May 24, 2018

Random Thursday

Well, it's time! We're at the final pages of facts from That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser. I've truly enjoyed this little book and was sad that I couldn't find other books by these two filled with randomness. There were some, don't get me wrong, but the two I found were on topics like Science and subjects I failed at! Lol!

(image borrowed from Science News)
Some sea slugs have disposable penises. After mating, the slug's penis essentially falls off but then grows back.

That...really? I'm at a loss for words here.

(image borrowed from MDC Discover Nature)
A fungus known as the honey mushroom (Armillaria ostoyae) in the Malheur National Forest in Eastern Oregon is the single largest organism on Earth. Roughly 2,400 years old, it stretches 3.5 miles across and covers an area larger than 1,600 football fields--most of it hidden underground.

Daaaang! That's a lot of shrooms!

(image borrowed from Curious Things)
There are 1.5 million species of fungi. Shaggy inkcap, golden scruffy, the deceiver, pixie's parasol, golden scalycap, Zeller's bolete, devil's tooth, and woolly bird's nest are a few of the more colorfully named varietals.

These are some fun names! I was interested to see what pixie's parasol looked like! That's what this picture is (that hopefully will show because apparently I can't know until they've posted! Lol!)!

(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
As the name suggests, desert-dwelling honeypot ants are like living, breathing pots of honey. The ants chosen to be good lockers for the colony, called "repletes", are force-fed regurgitated nectar from worker ants until their own abdomens swell to the size of a grape. The Australian Aboriginals have long considered them a sweet and sticky delicacy.

That's just weird!! Honey in the ant's butt? Lol! Okay, it's not really the butt, but it looks like it! LOL!

1 comment:

  1. These are all crazy! I'm loving the pics of those brightly colored slugs and fungi, but ... yeah, that fact about the slug is ... interesting.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction


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