, it’s not an everyday occurrence to find a practically intact mummy of a baby mammoth.

Based on the estimates possible on first evaluation of the mummified baby mammoth found on June 21 by operations at the Klondike gold deposit, way up in the northern part of Canada, miners discovered a baby female mammoth assumed to be probably 30,000 years old. An occasional dinosaur or mammoth bone is uncommon but a regular occurrence. However, finding a complete set of remains of a baby mammoth is extremely rare and a big news in the world of paleontology and biology. Even better, the specimen is practically complete. Most times the remains have been tampered with by other animals or hunting and scavenging. Then nature moves things around even further and separates parts. In this case, however, the baby mammoth was complete, intact and well-preserved.

Named Nun cho ga but the local tribes, the find essentially means big baby animal, no surprise. All the skin and hair is intact, which makes the find extremely valuable in terms of understanding exactly how junvenile mammoths looked and probably behaved mechanically as well as physically. In terms of scientific information, the find is huge. It’s similar to finding an entire painting by a famous artist versus just having a brush he or she might have used.

Locked away in permafrost for centuries, the baby mammoth was literally preserved in the earth’s freezer, untouched by bacteria or the elements for an amazing amount of time. Scientists evaluating the specimen guess that the juvenile likely passed away earlier, maybe from sickness, as its pack was moving since there were no predatory marks on it or scattering of remains. Or, also likely, the animal may have gotten stuck in a deep mud pit or quicksand and was quickly buried, protecting it from rot or degradation.

The last time anyone found a North American baby mammoth in good condition was in 1948, some 70 plus years ago. That one was named Effie, and was located inside a gold mine in Alaska. Additionally, another more recent find was in 2007 in Siberia. That find was estimated to be much older, at 42,000 years of age. It was comparative to the same size as Nun cho ga, which means the two together will provide some interesting comparative notes and years of study going forward. It’s enough to make a dinosaur scientist get giggly.

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Pennsylvania Nurses Get a COVID Booster for Student Loan Debt

Shannon Jackson

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Becoming a nurse is no easy day in the park. Aside from all the clinical hours required and bookwork in classes, a candidate still has to pass their state license exams as well as figure out how to pay for the education costs. It’s quite common for a graduating nurse, whether an LN or RN, to have thousands of dollars in student loan debt. That was already a significant barrier to recruitment before COVID-19 arrived. Things only got worse as experienced nurses left the field in droves after the pandemic’s burnout.

However, Pennsylvania is hitting the problem head on. The state decided that it was going to provide a pot totaling $55 million to help reduce or eliminate student loan debt for eligible nurses. Funded by a combination of state dollars matched to federal American Rescue Plan funds for overall economic stimulus, Pennsylvania directed its internal share to help boost nursing in-state again as well as keep nurses in their careers with financial stability.

Essentially, any nurse who worked during the pandemic, was licensed by the state, and cared for COVID-19 patients will be eligible to get a $7,500 payment for student loan relief. The funds are one-time, non-recurring, but they still represent a huge wave of debt relief for affected nurses. 24,000 plus nurses responded with applications before the deadline ended, which has exceeded the estimated fund allocation available, no surprise. To deal with this surge in eligibility, the state administrators will split the funds on a prorata basis between the impacted state areas and regions, based on the number of nurses who applied. Then, within each regional pot, nurses will be selected by random on who will get the one-time payment.

Those who are selected won’t see the funds themselves. To ensure the payment is used correctly, the money goes directly to the student loan servicer provided by that nurse in their application. The first recipients will see their student loans lowered this month, in August 2022. To help deal with the demand, an additional $15 million in federal dollars was redirected to the fund as well. The allocation for an awardee is $2,500 each year for three years. This allows an easier outflow of funds versus a demand surge all at once. Which will be a considerable amount of accounting work on the state side.

The hope is that with the eventual success of the program expected in nurse retention, the same model can be used again to bolster sagging industries seeing a brain drain in Pennsylvania, as well as stabilize people being crushed by student loan debt.

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Getting Bumped By a Stranger Usually Means Being Pickpocketed….. But Not In This Story!

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If you get bumped by a stranger in public, it usually means you were pickpocketed. The rude distraction is an age-old technique to distract the victim from paying attention to their valuables. While everyone is recovering from the “accidental” impact, the thief is intentionally using the split second to pull a wallet or valuable from the victim without him or her knowing it. Once the thief is away, the job is done and the valuables are stolen. It’s a common problem in big cities and tourist spots.

However, for one California lady, getting bumped may have been the best thing that ever happened to her. While she was busy working on a lottery machine at a grocery store in Tarzana, she focused on spending her $40 dollars on lottery scratchers. Normally, LaQuedra Edwards buys a number of smaller value tickets with one purchase, hoping to increase her odds with more scratchers than just one big one. However, when she was bumped, it caused her to put her hand forward and hit the $30 scratcher option. Money spent, the accident committed Edwards to the higher value ticket. Upset at first, Edwards turned to see who bumped her, but the fellow was out the door without even apologizing.

Figuring there wasn’t much she could do about the situation, and the person was gone, Edwards re-focused on her tickets. Now she had a $30 single scratcher and $10 left for other tickets. She finished her purchase and then pulled her tickets out of the machine. Going through them, she realized one of them was a winner. It was the accidental $30 ticket. However, what Edwards one was a far better return on investment. She had just scored a $10 million winning ticket.

At first, she got on the highway and drove home. The whole time, Edwards kept looking back at the ticket and confirming in her mind that her life had just dramatically changed. It didn’t feel real. But, sure enough, the ticket was indeed a winner. Even the grocery store got a share of the winnings. $50,000 went to the store for hosting the machine. Unfortunately, it was a chain store, so the bonus simply went into a corporate bank account instead of a small business owner’s business. However, that’s how the system works for retailers.

For LaQuedra Edwards, however, her share is going into a home purchase and helping out start a non-profit organization to help her community. Both moves make a whole lot of sense as well as have long-term benefits.

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Father Decides to Set Up Cameras After His Daughter Wakes Up With Strange Marks

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Weird Occurrences

What happened inside the house of an Ohio couple couldn’t have been predicted. Troublesome commotions could be heard in the wee hours while everyone slept. No one thought much of it until something strange occurred.

Darren’s suspicions were initially directed at his fiancé, who suspected of playing a practical joke on him. They staged a camera to sort things out after she denied it ultimately. The unsettling footage, on the other hand, would rock their world.

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Father Takes Action After Daughter was Expelled for Appearance

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Enough Is Enough

This father’s jaws fell open as he listened to the scathing remarks from his daughter’s school administrator, stating the reason for his daughter being booted from a prom event. He was at boiling point and had enough.

He thought enough was enough after only a few seconds and was ready to address the situation head-on.

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