Drinking Like A Fish

Drinking Like A Fish

This comic is dedicated to August Magnan.

Bumblebees can’t fly. Or they shouldn’t be able to. Back in the 1930s, this was reasoning of French entomologist August Magnan. He noted, “I applied the laws of air resistance to insects, and I arrived with Mr. Saint-Lagué at the conclusion that their flight is impossible.” A bee then stung Magnan and flew away.

Bumblebees of different species illustrated by Moses Harris in his 1782 Exposition of English Insects

 

Maybe you shouldn’t be able to have a coffee break underwater but, if you do, try not to spill.

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