Fruit Salad Trees (or Other Real Things that Belong in Books)

YELLO.

How are you? *pulls up chair, hands you coffee and assorted pastry tray*

Some of you may recall a post I wrote awhile back called Attack of the Robojelly (or Real Things That Belong in Books). If you haven’t read it, go ahead, I’ll wait. It’s a sampling of the bizarre-o things that seem too strange to exist, but somehow… they do.

It’s one of my most visited posts, (because you guys love WEIRD, it seems!), so I’m back today with another installment.

Here we go.

*bangs gong*

  • FRUIT SALAD TREES

YES, fruit salad trees actually exist. They are trees that bear several different types of fruit, like some sort of Seussian dream. In Australia, you can buy STONE FRUIT trees, which bear peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and peachcots. Or you can buy CITRUS trees with a mix of oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, tangelos, and mandarins. There are also apple mixes and pear mixes available.

WHAT IS THIS SORCERY?

Unfortunately, there are no wizards involved in the making of these trees. But science is fun, too! It’s called grafting. Grafting is what happens when you stick two tissues of two different plants together, and they grow as one. A more detailed explanation is here, if you’re interested. And if you want to SEE fruit salad trees for yourself, CHECK THIS OUT.

  • ANIMAL INSPIRED WAR ROBOTS – more specifically CHEETAH BOT and ROBOTIC PACK MULE

I don’t own the pictures to any of these machines, and I don’t really want to annoy the makers of robotic war weapons, SO GO HERE to see them. You won’t be disappointed. Think Hunger Games meets a mechanic’s shop. You can even watch a video of Cheetah Bot running. It is a thing of nightmares.

  • A SOLAR ECLIPSE ON MARS

No doubt you’ve heard about the Mars Curiosity mission and seen some of the amazing photographs taken by Wall-E Curiosity Rover. But have you seen THIS:

via http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/09/15/a-solar-eclipse-from-mars/

This is Mars’ moon PHOBOS, as it crosses the face of the SUN, as viewed FROM MARS.

MARS, I TELL YOU.

So, now on to you. What crazy things have you seen lately?

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Response to “Fruit Salad Trees (or Other Real Things that Belong in Books)”

  1. Wow, interesting! *sipping coffee and taking a big bite of pastry* My parents have an apple tree that bears several kinds of apples. They don’t have any animal-inspired war robots, though. Too bad, I would love to see one! Great post as usual, Jess!

    Comment by Annie McMahon on September 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm

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