Curiosities: Do insects have nose?

October 16, 2017

By Eddy Montilla

No. We need air into the lungs to live and our nose does a great job about it by letting oxygen intake. Insects have a different breathing system. That does not mean, however, they do not breathe, but instead of the typical nose and snout that humans and some animals have, insects have openings called spiracles doing the same function by letting the entrance of air. Besides, insects usually use their feelers to “smell” and sometimes, hair that grows upon their bodies.

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Thought of the day: Easy way

October 15, 2017

By Eddy Montilla

Distance

Every single day you can see messages like these ones: “Learn any language in a month with this new and easy method!”, “To clean your toilet in seconds, just drop the tablet and flush it. That’s all!”. The easy way, when it does not have an efficient hard work as backup, leads to sloth, kills off your creative spirit and, in the end, it is far more expensive.

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Curiosities: How many legs does a squid have?

October 14, 2017

By Eddy Montilla

Squid

None. To be more precise, rather than legs, this sea creature has arms, ten in total around its mouth if we include its two tentacles, longer than the rest, and used to capture its prey.

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Thought of the day: Perfection

October 13, 2017

By Eddy Montilla

Perfection, inside the human sphere, is unachievable. Our job is, therefore, to try to get as close as possible to it.

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Curiosities: What is the world´s largest crab size and where can this sea creature be found?

October 12, 2017

By Eddy Montilla

The “Takaashigani” (タカアシガニ), a giant crab that lives in Japanese waters is considered the largest crab in the world. Due to its resemblance to a spider, we know it as the Japanese spider crab. The translation for its Japanese name, however, is tall-legged crab. The shell width of this crab is about 30 centimeters and by extending the legs that have the pincers (claws), this sea creature’s size is more than three meters.

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Photo: By courtesy of Ruth Hartnup under the criteria of Creative Commons (Flickr).


A good laugh: The burglar madman

October 11, 2017

By Eddy Montilla

Explanatory Note: The following joke is a made-up story by the author with the sole purpose of providing fun for the readers. Therefore, it does not have the slightest intention of making fun of any person who could suffer from mental illness.

“Doctor, please help my brother. He is out of his mind and truly believes that he’s a the best burglar in town.”

“And why did not you bring your brother with you?”

“He’s coming soon, doc. He will drop in your house first.

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THE UNITED STATES, where each mass shooting welcomes another and worse one

October 9, 2017

By Eddy Montilla

To own a gun is in the United States like the Super Bowl, that is, part of the country’s culture. There is, however, a significant difference between them: The second one brings joy; the first one brings pain and death. It is said that the almost inseparable Americans’ characteristic that fuels many people’s burning desire to possess a weapon has its origin in the arrival of European immigrants who felt the absence of State authority and opted to defend themselves. What those settlers never imagined was that firearms would turn into mass lethal weapons someday, able to be bought at a department store as if it were a household item.

But many years has passed since those settlers arrived at the United States, so if the problem about firearm-related deaths has not been solved yet, it is the present generation that should be held to account. From the American government to citizens, both sectors have failed in their attempt to reduce deaths from mass shootings. The millionaire, compulsive gambler, real estate investor and today “famous” mass shooter Stephen Paddock unveiled the fact that mass shootings in USA are close to become an uncontrollable situation. Paddock’s actions left 58 people dead and hundreds injured, a tragedy telling us that something worse is coming considering how easy it is for citizens to get more and more sophisticated and lethal weapons.

The sale of weapons has been a lucrative business inside and outside the country. Consequently, it is not necessary to explain how this killer could buy an alarming arsenal of weapons, 23 guns, including semiautomatic rifles, scopes and hundreds of rounds of ammunition and how he could fire at a rate of 400 rounds per minute over into a crowd from about 400 yards (365.76 meters) away. The main restriction that an American has to buy a firearm is imposed by himself or herself, that is, how much money he or she has for that. But, how many guns does a person need to protect his or her family? Why does a person need a gun if police officers are paid to protect citizens?

During the last decade, USA has seen more than 200 mass shootings. It is not the large amount of time dealing with the same problem, but the way it is being seen and faced today what people should worry about. Today people cry, talk and weeks later forget everything. Stephen Paddock’s lethal attack on a Las Vegas country music festival is not one more to be added to the long list that already exists. It is the prelude to what is to come: Something worse. Intervals between a mass shooting and another are getting smaller and the attacks are deadlier. Since 2010, it has not passed a year without more than 10 people killed in a mass shooting (except for 2014) and since 2015, the last killer wants to kill more people than the previous one did.

As in earlier instances, after each mass shooting, people talk about it, mass media get news, the president delivers a speech and, after several weeks, the society and government will continue with their registered trademark expression: “We have to move forward”, which means people will forget Paddock’s case as they did with others mass shootings until another sadistic or sick shooter brings a new record. Since a shooter’s hunger for blood is fed by the largest number of victims killed before, then, if the problem is not resolved, to see more that 58 people killed, that is a new record, it is just a matter of time.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion.

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