An island in Brazil has so many snakes that humans aren’t allowed on it.

About 25 miles off the coast of Brazil, there is an island where no local would ever dare tread. Legend has it that the last fisherman who strayed too close to its shores was found days later adrift in his own boat, lifeless in a pool of blood.

The mysterious island is known as Ilha da Queimada Grande, and it is in fact so dangerous to set foot there that Brazil has made it illegal for anyone to visit. The danger on the island comes in the form of the golden lancehead snakes – a species of pit viper and one of the deadliest serpents in the world.

The lanceheads can grow to be over a foot-and-a-half long and it’s estimated that there are between 2,000 and 4,000 snakes on the island, which unsurprisingly is known as Snake Island. The lanceheads are so venomous that a human bitten by one could be dead within an hour.

Snake Island is uninhabited now, but people used to live there for a short period up to until the late 1920s when, according to legend, the local lighthouse keeper and his family were killed by vipers that slithered in through the windows. Today, the navy periodically visits the lighthouse for upkeep and makes sure no adventurers are wandering too close to the island.

Another local legend claims that the snakes were originally introduced by pirates seeking to protect buried treasure on the island.

In reality, the vipers’ presence is the result of rising sea levels – a less exciting origin story than paranoid pirates to be sure, but still interesting.

Snake Island used to be part of Brazil’s mainland, but when sea levels rose over 10,000 years ago, it separated the landmass and turned it into an island.

The animals that wound up isolated on Queimada Grande evolved differently from those on the mainland over the course of millennia, the golden lanceheads in particular. Since the island vipers had no prey but birds, mother nature helped them develop extra-potent venom so that they could almost immediately kill any bird. Local birds are too savvy to be caught by the many predators that inhabit the island and the snakes instead rely on birds who visit the island to rest as food.

Lancehead snakes, which are the golden lancheads’ mainland cousins, are responsible for 90 percent of all snake bites in Brazil. A bite from their golden relatives, whose venom is up to five times more potent, is less likely to actually happen due to their island isolation. However, such an encounter is far more likely to be lethal if it does happen. There are no fatality statistics of the golden lanceheads (since the only area they inhabit is cut off from the public), however, someone bitten by a regular lancehead faces a seven percent chance of death if untreated. Treatment does not even guarantee a lancehead bite victim will be saved: there is still a three percent mortality rate.

It’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to visit a place where a painful death lurks every few feet. However, the vipers’ deadly venom has shown potential in helping to combat heart problems. This has led to something of a black market demand for the venom. For some lawbreakers, the lure of the money is incentive enough to risk almost certain death on Queimada Grande.
source: business insider  NatGeo/Youtube

20 Tattoo Fails That Will Make You Think Twice About Getting Inked

People have always been divided on the subject of tattoos – some love them enough to cover practically their entire body in ink, and others despise them enough to threaten their kids with the prospect of being disowned if they ever dare to get a tat of their own.
Some are political, some are romantic, and some are just plain stupid. Tattoo fails happen on a daily basis and they never cease to amaze me.
Here are 2o of the most side-splittingly hilarious tattoo fails from around the world…

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This tattoo is unnecessarily convoluted, but it’s okay because it’s not the best tattoos which are remarkable or aesthetically appealing. It’s the ones that make you read the entire length of someone’s torso. My meaning of life is to enjoy the stupidity that other people’s choices create.

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“Look at me, I double as a mini-human – there’s no way that’s ever been done before in the history of modern tattoos.”

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 This was clearly done under the influence of every stimulant in existence.

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And she almost got away with it too.

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I wonder how they chose to commemorate their 4nd nippel…

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Because nothing says “Spank me, daddy” like four fornicating dogs.

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If you happen to be both stupid and in love, please stay away from all tattoo studios.

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Because there’s no better way to prove you’re a grown man than by tattooing a massive word search on your torso. Literally none.

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America’s most revered sex symbol, everybody.

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He’s the men of the house.

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Let’s face it – regrettable tattoos are a dime a dozen.

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I mean, how utterly ridiculous and demeaning would that be?!

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I suggest a sheep as your next animal-themed tattoo. This time with the words, “I really need to get a mind of my own.”

15. Constellation of stars.
Was it really worth it?

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I mean, if that doesn’t entice you, I don’t know what will.

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If you don’t know that double negatives make a positive, “never don’t” get a tattoo.

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Maybe don’t let you’re brain make you’re decisions, four today… Or ever for that matter.

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Do you still stick by that philosophy, pal?

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“So if I belife this tattoo is meaningful – despite evidence to the contrary – that makes it real and valid.”

And then we have these…


Source: viralthread  youtube