Bubbles Crystallize During Freezing Temps

Earlier this month, photographer Angela Kelly and her 7-year-old son decided to venture outdoors amidst freezing temperatures to blow some bubbles.

After finding a soap bubble recipe online that consisted of dish soap, karo syrup and water; the mother and son braved the elements to see what would happen. The results were a breathtaking series of close-ups that showed the frozen soap bubbles in various states.

Not only did each bubble freeze with their own unique pattern but they also deflated and collapsed in spectacular fashion. The series, which can be seen in its entirety on Facebook, has spread online in recent weeks. The images are now available as prints and calendars on Kelly’s Etsy Store.

















Yanartaş - Flaming Rocks of Chimaera, Turkey

About 80 km southwest of Antalya, near the town of Çıralı in southwestern Turkey, lies a rocky mountain that’s been literally on fire for thousands of years. About a dozen flames burn on the side of the mountain fueled by methane gas that issue through the vents. The fires called Yanartaş in Turkish, have been burning for at least 2500 years. The vents represent the biggest emission of abiogenic methane discovered on land so far.

For hundreds of years, sailors could see the flames from sea and used them as a landmark to navigate, but today they are more often used by hikers to brew tea. These flames, according to some ancient literature, gave birth to the myth of the Chimera, a fire breathing mythical beast with the body and head of a lion, with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that ended in a snake's head.

The fires are grouped over an area of 5,000 square meters and are fueled by gas emissions consisting mostly of methane and hydrogen, both of which are inflammable. The flames are more vigorous in winter months, a common characteristic of such seeps, where gas flux is typically modulated by gas pressure build-up induced by groundwater recharge and changes in atmospheric pressure. The fires burn constantly, unlike the Eternal Flame Falls that needs to be lighted.


Baba Gurgur - The Eternal Fire

Baba Gurgur (literally "Father of Fire") is a large oil field near the city of Kirkuk which was the first to be discovered in Northern Iraq in 1927. Considered to be the largest oil field in the world until the discovery of the Ghawar field in Saudi Arabia in 1948, Baba Gurgur is famous for its Eternal Fire located at the middle of its oil fields that is estimated to have been burning for over 4000 years.

The Baba Gurgur oil field was described as far back as Herodotus (c. 484–425 BC), the ancient Greek author, and some believe it to be the fiery furnace in the Book of Daniel, of Old Testament, into which King Nebuchadnezzar (630-562 BC), King of Babylon, threw three Jews for refusing to worship his golden idol. The flames have a significant symbolic value for residents of Kirkuk. It is believed that the heat of the eternal flames was used by shepherds to warm their flocks during winter, and women would visit Baba Gurgur, asking to have a baby boy. This ancient practice probably goes back to the time of fire worshipping.

The burning flames are the result of natural gas and naphtha seeping through the cracks in the Baba Gurgur area's rocks.

A description of the area can be found in a 1939 issue of “The American Journal of Science”.

Near to the wells is a pool of muddy stagnant water, covered with a thick scum deeply tinged with sulphur. A few hundred yards to the east of the top of the same hill is a flat circular spot, 50 feet in diameter, perforated by 100 or more small holes, whence issue clear smokeless flames, smelling strongly of sulphur. In fact, the whole surface of this perforated spot of ground appeared as a crust of sulphur over a body of fire within; the surface being perforated by a dagger, a flame instantly issued, rising, sometimes even higher than the others.

Baba Gurgur became the first modern oil well in Iraq when the Turkish Petroleum Company struck oil on the night of 15 October 1927. The discovery soon turned into a major environmental crisis as thousands of barrels of oil gushed out inundating a depression known as Wadi Naft that carried water off the low foothills. Crude oil was escaping down to the open desert threatening the local inhabitants, their properties and risking the pollution of the water supply.

It took ten days from the first eruption to close the control valve and shut off the supply of oil. By the time the well was capped, over 95,000 barrels of oil a day had spewed into the desert. The approaching rainy season raised the spectre of another disaster: if the rains came and the wadi flooded, the oil would be carried down to the river and pollute water supplies across the whole country. Pumps were urgently installed to pump the oil back into the wells, but they made little impression. Desperate to remove the oil, large quantities were set alight. Eventually, when the rains came the area was clear of oil.


Giant Monster Found on Land in Southeast Asia

Saw this video via Yahoo's homepage. The title read "Did they find a monster in Vietnam?"

