The gladsome current of our youth, Ere passion yet disorders, Steals lingering like a river smooth Along its grassy borders.
But as the careworn cheek grows wan, And sorrow's shafts fly thicker, Ye stars, that measure life to man, Why seem your courses quicker?
When joys have lost their bloom and breath, And life itself is vapid, Why, as we reach the Falls of Death Feel we its tide more rapid?
It may be strange—yet who would change Time's course to slower speeding, When one by one our friends have gone, And left our bosoms bleeding?
Heaven gives our years of fading strength Indemnifying fleetness; And those of youth, a seeming length, Proportion'd to their sweetness.
- Thomas Campbell
Oh, the animal kingdom. The kingdom that never stops giving. No matter how many animal facts we consume, it seems as though they refresh on a daily basis, giving us a neverending stream of bizarre animal info to deal with and contemplate. These are our favorite pieces of animal weirdness.
Wild dolphins call each other by name.
Yeah, this one definitely took us by surprise. It was Aristotle that made apparent just how uniquely human the act of name-calling truly is. So much so, that he reckoned it to be one of the defining attributes of being human. But Aristotle got it wrong, all because he didn’t think of one crucial thing (or creature): dolphins. We wonder what dolphin names are like. As in, what’s the dolphin equivalent to Karen or Ralph or Chad? Somebody should definitely write a thousand-page paper on this. We’d eat it up.
aNIMALS WITH SMALL BODIES AND FAST METABOLISM SEE IN SLOW MOTION.
Woah. Imagine living your life in Matrix: Reloaded bullet time, twenty-four-seven, dodging high-speed objects as they tear through the air heading in your direction. New research indicates that birds, squirrels, heck, even human children can see things in a sort of slow-motion unattainable to us regular adult people. And you thought taxes were the worst thing about adult life.
The now extinct colossal penguin was 6″6 tall.
That isn’t just “The tall guy in the classroom” type tall, that’s Lebron James tall. We’re not sure if we are supposed to be extremely disappointed or incredibly relieved that we missed out on such monolithic penguins. Eiter way. it is a bit of a bummer to have missed out on them completely. Like, can’t we travel back in time and bring just a couple of them back with us? Someone should definitely consider this.