The Most Punk Rock Diary Entry Ever.
Discovered by Jason Isbel, as reported by Badass Digest.
"Why do parasites harm their hosts? Conventional wisdom holds that because parasites depend on their hosts for survival and transmission, they should evolve to become benign, yet many parasites cause harm. Theory predicts that parasites could evolve virulence (i.e., parasite-induced reductions in host fitness) by balancing the transmission benefits of parasite replication with the costs of host death. This idea has led researchers to predict how human interventions—such as vaccines—may alter virulence evolution, yet empirical support is critically lacking." Two papers
demonstrate empirical evidence for related models predicting the origin of virulence: [more inside]
Freshly hatched at London's Natural History Museum - a gynandromorph butterfly. [more inside]
entire Flickr photostream is devoted to butterflies, because he's an "ardent butterfly lover".
"Of the four strokes swum in competition, butterfly is almost universally regarded as more exhausting than freestyle, breaststroke or backstroke. And therein lies its allure.
In an age of ultramarathons, Ironman triathlons and crowds chugging up Mount Everest, long-distance butterfly swimming
is becoming a new and less-crowded frontier for fitness fanatics." [more inside]
- is just a sweet little Russian cartoon (with subtitles) (and foxes). I seem to get a little speck of something in my eyes when I watch it for some reason.
The Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly
was thought to be extinct in 1982, after its primary (and federally protected) habitat was (allegedly) destroyed by the City of Ranchos Palos Verdes
. But in 1994, butterfly enthusiasts
discovered that it had apparently survived LA's best efforts to destroy it. It even spawned a PC app (that anyone can download
) aimed at tracking insect populations. These days, it's doing better
to the subculture of the Balisong
With it's origins
in 1700's France and later moving to the Philippines
, this knife has now become very popular
with a thriving community
of seriously bent, obsessive, not to mention masochistic, collectors
Video evidence of their mad crazy knife flipping skills can be found here
and (do NOT miss this one) here. (I find this girls knife skills utterly hawt, is that wrong?)
And if you insist on learning yourself, buy a bushel of band-aids
and start here.
Poor user interface elects George W.
The second hole on the right does not correspond to the second candidate on the left (Gore), but rather to the first candidate on the right (Buchanan). While many people will notice this, many others, especially those with poor vision, will not. About 20% of Buchanan's votes in FL came from the county that used this ballot.