Woohooo!!! I am pleased to inform you of a fascinating phenomenon from a phylum of funky hydrozoan called Turritopsis dornhii. (On can only keep up meaningless alliteration for so long!) A hydrozoan is a small invertebrate like a jellyfish. This particular species defies death; it literally refuses to die. When it is under stress, it reverts from any stage in its life cycle to its earliest life form, a polyp, and then starts the whole cycle anew. Damn! Tell me that’s not cool! There’s going to be a big ol’ cover article in the NYT by Nathaniel Rich this Sunday*. I sure hope Nutria, cockroaches, rats, Snakehead Fish, Burmese Pythons and Sarah Palin don’t read it!
* I know this because I am amazing.Never doubt me again, or I will use my vast psychic skills to ruin your life.
Here’s a mini article to hold you until Sunday. I like how they manage to sneak Upnapishtim, Gilgamesh, and Nietzsche into this piece. A song:
NYT! You so very/ Literary
Heavy pieces/ I can’t carry
Flocks of words/ Like migrating birds
Oh so pretty/ ‘cept when they are shitty!
No, really, I jest! I love you NYT! Without you, how would I impress my friends and colleagues, particularly those who are illiterate?