When my wife was pregnant with our first child, I tried to console her with the fact that koalas make human pregnancy look easy. (I have, coincidentally, been sleeping on the couch for the past four years.)
But expecting koala mothers really do have it rough. It’s not just that the male, with his two penises, can reimpregnate a female with a second embryo while the first one is still inside her tummy. But when the baby koala is uncooperative, he can make mommy’s life miserable.
As a math teacher, I have every desire to pass my infinite knowledge of the universe of numbers down to my son. And as a proud parent, I believe my little genius has a natural aptitude for mathematics. Now that he’s five years old, I decided that it’s time for his first calculus lesson. And I’m floored at how much he understands!
Without any exaggeration, this is exactly how our lesson went.
BJ, come here. I want to show you some advanced math.
That’s not math.
Yes, it is. These are limits.
Limit, limit, limit. I can tell you limit…
Last week, a video about a mama bear helping her cubs cross the road began circulating the Internet. It appears that nearly every parent with more than one child empathized with this stressed and exhausted mama bear.
In 2006, researchers at Pennsylvania State University discovered a beehive that appeared to have been completely abandoned. As they began investigating, they were shocked to discover that the queen was still inside the colony, along with several nurse bees who were caring for the young. There were no signs that the hive had been attacked or infected with a disease — it was as if the worker bees had collectively decided to abandon their duties — and the colony was on the brink of collapse. Unable to account for this strange occurrence, the researchers called it Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
A few years after we were married, my wife landed her dream job. Eager to support her, we moved across the country, and I took up kid duty. That’s right, I became a Stay-At-Home Dad (SAHD).
While staying with the kids is exhausting in and of itself, the most difficult part of this transition was trying to make new friends. Because, well, this requires small talk. And it was only a matter of time before someone asked me about my job. And I didn’t have one.
I tried a dozen different ways to introduce myself.
“Hi, I’m a SAHD. That…
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When I was in grad school, I had a crazy idea — what if I left everything behind and ran away to a tropical island?
I was sick of spending every day debugging someone else’s code. Dropping out of my Ph.D. program and purchasing a one-way ticket to the tropics seemed like the perfect escape from my mundane (and depressing) lifestyle. I didn’t think everything through, but I didn’t care. I wanted to experience the world.
When I first landed in Taiwan, everything was magical. I was surrounded by a new and exciting culture, delicious seafood, and breathtaking beaches. …
In 1848, G. L. Buffon observed a sloth climb down from a tree, dig a hole in the ground, and start to poop. He recorded this and forgot about it, unaware that he had just uncovered one of the greatest mysteries of the tropical rainforest.
For over a century, researchers have been working to understand why sloths insist on being so tidy with their feces. For animals that move slower than most slugs, remaining high above the ground is their primary defense mechanism — they live, eat, mate, and give birth in the trees.