...put on your thought slippers, and prepare for a science course so mind-blowing, it’s written almost entirely in italics.(via sda)
#4. The Theory: Evolution
The Crazy Part: The part where the family tree of every living creature on Earth collides at a single point on a single day in the past, making you related to Hitler as well as every insect you’ve ever killed.
What It Says: We’re all familiar with the basics of evolution: that a munificent monkey-goddess birthed us all from Her banana-scented womb. But there are some lesser-discussed implications of natural selection that are just plain weird.
Furthermore, large chunks of the human genome are thought to be ancient retroviruses that managed to transcribe themselves into our DNA and have spent the remainder of their days happily clambering up and down our nucleotides like the McDuck children on a mansion banister.
Basically your cells are millions of individual organisms, all huddled together in a you-shaped beehive.
Now see how long you can go before wanting to shower.
RELATED: While we're on religion...
A court in Saudi Arabia is reported to be preparing to hear a plea for divorce from an eight-year-old girl who has been married off to a man in his 50s.**********
The Saudi newspaper al-Watan said the girl had been married off to the man by her father without her knowledge.
Later, he would get to the touchier part, about how the minute changes in organisms that drive biological change arise spontaneously, without direction. And how a struggle for existence among naturally varying individuals has helped to generate every species, living and extinct, on the planet.*
For now, it was enough that they were listening.