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#1    star_wars

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 05:43 PM

So I found this on the net, and I really can't believe that its true.
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What do you guys think?

The site says:
32.5 lbs found in Maungawhau NEW ZEALAND
Specie Name:Calecus Grasshopper

The name alone makes it very suspicious.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 08:00 PM

ROFLZ t-rex, anyways nah i've seen that pic before i dun think it's real altho i have seen my fair share of large grasshoppers can't posibly grow that big thats dinosaur times huge lol. The tarantula hawk wasp surprises me i've seen lots of em where i live but never as big as the one depicted in the photo, interesting.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:43 PM

Doing a quick check, the largest grasshopper currently is a 4 inch grasshopper in Florida. (Hey, that's around here then!)

I'm not sure one that size could even hop. Square cube law, it'd be just to big and to heavy.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 11:12 PM

 star_wars, on 30 July 2011 - 05:43 PM, said:

So I found this on the net, and I really can't believe that its true.
Posted Image

What do you guys think?

The site says:
32.5 lbs found in Maungawhau NEW ZEALAND
Specie Name:Calecus Grasshopper

The name alone makes it very suspicious.

Chuckle! A few points do make this one "rather" suspect:

1) Note sun angle - Sun apparently almost directly to the left of the young gentleman.

2) Note apparent dark shadow just below the pocket opening of the young gentleman's left front pants pocket. Given the trophy grasshopper's perspective placement, may not one expect to see more shadowing of the gentleman's left leg?

3) Photo would appear to be '50's/early '60's vintage. Note belt, amongst other factors.

4) Though shadowed, rifle would appear to be a Winchester Model 94 or variant. Over the years, this rifle was produced in a number of calibers. Though the most well-known and common caliber was the .30-30 (quite suitable for larger game), one of the calibers produced was the rather light-weight .25-20, which was suitable for smaller game.

Doctored rabbit hunt?

Also, as per ShadowSot's contribution, a grasshopper of this dimension would, due to size, suffer from respiratory failure.

The following is quite amusing:

http://www.dochemp.c...rasshopper.html


Edit: Punctuation.

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Edited by Swede, 30 July 2011 - 11:58 PM.


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Posted 30 July 2011 - 11:39 PM

Well, here in NZ we do have rather large bugs. Such as, The Giant Weta which i have been (un)lucky enough to encounter in a walk through old railway tunnels. Im sure it was bigger then the 8" max length quoted in the link. You may remember this bug from the latest king kong movie.

But 32 pounds, thats crazy.

And Swede, that link is hilarious


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Posted 30 July 2011 - 11:40 PM

Also a grasshopper of that size would be considerably heavy....he seems to be holding it up effortlessly.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 11:55 PM

 Professor Buzzkill, on 30 July 2011 - 11:39 PM, said:

Well, here in NZ we do have rather large bugs. Such as, The Giant Weta which i have been (un)lucky enough to encounter in a walk through old railway tunnels. Im sure it was bigger then the 8" max length quoted in the link. You may remember this bug from the latest king kong movie.

But 32 pounds, thats crazy.

And Swede, that link is hilarious

Glad that you enjoyed the "reference". Not all readers would catch the inside humor!

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 11:57 PM

 Professor Buzzkill, on 30 July 2011 - 11:39 PM, said:

Well, here in NZ we do have rather large bugs. Such as, The Giant Weta which i have been (un)lucky enough to encounter in a walk through old railway tunnels. Im sure it was bigger then the 8" max length quoted in the link. You may remember this bug from the latest king kong movie.

But 32 pounds, thats crazy.

And Swede, that link is hilarious

Oooh, I've seen a few of those in my garage and on the road at night a few times. Much smaller though, probably only about an inch.

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 12:47 AM

 Swede, on 30 July 2011 - 11:12 PM, said:

Chuckle! A few points do make this one "rather" suspect:

1) Note sun angle - Sun apparently almost directly to the left of the young gentleman.

2) Note apparent dark shadow just below the pocket opening of the young gentleman's left front pants pocket. Given the trophy grasshopper's perspective placement, may not one expect to see more shadowing of the gentleman's left leg?

3) Photo would appear to be '50's/early '60's vintage. Note belt, amongst other factors.

4) Though shadowed, rifle would appear to be a Winchester Model 94 or variant. Over the years, this rifle was produced in a number of calibers. Though the most well-known and common caliber was the .30-30 (quite suitable for larger game), one of the calibers produced was the rather light-weight .25-20, which was suitable for smaller game.

Doctored rabbit hunt?

Also, as per ShadowSot's contribution, a grasshopper of this dimension would, due to size, suffer from respiratory failure.

The following is quite amusing:

http://www.dochemp.c...rasshopper.html


Edit: Punctuation.

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Bloody good post mate! I'll go with what this guy says. I mean come on, if they ever got something this big do you not think we would have heard it about now?!?!

And if they did, do you not think you would be able to buy it in McDonalds by now!!!

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 01:10 AM

Reminds me of those post cards they try to sell the tourists with people holding up unusually large fish or standing by one.


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Posted 31 July 2011 - 05:23 AM

 Hilander, on 31 July 2011 - 01:10 AM, said:

Reminds me of those post cards they try to sell the tourists with people holding up unusually large fish or standing by one.
This is what it reminded me of.


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Posted 31 July 2011 - 05:33 AM

Its from Weekly World News. An issue from the early 90's or so. God I loved that magazine. So ridiculous.


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Posted 31 July 2011 - 05:56 AM

April 9 1991 issue actually.


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Posted 31 July 2011 - 05:17 PM

There is not enough oxygen saturation in the air to support an insect that big. Higher oxygen levels is the only reason insects got as big as they did millions of years ago, it's just not possible with todays atmosphere.


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Posted 01 August 2011 - 04:10 AM

The grasshopper's a fake.
But that's a nice pre-war Model 1894 Winchester carbine he's holding. I can tell by the saddle ring on the left receiver.
I suspect this photo was fabricated in the 1950s or 1960s.
Definitely a fabrication.
But if he had a grasshopper that big, it would be good eating. Clean it out, bake it well to kill any parasites, and enjoy the meat that has a potato taste.
Now you know where McDonald's gets all the potatoes for its French fries!  :devil:

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