Spiders on drugs

In 1995 a group of NASA scientists repeated and refined some earlier tests on the effect that various drugs have on the web building abilities of the common garden spider. They tested the the effect of caffeine, benzedrine, marijuana and chloral hydrate and as you can see the results were pretty extreme!

Noever, R., J. Cronise, and R. A. Relwani. 1995. Using spider-web patterns to determine toxicity. NASA Tech Briefs 19(4):82.

15/01/2013

Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
~ Oscar Wilde

Mohandas Gandhi

Some of history’s greatest replies come from people we don’t usually associate with great wit. In the decades prior to World War II, Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi led a massive campaign of civil disobedience designed to help colonial India win its independence from the British Empire. In 1931, shortly after being named Time magazine’s “Man of the Year,” Gandhi traveled to London to meet with British authorities. The entire nation was curious to learn more about this little brown man, as many called him. Constantly swarmed by press and photographers, Gandhi was peppered with questions wherever he went. One day a reporter yelled out, “What do you think of Western civilization?” It was a defining moment, and Gandhi’s reply instantly transformed him from an object of curiosity into a celebrity. In his heavy Indian accent, he answered:
Mohandas Gandhi

“I think it would be a good idea.”