What Is A Trichoplax?

A Trichoplax is one of the simplest organisms you can find. It has no discernible organs or structure, and is basically a flat blob of tissue that moves around. Is it alive? I don't know. But I thought I'd ruminate on other conundrums in this space.

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For When You Have Free Time

So, just ran across two interesting examples of what people do with their free time.

The first is probably the more constructive, and fascinating of the two. An englishman started building a replica of the Jewish temple Herod built during Jesus' time when he was 40. He's 78 now and doesn't think he'll finish his project in his lifetime. The amount of detail in his scale model is staggering. The article mentions that he lends binoculars to guests so they can see all the details. Personally, I'd love to just sit for a while and inspect every corner of this thing because it looks so incredibly detailed...

The other example of what to do in your free time is humorous, and perhaps a bit disturbing. Laid out here are some detailed directions for creating your very own, fly-powered model airplane. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, an aircraft that will fly under the power of pitiful, garden variety house-flies, inured as engines. The instructions helpfully state that, "none of [the flies] will have experienced anything like this before!" And that's the sad truth.