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Archive for January, 2009
The domestic cockroaches we know in North America were actually imported from the Old World. Over the past four centuries, they have hitched rides on ships crossing the Atlantic.
Cockroaches might be called living fossils: they first appeared 350 million years ago. They are the oldest and most primitive winged insects that have survived to the present day. The 3,500 existing species are basically identical to the very first forms of cockroaches that flourished in the Carboniferous Period.
Cockroaches are generally recognizable by their flattened, oval bodies, their heads concealed by a structure called the pronotum, and their very long, hairlike antennae.
Insects are the best way of preserving life on our planet. Some 225 million years ago, hexapods were the first living creatures to breathe oxygen, walk on the ground and fly in the air. What’s more, some insects were so perfectly designed from Day One that they have remained virtually unchanged.
While showing us the wonderful panoramas of the great Venezuelan Savannah, entomologist Georges Brossard also reveals why and how insects have become the champions of evolution.
First of all, insects are time masters. They are the oldest animals. If conditions are not favourable, they can even enter into diapause, go into a dormancy state or stop time.
Since they are so small, insects have multiplied the available space around them. A leaf becomes a vast pasture, a tree a gigantic building. A single water drop quenches their thirst while a measly crumb of bread feeds them.
Insects can adapt to environmental changes thousands of times faster than us. During a human’s lifetime, simple aphids will produce 400 generations!
Nothing can illustrate their adaptability better than the discovery of insects at the top of Venezuela’s inaccessible tepuis, the tabletop mountains located in an isolated region of the country, on the south-eastern side of the Orinico River. Right in the middle of these inhospitable rock formations, Georges Brossard introduces us to a brand-new life form: an undersea grasshopper!
Humans have always been very good at creating myths and legends. Since the dawn of time, man has shared his garden, his house, even his bed, with insects. Not surprisingly, they have also invaded his imagination!
Entomologist Georges Brossard refers to the creation myths of several nations to tell us the story of the world’s creation, revised and updated by insects. According to these legends, the Earth was created by a spider, the ocean by a water strider and the stars by a beetle. As for butterflies, they gave humans the most marvellous gift of all: colours.
Because of their strange shape and behaviour, some insects, such as the mysterious praying-mantis, are automatically credited with magical powers. Other insects, whose stings are extremely painful, are used in cruel initiation rites… which Georges Brossard will experiment himself!
It is not always easy to scientifically explain the strange behaviour and the incomprehensible strength of insects. It is much easier, even for the modern man, to evoke their magical powers.
It’s time for another set of strangers to meet on MTV’s Real World. This time we’re bringing it to Brooklyn where the eight roommates will settle down in Red Hook and experience the real New York City.
From Gettysburg, PA, there’s 23-year-old Army veteran Ryan who has just returned from Iraq. In West Palm Beach, FL, Katelynn is a 24-year-old average girl who also just happens to be transgender.
Salt Lake City native Chet is a 23-year-old Mormon who is looking for adventure in Brooklyn. Devyn is a 20-year-old pageant queen from Kansas City who wants to be taken seriously despite her model looks. Baya comes to New York City from Salt Lake City in hopes of pursuing a dance career.
California girl Sarah is 22-year-old tattooed beauty and JD from Miami Beach who is looking for a new Brooklyn family after surviving a rough childhood. Personal trainer Scott hails from Salem, NH, and this Brooklyn experience could be his ticket to a modeling career.
Chet and Devyn are the first to arrive at the Red Hook residence and are eager to check out the huge space equipped with Rock Band, plenty of food and the popular communal bathroom. Devyn admits to Chet that her first impression of him was that he could be gay, but he says that he’s definitely straight.
The rest of the roommates show up at the house and they realize that this season there will be eight strangers instead of the usual seven. The roommates unpack and settle into their new Brooklyn home as they start to open up about themselves in hot tub.
The guys start to talk about how they feel that Katelynn may be different but they’re not positive if she is a transgender or not. Meanwhile, the girls are still fascinated with Scott’s toned abs that he reveals in the hot tub.
After Katelynn dishes the dirt on her past sexual experiences, the roommates are getting more curious about whether or not she is a transgender.
The roommates head out into the streets of Brooklyn to soak up all that the city has to offer. A night out in the club, the group gets invited into the VIP lounge but Ryan is drinking heavily and starts to worry JD. The next morning, Ryan opens to Sarah about his military experience and how he’s handled his transition from Iraq to the Unites States.
Once Ryan starts to open up about being in the army, he shares some of his music with Chet that he wrote in Iraq. Then the two start to bond about how they feel about others in the house. When JD and Katelynn decide to go out to dinner alone, Chet and Ryan become suspicious about the reason why they’re becoming so close. JD admits to Ryan that he’s gay but tells Ryan and Chet to give Katelynn time to come out to the house.
When JD takes Katelynn out to dinner, Katelynn opens up about being a transgender. The two talk about how hard it was for them to come out and bond over being different from the rest of the roommates.
The strangers may just be starting to get to know one another now that they’re settled down in Brooklyn, but this Real World season is full of secrets, drama, and hook-ups to take the Big Apple by storm.
Coney Island. Prospect Park. Trendy bars full of hipsters. Brooklyn, NY, has got it all. And The Real World is about to touch down and shake the borough up by throwing eight — yes, eight — strangers in a house together in one of the hippest neighborhoods in the world. As they live together, The Real World roommates discover other cultures and lifestyles and learn what kind of person they are — and want to become.
This time, though, rather than band together for a job or activity, each will pursue their own individual dreams. From being an entertainer to volunteering to making films to modeling, the eight roomies are about to find out if they can cut it when it comes to reaching their goals.
The Real World: Brooklyn brings together eight different personalities from all walks of life who are ready to explore NYC and hopefully make new friends along the way. But when they stop being polite and start getting real, they wind up learning about each other, discovering themselves and going down paths they never dreamed of.
Unleash the drama! As always, when Real Worlders come together, first impressions are everything — some will be instant BFFs while others will be left out in the cold. But no matter how things unfold, there’s definitely going to be plenty of eyebrow-raising antics, and fierce fights.
As the roommates lives collide, their values will be challenged and their true feelings will be exposed. Conflicts will arise, and friendships will be made. Yes, living in Brooklyn just got a little bit more interesting…
Often perceived to be a “musclehead,” it is hard to believe that this muscular personal trainer used to be a 90-pound weakling. Still, Scott has more to show off than his award-winning abs. Raised in a broken home in Massachusetts, he started a thriving DJ business that made bank spinning beats for sweet 16 parties. And he is the first in his family to graduate from college. But Scott’s ambition didn’t stop there, now as an accomplished personal trainer living in New Hampshire, Scott is obsessed with staying fit and breaking into the modeling industry.
From San Francisco, Sarah may look like another tattooed punk but under her ink is a passionate woman with an intense past. Rising from a traumatic upbringing where she was the victim of sexual abuse, the 22-year-old has dedicated herself to educating and advocating for sexually abused men and women. She has recently met and fell in love with her boyfriend after being set up by her mother. Until now, all of Sarah’s relationships have been with women.
Katelynn is a native of West Palm Beach, Fla., where she was raised by a religious Italian family. Her strong desire to be a mother stems from her close-knit relationship with her own mom. The 24-year-old is a self-proclaimed computer geek and practicing black belt in martial arts. After a string of bad relationships, Katelynn is currently with her boyfriend, Mike, the guy she hopes to marry one day.