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No Privacy: Photograph Captures Bee Peeing Mid-Flight


This is a photo taken by English photographer Mark Parrot of a bee peeing mid-flight. Except it's not actually peeing, it's just expelling water. Suuuuuure it is. And when I'm peeing I'm just expelling Capri Sun pouches and alcohol. Per ecologist and Redditor Alantha:

Bees excrete ammonia and uric acid from their Malphigian tubules (insect version of kidneys). It ends up looking more like bird guano than a liquid stream like this. It is sort of dry and can vary in color from white to yellow.

What you are seeing in this photo is a bee voiding water. Voiding water is common in Bumble bees and honey bees as they have a high metabolic water production. Nectar has a high water content which not only provides the sugar necessary for activity but also an excess of water. This excess water needs to be removed in order to maintain a balanced water budget.

It's not urine, so it's not peeing. It's just water.

Okay, so it's really not peeing. Just like I'm really not peeing right now. "We can hear it splashing in the toilet." Aahahhahahahahhaha, I WISH that was pee. I think I accidentally ate some raw meat last night. I am so dehydrated right now my tongue feels like a cat's.

Thanks to Speakerbox, who respects insects enough to not embarrass them with pictures of them peeing.

Father's Beautifully Crafted 3-Seat Rocking Chairs For Reading Stories To His Children


This is one of the Storytime Rocking Chairs built by master craftsman and father Hal Taylor. Hal had the idea for the chair after his third child was born and he ran out of room on his lap during storytime. The chairs, which contain over 200 "precisely cut and shaped pieces" of wood just to make the 19 back braces, cost between $7,000 - $7,500 apiece because this is some QUALITY SHIT. Me? I have one of the rocking chairs they sell on the porch of Cracker Barrels. It's nice enough. It would be even nicer if my cat would curl up in my lap when I was in it but she won't come near me when I'm rocking because I accidentally ran over her tail once. ONE TIME AND I'M THE DEVIL.

Hit the jump for several more shots. Also, what do you do when your children grow up? "Make friends with some little people." Exactly.

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Looks Like A Step Up To Me: Kermit's New Girlfriend


After parting ways with Miss Piggy after 40 years together, Kermit is back on the dating scene. And this is a shot of he and his new girlfriend (technically pigfriend), Denise. She kind of reminds me of Christina Hendricks' character (Joan Holloway) from Mad Men. Of course Kermit is denying the relationship, because nothing makes your girlfriend feel better than publicly announcing she's not your girlfriend.

"While I prefer to keep my personal life private, this is Hollywood, so who am I kidding?" Kermit said. "It is true that I am dating again. However, at this time no one woman -- pig or otherwise -- is my official 'new girlfriend.' We are simply close friends."

Hoho, playing the field -- you dog, you! Just kidding, I know you're a frog. And while Kermit is off doing his thing, Miss Piggy is allegedly dating Liam Hemsworth (photo of them together after the jump). Which makes no sense to me because I feel like when you're Thor's younger brother you can pretty much date anybody, so why settle for a diva pig who perpetually has somebody else's hand up her ass? I don't get it.

Keep going for a shot of Miss Piggy and Liam before Liam realized this twosome is actually gonna be a threesome.

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3D Printed D20 Die w/ Braille So The Blind Can Play D&D


This is the 3D printed D20 die given to Felicia Day by a fan who helps the visually impaired play Dungeons & Dragons (link to the model file so you can print one yourself HERE). That way your blind friends can roll with the confidence that you aren't cheating them out of hit points because you're some sort of sadistic Dungeon Master who gets joy from watching all the players die. Seriously, you need help, that's not okay.

Thanks to becca b, who just rolled a 20. Unfortunately, it was to see how many gold coins I stole from her satchel while she was sleeping by the campfire.

Am I Dead Yet?: The Lethal Doses Of Different Things


This is a video from AsapSCIENCE explaining the lethal dose of a bunch of different drugs, as well as other things like water, sound and elevation. It says you'd have to eat 22kg (~49 lbs) of cannabis to die, or smoke 680kg (~1,500 lbs) worth in 15 minutes. Is that a challenge? Also, I didn't know you could really die from the cyanide in cherry pits. I thought that was just a story my mom made up to get me to stop sticking them up my nose.

Keep going for the video.

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KABOOM!: US And South Korea Live Fire Exercise Video


This is a ten minute video of the US and South Korea practicing their war maneuvers with live missiles and bombs. Probably to send to North Korea to let them know they need to calm down. Never a country to be upstaged, North Korea presumably made their own live weapon demonstration video by splicing a bunch of scenes from famous war movies together.

Hit the jump for the video, then let's get together after school and throw rocks at each other.

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I Must Have One: Amazing Ferro-Fluid Alarm Clock


This is Ferrolic, a clock/visual display capable of showing the time, text, or morphing shapes by using magnets to manipulate drops of ferro-fluid. It is mesmerizing to watch and I want one very badly but they only made 24 of them and they all cost a fortune but the company hinted they may be able to make cheaper versions in the future. I sure hope that's the case. I also hope the rash on the inside of my thighs goes away soon. I've been rubbing cream on it. "What kind of cream?" Sour! It's weird to think when I was a kid I hated sour cream but now I'm pretty sure I could breathe it.

Keep going for a video demonstration of the display in action.

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How To: Pretend That You Skinned A Watermelon


This is a tutorial video made by former NASA engineer Mark Rober (who apparently has a lot of young looking friends) showing you how to make it look like you skinned a watermelon. Basically you use a knife to cut the rind off a watermelon until it's all red, sand it smooth with a dish scrubbing pad, then cut ANOTHER, similarly sized watermelon in half, carve it out, and stuff the first one in the second one. TA-DA! Does it also work with cantaloupes? I'm going to find out after work! "NO YOU'RE NOT EITHER." Ahahahhahaha -- my mom, ladies and gentlemen! She had to take me to the hospital the last time I cut fingers off.

Hit the jump for the video, then we'll have a watermelon seed spitting competition!

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