I just fed Roger a live mouse and she went right for it, no problems. I really hope this means she won’t eat frozen thawed anymore… Live are so much more expensive and I really really really don’t think I have it in me to feed her live rats…
Gonna move to the mountains and build a cabin to start my life as a hermit. I’ll grow a long giant beard and raise rabbits and learn some bird languages. Probably start to go a little crazy, but that’s okay, because being alone is so much easier.
I’ll let you know when the rendezvous is, we can share crazy hermit stories.
a true fact about spiders is they can’t run for extended periods of time because they have asthma. all spiders are nerds. even tarantulas. have you ever seen a spider dating a hot babe? i doubt it. spider flashing his cash in the club? nope. spider pulling up beside you at the lights in a lamborghini? never happened. they’ve got so many eyes because they love reading. nerds. all of them.
I myself have always wanted to have an apiary! I’m not sure of your situation but if it’s because you think you live in a too urban space to have them, think again! Where I am originally from you can raise bees in urban spaces…
An even better idea, especially if you live in the US, is to provide nesting material/locations and plant native wildflowers for native bees! Honeybees are not native to the US (in fact, not native to North or South America), and there is evidence that indicates honeybees interfere with native bee populations. Our native bee populations are in decline, and are arguably much more sensitive than honeybee populations. As much as honeybees are in trouble right now, they are in absolutely no danger of dying out. Our native bees are. Because of this, I see absolutely no reason to keep honeybees where they are not needed.
Honey is super delicious and awesome, but in reality, it’s just a happy bonus for honeybees’ real contribution to humans - their pollination services. While honeybees are not native to the US, their pollination services are the reason we can grow enough food to feed ourselves, as native bees are not adapted to handle (even small scale) monocultures.
Side note: I’m not sure about honeybees in urban places. I’m sure it’s difficult to keep honeybees in urban places, and I highly doubt there are large communities of native bees in urban areas.
So, what can you do? The Xerces Society has fantastic information about native pollinator conservation. They also have amazing seed mixes available to purchase based on your region. If you’d rather make your own garden, the Pollinator Partnership has some incredible planting guides based on region to help you design a beneficial garden!
The Xerces Society also has some great information about constructing nests for native bees. Another really really great resource with a bunch of information about lots of different kinds of native bees is from a previous job of mine (last summer, it was so so amazing) at UC Davis, from the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility (they do a whole bunch with native bees, too, trust me).
Please consider all the info and do your own research before you decide to keep honeybees. I hope this post helps, and let me know if you have any questions!
There’s something undeniably creepy about big, expansive libraries. The hushed whispers, the almost artificial quiet, and the smell of dusty tomes combine to create a surreal experience. But when it comes to creepy libraries, Harvard University might take the cake… you see, three of its books are bound in human flesh.
A few years ago, three separate books were discovered in Harvard University’s library that had particularly strange-looking leather covers. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that the smooth binding was actually human flesh… in one case, skin harvested from a man who was flayed alive. Yep, definitely the creepiest library ever. As it turns out, the practice of using human flesh to bind books was actually pretty popular during the 17th century. It’s referred to as Anthropodermic bibliopegy and proved pretty common when it came to anatomical textbooks. Medical professionals would often use the flesh of cadavers they’d dissected during their research. Waste not, want not, I suppose. Harvard’s creepy books deal with Roman poetry, French philosophy, and a treatise on medieval Spanish law for which the previously mentioned flayed skin was used. The book, Practicarum quaestionum circa leges regias… has a very interesting inscription inside, as The Harvard Crimson reports. The book’s 794th and final page includes an inscription in purple cursive: ‘the bynding of this booke is all that remains of my dear friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive by the Wavuma on the Fourth Day of August, 1632. King Mbesa did give me the book, it being one of poore Jonas chiefe possessions, together with ample of his skin to bynd it. Requiescat in pace.’ According to Director of University Libraries Sidney Verba ‘53, there might even be more of the creepy flesh-books out there, but while it’s possible to touch the three identified books in Harvard’s rare book room, the librarians aren’t exactly fond of all the attention they’ve received lately, for obviously reasons. In fact, they’ve made it a point not to actively seek any more macabre volumes. If you decide to head to Harvard and check out the books for yourself, do us a favor - just don’t read them out loud. We all know how that ends.