The Secret Ghost Mountains of Antarctica

Here at Tek-Bull, we have spent a lot of time writing about and contemplating the mysteries of space and of our universe. And who wouldn’t? Astrophysics is an amazing field that pushes the boundaries of what we think we know with every discovery made and with every new theory to be tested. But what about our own home, the earth? There are a lot of people who think space is important because there is nothing left to contemplate, nothing new to discover, or uncover. And the fact is, they’re wrong. There is a world within our world that we don’t know a thing about. A pre-history to history. And from now on, we here at Tek-Bull are going to be devoting a lot more time to discussing the mysteries and fascinations that the earth has to offer.

And we’re going to start this new project off by introducing the Ghost Mountains of Antarctica.

These mountains are given their ghosty name for the fact that they are completely covered by the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. How crazy is that? An entire mountain range 100% hidden from view by ice. Buried under about three miles and properly named the Gamburtsev Mountains, their existence might have never been revealed if not for a team of Russian explorers were perplexed by odd gravity fluctuations within the ice sheet that shrouds the mountains in the mid 1900’s.

The Ghost Mountains are believed to have been formed by the breakup of the supercontinent Gonwana, which include our east Antarctica, India, Africa, and Australia about 250 million years ago and rival the European Alps in size, with the highest peaks rising nearly 15,000 feet.

After basically having their MRI taken, it has been determined that these mountains sit atop an even old mountain range, probably dating from about 1.1 to 1.8 billion years ago, just when East Antarctica was being fragmented into smaller bits.

What’s especially so special and interesting about these Ghost Mountains is the fact that they are completely encased and preserved in ice. They are the least understood mountain range on earth and their geological composition and history could potentially provide more information on that era of the earth’s history than we could have ever hoped for.

The one other thing that helps make this range special is the small fact that until relatively recently, we had no idea they even existed, and with their discovery, it’s another piece of evidence pointing us to the realization that we do not in fact know everything there is to know about the earth, and that’s one heck of an exciting idea.

Cyberbullied: How Bullies Have Moved From the Playground to the Web

Traditional schoolyard bullying has taken a backseat to an equally, if not moreso, damaging form of bullying – cyberbullying. Much like traditional bullying, cyberbullying involves name-calling, rumors, and other harassment tactics, but unlike face-to-face bullying, online threats tend to go under the radar of adults. The growing online presence of teenagers on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites has significantly increased the rate of cyberbullying among today’s youth. Smartphones have also changed the way teenagers communicate and access the Internet. An increase in technology usage has opened the door for more malicious and damaging threats. In fact, more teenagers bully online because it is much harder to get caught by adults. Not only is it easier to get away with, but bullies can also humiliate their victims on a larger scale, often instigating others and ganging up on victims. But even with a wider audience witnessing online bullying, 90% of teens ignore it. Victims are often reluctant to report bullying to their parents or an adult because they’re afraid of being called a snitch.

Bully victims often struggle academically and skip school because they fear seeing their bullies. What’s worse is that one in five cyber-bullied kids thinks about committing suicide and about 4,500 teens actually follow through with it. The graphic below provides a comprehensive look at the issue of cyberbullying and how it is negatively impacting today’s youth.

Cyberbullying Infographic
Source: Accredited Online Colleges

Public swimming pools? More like giant public toilet bowls!

Public swimming pools and water parks are a large part of many people’s childhoods. I mean, what’s not to love about cannon balling into the deep end of a pool on a day that tops 100 degrees? All the splish splashin’ and water fightin’ just tends brings out the fun in even the most boring adult. And it goes without saying that accidentally swallowing a mouthful of water is a pretty common thing. But, how often do we stop to really think about what’s in that water? Well, we know that we’re in the water, and therefore whatever is on our bodies (dirt, food, sweat, etcetera) is in the water. And we know that it’s kind of a pain to get out of the pool all wet and have to drag our soggy selves to the nearest facility just to go to the bathroom, so most people just go to the bathroom in the pool. After all, we know from science that the chlorine in a pool will kill most of the germs from a person’s urine.

