Saturday, February 19, 2011
News from the Animal Kingdom
Okay, here's the question of the day. Would you rather . . .
A. Provide a nightly feast for malaria-carrying mosquitoes?
or . . .
B. Live in a house that reeks of smelly socks--and share those quarters with the beast shown above?
Believe it or not, this may soon be a question that millions of people will be answering. Scientists have discovered that the mosquito-eating East-African jumping spider (above) is attracted by the odor of stinky socks. People who invite a few of these lovely arachnids into their homes may run a lower risk of contracting malaria. (I'm gonna have to think about this one. I have a real problem with spiders.) Read more here.
Next up . . . Australians are being warned to be on the look-out for cassowaries--giant (six foot tall) birds that can kill a person with a single kick. Their habitat was destroyed by a cyclone, and now the birds are wandering into human territory. Yikes! You Australians have really had a tough time of it lately!
One more question. Would you rather . . .
A. Have your home swallowed by a voracious vine?
or . . .
B. Have it invaded by stinky bugs?
If you live in the Southeastern US, you might not have a choice in the matter. More here. Come to think of it, another kind of stink bug has invaded Brooklyn. What's going on here?!?
And finally, I give you blanket octopus!!! This rarely-seen creature was snapped off the coast of Florida recently. Beautiful--and kind of terrifying.