The story in this link is hilarious, and is surely calling out for the attention of zany steampunk novelists everywhere. I’ve also read that explorers and frontier-dwellers in the US and Canada were advised to look out for surviving giant ground sloths into the 19th Century, but I don’t remember the reference.

On that note, it turns out that the ‘ground’ in ‘ground sloth’ is intended to invoke a contrast not only with tree sloths, but also with (giant!) marine sloths.
As any reader will quickly notice, I’m mostly interested in the music on YouTube as a vast store of oddities, like the Wikipedia pages on marine invertebrates (see e.g. this), or this collection of medieval doodlings, rather than because I’m interested in the music for its own sake.

So, here is another such oddity:



The interesting thing is that this is expressing nostalgia (albeit less-than-straightforward nostalgia) for a group that were themselves peddlers in nostalgia for a yet earlier time. I know it doesn’t really work like this, but you might think there’s a sort of emotional inconsistency in counting among the most golden parts of a particular era a band who expressly would rather have lived 20 years earlier instead.
These three songs were all written (and probably choreographed) by Germans within a couple of years at the end of the ’70s. The second two are, of course, by the same group, who give essentially the same performance both times. This stuff must have been pretty popular for that to have been worth doing. Why this, then and there? And why are there no songs about how great it is to live in, say, Bavaria? Do Bavarians just not have sufficiently interesting dances? Not enough capes? Or maybe there are plenty of such songs, and I just haven’t seen them yet (they’re probably all in Russian).
I know Haeckel was into drawing natural structures, not just actual beasties, but what does the thing in the bottom-right corner have to do with arachnids? Is it an organ? An egg? A cluster of eggs?

Also, can anyone give me a reason for the existence of the pattern on the abdomen of the spider at the bottom (which I’ve also seen in the live version). It’s like a cross between a cone shell and a tabby cat. Is it some kind of camouflage?

Haeckel’s Arachnida

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