Where do the spiders that are often found on the windows of Chicago skyscrapers come from? Perhaps the simplest explanation is that they climbed there from the ground below. Well my friends, the simple explanation is not always the truth! The June 2002 issue of Dwell, a modern architecture and design magazine, gives the following explanation:
“Immigrants from rural Michigan, the high-rise spiders make their way up the skyscrapers of downtown Chicago by surfing the southwesterly winds blowing across lake Michigan. Genetically programmed to hitch a ride on the breeze while just days old, the spiders’ progress is halted by the skyscrapers fronting the lake. ‘Spiders balloon from place to place, that’s how they get around,’ says Louis Sorkin, an arachnologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.”
The full article is here.
posted by Stal
on 2009.08.04, under Stal
In honor of President Obama’s birthday today, I thought I’d take a look at the so-called Birther movement, which disputes Obama’s citizenship. Despite the seeming authenticity of his birth certificate, a surprising number of conservative pundits continued to express doubts during the 2008 election about Obama’s right to the presidency. Well, after some exhaustive analysis, I am pleased to say that it is very easy to demonstrate that President Obama is not a US citizen. This can be done in a number of ways:
Cognitive relativism is a school of philosophic thought that holds that an idea is only true if it is true within a particular conceptual framework that is subjective to an individual or a particular social group. With respect to the Birthers, then, we can see how Barack Obama is not an American citizen. The conceptual framework makes this an impossibility. After all, according to the Birthers, it is impossible for the short-form Certification of Live Birth to be acceptable proof that Barack Obama because their conceptual framework simply doesn’t allow for this to be true.
And another plausible explanation: Norse mythology shows that Obama is not a citizen. Loki is a prominent Norse god of trickery, and he is fated to bring about Ragnarok, the end of the world, which is to be preceded by 3 years of winter (or Fimbulvetr). Obama has been persistent in supporting cap and trade legislation, and this prevention of greenhouse effects will surely lead the Earth into its next ice age. In essence, Loki made it appear as if Obama were a citizen, thus ensuring the onset of Fimbulvetr and the impending end of the world.
From this, I conclude that Obama is unfit to be president, and demand his immediate replacement with a band of panflute minstrels.
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