Fun with Opiliones!

Opiliones (which we call Daddy Long Legs in my neck of the woods) are a species that most people mistake for spiders, but which are actually their own whole classification of insects. They are a fascinating (if creepy looking) genus that have a number of odd habits, including doing this…

Mathew Cobb has more videos and a great writeup on what makes Opiliones different from spiders on which you can find here. In the links below that article, I also found a great Flickr page with images of Harvestmen from around the world, some of which are really really freaky looking. (There are like 10,000 different species!) My personal favorite is probably the “Jason Mask” Harvestman, which looks like it walked off the set of “Jason vs. The Thing” and would be terrifying if it wasn’t so tiny.


P.S. If you need something to keep you awake at night, watch this. 😉

Senior Citizen | Futility Closet

Well that’s unusual. I’d like to know what Herbs this guy was taking! 🙂

When Chinese herbalist Li Ching-Yun died in 1933, newspapers were hard pressed to write his obituary. Li had contended that he had been born in 1736, which would have made him 197 years old.

In 1930, Wu Chung-Chien of Minkuo University had reported finding records showing that Li had been even older, born in 1677 and congratulated by the imperial Chinese government on his 150th and 200th birthdays.

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via Senior Citizen | Futility Closet.