Friday, September 02, 2005

Wet Tabbies and Suicide Grasshoppers

I was browsing the National Geographic News for pictures of New Orleans. My favorite from this site is of the Jesuit boy and his three cats.

It pleasantly ignores the tragedy of all the other photos I've seen, and indicates that the most helpless victims of the hurricane are as we speak being carried to safety in a plastic box, and although they're a bit wet and possibly alarmed, they're well cared-for, and their saviors are so capable that they're also bringing their 7th grade math books to their place of refuge. See? It's not so bad.

The second non-Katrina story on NGNews was almost as riveting: Suicide Grasshoppers!
Scientists say hairworms, which live inside grasshoppers, pump the insects with a cocktail of chemicals that makes them commit suicide by leaping into water. The parasites then swim away from their drowning hosts to continue their life cycle.


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