Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Friday! Today’s links are brought to you by Cassandra and Bunny, friends and link-hunters extraordinaire.

From Cassandra:

Look out, humans – the chimps are getting smarter.

The scale of the universe, on a web page.

Is childlessness still a taboo?

From Bunny:

Look out, humans – the fish are starting to walk.

Disney’s Electric Light Parade, in miniature!

Roman emperors, ranked by the gruesomeness of their respective deaths.

Have a spiffy weekend, everyone! See you next week. Look out for the animals.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

People who choose to have children fascinate me, but what fascinates me even more are those who have one child and then have a second, third, or more. It must be an entirely different way of looking at the world, one in which I am unfamiliar. I wish I could see it like they do, at least for an hour or so. And, it's not that I dislike children. I LOVE them. They awe me!

I think my mom had a radical feminist book laying around the house in the 70s, "The Baby Trap." It urged women to think long and hard about whether or not to have children. I must have read it at a very impressionable age. But, even before that, I was not really into playing with dolls, so who knows why we make the choices we do. I do think , however, that a big part of me detouring motherhood probably has to do with the fact that I know I could not protect my children from the horrors of this world.

One last thing! (I should write an essay on this.) When I was in my early 30s, a woman asked me when I was going to have children. I answered, 'You know, I think I'll pass on that one." She shook her head and smiled smugly, saying, "Oh, you'll change your mind. You'll change your mind." I thought, "How do you know that? I don't even know if I'll change my mind so how can you know?" Maybe because usually the drive to replicate our DNA overcomes our reason or maybe because people mostly do what's expected of them? Who knows?