The Weekend is finally upon us and we’re here yet again to help you get started on doing absolutely nothing by bringing you 25 of the week’s best links, articles, images, and videos from all over the web. So, from the hilarious (and somewhat tragic) Miss Universe goof up to a brand new shark, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas with this week’s Link25 (171) – The Merry Christmas Special Edition.
Meet the New “Ninja Lanternshark”
Scientists have discovered a new species of shark, one with jet-black skin, bulbous eyes, and special cells that allow it to glow in the dark. They call it the Ninja Lanternshark.
Officially named after Peter Benchley, shark-lover and the author of Jaws, the shark’s scientific name is Etmopterus benchleyi. But to come up with the shark’s common name, researcher Vicky Vásquez says she drew on a conversation she had with her 8-year-old cousins.
Vásquez explained to the kids that this shark uses photophores in its skin to (Click the title to read the full article).
"Extinct" Sea Snakes Rediscovered
Surveying off the coast of Western Australia, researchers have discovered two species of rare and endangered sea snakes, thought to have become extinct 15 years ago. The venomous reptiles, which are adapted to spending their entire lives at sea in and around coral reefs, were only previously known (Click on the title to read the full article)
Sued Over Old Debt, and Blocked From Suing Back
Clifford Cain Jr., a retired electrician in Baltimore, was used to living on a tight budget, carefully apportioning his Social Security and pension benefits to cover his rent and medication for multiple sclerosis.
So Mr. Cain was puzzled when he suddenly could not make ends meet. Months later, he discovered why: A debt collector had garnished his bank account after suing him for about $4,500 the company said he owed on an old debt.
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‘Dreamcast 2′ Reportedly Under Development, Could Be a PC-Console Hybrid
There’s been excitement over a possible sequel to the SEGA Dreamcast, dubbed the “Dreamcast 2,” 17 years after the console made its debut. The project seeks to bring a PC-style Dreamcast 2 console to the market.
Patrick Lawsen, a member of the SEGA Dreamcast 2 group that aims to revive the brand, said there’s been some progress in the project. He said there’s a group has the help from some “SEGA of Japan interns and independent OEM designers,” CinemaBlend reported.
The plan is to bring a PC rig to the market that can run (Click to read the full article).
Baghdad holds Miss Iraq pageant for the first time in 43 years
When Shaima Qasim was crowned Miss Iraq this weekend, she not only triumphed over the other women in the competition but over threats against her life.
The pageant was the first to be held in Baghdad in 43 years.
“Iraq needed this,” pageant director Ahmed Leith said. “The situation is weak here, and we wanted to celebrate (Click on the title to read the full article)