Have you ever heard the tale of the runaway ✨magical✨unicorn phallus? Yeah, me neither. I also never heard of these Bipes aka Mexican Mole Lizards until my recent trip to Baja ~ thank you 🙏 @islandsseas . Another case of truth is stranger than fiction: due to their secretive lifestyle little is understood of these unbelievably cool creatures. Found only in Mexico, these unique reptiles use their forelegs to burrow through soil like a mole. The hind legs have completely disappeared!
Why are they Pepto-Bismol pink?! What is the evolutionary advantage of this adaptation?
Do they pick up carotenoids in their diet like flamingoes? So many ’?????????????’

#islandsandseas2017 #Bipes #amphisbaenia #curiosity #lizard #discovery #pink (at Baja California, Mexico)

Made with Instagram

Ribellarsi -  Rebel, rise up

Translated in the picture as “To return to the beauty”. 

It would be a really nice interpretaton, however, Bellumin Latin means “War” and not Beautiful. 

See the words “Belligerante” and “Bellicoso” meaning in Itailan respectively “Warring” and “Bellicose, Aggressive”.

The word used in Italian for “war” is “guerra” which comes from Ancient German “Werra”.

In short, Bellum (War), in Latin, and Bello (beautiful), in Italian, are two fake friends.


Curious learners go deep, and they go wide. Consequently, they are the ones whose jobs are least likely to be taken by intelligent machines. In a world where technology is rapidly replacing humans even in white-collar jobs, it’s no longer enough to be merely smart. Computers are smart. But no computer, however sophisticated, can yet be said to be curious.
—  Ian Leslie, Curious: Your Desire To Know And Why Your Future Depends On It

Layers of meaning! These rocks show the deep and shallow waters of an ancient Martian lake could’ve supported different kinds of microbes. This evenly layered rock imaged in 2014 by my Mastcam shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit near where flowing water entered a lake. Shallow and deep parts of an ancient Martian lake left different clues in mudstone formed from lakebed deposits. Credit: @nasa/NASAJPL-Caltech/MSSS

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.
—  Stephen Hawking; on hope for the future of space exploration and discovery.