“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” -Mark Twain
I am unimpressed with speculations that have no basis in fact, but if you can show how your claims are factually grounded and arrived at, they’re certainly worth a listen to. And if your facts, logic and extrapolations are sound, you might even, as Sarah Jarosz sings,
This weekend, I proudly introduce to you a series of nature videos by YouTube user zefrank1: True Facts About (various animals).
There are many animals that most of us know so little about, including the baby Echidna, above. So when I found out that there was a video called True Facts About Baby Echidnas, I had to check it out. Little did I know, this would be one of the most amazing nature videos I’ve ever watched. (Caution, the videos below start with ads!)
The larvae of an echidna is sometimes confused for a gummi bear. A blood-flavored, crunchy gummi bear.
But this is just the start of what’s fast becoming a series. There are other videos highlighting other animals that are equally, wonderfully informative. Like the angler fish.
The deep-sea angler fish collects glowy-glowy bacteria in its wavy thing to create a tiny little light. Because it’s dark as hell down there, and someone needs to light up that pretty, pretty lady.
Then, to kick off the new year, was my favorite of all his videos so far, True Facts About Sloths.
On average, the sloth can move around three feet per minute, which is an impressive three feet per minute faster than a dead sloth.
And that was followed up by True Facts About The Seahorse.
If you said “false” to any of those, you’re a cynical bastard when it comes to love, because the seahorse does all three.
That’s right it does! And finally, there are True Facts About The Tarsier.
Each one of its eyes is heavier than its brain, which might explain why it hasn’t invented anything.
There’s a brand new one up about the Leaf Katydid, but it’s not quite as good as these five. Still, I’m optimistic that the “True Facts” series will continue to combine humor and science along with ridiculous pictures and videos of funny-looking and behaving creatures. What a fun find to enjoy this weekend, and I hope you enjoyed the budding series as much as I did!