All things weird and wonderful, 50

29 01 2015

Calceolaria uniflora, photo by Thomas Mathis

The website from which a got this image, Strange and Wonderful Things (a title after me own little heart), compares these funky little flowers to “little orange penguins marching over the rocks”—and yeah, I can see that.

But I see a bunch of old aunties in wide hats toting their bins back from the fields, or maybe the market.

Clouds are masses of frozen liquids suspended in the atmosphere, and one can use SCIENCE to determine how they form and what their shapes say about conditions in the atmosphere and that’s all for the good. Similarly, one can use the tools of SCIENCE to discover that c. uniflora is “distantly related to Foxglove and Generiads”, and that the flower is pollinated by birds who eat the white bits of the bloom.

But sometimes clouds are castles or armies or profiles of Abe Lincoln, and sometimes flowers are little orange penguins or bin-toting old aunties in wide hats.

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h/t PZ Myers, Pharyngula

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30 01 2015
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31 01 2015
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Transformed Creatures
BY LIU XIA
TRANSLATED BY MING DI AND JENNIFER STERN

You have a strange pet — 
one eye is a cat’s, the other a sheep’s.
Yet, it won’t socialize with felines,
will attack any flock.
On moonlit nights,
it wanders on the roof.

When you’re alone
it will lie in your lap
preoccupied, slowly studying you
until — on its face — a challenge.

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