The Sony Xperia Z2 spread In the United States in the summer of 2014

Sony has confirmed to Tech Crunch that the Xperia Z2 will be released in the U.S. but not for several months. The release is scheduled for “summer.” A U.S. launch of the Xperia Compact Z1 is currently not on the books at all, we also learned.

The Z2 will be sold unlocked through Sony’s online store. Carriers have not been announced, and from what Sony told us, it seems talks are ongoing with carriers and nothing has been finalized yet.
Sony revealed both the Z2 smartphone and Z2 Tablet at Mobile World Congress a few months back. We recently spent some time with the pair and they’re impressive kits. Both the phone and tablet are waterproof and while incredibly thin, feel more like the swanky HTC One M8 than the plasticy Samsung Galaxy S5. The Z2 tablet is now available in the U.S.
Yet as Sony indicated in late 2013, the company is not focusing on the US market. Historically, the company has not had much success in the U.S. The Z2 smartphone was released in select Asian markets in March and April. It’s hitting other markets including Canada in May. The U.S. is apparently at the bottom of the list.
And that’s a damn shame. The Z2 is a fantastic Android 

From around the world over the traditions of marriage surprising

                                                    Scotland: Blackening of the bride

In Scotland, blackening of the bride is a part of a hazing ritual that happens before the wedding.  Before the wedding, brides are taken by surprise by the friends. Friends throw and douse the bride into foul substances such as curdled milk, egg, dead fish, spoiled food, tar, feathers and then tying her to a tree. Finally she is taken out for a night of drinking. It is a typical pre-marital humiliation that Scottish brides undergo with the belief that if you can handle this you can handle anything, even marriage. In short blackening the bride is to prepare her for any humiliation or problems she’ll come across during her marriage. Even in some parts it is also believed that the ritual is carried out to ward off evil      spirits
 Korea: Beating the groom’s feet
beat the feetIn South Korea after the wedding ceremony, the groom has to endure a beating from his friends before he can retire with his bride. Friends of the groom take off his socks, knot a rope around the ankles, and begin beating the soles of his feet with dried fish. A particular type of fish is used i.e. Yellow corvine. Sometimes a stick or cane is also used. It is believed that this will make the groom stronger before the first marriage night. It can be painful but it’s over quickly and more fun than cruel. The intention behind this tradition is to check the groom’s strength and knowledge. He is often asked questions and quizzed during the test. Beating the soles of a groom’s feet with a fish perhaps isn’t going to make him any smarter, but it’s an amusing tradition that holds a unique place in Korean wedding culture
Romani: Kidnapping Brides
kidnapping the brideA common practice in Romania, Bride Kidnapping is a crazy ritual where a man abducts the woman he wants to marry. Also known as marriage by arrest or by seizure, bride kidnapping also include elopements, where couples run away without the consent of their parents. In some parts of the world, the ritual is considered as a sex crime. In some cultures like the Romani or Gypsies it is still practiced.  It is believed that if you manage to convincingly or forcefully kidnap a girl and remain her by your side for at least 2-3 days, she will officially be called your wife
                                             China: Preplanned Crying
preplaned crying
Weird but true that crying is one of the wedding function in China. Crying is a regular part of weddings. Crying is pre planned as a wedding custom. A month before the wedding, a bride is expected to cry for about an hour. After 10 days, her mother joins her in the ritual. After another ten days, her grandmothers, sisters and other females unite in the ritual. Tujia would be bride has to perform the Crying Marriage Song. The bride weeps in different tones which sounds like a song and with various words which is seen as an expression of happiness and joy.The belief behind this tradition is actually a celebration of happy married life for the couple

