Winter is coming…


Finally, after weeks of scorching sun beams and months of relentless drought, fall (a.k.a. pre-winter) is starting to show its true colors. The weather is much colder, the breeze is picking up, and Surprise! the scorched earth has been revitalized by energy in the form of water droplets showering down from the heavens. I have always loved rain, whether that be from by childhood of splashing around in puddles, or my days of praying that the weather would cancel the mile run for P.E. Now, as much as I love it I am satisfied with the occasional amount that we receive (though a little bit more would be nice because of the drought). This is because too much rain can disrupt daily life and ruin what so many people envy California for – its beautiful weather.

Just look over at the East coast right now and you’ll see just what too much rain can do. Not even a full month after the devastation category five hurricane Matthew ravaged the area, the Caribbean Islands and Bermuda are now being pelted by Hurricane Nicole.

Speaking of Hurricane Nicole, I recently saw trending on Facebook that a giant lobster had been found by fishermen in the storm. It was staggering initially, to see a lobster of such magnitude. Of course, upon further investigation I found that it was nowhere near the largest recorded lobster ever found. The record holder was 44 pounds! Three of them would weigh more than me! Also, it isn’t just the lobster’s size that intrigued me, but also its age as well. The recent lobster is said to be around 20-40 years old, whereas the record holder is possible in the hundreds! I’ve heard that if left untouched, lobsters could theoretically be immortal. The reasons they die prematurely include human consumption and problems with molting out of their shells. Apparently the organs of a lobster will stop ageing when they reach a certain point in their lives. If we conducted more thorough research into this, it could unlock new limits for humanity. We could extend the lifespan by years upon years through newly developed genetic practices. Think of the possibilities!

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