Giant Monster found on land in Thailand

Had seen earlier pictures of this, but this is a 2 minute long video.

Can't be fake or a scam I suppose.

On the other hand, the language sounds Thai, I don't think it is in Vietnam.

The speaker says something that sounds like "Ka Proom Kap" at the beginning.

They look like they're trying to lift the giant body up onto a truck.

It's huge!! Just look at the people standing around it and compare their height to it's body.

The fins are awfully small though.

From the report, Officials have released a statement saying that it's a carcass of a whale.

Read from a comment that it is likely a "Baleen Whale"

. Something like this:

Some comments of the video I've found insightful:

1. "It is a whale that swam inland during the storm surge and got trapped when the waters receded. At times, in the video, you can see the baleen in it's mouth."- george ford

I googled "Baleen". Never seen the word before. It means "Baleen is a filter-feeder system inside the mouths of baleen whales."

2. " where is this location? I'm in Vietnam,,i have never heard about this before." - Pham Thu Lan

3. "Does not look like a whale. How did it get to the dry land and since the report said it ha been dug up, how long has this creature lay dead on the dry land? Has rotting start to occur? If yes, should be very smelly but this creature seem to be in one piece and no rotting was seen. Very strange!!!"


Top 10 Bizarre Phenomena that still have Scientists Baffled

Scientists have spent centuries uncovering the many mysteries of the natural world, yet some phenomena still baffle even the sharpest of scientific minds.

From strange lights in the sky following earthquakes to rocks that spontaneously glide across the ground, these naturally-occurring events from around the world seem to have no purpose or meaning.

Science Uncovered's Hayley Birch has compiled a list of the top 10 most strange, cryptic and incredible naturally-occurring events from around the world.

1. EARTHQUAKE LIGHTS: Ethereal lights that appear in the sky before and during a quake

For mystery, controversy and epic scale, nothing beats earthquake lights - the unexplained illuminations in the sky that can accompany a seismic shudder. The various theories include heat caused by friction, radon gas and piezoelectricity - an electric charge accumulating in quartz rocks as tectonic plates move

For mystery, controversy and epic scale, nothing beats earthquake lights - the unexplained illuminations in the sky that can accompany a seismic shudder.

The mystery: what causes them? The controversy: do they even exist? And the epic status? Well, it’s like an earthquake and a lightning storm all rolled into one. It’s beyond Biblical.

Italian physicist Cristiano Ferugia assembled a complete account of earthquake light reports dating back to 2000BC. For a long time, however, geoscientists remained sceptical about the strange phenomenon. It wasn’t until 1966 that hard evidence emerged, in the form of photos from the Matsushiro earthquake in Japan.

Now, of course, you have only to head to the internet to come across hundreds of pages full of earthquake light photos, many of dubious authenticity.

But the lights appear in so many different colours and forms - from red to white to blue, and in globes, flickers and glows - that it’s difficult to spot a fake.

The various theories include heat caused by friction, radon gas and piezoelectricity – an electric charge accumulating in quartz rocks as tectonic plates move.

In 2003, NASA physicist Dr Friedemann Freund carried out lab experiments, which suggested that earthquake lights are caused by electrical activity in rocks.

He said shockwaves from earthquakes can change the electrical properties of silicon and oxygen-containing minerals, allowing them to transmit currents and emit light.

But Professor David Brumbaugh, at the Arizona Earthquake Information Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, thinks the theory can be considered only a 'possible explanation' at best.

'Although Freund’s theory seems promising, the answer may be a bit more complicated,' he said. Brumbaugh, however, admits he’s not aware of any new research that would be as useful as Freund’s.

2. THE NAZCA LINES: Vast shapes drawn in the Peruvian sand by an ancient population – but no one knows why

Covering a 450km expanse of coastal desert, the Nazca Lines are oversized artworks etched into the Peruvian plains, pictured. They are thought to have been created by the Nazca people over a 1,000-year period between 500BC and 500AD, but no one knows why

Covering a 450km2 expanse of coastal desert, the Nazca Lines are oversized artworks etched into the Peruvian plains. Including large geometric designs as well as pictures of animals, plants and rarer human-like figures, they are visible from the air as giant line drawings.

They are thought to have been created by the Nazca people over a 1,000-year period between 500BC and 500AD, but no one knows why.

