Freaky Spot: Jellyfish Lake

Which adventure sounds most terrifying to you: soaking in a gooey jellyfish pond or diving among great white sharks? Tough call if you ask me, except if you take me to the Eil Malk island in Palau’s Southern Lagoon. Imagine a landlocked saltwater lake filled with millions of beautiful golden jellyfish catching the sun rays and farming algae, forever free from the ocean’s predators.

Over time, these mysterious creatures have lost their sting since there was no danger to ever protect themselves from, making it safe for people to snorkel among these mysterious beings. Here are a few photos of this awesomely unusual phenomenon:

A Midweek Meditation on Zadie Smith’s Literary Brilliance, Michelle Obama’s Grace and Common’s Never-ending Creativity

This week, I’m leaning into love. Love for literature and one of its most brilliant minds. Love for our First Lady who feels like family instead of political royalty. Love for Common, a man whose trademark creative impulse shines on an unofficial remix of “Cranes in the Sky.”

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