                                            Germany: Smashing Dishes

smashing platesIn parts of Germany, a ritual called Polterabend is practiced. It is a party hosted by newlywed which typically starts with profligate feasts and finishes with the entire guest making as much noise as possible. Dishes are damaged, pots are clashed and cookeries are smashed. It is believed that the cacophonous sounds caused by all this represent the inevitable future trouble that the couple will face in their married lives. By breaking the dishes in advance, the community is preparing the pair for the obstacles ahead and at the same time wishing them luck. Whips are often brought out and broken to hasten the removal of any evil spirits. The origin of this tradition is unknown but yes, it’s as fun as it sounds.
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                                                  Mauritania: Over Feeding

over feeding
Hitting the gym for some pre-wedding workouts is tradition in most parts of the world. Though in Northwest Africa it is believed the bigger the bride, the better it is. In order for a man to flaunt his outstanding status, he needs a fat wife.  If the girl has stomach rolls, stretch marks and overlapping thighs it all indicates that her husband is wealthy enough to keep her satisfied. In a custom called Leblouh, females from the ages of 5 to 15 are sent to “fat farms”. There they are forcefully fed thousands of calories. The calories are almost four times the actual amount of calories an adult bodybuilder takes in each day. This over feeding results into gaining weight rapidly and preparing them to be confirmed fit for marriage. The ritual is so serious that women are often beaten badly if they refuse food. Due to this ritual many develop health problems that shoot from obesity
                                             India: Marrying an Animal
wedding with animal
In India it is believed that if a girl has a tooth rooted to her upper gum, it’s the obvious sign that some misfortune will happen to her in the future, because bad spirits hate her. Therefore, she needs to marry an animal to ward off this bad omen. Usually the animal is either goat or dog. After warding off the evil spirits the girl can marry a real boy some time later. Even girls who are very ugly or have some facial disfiguration are believed to be possessed by ghosts and are forced to undergo the same ritual.

Strange creatures from nature

it's almost as though nature couldn't decide whether to make a mammal or a bird. However, the platypus isn't the only animal where nature's humor gets a little twisted. From insects to bears, you have to wonder what in the world prompted such strange designs. 

                             The Goblin Shark 


Each year Halloween is the time for spooks and goblins, but at the bottom of the ocean, goblins can be found anytime–that is, if you're lucky enough to spot them.
The goblin shark avoids sunlight and only lives in very deep water, where it lays in wait for unsuspecting fish, then quickly snaps, or sucks them up in its jaws.
Flabby, wrinkled and gray with a pink and white underbelly, the first few times this elusive shark was seen, it was thought to be deformed. Only fifty of this species have been found so far, but it's not on the endangered list as it's not known how many exist. 


                   Venezuelan Poodle Moth


 Cute and cuddly animals always gain attention, but the terms "cute and cuddly" are not usually associated with moths.
Discovered in 2009 by Dr. Arthur Anker, the above image received very little attention until someone pointed out this fluffy moth looked a lot like a Pokémon character. When the image went viral, some were convinced it was a fake. After all, whoever heard of a moth with a proper poodle haircut and what appeared to be ultra-long eyelashes on the antennae just above its saucer shaped eyes? However, scientists assure us it's real.
There's not much known yet about this recently discovered species, other than that you'd save a fortune on grooming costs if you owned one as a pet, but it's believed to be related to the moth genus Artace, which ranges from the North American continent, down into Venezuela


                         Glaucus Atlanticus

           While the name sounds fancy enough, the Glaucus Atlanticus is a sea slug, but before you say, “ugh”, it's actually a very pretty one.
Rarely growing to more than two inches long, the glaucus atlanticus has silvery blue spikes at its sides that shoot off like the trails of a fireworks display. These spikes are called cerata, and as lovely as they appear, they're stored with poison. However, the glaucus atlanticus isn't actually born with stored poisons. It collects them from attacking other poisonous creatures, primarily the deadly jellyfish known as the Portuguese Man-O-War.
The glaucus atlanticus spends most of its life floating upside down on the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, its color camouflaging it from predators, but after a storm, it can sometimes be found washed up on shore. While the glaucus atlanticus is considered a delight to view, you might want to ask yourself if it's been battling with any Man-O-Wars, before picking one up!


