“At a talk at the National Hydropower Association, I hit play on the video and the first fish goes flying out, and the audience is dying. I had to say, ‘It’s okay to laugh, this is utterly ridiculous.’”—Behold, the fish cannon. (via Mr. Alexis Madrigal)
“I’m going to see my girlfriend and the railroad man gives me the ticket. And it turns out to be a fabulous date. Then I put the ticket in my pocket and I save the ticket for 40 years. Any time I want to go back to the day that I had the great date, I just touch the ticket.”—For some of us, everyday objects are time machines.
“Welwitschia plants were around when the killer asteroid hit our planet 65 million years ago. They stayed when the ice came. They stayed when the ice went. They have survived fires, pests, seen an endless parade of new insects, viruses, parasites, people, roads, local wars…”—The plant that survives by doing very little, very slowly.