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Smallest Chihuahua…

Good things DO come in small packages: Tiny Toudi is smaller than a can of Coke, can fit in the palm of your hand and is the smallest Chihuahua in the world

  • Toudi from Wroclaw, Poland is 12 weeks old, 7cm tall and weighs just 300g
  • The adorable pooch is believed to be the smallest Chihuahua in the world
  • Tiny pup is smaller than a can of coke and can fit in the palm of your hand
  • It is hoped Toudi will soon appear in the Guinness World Records book 

The adorable pooch is smaller than a can of coke, a little bigger than a pear and can fit in the palm of your hand.

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Tiny Toudi: This little pup from Poland is shorter than a can of coke and can easily fit in the palm of your hand

Tiny Toudi: This little pup from Poland is shorter than a can of coke and can easily fit in the palm of your hand

Similar size: Toudi is so small he could be mistaken for a cuddly toy. His owner says they have to be careful because he is the same size as the floor

Some mock the little Chihuahua, claiming he looks more like a hamster

Others are mesmerised by him

Some mock the little Chihuahua, claiming he looks more like a hamster, while others are mesmerised by him

No comparison: Toudi's sister may be much bigger than he is, but he is arguably far more adorable

No comparison: Toudi’s sister may be much bigger than he is, but he is arguably far more adorable

The three-month-old, from Wroclaw, Poland is considerably smaller than his sister and eats very little food each day.

Toudi’s owner says he provides a lot of fun for the family but that they have to be careful where they stand because he is the same colour as the floor.

Some mock the little Chihuahua, claiming he looks more like a hamster, while others are mesmerised by him.

It is hoped Toudi will soon appear in the Guinness World Records book.

 Toudi is believed to be the smallest chihuahua in the world

Toudi's owner says he provides a lot of fun for the family. These sunglasses are maybe a little too big for this pup

Toudi’s owner says he provides a lot of fun for the family. These sunglasses are maybe a little too big for this pup

Perfect pear: Toudi is a only slightly bigger than a pear, but he can't even be described as 'pint-sized' because he's smaller than a can of coke

Perfect pear: Toudi is a only slightly bigger than a pear, but he can’t even be described as ‘pint-sized’ because he’s smaller than a can of coke

Fun and games: It is hoped little Toudi, from Poland, will soon appear in the Guinness World Records book

Fun and games: It is hoped little Toudi, from Poland, will soon appear in the Guinness World Records book

Toudi's owner doesn't have to spend too much on him because he only eats a very small amount of food each day

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3011359/Tiny-Toudi-smaller-Coke-fit-palm-hand-smallest-Chihuahua-world.html#ixzz3VYbkbF68

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Scientists implant tiny robots inside live mice

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Can robots travel inside living animals? It sounds like science fiction, but scientists have just made it a reality by implanting tiny nano-robots inside living mice. Researchers from the Department of Nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego, published their report on the first successful tests of implanting micro robots designed to disperse drugs within a body, reports SmithsonianMag.com.

As the research report states, these kinds of robots have been tested “in vitro,” or outside the body, in the past, while this is the first time that this technology has been studied “in vivo,” or inside the body. The zinc-based robots — only the width of a strand of human hair — were ingested orally by the mice. The zinc reacted with the animal’s stomach acid, producing hydrogen bubbles that propelled the robots into the stomach lining. As soon as the robots attached to the stomach, they dissolved, delivering the medicine into the stomach tissue, i09 reports.

For the researchers, this work could pave the way for implanting similar robots in humans. This could be an effective way of delivering drugs to the stomach in order to treat something like a peptic ulcer, the BBC reports.

“While additional ‘in vivo’ characterizations are warranted to further evaluate the performance and functionalities of various man-made micromotors in living organisms, this study represents the very first steps toward such a goal,” reads the research report. According to the researchers, this work moves toward “expanding the horizon of man-made nanomachines in medicine.”

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Cute Dogs for Your Monday Blues!

