Ever Wondering

A blog dedicated to sharing random pieces of information I come across. The world is fascinating and there's a world of knowledge at our fingertips.

blujayart:

This is one of the craziest things I’d ever heard of, and I spent the entire rest of the day after learning this being super excited (and slightly terrified) about it.

If you can’t read my handwriting, this is Epomis dejeani. There are all kinds of crazy videos of these things taking down frogs and toads (you might not wanna watch if you’re squeamish, they get a bit gruesome). In that last link, the frog eats the larva, which continues moving around inside it until the frog spits it up two hours later, at which point the larva turns around and eats thefrog HOLY CRAP

Also did I mention the adults actually paralyze their victims? Scientists aren’t even sure how they do it— they bite the back, but the spinal cord is actually intact

So yeah, that’s freakin nuts. Here’s an article with more information on this ridiculous species. I STILL can’t get over this.

(via hohniebear)

Origin of the Name Saskatchewan: The name for the province of Saskatchewan comes from the Cree, who called the Saskatchewan River “Kisiskatchewani Sipi,” meaning swiftly flowing river. (x)

Now you know who to blame for making it difficult to label maps nicely.

takentoglasgow:

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lokistimetravelingassbutt:

tomatomouthkisser:

sodamnrelatable:

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why hasn’t the scientific side of tumblr responded to this yet guys we are waiting here

When your hair soaks up water, the overall density of your hair increases. This increase in density causes your hair fibers to be arranged more tightly, which allows less light to shine through your hair fibers.

thank you

shine bright like less dense hair fibers

(via lunalynnlovegood)

"The Zapper really only consisted of two working parts: The trigger, and a photodiode. When the trigger is pulled, the photodiode kicks into gear, recording light levels from your television screen (usually, at least.) Once the NES realized you were firing, the entire screen would go black for a single frame. On the next frame, the area your target duck was in flashed white. If the photodiode registered the change from black to white, that meant you were pointing the gun in the right direction. For multiple targets, multiple target frames flash in sequence, telling the game which target was hit."

Sources:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/26875/how-did-duck-hunt-gun-work
http://kotaku.com/5719971/ever-wonder-how-the-nintendo-zapper-light-gun-worked

Aphids are small insects that suck sap from leaves, twigs, stems, or roots.  Because of this they are sometimes called “plant lice.  Woolly aphids prefer to suck sap from the woody stems of plants, rather than the foliage.

Aphids are a garden pest and can cause some damage to plants.  This is caused by their sap-sucking and also by their secretion of “honeydew.”  This can attract other pests (ants, flies, wasps), stunt plant growth, transmit plant viruses, and cause the deformation of leaves, buds, flowers, etc.

Fast facts:

  • Females reproduce without fertilization through a process called “parthenogenesis" and produce live young
  • When a plant becomes overcrowded, some of the aphids develop into adults with two sets of wings with which they can fly to a new plant

Sources:
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/669046/aphid
http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?PID=724
http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/environment-environnement/pesticides/aphid-pucerons-eng.php