It is another installment of funny stuff that I have saved just for this Friday post. We start in the land of the potentially gross, so those with weak constitutions may just want to skip down a bit. Recently scientists discovered hundreds of new strains of bacteria in samples they took from belly buttons. There are several ways to look at this. One is that the belly button really can be a very disgusting place (although to be fair that isn’t the case for everyone as one of the guys who was swabbed had no bacteria at all).
Science writers Carl Zimmer (who blogs at Discover) and Peter Aldhous (from New Scientist) each donated a swab, and while Aldhous’ sample failed to yield bacterial colonies, Zimmer’s sample was apparently flush with life. Some species in his microbiome have previously only been found in the ocean, he writes. Another one, a species called Georgenia, has only been found living in the soil in Japan. Zimmer has never been, he writes.
I will leave to science the great mysteries of how a Japanese bacteria gets in the navel of a scientist who has never been there. I suppose that it will take a lot of navel gazing to unravel these abdominal mysteries. But enough with the puns.
Now, on to the category of irony can be so ironic. I seem to remember the American version of this show, but the Netherlands iteration of “Worst Driver” had a rather more dubious result. If you run over the show’s host, do you automatically win the competition?
In similarly ironic lines, part of California is trying to secede from the rest of the state. Frankly, I would be happy if the whole state would stop trying to foist all their gibberish on us in the rest of the US. The last good thing to come out of California was probably Ronald Reagan (no offense Steve). If memory serves, our good friend Steve from theoldadam resides in the section of California that wants to secede. Good luck with that out there.
Now for the cool band geek fun. I found this the other day and I just love it. A group of musicians who each play a part and get blended together to form a single piece. This is way cool. I think I might have to see if I can get a part in the next one.