Interesting hermit crab fact

Hermit crabs can trade shells in a chain?

“Several hermit crab species, both terrestrial and marine, have been observed forming a vacancy chain to exchange shells. When an individual crab finds a new empty shell it will leave its own shell and inspect the vacant shell for size. If the shell is found to be too large, the crab goes back to its own shell and then waits by the vacant shell for anything up to 8 hours. As new crabs arrive they also inspect the shell and, if it is too big, wait with the others, forming a group of up to 20 individuals, holding onto each other in a line from the largest to the smallest crab. As soon as a crab arrives that is the right size for the vacant shell and claims it, leaving its old shell vacant, then all the crabs in the queue swiftly exchange shells in sequence, each one moving up to the next size.”

Meow Wolf

Today we went to Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return.

MeowWolf

It’s a crazy art/sci fi mystery house in Santa Fe.  Some parts of it were very Santa Fe…overall, it was very interesting to go through…like seeing hundreds of quirky pieces of art and electronics put together with an overarching story.  My only recommendation is that if possible, don’t go on a weekend.  It was so crowded that we could barely move in many spots and could barely hear some very quiet audio cues in the story.  Here is a dramatic reenactment.

Star Trek: Mark of Gideon
Star Trek: Mark of Gideon

Oh, and pro-tip…be sure to look in the toilet.

Great Mysteries of the Food World

There are so many food mysteries out there, but here are a couple for today.

Do you like beef?  So you’d probably like hot beef tea?  That’s the idea behind Britain’s Bovril anyway.  You drink it during winter soccer games.

And you’ll find this one in Filipino bakeries.  “Look!  We’ve made a delicious sweet and buttery muffin!  What could we top it with?  Cinnamon?  Cocoa powder?  Honey?  I know!  GRATED CHEESE!”  What?  Next thing you know, they’ll be putting hot dog slices in their spaghetti.  (They do.)

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Cheese Muffin

 

 

Star Trek actor re-use

I’m re-watching Deep Space 9 and noticed this guy as a character.  I looked him up because I know he’s been several different Star Trek characters…five, apparently.    Data’s mom (Fionnula Flanagan) has played three characters.  Anyway, it got me curious as to who has played the most characters in Star Trek.  The Star Trek wiki mentions five actors who’ve played seven characters each; Enterprise’s Degra guyDS9’s Brunt/Weyoun/Enterprise’s Shran guy, DS9’s General Martok guy, Enterprise’s Admiral Forest guy and DS9’s Kira’s dad guy.  Honorable mention to Babylon 5’s Lyta who played many uncredited Star Trek roles and was also a stunt woman.  Who knew?