Monday, November 17, 2008
Bioluminescence, or "glowing," is the second most common form of communication in the natural world, just behind "urine smell." A familiar form of bioluminescence can be spotted on a summer night in the form of the common lightning bug. We see them flash, catch them in jars, and even smear them into colorful streaks with our sneakers, but what do these flashes mean? What are lightning bugs saying to one another? Below is a translation.
It's Doug. I'm in your History class.
Yeah, Mr. Eckers is so lame.
Anyway, the reason I wanted to... I mean... do you know about the dance on Saturday?
Well, I was wondering, I mean if you're not already going with someone, would it bekay....
I mean, would you like to go with me?
Yeah, I mean... yeah, like a date.
No, that's cool.
Yeah, maybe I'll see you there anyway, if I end up going.
Yeah, so I'll just see you in class tomorrow.
The termite, as any idiot knows, eats wood. But what is that like? You might be surprised how much you already know about this subject. Take the quiz below. I think you'll find it surprisingly easy to match the type of wood a termite enjoys with the analogous cheese human beings enjoy. Answers will be posted tomorrow unless everyone (as I anticipate) gets it perfectly correct.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Americans often have difficulty distinguishing between centipedes and millipedes because of the metric system. But using the chart below, it is simple enough to tell each of these fascinating and beautiful animals apart. To lure a centipede or millipede, use decaying vegetable matter. This is located easily outdoors. Be sure to clear away any other decaying vegetable matter which may act as competition to your bait. Now you have jarred your Pede or "legworm," and we can use the chart to compare and contrast. Allow the beast to crawl on your computer screen and determine which of the drawings he or she is attracted to.