The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.
A Tiger can’t change his stripes, but an ant can change his color? A humorous, and pretty cool story about a photographer in India who realized that his local ants turned white after drinking spilled milk. Taking that discovery a step further – he introduced colorful sugar water to the ants – and the results were stunning:
As the ants drank the liquid – their translucent abdomens clearly show the results. Apparently, some ants even drank more than one color, creating a whole rainbow of psychedelic ants. Click over for even cooler pictures.
Wait…she’s not a REAL PERSON!? This is just a quick look at Betty Crocker through the ages…it is pretty fascinating to see what corporate America puts out as the “ideal” Betty Crocker over time…and there is a lot to be drawn out of those images about the role of women in our society. I don’t know if it is just the style, but it feels like Betty gets a little bit more empowered over time. The jump from 1965 to 1969 was no doubt a response to the changing role of women in the sixties. Is it just me, or does 90s Betty already look reaaally outdated? But, I have to admit, I could totally see my Mom wearing that outfit when I was growing up.
Baby Sloths….I have nothing else to add. What happens when baby sloths are raised in captivity without a mother sloth? Well, they have to drink goats milk, which is lacking the antibodies necessary for the babies to fight infection…so to stave of a nasty case of mange, the babies get shaved and swaddled, and yes, it is that adorable.
This job is killing me. You know how everybody thinks their job is slowly killing them from stress/boredom/horrible bosses? Well, this incredibly well put together infographic gives you some motivation gems like “two thirds of Americans use a computer at work…and 75% of them have eye problems” and “people with sedentary jobs are twice as likely to die from heart disease than those with active jobs.” So next time you see me doing squats in my cubicle, don’t laugh. I’m saving my life.
Life’s Most Astounding Fact. As told to you by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. The renowned astrophysicist has been on a media blitz over the past couple weeks to promote his book, and his vision of what space exploration means to the future of our country. But, budgetary deadlocks aide, this simple video illustrates his answer to the question, “what is the most astounding fact about the universe?” The answer is both humbling and awe-inspiring.
Rush Limbaugh will still want to see your sex tape, though. You know how every pundit across the conservative landscape has been up in arms over the contraception controversy. Rush Limbaugh, Eric Cantor, Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly, Rick Santorum… they have all used some form of the argument that their money should not be used to pay for other people’s contraception because they don’t want to pay other people to have sex. Well, a look at the facts shows that increased access to contraception would save taxpayers $1.32 billion dollars. How is that possible? Well, unwanted pregnancies and unplanned births are a huge financial drain on the public heath system. A lot of unplanned pregnancies end up being covering by Medicaid, and a relatively modest investment in contraception and sex education could actually reap huge dividends for the taxpayer. Fewer unplanned pregnancies, means fewer tax dollars covering those deliveries, and huge savings for the entire health system. Giving people access to contraception makes good financial sense.