Is that a wolf’s head or a bunny head…on this spider’s back?


Andreas Kay/Flickr

❝ …Sometimes biologists come across something that is just… odd. Really, really odd.

Case in point: this peculiar arachnid photographed by natural scientist Andreas Kay in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest in July 2017. By all appearances, it looks like it has the tiny head of a black wolf, or perhaps a bunny rabbit on its back…

❝ … It’s not a spider, despite appearances…The creature is actually a bunny harvestman (Metagryne bicolumnata) – a type of arachnid better known as daddy longlegs…

❝ “Contrary to a common belief Harvestman [sic] do not have venom glands and are absolutely harmless,” Kay explains over on Rumble. “Harvestmen have been around for at least 400 million years and lived even before the dinosaurs.”

Didn’t realize these critters are separate from spiders. I’ve considered them friendly since I was a wee ‘un.

Thanks, UrsaRodinia

Trump holds press conference boorish even by his standards

❝ On Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump took a victory lap via an almost-90-minute news conference that came fewer than 24 hours after his party lost control of the House but strengthened its Senate majority.

Trump seemed entirely unconcerned with his party’s loss of one of the chambers of Congress — instead he focused on reading out the names of Republican House members who refused to embrace him (and lost) and sparring with reporters. I went through the transcript of the whole thing and pulled out the best lines.

Here’s the link to Chris Cillizza’s complete article – topped by video excerpt. Our own creepy hoser in action.