Despite World Heritage status, the Peruvian authorities have trouble protecting the Lines from squatters. According to Peruvian law, which protects the landless, squatters only have to stay for a single day in order to be able to stake a claim.

Last year, reports emerged of Peruvians raising pigs on the artworks. In their view, the site is simply an expanse of wasted space in a region with a rapidly growing poor population.

Meanwhile, archaeologists are trying to study the Lines before they are destroyed. Early claims that the designs formed part of an astronomical calendar have been discredited and, since 1997, researchers working as part of a Peruvian-German collaboration have turned their attention to the history and culture of the people who created them - how they lived and what happened to them.

In 2012, Yamagata University, in Japan, announced that it would open a research centre at the site as part of a 15-year project to study more than 1,000 drawings.

3. INCREDIBLE BUTTERFLY NAVIGATION: Monarch butterflies find their way thousands of miles to specific mountains

Millions of monarch butterflies, pictured, migrate 2,000 miles every year. In 1976, zoologists found them at the top of the 'Mountain of Butterflies' in Mexico. While scientists know the monarchs target 12 to 15 Mexican mountain sites, they don't know how they navigate there

Each year, millions of North American monarch butterflies migrate 2,000 miles south for winter. For years, no one knew where they ended up.

Then, in the 1950s, Norah Urquhart and her husband Fred, a zoologist, began tagging and tracking the creatures. In 1976, tipped off by a local woodcutter, they climbed to the top of the ‘Mountain of Butterflies’. All the butterflies in North America, it seemed, were in a mountain forest in Mexico.

That’s not where the story ends. While we know the monarchs target just 12 to 15 Mexican mountain sites, we don’t know how they navigate there.

Studies suggest they use the position of the Sun to fly south, adjusting for the time of day through circadian clocks in their antennae. But the Sun only gives them a general direction. What guides them towards the Michoacan mountains?

'They are funnelled in, probably by landmarks as they reach the overwintering site,' said Professor Steven Reppert, a monarch expert at the University of Massachusetts. 'But how they home in is still a mystery.'

Landmarks such as the Gulf of Mexico couldn’t provide enough information to take butterflies all the way, so they must use other short-range navigation systems.

One theory is that a geomagnetic force attracts them, although, says Reppert, 'that’s never really panned out'. Scientists only recently acquired some of the genetic tools needed to probe the details of their navigation systems. Now they have a full genetic code, they are starting to knock out genes to see how this affects the animals’ sense of direction.

4. BALL LIGHTNING: Spheres of light that appear during or after a thunderstorm.

The phenomenon of ball lightning has generally been described as being a luminous sphere that appears during or after a thunderstorm. Some theories suggest ball lightning, pictured, is a plasma, others that it is the result of a chemiluminescent process - light that occurs due to a chemical reaction

Nikola Tesla, the physicist who invented AC power, supposedly created ball lightning in his lab. He wrote in 1904 that he 'never saw fireballs, but...succeeded in determining their formation and producing them artificially'.

It was a surprising claim then, and is perhaps even more surprising now given that modern scientists have struggled to reproduce the results.

What’s more, many in the scientific community remain sceptical about the existence of ball lightning, full stop. However, eye witness reports of naturally occurring ball lightning were made as far back as the era of the ancient Greeks.

In modern times, the phenomenon of ball lightning has generally been described as being a luminous sphere that appears during or after a thunderstorm. There have also been reports of lightning balls passing through window panes and down chimneys.

Some theories suggest ball lightning is a plasma, others that it is the result of a chemiluminescent process - light that occurs due to a chemical reaction.

In August 2013, researchers at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado made and photographed bright white plasmoid balls in their lab. The balls were generated from high-power electric sparks, discharged by electrodes partly submerged in electrolyte solutions.

Even the researchers couldn’t be sure that what they had created was ball lightning. Therefore, they refer to the phenomenon as “ball-lightning-like atmospheric pressure plasmoids”. Slightly less exciting than Tesla’s fireballs, perhaps, but it’s certainly the closest that anyone has come to repeating his work.

5. WANDERING ROCKS OF DEATH VALLEY: Stones that slide across the ground under some kind of mysterious force

At Racetrack Playa in the Death Valley, California, pictured, heavy rocks appear to move across the floor while no one is looking. Scientists believe the movement may be caused by the ice stuck to the bottom of the stones, which are then moved in the wind. However, no-one has caught the stones in the act

At Racetrack Playa in the Death Valley National Park, California, strange forces are at work. Forces capable of pushing heavy rocks across the flat surface of a dried-out lake while no one is looking.

