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17 February 2018 @ 08:29 pm
More globes  
Well I know you guys thought the Pluto globe was neat. I really can't wait for mine to arrive. I figured I'd share a video that shows all the planets in this series. They're so beautiful.

So today I want to talk about Alligators. Not the animals themselves but the word and it's fascinating origin. It is a Spanish word or more accurately derived from a Spanish word. When the Spaniards conquered Florida in the 1500's they came across our giant reptiles. They were everywhere in our water ways. They called them "Lagartos". "El Lagarto" is the Alligator. Well English settlers that talked to them mis-heard the word as Ellatago. And being the way we Americans are we made the word our own and improved upon it. It quickly evolved into Alligator. The American Alligator is a monotypic genus. Alligator mississippiensis is the scientific name and there are no others in the genus Alligator. Crocodiles have several species in their genus and have very differently constructed skulls than the very wide American Alligator skull. They tend to be more aggressive too than the more relatively docile Alligator. Seen from the sides Alligators have teeth that point all down while crocs have teeth that point both up and down giving them a more fierce aggressive look.

So there's a little history on where the word Alligator came from.
actipton80actipton80 on February 18th, 2018 01:13 pm (UTC)
I love those globes. The Titan and Vesta globes are beautiful. They didn't show a Neptune globe so I wonder if they have one. Neptune is such a beautiful shade of blue, they should have one of it. We talked about why they don't have Uranus with its 90 degree tilt. And it's plain compared to the other gas giants. I'm a little sad that they couldn't find a way to give Saturn its rings, because it's plain without them.

Desthagirion on February 18th, 2018 08:46 pm (UTC)
They are so neat for sure. Oh you're right. There is a Neptune. It's in this video but so over exposed. It is very pretty blue in photos.


I hope they find a way around that and can make Uranas. But yeah it doesn't have features like Neptune does. They are talking about making rings for Saturn. Saturn will probably be the last one I buy because I'm waiting for those to come up. I hope it is soon.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on February 19th, 2018 11:15 am (UTC)
They are so cool!

Interesting history of the word alligator and also about the alligator itself :)
Desthagirion on February 19th, 2018 12:42 pm (UTC)
Yes so pretty. I'm glad you like them.
I'm glad you like the history of the word Alligator. They are very interesting reptiles. Very different temperaments from crocs.
kabuldurkabuldur on February 20th, 2018 11:36 am (UTC)
They are beautiful.

Yes, I did like the history. And a very different temperament from crocs!