Curiosity Cabinet

Three Things I’m Curious About This Week #36

I will always be amused and slightly horrified by the story of how hippos were nearly introduced to the US as farm animals. They’re only the most dangerous animal in the world. What could go wrong?

A hippo in the water with its mouth open as wide as possible.
A hippo showing its impressive mouth. Bernard Dupont, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

These delightful embroideries of tiny buildings by Stephanie K. Clark.

An embroidered image of a tiny blue and white house. The embroidery is very small compared to the size of the canvas.
Mini dwelling series by Stephanie K. Clark.

The critically endangered ghost orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii) has flowered outside of Florida for the first time, as a specimen has flowered at Kew Gardens.

A close up of a delicate white and green orchid flower.
A ghost orchid flowering at Kew Gardens. Photo by PA Media via BBC.