Scientists have scratched their heads over the trails left by these sliding stones since early in the 20th Century. In the 1960s, Californian geologists started a rock monitoring programme.

They tracked 30 stones, weighing up to 25kg, 28 of which moved during a seven-year period - some more than 200m. Analysis of the stones’ trails suggested speeds of 1m per second. In most cases, the stones travelled in winter. In the decades that followed, theories about ice and wind gained support. Others involved algal slime and seismic vibrations.

So what’s happening? Are the stones sliding around in bad weather? 'We think so,' says Dr Gunther Kletetschka, of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic and Charles University in Prague, who led a 2013 study on the stones.

His team’s research describes what happens when water on the Playa surface freezes. According to their theory, ice stuck to the stones remains frozen longer than the surrounding ice – because rock conducts heat away faster. This reduces the force between the rocks and the Playa surface, so they can be pushed by the wind.

No one has yet caught the stones in the act, and they’ve been strangely still of late. Kletetschka thinks this is due to water levels. 'The reason for stones not moving recently is the presence of an artificial trench, draining the excess water from the Playa,' he says.

6. THE ANNOYING LOW FREQUENCY HUM: An unidentified drone that only some people are able to hear

An unidentified hum is a low-frequency noise that's been heard from Bristol to Bondi. Scientists have attributed this drone to tinnitus, distant waves crashing, pictured, industrial noise and singing sand dunes. In 2006, one New Zealand scientist claimed to have recorded the sound

It sounds like the title of a dodgy horror film about killer bees. The Hum is actually the name given to an irritating low-frequency noise that’s been bothering the locals everywhere from Bristol to Bondi. Here’s the thing, though - not everybody can hear it. Less than one in 20 people can.

Which is pretty annoying if you’re that one in 20 and nobody will believe you.

Last year, residents of Beaufort in County Kerry, Ireland, begged the local council to deal with a persistent humming noise that had begun the previous April. One resident told the Irish Examiner, 'Not everybody in the parish has heard the noise, but just because they can’t hear it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.' The council tried switching off water pumps that residents blamed for The Hum, but it made no difference.

Elsewhere, scientists have attributed The Hum to tinnitus, distant waves crashing, industrial noise and singing sand dunes. In 2006, one New Zealand scientist claimed to have recorded the sound.

7. REAPPEARING CICADAS: Insects that suddenly wake up after nearly 20 years to find a mate

In 2013, cicadas emerged from the ground after not being seen since 1996. Scientists have no idea how they were knew when it was the right time to leave the ground

The adolescents emerge from their dark little homes, after a 17-year slumber. They arrive noisy, in a frenzied search for a partner. No, they’re not teenagers on the way to their school prom. They’re cicadas.

Periodical cicadas are, for the most part, quiet and solitary, spending their days burrowing underground. They’re long-lived for insects and don’t mature until their 17th year. In the summer of this year, however, something happens. En masse, they rise from the ground as a plague of lust, in search of mates.

Two or three weeks later, they die, leaving behind the products of their furtive love-making. The hatchlings worm their way into the soil to start the cycle again.

The question is: how do they do it? If you were stuck in the dark for a few days, you’d probably have trouble telling the time. These guys don’t. In 2013, they hadn’t been seen since 1996. But that summer, billions of Magicicada septendecim appeared, bang on schedule, to make cicada babies across the eastern U.S.

It gets weirder. While 17-year cicadas hit the north-east states, the more south-easterly states are struck by an invasion that takes place every 13 years. The connection between 13 and 17? They’re prime numbers.

This has led scientists to speculate that the cicadas’ life cycles evolved to avoid coinciding with those of their predators. Both 13 and 17 have only two factors (one and themselves).

So, cicadas stayed out of sync with foes that had two- or three-year life cycles. In fact, they avoided every predator with a life cycle longer than one year and shorter than their own. A neat trick, but it doesn’t explain how they keep track of the time.

8. RAINING SPRATS AND FROGS: When wildlife falls from the skies like rain

Scientists are sceptical about animal rain. Odzaci, in Serbia, has supposedly been pelted by frogs, and perch have fallen on Lajamanu, Australia. After tadpoles rained on the Japanese cities of Nanao and Hakusan in 2009, it was suggested birds dropped them but this has never been proved

In January 1917, biologist Waldo McAtee presented a paper to the Biological Society of Washington, rather disturbingly entitled Showers of Organic Matter.

