Pharyngula

The Thorny Devil and I have exactly the same expression right now.

I mean, really. This team of ‘scientists’ hijacked a valuable research submersible, strapped their gadget to it, and sent it cruising to a depth of 900 meters in the Pacific Ocean just to catch this goofy-looking purple thing. Listen to these people‚Ķbuncha giggly teenagers. I’m a bit annoyed that they went to all this trouble…

Botanical Wednesday: Greasy grass

It grows to 1 or 2 meters tall, and it blanketed the land one time, when Indians tried to fight the government.

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Nice headgear

We drove by fields of sunflowers the other day, which was a nice change from the usual endless fields of corn and soybeans. And now I see that Caine also has sunflowers on her mind.

Because if you are, you might not want to watch this video of Bryan Fry collecting sea snakes. There’s one scene where he’s got a fist full of multiple venomous snakes all writhing about that might give you the heebie-jeebies.

Friday Cephalopod: You have been seen

In honor of the nomination of Donald Trump, the corpse flowers are blooming all across the country. It’s actually a blessing; the stench of rotting flesh obscures the reek of the putrescence rising from the Republican party.

The mystery of the orgasm

Perhaps we need to think more about human psychology. There’s an interesting phenomenon that goes on all the time when people read about evolution: they shoehorn the observations into some functional purpose. There’s just something so satisfying to our minds to be able to say “that thing exists for this particular reason”, and we find…