By Russell Miller
On December 8, 1942, two American pilots sighted a bullet-riddled P-40 fighter plane with old, outdated markings flying over China from the direction of Japan. A bloody pilot, slumped over the controls, made a weak attempt to wave slowly at the two fliers. Seconds later, the plane crashed. Little was found to identify the pilot, however, a diary was discovered in the wreckage. The journal traced the plane back to an island called Mindanao. Somehow, a forgotten American plane, flown by an unknown pilot found its way through more than 1,000 miles of hostile territory to crash on allied soil.
ODDLY ENOUGH … The cryptic P-40 had no wheels. This has led many to speculate as to how the machine ever managed to take off at all.
The Sea Cucumber has some unique survival skills. It can eviscerate itself, spewing out its internal bits. This allows the predator to consume the cucumber’s expelled organs while it crawls away to hide and grow a new set of guts.
ODDLY ENOUGH … The Sea Cucumber can also drastically constrict certain sections of its body, breaking up into three pieces. If the predator is satisfied with the middle or hind section, the head of the cucumber can sneak off and grow a replacement body.
Russell Miller is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, bagpiper, motorcycle enthusiast, and reference librarian. Currently, he illustrates books for Cody Lundin and Bart King.