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Grubbin and Charjabug are the early life stages of the seventh-gen beetle Vikavolt. While Vikavolt is a powerful electric cannon (which we’ll examine tomorrow), Grubbin has no electric power at all: not even an electric typing. How does this baby-bug grow into its electric powers? That’s what we’re here to examine today.

Grubbin is quite obviously a grub, the larvae stage of many beetles. Specifically, Vikavolt appears to be a stag beetle, with it’s large mandibles. Beetles, like butterflies, go through their lives in different stages: They hatch out of the egg as a larva, and then become pupa (the cocoon equivalent), before magnificently transforming, metamorphosing, or evolving into a full beetle.

Like caterpillars, beetle larva (grubs) eat a lot so they can grow quickly. Instead of leaves, stag grubs feed on rotting wood. Just like the pokédex says, their claw-like jaw mandibles let them scrape wood so they can eat it. They usually live underground, because the richest rotting wood is buried in the soil.

Charjabug, on the other hand, does not really resemble a grub or a beetle at all. Charjabug seems to be based on a caterpillar, the japanese Monema flavcesens, also known as the Denkimushi, which translates to “electric insect”.

These caterpillars are infamous for giving “electric shocks” when they are touched. In reality, there’s no electricity involved: they simply have a poisonous toxin, chemicals that happen to feel like an electric shock. They generate these chemicals from the food they eat, so it certainly seems a good fit for Charjabug…except considering Vikavolt, Charjabug must use actual electricity.

There is one bug that uses an electricity. It’s not a caterpillar, or a beetle. It is a wasp. The Oriental Hornet has mini solar panels embedded into its abdomen. Its yellow stripes collects energy from the sun and turns it into electricity, which the hornet stores like a battery.

Like Grubbin and Vikavolt, these bugs don’t develop this electric power until they reach their adult life stage. Speficially, the pigments in its exoskeleton are structured and layered to capture light, breaking sunlight apart into smaller rays which can be used to create electricity by knocking off electrons (see Heliolisk). These electric pigments has only ever been document in these hornets, but has been theorized in other bugs, from butterflies to beetles. This is probably the method Charjabug uses! Little cellular batteries, like an eel’s electrogenic cells (see Tyanmo) could be used to store the energy that Charjabug generates.

Grubbin is the larval stage of Vikavolt. It eats a lot so it can grow quickly. When pupating, Charjabug gains the ability to create electrical energy using a special pigment in its new exoskeleton.

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Another red-letter day in Julie-history. Thoroughly Modern Millie premiered fifty years ago on 21 March 1967 at the Criterion Theatre in New York City.

Stars Carol Channing, Mary Tyler Moore, Beatrice Lillie and James Fox joined a glittering first-night audience including Ethel Merman, Myrna Loy, Ed Sullivan, Lee Remick, Richard Chamberlain, David Merrick and others. Julie was unable to attend due to filming commitments for Star! but she was on hand for the film’s even more lavish West Coast Premiere two weeks later on April 13 at the Warner Theatre, Hollywood.

So beat the drums cause our Millie is a thoroughly Golden Girl now!

Sources:

Crowther, Bosley. “Screen: ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’:Pleasant Spoof of 20’s.” The New York Times. 23 March 1967: 42.

“‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ Benefits Museum at Opening.” The New York Times. 22 March 1967: 19.

No, that’s a problem I’ve had all my life. If I’m not aware a photo is being taken, my natural resting face is one of a man dying. I had no idea somebody was taking a photo. Therefore I was resting comfortably in my persona of a man whose soul is visibly exiting this earth.
—  Ryan Reynolds on if he was in a grumpy mood when the couples picture was taken at Taylor’s 4th of July party.

if you type ‘Julie Andem’ into google the first three images that come up are:

does she remind you of somebody….some…boy…who likes to wear layers…?

Hey Black Tumblr !!!

I wanted to get a black love appreciation day started for a while now, and I was so happy to receive such a great response! 

I think black love is so beautiful and so powerful. The connection and closeness of our love is something only we can give each other, and it’s an amazing thing to have. Along with building our communities, our businesses and ourselves up as people in this white dominated world, I see how powerful and important it is to build strong, educated beautiful black families.

Let’s take some time to openly and unapologetically celebrate black love! I was thinking for the dates we can start on February 15th, so we can see some cute valentines pics! Then April 20th and July 10th.

Post your pictures with your boyfriend/girlfriend, wife/husband, the person you love! Add the hashtag #blackloveappreciation and we’ll all re blog each others posts and fill the dash with beautiful black love!