This is a retro chart from Compton's Encyclopedia detailing the average lifespans of a bunch of different animals. I had no idea that carp and swans and gooses and rhinos lived so long. Or earthworms! Can they really live almost ten years? That's gonna make it extra sad every time I see one dried up on the sidewalk. Gone too soon! Also, there don't seem to be a lot of animals in the 70 - 150 year life expectancy. You think we just haven't discovered those species yet, or do you think giant tortoises are actually aliens from another planet and didn't evolve here? Maybe meteorites are really turtles and tortoises. It's not like you've ever seen one hit the ground, we've just been taking science's word for it all this time. Can you help me get this straight-jacket off?
Thanks to Brianna, who tried to tell me lightning bugs are really little pieces of the Aurora Borealis that broke off and flew to earth.