Coat patterns such as a zebra’s stripes afford animals the ability to blend into their environment and among other individuals with the same patterns. Predators can’t see camouflaged animals or target specific individuals in a mass of spots or stripes. A regular pattern is fundamental to blending in, but how does a seemingly designed pattern appear on an animal’s... READ ON
Today's balloon animals—those mainstays of carnivals and country fairs—all begin as flat, 60-inch-long "worms." Air gives the worm structure, and twists give it dimension and shape. Balloon “twisters” can transform a simple worm into almost any animal. So it's fitting that the first balloons were made from actual animal intestines, which provided a good—albeit smelly—medium for manipulation into shapes. These balloons appear as far back as the Aztecs, who cleaned out... READ ON
The plastic pink flamingo is the official city bird of Madison, WI.