Today is 11111, which reminds me of millipedes, those many-legged arthropods that look like armored worms. “Millipede” does come from Latin meaning “one thousand feet,” but the 10,000 or so species of millipedes have between 36 and 750 legs. They thrive in a moist environment, often burrow under damp earth, and usually eat decaying plant matter. Millipedes don’t bite or sting us. They don’t carry disease. They don’t infest our food or clothing, although they do sometimes wander into our houses. You can get up close and personal with a millipede. They’ve been around relatively unchanged for at least 420 million years. Sweet!

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