Day 4 of 4: The Voyage Home!

12 Aug

Last day in NewOl and what a trip it’s been! There were so many great events and happenings I don’t think there’s enough space on the Internet to document them. Sarah and I got marred in a huge discussion about punctuality, specifically: at the end of a typed sentence is it proper form to use one space or two after the period? I correctly asserted that using two spaces in any online writing helps the NSA identify individuals who are too old to present any sort of threat to national security, while Sarah took the opposite position that I am stupid.

On Day 3 we went to the New Orleans Bug Museum and Insect Air-Aquarium, which in retrospect, I should have written about in yesterday’s post as it was very much in line with the underlying theme of the WWII museum: Things I Am Terrified Of.

During the visit I also became educated as to how the movies have been deceiving us about several of their more popular plot devices and machinations. I will list the lies for you now:

1. Tarantulas are big and scary but their venom is not dangerous to us humans. James Bond was in no peril whatsoever when that guy who wanted to blow up the world tried to kill him with two spiders instead of just shooting him in the face like any normal assassin would.

2. Tarantulas are actually quite fragile – a fall from just a couple of feet will kill them. The main villain spider from Arachnophobia (1990) should have died from that fall from the top of the jungle when she was captured at the beginning of the film. And in Return of the King (2003) it should have been quite easy for Frodo to slay that creature Tolkien lazily came up with in Book 2 (close to the end he was clearly running out of original ideas “the obstacle will be a spider… but it will be… big”).

3. Giant insects are impossible to exist. Their physiology does not include a supporting skeletal structure and if they were any larger than they are in real life, their increased size would render them immobile and unable to attack. But to be fair to Hollywood, it’s totally possible that the gravity and/or atmosphere on Klendathu is much different from our own planet, resulting in a radically different bug morphology.

So that’s it for this trip. I hope you all enjoyed the new vocabulary you can add to your lexicon after reading my posts. My favourite words from this time out were: propagandist, equine-based, tangential, punctuality, and lexicon.

See you next time!


Bugkeeper! Bugkeeper! Those two beetles are killing each other! – like I said, very educational.


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