TONGUE OF THE DAY

by Ross Sharp

More like an excuse for an extremely lazy blog post, but NPR recently posted an article on how animals keep dry. By shaking themselves into a frenzy, of course. There are several highly amusing photographs accompanying the piece.

But this is quite extraordinary …

This month, Victor Manuel Ortega-Jimenez and Robert Dudley at the University of California, Berkeley, published a paper describing how an animal weighing about an eighth of an ounce does the same thing. The Anna’s hummingbird whips its head back and forth 202 degrees — which is more than half way around — at the amazing rate of 132 times every second, and not while standing in place, legs on the ground like a dog or a deer. No, it does this while flying through the air! So it’s shaking, navigating AND flapping at the same time. Take a look.

NOW, HOW DO YOU ECXPLAIN THAT WITH EVOLOMOLUTION, YOU GODLESS SHITEHEATHENS!?!!

Um. No, wait …

Who am I here?

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