Furry friends to help cheer you up.

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Cute Dogs for Your Monday Blues

Cute dog pictures to cheer you up…

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Lucky Cat…

Left paw or right? Black, white or red? : Decoding the Lucky Cat

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What does it mean when a beckoning cat has its right paw or its left paw raised? What do the different cat colors mean? What about the coin the Lucky Cat holds, or the bib?  The meanings can vary from region to region within Japan, and some meanings have changed over time, but here is a general summary:

Tri-color Cat: (modeled after the Japanese bob-tail breed, this is a popular & traditional color for lucky cats, beckoning general good luck, wealth, prosperity)
White Cat: purity, happiness
Black Cat: safety, wards off evil and stalkers
Golden Cat: wealth and prosperity
Red Cat: protection from evil & illness (especially illness in children)
Pink Cat (a more modern color): love, relationships and romance
Green Cat (also a modern color): educations/studies

Right Paw raised: invites money and good fortune (usually to businesses)
Left Paw raised: invites customers or people
(Some suggest the right & left paws both invite business-related prosperity, but that the left paw is for businesses of the night, such as bars, geisha houses & restaurants. Use of lucky cats in homes is more recent)
Both Paws raised: invites protection of home or business
Coin: wealth and material abundance
Bib and Bell: may relate to protection, as well as wealth and material abundance

While the Beckoning Cat originates in Japan*, it has also become a popular good luck figure in Chinese businesses. Among these businesses, gold beckoning cats seem to be particularly popular (gold being associated with the desired wealth and prosperity of the business). One of our blog readers pointed out the meaning of some of the writing on the coins of the Chinese Lucky Cat at left (see areas circled in red). On the cat’s right paw (to the left of the photo) is a typical Chinese phrase of hope for good fortune (something like “the source of money spreads widely”). The middle is billion in simplified Chinese (another reader suggests the Chinese character circled in the middle is “5” or “go” in Japanese, which means “50,000” when paired with the character underneath). Another reader suggests the character on the right (under the left paw) means “open fate/destiny”, or “kai un” in Japanese. Japanese kanji is based on Chinese writing, and the meaning of the writing on Japanese lucky cat coins is similar (readers of Chinese and Japanese, please feel free to verify or comment). Maneki Neko collector, Don Hargrove also provides some more info on the coins in his comment in our “About” section.

The kanji at right is quite common on Japanese Maneki Neko coins (the coin is called a koban). It reads “sen man ryo”, which means 1,000 X 10,000 ryo.  So that is 10,000,000 ryo.  A ryo is the name of a gold coin that was used in Japan in the Edo period, and 10,000,000 of them was a huge fortune at that time.

 * For info on the Japanese origin of the beckoning cat, see this earlier blog post.

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Honeybee Reaches 40 mph with Me Today!

Ok, I love convertibles, the faster the better.  This is not a mid-life crisis.  I have always had fast convertibles, preferably bright yellow.  There was that awkward stage where I had to have normal cars because I had kids (most convertibles have only two seats).

So today, there I was at a stop light, when I notice a honeybee land on my car just outside my window.  It was threatening rain, so I had my cloth top up.  This might seem like a peculiar occurrence, but I quite often have bees land on my car, thinking it is the mother lode of all yellow flowers.

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My type of car.

With fascination, I watched my insect buddy as he made himself comfortable on my 12 coat paint job with slippery clear coat and wax.  How fast can I in fact go before my friend can no longer cling to such a slick and un-accommodating surface?  I was first in line, so I kick in the old 0-60 in less than 5 seconds quick shift with a roar of the engine.

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Honey bee, thankfully larger than actual size…

 

One eye on the bee, one eye on my speedometer, the little guy made it to 40 mph before – whisk – off into the great blue yonder for my insect buddy.  How it held on until 40 mph I have no idea…

 

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Cute Dogs for Your Monday Blues

Cute dogs for your Monday blues…

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