Friday, 29 April 2011

Hollywood's top Dogs

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With the release of 'Marmaduke,' movies are going to the dogs. Here are some of the most memorable pooch-filled movies, from Lassie to ToTo to 'Lady and the Tramp.'

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In the 2009 flick 'Hotel for Dogs,' two orphans try hide their pet pooch in an abandoned hotel when their strict new guardians tell them pets are forbidden in their home.

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2008's 'Marley & Me' pulled at the heartstrings of everyone who's ever owned a dog. The movie proved once and for all that pets are part of the family too.

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'Beverly Hills Chihuahua' put thousands of singing and dancing dogs onscreen during the summer of 2008.

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2006's '8 Below' showed just how tight the bond between a man and his dogs can be. In this heart-warming tale starring Paul Walker and Bruce Greenwood, both man and dog risk everything to help one another survive the treacherous Antarctic terrain.

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Childrens' book character Clifford, the Big Red Dog, became the subject of 2004's 'Clifford's Really Big Movie.'

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Scooby-Doo is a fixture in nearly every kids' Saturday morning cartoon ritual. The cowardly-but-cool dog has been a TV icon since 1969 and took the leap to the big screen in 2002.

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This pack of Alaskan dogs soak up the sun in 2002's Disney hit 'Snow Dogs,' starring Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Alec Baldwin voiced the beagle standing up to felines in 2001's 'Cats. vs. Dogs.'

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Frankie Muniz is a young Mississippi boy coming of age in the 1940s in the 2000 drama 'My Dog Skip,' based on writer Willie Morris' autobiographical novel about his childhood dog. Frankie Muniz is a young Mississippi boy coming of age in the 1940s in the 2000 drama 'My Dog Skip,' based on writer Willie Morris' autobiographical novel about his childhood dog.

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Verdell, an adorable Brussells Griffin, stole the show in the 1997 film 'As Good as it Gets,' starring Greg Kinnear and Jack Nicholson.

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A dog who plays basketball? That was the silly, but fun, premise of the 1997 Disney family film 'Air Bud.' The film generated a variety of direct-to-video sequels, where the pooch played everything from football to soccer to baseball.

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'Shiloh' is the lovable beagle in the 1996 film. The dog proved so popular that he spawned two sequels, 1999's 'Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season,' and 2006's 'Saving Shiloh.'

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Charles Grodin had to learn about life with 'Beethoven' in the 1992 film about a family man and his lovable German shepherd. The kids' flick proved so popular, Grodin and dog starred in a 1993 sequel, 'Beethoven's 2nd.' Above is an image from that film.

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Before Tom Hanks became an A-lister, he was sharing screen time with a dog. Here he is in 1989's 'Turner & Hooch.'

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Benji was as popular as leisure suits and disco in the 1970s. The mutt first appeared on the big screen in 1974's 'Benji,' and starred in five movies. Here he is with a feline friend in 1987's 'Benji the Hunted.'

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'Sounder,' about a dog who is the beloved friend of a young African-American boy, was made into a popular 1972 picture. Above is an image from the 2003 Disney TV remake.

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Suzanne Pleshette with dog in 'The Ugly Dachshund,' the 1966 Disney comedy about a Great Dane who thinks he's a dachshund.

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Two dogs. A cat. And a desire to find their way home. Disney first used this formula in 1963's 'The Incredible Journey.' The film was remade with Michael J. Fox, Don Ameche, and Sally Field providing the voices in 1993's 'Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey.' In 1996, the animals were 'Homeward Bound: Lost in San Francisco.' Above is an image from that film.

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Disney's '101 Dalmations' has sparked interest in the breed ever since the film's 1961 release. The film inspired a 1996 life-action remake, featuring Glenn Close as Cruella DeVil, the baddie who wants to wear the pups' coats.

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Fred MacMurray in the 1959 movie 'The Shaggy Dog,' about a teenager who turns into an Old English sheepdog. The film proved so popular that in 1976, Disney made a sequel called 'The Shaggy D.A.' The original film was also remade in 2006, with Tim Allen as the star.

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'Old Yeller' made a generation of kids sob. Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk starred in the 1957 about a boy and his dog.

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These two pups made movie magic and made spaghetti the most romantic dinner around in Disney's 1955 cartoon classic 'Lady and the Tramp.'

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Lassie' first got her start in the movies with 1943's 'Lassie Come Home,' starring with Elizabeth Taylor. The intelligent collie has starred in movies, TV shows, radio shows, and books ever since. Woof!

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And who could forget the first dog of celluloid Toto, who kept pace with Dorothy all the way down the yellow brick road in the 1939 classic 'The Wizard of Oz.'

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Rin Tin Tin was the first doggy movie star. The german shepherd starting barking up the screen in 1922, and also appeared on radio and TV programs.

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Monday, 25 April 2011

Weird Pets

This would look like if they tame wild and tamed animals.

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Oldest Still Living Organisms

Have you ever wondered what are the oldest and yet living organisims on the planet? Well, wonder no more, cause here we give you some of the oldest of them all.

CARIBBEAN: Turritopsis Nutricula (Immortal Jellyfish) is capable of cycling from a mature adult stage to an immature polyp stage and back again. This means that there may be no natural limit to its life span.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Underground forest Botanists believe the 13,000-year-old underground forest in Pretoria evolved to survive forest fires. All that is visible are the tips of the branches poking out of the soil. But beneath the ground is a mass of branches and roots.

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SIBERIA: Actinobacteria, 500,000 years old, and long predating modern humans. This specimen had been gathered from the permafrost and was being kept in Copenhagen.

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CHILE: Llareta Plant.  The extraordinary 3,000-year-old relative of parsley that looks like moss but is a shrub grows in the Atacama desert in the high Andes at an altitude of 15,000ft. Measuring 8-10ft across, it inhabits the surface of smooth, round boulders. It is a dense mass of thousands of tiny branches, each ending in a bud with tiny green leaves, and is so tough you can stand on top of it.

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NORTH AMERICA: Box Huckleberry, 13 000 years old low shrub related to the blueberry. It is the second oldest known organism in the world.

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CALIFORNIA: Clonal Creosote Bush; 12 000 years old; is a flowering plant with ability to inhibit the growing of other plants around and gain more water.

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UTAH: Pando (The Trembling Giant) is a clonal colony all determined to be part of a single living organism and one massive underground root system, although whether it is a single tree is disputed, as it depends on one’s definition of an individual tree. The plant is estimated to weigh collectively 6,000 tonnes (6,615 tons),  making it the heaviest known organism. Also it is claimed by some to be among the oldest known living organisms in existence at 80,000 years of age.

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SWEDEN: Gran Picea. This spruce is 9,500 years old. It survives in a landscape dominated by lichen, bare mountains and valleys with dense, ancient forests.

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SCOTLAND: Fortingall Yew, 5,000 years old tree. This makes it the oldest known tree in Europe.

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NAMIBIA: Welwitschia Mirabilis. The 2,000-year-old welwitschia plant found in the Namib-Naukluft desert is an unlikely-looking conifer that produces only two leaves in its lifetime – the longest in the plant kingdom. Over its long life, these leaves are shredded by sandstorms into a tangled mass of ribbons.

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NORTH ATLANTIC: Arctica Islandica. These animals show exceptional longevity and have been estimated to live up to 400 years in the wild.

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JAPAN: Jomon Sugi japanese cedar, 7,000 years old tree. It is the oldest and largest cryptomeria tree on the island.

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TOBAGO: Brain coral This 18ft-wide brain coral off the shore of Speyside on the east coast of Tobago in the Caribbean is 2,000 years old.

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