Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Monster Bug Found...

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If the thought of creepy, crawly things bugs you, you may want to skip to the next story. For those of you brave enough to continue reading, you've been warned. What some are speculating to be thelargest insect in the world has been discovered by Mark Moffett, an insect enthusiast from Colorado. The giant weta was found on Little Barrier Island in New Zealand. It is a cricket-like bug that weighs as much as three mice, and it's bigger than some birds. The look of the giant weta, with its 7-inch wingspan, makes some people uncomfortable and queasy. Some people on Twitter describe it as terrifying and spine-tingling. But pictures show Moffett not only holding the arthropod, but also feeding it a regular-sized carrot. So how did it get so big? Scientists say this species has a lack of predators in its habitat and has therefore been able to thrive. One person on Twitter called the carrot-eating bug "the stuff of nightmares." Before you go get freaked about encountering a giant weta in your environment, here's something to put your mind at ease: It's found only in its natural habitat on Little Barrier Island.
The phrase "kids eat free" is a marketing tool that restaurants use to entice families. But at one London eatery, the opposite is true: Children cost extra. That's exactly what Natasha Young found out when she dined at Cosmo Restaurant in the London borough of Croydon. Young brought her 6-week-old son Kaedon with her, and as she went to pay for her meal, she noticed she was charged nearly $5 for what the restaurant said was space that her baby stroller took up in the 22,000-square-foot restaurant. Young told the London Evening Standard that she was "upset and angry" about the charge. When Young complained to the restaurant, it refused to remove the charge, calling it a part of its minimum-charge policy." It explained that the charge "is intended for toddlers who eat but not as much as a child." Another patron at Cosmo, Ana Sheridan, was also charged for bringing her 6-month-old daughter, and she was similarly angry. Sheridan was particularly outraged because her child sat on the laps of her parents and did not eat the restaurant's food because she was being breastfed. Cosmo also refused to remove the charge from her bill. People were in an uproar when they began hearing about these customers' experiences -- especially mom bloggers. They are furious at what they call Cosmo's "baby tax." The restaurant chain has since apologized to Young on its website and released a statement in response to the backlash. It said the restaurant takes "pride on making children and parents feel valued." Not everyone is upset about the charge. One mother said, "Haven't you seen the mess your babies leave in restaurants?" Cosmo also clarified the charge, saying it applies only to toddlers eating at the restaurant.

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