Things of Interest 2020 Week 43

It was the week of the final presidential debate and another week of rising Covid cases in the United States and Europe. Still, there were some things of interest…

Animal Interests

  • Siphonophones (via Wikipedia) -These weird creatures are technically a colony of animals, that function as a single animal. The Portuguese man o’ war is the most well known example. I’m still having trouble wrapping my head around why they are considered a colony versus a type of animal that has a unique growth pattern. I call shenanigans!
  • Blanket Octopus (via Wired) – There are many wonderful and strange things of interest about these octopuses but the particular one that caught my attention was the fact that the males and young females rip tentacles off of man o’ wars and use them as weapons. For real.

Reading

  • Making a Life by Melanie Falick – I’ve been enjoying dipping into this compendium of artists of various mediums with a focus on why they make by hand.

We’ve made it through another one. Onward, friends, to next week.

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