The paper’s contents list reads like a recipe for a witch’s potion, covering everything from hay and flesh to ants and toads. In the eight-page report, he dispenses with more spurious claims, while seeming to accept salamander larvae raining down on Minnesota, and showers of sprats, whitings and herrings in the UK.

Odzaci, in Serbia, has supposedly been pelted by frogs, and perch have fallen on Lajamanu, Australia. After tadpoles rained on the Japanese cities of Nanao and Hakusan in 2009, it was suggested birds dropped them. If this were true, though, the tadpoles should have been more widely distributed.

Scientists are sceptical about animal rain, but one simple explanation by a French physicist in the 19th century is that high winds pick up and drop the animals.

A slightly more complex theory involves a ‘tornadic waterspout’ – a tornado that crosses a pond or lake, sucking in aquatic life as it goes. Fish might be pulled in by the vortex and deposited wherever the waterspout runs out of steam. However, while there seems to be tentative agreement that this would be possible, there are no scientific studies that confirm it.

McAtee was more concerned with how these chance events might serve population dispersal. 'Fishes are fated to fall where they cannot survive,' he wrote. 'Their inability to live long out of water strictly limits the possibilities of their deriving advantage by wind transport.'

9. THE GREAT BALLS OF COSTA RICA: Giant stone spheres whose purpose is unfathomable

The great balls of Costa Rica, pictured, were found in the 1930s. Some are as large as two metres in diameter. Now dated to between 600 and 1000 AD, the balls are known locally as Las Bolas. Yet, there are no written records of the culture of the people who created them

Why the people of pre-Spanish colonisation Costa Rica decided to carve hundreds of giant balls out of stone is as much a mystery today as it was when the balls were discovered.

The Great Balls of Costa Rica were found by the United Fruit Company in the 1930s, when it was clearing land to turn into banana plantations. Some are as large as two metres in diameter.

Now dated to between 600 and 1000 AD, the balls are known locally as Las Bolas. What makes solving the mystery particularly challenging is there are no written records of the culture of the people who created them. Spanish settlers ensured the indigenous population’s cultural heritage was wiped out.

One of the first investigations of the stones was published in 1943 by archaeologist Doris Stone, who mapped their distribution. University of Kansas anthropologist Professor John Hoopes has dismissed most theories about the stones' purpose - in particular those concerning lost cities and space ships.

In 2012, he travelled to Costa Rica to evaluate their potential for World Heritage Status. A decision has not yet been made.

10. IMPOSSIBLE FOSSILS: The remains of long-dead creatures that crop up in the wrong place

Fossilis uncovered in geographical regions and archaeological time zones they don't belong to have fuelled creationist arguments. Some of these have yielded new information about our ancestry. Others have been revealed as fakes. Recently, a human skull unearthed in Sussex was found to be a forgery

Since the theory of evolution emerged in the 19th century, scientists have been faced with some surprising discoveries that have seemed to defy it.

Perhaps the most puzzling have been fossils - and, in particular, human fossils - turning up in the 'wrong' place.

Fossilised fingers and footprints uncovered in geographical regions and archaeological time zones they don’t belong to have fuelled creationist arguments and forced scientists to defend Charles Darwin’s widely accepted theory.

Some of these discoveries may yield new information about our ancestry. Others will undoubtedly be revealed as honest mistakes or, at worst, fakes. In one of the most famous examples of a fossil forgery, an apparently human skull was unearthed in the Sussex hamlet of Piltdown in the UK.

From a series of finds starting in 1911, amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson pieced together fragments that were considered to be from a 500,000-year-old, big-brained human, dubbed Piltdown Man. At first, Piltdown Man’s oversized head led scientists to believe he was ‘the missing link’ between humans and apes.

But by the 1950s, it had become clear that Piltdown Man was a hoax. His ape-like jaw was not just ape-like - it once belonged to an ape and had been combined with a diseased human skull that radiocarbon dating revealed was less than 1,000 years old. Chemical analysis also showed that the skull was probably stained to make it look older.


Unflattering Bikini Shots Celebrities Wished You HADN'T Seen

They may well be an image of perfection on the red carpet, where the glossy veneer of style and glamour places them on a lofty pedestal beneath which their fans can only aspire.

