ink in water (uhq)This has a kind of erotic feel to it. Or it might also just be me that are stuck in that current daydream of mine… ;)
“The owls are not what they seem.”
But this cup of coffee sure does look like an owl. A friend of London-based artist Stuart Rutherford dropped a couple Hula Hoops (crunchy, cylindrical potato-based snacks) into their coffee and only to discover a bird of prey staring back up at them.
Stuart posted the picture via his twitter feed last week accompanied by the words: “Who’d a thunk dunking a couple of Hula Hoops in your coffee would be so beautiful.”
[via Bored Panda]
William T. Hornaday: Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting
Here’s another spoiler for our 1st floor exhibit case: Dave brought this beautiful book from his home to go in our display among our information about William T. Hornaday. This book, Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting, was published in 1891 during his term as Chief Taxidermist for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
From an artistic, historical, and biological standpoint, this book is absolutely fascinating to look through! In so many aspects was Hornaday ahead of his time in regards towards animal preparation and taxidermy, and this book discusses some techniques which we still employ in our museum today. In many aspects of his personal life, however, Hornaday was a controversial and stubborn figure, but nevertheless passionate about wildlife and working ultimately towards its conservation. Someday I’ll tell you all about the time he put a pygmy person from the Congo named Ota Benga on display in the National Zoo in the primates exhibit as a way to illustrate convergent evolution, but that is totally another story.
Make a fist and put it in the center, the dots go faster! If you twist your fist, they go EVEN FASTER. And if you cover the outer edges, it goes slower. Dude, I’ve been sitting here playing with this and laughing like an idiot for like ten minutes.
A genuine black lion. He has melanism, a recessive trait where the skin and fur are all black.
This fun little tea infuser helps you make the perfect brew—just put your favorite loose tea inside the compartment, and submerge! Made with dishwasher safe, heat resistant silicone.