So, I have this thing for documentaries. I love the historical ones and those about possible hidden codes in ancient monuments. I also enjoy nature documentaries and those about space and the evolution of life. There’s a really awesome one where scientists consider what life on other planets might look like, though I don’t remember what it’s called.
One of my favorites is Cosmos. It goes through the evolution of life and posits life on other planets. It talks about Titan having rain and lakes, and it mentions tiny creatures called tardigrades. I thought these were the coolest little critters, not because of what they are or where they live–inside the moisture of moss, lichen, etc.–but because they look a lot like I envision the spitmollers of Grevared. Granted, these little creatures have more legs, but their flat faces and wrinkled appearance are just perfect. I wonder if it would’ve been easier to picture the spitmollers if I’d seen the documentary first. It definitely would’ve made it easier to describe.
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