rizingrhizome asked:

Hey John, I am making my way through old Brotherhood 2.0 videos and noticed your mention of LFA and AAOK being developed into movies. That was quite a few years ago now so I was wondering if there is still any plan to go ahead with these, especially in the light of the TFiOS movie being made. Cheers!

You never know. The vast majority of stories that get optioned or bought by Hollywood studios never ends up becoming films, and I’d truly given up on any of my books being adapted, but then everything lined up sort of magically for The Fault in Our Stars.

I own the movie rights to both Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines right now, and I’m not inclined to sell them unless the movie could be developed by a team of people I like and trust. (That has been the case with TFiOS, which is why the process has been so fun and invigorating. Most authors do not have such unambiguously positive experiences.) 

The rights to Looking for Alaska are owned by Paramount. I don’t know if they’ll ever make a movie. I haven’t had any contact from them in many years. But certain the TFiOS movie increases the chances that some/all of the other books will get renewed movie attention.

My policy is to try to be happy either way: If a movie gets made, then it brings lots of new people to the book, which is great. And it’s a wonderful thing to see a story you’ve imagined take visible form. But there’s also something magical about a story remaining textual. No actor will ever “be” Holden Caulfield the way that Daniel Radcliffe will forever “be” at least part of how I imagine Harry Potter. And if we never get to see Alaska and Pudge, or Colin and Hassan, or Q and Margo, that’s okay with me.

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How does a puffin hold so many fish in its mouth at once? The bloggers over at TYWKIWDBI did some research, and found the second photo above. It portrays:

An Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) shows off its tongue, which is specially adapted to allow it to carry many fish in its bill at one time. Atlantic puffins typically carry about 10 fish in their bills at one time, using their tongues to hold their catch against spines on their palate.

Pretty amazing!

  1. P.L Travers - Mary Poppins 
  2. Stephen King - The Shining
  3. Anne Rice - Interview with the Vampire
  4. Winston Groom - Forrest Gump 
  5. Clive Cussler - Dirk Pitt tales, especially 2005’s Sahara 
  6. J.D. Salinger - Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut made into a movie retitled My Foolish Heart
  7. Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange
  8. Bret Easton Ellis - American Psycho 
  9. Roald Dahl - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  10. Ken Kesey - One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 
  11. Richard Matheson - I Am Legend 
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The Elephant Hawk Moth (Deilephila elpenor) developed impressive mimicry to look exactly like a snake. When disturbed the Snake Mimic Hawkmoth Caterpillar pulls in its legs and head and expands the front part of its body, to take on the appearance of a serpent. The brown part, which appears to be the top of the snake’s head, is actually the caterpillar’s underside!

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I have just discovered the existence of the animated adaptation of Les Miserables from 1992. I don’t know what the rest of it is like, but here’s the ending, in which nobody dies and everybody (including Victor Hugo) comes to Cosette’s birthday party. I can’t even list all the truly inexplicable things that happen in this video, it’s pretty amazing.

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Recent research indicates that the bumblebee is capable of flight past the highest point in the world! So how is this possible? 

Most insects are unable to due to thinning of the air, a lack of oxygen and an inability to generate lift. The bumblebee however has adapted to the thinner air at high altitudes; not by beating their wings faster, but by swinging their wings through a wider arc. This means they are able to displace more air, generating enough lift to keep them a-flight at these high altitudes. Bees have a uneven muscle to body weight ratio which also helps them to fly in these incredible altitudes.

But why adapt this? There is no pollen on top of Mount Everest? Scientists believe that this is actually just a coincidence, all the adaptations correlate with pollen and nectar carrying. This is so bees can carry the maximum amount of pollen-sometimes twice their body weight! It also serves as a handy mechanism for escaping predators.

But that still doesn’t explain how they can breath in the limited oxygen supply and scientists are still trying to figure this one out.