                           Red-Lipped Batfish

 If you've ever wanted to kiss a fish, there's one who's already applied the heavy lipstick just for you.
The red-lipped batfish looks like it has a bit of an attitude. This might be due to appearing a bit flattened by spending its life on the ocean floor. Adding insult to injury, it's a fish that doesn't swim. It walks with the aid of its modified fins that look more like legs than underwater propulsion devices.
Native to the Galapagos Islands, a place where nature is always experimenting with adaptation, it must be assumed that the architect of design decided an overdose of red lipstick is an excellent way to attract a mate.


                      The Hummingbird Hawk Moth

 In general, hawk moths seem to be a confusion of design. The hawk moth possesses the body of a bee, yet has a wing spread resembling a butterfly. This is forgivable in the respect that bees and butterflies are both insects, but it becomes a little difficult to justify a moth that looks so much like a bird.
While visiting the British Isles, you might want to stop and smell the phlox and watch the hummingbirds flitting about. You also might wish to look closely, because among those tiny, humming, busy creatures, there is actually a moth that looks just like them. The hawk moth also hovers, but it doesn't have a beak. Instead, it has a very long tongue, called a proboscis, which splits down the middle for cleaning.
Additionally, the hummingbird hawk moth is unlike other moths in several ways–it comes out during the day, it doesn't mind the rain, and it doesn't die after leaving

brood of eggs


                           Long-Eared Jerboa

 For proportions relative to body size, rabbits have nothing on the long-eared jeboa. It's ears measure
around two-thirds its body size. If humans had the same proportions, our ears would be three
feet long! The mouse sized rodent also has very long hind legs that allow it to jump around like a kangaroo.

Native to the Gobi desert and China, it is believed its jumbo sized ears serve as a shady umbrella for cooling itself off in the hot summer months. Feeding primarily on insects, the long-eared jerboa is one of the few rodents actually considered beneficial in controlling the insect population. Now if it would just learn to fly, it could make a fortune in the movie industry!

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Places defied the law of nature

 Lake Hillier, Australia.
Lake Hillier, is a lake on Middle Island, the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago, Western Australia. The most notable feature of this lake is its pink colour. It is such a significant distinguishing feature of the archipelago that air passengers often take note of it. The colour is permanent, and does not alter when the water is taken in a container. The length of the lake is about six hundred metres (3/8 mile). The lake is surrounded by a rim of sand and a dense woodland of paperbark and eucalyptus trees with a narrow strip of sand dunes covered by vegetation separating it to the north from the Southern Ocean.

. Marble Caves, Carerra Lake, Argentina and Chile.
Marble Caves are the most famous attraction of Patagonia (Chile). This Caves attract a lot of tourists from the different corners of the globe. The labyrinths created in marble nature impress the senses. Illuminated by a sunlight penetrating some places, carved marble arches are a truly unforgettable sight. The glare of the reflected light in the clear blue water, creating an incredible visual effects, so the cave always looks different.

. The Waitomo Glowworm Caves, North Island, New Zealand.
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves attraction is a cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand, known for its population of glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa. This species is found exclusively in New Zealand. They are around the size of an average mosquito. This cave is part of the Waitomo Caves system that includes the Ruakuri Cave and the Aranui Cave.

. Hamilton Pool, Texas, USA.
Hamilton Pool Preserve is a natural pool that was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago. The pool is located about 23 miles west of Austin, Texas off Highway 71. Since the 1960s, Hamilton Pool has been a popular summer swimming spot for Austin visitors and residents. Hamilton Pool Preserve consists of 232 acres of protected natural habitat featuring a jade green pool into which a 50-foot waterfall flows. The pool is surrounded by large slabs of limestone that rest by the water’s edge; large stalactites grow from the ceiling high above

. Vaadhoo Island, Maldives.
Phytoplankton – the marine microbes – create and amazing effect by emanating the blue glow. The species create the most romantic natural lighting in the world.

. Red Seabeach, Panjin, China.
Red seabeach, located in Dawa County, Panjin, Liaoning, China, is famous for its landscape featuring the red plant of Chenopodiaceae, Suaeda salsa.It is based in the biggest wetland and reed marsh in the world. The landscape is composed of shallow seas and tide-lands.