the “uncanny valley” is a concept applied to computer animation where, if a model gets too close to being human, but isn’t quite close enough, people get weirded out and identify with them even less than they would a less-close likeness.
I have my suspicions that something similar may be occurring in conservation. The orangutan faces massive habitat loss due to deforestation and mining and death from hunting, just like most species in Borneo and Sumatra. However, just to show how cruel some humans can be, the mothers face death from hunting so their children can be sold as pets because they’re close enough to human to be really cute when babies. There are also stories of orangutans being kept as sex slaves for humans.
If this bothers you, check out orangutan.org.
Your fiction talks of dimensions as other places, but you are wrong. You know of length, width and breadth. There’s also time, though your pitiful species is limited there. There are, however, others: Blerf, fnirf, and sglorf, the three other so-called spacial dimensions. There’s also thmop and yjilk, completing time’s triad.
It is typical of your arrogance to think that your perception of our world is complete. You see us as stupid and slow, completely oblivious to all we do elsewise and otherwhen. For three millenia, in how you measure time, we’ve been watching. We’ve been planning. We’ve been preparing. What you see is placidity is debate, development and experimentation.
It is the damage.
Only recently have you become aware of the damage you do and the death you deal, but you are limited. You see only what you cause where you perceive, remaining ignorant of the widespread devestation. You speak now, centuries too late, of endangered species. But what of the lost and leaking lands, polluted with your chemicals and fractured from your wars. What of the sky? Even with your limited senses, you must see it has changed. You must somehow sense the echoes, the ripples from the gaping craters just outside your perception. Even the oceans. You test them and find them warmer, more acidic. You don’t see them cut, bleeding, lacerated by your tankers, poisoned by your spills.
We can wait no longer. Our army is formed. Our plans are made. Spend your final hours making your peace.
We are coming through.
For those rare times when an atlas beetle’s horns and thick carapace are insufficient protection, they can emit a concussive force beam from their eyes. Here you see one charging up.
In Africa, apparently, this is what they think jade and buffaloes look like.
This fish has clearly developed water-igniting telekinetic abilities and is too dangerous to eat. It should be thrown back.
(I hope that the TV series has this reference more accessible than when there only the books.)
If you’re in the jungle, be careful as to which vine you grab.
“Does it smell like otters in here, or is it just me?”
The moose is an herbivore, subsisting entirely on plants … usually.
* Instant Evening Gorilla: 30 pieces to buy now
* Trend Alert: Brown is the new black
* Bent but not Broken: Adjust your posture to the proper slope
* Make your eye sockets seem deeper, more soulful.
* Fur lengthening … is it for you?
All this and more in this month’s Vogue
Personally, I would have named it a “Triceratops Beetle”.
This is a close up of the head of an atlas beetle. Even though colour images have more information in them, when they’re converted to black and white, your eye can see more detail. I think this says a lot about how our brains work.
Though few are excited about meeting their first college roommates, most manage to get past their differences and learn to get along.
The octopus is able to compress and expand it’s body to extreme levels. For proof of this, view this post on both your computer and your phone.
Don’t let their acting arise your sympathies. If they didn’t want pollen in their eyes, they wouldn’t climb right in to the flower like that.
“Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper”
It takes over one thousand scorpions tips to make a single gram of iocane powder.
“Shall thy good uncle, and thy brother Lucius, and thou, and I, sit round about some fountain, looking all downwards to behold our cheeks how they are stain’d, as meadows, yet not dry, with miry slime left on them by a flood?”
There are only between 1,000 and 5,000 kea in the world. The only place (outside of a few zoos) that you can see them is in the mountains of New Zealand. Yes, where Sauron lives. Not only did they have to contend with widespread eradication by the New Zelanders (who have since changed their ways) and suffer from lead poisoning, they also must be constantly on guard against orcs and giant spiders.
According to Wikipedia, “This species are a communal species in that they live and breed in large groups without unnecessary cannibalism.” This means that someone, somewhere, has defined “necessary cannibalism”.