But what good is that chlorine really doing when the waters pH levels are more urine than actual water?

54 percent of public pools tested by the WQHC last year failed to provide the proper chlorine levels and 47 got low marks for pH balance. You can blame poor pool maintenance, but frequent urinators don’t help. “Anything foreign that gets in the pool consumes disinfectant and makes the pool less capable of catching the next bug,” Dr. Wiant tells Yahoo! Shine. So while chlorine is working overtime to clean up someone’s mess, it’s weakened by the time more serious bacteria dives in. That comes from the germs we carry on our body even before we get into to the water. While only one in five of us cop to peeing in the pool, seven in 10 say they don’t shower before they swim. As much as a cold pre-swim shower ruins that first dip feeling, Wiant makes a good case for why it’s crucial. The additional bacteria we carry on skin, in particular sweat and traces of fecal matter (yes even on adults), gets mixed in the pool, and suddenly swimmers are subject to serious bacteria like E.coli or salmonella.”

There just seems to be something about a body of water, that once we get in, our natural floodgates open and we forget that we’re potty trained adults. Bottom line? Be a good pool Samaritan and don’t pee in pools! Via: Yahoo

The Funnel Wall – Can This Intricate Creation Make The Sound Of My People When It Rains?

Sometimes you have to sit and wonder who comes up with such an intricate design for something that sounds… like rain. I’ve always hated the straight up and down water drains on the side of large buildings, so aesthetically, this design is pretty cool. But, it’s not very useful, I’m the sure the guy who made it was expecting something else, and then it rained, and nothing really happened.

This building is actually known as The Funnel Wall, it’s found in Kunsthofpassage in Dresden, Germany, and it claims to play “music” when it rains. But after watching the video posted above, it doesn’t sound much like music if you ask me.

Awesome Quadrotor Flying Machine Gun!

I’m not sure how Russian this guy is, but he definitely is Russian enough to not be messed with. The FPS Russian people made an awesome video of a Quadrotor prototype that is equipped with a machine gun as its main striking power, and enough explosive devices to destroy a full vehicle. I’m sure you’ve seen videos online of quadrotor-copters doing some pretty awesome things, but this is the first of its kind. The drone wasn’t developed by some high tech company, but it still gets the job done fairly well. In a few years, I can see the US military taking on a quadrotor copter rigging it up with some awesome weapons – if they don’t already have that.

The FPS Russian actually takes the small drone around shooting some “unwelcomed strangers” which are buster like dummies with C4 explosives inside them to make them detonate – you know to add to the awesomeness.

Aside from the machine gun that it uses as its main weapons, the drone has enough dynamite to explode and take out a good size vehicle when it receives the detonation signal. Maybe the US Air Force should incorporate this into their designs, especially after the Iranians reverse engineered a drone and now have the instructions on how to rebuild it.

Lunatics Busted After they Rigged a Trail With Deadly Booby Traps

At least this fort was found by a US Forest Service Officer and not a news channel that was covering the news of a death by medieval booby traps. The traps were found as Officer Schoeffler was patrolling a popular trail in Utah walked into an area of the trail that had a manmade shelter full of booby traps. According to the Sheriff’s Office:, people could have died. The traps had death pits, and even falling spike traps like the one you see above.

On April 16, 2012, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer James Schoeffler was on foot patrol in this area when he came across one of these shelters. This particular shelter is known locally as “The Fort”. Because of his time in the military Officer Schoeffler has extensive experience with identifying booby trap devices. As he investigated the shelter he noticed what appeared to be a trip wire near the ground at an entrance. Upon further investigation he discovered that the trip wire led to a booby trap device which was made with a large rock, sticks sharpened at both ends, and was held together with rope. This device was situated in such a way that when contact was made with the trip wire it would swing toward an unsuspecting hiker or camper. It was hung where it would most likely swing to and hit the head or face of the hiker or camper. In a second entrance to the shelter Officer Schoeffler found a second trip wire. This wire was configured so as to trip a person, possibly causing them to fall forward onto sharpened sticks placed in the ground.

