We've all seen Pinocchio finding Geppetto living inside a whale's stomach. Ben Shattuck from Slate wanted to know: is that even possible? Reportedly, no. If you fall into a whale's mouth, the only thing that's coming out of it are bits of your bones -- from its other orifice -- and I'm not talking about the spout.
An idea's been floating around for some time that whales more than chewed people -- that they swallowed them, and people might have survived in the stomach. Jonah's story came first, and then there were rumors from the 19th century Yankee Whale Fishery -- whaling ships leaving New York and New England ports for years on the open ocean. I'd like to believe in swallowings, but it's tough. There is no air in the stomach, for one. There are acids. And if we are talking about sperm whales, which we are most of the time, there is the deadly passage through the 30-foot jaws lined with 8-inch teeth.
Still, you'd like to think it's possible. You want to believe in an animal that can fit you inside them -- that you might be consumed not piece-by-piece, mouthful-by-mouthful as sharks and bears would eat you, but wholly; to be encased as your full self, womb-like. You want to believe in big animals like you did when you were a kid. You want to be powerless as you are leaning into hurricane winds or with your eyes closed or looking into the ocean.
|Welcome Back, Tree Lobsters|
|China's Cloning Factories Ready to Pump Out Animals|
|Behind-the-Scene Filming of Fearless Meerkats Climbing on BBC's Cameramen|
|Feline in the Fields|
|"Dolphins have been observed chattering while cooperating to solve a tricky puzzle."|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Volvo's cab-less self-driving cloud-controlled electric truck|
|“Rubbish waste is now so prolific it will become fossilised.”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|“Google isn’t liable because it is nothing and nowhere and endless.”|
|"Emotional-processing software has gotten so good that ad companies are looking into 'mood-targeted' advertising."|
|Seeing the World from a Boxcar|
|Hit "Insert Coin" Twice and Play Google Pac Man With Two Players|
|“People talk about bankers being amoral. They are starting to talk about tech people in similar language.”|
|“The first-ever driverless mass transit test program.”|
|Bird Shit Advertising|