But closer inspection shows that same veneer to look a little tarnished, not least when they’re stripped down to their bikinis for the inevitable round of tropical beach holidays.

Chantelle Houghton didn't look her best while running across the beach during a recent holiday in Spain

That fact was very apparent for Geordie Shore star Vicki Pattison, who was pictured in an unflattering pink bikini while holidaying in Spain.

The TV personality has been working hard to trim down over recent months, but her lack of conditioning was clear to see as she stomped through the surf during the early stages of her weight loss campaign.

Likewise Chanelle Hayes, who looked a shadow of her former self during a recent trip to Tenerife.

Geordie Shore star Vicki Pattison has been battling with her weight over the course of the year

Chanelle Hayes looked considerably bigger during a recent trip to Spain

The patriotic stars and stripes bikini badly let weight loss guru Ajay Rochester down on Sydney beach

The mother-of-one, a former Big Brother contestant, flaunted her fuller figure in a string of uncomplimentary shots on the beach. Meanwhile we await the fitness DVD.

Equally awkward pictures emerged if another Big Brother star in Chantelle Houghton, whose jog along a Spanish beach did not conjure images of Bo Derek.

Speaking earlier this year, she admitted that her figure had become less of a priority following the birth of Dolly, her daughter with former fiancé Alex Reid,

‘My belly’s really flabby, but I really don’t care right now,’ she said. ‘Dolly is my priority.’

It's behind you: Aging model Janice Dickinson wasn't at her best in Malibu earlier this year

Sharni Vincent show off painfully thin bikini bodies during separate holidays in Miami, Florida

Tara Reid show off painfully thin bikini bodies during separate holidays in Miami, Florida

Eva Longoria's growing belly was clear to see in Puerto Rico earlier this year

TOWIE babe Frankie Essex looked tanned, but not particularly toned as she frolicked with her man in a pair of saggy white bikini bottoms.

Frankie recently admitted that a penchant for fatty snacks was to blame for her weight gain, telling Now magazine: ‘I’m not confident about my belly and I never have been.’

But the TV personality star can take heart in the knowledge that even supermodels can have a bad day at the beach.

Catwalk queen Kate Moss, who showed off an uncharacteristically round tummy in a mismatched bikini while holidaying in Formentera.

She has since shed the belly after attending a tough spa in Thailand.

Opposites attract: Tara Reid and Ajay Rochester show off wildly contrasting bodies while enjoying respective holidays in Miami and Sydney earlier this year

Heidi Montag reveal their rib-cages as they peel off on the beach

Donna Air reveal their rib-cages as they peel off on the beach

Victoria Hervey's wide cleavage is exposed in Miami

Meanwhile presenter Donna Air appeared to go in the opposite direction while peeling off her top in the Caribbean during a romantic break with former boyfriend Sam Goldstone.

The Geordie star’s tanned appearance did nothing to disguise her prominent ribs and painfully thin frame.

Likewise Tara Reid, who looked like she needed a generous helping of American Pie during a trip to Miami, where she was spotted showing off her thinning frame in a blue two-piece.

What lies beneath: TOWIE babe Frankie Essex's white two-piece exposed her cellulite during a holiday with boyfriend John Lyons

Tara Reid revealed a thinner frame while she waded through the Miami surf

However, the actress’s lack of definition was made up for, in spades, by glamour model turned bodybuilder Jodie Marsh.

Former weight loss guru Ajay Rochester, has made a new career out of parading her fuller figure.

Despite her apparent weight gain, Ajay – author of 2003 self-help book Confessions of a Reformed Dieter – appeared to be having a whale of a time.

Slender: Both Kendall Jenner (U) and Alyson Hannigan (B) have revealed extremely thin waistlines while frolicking on the beach

Speaking to Australia’s 2Day FM earlier this year she admitted: ‘I've have put on about a kilo (2.2lbs) a week, 48 kilos. I'm huge.’

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Kendall Jenner looked wafer thin while she frolicked in the Malibu surf in her own stars and stripes bikini, while Alyson Hannigan looked equally thin during a Miami break with her family.

In a tweet posted following the birth of daughter Keeva last May she wrote: 'I think by Hollywood standards I’m supposed to be in bikini shape now that my baby is 4 weeks old. My workout goal: Food drops in lap, not on belly.'

Thinning frame: Alyson revealed her post baby weight loss in August

Katt Moss shows off a growing paunch

Janice Dickinson's leopard print bikini does little to compliment her figure