I don’t really understand why somebody would want to plant these kinds of traps for unsuspecting joggers, but these two lunatics were arrested shortly after the Officer discovered the fort. The Sheriff’s office used Facebook to identify Benjamin Steven Rutkwoski and Kai Matthew Christensen. According to the Sheriff’s office they found evidence that these guys were still in the process of building more traps. [via NY Daily News]

Pilot Confuses Venus With A Plane And Almost Crashes

I have to drive all time for my work, and I’ve been behind the wheel with little to no sleep before, once I confused an airplane with an alien ship, other times I start to doze off and look at the stars and think they are all moving in different directions. This is usually not too bad, but it can be very dangerous, and that’s why you should take breaks between drive times. Yes, it sounds like stupid advice, but it really works.

But being sleepy in a car, is a ride in the park when you compare it to being sleepy inside a 767 plane and you confuse a planet for another plane then send your plane into a nosedive to try and avoid collision.

According to Reuters a “sleepy Air Canada pilot” was staring out the front window of his plane when he caught a glimpse of Venus,  confused it with another plane that was coming straight at his plane, then sent his plane into a nose dive to avoid collision

“Under the effects of significant sleep inertia (when performance and situational awareness are degraded immediately after waking up), the first officer perceived the oncoming aircraft as being on a collision course and began a descent to avoid it,” Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said.

I can see how this is making the news, especially with a title where a pilot confuses a planet with a plane, but the fact of the matter is that this pilot took the necessary actions to avoid a collision. Yes, he might of confused a planet for a plane, but imagine what hell he would be getting for crashing a plane into a plane? The plane descended 400 feet downwards and caused several people to jump out of their seats, 7 of them were taken to the hospital, but they will recover.

None of the less, this is another example of how grueling a pilot’s job can be and how fatigue affects everyone in the fields. OR it’s another example of a pilot thinking quick while almost crashing a plane for doing inappropriate things inside a cockpit. – OMG You just bumped into the lever! Quick, we need an excuse as to why we hurt so many people!… let’s just say we confused a planet with a plane, never heard that before, so it’s going to work.  [Reuters Img Credit: Favim]

Underwear Style Flask Lets You Sneak In The Booze In Your Pants

Oh the things we men will do for alcohol. Not long ago we had an article about the Wine Rack, a bra that allowed women to fill up their bras with wine or beer while at the same time giving them a boost in confidence by making their chest go from A’s to D’s in a matter of seconds. The wine rack was actually pretty cool, plus the small tube that allowed you to release the wine was hidden on the side of the shirt, meaning people didn’t suspect a thing when you were pouring your self another drink. The bladder design however, is taking things to an awkward extreme. You’re bound to get caught by someone who sees you pee into a cup, then sees you drink it again.

The Freedom Flask pretty much turns your crotch into an alcohol dispenser. Just fill the pouch with your favorite drink, strap the belt around your waist, tuck the Freedom Flask inside your pants, and you’re ready to go. The dispenser nozzle lines up with your zipper, so all you have to do is make like you’re using the bathroom straight into your cup. But I can guarantee you that from a distance, you’re not going to look like the sleek guy you think you are, instead you’re going to look like a freak.

But if you don’t mind getting some negative attention and paying $7 a beer at a concert is to much for you, then by all means check out this flask. According to Freedom Flask, you can “pour out half of that soft drink you purchased at the concession stand – just be sure to save that precious ice – then let Freedom Flask top you off with some of Tennessee or Kentucky’s finest. If you think it may be awkward pouring a drink from your fly – it’s not. What’s awkward is being the guy who gets his flask taken by security.” The flask is going to run you $24.95 from their Freedom Flask website. So after just 4 beers, the flask is going to pay for it’s self!

There are a couple of problems with the flask, if you keep a plastic bag in your pants full of alcohol, eventually the alcohol is going to warm up and it’s going to taste pretty sour. Same thing with beer, that’s probably the reason they say “save that precious ice” in their advertisement. You could also puncture the bag, and nothing is more awkward than having a flask full of beer run down your jeans. But sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do right?