Cistanche deserticola is a parasitic plant that lives in the Gobi desert. It feeds off of the roots of the Gobi’s only native tree, saxaul (Haloxylon ammodendron) as it lacks the chlorophyll to produce nutrients for itself. The flower stalks can be up to 5 feet tall.
During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d’Honneur awarded by then President Charles de Gaulle.
Our loss, U.S.A….
If you don’t admire the shit out of J. Baker, who was also pretty openly bisexual and adopted NINETEEN children in addition to the badassery mentioned above, I want you to go sit in the corner and think about your life choices.
um she was also a huge civil rights activist and her refusal to perform for segregated audiences at major clubs that were fallin over themselves to book her helped de-segregate vegas performance venues
aaaand she had a pet cheetah
Dido Longwing (Green Longwing)
Philaethria dido (Nymphalidae - Heliconiinae), commonly referred to as Dido Longwing, is among the most beautiful and graceful of neotropical butterflies. It is regarded as being fairly common throughout most of its range (from Mexico to the southern Amazon), but is rarely seen as it spends most of its life high in the forest canopy.
Photo credit: ©Almir Cândido de Almeida | Locality: Rio Cristalino, Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso, Brazil