Things have been quiet on the blog this past week — I’ve been traveling and planning a couple of big, tricky posts! In the meantime, here are the Twitter #weirdscifacts for the past week.
466. June 22: A fungus named after SpongeBob? New species can end up with relatively unusual, even unfortunate names; in a previous post, we noted the beetle named after Hitler! (Interview & article by @ejwillingham)
467. June 23: The thorny devil lizard gets water that condenses on its body to its mouth by grooves on its skin. http://bit.ly/jZxdcC
468. June 24: Tiger sharks gather in June at French Frigate Shoals to eat… birds!
469. June 25: Smokey the cat, who can purr as loud as a lawnmower & is Guinness record-holder!
470. June 26: Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome: illness due to chronic pot use & alleviated w/ a shower?
471. June 27: 2005: A lost Roman emperor is rediscovered w/ unearthing of a single coin. It is rather surprising that an entire emperor can be lost! The unearthing of the first coin led researchers to take a look at a second matching coin that previously had been considered a fake. (h/t to @anthinpractice!)
472. June 28: 82 percent of those killed by lightning between ’95 and ’08 were men. (h/t @stevesilberman)