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“ Many adults are put off when youngsters pose scientific questions. Children ask why the sun is yellow, or what a dream is, or how deep you can dig a hole, or when is the world’s birthday, or why we have toes. Too many teachers and parents answer with irritation or ridicule, or quickly move on to something else. Why adults should pretend to omniscience before a five-year-old, I can’t for the life of me understand. What’s wrong with admitting that you don’t know? Children soon recognize that somehow this kind of question annoys many adults. A few more experiences like this, and another child has been lost to science. There are many better responses. If we have an idea of the answer, we could try to explain. If we don’t, we could go to the encyclopedia or the library. Or we might say to the child: “I don’t know the answer. Maybe no one knows. Maybe when you grow up, you’ll be the first to find out.”
Drosera capensis, commonly known as the Cape sundew, is a small rosette-forming carnivorous species of perennial sundew native to the Cape in South Africa. Because of its size, easy to grow nature, and the copious amounts of seed it produces, it has become one of the most common sundews in cultivation. D. capensis produces strap-like leaves, up to 3.5 cm long (not including the petiole) and 0.5 cm wide, which, as in all sundews, are covered in brightly coloured tentacles which secrete a sticky mucilage that traps arthropods. When insects are first trapped, the leaves roll lengthwise by thigmotropism toward the center. This aids digestion by bringing more digestive glands in contact with the prey. This movement is surprisingly fast, with completion in thirty minutes. The plant has a tendency to retain the dead leaves of previous seasons, and the main stem of the plant can become quite long and woody with time.
Lovely photo of a super cool plant.
I JUST SWAM UP FROM THE INKY DEPTHS OF YOUR GREATEST FEARS WITH MY INSANE NEEDLE TEETH, MOUTHFUL OF ALIEN BRAINS AND FACE WITH A BUTTHOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT TO ENSURE THAT YOU WON’T SLEEP FOR WEEKS KNOWING THAT I AM NOT A MOVIE PROP BUT RATHER SOMETHING YOU CAN ENCOUNTER SIMPLY BY VENTURING A COUPLE HUNDRED FEET BELOW THE SURFACE OF THE VAST AND ONLY BARELY EXPLORED OCEAN, WHERE EVERYTHING IS COBBLED TOGETHER FROM NIGHTMARES AND JELLY THE FURTHER DOWN YOU GO.
This is why I don’t swim in the ocean, or lakes, or rivers….